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    Councilmember Tim Burgess’ Statement on the U.S. Senate Repeal of Worker Savings Rule

    Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) issued the following statement following the United States Senate’s vote today (50-49) to repeal a new federal rule that would have allowed cities like Seattle to establish automatic retirement savings accounts for people who work in the city: “This is a profound disappointment. We have been working on creating […]

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    Councilmembers González and Burgess, Mayor Murray Announce $1 Million for Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

    Councilmember M. Lorena González, Councilmember Tim Burgess and Mayor Ed Murray today announced their intention to dedicate $1 million to establish a “Legal Defense Fund” (LDF) to aid Seattle immigrants and refugees.  Following expanded federal enforcement targeting all immigrants, the officials announced the creation of the LDF to support Seattle residents and workers with limited […]

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    Councilmembers González and Juarez’s Statement on Seattle’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Lawsuit

    Councilmembers M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide) and Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle) issued the following statement following the City’s announcement that it will sue the federal government over President Trump’s Executive Order targeting so-called, “Sanctuary Cities”: “We’re all-in on this lawsuit. Make no mistake, the City of Seattle will not be coerced into […]

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    Councilmember Herbold’s Statement on Proposed Federal Cuts to Arts and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Funding

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park), chair of the Council’s Arts Committee, issued the following statement in response to the President’s announced proposal to eliminate federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB): “When President Trump chooses massive expansion of the military industrial […]

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    Council Urges Congress to Approve the ‘Equality Act’ for LGBTQ Rights

    Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution today urging Congress to introduce and adopt “The Equality Act,” which would grant equal protection to LGBTQ residents across the United States.  Currently, individual states are able to deny access to housing, employment, education, public accommodations, and more because of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. […]

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    Councilmember González’s Statement on New Executive Order

    Councilmember M. Lorena González (Pos. 9, Citywide) issued the following statement following the release of the latest Executive Order on immigration: “No one is fooled by this Executive Order.  It reiterates ill-conceived federal action based in xenophobia rather than fact. If anything, this repackaged order affirms that the Trump administration believes they can’t win against […]

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    Councilmembers’ Statement Following Shooting of Deep Rai, Sikh Kent Resident

    SEATTLE – All nine Seattle City Councilmembers issued the following statement after India-born Kent resident, Deep Rai, was attacked in his driveway in Kent on Friday, allegedly being told “go back to your own country” before being shot: “Seattle is home to thousands of South Asian community members.  We began last week by condemning anti-Semitic […]

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    Councilmember Sawant’s Statement on Recent Violence Against South Asian Community

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) participated in a weekend vigil to mourn and condemn recent hate-based violent attacks against members of the South Asian community.  Councilmember Sawant issued the following statement in response to the recent fatal shooting of an India-born Kansas resident and last Friday’s incident of India-born Deep Rai, who was […]

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    Councilmembers’ Statement of Support Following Threat to Jewish Community Center

    All nine Seattle City Councilmembers issued the following statement after yesterday’s bomb threat to the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island: “We are horrified by yesterday’s bomb threat against the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island and the anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found in Ballard. As leaders of Seattle and neighbors to Mercer […]

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    Councilmember Sawant to Deliver Socialist Response to Tonight’s Trump Speech

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant will deliver a Socialist response to President Trump’s address to a joint session of congress this evening in Seattle City Hall.  Seattleites are encouraged to attend and join with Socialist Alternative, Socialist Students and fellow activists to hear a socialist response to Trump’s right wing agenda and, afterwards, to discuss opportunities build […]

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