August 28, 2013

SEIU Minnesota State Council Endorses Socialist Alternative Candidate Ty Moore

Ty Moore is running against 5 Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) candidates for the Ward 9 seat of the Minneapolis City Council.  The SEIU State Council represents workers in all SEIU locals (30,000).

In their press release they explain why it was a unanimous endorsement.  Harrison Bullard, Vice President of Local 26: "Ty Moore may have been the most impressive candidate we screened." Ty has long been a partner of SEIU through his work with Occupy Homes and in collaboration with Minnesotans For A Fair Economy.  "He marched with us in sub zero temperatures and stood on the picket line in support of low wage workers.  He clearly does not just talk, Ty takes action whenever he encounters injustice.  Ty is for real - he is about the people".

Moore's campaign is calling for a moratorium on housing foreclosures, $15 hour minimum wage and an end to deportations and workplace repression of undocumented immigrants.  Many of SEIU's members are immigrants fighting low wages and racist abuses by employers.

"Working people are disenchanted with a broken political system.  As an elected city counselor my job will be to give voice to the anger at big business and the political establishment and provide a real alternative for working people.  I will only take an average worker's wage and donate the rest of the $80,000 salary to building social movements.  SEIU's endorsement is a capstone on the powerful multi-racial grassroots coalition we are building to win this election.  We bring together socialists, labor and community activists, Greens and disgruntled Democrats because history shows it takes movements of working people to challenge the corporate stronghold on our political system."

 Organizational Endorsements:
SEIU Minnesota State Council
Socialist Alternative
Socialist Action
Green Party
Democratic Socialists Of America - Twin Cities
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HallView said...

It would be interesting to see who could be attracted to run for our City Council if any salary was involved, let alone $80,000. Thus far, it seems that only those who can afford to not be paid.

Ann Montague said...

Definitely..Both Ty in Minneapolis and Kshama in Seattle have been active in the movements against foreclosures, raising the minimum wage, fighting police brutality and strike support. So they are well known in their communities as working in social movements - they start with that visibility.