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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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We Must Act Now, Offer Shelter, Human Services and Affordable Housing

January 28th, 2016

I am deeply saddened to learn about the terrible shooting that took place at a homelessness encampment in south Seattle. My condolences go to the families and friends of the victims. We don’t yet know everything about the circumstances around the shooting. What we do know is that this tragedy happened under conditions of homelessness, […]

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“Socialism is Rising” (2016 Inauguration Speech)

January 4th, 2016

On January 4, 2016, hundreds of people packed City Hall to celebrate our victories and demand bold action from our newly inaugurated City Council. It’s clear that an overwhelming majority of working people in Seattle support taxing the rich, fair scheduling and rent control, and 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all workers. For […]

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Victory: Stronger Protections for Wage Theft

December 18th, 2015

On December 14, 2015, the Seattle City Council approved legislation increasing the penalties and remedies for wage theft. Now, if you are not paid your full wages, you are eligible to get back three times what you are owed. I proposed this as an amendment to the minimum wage ordinance in 2014, but no other […]

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Stand Up Against Islamaphobia

December 10th, 2015

News that 16-year-old Seattle Central College student Hamza Warsame fell to his death from a 6-story building in Capitol Hill Saturday afternoon has shaken the Seattle community. We are saddened by this news, and our sympathies are with his family and friends. The Seattle Police Department must urgently and thoroughly investigate Hamza’s death. Some reports […]

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Celebrating the Anniversary of Social Security and Medicare

August 10th, 2015

On August 8, 2015, Councilmember Kshama Sawant celebrated the 70th anniversary of Social Security and Medicare at Westlake Park, alongside US Senator Bernie Sanders, State Senator Pramila Jayapal and others. Sawant highlighted the lessons from the historic struggle that won these essential programs and discussed how it applies to today’s movements for economic and racial […]

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How many affordable housing units will HALA Recommendations produce?

July 30th, 2015

On Wednesday, July 20, 2015, I asked representatives from the Department of Planning and Development and the Office of Housing to provide Councilmembers with an accurate accounting of the net number affordable housing units that will result from the implementation of the HALA Committee’s recommendations. The HALA Committee had announced that their recommendations would either produce or preserve 20,000 […]

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Statement on the leaked Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee draft report

July 9th, 2015

The leaked report from the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee (HALA) shows how quickly the primary issue of affordable housing is sidelined when housing advocates are required to reach consensus with big developers in secret, closed door meetings. Conspicuously absent in the draft report are any fundamental solutions, such as charging maximum developer “linkage […]

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Why the City of Seattle should not endorse the “Heritage and Freedom Flag”

June 23rd, 2015

On June 22, 2015, the Seattle City Council considered a resolution for the City of Seattle to formally recognize the South Vietnamese flag as the symbol of the Vietnamese community of Seattle. There is no question that the tremendous contribution of the Vietnamese community to Seattle must be recognized. However, for the Council, as the elected body […]

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Letter opposing closure of Middle College at High Point

June 17th, 2015

The following letter was sent to the Superintendent and School Board of Seattle Public Schools on June 17th, 2015   Dear Superintendent Larry Nyland and School Board Members Stephan Blanford, Sherry Carr, Sue Peters, Marty McLaren, Harium Martin-Morris, Sharon Peaslee, and Betty Patu; Thank you for your ongoing support for public education. I am writing […]

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