Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has been formally charged with disorderly conduct for her role in the $15 minimum wage protest at Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac last month.
As SHIFT reported, Sawant and three others were arrested—and now are charged—for blocking traffic near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. At the time, Sawant compared herself and her cause to actual civil rights activists of the past. It appears that Sawant’s high opinion of herself has not changed. Sawant issued the following statement after being charged,
“Why do workers face charges when they peacefully campaign for their rights, while corporate criminals go free? Our justice system is broken. As long as their movement continues, I will stand with workers in Sea-Tac.”
The statement is very typical of Sawant, always one to deflect blame and never one to accept responsibility. She shouldn’t face the consequences of breaking the law—oh no, the “justice system is broken.”
Sawant faces a maximum of 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.