I stand with Capitol Hill tenants facing extortionate rent hikes

March 24th, 2019

Working people in Seattle are confronting an affordability crisis of unprecedented proportions – but renters, like the tenants at the Kenton Apartments on Capitol Hill, are fighting back. My Council office was proud to join them on March 21 as they launched their campaign against eye-popping rent hikes as high as 69 percent. Check out […]

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Petition: United with Central District Tenants Against Eviction & Displacement!

March 18th, 2019

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Chateau Apartments tenant Renee Gordon: Time to put people before profits!

March 4th, 2019

  I am honored to stand with the Chateau Apartment tenants, who are facing eviction from their Central District neighborhood by Cadence Real Estate, a big for-profit developer. Last Thursday, I held a press conference with the Chateau tenants, clergy, and other community supporters. Renee Gordon, one of the tenants, spoke up – her statement […]

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Worker, organization and community letters of support for the resolution calling for a transparent and inclusive search for the Human Services Director position

February 27th, 2019

Below are an arrangement of letters my office has received for organizations, workers and community members in relation to the appointment of a new permanent director at the Human Services Department. Our office has put forward a resolution calling on the Mayor to undergo an inclusive and transparent search for this vital position, which oversees […]

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Letters between my office and the Mayor’s office on the Human Services Department and Jason Johnson

February 27th, 2019

My office has stood proudly with the human service workers, and other community members in their demands for an inclusive and transparent search for a permanent Human Service Department Director. Below are letters between my office and the Mayor’s office over the course of the last year, requesting the Mayor’s Office attend and speak at […]

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Powerful letter to Mayor Durkan from Halcyon Mobile Homeowner

February 26th, 2019

Below is a letter my office received from a homeowner at the Halcyon Mobile Homes Park, Patty Zeitlin, in response to a recent letter from Mayor Durkan attacking the Halcyon community’s hard won moratorium stopping redevelopment of their community. We stand proudly with fighters like Patty in their struggle to stay in their homes and […]

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Our Voices Matter: Pack City Hall for Human Services Meeting

February 20th, 2019

Dear friends: Please join community members, Human Service workers and providers, and me tonight, Feb. 20, at 6:00pm, as the Human Services Committee takes up the resolution directing how the City of Seattle will select its next Human Services Department director: Human Services, Equitable Development, and Renters Rights Committee Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:00pm Seattle City […]

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Honor racial and social justice: My letter to Mayor Durkan, calling on her to include the community and workers in a comprehensive search for a permanent Human Services Department director

February 7th, 2019

I have written a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan, explaining why I have not advanced her nomination of a permanent director of the Human Services Department, and calling on her to involve city workers, the community, and human service providers in an open, transparent, and inclusive candidate search. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ February 7, 2019 Dear Mayor Durkan, […]

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Holding Elected Officials Accountable to Working People

January 10th, 2019

I was elected and then reelected to the Seattle City Council on the basis of my pledge to unwaveringly use my office to help build movements to win victories for ordinary working people. A recent article from SCC Insight, now happily picked up by the corporate conservative media, argues that pledge is somehow at odds […]

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During “Seattle Squeeze,” public transit should be free

December 27th, 2018

Traffic during the “Seattle Squeeze” – the upcoming three weeks of extreme congestion during the Viaduct demolition – is going to be a disaster if the mayor and county executive don’t do more. Today I wrote to them, calling on the city and county to make public transit free during the “Seattle Squeeze.” Seattle Squeeze […]

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