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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Oil Trains: Example of Capitalism’s Destructive Environmental Agenda

July 28th, 2014

On Thursday, the City of Seattle dodged a bullet when a BNSF train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed under the Magnolia Bridge without a leak or explosion. This is extremely alarming. It is important to stress how lucky we were that it wasn’t a real disaster. More oil was spilled last year by BNSF and […]

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Support Occupy CEHKC’s Plan to End Homelessness in Seattle

July 22nd, 2014

On June 22, 2014, I released the following statement in solidarity with the work of Occupy CEHKC: Housing is an internationally recognized human right. Yet that principle has gained little traction with local policy makers, where last year at least 57 homeless people died in King County because they lacked safe housing. Tragically, the average lifespan of a […]

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Standing with the Bartons, Standing with SAFE Activists

July 21st, 2014

Call to action for fellow Councilmembers: Friday, July 18th, I participated in a home defense protest alongside Standing Against Foreclosures and Evictions (SAFE), Washington Community Action Network (CAN), and Socialist Alternative.  As you know, Councilmember Licata and I have supported SAFE in their efforts.  The activists have continued their struggle all weekend, and it is crucial […]

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