My letter demanding that the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission launch an immediate investigation into risks of future leaks, fires, and explosions involving Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) gas pipelines

February 27th, 2021

February 27, 2021 David Danner, Chairman, Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) Ann Rendahl, UTC Commissioner Jay Balasbas, UTC Commissioner Mark Johnson, UTC Executive Director/ Secretary PO Box 47250 Olympia, WA 98504-7250 Members of the UTC Commission and Executive: On behalf of Seattle and District 3 community members and working people, I am writing […]

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The Central District gas fire shows why it’s time to take the big energy companies like PSE into democratic public ownership

February 26th, 2021

We owe a deep appreciation to the union workers for the Fire Department (Firefighters Local 27) and PSE (Electrical Workers Local 77) who responded to this dangerous situation, stopped the leaking gas, and put out the fire. On Wednesday (Feb. 24) the lives of thousands of residents and workers in Seattle’s Central District, in the […]

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Press Release Expressing Solidarity With BAmazon Union

February 16th, 2021

NEWS RELEASE Councilmember Kshama Sawant FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, February 16, 2021 Contact:Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-423-3220 Councilmember Sawant Expresses Solidarity with BAmazon Union: “Victory in Bessemer could be historic turning point for workers across America” ‘They are afraid of the collective power you’ll have as a union. If workers organized in a union had no […]

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Letter from a constituent about renter discrimination

February 12th, 2021

Below is an email my office recently received from a constituent dealing with the dire situation facing renters during this pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of renters across Washington State are in crisis – nationally 12 million households now have close to $6,000.00 in rental debt. Millions have lost jobs and income due to the COVID-19 […]

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My Testimony Before the House Finance Committee, in Support of Taxing the Rich (Uncensored)

February 11th, 2021

Councilmember Sawant testimony before House Finance Committee Which Chair Frame Never Let Me Finish 2/11/2021 On February 11, 2021, I testified in Olympia to support a capital gains tax on the rich, and to oppose any ban on Seattle’s Amazon Tax. When I spoke against a ban on Seattle’s Amazon Tax, I was censored, and […]

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Obituary for Karen Lewis

February 9th, 2021

Socialist Alternative and my Council office are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our Union sister Karen Lewis, who spearheaded the fight to rebuild the Chicago Teachers’ Union into the fighting organization that took on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the billionaire-funded neoliberal education reformers in its powerful 2012 strike. As a rank-and-file […]

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Sawant Questions Whether Threats Against Her Are Being Taken Seriously by Police and Mayor Durkan

February 3rd, 2021

Internal email account of Seattle Fire Department employee seem to be the source, and it appears Fire Department never notified police SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, sent a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan today to follow up on the request she made for “an investigation into a […]

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Councilmember Sawant: Olympia Legislature Must Tax Big Business And Not Undermine Seattle’s Tax on Amazon and Other Big Businesses

February 1st, 2021

Sawant to introduce a resolution to put the City of Seattle on record opposing any state effort to preempt, limit, or phase out Seattle’s Amazon Tax: ‘We need social housing and Green jobs for working people, not tax shelters for big business.’ SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters […]

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My Letter to Seattle FireFighters Union President Kenny Stuart with Proposals to Fight the Threat Posed by the Far Right to Working People, Racial Justice, and Progressive Movements

January 23rd, 2021

On January 19th, I sent a letter to City officials asking for an investigation into a series of threatening emails I received from a Seattle Firefighter email account against me and the working class and progressive movements my office represents inside City Hall. FireFighter Union, IAFF Local 27, President Kenny Stuart sent the following response, […]

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FAQ – Ban on Seattle Police Use of Tear Gas, Pepper Spray, Blast Ball & Other “Crowd Control Weapons”

January 22nd, 2021

What is the “Crowd Control” Weapons Ban? During the Justice for George Floyd movement, the police departments in cities including Seattle unleashed tear gar, blast balls, rubber bullets, and other so-called “crowd control” weapons. This was carried out with the approval of the Democratic establishment in the various cities. Our socialist Council office, alongside hundreds […]

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