Socialist Alternative Seattle

Socialist Alternative is the organization that spearheaded the campaign to elect Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council, the first independent socialist elected in a major U.S. city in decades. Then we 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. We also successfully re-elected Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council as an independent socialist, 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 our workplaces, communities, and campuses against the exploitation and injustices people face every day. We are community activists fighting against budget cuts in public services; we are activists campaigning for a $15/hour minimum wage and fighting, democratic unions; we 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.
We believe the Republicans and Democrats are both parties of big business, and we are campaigning to build an independent, alternative party of workers and young people to fight for the interests of the millions, not the millionaires.
We see 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.
We believe the dictatorships that existed in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe were perversions of what socialism is really about. We are for democratic socialism where ordinary people will have control over our daily lives.
Socialist Alternative is also in political solidarity with the Committee for a Workers’ International, a worldwide socialist organization in 47 countries, on every continent. Join us!

3 protests

November 17, 2017, 9:30 am

Seattle, WA

First Court Hearing on Seattle Income Tax

On November 17th, the King County Superior Court will hear arguments about Seattle's income tax. Please join us at the courthouse for a rally. Together we will get the latest news and take the next step forward in our movement for tax equity!...

November 14, 2017, 8:30 am

Seattle, WA

Budget Votes! Pack City Hall to Stop the Sweeps, Pass HOMES TAX

Hundreds flooded City Hall for the budget hearing on November 1-2 to demand the City Council put an end to the sweeps of homeless encampments, and tax big business to fund services and affordable housing. We can win this! We did it last year...

November 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

Seattle, WA

Housing Not Sweeps Community Event

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting and discussion on how we can stop the city-funded sweeps of unsheltered communities and tax big business to build affordable housing with the city budget this year. We want to make sure voices that are...