We have a rare opportunity to rebuild a fighting labor movement in the United States. To take advantage of it, workers must be armed with battle-tested strategies and tactics — and that means being willing to go on strike.
Kshama Sawant is a Seattle city councilwoman and member of Socialist Alternative and the Democratic Socialists of America.
The unionization efforts of Starbucks workers have the bosses scared, Seattle socialist city councilor Kshama Sawant writes. Coffee workers should heed lessons from labor history and take a class-struggle approach to organizing.
Since the moment that socialist Kshama Sawant was elected to the Seattle City Council, the rich, the Right, and the Democratic establishment have tried to destroy her. Having failed to defeat her at the ballot box, Sawant explains in Jacobin, they’re now resorting to voter suppression.
For Seattle’s ruling class, having even one socialist, Kshama Sawant, on city council is far too many. Which is why, Sawant writes in Jacobin, since she first won office in 2013, the attacks from Democrats, the Right, and corporate juggernauts like Amazon haven’t stopped attacking her.
Amazon went all out to defeat Seattle’s socialist city council member Kshama Sawant in this year’s election — but Sawant emerged victorious. In an interview with Jacobin, she reflects on why it’s so important to pick fights with capitalists, and what every socialist running for office should know.
Kshama Sawant on how the fight against race- and gender-based oppression fits into the fight for socialism.
Socialist councilwoman Kshama Sawant on why we need a wave of protests and strikes on May 1.