My Letter to Seattle FireFighters Union President Kenny Stuart with Proposals to Fight the Threat Posed by the Far Right to Working People, Racial Justice, and Progressive Movements

January 23rd, 2021

On January 19th, I sent a letter to City officials asking for an investigation into a series of threatening emails I received from a Seattle Firefighter email account against me and the working class and progressive movements my office represents inside City Hall. FireFighter Union, IAFF Local 27, President Kenny Stuart sent the following response, […]

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FAQ – Ban on Seattle Police Use of Tear Gas, Pepper Spray, Blast Ball & Other “Crowd Control Weapons”

January 22nd, 2021

What is the “Crowd Control” Weapons Ban? During the Justice for George Floyd movement, the police departments in cities including Seattle unleashed tear gar, blast balls, rubber bullets, and other so-called “crowd control” weapons. This was carried out with the approval of the Democratic establishment in the various cities. Our socialist Council office, alongside hundreds […]

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Councilmember Sawant Asks City Officials for Investigation into Threatening Emails Sent from City Employee Address

January 19th, 2021

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) asked City officials to investigate and take seriously a series of threatening emails sent from a Seattle Fire Department employee’s city email address to Sawant’s official email.  The increasingly threatening emails began on Dec. 17, 2020, with the most specific timely threat made Jan. 18. Copies […]

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Black Lives Matter Activist Castill Hightower’s Public Testimony Calling on Democratic Party Councilmembers to “Stand with the Movement & Sawant & Not Water Down Seattle’s First-In-Nation Ban on Police Use of So-Called ‘Crowd Control’ Weapons”

January 12th, 2021

Castill Hightower has spearheaded the Justice for Herbert Hightower Jr. campaign. She is a leading voice among the Seattle activists calling for an elected civilian oversight board with full powers over Seattle police, including hiring and firing, policies and procedures. My name is Castill Hightower. My brother was killed by Seattle Police in 2004 while […]

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Memo listing potential loopholes being considered by Councilmembers to chemical and other militarized weapons ban

January 11th, 2021
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Councilmember Sawant’s comments on the Resolution calling to Impeach Trump Following the Far-Right Attack in Washington DC.

January 11th, 2021

I am glad to vote in favor of this resolution supporting the impeachment of Trump. He should have been impeached long ago. He should have been impeached for massive corporate tax cuts and handouts, including to his own companies, at the expense of vital social services. For utterly failing to represent working people and instead […]

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Councilmember Sawant Denounces Far Right Violence at the Capitol, Calls on Labor Unions, Social Movements, and Socialists to Organize to Shut Down the Far Right

January 6th, 2021

‘The horrific demonstration of far right violence we’re seeing in DC today is a scary reminder that Trump may have lost the election, but Trumpism and the far right is growing…Trump and his reactionary base are refusing to accept a democratic election result…We need to build a mass fightback for Medicare For All, a Green […]

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My Council office is in full solidarity with Foss Shipyard workers fighting a vicious employer attack on their pension

December 15th, 2020

Dec. 15, 2020 Dear union shipyard workers at Foss Maritime: As a rank and file union member, elected Seattle City Councilmember, and member of Socialist Alternative, I offer my full solidarity and support to you in fighting the shameful attack on your union pension trust by Foss Maritime Shipyard.  Your fight is a fight for […]

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Solidarity with Millions of Indian Farmers Protesting Privatization, Poverty & Indebtedness

December 13th, 2020

This is a resolution my office is co-sponsoring with Councilmember Mosqueda’s office, in solidarity with tens of millions of farmers and workers in India, who are fighting against new exploitative laws by the Hindu fundamentalist and reactionary establishment regime of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). CITY OF SEATTLE RESOLUTION __________________ […]

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Letter signed by Seattle City Council to Interim SPD Chief Diaz regarding the release of records related to the killing of Herbert Hightower Jr.

December 2nd, 2020

Letter Text: November 30, 2020 “Dear Interim Chief Diaz, We are writing to urge you to expeditiously compile and release all Seattle Police Department (SPD) records regarding the death of Herbert Hightower Jr., who was fatally shot by Seattle Police in 2004 while experiencing a mental health crisis. These public records were requested in August […]

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