Kshama Sawant is not a career politician. She is an activist who brings a passion for social justice to her work as a public servant. As a member of the City Council, Kshama pledges to be a voice for workers, youth, the oppressed and the voiceless. She only accepts the average workers’ wage and donates the rest of her six-figure salary to building social justice movements.
Alongside being a teacher, Kshama is an activist, organizer, and socialist, and is a member of Socialist Alternative, in solidarity with the Committee for a Workers’ International, which organizes for working-class interests on every continent.
Kshama Sawant is a rare bird, an American politician who is avowedly socialist and electable. The Cold War, which made red-bating a normal part of politics in the U.S., is long gone. It’s more than time for leftist politicians to come out into the open. Let’s hope it spreads. Doug Henwood has an interview with her here.