Meet the New Generation of “Sidewalk Socialists”

Source: In These Times
by Rebecca Burns

“‘They say I ‘came out of nowhere,” India Walton, 39, said at the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) convention in August. She was referring to the political establishment and media punditry that had dismissed her underdog campaign for mayor in the Democratic primary in Buffalo, N.Y. ‘What they really mean is that people like me aren’t supposed to become the Democratic nominee and presumptive mayor-elect of a major American city,’ she went on. Walton, a community organizer who has never held elected office, defeated four-term incumbent Mayor Byron Brown (who didn’t even bother to campaign against her). Running openly as a democratic socialist, Walton spoke candidly about the circumstances that propelled her toward politics.” (09/28/21)