The Socialist Response to Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

March 1st, 2017

On February 28, 2017, Trump gave his first address to joint session of Congress. I gave the socialist response. Tuesday February 28, 2017 Sisters and Brothers, In just five weeks, Donald Trump has unleashed a series of vicious attacks on one group of Americans after another: From his Muslim ban to the ramping up of […]

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When Trump Attacks Trans Community, We Organize & Fight Back with Solidarity!

February 24th, 2017

On February 22, 2017, Trump issued another toxic executive order, this one rescinding Title IX protections for trans students. Grassroots movements have succeeded in winning better protections in Washington state than in other states. The Gender Justice League has noted that “Washington State Schools must obey the Washington Law Against Discrimination and the HCA Guidance […]

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Inside the SeaTac Airport Shutdown

February 22nd, 2017

Since Trump’s inauguration, millions of people have protested in opposition to Trump’s xenophobic, Islamophobic, racist, and bigoted agenda. Civil disobedience and temporary shutdowns of airports nationwide on January 28 won the release of immigrant detainees, and played a decisive role in defeating Trump’s attempted Muslim Ban. The success of such non-violent direct actions shows that […]

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Solidarity Letter to Security Workers at Amazon

February 16th, 2017

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, I sent the following letter to security workers at Amazon and their labor allies who are organizing for workplace rights and against Islamophobia. These workers will hold a pray-in demonstration tomorrow, February 17, 12 pm, at Amazon HQ. Dear Amazon security officers and allies: As a Seattle City Councilmember, a socialist, a […]

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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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Did you join the protest at SeaTac airport last Saturday? Send us your testimony!

February 2nd, 2017

After the pepper spraying and brutal treatment of protesters at SeaTac, my office and I are working with the National Lawyers Guild to propose legislation to prevent the SPD from participating in outrages like this in the future. If you witnessed or were the victim of police violence and/or harassment, and would be willing to […]

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Seattle Divestment from Wells Fargo Moves Forward in a Stunning Rebuke of Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Billionaire Class

February 1st, 2017

Today our movement won a major victory against Wells Fargo, Big Business, and the corrupt financial sector! First and foremost, I want to thank the Standing Rock Sioux, and those who joined them on the ground in North Dakota. I want to thank the #NoDAPL Seattle movement – Indigenous activists, 350 Seattle and a multitude […]

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TONIGHT! Emergency Mass Rally to Defend Immigrants (5PM, Westlake)

January 29th, 2017

Emergency Mass Rally Against Trump’s Muslim & Immigrant Ban! TONIGHT! 5:00 PM at Westlake Plaza (400 Pine St) Release All Immigrant Detainees! No Ban! No Wall! No Deportations!   Sisters and Brothers, Yesterday was an historic day of national resistance to Trump’s hateful attacks on immigrants, Muslims, communities of color, the environment, and ordinary working […]

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Trump Attacks Sanctuary Cities — Seattle Should Fight Back! Mass Protests on May 1st!

January 25th, 2017

On January 25, 2017, Trump signed an executive order attacking sanctuary cities. Below is an updated statement on how Seattle must stand with our sisters and brothers, and fight back. Today Trump signed an order to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, which refuse to check for immigration status or to arrest and detain undocumented […]

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WA State Should Urgently Repeal the Ban on Residential Rent Control!

January 23rd, 2017

On January 17, 2017, I sent a letter to Washington State House Speaker Frank Chopp and the House Local Government Committee, calling on them to reject HB 1082, an unjust bill that would have prohibited multiplicities from enacting commercial rent control. Cities like Seattle, where small businesses and working families face skyrocketing rents, need to […]

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