Rachele Fruit (City Council President Candidate)
10/9/2013, 12:14 p.m.
Campaign Web Site: None
City of Residence: Atlanta
How have you served your district and the city best in the past?: I have participated in working class struggles such as the protests of fast food workers demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. I have participated in marches for immigrants rights. I was part of the movement to free Troy Davis.
If elected, what issues will you give highest priority to?: To get a jobs program that puts millions to work, we need to fight for a massive public works program where we could build--at liveable wages--housing, hospitals, schools, day care and elder care centers that workers need. I support all efforts by workers to organize unions.
Level of Education: BA
Name: Rachele Fruit
Office Sought: President Atlanta City Council
Political Experience: Participant in working class struggles for 40 years
Prior Office(s) Held: None
Profession: Factory worker
What do you plan to accomplish during your term in office?: With the help of The Militant newspaper, to raise awareness that the Democratic and Republican parties represent the interests of the bosses. We need to be organized on the job (unions) and in the fight for governmental power into a workers' political party like the Socialist Workers Party.
What is your vision for the future of Atlanta?: Atlanta is class-divided like the rest of the country. Workers must come together as a class. "We" is not Atlanta or Georgia or the US against everyone else, but all workers and small farmers with common interests around the world.
What specific strengths do you bring to the position you seek?: An industrial worker for years, I put the needs of working people first. I have spoken at public forums helping to explain that working people face the brunt of a deep crisis in the capitalist system of production and trade that has resulted in 24 million of us being thrown out of work.