Socialist Alternative is the organization that spearheaded the campaign to elect Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council in 2013, the first independent socialist elected in a major U.S. city in decades. They then led the successful campaign to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to the highest in the country, providing a massive boost to the $15 Now campaign that is spreading around the country. Kshama Sawant was successfully re-elected to the Seattle City Council in 2015 as a Socialist Alternative candidate, without any corporate cash, despite half a million dollars being spent on the campaign to unseat her.
Socialist Alternative is a national organization fighting in America's workplaces, communities, and campuses against the exploitation and injustices people face every day. They are community activists fighting against budget cuts in public services; we are activists campaigning for a $15 an hour minimum wage and fighting, democratic unions; thay are people of all colors speaking out against racism and attacks on immigrants, students organizing against tuition hikes and war, women and men fighting sexism and homophobia.
Socialist Alternative believes the Republicans and Democrats are both parties of big business, and they are campaigning to build an independent, alternative party of workers and young people to fight for the interests of the millions, not the millionaires.
Socialist Alternative sees the global capitalist system as the root cause of the economic crisis, poverty, discrimination, war, and environmental destruction. As capitalism moves deeper into crisis, a new generation of workers and youth must join together to take the top 500 corporations into public ownership under democratic control to end the ruling elites’ global competition for profits and power.
Socialist Alternative believes the dictatorships that existed in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe were perversions of what socialism is really about. Socialist Alternative is for democratic socialism where ordinary people will have control over their daily lives.
Socialist Alternative is in political solidarity with the Committee for a Workers’ International, the worldwide socialist organization in 47 countries, on every continent.