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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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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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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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As Strike Looms, My Call on Mayor Durkan to Bring All Emergency Medical Services In-House

December 19th, 2018

In my letter to Mayor Durkan and the other City councilmembers, I challenge them to end “a culture of contracting out our safety net to profiteers” Seattle stands hours away from losing Basic Life Support services as a result of a toxic combination of big business greed and a corporate political establishment that uses contracting […]

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Statement in Solidarity with Strike Call by EMTs, Calling Out City Establishment’s Callous Indifference

December 11th, 2018

On December 11, I sent a message to Mayor Durkan expressing solidarity with Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), members of Teamsters Local 763, who recently announced plans to go on strike, and urging her to support EMTs in their demand for better pay, healthcare, and working conditions. EMTs and supporters rallying at Harborview for better pay […]

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Solidarity Statement with WFSE 3488 UW Laundry Workers

December 6th, 2018

Thursday December 6, 2018 Dear members of WFSE Local 3488 and all union members at the University of Washington, For years, members of WFSE Local 3488 have diligently and with dedication cleaned the linens and hospital scrubs for University of Washington-run medical facilities. Your work is difficult but essential to providing a clean, safe environment […]

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Letter Urging Pete Holmes to Drop the Charges Against Peaceful No New Youth Jail Protesters

November 29th, 2018

On November 29, 2018 I sent the following letter to City Attorney Pete Holmes, urging him to drop all charges against the three clergy arrested while peacefully protesting the new youth jail. Dear Pete Holmes, I am writing to urge you to drop all charges against the three courageous members of the clergy who were […]

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My Speech while Voting ‘NO’ on the Seattle Police Officers Guild Contract

November 13th, 2018

I will be voting ‘NO’ today on this proposed contract between Seattle police and the City of Seattle, which I cannot support in its current form. I am a rank and file member of a public sector union, I want to be clear that I support the right of all public sector workers to negotiate […]

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