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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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My Letter to Governor Inslee Calling for a Suspension of Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Payments through 2020 During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 26th, 2020

Below is a letter I sent to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee calling for a suspension of Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Payments through 2020 in response to the devastating impact facing workers and renters from the Covid-19 crisis. Please read the letter and sign the petition! Dear Governor Inslee, As vulnerable renters in Seattle and […]

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Pitting Struggling Small Business and Working People’s Needs During the COVID19 Crisis: Business as Usual for Seattle’s Political Establishment

March 25th, 2020

This week, I voted against a City Council bill that takes money away from low-income affordable housing and puts those funds towards small business pandemic relief. As I said in my remarks during the meeting, working people, struggling small businesses – the majority marginalized in a system that prioritizes extreme wealth for a few – […]

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My letter to Mayor Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine demanding that all have access to free testing and treatment during the Coronavirus outbreak

March 6th, 2020

Monday March 2, 2020 Dear Mayor Durkan and Executive Constantine, I am writing to urge you to take a serious and proactive approach to the emerging coronavirus outbreak in our city and county, and to do everything possible to make healthcare available to anyone who might suffer from the illness. Unlike every other wealthy country, […]

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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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My Letter to Democratic Washington State Legislators asking them to Stand Against Preemption or a Ban on Big Business Taxes

February 26th, 2020

On February, 26, I sent this letter to the following Democratic Representatives and Senators in the Washington State Legislature calling on them to join Sen. Joe Nguyen and Rep Frank Chopp in publicly opposing preemption, or a ban on cities passing big business taxes to raise revenue: Senators Dave Frockt, Jamie Pedersen, Karen Keiser, and […]

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Solidarity With UCSC Grad Students!

February 20th, 2020

February 20, 2020 Dear University of California Santa Cruz Wildcat Strikers of UAW 2865, As a socialist elected representative of Seattle’s working people and a rank and file member of AFT 1789, the union representing Seattle community college educators, I send you my full solidarity in your courageous struggle. My organization, Socialist Alternative, also stands […]

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Reply to Mayor Durkan’s Letter re: Winter Evictions

February 6th, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020 To:          Mayor Jenny Durkan CC:        Nathan Torgelson, Director, Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections; Emily Alvarado, Director, Office of Housing; Jason Johnson, Acting Director, Human Services Department; Andrew Lofton, Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority Dear Mayor Durkan, I am writing in response to your February 4 memo, “Re: Protecting Renters from […]

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