LOCAL NEWS

Kshama Sawant calls for ‘wall of mass resistance’

Nov 21, 2016, 9:11 AM | Updated: 10:22 am
Kshama Sawant...
Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant. (File, Associated Press)
(File, Associated Press)

Seattle’s socialist city council member is showing no signs of slowing, even after her office was inundated with threats.

Kshama Sawant wrote in CounterPunch, a magazine that is self-described as the “fearless voice of the American left,” that no matter who encourages the idea of giving President-elect Donald Trump a chance, there is “no time to waste” in organizing opposition against the Republican’s promises.

“We must bring together millions of progressive workers and young people to build a wall of mass resistance against Trump,” Sawant wrote in CounterPunch. “And to defend immigrants, women, Muslims, LGBTQ people and all others targeted by his presidency.”

Related: Is it our duty to call for protests?

The council member, who represents District 3, has been a leading force in local anti-Trump protests. That included a large, post-election rally at Seattle City Hall.

Sawant argues that Democratic Party leadership and Hillary Clinton’s campaign “assisted Trump’s ascension to the White House” by failing to reach the young and working-class voters who supported Bernie Sanders. Now, the country has a president-elect who has stated policy goals of deporting millions of immigrants, and is expected to fill his cabinet with far-right leaning people, including the former head of Breitbart News and a retired lieutenant general who said Islam is a “cancer.”

While many across the U.S. have shown their distaste for Trump with public demonstrations that have lead to some arrests, supporters of the president-elect have had no problem with telling the socialist how they feel. As she continues to encourage peaceful public protests — including an Inauguration Day demonstration — Sawant’s office has been flooded with hateful and threatening emails.

In CounterPunch, Sawant explains that in the 10 days after the election, “several thousand” people contacted her office, outraged over the call to protest on Inauguration Day. Many of the people calling and emailing, according to Sawant, are from the middle, working-class.

“My first grim thoughts as I saw some of the horrifying emails was that I will be far from the only person targeted after the dangerous rise of Donald Trump,” Sawant wrote in CounterPunch.

In addition to the threats, an online petition to remove Sawant from office saw its supporters grow.

Like the author of the petition, some people in power are encouraging their constituents to remain optimistic and respect the outcome of the election. President Barack Obama, whose legacy is at risk of being devastated by the election, has yet to publicly worry.

But Sawant has other ideas.

The council member says the movement against Trump needs to be independent of both Democrats and Republicans. To defeat the right, Sawant says supporters will “need to build our own mass party.”

“We have a historic responsibility to fight back against this administration,” she writes.

With that, it looks like Sawant’s battle is far from over.

Local News

monkeypox...
MyNorthwest Staff

Instance of monkeypox investigated in King County amid ‘growing international outbreak’

A presumptive case of monkeypox is being investigated in King County, according to Public Health, Seattle and King County.
21 hours ago
amazon...
KIRO Newsradio Newsdesk

As pandemic-fueled surge in online shopping slows, Amazon subleases warehouse space

Amazon is planning to sublease some of its warehouse space now that the pandemic-fueled surge in online shopping has eased.
21 hours ago
People donate blood at Bloodworks Northwest on March 17, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kar...
MyNorthwest Staff

Blood platelet shortage impacting medical treatments amid lack of donors

Ongoing since the pandemic, the blood platelet shortage is reaching critical levels as deliveries are being rationed among local hospitals.
21 hours ago
beach...
MyNorthwest Staff

Gun violence prompts early summer closures of Golden Gardens and Alki Beach

Golden Gardens and Alki Beach will close at 10 p.m. May 27 through Sept. 4 over concerns of gun violence in years past.
21 hours ago
burke-gilman...
Dalton Day

Seattle loses battle over Burke-Gilman Trail’s ‘missing link’ as project funds sunset

A spate of legal challenges over the 1.4-mile stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail's missing link jeopardizes its completion.
21 hours ago
homeless...
Frank Sumrall

Number of King County homeless up nearly 14% since 2020, 57% remain unsheltered

In 2020, the percentage of homeless who had access to shelter on a consistent basis was 53%. Now the amount of homeless with shelter is just 43%.
21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
...

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]
...

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]
...

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
...
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Kshama Sawant calls for ‘wall of mass resistance’