No Room for Rape Culture, Homophobia & Misogyny!

February 4th, 2016

In recent weeks, an international group of misogynists (yes, seriously) that call themselves “Return of Kings” online began coordinating meetups around the world for this upcoming weekend. Multiple venues were advertised for Seattle, including the Central Library. It’s an understatement to say that the views that this group hold on women and the LGBTQ community […]

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We Must Act Now, Offer Shelter, Human Services and Affordable Housing

January 28th, 2016

I am deeply saddened to learn about the terrible shooting that took place at a homelessness encampment in south Seattle. My condolences go to the families and friends of the victims. We don’t yet know everything about the circumstances around the shooting. What we do know is that this tragedy happened under conditions of homelessness, […]

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23rd Avenue is Open for Business!

January 22nd, 2016

For months now, much of 23rd Avenue has been blocked off, under construction. Large construction projects like this one very often lead to much-needed street improvements, and are beneficial to the entire community in the long run. But impacts during construction differ. Big businesses have the cash reserves to stay afloat and weather a loss of business […]

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Stop Inhumane Sweeps of Homeless Encampments!

January 21st, 2016

On January 19, 2016, representatives of the Mayor’s office came and spoke to Council about their “Encampment Removal Protocols” – a euphemistic expression for escalating sweeps of homeless encampments. The city is demolishing unauthorized encampments, evicting people from the only shelter they can find. Where should these Seattleites go? Shelters are full, and there is a Civil State of Emergency […]

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On the Paris Climate Conference and the Trial of the Delta 5

January 14th, 2016

On January 12, 2016, we held the first meeting of the Energy and Environment Committee. The committee, in my view, is mandated with providing leadership on environmental policy and energy and allied technology policy. Below are my introductory remarks, regarding the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and the beginning of the trial of courageous climate activists […]

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Why I voted against Amazon’s alley vacation

January 13th, 2016

On January 11, 2016, the Council voted on whether to grant an alley vacation for the development of a new Amazon building, despite strong opposition from workers and community members. I was the only Councilmember to vote against rubber-stamping this decision. I advocated for the Council to first hold Amazon accountable to community concerns and for […]

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“Socialism is Rising” (2016 Inauguration Speech)

January 4th, 2016

On January 4, 2016, hundreds of people packed City Hall to celebrate our victories and demand bold action from our newly inaugurated City Council. It’s clear that an overwhelming majority of working people in Seattle support taxing the rich, fair scheduling and rent control, and 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all workers. For […]

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Victory: Stronger Protections for Wage Theft

December 18th, 2015

On December 14, 2015, the Seattle City Council approved legislation increasing the penalties and remedies for wage theft. Now, if you are not paid your full wages, you are eligible to get back three times what you are owed. I proposed this as an amendment to the minimum wage ordinance in 2014, but no other […]

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Support Union Rights in the “New Economy”

December 14th, 2015

On December 14, 2015, the Seattle City Council passed groundbreaking legislation to provide the legal framework necessary for drivers of taxis and transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft to form unions and bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions. See my speech below. Sisters and Brothers, Thank you for being here for what I […]

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Support Seattle drivers – ALL workers deserve collective bargaining!

December 11th, 2015

On Monday, December 14, 2015, the Seattle City Council will vote on a groundbreaking proposal to provide and recognize app-based drivers’ collective bargaining rights. We need to stand with our city’s drivers! ALL workers deserve collective bargaining. Please read this letter from the Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council (MLKCLC) below, then join Seattle drivers to demand […]

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