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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More than 500 People Attend Affordable Housing Town Hall

April 24th, 2015

“If you thought Seattle activists were passionate in their successful push for the $15 an hour minimum wage, just wait until you see their fervor for rent control.” – Puget Sound Business Journal 4/24/15 More than 500 tenants, housing advocates, and social justice activists packed City Hall on April 23rd for an Affordable Housing Town […]

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What do the applicants to replace Councilmember Sally Clark stand for?

April 22nd, 2015

On April 21st, I sent the following questions to the finalists for City Council Position 9 who applied to fill the vacancy left by former Councilmember Sally Clark. This will allow the public to learn of the stances of the finalists regarding some of Seattle’s most important issues. My email to the applicants is provided […]

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$15/hr is just the beginning!

April 15th, 2015

On April 15th, Councilmember Kshama Sawant joined thousands of workers across the nation struggling for higher wages and workers’ rights. The victory for $15/hour in Seattle is just the beginning. Local protests focused on Seattle University’s attempts to block faculty from unionizing, and pressuring Macy’s to raise wages outside of Seattle and give workers a […]

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Kshama Sawant Speaks with Activists Occupying Shell’s Arctic Drilling Rig

April 9th, 2015

Today, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant spoke via satellite phone with activists aboard Shell’s Arctic drilling oil rig 750 miles northwest of Hawaii. Sawant was joined by Mary Nichol, National Activist Network Director at Greenpeace, and Kurtis Criscoula from Greenpeace Seattle. See below for more information and audio and a transcript of the conversation.   On Monday, April 6th, six Greenpeace […]

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Stop the TPP! City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Fast Track

March 31st, 2015

“Few things counterpose the greed of multinational corporations to the interests of workers, the environment, and democracy as sharply as trade deals like NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” – Councilmember Kshama Sawant Yesterday the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution I co-sponsored opposing the TPP and Trade Promotion Authority, more commonly known as “fast […]

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Public Forum: Ending Hate Crimes Against the LGBTQ Community

March 9th, 2015

Over the last two years, Seattle has seen a surge in hate crimes and discrimination against the LGBTQ community on Capitol Hill. We’re going to need to unite as a city and find bold and lasting solutions to address this crisis. On March 3rd, 2015, together with Danni Askini from the Gender Justice League, I hosted […]

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Kshama Sawant – 15 Months Later, Alaska Airlines is Still Refusing to Pay $15/hr

February 23rd, 2015

On February 19 2015, I attended a pretrial rally in defense of workers and fellow organizers who are standing up to Alaska Airlines and the corporation’s refusal to follow the law and pay workers the $15/hour minimum wage SeaTac voters approved more than fifteen months ago. I was proud to stand and speak with my fellow “jail mates,” […]

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Solidarity with the Seattle University Adjunct Walkout!

February 23rd, 2015

Last Monday, I sent out the following letter in solidarity with Seattle University’s Adjunct Professors who are walking out to demand better working conditions and defend their right to organize. Join the walkout this Wednesday!    February 16th, 2015 Dear Seattle University Adjunct Professors, As a member of both the Seattle City Council and the […]

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