My letter demanding that the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission launch an immediate investigation into risks of future leaks, fires, and explosions involving Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) gas pipelines

February 27th, 2021

February 27, 2021 David Danner, Chairman, Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) Ann Rendahl, UTC Commissioner Jay Balasbas, UTC Commissioner Mark Johnson, UTC Executive Director/ Secretary PO Box 47250 Olympia, WA 98504-7250 Members of the UTC Commission and Executive: On behalf of Seattle and District 3 community members and working people, I am writing […]

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The Central District gas fire shows why it’s time to take the big energy companies like PSE into democratic public ownership

February 26th, 2021

We owe a deep appreciation to the union workers for the Fire Department (Firefighters Local 27) and PSE (Electrical Workers Local 77) who responded to this dangerous situation, stopped the leaking gas, and put out the fire. On Wednesday (Feb. 24) the lives of thousands of residents and workers in Seattle’s Central District, in the […]

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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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Our People’s Budget movement is winning crucial gains for working people!

November 12th, 2020

The days leading up to Nov. 23 are important for our fight against draconian cuts to housing and services, and to win more for the Green New Deal and renters rights.  People’s Budget Community MeetingTuesday, November 17, at 6PM Dear friends,  This is the seventh year of the People’s Budget movement! This year again, the […]

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I stand in solidarity with UAW 4121 postdocs who are being denied healthcare by the UW administration

October 1st, 2020

Friday October 2, 2020 Ana Mari Cauce, President University of Washington Dear President Cauce: I am shocked to learn that the University of Washington, which prides itself on being a leading international institution and a model community employer, would deny any of its workers health benefits. This is especially true during the global pandemic. I […]

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We Must Fight the Secretly-Negotiated Durkan Budget That Reverses Even Modest Reductions in Bloated Police Spending

September 22nd, 2020

Press release, Sept. 22, 2020. PDF version is here. Capitulation to Durkan and big business ‘will demonstrate to the world that Seattle’s Democratic establishment is unwilling to defend communities of color and working people, and will cave under big business pressure in the context of the Trump administration’s dangerous threats’ SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant […]

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After Historic Amazon Tax, Our Movement Has Just Won Funds for Affordable Central District Homes to Fight Racist Gentrification

July 15th, 2020

July 15, 2020 Thanks to our powerful community movement, led by Black clergy and other faith leaders, funds now will be set aside annually to build affordable housing in the Central District for Black working-class, and poor families Today (July 15) I hailed the 9-0 vote in the City Council’s Select Budget Committee to dedicate […]

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A Historic Victory of Our Tax Amazon Movement

July 7th, 2020

“Seattle’s Amazon Tax is a historic victory for working people – hard fought and hard won by a movement that wouldn’t give up and that faced down a seemingly endless series of obstacles.” Press release July 6, 2020 SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement in celebration of the victory of the […]

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Mayor Durkan’s attack on my office is an attack on working people’s movements, and everything we are fighting for

June 30th, 2020

Response by Councilmember Sawant to Durkan Attack on Our Office – June 30, 2020 Mayor Jenny Durkan’s establishment has utterly failed working people and communities of color in this city. She bears responsibility for a torrent of violence by Seattle police, including the use of brutal weapons like tear gas and rubber bullets against the […]

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Credit Our Tax Amazon Movement for Serious Pressure! Now Let’s Get City Council Democrats to Strengthen Amazon Tax Bill – Reject Budget Cuts and Reverse Gentrification

June 26th, 2020

“Simply put, if Black Lives Matter, then affordable housing for Black families in the Central Area should matter.” — Reverend Carey Anderson, pastor of Seattle’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church I am pleased that the Council is now seriously considering passing a historic tax on Amazon and the other top 3 percent big businesses in […]

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