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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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    Councilmember Sawant’s Wells Fargo Speech (as prepared)

    Councilmember Kshama Sawant delivered the following remarks at the Seattle City Council’s Tuesday meeting regarding her legislation to lapse the City’s contract with Wells Fargo: “Thanks to all the Councilmembers for voting Yes on this legislation. As far as I know, Seattle is the first city to have divested from Wells Fargo. The example that […]

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    Council Adopts City’s First Anti-Hate Resolution

    Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park), together with her colleagues, adopted the City’s first Anti-Hate resolution today, reaffirming Seattle’s values of inclusion, respect and justice.  The resolution passed Full Council by a unanimous vote of 8-0 and calls on the President-Elect to both condemn recent bias attacks and hate speech; and, […]

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    Kshama Sawant: Amazon Must Guarantee Safe Conditions, Strong Wages and Fair Contracts for All Contractors

    In the wake of the 250-person strong strike by pilots working for Amazon’s contractor, ABX Air, Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) is calling on Amazon to heed the demands of pilots from Atlas Air, Southern Air, and Airborne Air, all represented by Teamsters Local 1224. Pilots will picket today outside of Amazon’s headquarters […]

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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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