What is your name? *

Sam Manuel

What is your age? *


What is your occupation? *

Industrial worker

What is your city of residence? *


How many years in public service? *

50 plus years in the working class movement. As a youth participated in civil rights movement that tore down Jim Crow segregation. Organized protests against the Vietnam War and continued to oppose U.S. wars up to and including in Afghanistan and Iraq. Long-time trade unionist and defender of prisoners’ political rights.

List your Community/Civic Affiliations: *

Member of several unions: United Steel Workers, United Food and Commercial Workers Union, United Transportation Union. Socialist Workers Party.

Where can voters find you online? (social media links & website) *


What is the position you are running for? *

President of the Atlanta City Council.

Why are you running for office? *

I am running to present a fighting working class program to confront the crises of unemployment, lack of healthcare, ever present wars, and a never ending pandemic that capitalism brings down on working people. Workers need to build our own political party—a labor party.

In what ways do you believe your experience will assist you in your position, if elected? *

I have a long history in the working class movement, and union battles, against all forms of discrimination by the bosses and their government. I urge the unions to protest every act of Jew hatred—a deadly danger to advancing the class interests and solidarity of all workers and toiling farmers.

Why are you the best candidate for this position? *

I am the only candidate defending the interests of the working class and working farmers. The working class needs its own foreign policy. End the US embargo against the Cuba Revolution.

What do you think your constituents need the most? *

Unions are important defense organizations of the working class and are needed in every workplace, not only in defense of wages and benefits, but also for workers control of conditions on the job.

What would you do differently than the predecessor in the position/office you’re running for? *

History shows that every meaningful gain working people have won has come from our self-organization, and disciplined struggle that raises our self-confidence and capacities. I have and will continue to talk with workers on their door steps and on picket lines in this city and across the region about building solidarity and using our unions to push back attempts by the bosses.

What are the three (legislative) issues you will address, if elected? *

Defense of women’s right to access family planning services, including abortions. Amnesty for undocumented immigrants to unite workers For universal ,guaranteed cradle-to-grave health care.

If elected, what is your plan of action the first 100 days in office? *

Federally-financed public works program to put millions to work at union-scale wages to build hospitals, schools, housing, mass transportation and much more that workers need. A sliding scale of hours and wages to stop layoffs and runaway prices. Cut the workweek with no cut in pay! Cost-of-living clauses in every contract that raise pay and retirement benefits to offset every rise in prices!

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