Socialism at the Ballot Box

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:30pm
Brecht Forum @ The Commonsn 388 Atlantic Avenuen Brooklyn, NY 11217n United Statesn

January 16th, 2014 7:30 PM
Socialism at the Ballot Box
Alan Akrivos, Jen Roesch, Bhaskar Sunkara, Moderated by John Halle

The 2013 municipal elections offered a few signs of hope for the Left. In Seattle, Kshama Sawant won a City Council seat as an avowed socialist, while fellow Socialist Alternative candidate Ty Moore finished a close second in Minneapolis. Here in New York, Bill de Blasio's election reflects a leftward shift in the electorate, while the City Council's Progressive Caucus doubled in size. What opportunities exist for socialists in New York electoral politics? Should socialists run for office? How should local socialists orient towards the Democratic, Working Families, and Green parties? What can socialist elected officials do to aid extra-electoral movements? Can electoral politics serve to unite the fragmented elements of the post-Occupy left?

Discussants: Alan Akrivos (activist and member of Socialist Alternative), Jen Roesch (activist and member of the International Socialist Organization), Bhaskar Sunkara (editor and publisher of Jacobin magazine)
Moderator: John Halle (former Green Party alderman, New Haven, CT)

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