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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Defend Kshama Sawant
Since calling for mass action to shut-down Donald Trump's inauguration, Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant has been flooded by racist, violent, and xenophobic hate-mail. People of conscience from across the country need to speak up and defend one of our few openly anti-capitalist elected officials. We need to defend free speech and build a movement that makes it clear that the white nationalist forces emboldened by Trump's campaign are exposed for what they are. Now is not the time for a peaceful transition to a new Trump regime. It is a time for all those who oppose what Trump represents to seek common ground and build deeply rooted movements and organizations of resistance. An online petition has circulated calling for a recall for Council Member Sawant. It reads as follows:
"Kshama Sawant is not respecting the will of the people. She's using her platform to incite violence and call for protests and riots. Our elected officials should be helping and bringing people together in our communities not promoting hate towards our democracy. Whether you like the outcome or not of the election, we look upon our officials to follow the laws of this country. Let's help bring people together and follow the laws to get things done not promote hate and dismay because this election did not go her way. Let's send a message to our local Mayor that she should step down from her position or be impeached. It is not appropriate for elected officials to call for protests."
We need to call on all progressive leaders, labor officials, and anti-racist forces to support Council Member Sawant and take a stand during and after Trump's inauguration. Return to this site over the coming days to see how you can show your solidarity with the growing resistance.