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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 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!

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