“We’re building a movement-based campaign that challenges the Democrats’ one-party corporate control of Minneapolis and by running on a bold agenda for the 99%,” explained Ty Moore, Socialist Alternative candidate for Minneapolis City Council.
Moore is an organizer for Socialist Alternative and a prominent leader in the Minneapolis Occupy Homes movement, in which he fights every day on the side of the homeless and those facing foreclosure against this nations most powerful banks.
Last year, the mayor and a majority on the City Council gave $678 million in taxpayer money to billionaire Zigi Wilf to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. This deeply unpopular corporate welfare project, alongside a host of grievances facing working-class families, is the background to one of the most hotly contested and closely watched Minneapolis city elections in recent memory.
Moore is running in Ward 9, a racially diverse, working-class, left-wing cluster of neighborhoods in South Minneapolis. There are about 10,000 households in the Ward.
Moore is endorsed by the Green Party, and with their help Socialist Alternative members launched a five-week canvassing drive on March 24. In the first three weeks alone, over 700 doors were knocked. Our canvassers also collected over 180 petitions for the “Eviction Free Zone,” a community solidarity network in Ward 9 organized by Occupy Homes MN to defend foreclosed-upon families who refuse to leave their homes.
Jessica English, a homeless mother of four, moved into a Wells Fargo-owned vacant property in the Eviction Free Zone last February. “I’ve worked all my life, but without a living wage it’s impossible to make it,” said English. “My family’s right to a home should be defended by city officials, but instead I live under constant threat of city police evicting me on Wells Fargo’s behalf. That’s why I’m supporting Ty Moore for City Council and decided to join Socialist Alternative.”