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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 June 2015

900 attend rally to re-elect Kshama Sawant!

"Seattle is being turned into a playground for the rich, a profit machine for the big developers... I have a different vision for Seattle, one that is based on social justice, equality, and environmental sustainability... where all people are able to flourish and live in dignity... I think that is worth fighting for." - Kshama Sawant

On the evening of 6 June, around 900 supporters packed Seattle town hall to rally to re-elect Socialist Alternative (co-thinkers of the CWI in the US) Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant.

The speakers addressed a range of crucial issues and included progressive journalist Chris Hedges, Green Party former candidate for president Jill Stein, local community and union organisers, Socialist Party member of the Irish Parliament Ruth Coppinger, and a Syriza party activist from Greece. Although coming from varied backgrounds, the speakers converged on a single message: Kshama's presence on the Seattle city council is a powerful sign that corporate politics can be defeated - and we must do all we can to help re-elect her.

The energy in Seattle's town hall was palpable, and was reflected in the nearly $30,000 raised.

This commitment showed every sign of lasting into the campaign season (primary on 4 August), as supporters pledged their time and energy as volunteers for the campaign.

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