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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Solidarity letter from Councilmember Sawant to City workers: Let’s organize and fight Durkan’s austerity program!

June 25th, 2020

June 25, 2020 Dear fellow City of Seattle workers:  Democratic establishment Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration has just revealed that they are doubling down on their COVID austerity plan, demanding more cuts in City services and and thrusting the burden on City workers, all while protecting Amazon and other big businesses from taxation.  On Wednesday, Mayor […]

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Sawant, African-American Faith Leaders Unveil Community Demand for 1,000 New Affordable Homes, Funded by $500M/Year Amazon Tax, for Residents Displaced Due to Racist Gentrification

June 19th, 2020

‘Members of the political establishment who say Black Lives Matter need to put action behind their tweets and sloganeering, and join with me in supporting the African-American faith leaders’ demands, without reservation – adopt the Tax Amazon legislation so we can build these homes and reverse racist gentrification.’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair […]

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Sawant Hails Historic Ban on Seattle Police Use of Chemical Weapons, Chokeholds

June 15th, 2020

NEWS RELEASE Councilmember Kshama Sawant FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday June 15, 2020 Contact:Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-423-3220 ‘Our mass protest movement, led by young people of color, deserves all the credit for winning Seattle’s historic ban on chemical weapons, chokeholds’ SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters […]

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Following Yet Another Night of Police Violence, Councilmember Sawant Introduces Legislation Banning All Police Use of Chemical Weapons and Other “Crowd Control Weapons,” as Well as Chokeholds

June 8th, 2020

NEWS RELEASE Councilmember Kshama Sawant FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday June 8, 2020 Contact:Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-615-0061 “Seattle Police maced and gassed hundreds of us on Capitol Hill last night. As an elected representative of those fighting against racism and police brutality, I find it completely unacceptable that this militarized police force is viciously targeting a […]

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Must Resign

June 6th, 2020

“Jenny Durkan has failed the working people of Seattle since day one of her administration. She has now abused her power, and harmed thousands of ordinary people on the streets – all in defense of big business and the status quo of racism and inequality.”  SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair […]

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Tell City Council: Join Councilmember Sawant in banning chemical weapons and chokeholds!

June 6th, 2020

June 6, 2020 Email City Council Right Now!  Offer Live Public Testimony Monday at 2PM – Sign Up at Noon on Monday!  Dear friends, Seattle police have used stunning and indiscriminate violence against ordinary people and protest movements in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police. This violence and brutality […]

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Undaunted by political establishment roadblock, Sawant announces Tax Amazon Committee Discussion

May 15th, 2020

Sawant’s committee will meet next Thursday; ‘the central question is who pays for the COVID crisis – big business, or working people?’  SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, issued the following statement today following a morning press conference, detailing steps she is taking […]

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The State Supreme Court’s Failure to Review 2017 ‘Tax the Rich’ Legislation Is Precisely Why We Need the Amazon Tax Plus a Tax on Rich Individuals

April 10th, 2020

On April 3, the Washington State Supreme Court refused to review the 2017 ‘Tax the Rich’ legislation sponsored by my office and Councilmember Lisa Herbold. As a result, the lower court ruling stands. This ruling gives Seattle the authority to implement taxes on income, but only if it follows all Washington State restrictions on property taxes. […]

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