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FLUX · Recent Victories, Lasting Problems in US Left Electoralism, and COVID-19

VOL. 1
EVENT
Movements in Seattle & Philadelphia for housing, defunding the police, taxing corporations in contemporary US politics.

NIKIL SAVAL

· KSHAMA SAWANT

FLUX: An Evening in Dissent


FLUX was held at a peculiar time. In December 2020, there was both during a raging pandemic and following exciting victories by progressive candidates in state elections in the US, including Nikil Saval, former co-editor of n+1, to PA State Senate. Tisya Mavuram and Kamil Ahsan convened with Sen. Nikil Saval and longtime socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant to talk about the future of left politics, relations with the Democratic Party, and the pandemic.



Introduction
SAAG, Past & Present: A Panel with the Editors
DJ Kiran: A Celebratory Set

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ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
SHEBANI RAO
A Freelancer's Guide to Decision-Making
JAMIL JAN KOCHAI
A Premonition; Recollected

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Event
Panel
COVID-19
Recall Efforts
Democratic Party
Progressive Politics
Electoral Politics
Accommodationism
Bernie Sanders
Socialist Alternative
State Senate
Local Politics
Local vs. National Politics
Washington
Pennsylvania
City Council Races
State Senate Races
Centrism
Right-Wing Assault
Amazon
Gentrification
Criminal Negligence
Fighting the Two-Party System
Labor
Migrant Workers
Stimulus Package
Legitimacy of the Capitalist System
Demographics
The Guise of Bipartisanship
Capitalist Class
Reactionary
Democratic Elites
Nancy Pelosi
Chuck Schumer
Insider Negotiation
Standards of Living
Minimum Wage
Democratic Establishment
Post-George Floyd Moment
George Floyd
Anti-Racism
Mass Protests
Amazon Tax
Corporation Taxation
Labor Movement
Racial Justice
Tax Cuts for the Rich
Primarying Centrist Democrats
Defund the Police
Abolitionism
Minneapolis
Police Departments
Mayoralties
Pledges to Defund Police
Career Politicians
Budget Votes
Movement Organization
Movement Strategy
Seattle Activist Politics
Black Lives Matter
Democratic Socialists of America
Ballot Initiative
Housing
Municipal Politics
Shelter System
Encampments of the Unhoused
Negotiating Directly with Philadelphia City
City-Owned Properties
Land Trusts
Leftist Media
Magazine Culture
n+1
Hospitality Workers
Growth of Left Media
FLUX

SENATOR NIKIL SAVAL is a father, husband, writer, and organizer. Saval’s organizing is deeply rooted in the labor movement. From 2009 to 2013, he was a volunteer labor organizer with UNITE HERE. In 2016, he was a leader in U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. He went on to co-found Reclaim Philadelphia, in 2018, he was elected as Leader of Philadelphia’s Democratic Second Ward. Saval was the first Asian American to hold the position of Ward Leader in Philadelphia. He previously served as co-editor of the literary journal n+1 and still serves on its board of directors. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and a contributing writer for The New Yorker, covering architecture, design, and housing. His is the author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace (2014).

KSHAMA SAWANT is a socialist activist, organizer, a member of Socialist Alternative, in solidarity with the Committee for a Workers' International. A visible presence in the Occupy Movement, and American Federation of Teachers Local 1789. She has been in office since 2014 when she was elected to the Seattle City Council on a platform of a $15/hr minimum wage, rent control and taxing the super-rich to fund mass transit and education. In 2014, she became the first socialist elected in a major US city in decades.

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