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Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant is no stranger to controversy or contradiction. And she’s stirring the pot yet again. This time it’s on an issue that’s way out of her jurisdiction — India’s Citizenship Amendment Act. Sawant’s outcry of concern, and that of others, including Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), is not only misguided, but heartless.


South Asian Americans came out in large numbers in several cities across the U.S. to protest against India’s citizenship laws, Jan. 19. The rallies were organized by groups like Equality Labs, South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI) and Indian American Muslim Council as part of a National Day of Action against the Citizenship Amendment Act and Modi government’s Hindutva agenda.

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Kshama Sawant, a Socialist Alternative party member of Seattle City Council who was re-elected in a hotly contested election, says her victory is a huge popular mandate for progressive policies and gives a very crucial message to people ahead of the presidential election in 2020.

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Kshama Sawant, the Socialist Alternative party member who won the City Council seat for the third time on Nov. 5, says her party would urge Sen. Bernie Sanders to run as an independent in the 2020 presidential election, if the Democratic party declines to give him nomination.She fears that the Democratic party establishment would do everything in its power to prevent Sanders from getting the nomination.

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Kshama Sawant, the die-hard socialist of Seattle City Council, continued to keep the banner of labor and working class aloft last week as she won the Nov. 5 City Council election, holding on to the seat in her second re-election since 2013. Standing in front of a massive “Tax Amazon” banner, Sawant declared victory Nov. 9 after the re-election race that was essentially seen as a battle between the socialist and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is not participating in the Democracy Voucher Program, which lets city residents to participate in local government by supporting campaigns and/or running for office themselves.

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On the one side is Amazon, America’s largest corporation with a market cap of $885 billion under the leadership of Jeff Bezos, arguably the richest person in the world. On the other side stands Kshama Sawant, the sole socialist elected to the Seattle City Council, an Indian-American, with reputation as a firebrand who stands her ground.