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Longtime labor activist running to be the next Atlanta City Council president

Longtime labor activist Sam Manuel is running for Atlanta City Council president.
Longtime labor activist Sam Manuel is running for Atlanta City Council president.
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Sam Manuel, a member of the Socialist Workers Party, says if he’s elected to be the next Atlanta City Council president, he will focus on organizing workers and allowing their voices and concerns to be heard.

On Friday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Manuel, a longtime labor activist and a dairy stocker at Walmart, says since the start of his campaign in February he’s been going door-to-door talking with people and that if elected he’s open to working with anyone.

“The structure of the government, whether it’s in this city or anywhere else, it’s not so much that it favors the mayor, it favors the wealthy and it favors their interests and their rule,” explained Manuel.

During the conversation, Manuel discussed how he’d address crime, affordable housing, homelessness and continue advocating for higher wages for the working class.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.