Posts for February, 2016

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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23rd Ave Community Speaks In Briefing

February 22nd, 2016

On February 16, 2016, I invited small business owners, residents, and community leaders from the Central District to discuss the impact of the construction project on the 23rd Avenue corridor. The situation on 23rd Ave is a microcosm of how our city responds to gentrification. Infrastructure developments are necessary. So is making and keeping Seattle affordable for […]

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Free Nestora Salgado! / Libertad para Nestora Salgado!

February 19th, 2016

Join me and community organizers on Monday, February 22, at City Hall, 2 PM, in support of a resolution calling on the authorities in the State of Guerrero and in the Mexican Federal Government to end the illegal detention of Nestora Salgado immediately, and calling on Secretary of State Kerry and the U.S. State Department to prioritize Nestora’s […]

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Fund Shelter for the Homeless, Stop the Sweeps!

February 18th, 2016

On February 16, 2016, Council discussed the $2.3 million that activists won during the last budget cycle for shelter space and homelessness in general. In the discussion, I once again asked my colleagues to support spending $10 million from the Emergency Subfund to fund the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness’ plan for 1,000 addition shelter beds. […]

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350 Seattle Say “No Thank You” to Seattle City Light Nominee

February 16th, 2016

Earlier this week, 350 Seattle sent the following letter to their members and supporters. Larry Weis for CEO of Seattle City Light? No thank you. The Seattle City Council is currently considering hiring Larry Weis to be the new CEO of Seattle City Light. Weis recently left a similar position at Austin Energy, the municipal utility […]

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Seattle City Light CEO Confirmation Q&A – Part 1

February 16th, 2016

On February 4, 2016, Larry Weis, the Mayor’s nominee for Seattle City Light General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, appeared before the Energy and Environment Committee for the first of several meetings regarding his nomination. Councilmembers asked him a series of questions. We discussed several areas of concern to Seattle, including climate change, executive pay, and […]

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Sign the Petition for Immediate Action on Homelessness – $10M for Emergency Shelter Now! Stop the Sweeps!

February 10th, 2016

After years of neglect, massive cuts to social services, and unrelenting rent hikes throughout the City, Seattle’s homelessness crisis continues to spiral out of control. Volunteers for 2016’s One Night Count found 4,505 unsheltered people in King County, with 2,942 out on the streets of Seattle. That’s a 40% increase in homelessness over the past two years […]

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Commemorating the 97th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike

February 8th, 2016

This Saturday, February 6, 2016, marked the 97th Anniversary of the Seattle General Strike. After two years of strict wage controls, workers in Seattle’s shipyards went on strike, demanding living wages for all shipbuilding workers. One hundred and ten local unions, including at least 65,000 workers, voted to join them in solidarity. For one week, […]

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No Room for Rape Culture, Homophobia & Misogyny!

February 4th, 2016

In recent weeks, an international group of misogynists (yes, seriously) that call themselves “Return of Kings” online began coordinating meetups around the world for this upcoming weekend. Multiple venues were advertised for Seattle, including the Central Library. It’s an understatement to say that the views that this group hold on women and the LGBTQ community […]

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