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Seattle Councilwoman to Donate More Than Half Her Salary in Solidarity

Socialist Kshama Sawant makes good on her surprising campaign promise.

When socialist Seattle councilwoman Kshama Sawant won the November 2013 election against the council’s incumbent Democrat, it was a big deal. But her announcement yesterday that she’s making good on her campaign promise—to take home only the amount of an average Seattle worker’s annual income despite her salary—is even bigger. Sawant, a social activist and former software engineer, will take home $40,000 of her $117,000-plus salary as a councilwoman, putting the rest (after taxes of course) into a Solidarity Fund that will be donated to different social justice causes. “Every Councilmember faces a choice of who they represent and which world they inhabit,” Sawant said in her statement. “My place is with working people and their struggles.” A councilperson who puts her money where her mouth is? Let’s hope the result is as fruitful as the action is shocking. 

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