“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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Stand with our young climate justice activists – don’t arrest them!

August 13th, 2019

Last Friday, Seattle police shamefully arrested a 13-year-old middle school student and climate justice activist during a peaceful demonstration outside Seattle City Hall. Today, I wrote to Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, urging them to explain the police action, apologize, and commit to not press charges. My letter is […]

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I Stand with the Jewish Community in Opposing Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants

August 9th, 2019

On August 8th hundreds of Jewish community members and supporters, marched and powerfully demonstrated against the atrocities being committed by ICE and the Trump administration against immigrant communities daily before our eyes.  I applaud activists and organizers in the Jewish community here in Seattle, standing with other communities facing all out assaults on their lives […]

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The courageous Art Workers Union members deserve our full support as they bargain against a hostile management at the Frye Art Museum

August 5th, 2019

Since they first started organizing the Art Workers Union earlier this year, the security guards at the Frye Art Museum have endured sharp resistance from management. On Aug. 5, I told museum CEO Joseph Frye it’s time for him to negotiate a just union contract without further delay. My letter is here and below: Mr. […]

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Solidarity with Workers’ Occupation of Harland & Wolff Shipyard, Belfast, Northern Ireland Bring the Shipyard into Democratic Public Ownership!

August 5th, 2019

On behalf of working people in Seattle and the United States, we salute the workers courageously occupying the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and send you our full solidarity and support.  We support the members of Unite and GMB trade unions that started the occupation last week, to defend their jobs and […]

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Close the NW Detention Center – Solidarity with Immigrant Children & Families in Concentration Camps along US-Mexico Border

August 2nd, 2019

On August 1, I joined hundreds of protesters outside the ICE headquarters in Seattle, demanding an end to the detention and inhumane treatment of immigrant families and children along the US-Mexico border and calling on the Washington State Legislature to ban private immigration detention centers, including the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, which is the […]

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Letter to Community & King County Council in support of Just Cause Eviction

July 30th, 2019

Dear housing justice activists, Congratulations to King County renters Mergitu Argo, Mouhamed Tall, Modou Ndiaye, and Lenh Vong, who successfully fought off No-Cause Evictions from their landlord last month! We organized together – tenants, the Tenants Union of Washington State, the Seattle/King County NAACP, King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, my City Council Office, Be:Seattle, Washington […]

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