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Seattle City Council Committee Votes to Divest From Pro-DAPL Bank

The groundbreaking vote comes one day after the Army Corps of Engineers is ordered to continue the easement process for the Dakota Access pipeline.

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Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy

The president-elect represents the late stage of capitalism, when corporations, no longer able to generate profits at former levels, pillage the government and society for profit. However, he will be vulnerable to impeachment if we take to the streets.

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The Best of ‘Scheer Intelligence’ 2016: Robert Scheer’s Guests Offer a Wealth of Insight

Once a week, Truthdig’s editor in chief interviews someone who, through long engagement with American culture or politics, has an informed and highly personal perspective on pressing issues.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Socialist Kshama Sawant Talk About Progress for Seattle Workers

Sawant, who is in her second term on Seattle’s City Council, and Truthdig’s editor in chief discuss her political achievements and challenges. Audio and transcript.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Kshama Sawant Talk Third-Party Politics (Video)

Truthdig contributor Hedges analyzes establishment politics with the socialist on Seattle’s City Council.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Socialist Alternative

Seattle’s socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, has called on Bernie Sanders to break with the Democratic Party and run as an independent. If he refuses, she says, his supporters must build a third party without him.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Phantom Movement

No “movement” or “political revolution” will ever be built within the Democratic Party. The Sanders campaign is just one more betrayal of the left.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Kshama Sawant Delivers a Socialist Response to Obama’s State of the Union Speech

The Seattle city councilwoman expressed optimism for the future based “not on big corporations or the prosperity of Wall Street and its billionaires” but on “the immense potential power of American workers.”

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Kshama Sawant: For Many Millennials, the Dirty Word Is ‘Capitalism,’ Not ‘Socialism’

“In 2013, many people voted for me in spite of the fact I was a socialist,” the Seattle city councilwoman writes in The Guardian. “In this year’s election [2015], many more people voted consciously for socialist politics.”

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant

The socialist’s achievements in office, including a minimum-wage hike to $15, and re-election this month are exposing as a sham the idea that the welfare of workers, especially the unskilled, is incompatible with a prosperous economy.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Seattle Councilwoman Says Striking Teachers Are Resisting Years of Attacks by Democrats, GOP

Schools were closed in Seattle on Wednesday as the city’s first teachers strike in 30 years entered its fifth day. Last week, teachers represented by the Seattle Education Association unanimously voted to strike in demand of fewer standardized tests for students, more time to prepare for classes and better pay.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Judge Throws Out Disorderly Conduct Case Against Kshama Sawant

A SeaTac city judge dismissed disorderly conduct charges against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant and two other defendants Friday, saying police—not protesters—blocked traffic during a demonstration over wages.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE


Progressives Discuss Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy in a Lively Debate on ‘Democracy Now!’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer joined Seattle’s Kshama Sawant, writer Joe Conason and The Nation’s Michelle Goldberg on “Democracy Now!” to discuss the official beginning of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. 

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the Seattle City Council, is up for re-election, and the Establishment is determined to defeat her and the ideas she champions before they spread.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE


Seattle Socialist Council Member Kshama Sawant Responds to Obama’s SOTU

“Some of the proposals Obama made tonight point in the right direction, on taxing the rich, on providing a free community college education, paid sick and maternity leave, and municipal broadband,” Sawant began.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


What Will It Take to Save Humanity and the Planet?

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, activist Bill McKibben, journalist Naomi Klein, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and public radio talk show host Brian Lehrer participated in a panel discussion the night before the People’s Climate March in New York City this month.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Coming Climate Revolt

Civil disobedience must be used to abolish the oil, gas and coal companies and replace a government held captive by corporations. Otherwise, we will say goodbye to life as we know it.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE



Seattle Paves the Way for the Rest of the U.S. With ‘Historic’ $15 Minimum Wage

The Seattle City Council’s unanimous decision to impose the highest minimum wage in America is a momentous leap toward lifting workers out of poverty and closing the constantly widening gap between the 99 and the 1 percent.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE


Seattle Socialist Councilwoman Kshama Sawant Debates Breitbart Editor

If you’re looking to get depressed, listen to a crowd of Seattle residents cheer a couple of conservatives demanding that their fellow Americans be deprived of a measly $6 raise in the minimum wage.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Seattle Socialist Kshama Sawant Takes Office

Seattle’s first socialist city official in decades, an economics teacher, former Occupy Wall Street activist and former Truthdigger of the Week, ran on a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. She enters office Monday along with Mayor Ed Murray.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Voters Approve $15 Minimum Wage for Workers Around Seattle Airport

In the same election in which a socialist won a seat on the Seattle City Council, voters in the nearby city of SeaTac also approved a $15 hourly minimum wage for some workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma airport. Even if a recount reverses the result, the election seems to place the Seattle area at the vanguard of a surge of progressive political success.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Kshama Sawant

By winning a seat on Seattle’s City Council this month, the socialist has given her fellow citizens one of the best opportunities in living memory to determine their individual and collective futures. Will city residents make good on it?

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



Vote Sawant

Socialist Elected to Seattle City Council

Economics professor and Occupy Wall Street activist Kshama Sawant ousted 16-year incumbent Democrat Richard Conlin in the final days of vote tallying on a platform in favor of a $15 minimum wage, rent control and increased taxes on millionaires.

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 READ MORE


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