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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International Women’s Day 2016

March 8th, 2016

This year, let International Women’s Day be a renewed call to people around the world to join the struggle against women’s oppression. Every day, millions of women face down sexual violence, domestic violence, disproportional household  obligations, and severe economic inequality  – including, here in the US, an extreme pay gap, tip penalties, and egregiously low minimum wages. Yesterday, […]

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Camp Dearborn Residents Speak Out

March 7th, 2016

On February 27, 2016, residents of Camp Dearborn, a homeless encampment in Seattle, spoke to the People’s Assembly about the struggles of being homeless, how the city has failed their community in the past, and what we need to demand to win the fight against homelessness here in Seattle. Thank you, everybody. It’s great to […]

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My Opening Remarks to the People’s Assembly 2016

March 4th, 2016

This month, I will be sharing highlights from the People’s Assembly that we hosted on February 27, 2016. Here are my introductory remarks. Thank you Adam, for your inspiring opening of the Assembly. I also wanted to thank Adam and all of our staff members—Rebekah, Ben, and Ted—for doing most of the organizing for this event, and, indeed, all […]

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Introducing the People’s Assembly 2016

March 3rd, 2016

This month, I will be sharing highlights from the People’s Assembly that we hosted on February 27, 2016. Adam Ziemkowski, one of my Legislative Aides, opened the People’s Assembly with the following speech. Welcome to the first People’s Assembly in the city of Seattle! It is so fantastic to see so many people here. My name is […]

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Resolución por la liberación de Nestora Salgado – Aprobada por el Consejo de Seattle!

February 29th, 2016

El día 22 de Febrero del 2016, en el Consejo de la Ciudad de Seattle, por unanimidad se aprobó la Resolución mia que hace un llamado a las autoridades del Estado de Guerrero y al Gobierno Federal Mexicano para que dé fin a la detención ilegal y prolongada de la residente del área metropolitana de Seattle, […]

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My Comments on Seattle’s Free Nestora Resolution

February 23rd, 2016

On February 22, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed my resolution calling on authorities in the State of Guerrero and in the Mexican Federal Government to end the illegal detention of longtime greater Seattle resident Nestora Salgado, and calling on the U.S. State Department to prioritize Nestora’s release in its diplomatic discussions with Mexico. The full text […]

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