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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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    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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