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My Letter to the Progressive Revenue Taskforce: Tax Big Business to Raise $200 Million/Year

February 15, 2018 Dear members of the Progressive Revenue Taskforce; CC: Mayor Durkan and Councilmembers; Soon you will make your final recommendation to the City Council about taxing big business to fund affordable housing and homeless services. As you deliberate, the political establishment may urge you to confine yourselves to a narrow framework that does […]

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Councilmember Sawant to Hold Hearing to End Cuts to Women’s Homeless Services and Advocate for Big Business Tax to Fund Publicly-Owned Affordable Housing

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) will host a Council meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall Chambers to discuss recent cuts to women’s shelters and homeless services after the Seattle Human Services Department recently rebid their homeless services contracts. Sawant and committee members will engage directly with providers from the Women’s Housing, […]

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Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s Socialist Response to Trump’s State of the Union

Full transcript of Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s response to Trump’s State of the Union address follows. Sisters and Brothers, The first horrifying year of Trump’s White House has come to an end. A year of massive tax handouts to the corporate elite, of gutting regulations, of an assault on the hard won gains of working people, […]

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My Letter to Mayor Durkan Opposing Cuts to Homeless Shelters & Services

On December 6, I wrote the following letter to Mayor Durkan and Human Services Department Director, Catherine Lester, explaining my opposition to cuts to homeless services and the elimination of 249 shelter beds. These cuts disproportionately impact organizations providing essential services for women and some of Seattle’s most vulnerable homeless populations. I have heard from […]

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Speech by Councilmember Kshama Sawant for Charleena Lyles Press Conference with Andre Taylor and Other Activists

SEATTLE – On November 17, 2017 I made the following remarks after a press conference held by Andre Taylor and other Activists in reaction to the Force Review Board’s preliminary results in the pending investigation of the death of Charleena Lyles: “The decision of the Seattle Police Department’s Force Review Board is shameful. According to […]

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Call and Email your Councilmember to Say: Stop the Sweeps and Pass the HOMES Tax!

Phone Script: Dear Councilmember ______, Hundreds of Seattle’s ordinary people – your constituents – spoke resoundingly, with one voice, at the budget committee public hearing on Nov 1st. We told City Council to Stop the Sweeps and pass the HOMES Tax in this year’s city budget! We said the inhumane and ineffective sweeps of human […]

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Nov 1 City Hall Campout & Die-In a Smashing Success! Stop the Sweeps, Tax Big Business to Fund Housing & Services!

Congratulations to the hundreds of ordinary people who came out on November 1 for a 4.5-hour public hearing, all-night rally and campout inside City Hall, culminating in a powerful die-in the next morning commemorating the 66 houseless people, including a baby, who have died this year so far on the streets! The message of the community […]

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PETITION: Stop the Sweeps, Fund Housing & Services in Seattle’s Budget

Petition: Stop the Sweeps, Fund Housing & Services! Dear members of the Seattle City Council: In the coming weeks, you will be debating and voting on the 2018 City budget. The budget is not simply numbers. It is a moral document that speaks to our priorities and values as a city. Seattle has become two […]

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My Response to Mayor Murray’s Resignation

  I join the working people and community members of Seattle who are understandably relieved at Mayor Ed Murray’s resignation. I had made clear in my July 31 Editorial that while no one should be tried in the court of public opinion, Murray had failed as an elected leader by repeatedly attacking the character of […]

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Councilmember Kshama Sawant responds to Amazon’s announcement it will build 2nd headquarters

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement after Amazon announced its intention to develop a second headquarters location outside Seattle: “Amazon’s quest for a second massive corporate base is reminiscent of Boeing’s ongoing efforts to ship jobs out of the Seattle area and hold us hostage. For decades, Boeing […]

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