June 19, Summer Potluck & General Membership Meeting
Seattle City Council member, Kshama Sawant, is our guest speaker at the PSARA annual summer potluck and general membership meeting. The event begins at noon with a potluck and socializing. Councilmember Sawant will speak around 12:45 with time for Q & A. Following the presentation, we will hold a brief general membership meeting.
A former software engineer from India, Sawant became a socialist activist and part-time economics professor in Seattle after immigrating to the United States. She held part-time teaching positions at Seattle Central Community College and Seattle University and was a visiting assistant professor at Washington and Lee University. Sawant ran unsuccessfully for the Washington State House of Representatives before winning a seat on the Seattle City Council, making her the first socialist to win a city-wide election in Seattle since the radical progressive Anna Louise Strong was elected to the School Board in 1916.
Kshama’s victorious campaign received national attention and provided fuel for a national debate. Her articulate advocacy for working people, including the call for a $15 minimum wage for all workers in Seattle, has added a new edge to the fight to address the perilous income equality that has become the shame of our community and nation.
Please bring a main dish, salad, fruit, dessert or soft drink to share at the party.
RSVP by calling 206-448-9646 and let us know the food item you can bring. You can also RSVP by emailing Maureen Bo at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is very helpful to know what you will be bringing to the potluck.
If possible, please also bring items of non perishable food for the Labor Agency Food Bank.
(There is a flyer in the mid-fold of this newsletter with more details about public transportation and parking.)
We hope you will join us at the annual summer event!