Posts for 'Environment'

My Speech on Our Victory in Seattle to Divest $3 Billion from Wells Fargo

February 8th, 2017

On February 8, 2017, the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline won a significant victory when the Seattle City Council unanimously voted on the bill I wrote with activists to divest Seattle from Wells Fargo.  On February 1, after our committee vote, I spoke about how this was a stunning rebuke of Wall Street, Big Oil, […]

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My Comments on Wells Fargo Divestment #NoDAPL

December 14th, 2016

On December 12, I brought forward an ordinance to divest the City of Seattle from Wells Fargo, due to their investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline and a series of other unethical banking practices.  The ordinance also changes the City’s financial policies to make social justice concerns a factor when choosing where to deposit public funds. […]

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Historic Victory at Standing Rock Calls for Celebration and Vigilance

December 6th, 2016

For the last eight months, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has led a historic campaign against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), uniting hundreds of tribes, environmentalists, veterans and other activists inspired by their bold stand in defense of native treaty rights and the environment.   On Sunday, millions of people around the world celebrated news […]

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End the Political Repression Against Standing Rock Protesters

October 28th, 2016

Thursday in North Dakota, a police force backed by corporate paramilitary agents and armored vehicles moved against indigenous people and other activists courageously protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Organizers were beaten, maced, shot with rubber bullets, threatened with automatic weapons, and more than 100 arrested for having the audacity to stand up and protect indigenous […]

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Seattle City Council Says No Dakota Access Pipeline!

September 13th, 2016

On September 12, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the nearly 200 allied tribes, numerous environmental organizations, and thousands of activists who have joined in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. See my remarks below. Since April, despite a longstanding media blackout, we […]

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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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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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On the Paris Climate Conference and the Trial of the Delta 5

January 14th, 2016

On January 12, 2016, we held the first meeting of the Energy and Environment Committee. The committee, in my view, is mandated with providing leadership on environmental policy and energy and allied technology policy. Below are my introductory remarks, regarding the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and the beginning of the trial of courageous climate activists […]

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Speech from People’s Climate March NYC

September 21st, 2014

A day before the largest climate action in history, Kshama Sawant joined Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, activists Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben and Chris Hedges in New York City for a panel discussion to debate the way forward for the environmental movement. Video jumps directly to Kshama, and you can read the speech below. Transcript of […]

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