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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Schedule urgent Budget Committee hearings on Tax Amazon legislation!

April 7th, 2020

My letter to Budget Committee Chair Teresa Mosqueda. April 6, 2020 Dear Councilmember Mosqueda:  I am writing to you, as chair of the Select Budget Committee, to find out when you plan to conduct the committee’s first hearing on the Tax Amazon package of legislation that is sponsored by my office and by Councilmember Tammy […]

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Staying Safe & Accessing Worker, Student & Community Resources During the Coronavirus Covid-19 Crisis

April 3rd, 2020

Dear friends, neighbors, fellow activists, I hope you and your loved ones are doing well during this extremely difficult and frightening time. The world has been turned upside down, with untold loss of life expected, mainly because of the failures of healthcare and basic needs under global capitalism. Additionally, millions of working people in the […]

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Huge step forward for our Tax Amazon movement – draft legislation unveiled with Councilmember Morales!

March 5th, 2020

On Wednesday, our movement took a big step forward when my Council office unveiled our draft legislation to Tax Amazon and big businesses in order to fund social housing, services, and the Green New Deal. I was especially proud that we brought the legislation forward alongside Councilmember Tammy Morales, who has agreed to co-sponsor it! […]

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Democrats Must Correct the 2013 Betrayal of Boeing Workers: End Corporate Tax Handout

February 27th, 2020

 “Democrats in Olympia have a historic opportunity to stand with Boeing workers, their unions, and with the state’s ordinary people.” Seattle, WA — Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement in response to The Boeing Company’s request for the Washington State Legislature to temporarily suspend the $8.7 billion in tax breaks […]

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The Anti-Trump, Immigrant Rights Movement Must Stand in Solidarity with the Cantwell Six

January 30th, 2020

My Council office and I, along with Socialist Alternative, stand in full solidarity with the Cantwell Six. My public statement is below: Trump’s border concentration camps, the widespread abuse by US authorities of immigrant and refugees who are fleeing oppression in their home countries, and his policy of family separation are horrific and shameful. The […]

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I support SEIU 1199NW caregivers on strike this week at Swedish

January 28th, 2020

We must support the 8,000 healthcare workers on strike to put patients before profits. Their struggle is tied to the bigger fight in our country to kick the profiteers out of healthcare. My full solidarity statement is here, and below: Jan. 28, 2020 Dear union sisters, brothers, and siblings in SEIU 1199 Northwest: My Council […]

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John Burbank, Economic Opportunity Institute: Who is the taker in our town? Amazon!

January 17th, 2020

Speech by John Burbank, executive director, Economic Opportunity Institute, at Kshama Sawant’s inauguration and launch of 2020 Tax Amazon campaign, Jan. 13, 2020: Thank you friends! Let’s take a step back, back to 2012. That was when Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for President, denounced 47% of Americans as takers from the government. Romney’s words were […]

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National Working Families Party director: ‘We will only stop Amazon and companies like it from extorting and exploiting our communities by going big, bold, and national in our fight against corporate power’

January 15th, 2020

Speech delivered by Maurice Mitchell, national director of Working Families Party, at Jan. 13 inauguration of Kshama Sawant and launch of 2020 Tax Amazon movement (see the video here):  Good evening, Seattle! My name is Maurice Mitchell, and I’m the National Director of the Working Families Party. I want to start by thanking comrades Kshama […]

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‘Solidarity is a force stronger than gravity’ – Sara Nelson’s speech at Tax Amazon launch and Kshama Sawant inauguration Jan. 13

January 14th, 2020

Remarks as prepared for Sara Nelson, Tax Amazon Launch, 01/13/2020. (Sara was unable to travel to Seattle for the speech and had her remarks delivered by flight attendant union organizer Kaylah Williams.) My name is Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants, representing 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines and currently organizing alongside […]

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