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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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Letter sent from Downtown Seattle Association on “Reconsidering” the Amazon Tax

August 21st, 2020

August 14, 2020Dear Council President González and Budget Chair Mosqueda,Prior to your adoption of Seattle’s tax on jobs, we expressed grave concern over the economic disadvantage this tax would create for Seattle and the likelihood that the policy would push jobs outside of the city. Yesterday, Bloomberg News reported that Amazon is considering office locations […]

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Councilmember Sawant’s Response to Chief Best Resignation

August 13th, 2020

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, released the following statement in response to the resignation announcement by Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best: When Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced her pending retirement earlier this week, she joined more than half a dozen police […]

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Press Release Calling Out Shameful Court Ruling Allowing Police Use of Banned Crowd-Control Weapons As Trump Sends In Federal Agents

July 26th, 2020

Statement by my office given after Judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining order preventing the Seattle Police Department from implementing the City Council’s ban on crowd-control weapons.  The Seattle City Council unanimously passed its crowd-control weapons ban on June 15, 2020. The ordinance, sponsored by my office, banned police use of chemical weapons and […]

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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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Sawant Condemns Durkan’s Attack on Capitol Hill Organized Protest

July 2nd, 2020

July 2, 2020 “ It is stunning that Mayor Durkan has continued to use brutal police violence despite the widespread and decisive opposition from her constituents, and in the face of calls from over 47,000 people for her to resign.” SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and […]

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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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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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