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    Build 1,000 Homes Coalition Wins Major Victory

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant issued the following statement congratulating the Build 1,000 Homes Coalition members and housing justice activists on securing a 7-2 vote in favor of $29 million for affordable housing: “Together, our movement has won $29 million for affordable housing. We didn’t get everything that we wanted today, but this is a significant step […]

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    Councilmembers Pursue New Plan to Build Affordable Housing, Utilize Bonds

    Six Councilmembers introduced a new proposal today intended to create up to 500 new units of affordable housing for Seattle residents. The housing production would be funded by newly utilizing the City’s existing bonding capacity and paid off over a 30 year term. Councilmembers Bagshaw, González, Herbold, Johnson, O’Brien, and Sawant have signed on to […]

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    Sawant Unveils Legislation to End City Relationship with Wells Fargo, Eliminate Corporate Tax Break for International Investors

    In light of the recent revelations of Wells Fargo’s customer defrauding and its massive financial investment in the destructive Dakota Access Pipeline project,  Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) unveiled legislation to better able the City to contract with socially responsible banking institutions. Additionally, Sawant has introduced a City budget amendment to close a […]

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    Councilmember Sawant Invites Public to Third Annual People’s Budget Town Hall this Evening: Let’s Build 1,000 Affordable Homes

    Highlighting the need for an alternative to business-as-usual budgets, Councilmember Kshama Sawant will host the third annual People’s Budget Town Hall this evening. Activists will call for the $160 million previously allocated for the North Precinct project to be used to build 1,000 affordable homes for low-income Seattleites instead. Speakers will present specific recommendations both […]

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    Councilmember Sawant’s Response to Mayor’s Budget Proposal

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement in response to Mayor Murray’s proposed 2017-18 operating budget: “The Mayor, in his budget speech, said that he wants 2017 to be the year of ‘good governance.’ It is outrageous that his announcement comes in a meeting where the City Council, apparently under direction […]

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    Sawant, Block the Bunker Activists to Celebrate Victory on North Precinct, Call to Use Funds for Housing

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), the “Block the Bunker” coalition, the NAACP, affordable housing advocates, socialists, and other activists today will join to celebrate victory over the Mayor’s announced scrapping of the North Precinct police facility plan.  Hundreds of social justice advocates came together to fight the $149 million police bunker and forced […]

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    Councilmember Sawant Celebrates Movement’s Historic Victory, Blocking the Bunker

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the North Precinct Police Station project has been blocked: “Today in Seattle, anti-racist and social justice activists scored one of the most important victories nationally since the Black Lives Matter movement began in 2014. We have stopped Seattle’s […]

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    Mayor Murray, Councilmembers Announce Update to North Precinct Plan

    Today, Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Debora Juarez and Lorena González announced that the City will review the proposed new North Precinct facility, citing concerns around equity, cost and community needs. The City will follow a recently-passed Council resolution and conduct a Racial Equity Toolkit review of the proposed precinct, and review key […]

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    Councilmembers Unveil Legislation: New Rules for Encampment Clear Outs

    Councilmembers Rob Johnson, Lisa Herbold, Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant unveiled legislation today that would revamp the City’s current practice of encampment sweeps, allowing for clear outs after the City fulfils certain conditions. The legislation was developed with the goal of protecting public safety and connecting the unhoused with permanent housing options. Councilmembers intend for […]

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    Comprehensive Tenants’ Rights Legislation Passes Council Committee

    “Today’s vote is a significant step towards increasing fair access to rental housing,” said Councilmember Lisa Herbold. According to the Seattle’s Renting Crisis Report from the Washington Community Action Network, “48% of individuals who pay for rent with Social Security Disability Insurance or Social Security retirement income said that discrimination prevents them from having successful […]

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