Saturday 9/20: Kshama Sawant, Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges to Debate Strategy for the Environmental Movement

September 18th, 2014

UPDATE: Live-stream the event here starting at 5pm Pacific Time, and a complete HD video of the proceedings will be posted by The Real News Network around 9:30pm Pacific Time. The event will also be live-tweeted from @socialistclay. Saturday, September 20th, 8pm EST (5pm Pacific) Kshama Sawant will join Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, activists Naomi Klein, Bill […]

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Rebuild the Independent Women’s Movement! Fight for Reproductive Rights

September 9th, 2014

On September 8th, 2014, the Seattle City Council voted in favor of a resolution that called on the federal government to repeal all bans on public coverage for abortion, like the Hyde Amendment. It also encourages further efforts to improve access to both public and private insurance coverage for abortion and all forms of reproductive […]

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Tax Corporations and Super-Wealthy People to Fund Washington Schools

September 5th, 2014

On Wednesday, the Washington State Supreme Court heard arguments about whether the Court should find state legislators in contempt for its criminal underfunding of Washington schools. Activists traveled to Olympia to deliver a letter (included below), calling on the Supreme Court, Governor Inslee, and the Legislature to fully fund our public schools by taxing corporations […]

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Seattle Should Divest from Corporations Profiting from Immigrant Detentions

August 15th, 2014

On August 11th, I co-sponsored an immigration resolution calling on Obama and Congress to replace the enforcement oriented system with one that respects workers’ rights and keeps families together. This is a powerful message to send at a critical time in the national immigration debate. The city’s investments should also reflect its values on immigration. Currently […]

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The Roots of Today’s Immigration and Refugee Crisis

August 12th, 2014

This week the Seattle City Council passed a resolution (PDF) on immigration reform rooted in the work of El Comité. I used this opportunity to place the immigration crisis within its proper historical and economic context. Watch my speech in Council Chambers and see the transcript below. While speaking out in support of this resolution calling for urgent […]

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Letter of Support from National Lawyers Guild Seattle Chapter

August 11th, 2014

This week the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild issued a statement urging Councilmembers to sign on to my letter calling on President Obama and Congress to denounce the violence in Gaza. See their statement below, and check out my letter here.   August 8, 2014   To the Seattle City Council:   The […]

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Letter Condemning Continued Violence in Gaza

August 11th, 2014

On Monday, August 4th I shared a draft letter with Councilmembers calling on Obama and members of both houses of Congress to condemn the continuation of violence in Gaza. Peace in Israel and Palestine is essential to peace within the region. In order to assure that peace, Israel’s violence in Palestine must immediately cease and the targeting […]

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Letter of Support from Jewish Voice for Peace

August 7th, 2014

Today, Jewish Voice for Peace wrote to Seattle City Councilmembers asking them to join me in calling on Obama and Congress to issue a formal statement denouncing Israel’s siege and blockade of Gaza, along with the occupation of the West Bank, and calling for an end to all U.S. government military aid for Israel. I am very grateful […]

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Draft Letter Condemning Continued Violence in Gaza

August 4th, 2014

On Monday August 4th at Full Council, I shared a draft letter with Councilmembers calling on Obama and members of both houses of Congress to condemn the continuation of violence in Gaza. Elected officials in the U.S. have failed to step up and speak to the conflict. It is the duty of all people, irrespective of […]

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Gaza Solidarity: End the Brutal Violence and Killings

August 4th, 2014

This Saturday I attended the weekly peaceful protest in Seattle against the violence being inflicted by the Israeli state on the people of Gaza. It was really gratifying to see a strong and defiant spirit at the protest at Westlake, and the solidarity from progressive people in Seattle, regardless of ethnicity and national origin. I […]

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