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Saturday, May 4 • 10:15am - 11:05am
Socialism’s Role in American Politics

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Socialism may ignite the ire of Republicans and many baby boomers, but it is gaining broad acceptance from millennials with politicians like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Bernie Sanders urging the country to adopt some of its tenets. We bring together Seattle’s socialist council member, the Democratic Socialist who challenged veteran Democratic representative Adam Smith and the state’s Democratic party chair to talk about what socialism is, what it isn’t and how it will play into the future of the Democratic party. 

Moderators
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David Plotz

CEO, Atlas Obscura
David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura (www.AtlasObscura.com), the Brooklyn-based media and travel company. He is also host of the popular Slate Political Gabfest podcast. Before joining Atlas Obscura in 2014, Plotz was Editor in Chief of Slate, where he won two National Magazine... Read More →

Speakers
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Kshama Sawant

Seattle City Councilmember, Seattle City Council
Kshama Sawant is not a career politician. An activist with Socialist Alternative, she brings a passion for social justice to her work as elected representative of Seattle’s working people. An outspoken socialist who has won election and reelection to the City Council, Kshama has... Read More →
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Sarah Smith

Former Washington Congressional Candidate
Sarah Smith is a former Congressional candidate for Washington's 9th District. She ran a small dollar grassroots campaign from 2017-2018 and challenged longtime incumbent Adam Smith, a fellow Democrat. Since the election, Sarah's campaign has been credited with moving Rep. Smith on... Read More →
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Tina Podlodowski

Chair, Washington State Democratic Party
Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski is the daughter of two naturalized U.S. citizens who fled post-WWII Europe as refugees. As a first generation American and lifelong Democrat, Tina has spent her life fighting for equality and a level playing field for all. Tina’s... Read More →


Saturday May 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
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