Tag: Immigrant Rights

Unanimous Vote in Favor of May Day Resolution: City Workers Can Now Rally for Immigrant and Workers Rights on May 1 Without Fear of Retaliation

April 25th, 2017

On April 24, 2017, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution brought forward by the May 1st Action Coalition, the Coalition of City Unions, immigrant rights activists, and me, proclaiming City of Seattle workers have the right to take the day off on May 1, 2017 without retaliation. The resolution further asks that all […]

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My Speech on the Creation of a Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants Detained by ICE

April 18th, 2017

On April 17, 2017, the Seattle City Council voted to allocate $1 million to create a Legal Defense Fund for immigrants detained by ICE. It’s essential that we back legal action with mass political action, building a fighting mass movement that stands in solidarity with all working people. See my full remarks below. I am very happy to […]

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My Speech on International Women’s Day 2017: Build the Fight for Women’s Rights and Against Trump!

March 9th, 2017

On March 8, 2017, over a thousand people braved wet and cold weather to rally on International Women’s Day in Seattle. The energy at the rally demonstrated the emergence of a new women’s movement in America. Amidst renewed attacks by Trump and the Republicans on abortion rights, trans rights, and health care, millennial women and […]

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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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Resist Trump! Inauguration Week Actions

January 9th, 2017

Mass protests during inauguration week are extremely important. We need to send a clear message to Trump that he has no mandate for his bigoted and anti-worker agenda. Join Seattle’s Anti-Trump Resistance! Look below for details on local actions, and check back for updates (as details are subject to change). For an expanded listing of events throughout Washington […]

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Stand with our LGBTQ Sisters and Brothers! Fight back against Scapegoating & Islamophobia!

June 12th, 2016

This morning, we were all devastated to learn of the horrific terrorist attack on the LGBTQ community at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts go out to all grieving, most especially to the victims and their families. This mass murder did not happen in a political and social vacuum. Indeed, we did not […]

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Voices of the People’s Budget: Cariño Barragan Taloncon of Casa Latina

November 6th, 2014

This is the third part in our series, “Voices of the People’s Budget.” On the evening of October 30th, labor leaders, community organizers, social service providers, and engaged citizens came together for a People’s Budget Town Hall. Here they shared their concerns about the Mayor’s business as usual budget and began a conversation about what is necessary to make […]

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Seattle Should Divest from Corporations Profiting from Immigrant Detentions

August 15th, 2014

On August 11th, I co-sponsored an immigration resolution calling on Obama and Congress to replace the enforcement oriented system with one that respects workers’ rights and keeps families together. This is a powerful message to send at a critical time in the national immigration debate. The city’s investments should also reflect its values on immigration. Currently […]

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The Roots of Today’s Immigration and Refugee Crisis

August 12th, 2014

This week the Seattle City Council passed a resolution (PDF) on immigration reform rooted in the work of El Comité. I used this opportunity to place the immigration crisis within its proper historical and economic context. Watch my speech in Council Chambers and see the transcript below. Transcript of Speech as Delivered While speaking out in support of […]

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