Speech by Councilmember Kshama Sawant for Charleena Lyles Press Conference with Andre Taylor and Other Activists

November 17th, 2017

SEATTLE – On November 17, 2017 I made the following remarks after a press conference held by Andre Taylor and other Activists in reaction to the Force Review Board’s preliminary results in the pending investigation of the death of Charleena Lyles: “The decision of the Seattle Police Department’s Force Review Board is shameful. According to […]

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Call and Email your Councilmember to Say: Stop the Sweeps and Pass the HOMES Tax!

November 7th, 2017

Phone Script: Dear Councilmember ______, Hundreds of Seattle’s ordinary people – your constituents – spoke resoundingly, with one voice, at the budget committee public hearing on Nov 1st. We told City Council to Stop the Sweeps and pass the HOMES Tax in this year’s city budget! We said the inhumane and ineffective sweeps of human […]

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Nov 1 City Hall Campout & Die-In a Smashing Success! Stop the Sweeps, Tax Big Business to Fund Housing & Services!

November 2nd, 2017

Congratulations to the hundreds of ordinary people who came out on November 1 for a 4.5-hour public hearing, all-night rally and campout inside City Hall, culminating in a powerful die-in the next morning commemorating the 66 houseless people, including a baby, who have died this year so far on the streets! The message of the community […]

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PETITION: Stop the Sweeps, Fund Housing & Services in Seattle’s Budget

October 5th, 2017

Petition: Stop the Sweeps, Fund Housing & Services! Dear members of the Seattle City Council: In the coming weeks, you will be debating and voting on the 2018 City budget. The budget is not simply numbers. It is a moral document that speaks to our priorities and values as a city. Seattle has become two […]

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My Response to Mayor Murray’s Resignation

September 12th, 2017

  I join the working people and community members of Seattle who are understandably relieved at Mayor Ed Murray’s resignation. I had made clear in my July 31 Editorial that while no one should be tried in the court of public opinion, Murray had failed as an elected leader by repeatedly attacking the character of […]

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Response to Amazon’s Announcement it Will Build 2nd Headquarters

September 8th, 2017

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement after Amazon announced its intention to develop a second headquarters location outside Seattle: “Amazon’s quest for a second massive corporate base is reminiscent of Boeing’s ongoing efforts to ship jobs out of the Seattle area and hold us hostage. For decades, Boeing […]

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My Statement Regarding Trump’s Attack on DACA

September 5th, 2017

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Trump announced an end to the DACA program. Below is my statement in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers: Donald Trump’s egregious attack on the lives of over 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients is part of his promised all-out right-wing assault on immigrants. As an immigrant […]

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Build the Affordable Housing Alliance! Sign-on to the Fight for Economic Eviction Assistance today!

August 1st, 2017

Skyrocketing rents are forcing thousands of renters to move out of their homes, sometimes every year as rent increases of 10%, 50%, and higher become increasingly common. The Affordable Housing Alliance is working to build a movement of tenants to fight for massive investment in publicly owned affordable housing, and rent control. We are also […]

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Seattle Renters: Share Your Economic Eviction Story!

August 1st, 2017

Join Seattle’s Affordable Housing Alliance! Fight for affordable housing, rent control, and economic eviction assistance! Skyrocketing rents are forcing thousands of renters to move out of their homes, sometimes every year as rent increases of 10%, 50%, and higher become increasingly common. We know the cost to tenants and communities is enormous, but our stories […]

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Editorial: Murray Should Resign, and the Council Must Show Leadership

July 31st, 2017

On July 31, 2017, I composed the following Op-Ed regarding new abuse allegations against Mayor Ed Murray. It is time for Mayor Ed Murray to resign. While the legal outcomes for the allegations against Murray remain unclear, the most important question facing Seattle’s working people has already been answered. That question is one of leadership. […]

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