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    Artists at Play

    photo 2Today I am excited to announce it was the grand opening of Artists at Play. This is a unique, interactive playground that children of all ages can enjoy at the Seattle Center. This playground includes a 35-foot Climb Tower, listening stations, sound swings, a colorful labyrinth and more. By many measures, this playground will prove a great benefit to Seattle. In particular, it will enrich the lives of both parents and their children. Parents will be able to bring their children to a safe and vibrant playground while children will have a creative and imaginative environment to play in. As an avid advocate for parks, I believe parks are essential in the health and happiness of our communities. … Continue Reading »

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    Councilmember Burgess Advances Tenant Protection Proposal, Affordable Housing Preservation Proposal

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/20/2015
    Councilmember Burgess Advances Tenant Protection Proposal, Affordable Housing Preservation Proposal
    SEATTLE – Council President Tim Burgess announced today he will advance two separate pieces of legislation that pro…

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    Standing Up with Teachers

    Today my grandson Noah and I had the honor of joining teachers and supporters from across the City and around the state calling on legislators to live up to their paramount duty and fully fund public education. Too many children have been denied their constitutional rights to education.  The 52,000 students in the Seattle Public […]

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    Environmentalists and Workers Must Link Up to Stop Global Warming and Fight for Workers’ Rights

    Yesterday, I rallied with hundreds of protestors to say NO to Shell’s Artic oil drilling, and to demand that the rig leave the Port of Seattle. To be successful, those who are passionate about fighting for the environment must link up with workers to collectively stop global warming and improve workers’ rights. Here’s a solidarity letter I sent to Port workers yesterday […]

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    UP #367: Fair Trade Music Seattle

    Are you aware that musicians must often “pay to play” or play for “zero minus expenses” – the venue pays them nothing while they must cover their own costs? Does that seem fair?

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    Action Summary. Monday, May 18, 2015

    Action Summary of the Seattle City Council Full Council Meeting Monday, May 18, 2015 No absences.    FINANCE AND CULTURE COMMITTEE 1. CB 118374 PASSED (9-0) AN ORDINANCE amending the 2014 Adopted Budget, including the 2014-2019 Capital Improvement Program (CIP); changing appropriations to various departments and from various funds in the Budget; revising project allocations […]

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    Divest UW Scores Major Victory, Convinces Board of Regents at UW to Divest from Coal

    Congratulations to the students in Divest UW, who joined the call to build divestment campaigns in 2012 and have worked relentlessly for 3 years to get the UW Board of Regents to divest from fossil fuels. Check out this article by The Guardian about this important win. On May 14th, after years of rallying and building […]

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    State-by-State Preschool Rankings

    The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its 2014 State of Preschool report this week. It rates states on preschool access, public funding, and quality measures. Washington’s report card is here. Our state ranks 33rd in access for…

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    Action Summary, Monday, May 11, 2015

    Action Summary of the Seattle City Council Full Council Meeting Monday, May 11, 2015 No absences.   PARKS, SEATTLE CENTER, LIBRARIES AND GENDER PAY EQUITY COMMITTEE 1. Appt 00043 CONFIRMED (9-0) Appointment and Oath of Office of Jesus Aguirre as Superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation, for a term of confirmation from June […]

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    Council Addresses Growing Risk of Displacement, Sets Race and Social Equity as Foundation of 2035 Planning Guide

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/11/2015
    Council Addresses Growing Risk of Displacement, Sets Race and Social Equity as Foundation of 2035 Planning Guide
    SEATTLE – Council unanimously adopted a resolution today that establishes race and social equity as a …

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