[17], In 2012, Sawant ran unsuccessfully for Position 1 in the 43rd district of the Washington House of Representatives, representing Seattle. [38][38][39][72], On November 19, 2014, Sawant was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct at a $15 minimum wage protest in Seatac, Washington. Indian-born Kshama Sawant, 46, who now serves on the Seattle City Council, is encouraging activists in the CHAZ 'to hold out on giving back the precinct to cops or allowing office [81][82][83] Two days later, The Seattle Times reported, Sawant "walked back her unfounded claim that the shooting 'may have been a right-wing attack.' ", "Occupy Capitol Hill | All-night 'teach in' at Seattle Central | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle", "Q&A: Councilmember Sawant on public broadband and a socialist Microsoft", "You might be a socialist if... An interview with Kshama Sawant", "Seattle City Councilmember-elect shares radical idea with Boeing workers", "Longshot winner of Seattle City Council seat warns of struggle ahead", "Capitalism is a "dirty word": America's new socialist council member talks to Salon", "SeaTac judge tosses case against Kshama Sawant, 2 others", "Socialist Alternative's Kshama Sawant promotes local police reform, Democratic Party politics", "After early morning shooting in CHOP, occupied area returns to its new normal", "One Dead, One in Critical Condition After Shooting at CHOP at 2:20 am", "Updates on protests for racial justice in the Seattle area (June 15-21)", "Statement on the Shooting at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest", "Seattle will phase down CHOP at night, police will return to East Precinct, Durkan says", "Richard Conlin making issue of Kshama Sawant's voter registration", "Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012", Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council Position 2. [21] Back during the 2013 campaign, Sawant had said rent control is "something everyone supports, except real estate developers and people like Richard Conlin" and compared the legal fight for its implementation to same-sex marriage, and the legalization of marijuana in the United States, both of which she supports. [20] She joined with Occupy activists working with local organizations to resist home evictions and foreclosures, and was arrested with several Occupy activists including Dorli Rainey on July 31, 2012 for blocking King County Sheriff's deputies from evicting a man from his home. [11] After moving to the United States with her husband Vivek, she decided to turn her attention to economics following a year and a half stint as a programmer. She received 29% of the vote to Chopp's 70%. Currently $9.19 an hour, it is set to rise to $9.32 in January. Background. [19], After her unsuccessful run for the House, Sawant entered the race for Seattle City Council with a campaign organized by the Socialist Alternative. "[63], On February 20, 2019 she published an article in Socialist Alternative backing Bernie Sanders' run for the Democratic nomination. Yeah, she’s part of that “proletariat.”. She is a member of a democratic socialist, Socialist Alternative and a Trotskyist Party. [38], Sawant's platform of non-local Seattle issues, like rent control, income tax, corporate welfare, supporting the minimum wage outside Seattle, in SeaTac, and other cities, and participating in the Seattle Arctic drilling protests drew as much criticism from Sawant's opponents as it won favor with her liberal supporters. [9] She describes her family as “full of doctors and engineers and mathematicians” but says that “I wasn’t exposed to any particular ideology growing up.”[10], Sawant graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Mumbai in 1994. [86], Kshama became a United States citizen in 2010. "[84], Sawant is often reticent to speak about her personal life and background, preferring to stick to the issues. The 2019 Seattle City Council election gained national attention after Amazon spent an unprecedented $1.5 million on the campaign. (Microsoft is also the top identified employer of Sawant's contributors.) Background. [38], Sawant's platform of non-local Seattle issues, like rent control, income tax, corporate welfare, supporting the minimum wage outside Seattle, in SeaTac, and other cities, and participating in the Seattle Arctic drilling protests drew as much criticism from Sawant's opponents as it won favor with her liberal supporters. Kshama Sawant is a leading member of Socialist Alternative. How noble. 80th anniversary of Social Security celebration in Seattle on Saturday, Aug. 8 2015 at Westlake Plaza, Seattle. [20][37][38][39], During the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Sawant urged the Seattle City Council to condemn both Israel's attacks on Gaza and Hamas's attacks on Israel, and called on President Obama and Congress to denounce the Israeli blockade of Gaza and to cut off all military assistance to Israel.

[9] During her 2013 campaign for the Seattle City Council, she indicated that she and her husband had been separated for nearly six years. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Sawant and her husband have had over $13,000 worth of travel paid for by … drumroll … Movement for the 99 Percent and Socialist Alternative. ‘We are coming to dismantle this deeply oppressive, racist, sexist, violent, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism. "[47], Sawant advanced through the primary election for City Council District 3 representative on August 4, 2015 with 52% of the vote, 18 percentage points ahead of her closest opponent, Pamela Banks at 34%. She has said they could be converted into multiple uses, such as production for mass transit. [21] On November 15, 2013, Conlin conceded to Sawant when returns showed him down by 1,640 votes or approximately 1% of the vote.

[38] Sawant has called for a revolt against student debt saying that "the laws of the rich are unenforceable if the working class refuses to obey those laws. [3] She ran unsuccessfully for the Washington House of Representatives in 2012 before winning her seat on the Seattle City Council in 2013. [31] Councilman Nick Licata also declined to endorse her but spoke positively of her campaign saying, "she has been able to craft a message that is understandable, simple and eschews most of the rhetoric", and when her eventual election victory seemed unlikely, he expressed his hope that Sawant would not "disappear after the election if she loses. [64] In 2020, she spoke at a campaign rally for him at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. [48][49], Voters returned Sawant to the City Council and made her the first District 3 representative in November 2015, with 17,170 votes counted for Sawant and 13,427 for Banks, or 56% to 44%.

One wall of her office on the second floor of City Hall in downtown Seattle is plastered with election flyers and press cuttings from her various campaigns, with a bright red poster in the middle that reads ‘Unionize Amazon’ and ‘Tax Bezos’ in large white print.

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