Over 1,000 Seattleites Attend Town Hall Debate on Rent Control

July 23rd, 2015

Sign the petition to Support Lifting the WA State Ban on Rent Control On Monday, July 20, 2015, more than 1,000 people overflowed Town Hall Seattle to watch a lively and at times heated debate on rent control. Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata and I organized the event and argued in support of rent control, while […]

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Statement on the leaked Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee draft report

July 9th, 2015

The leaked report from the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee (HALA) shows how quickly the primary issue of affordable housing is sidelined when housing advocates are required to reach consensus with big developers in secret, closed door meetings. Conspicuously absent in the draft report are any fundamental solutions, such as charging maximum developer “linkage […]

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Why the City of Seattle should not endorse the “Heritage and Freedom Flag”

June 23rd, 2015

On June 22, 2015, the Seattle City Council considered a resolution for the City of Seattle to formally recognize the South Vietnamese flag as the symbol of the Vietnamese community of Seattle. There is no question that the tremendous contribution of the Vietnamese community to Seattle must be recognized. However, for the Council, as the elected body […]

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On Juneteenth – Build the Struggle against Racism

June 19th, 2015

Sisters & Brothers, Today is Juneteenth, the day we celebrate the end of the Civil War and the smashing of slavery – one of the most brutally oppressive systems the world has known. While the institution of slavery is gone, racism is not. There are now more black men ensnared in the criminal justice system […]

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Letter opposing closure of Middle College at High Point

June 17th, 2015

The following letter was sent to the Superintendent and School Board of Seattle Public Schools on June 17th, 2015   Dear Superintendent Larry Nyland and School Board Members Stephan Blanford, Sherry Carr, Sue Peters, Marty McLaren, Harium Martin-Morris, Sharon Peaslee, and Betty Patu; Thank you for your ongoing support for public education. I am writing […]

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Evergreen Commencement Speech

June 12th, 2015

On June 12, 2015, I gave the Commencement Speech for Evergreen College’s 44th graduating class.   Dear graduates, students, faculty, family, and friends, Sisters and brothers, It is an honor to share this day with you, a day that will always remain memorable to you, and to those who love you. A commencement ceremony is […]

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36The Others: A poem by Jackie Sandberg

June 10th, 2015

LBT Jackie Sandberg is a Seattle musician/writer/activist.  As an activist they fight for the rights and dignity of other homeless LGBTQI people in Seattle, and they are playing a key role in organizing around the concrete needs that came out of the March 3rd Town Hall to address a spike in hate crimes on Capitol […]

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Winning Municipal Broadband Will Take a Grassroots Movement

June 9th, 2015

On the morning of April 9th, tens of thousands of Comcast’s Seattle customers suddenly found themselves without internet, television, or telephone service for hours. The outage was attributed to a damaged Comcast fiber optic line in Madison Park. Frustration mounted as the workday in parts of the city came to a virtual shutdown with no […]

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Environmentalists and Workers Must Link Up to Stop Global Warming and Fight for Workers’ Rights

May 19th, 2015

Yesterday, I rallied with hundreds of protestors to say NO to Shell’s Artic oil drilling, and to demand that the rig leave the Port of Seattle. To be successful, those who are passionate about fighting for the environment must link up with workers to collectively stop global warming and improve workers’ rights. Here’s a solidarity letter I sent to Port workers yesterday […]

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Divest UW Scores Major Victory, Convinces Board of Regents at UW to Divest from Coal

May 15th, 2015

Congratulations to the students in Divest UW, who joined the call to build divestment campaigns in 2012 and have worked relentlessly for 3 years to get the UW Board of Regents to divest from fossil fuels. Check out this article by The Guardian about this important win. On May 14th, after years of rallying and building […]

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