Posts for 'Anti-Racism'

My Speech on Seattle’s Call for Zero Youth Detention

September 22nd, 2015

On September 21, 2015, the Seattle City Council unanimously adopted a resolution committing to a vision of zero youth detentions within Seattle. Congratulations to the activists and community members who have built such a powerful movement against youth detention and the school-to-prison pipeline.  I strongly support this resolution, but words are not enough. Only months ago, every other Councilmember […]

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Speech on the Establishment of Seattle Educators Week

September 15th, 2015

On September 9, 2015, my resolution to designate the week of September 14-18 as Seattle Educators Week passed unanimously.  Within this legislation, the Seattle City Council called on the school district to negotiate in good faith, and for the Washington State Legislature to fully fund education. Go here for the full text of the legislation, and watch […]

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Please Support the Rent Control Resolution Sponsored by Councilmembers Sawant and Licata

September 14th, 2015

On Thursday, September 17 at 9:00 AM at City Hall, the City Council’s Housing Committee will discuss the Rent Control Resolution introduced by Councilmember Nick Licata and me (more details on the event here). Passing the Rent Control Resolution would make it official policy that the City of Seattle wants Washington State to lift its […]

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“Seattle Educators Week” Resolution Passes Unanimously

September 14th, 2015

Thank you to all those who came to City Hall today to support my resolution designating this week as Seattle Educators Week! With the unanimous passage of this legislation, the City Council calls on the school district to negotiate in good faith, and for the Washington State Legislature to fully fund education. See below for the […]

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Community Forum: Stand with Seattle Educators!

September 11th, 2015

On September 10th, 2015, three days after the Seattle Education Association went on strike for a fair contract, I hosted a Community Forum, “Stand with Seattle Educators – Support a Fair Contract and High Quality Education for All.” The event was sponsored by the newly formed Coalition for the Schools Seattle Deserves, an alliance of educators, parents, […]

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My Comments About Anti-Chinese Legislation

August 6th, 2015

On August 3, 2015, I was pleased to vote for a Seattle City Council resolution condemning the racist anti-Chinese legislation and policies that were so ubiquitous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This resolution cannot undo the harm done in the past. But acknowledging this history and recognizing the immense contributions Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans made […]

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On Juneteenth – Build the Struggle against Racism

June 19th, 2015

Sisters & Brothers, Today is Juneteenth, the day we celebrate the end of the Civil War and the smashing of slavery – one of the most brutally oppressive systems the world has known. While the institution of slavery is gone, racism is not. There are now more black men ensnared in the criminal justice system […]

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Press conference with pepper-sprayed teacher

February 2nd, 2015

  Garfield High School teacher and social justice activist, Jesse Hagopian, announced at a press conference on January 28th that he is filing a lawsuit against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department (SPD) after being pepper sprayed as he walked down the street. The incident, which was captured on video, occurred after […]

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MLK Day Rally Speech Outside Youth Jail, January 19, 2015

January 19th, 2015

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19, 2015, I gave the following speech outside of our local youth jail. My Sisters and Brothers, Greetings on this day of remembrance for the great fighter and radical, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many thanks to the MLK Celebration Committee, and all who, through their dedication, ensured […]

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SPD Chief O’Toole to Answer Questions About Policing of Protests

January 9th, 2015

On Monday, January 12th at 9:30 am at City Hall, Chief O’Toole and other leading officials from the Seattle Police Department will answer questions from Councilmembers about the SPD‘s policing of the Black Lives Matter protests over the last several weeks. It is important that civil rights activists and social justice advocates come to this […]

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