UW resident and fellow physicians are fighting for a good union contract – we must all unite with them

September 25th, 2019

I was honored to speak at a rally Sept. 25 of UW residents and fellow physicians who, as members of the UW Housestaff Association, are organizing for a good union contract. They are fighting for the same thing that workers are fighting for across our city – the right to be paid enough so they […]

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The city must expedite the discrimination complaint filed by Saba Ethiopian Cuisine against corporate developer

September 25th, 2019

I congratulate the owners of Saba Ethiopian Cuisine for filing civil rights charges against the corporate developer that evicted them in July. In standing up for their rights, Saba owners are standing up for the rights of all small businesses that are resisting gentrification and displacement. My press release from Sept. 25: Sawant to City: […]

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Central District Chateau Apartment Building Tenants Movement Wins Big Victory Against Corporate Developer Cadence!

September 20th, 2019

The Chateau Apartment tenants, whom my office has been working with over the last several months, have achieved a breakthrough victory in their fight against the corporate owner-developer and against displacement and economic eviction! Read about it and join the tenants at the celebration 5PM at City Hall on Monday, September 23rd, where we will […]

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Superintendent Student Advisory Board to Seattle School Board & Superintendent Juneau: “Enforcing unexcused absences for this strike is essentially punishing students for trying to make a change in the world, and we urge you to reconsider, and decide to excuse these absences.”

September 19th, 2019

Rainier Beach High 11th grader Angelina Riley reads a letter to the Seattle School Board and Superintendent Denise Juneau, signed by representatives from 16 of 17 Seattle high schools to Superintendent Student Advisory Board members, urging them to “excuse absences of all students participating in the climate strike this Friday.” The letter was authored by […]

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Seattle School Board & Superintendent Juneau: Stand with Students Fighting for Climate Justice by Excusing Absences for 9/20 #ClimateStrike

September 18th, 2019

Superintendent Juneau and School Board members: I received Superintendent Juneau’s letter in response to the unanimously-passed Seattle City Council resolution, and to my letter addressed to you. In both the Council resolution and in my letter, the School District is urged to stand with students courageously walking out Friday this week, September 20th, as part […]

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Seattle School Board: “You have the power to help hundreds, maybe thousands, of Seattle school children. Will you use that power for the better or for the worse?”

September 18th, 2019

Zoe Schurman – Washington Middle School Student, Global Climate Strike Activist Below is a speech Zoe delivered at a rally and press conference organized by my office on the morning of Sept 18 with students, educators and climate justice activists outside Washington Middle School to call on the Seattle School Board to excuse students from […]

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“Don’t force us to deal with the consequences of an unexcused absence simply because we demand the right to a future”

September 18th, 2019

Kimaya Mahajan – Interlake High Student, Global Climate Strike Activist Below is a speech Kimaya delivered at a rally and press conference organized by my office on the morning of Sept 18 with students, educators and climate justice activists outside Washington Middle School to call on the Seattle School Board to excuse students from school […]

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My Letters Urging City, State & School Superintendents to Excuse Students from Classes to Attend Sept 20 Global Climate Strike

September 16th, 2019

September 16th, 2019 Dear Seattle City School Board and Superintendent Juneau, I hope the 2019-2020 school year is going well so far. As I am sure you are aware, on Friday, September 20th, hundreds of Seattle Public School students will walk out of classes to take part in the Global Climate Strike. The strike action […]

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Let’s build our unified movement against gentrification and displacement in Chinatown/International District!

September 6th, 2019

On Sept. 5 the International Examiner published my editorial on how we must continue to build a powerful movement of workers, elders, students, and allies to fight gentrification in our Chinatown/International District. My International Examiner opinion article is here, and reproduced below: Early on a gray, drizzly Thursday morning in late June, I joined with […]

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Watch out, profiteering developers – our community is on the march!

August 15th, 2019

We’re taking our fight against gentrification and displacement directly to the corporate developers who would destroy our communities for the sake of their profits. On Monday, my Office was proud to lead a diverse delegation of 40 working people and community activists – patrons of Saba Ethiopian Cuisine, union members, immigrants, people of faith, small […]

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