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Councilmember Sawant joins Elliott Bay Book Company Book Workers Union
Councilmember Sawant joins Elliott Bay Book Company Book Workers Union
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Councilmembers Kshama Sawant (District 3 - Central Seattle) joins Elliott Bay Book Company bookstore workers who just organized a union. 

Speakers include:

Anthony Manno

Lara Kaminoff

Callie Winter

Jacob Schear

Althea Lazzaro

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

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Councilmember Sawant joins Elliott Bay Book Company Book Workers Union

Councilmembers Kshama Sawant (District 3 - Central Seattle) joins Elliott Bay Book Company bookstore workers who just organized a union. 

Speakers include:

Anthony Manno

Lara Kaminoff

Callie Winter

Jacob Schear

Althea Lazzaro

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

Councilmembers Unveil Draft Big Business Tax Legislation

Councilmembers Kshama Sawant (District 3 - Central Seattle) and Tammy J. Morales (District 2 - South Seattle and Chinatown/International District), alongside community members, unveil their jointly-sponsored draft legislation to tax Amazon and other big businesses to fund social housing, the Green New Deal, and related services. The legislation would raise $300 million by taxing the largest businesses to fund permanently affordable social housing and services, as well as retrofitting existing houses to meet energy efficiency standards of the Green New Deal. 

Speakers include

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

Councilmember Tammy J. Morales, City of Seattle

Rev. Angela Ying, Bethany United Church of Christ   

Kathy Yasi, SEIU Local 925  

Peter Fink, Univ. of Washington student

Councilmember Sawant unveils big business tax proposal

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) announces and details a proposed tax on big business. In December, Sawant won her reelection, calling for an Amazon Tax on big businesses to fund a major expansion in affordable and green social housing, despite unprecedented amounts of corporate PAC money against her campaign.

Councilmember Sawant denounces proposed ban on big business taxes

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) alongside union members, renters rights activists, socialists, rank-and-file Democratic party members, and faith leaders, speaks out against the threat of a statewide ban on big business taxes in Seattle, known as "preemption."

Speakers include:

Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council

Jon Manella, Tenants Union of Washington State

Reverend Angela Ying, Bethany United Church of Christ

Kathy Yasi

Eva Metz

Councilmember Sawant calls for budget focused on human needs

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) holds a press conference with activists and community members to demand a city budget that meets human needs, and to reject the Mayor's business-as-usual budget.

Councilmember Sawant & faith leaders advocate for more affordable housing

Councilmember Kshama Sawant and faith leaders unveil a letter signed by 43 Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist leaders calling on City Council to adopt Sawant's proposal to greatly increase authority and funding for tiny house villages. Under Sawant's proposal, about 1,200 people currently living on the street would get homes in tiny house villages as a step toward permanent, stable housing.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council

Rev. Angela Ying, Bethany United Church of Christ

Rev. Robert L. Jeffrey, Sr., New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Lawrence R. Willis, True Vine of Holiness Missionary Baptist Church and Urban League program manager for priority hire jobs program

Melinda Nichols, Vice President, Low Income Housing Institute Board of Directors

Danette Davis and Carol Spaulding, residents of True Hope Village who were previously homeless

Josh Castle, Director of Community Engagement, Low Income Housing Institute


Councilmember Sawant calls for Driver Solidarity & Resource Center

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) joins Uber and Lyft drivers to call for at least half of the revenues from Mayor Durkan's proposed ride tax to go to support drivers directly, through the establishment of a Driver Solidarity and Resource Center.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

Councilmember Sawant & rent control advocates demand "People's Budget"

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) and rent control advocates gather for a press conference and rally in City Hall to announce their 2019 People's Budget demands, including the right to an attorney for all renters facing eviction, more tiny homes as a way to begin addressing the homelessness crisis, and a major expansion of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program.

Speakers include:

Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Councilmember
LouDella Bowen, Brighton Apartment tenant facing economic eviction
Maru Mora - La Resistencia, immigrant rights activist
Deyo Esquivel - Housing case manager for the Urban Native community
Laura Wright- Rainier Beach High School & Freedom School educator
Kim Lundgreen, Vietnamese Senior Association
John Frazier, WFSE 3488 President

Councilmember Sawant unveils draft rent control legislation

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) and tenants gather for a press conference and rally in City Hall to unveil and answer questions about draft rent control legislation for Seattle and the rent control movement in our state and around the country. Also, Sawant stands with the tenants of the Chateau Building to celebrate their breakthrough victory on affordable housing and relocation assistance last week against developer Cadence. This press conference was held just ahead of a special committee meeting to discuss the draft rent control legislation.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

Reverend Angela Ying, Bethany United Church of Christ

Renee Holmes, Chateau Building Tenant

Violet Lavatai, Tenants Union of Washington State

Devin Silvernail, City of Seattle Renters Commission

Matt Maley, Seattle Education Association

Shirley Henderson, Seattle small business owner

CM Sawant rallies with students for excused absences for Global Climate Strike

Following Seattle City Council's unanimous vote on Resolution 31907, "in support of the youth-led September 20, 2019 Global Climate Strike", Councilmember Kshama Sawant joins students at Washington Middle School to compel Seattle School Board Directors to excuse absences for the worldwide Climate Walkout. Sawant sent letters to the Seattle School Board, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau, Governor Jay Inslee, and Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal reiterating the role that school boards across the country and world play in the struggle to protect our planet.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

Washington Middle School students

Zoe Schurman, Washington Middle School

Kimaya Mahajan, Interlake High School

Dr. Sarah Myhri, University of Washington

Lucas Vargas Zeppetello, 350 Seattle

Councilmember O’Brien introduces bill to eliminate natural gas piping in new buildings

Councilmember Mike O'Brien and representatives from community and environmental advocacy groups, introduce new legislation to make Seattle a greener city by prohibiting natural gas piping in new residential and commercial buildings. Following cities such as Berkeley and more recently San Luis Obispo, O'Brien's proposal would support new construction to be 100% electric, which would eliminate carbon emissions from new buildings, as natural gas use in buildings is one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions in Seattle. 

Speakers include:

Councilmember Mike O'Brien, City of Seattle

Jill Mangaliman, Executive Director, Got Green

Jess Wallach, Organizer, 350 Seattle

Max Savishinsky, Executive Director, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

Aaron Fairchild, CEO, Green Canopy Homes

Chris Maykut, Founder, Chaco Canyon

Councilmember O’Brien announces details of MASS transportation package

Councilmember Mike O'Brien and representatives from the Move All Seattle Sustainably (MASS) Coalition, announce details of their MASS transportation package. MASS is a coalition of organizations and advocates working to connect Seattle's diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, minimize reliance on private vehicles, achieve Vision Zero, make Seattle carbon-neutral, create walkable communities, and ensure equitable access to transportation for all people.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Mike O'Brien, City of Seattle

Councilmember Abel Pacheco, City of Seattle

Sam Lockhart, 350 Seattle

Pauline Van Senus, Seattle Transit Riders Union

Margaret McCauley, Rainier Valley resident

Rosario Medina, South Park Resident

Courtney Cole, Rooted in Rights

Councilmember O’Brien, Community Members Lay Out Vision for Seattle’s Green New Deal

Councilmember Mike O'Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) stands with representatives from the environmental justice community to lay out a vision for a Green New Deal for Seattle. The Sierra Club defines as mobilizing "vast public resources to help us transition from an economy built on exploitation and fossil fuels to one driven by dignified work and clean energy." 

Speakers:

Councilmember Mike O'Brien

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda

Representatives from 350 Seattle

Maria Batayola

Matt Remle, Mazaska Talks

Nikkita Oliver

Gregory Davis, Rainier Beach Action Coalition

Nancy Huizar, Got Green

Councilmember O’Brien stands with community on Sweetened Beverage Tax funds

Councilmember O'Brien discusses creating a separate fund for sweetened beverage tax revenues to ensure that money is used to expand or add new programs. 

Additional speakers: 

Tanika Thompson - Food Access Organizer, Got Green

Lindsay Hovind - Government Relations Regional Lead, American Heart Association

Jim Krieger - SBT CAB Co-Chair OR Executive Director, Healthy Food America

Giulia Pasciuto - Equitable Development Policy Analyst, Puget Sound Sage

Councilmembers, community groups advocate for additional police accountability reforms

Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), Chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans & Education Committee, stands with her Council colleagues and leaders of community organizations to outline a strategy for how the City can move forward and come into full and effective compliance with the federal consent decree.

In May, U.S. District Judge James Robart found the City of Seattle partially out of compliance with the federal consent decree, saying the City's ratified contract with the Seattle Police Officers' Guild (SPOG) fails to sufficiently address officer accountability in several key areas, including labor arbitration process, timeline for completing investigations and subpoena powers of civilian investigators. 


Councilmembers González, Mosqueda and Herbold delivered a detailed letter to Mayor Durkan that expresses their preferred strategy to 1) center community-voices in ongoing police reform efforts, 2) maintain labor harmony and 3) return to full and effective compliance with the Consent Decree.  

Councilmembers hold press conference ahead of Human Services contracts legislation

Social workers, staff at community health clinics and food banks, case workers and other human service professionals rally in support of a measure to require annual adjustments for inflation in contracts administered by the Seattle Human Services Department.

Speakers include:Flo Beaumon, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington

Paul Rosenthal, Plymouth Housing

Katie Garrow, King County Labor Council

Willow Maloney, DESC's Morrison Hotel

Councilmember Lisa Herbold, City of Seattle

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, City of Seattle

Council holds press conference on hotel worker protections legislation

Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) and M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide), will introduce legislation to protect Seattle's hotel workers from harassment and discrimination, while also setting new rules on workload, worker retention and healthcare benefits. Following months of engagement between Councilmembers Mosqueda, González, Mayor Durkan, hotel workers, their union and hotel managers, four pieces of legislation designed to promote the health & safety of all hotel workers will be discussed in the Housing, Health, Energy and Workers' Rights Committee (HHEWR).

Speakers include:

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda

Councilmember M. Lorena González

Hotel Workers Lula Haile and Liza Cruz

Councilmember Sawant discusses just cause eviction protections

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, tenants, the Tenants Union of Washington State, and community supporters rally in support of King County renters Mergitu Argo, Mouhamed Tall, Modou Ndiaye, and Lenh Vong, who face a No Cause Eviction from their landlord. 

Speakers include:

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

Mergitu Argo, renter

Cliff Cawthorne, NAACP

Violet Lavatai, Tenants Union of Washington

Renee Holmes, renter

Councilmember Mosqueda discusses stabilizing human service provider contracts

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is joined by experts in the human services field, Seattle workers and residents impacted by human services, and front-line staff to discuss the need for strong human services supported by adequate resources.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, City of Seattle
Teresita Batayola, President, International Community Health Services
Clentonia Vann, SEIU 1199 NW
Mark Okazaki, Executive Director, Neighborhood House
Triston Spears, YouthCare
Evelyn Correa, HR Officer, YouthCare
Alison Eisinger, Director, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness

Rally to extend interim boundary of Pike Place Market Historical District to include Showbox Theater

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, artists, musicians, Showbox employees and advocates, rally in advance of a Council committee meeting to vote on extending the interim expansion of the Pike Place Historic District boundary another six months.

Speakers include:

Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City of Seattle

Ryan Devlin and Kim West, Musicians, Smokey Brights

Shannon Welles, Showbox employee

Shua Sanchez, Musician, UAW 4121 Member

Nate Omdal, Musician, Local 76-493 Member

Earnie Ashwood, Showbox employee

#StopTheBans Seattle

A National Day of Action to #StopTheBans. This day of action comes at a critical juncture in the fight for reproductive freedom and justice, as anti-choice politicians push laws infringing on personal decisions that should be left to women and their doctors.

Speakers:

Tiffany Hankins, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington

Attorney General Bob Ferguson WA State

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz WA State

State Sen. Manka Dhingra D-45th District

State Sen. Joe Nguyen D-34th District

State Rep. Nicole Macri D-43rd District

Rep. Kristine Reeves D-30th District

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan City of Seattle

Councilmember Lorena González City of Seattle

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda City of Seattle

Councilmember Debora Juarez City of Seattle

Councilmember Kshama Sawant City of Seattle

Councilmember O'Brien's Statement Regarding Favorable Ruling on Accessory Dwelling Units

Councilmember Mike O'Brien (Dist. 6, Northwest Seattle), chair of the Sustainability & Transportation Committee, issued the following statement after the City of Seattle Deputy Hearing Examiner, Barbara Dykes Ehrlichman, ruled in favor of the City on an appeal of the adequacy of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) proposal. Her ruling affirms that the FEIS meets all applicable requirements and allows the Seattle City Council to act on the proposal.

"I am thrilled that the Deputy Hearing Examiner agrees that the city's FEIS is adequate.  It means the Council can act early this summer to refine policies and provide a path for more people to build backyard cottages," said O'Brien.

Councilmember Sawant, Seniors Demand Protection for Byrd Barr Place and Central Area Senior Center

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council's Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights committee, stand with seniors, working families, and young people in her committee to demand Mayor Jenny Durkan protect the Central Area Senior Center and Byrd Barr Place for public use. 

For a year, Central District seniors have been expecting that the Mayor's office would complete the transfer of these City-owned properties to the community organizations, so that they would be maintained for public use in perpetuity. Then, the Seattle City Council last fall unanimously adopted Resolution 31856, which set a deadline of March 31 to complete the transfer of the properties, which include the Central Area Senior Center and Byrd Barr Place. The Durkan Administration has now missed the deadline set by the resolution. 

Councilmember Sawant, Seattle Renters Say: Rent Control Can’t Wait

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council's Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights committee, announces plans for two major renters rights ordinances. First, a measure to enact a comprehensive, citywide rent control ordinance without corporate loopholes, designed to take effect the moment the state Legislature lifts the ban on rent regulation; and second, the Economic Evictions Assistance Ordinance - a measure to immediately protect tenants against huge rent increases.

CM Sawant calls for halt to evictions, displacement at Chateau Apartments

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), residents of the Chateau Apartments, clergy, local small business owners, and other supporters assemble at the Good Neighbor Café to call on developers from Bellevue's Cadence Real Estate to meet with residents who will be evicted from their homes as a result of the developer's planned demolition.

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