My exchange with UW President Cauce to support Academic Student Employees’ struggle for a living wage, healthcare, and workplace protections

May 31st, 2018

Below is a letter I sent to UW president Ana Mari Cauce on May 31 in support of UAW Local 4121 and the 4,500 academic student employees (ASE’s) at the University of Washington, fighting for a fair contract that provides a living wage and addresses concerns about fees, affordability, healthcare, and workplace protections. In the […]

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Statement by the Seattle LGBTQ Commission on “Pinkwashing Exposed” Screening

May 24th, 2018

The following is an excellent statement issued by the Seattle LGBTQ Commission regarding the May 24, 2018 screening of the documentary “Pinkwashing Exposed.”   Statement from the Seattle LGBTQ Commission regarding Documentary Screening: Pinkwashing Exposed The Seattle LGBTQ Commission has heard concerns from various individuals and organizations about our upcoming screening of the documentary Pinkwashing […]

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My Letter to UW President in Support of Graduate Students’ Union Fighting for a Fair Contract

May 23rd, 2018

On Monday, May 23, the Seattle City Council unanimously adopted a resolution that I put forward in support of UAW Local 4121, which represents 4,500 academic student employees (ASE’s) at the University of Washington fighting for a fair contract that ensures a living wage and addresses concerns about fees, affordability, healthcare, and workplace protections. Below […]

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My Letter to the Progressive Revenue Taskforce: Tax Big Business to Raise $200 Million/Year

February 15th, 2018

February 15, 2018 Dear members of the Progressive Revenue Taskforce; CC: Mayor Durkan and Councilmembers; Soon you will make your final recommendation to the City Council about taxing big business to fund affordable housing and homeless services. As you deliberate, the political establishment may urge you to confine yourselves to a narrow framework that does […]

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Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s Socialist Response to Trump’s State of the Union

January 31st, 2018

Full transcript of Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s response to Trump’s State of the Union address follows. Sisters and Brothers, The first horrifying year of Trump’s White House has come to an end. A year of massive tax handouts to the corporate elite, of gutting regulations, of an assault on the hard won gains of working people, […]

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My Letter to Mayor Durkan Opposing Cuts to Homeless Shelters & Services

December 6th, 2017

On December 6, I wrote the following letter to Mayor Durkan and Human Services Department Director, Catherine Lester, explaining my opposition to cuts to homeless services and the elimination of 249 shelter beds. These cuts disproportionately impact organizations providing essential services for women and some of Seattle’s most vulnerable homeless populations. I have heard from […]

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Speech by Councilmember Kshama Sawant for Charleena Lyles Press Conference with Andre Taylor and Other Activists

November 17th, 2017

SEATTLE – On November 17, 2017 I made the following remarks after a press conference held by Andre Taylor and other Activists in reaction to the Force Review Board’s preliminary results in the pending investigation of the death of Charleena Lyles: “The decision of the Seattle Police Department’s Force Review Board is shameful. According to […]

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Call and Email your Councilmember to Say: Stop the Sweeps and Pass the HOMES Tax!

November 7th, 2017

Phone Script: Dear Councilmember ______, Hundreds of Seattle’s ordinary people – your constituents – spoke resoundingly, with one voice, at the budget committee public hearing on Nov 1st. We told City Council to Stop the Sweeps and pass the HOMES Tax in this year’s city budget! We said the inhumane and ineffective sweeps of human […]

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Nov 1 City Hall Campout & Die-In a Smashing Success! Stop the Sweeps, Tax Big Business to Fund Housing & Services!

November 2nd, 2017

Congratulations to the hundreds of ordinary people who came out on November 1 for a 4.5-hour public hearing, all-night rally and campout inside City Hall, culminating in a powerful die-in the next morning commemorating the 66 houseless people, including a baby, who have died this year so far on the streets! The message of the community […]

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PETITION: Stop the Sweeps, Fund Housing & Services in Seattle’s Budget

October 5th, 2017

Petition: Stop the Sweeps, Fund Housing & Services! Dear members of the Seattle City Council: In the coming weeks, you will be debating and voting on the 2018 City budget. The budget is not simply numbers. It is a moral document that speaks to our priorities and values as a city. Seattle has become two […]

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