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Socialist Alternative Victories of 2014

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2014 – The Year of: Igniting Sparks of Action & Resistance in the US


2014 was the year of the $15/hour minimum wage.

It began with SeaTac voters, and spread to a movement in Seattle that was built on the election of Socialist Alternative member Kshama Sawant. After June 2nd 2014, when Seattle became the first major city to pass a $15/hour minimum wage law, the movement exploded nationwide. Victories in LA, Chicago, Massachusetts came swiftly, 15 Now spread to over 20 cities & states across the country, and on November 4th voters in four states passed minimum wage increases. 2014 was the year when the public debate on 15 was won. 2015 will be the year to snowball it across the country and bring millions of workers up to a basic standard of living.


2014 was the year of a spark in the struggle for climate action, with the biggest march for climate action that this country has seen since Earth Day in 1970. For the first time, this march united environmentalists and unions, standing up against the big business argument that we have to choose between having jobs and environmental protections.


2014 was the year of a spark in struggle against racism, as the brave community in Ferguson took up the murder of Mike Brown as a rallying cry against the rampant police killings of people of color across the country. This bold spark has the potential to ignite a new civil right’s movement against police racism, mass incarceration, and the economic racism that has continued to dominate policies. As Malcolm X said, “You can’t have capitalism without racism,” and the youth in Ferguson is standing up against that fact.


2014 was the year of a spark in the fight for immigrants’ rights the movements for equal rights and justice won a partial victory with Obama announcing to end the threat of deportations for almost 5 million undocumented immigrants. However, more than half of them are still left out and seeking justice. Republicans are threatening to not even allow Obama´s first step. This might in itself trigger more anger and protests.

Democrats are trying to present themselves as defenders of immigrant rights, but under Obama a record number of deportations were executed. Six years of his presidency were wasted, including the time when he had majorities in both houses. The movements pushed ahead. That´s what got the ball rolling. That’s what we need to build on. A new mass force is needed to challenge racist Republicans and timid, pro-big business Democrats.


2014 was the year of a spark in the the fight for women’s rights. #YesAllWomen movement to #YesMeansYes and #CarryTheWeight were three twitter hashtags that showed the anger and potential for future movements against the oppression, violence and harassment against women. These movements have shifted the dialogue about rape and exposed the administrations at some of the most powerful universities for prioritizing the image of the university above justice for students who were victims of rape.


2014 was a year of fight-back, and at each turn Socialist Alternative was there organizing, supporting, & reporting.

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