District 3 “Tax the Rich!” Town Hall

May 23rd, 2017

On May 18, 2017, my office and the Trump-Proof Seattle Coalition brought together more than 200 people for a District 3 town hall to build a movement to Tax the Rich! For decades, poor and working class people in our state have paid far more of their income in taxes than the super-rich. Now with […]

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My Statement in Solidarity with 40,000+ Striking CWA Workers

May 19th, 2017

On May 19, 2017, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) launched a 40,000+ strong nationwide strike! This is the first major workers’ strike since Trump was elected. Here is the statement I shared with CWA workers in solidarity.   Sisters and brothers of the Communication Workers of America at AT&T, As a socialist, activist, elected […]

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Schneider, Carroll and Allen – Sign Colin Kaepernick!

May 19th, 2017

On May 19, 2017, I wrote the following letter to Seattle Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, Head Coach Pete Carroll, and Owner Paul Allen, asking them to sign Colin Kaepernick as backup quarterback. Dear Seattle Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, Head Coach Pete Carroll, and Owner Paul Allen: I am writing to convey that Colin Kaepernick […]

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My letter to Office of Labor Standards: Please investigate retaliation claims by Amazon/SIS security workers

May 3rd, 2017

On May 3, 2017, I sent the following letter in solidarity with Abdinasir Elmi and Betiel Desta, two Amazon security workers being targeted for retaliation by an Amazon contractor, Security Industry Specialists (SIS). Elmi and Betiel were part of a delegation on May 1, International Workers’ Day, that included faith leaders, security officers, and supporters […]

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Demand affordable housing now – pack City Hall May 3rd!

April 27th, 2017

Sign Ethiopian Community in Seattle’s petition demanding Council fund their affordable housing project! While developers rake in huge profits, outrageous rents are driving ordinary people, especially immigrant families, seniors, and communities of color, further out of Seattle and away from existing services, schools, and community support. With the average Seattle apartment renting for $2,100/month, a person must […]

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Unanimous Vote in Favor of May Day Resolution: City Workers Can Now Rally for Immigrant and Workers Rights on May 1 Without Fear of Retaliation

April 25th, 2017

On April 24, 2017, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution brought forward by the May 1st Action Coalition, the Coalition of City Unions, immigrant rights activists, and me, proclaiming City of Seattle workers have the right to take the day off on May 1, 2017 without retaliation. The resolution further asks that all […]

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My Speech on the Creation of a Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants Detained by ICE

April 18th, 2017

On April 17, 2017, the Seattle City Council voted to allocate $1 million to create a Legal Defense Fund for immigrants detained by ICE. It’s essential that we back legal action with mass political action, building a fighting mass movement that stands in solidarity with all working people. See my full remarks below. I am very happy to […]

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My response regarding allegations against Mayor Murray

April 12th, 2017

On April 12, 2017, I issued the following statement. Since Thursday, our city has been shaken by the allegations of sexual abuse brought forward against Mayor Murray. While I cannot speak to the veracity of the claims, allegations of rape and abuse should always be taken seriously and investigated with care and diligence. I also […]

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Council Majority Shamelessly Vote Down Affordable Housing in South Lake Union

April 10th, 2017

On April 10, 2017, the Seattle City Council voted in favor of upzoning South Lake Union and Downtown. Councilmember Herbold introduced an amendment to increase the pitiful 2.1% affordable housing requirement included in the bill to 5%. This should have been a straightforward yes vote for a City Council that claims to be progressive. And even 5% […]

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My Speech at the March for Health – Build the Fight for Medicare for All!

April 10th, 2017

On April 1, 2017, I rallied with healthcare providers, labor activists, and ordinary people organizing for world class healthcare to discuss the defeat of Trumpcare and how we can build the movement for “Medicare for All” style single-payer healthcare in Washington and the US. See my speech below. Just over a week ago, on March 24, […]

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