REI Workers Rally at City Hall for Fair Schedules, Strong Wages & Right to Unionize

July 15th, 2016

On July 11, 2016, well over 100 people packed City Hall to rally with REI workers fighting for fair schedules, strong wages, and the right to organize a union at their co-op without interference or retaliation. Workers presented the following demands, which you can sign on to here: Access to Full-Time Hours: Existing workers must […]

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Standing with Broadcast TV Workers, Supporting Local Broadcasting

June 28th, 2016

On June 27, 2016, the Seattle City Council passed International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 600 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46’s resolution to protect high quality locally produced broadcast news. For more, watch or read my speech below. Transcript of Speech as Delivered I’d like to thank all the activists from IATSE […]

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Solidarity with striking CNTE Teachers in Mexico!

June 25th, 2016

On June 24, 2016, I sent a letter (English, Español) and video statement expressing solidarity with Mexican teachers organized in the National Education Workers Coordinating Committee (CNTE), fighting against neoliberal education reforms promoted by President Peña Nieto’s brutal government, including the use of standardized tests to evaluate and justify mass firings of teachers. Our sisters and brothers in […]

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Council Proclaims June 24th 2016 Trans Pride Day

June 20th, 2016

On June 20, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a proclamation declaring June 24, 2016, Trans Pride Day. Trans Pride is a bold political act of defiance in a society that still largely refuses to allow people to define themselves as they are. The fight for trans rights is critical to the broader struggles of […]

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Stand with our LGBTQ Sisters and Brothers! Fight back against Scapegoating & Islamophobia!

June 12th, 2016

This morning, we were all devastated to learn of the horrific terrorist attack on the LGBTQ community at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts go out to all grieving, most especially to the victims and their families. This mass murder did not happen in a political and social vacuum. Indeed, we did not […]

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VICTORY! Carl Haglund Law against Slumlords Passes!

June 6th, 2016

After more than a half-year of organizing, tenant activists and housing justice organizers have won a major victory with the unanimous passage of the Carl Haglund Law. This bill will ban rent hikes in buildings with code violations, a horrendous practice that has been legal and all-too-common. I want to thank everyone who fought in this struggle. […]

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Seattle Stands Against Nuclear Power

May 25th, 2016

On May 24, 2016, the Energy & Environment Committee unanimously voted in favor of the resolution I brought forward, drafted by environmental activists from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Heart of America Northwest, and others from the anti-nuclear movement. It calls on Seattle City Light to oppose the Columbia Generating Station, the sole nuclear power plant in the Pacific Northwest, […]

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My remarks on the Occidental Street Vacation

May 3rd, 2016

On May 2, 2016, the Seattle City Council voted No on granting alley vacation on Occidental Street. Please see my remarks below: Deciding how to vote on this item was not easy for me, and my staff and I have had to dig deeply on both sides to make up our minds. I have to […]

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After Friedrichs v. CTA – Rebuild the Fighting Labor Movement!

March 30th, 2016

Yesterday brought great news for the labor movement, with the Supreme Court affirming the dismissal of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a lawsuit that was aimed at undermining public sector unions and the labor movement in general. If the ruling had gone the other way, Friedrichs v. CTA would have reduced the entire public sector to “right to work” status. This […]

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People’s Assembly: We Can End Homelessness – Community Organizers Speak Out

March 10th, 2016

The People’s Assembly on February 27, 2016, was exciting and inspiring. More than 400 people packed into City Hall to hear our panel discussion on how we can end homelessness, and engage in organizing workshops on an impressive variety of issues. A number of elected officials joined us or wrote in to the event. I want to […]

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