Published on February 10, 2021
Once again, big business is going to war against democracy and working people in Seattle. During our 2019 re-election, Amazon’s brazen $1.5 million corporate assault made national news, sparking pushback from well-known politicians like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. And once again, the battle between big business and Seattle’s working people is the subject of national buzz, with The Nation magazine most recently covering the news:
"As 2021 gets underway, ground zero for this sharpening struggle will be in Seattle, where an alliance of establishment Democrats, real estate interests, and Trump backers is coming together to try to recall socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, who initially won office in 2013, and was reelected in 2015 and 2019. The recall advocates intend to fire a warning shot to socialists and radicals everywhere."
Big business and the political establishment are not content to just come after our socialist seat with their recall attempt. They are firing on all cylinders, determined to claw back some of the most significant gains which Seattle’s working people have won alongside Kshama’s office.
Just yesterday, every Seattle City Councilmember but Kshama in attendance for a crucial committee meeting voted to drive huge loopholes through our first-in-nation ban on police use of so-called “crowd control” weapons we won last summer during the Justice for George Floyd protests. These are the same Councilmembers who, with the exception of Kshama, rapidly retreated from pledges to defund the police by 50% to invest in communities of color.
Last weekend, over 150 community members rallied to defend our historic Amazon Tax. Only six months after its passage, Democratic Party state politicians are discussing plans to cut or phase out this important lifeline of progressive funding for Seattle. Participants discussed plans to testify next Tuesday en masse in support of Kshama’s resolution standing against the undermining of our Amazon Tax and to organize a car caravan protest at the Amazon Spheres on February 20.
Kshama’s seat has served as a beacon for working people across the country, with victories like $15 minimum wage victory and the Amazon Tax redefining what’s possible. A victory for the recall campaign would embolden the right-wing and the corporate establishment to not only overturn what we’ve won in Seattle, but also to come after progressives and socialists across the country. We can’t let that happen.
After you read the article in The Nation, can you share it on social media to rally the movement against this attack? And don’t miss the flurry of recent exciting national coverage, including on Rising with Krystal Ball, the Bad Faith Podcast with Briahna Joy Gray and Virgil Texas, the Jacobin podcast Vast Majority, and The Humanist Report.