• Sawant: ‘To defeat Trump, it will take mass civil disobedience'


    Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant says it will take mass civil disobedience for those who want to fight against actions of President Donald Trump.

    After speaking to thousands at a Westlake Park rally for an immigrants rights rally, Sawant’s group Socialist Alternative posted a list of items the councilwoman is calling for.

    Sawant also tweeted that “to defeat Trump it’ll take civil disobedience.”

    But that’s not the first time she made that statement.  

    During the large protest on Trump’s inauguration day, The Seattle Times reported she said, “We need to build mass non-violent civil disobedience. Tens of thousands of people can shut down highways.”

    On her website she released a statement that shared a similar message.

    “Timid, symbolic protest will not be enough. We will need to organize mass non-violent civil disobedience. Marches of tens of thousands of people can shut down highways and find other ways to shut down “business as usual”. We need mass, peaceful, direct actions to block efforts to deport our immigrant brothers and sisters,” she wrote. “To inspire huge numbers to take action, we need fighting demands that point to an alternative vision of society that puts people and the environment above the profit-driven agenda of big business.”

    In the wake of President Donald Trump's travel ban, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution on Monday affirming the city's commitment as a welcoming city. 

    "[A Welcoming City] serves its residents regardless of their immigration or refugee status, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age,  sex, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, disability, homelessness, low-income or veteran status," the resolution reads.
    Last week, Mayor Ed Murray said Seattle will remain a sanctuary city even at the risk of losing millions of dollars in federal money. 

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