Imagine 200 Occupy candidates running for Congress this year independent of the Democrats and Republicans.
Imagine if these candidates were not careerist politicians, but activists and ordinary people, running as accountable representatives of a real, fighting movement of the 99%.
Imagine homeowners who are facing foreclosure running against local sheriffs, and pledging to stop all evictions.
Imagine teachers fighting union-busting; debt-ridden students fighting for free education; low-wage workers fighting for a living wage; and environmentalists fighting big oil.
Imagine them all running with tens of thousands of Occupy activists backing them up: going door-to-door, rallying, protesting, and using these candidates to build the power of our grassroots mass movement.
Last year, the Occupy Wall Street movement showed that when the 99% speaks up, the seething anger of millions can transform into social power and change the whole political landscape.
But, this year, the 1% is making a comeback, using their domination of electoral politics. Had hundreds of independent working class candidates run, it would have been a different story.
And that’s why it’s absolutely crucial to support the few candidates who are running and challenging the two-party corporate duopoly this year.
In Seattle, Occupy activist and Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant a teacher is running for State House against the most powerful legislator in Washington State, Democratic Party leader and House Speaker, Frank Chopp.
While formally running for District 43, Position 1 against Democrat Jaime Pederson in the Washington State August primary, and winning second place with over 9% of the vote in that race, we also won 12% of the vote and second place in a write-in campaign for Position 2, against Chopp.
Under Washington law, this gave Vote Sawant the choice to switch races for the November general election something that has never before happened in Washington.
This has forced the media and the Democrats to take our campaign more seriously.
Before the primary, Vote Sawant received endorsements from the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, local activists, and a write-in endorsement from The Stranger, a widely-read alternative newspaper in Seattle.
But, we believe we have only scratched the surface of the potential support we can mobilize.
With your support, it’s possible our campaign can not only make an important impact on Washington politics, but also on national politics. A strong campaign in Seattle can provide a powerful example of how it’s possible to build independent challenges to corporate politics in every city in America.
But we need your help. As you know, the election system is stacked against independent, anti-corporate candidates and it costs money to run.
Our campaign is 100% people-powered. We reject money from corporate America as a fundamental principle of our campaign. So we are appealing to activists from across the U.S. to donate.
The Democrats and Republicans don’t need your money. They get plenty from Goldman Sachs and the rest of the financial aristocracy.
Please consider making a donation to Vote Sawant today, and help us strike a blow against corporate politics in 2012.
* A maximum donation of $900 can sustain a full-time organizer for a month.
* $500 will allow us to print 250 yard signs.
* $200 will help pay for a political consultant to analyze the most likely voters.
* $30 will allow us to make a laminated full-color sign for our tables.
* $10 will help us maintain our website for a month.
Other Ways You Can Support our Campaign:
1) Like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VoteSawant
We are running a 100% grassroots, working-class campaign. We rely on ordinary people contributing their time and energy to build our campaign. We need you to get involved! There are many things that we need help with, so you can definitely pick a task that works for you! Sign up at www.VoteSawant.org
3) Endorse our candidate
Invite the candidate and/or a campaign representative to talk with your organization about an endorsement. Please also contact us if you want to personally endorse as an individual. Include exactly how you want to be listed, for example, as John Gallup, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 member.
4) Get organized – Join Socialist Alternative!
We have weekly activist meetings, events, and education programs to help understand the key lessons of past movements, revolutions, and how to change society.