We Can Build 1000 Homes – City Memo Explains How

September 22nd, 2016

Recently, the Mayor and his staff have said that the City cannot allocate the $160 million in Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) funding that was previously attached to the development of a new North Police Precinct building on affordable housing. They’re wrong. On September 22, 2016, the Legislative Department’s Central Staff published a memo which explains, at length, […]

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Bunker Blocked!!! Victory Rally & Rally to Build 1,000 Homes Instead, Sept. 22!

September 15th, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I sent the following press release tonight, in celebration of our victory, Blocking the Bunker! Congratulations to everyone who organized and fought for this big win, especially the activists with the #BlockTheBunker coalition! We will continue to organize to demand that $160 million be spent on affordable housing. In solidarity, Kshama   Councilmember […]

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Seattle Utilities Billing Glitch: Q&A

September 6th, 2016

On September 5, 2016, The Seattle Times reported about a glitch in the new billing system used by Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities which allowed customers to see other’s bills. Earlier today, Maura Brueger, the Director of Government & Legislative Affairs at Seattle City Light, sent the following Q&A to Councilmembers explaining the situation. The Q&A […]

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The City Must Not Sweep Camp Second Chance

August 12th, 2016

Yesterday, my office visited Camp Second Chance, a well-organized, self-managed, clean and sober homeless encampment in Seattle. It is currently located on unused city-owned land, in one of the Myers Way Parcels. At the beginning of August, with only 72 hours’ notice, the City almost evicted them with a characteristically inhumane homeless sweep. Homeless activists, public […]

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No New North Police Precinct!

August 11th, 2016

  Thank you to all of the activists who packed Council Chambers on August 10, 2016, to support the “Block the Bunker” campaign demanding Council vote against spending an astronomical $160 million (or $149 million) to build a new North Police Precinct. Their testimony can be seen in the video below. With an affordable housing crisis, ballooning homelessness, underdeveloped mass transit, underfunded education, and […]

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We Need Paid Family & Parental Leave Now! Health Care Professional Leticia Parks Speaks Out

August 8th, 2016

On July 30, 2016, we kicked off a bold new movement for paid family and parental leave for all in Seattle. More than 200 people representing a powerful coalition of state and city unions, women’s organizations, LGBTQ activists, social justice organizations, faith groups, and working people came together for the event. I encourage you to […]

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Packed House Kicks Off Our Movement to Demand Paid Family & Parental Leave

August 2nd, 2016

On July 30, 2016, more than 200 people representing a powerful coalition of state and city unions, women’s organizations, LGBTQ activists, social justice organizations, faith groups, and working people came together to kick off our bold new movement for paid family and parental leave for all in Seattle. Sponsors of the event included the Washington […]

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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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