Paul suggests you head on over to Town Hall tonight at 7:30 pm to hear former SEIU president Andy Stern talk about income inequality, and I agree. Stern is in town talking about his new book, A Country That Works: Getting America Back on Track, and he's got a ton of insight into why our economy isn't working for most Americans, and what we need to do to fix it.
How do I know? I had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Stern today, a conversation I'll write in more detail about later, but very quickly I just wanted to relate Stern's thoughts on the election of avowed Socialist Kshama Sawant to the Seattle City Council.
"It's a Vietnam War moment," says Stern about the voter unrest that helped push Sawant into office. Middle class Americans ultimately turned against the Vietnam War, Stern says, because the draft threatened the lives of their children. And the same is true of our current economy: "There’s not a middle class family whose child is not at risk," says Stern.
"Elections like Kshama’s… people are trying to say that this economy is not working right."
Again and again throughout our conversation, Stern emphasized that this is "an organizing moment"—an opportunity to intervene in an economy that no longer works for the 99 percent. And that's exactly the moment that Sawant has effectively seized.
I'll post more on our interview later, but if you have your own questions for Stern, stop by Town Hall tonight at 7:30 pm, and ask him in person.