Letter Sent in Solidarity with Hunger Striking Detainees

March 11th, 2014

The following letter was sent on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Dr. George C. Zoley, CEO of GEO Group Inc. One Park Place, Suite 700 621 Northwest 53rd Street Boca Raton, FL 33487 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Nathalie R. Asher, Field Office Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations U.S. Immigration […]

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Victory for custodians at the Harborview Medical Center!

March 7th, 2014

This post is a follow-up on our office’s ongoing work with custodians at Harborview Medical Center who had been experiencing discrimination and harassment from their managers. For more background, check out our previous post that contains the letter we sent last month urging Harborview to end the harassment, and this Seattle Times article. Tuesday night the […]

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Responding to Recent Questions on $15/hour

March 5th, 2014

Recently there have been questions about how to implement the $15/hour minimum wage. There’s been a lot of talk from business that workers should compromise. Here are some initial thoughts, we will be talking more soon: We are fighting for $15/hour for all low-wage workers in Seattle. I would estimate that there are close to […]

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Town Hall on the Minimum Wage – March 5

March 3rd, 2014

The debate around the minimum wage continues in Seattle. Councilmember Kshama Sawant and 15 Now call for a $15/hour minimum wage, however the debate and discussion has taken place behind closed doors without the direct input of minimum wage workers.  Wednesday, March 5, 2014 is the first time that City Council and Mayor Ed Murray’s […]

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Letter Urging Harborview to End Racial Harrassment

February 26th, 2014

The following letter was sent on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine & Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs Department of Medicine, University of Washington Health Sciences Center, C-314 Box 356350 1959 NE Pacific Street Seattle, WA  98195 Ms. Johnese Spisso, Interim Harborview Director & Vice President for Medical Affairs […]

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February 15 – Day of Organizing for a $15/hour Minimum Wage

February 11th, 2014

Dear sisters and brothers, Join me on Saturday, February 15: I will be enthusiastically adding my voice to the 15now.org Day of Organizing at 2pm at the SEIU 775 Headquarters at 215 Columbia Street, downtown. To win a $15/hour minimum wage, we need to organize. Big business is gearing up to spend tens of millions […]

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Report Back from First City Light Meeting

January 23rd, 2014

On Wednesday January 29, I chaired my first Energy Committee meeting as City Councilmember. It was the beginning of a process of learning about City Light, municipalized energy, and electric power systems. My Priorities for the Energy Committee The last several decades have seen an intense wave of privatization of public utilities and infrastructure, both […]

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