Kshama Sawant (born October 17, 1972) is an American economist and politician of Indian descent, and Seattle City Council member. She is the first socialist to win a city-wide election in Seattle since Anna Louise Strong was elected to the School Board in 1916.
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- When things are exquisitely beautiful and rare, they shouldn't be privately owned.
- Quoted in Sarah Stuteville, "You might be a socialist if… An interview with Kshama Sawant", The Seattle Globalist (October 30, 2012).
- If making sure that workers get out of poverty would severely impact the economy, then maybe we don't need this economy.
- Quoted in Kevin Roose, "Meet the Seattle Socialist Leading the Fight for a $15 Minimum Wage", New York magazine (May 26, 2014).
- We did this. Workers did this. Today's first major victory for 15 will inspire people all over the nation. We need to recognize what happened here in Seattle that led us to this point. 15 was not won at the bargaining table as the so-called "sensible compromise" between workers and business. It was not the result of the generosity of corporations or their Democratic Party representatives in government.
- Kshama Sawant, "Kshama Sawant's Speech at $15 Minimum Wage Vote," YouTube video, 5:28, posted by "Calvin Priest," June 3, 2014.