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Dear friends,

Last night over 3,000 working people rallied in Westlake Park in Seattle to defend abortion rights and fight back against the right-wing Supreme Court’s recently-exposed plans to completely overturn Roe v. Wade, banning abortion in 26 states, essentially overnight. If this barbaric attack succeeds, thousands of women will die each year from unsafe, illegal abortions, as was the case before abortion rights were won by mass movements of working people. And the right wing isn’t stopping at abortion. The leaked Supreme Court decision makes clear that the Court is also laying plans to re-criminalize same-sex marriage, and even homosexuality.

We need to escalate the fight to defend women’s and LGBTQ rights. Students, women’s organizations, socialists, and unions urgently need to build the types of actions that won abortion rights in the first place: mass demonstrations, walkouts, and strikes.

Are you a student who wants to organize a walkout at school on May 13, in solidarity with young people across the nation?

Are you a union member who wants be part of the union strike actions to protest right-wing attacks on abortion rights?

Are you a worker who does not have a union yet, but would like to organize your co-workers into action May 13 and 14?

Contact community organizers in my Council office NOW to build for a coordinated day of action!

For decades, the Democratic Party has failed to protect abortion rights. Despite holding large majorities in Congress many times since 1973, they have never codified Roe v. Wade into law, much less provided things like free childcare and free healthcare, which working people desperately need. Even now, Democratic Party leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Jim Clyburn are shamefully backing an anti-union, anti-abortion Democrat in the party’s primary in Texas, a state which has been at the center of attacks on abortion and LGBTQ rights.

The Democrats’ failed strategy was on display yesterday in Seattle, at a separate, smaller rally held by Democrats in Queen Anne. One Democratic Party politician after another went up to the microphone. Not one offered any strategy to defeat this historic attack. So what was their strategy? Everyone, from Congressmember Pramila Jayapal to State Senator Rebecca Saldaña, had pretty much the same thing to say: “Vote Blue” in November.

We can’t afford to follow this dead end. We need a fighting strategy based on class struggle methods to defeat this attack by the right wing.

Our rally in Seattle, which was built by my Council office, Socialist Alternative, the Seattle Democratic Socialists of America, and a coalition of progressive unions, was one of dozens around the country. Thousands of people rallied in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC, and many other cities. A huge number of working people are ready to fight. Students have already begun to coordinate walkouts. Students at the University of Washington are planning to walk out tomorrow.

We need to build on these actions. Students at yesterday’s rally called for a coordinated day of walkouts on Friday, May 13. Student groups and unions should answer this call and build for a powerful day of walkouts on May 13.

Defend Roe v. Wade! Contact my council office now about organizing a walkout at your school or workplace.

My Council office and my organization Socialist Alternative are also mobilizing for an important National Day of Action called by Planned Parenthood next Saturday, May 14. Please join us in building a contingent of progressive unions and socialists to march together as a united socialist feminist movement.

We need a mass movement to defeat this attack by the right wing, united around clear demands and with strong leadership from unions, women’s organizations, LGBTQ organizations, and socialists. We need to fight to protect the legal right to abortion and to expand reproductive rights to include free childcare and free healthcare, including free abortion and reproductive care.

Let’s build a powerful fightback to defend and extend reproductive rights!

In solidarity,
Councilmember Kshama Sawant

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