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    More than 500 People Attend Affordable Housing Town Hall

    “If you thought Seattle activists were passionate in their successful push for the $15 an hour minimum wage, just wait until you see their fervor for rent control.”Puget Sound Business Journal 4/24/15


    More than 500 tenants, housing advocates, and social justice activists packed City Hall on April 23rd for an Affordable Housing Town Hall organized by Councilmember Kshama Sawant and co-hosted with Councilmember Nick Licata.

    Community members expressed clear support for rent control and other solutions to the affordable housing crisis, like expanding tenant rights and building thousands of City-owned quality affordable housing units through a massive public works program.

    They called on City officials to take immediate and bold action to make Seattle affordable for working, middle class, and low-income people.

    Sawant and Licata also unveiled a resolution for the Seattle City Council to formally call on the State Legislature to repeal its undemocratic ban on rent control. Read the resolution here (PDF).

    Watch the full forum here, or check out video highlights below.


    Introductory Remarks

    01 nick intro

    Councilmember Nick Licata

     

    02 kshama intro

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant

     

    Tenant and Organization Speakers

    Cathy Heffernan - Tenant Stories

    Kathy Heffernan – Tenant Stories

    David Goldstein - Independent Journalist

    David Goldstein – Independent Journalist

    Liz Etta - Tenants Union of Washington State

    Liz Etta – Tenants Union of Washington State

    David Bloom - Seattle Displacement Coalition

    David Bloom – Seattle Displacement Coalition

    Barbara Brownstein - Tenant Stories

    Barbara Brownstein – Tenant Stories

    Nicole Grant - IBEW 46

    Nicole Grant – IBEW 46

    Jonathan Grant - Community Housing Caucus

    Jonathan Grant – Community Housing Caucus

    Susan Russell - Real Change Vendor

    Susan Russell – Real Change Vendor

    Mary Hackney - S.A.F.E.

    Mary Hackney – S.A.F.E. Tenant Stories

    Flora Ybarra - S.A.F.E. Tenant Stories

    Flora Ybarra – S.A.F.E. Tenant Stories

    Michael Ramos - The Church Council of Greater Seattle

    Michael Ramos – The Church Council of Greater Seattle

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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