will gender pay equity become a big issue in this election? Let's hope so
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Keep in mind that as many as 70% of the workers who will benefit from that wage increase are women.
Gotta say, under socialism, gender pay equity was not a problem. Maybe a socialist revolution in Seattle - which Sawant is not actually advocating - would be the best path to gender pay equity, since the rest of City Hall is sitting on its ass doing nothing about the problem.
Finally, why is a white woman running against the only woman of color on the City Council? Why not run against Tim Burgess, who opposes every single one of the things Beach stands for?
Sawant's party is in fact explicitly dedicated to bringing about a Socialist revolution, albeit a democratically elected one (at least at first). Socialist Alternative is a Trotskyite party and a member of the Committee for a Worker's International. For me, the only really unforgivable part is their long support for the candidacy of Ralph Fuckin' Nader.
When selecting candidates I try to take a big picture approach. That said, I'm swayed by candidates who claim they'll work hardest on issues facing workers, renters, transit riders, and the environment.
Conlin was a weak incumbent? Ha ha ha!
Yes Conlin was weak and tired and didn't fight for the job. If he had really cared he could have (easily, I believe) shown up Sawant as what she is: a well-meaning but clownish person who (seriously -- that is what Sawant says) wants to nationalize Starbucks, Costco, Nordstrom, etc etc.
First...Sawant's larger agenda has no remote possibility of ever becoming law in this City. Never, not going to happen. So, to campaign against that is pure folly. Trying to scare people away from her is also counter productive, specifically if you actually care about the issues that this new candidate claims to care about.
This new candidate is essentially saying "I stand for the issue that Kshama stands for, but because I just like the other 8 council members, I'll be more successful at promoting those ideas." Which is pure nonsense. But you all buy it as though it were/is true.
I don't come close to agreeing with Sawant on the Socialist agenda...but I'm so glad she's there. She has had a greater impact on changing the tone and actions of the Council than any elected official in the past 20 years in Seattle.
The mainstream boring candidates and elected all think they can play nice with the status quo, and that once the business community is done asking for favors, they may get around to doing something progressive. Never has/will happen. Never.
Sawant is the perfect mix of mixing it up, creating space, to allow others to come in and appear more moderate while still pushing a slightly more progressive agenda.
I say keep her around. She's useful as a member of the body of 9.
That and she probably lives in the 3rd.
But your point is spot on. Defeating Sawant on the platform that she's claimed motivates her would achieve the opposite.
D1 has Capestany, Helmick, and Redmond challenging Rasmussen.
"D8" the Burgess at-large seat, also has three challengers that need coverage: Persak, Trotter and Tsimerman.
Sorry, but it is quite the stretch. My eyes are still rolling from the comparison.
Proven fighter for equality vs. unimaginative apparatchik?
Given that corporations are the folks who gave the bottom 50% flat or declining wages since 1970, I say beware of those who come bearing gifts of corporate "partnerships."
I completely agree with Ms. Beach's gender equity platform too, but I don't think Ms. Beach is uniquely qualified to fight for those issues or that other City Council members will sweep the issue under the rug if Ms. Beach is not elected. As a renter, I have less faith that Ms. Beach, or really any other City Council Member, will fight for rent control as hard as Sawant.
On the other hand, Sawant could be criticized for a) requiring 2 week notice before meeting a constituent, b) spending time out of town on speaking engagements, c) not being interested in filling potholes or other mundane tasks in District 3, and d) having one of the most arrogant/conceited book titles, male or female, in the history of publishing.
The most promising new female candidate so far is Tammy Morales, who somehow doesn't get a mention in this article.