Imagine 200 Occupy candidates running for Congress this year –- independent of the Democrats and Republicans.
Imagine if these candidates were not careerist politicians, but activists and ordinary people, running as accountable representatives of a real, fighting movement of the 99%.
Imagine homeowners who are facing foreclosure running against local sheriffs, and pledging to stop all evictions.
Imagine teachers fighting union-busting; debt-ridden students fighting for free education; low-wage workers fighting for a living wage; and environmentalists fighting big oil.
Imagine them all running with tens of thousands of Occupy activists backing them up: going door-to-door, rallying, protesting, and using these candidates to build the power of our grassroots mass movement.
Last year, the Occupy Wall Street movement showed that when the 99% speaks up, the seething anger of millions can transform into social power and change the whole political landscape.
But, this year, the 1% is making a comeback, using their domination of electoral politics. Had hundreds of independent working class candidates run, it would have been a different story.
And that’s why it’s absolutely crucial to support the few candidates who are running and challenging the two-party corporate duopoly this year.
In Seattle, OccupyÂ activist andÂ Socialist Alternative candidateÂ Kshama Sawant –Â aÂ teacherÂ –Â is running for State House against the most powerful legislator in Washington State, Democratic Party leader and House Speaker, Frank Chopp.
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