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Lewis Proposes New Public Health-Informed 911 Response Service

Based on a popular Eugene Oregon program, the service will dispatch medics and mental health professionals to help people in crisis Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis, Chair of the Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness Strategies and Investments, announced this morning he will introduce legislation to create and fully fund a new mental health and substance addiction […]


It’s Time for a 3-1-1 Customer Care Center

A small, but concrete piece for re-imagining public safety that can respond effectively to true community needs Most of my June 2020 newsletter was dedicated to addressing police accountability issues in the wake of the protests following the police killings of George Floyd and the painfully long history of misconduct and institutional racism negatively impacting […]


Sawant Condemns Durkan’s Attack on Capitol Hill Organized Protest

July 2, 2020 “ It is stunning that Mayor Durkan has continued to use brutal police violence despite the widespread and decisive opposition from her constituents, and in the face of calls from over 47,000 people for her to resign.” SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and […]


West Seattle Bridge Update, July 2; News from the Select Budget Committee; Seattle Municipal Court Vera Project Probation Report; Workers’ Rights Update; May Constituent Email Report;

West Seattle Bridge Update, July 2 Next week SDOT will be releasing a draft “Reconnect West Seattle Mobility Action Plan” on their website.  This will include specific neighborhood plans for four areas: Highland Park/Riverview/South Delridge/Roxhill, South Park, Georgetown, and SODO; it will also include modal plans such as freight and bicycle. There will be a […]


Councilmember Sawant Celebrates Historic Victory of the Tax Amazon Movement

“Jeff Bezos, we are coming for you, for you and your billionaire friends, here and everywhere.” Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today issued the following statement in celebration of the victory of the Tax Amazon movement, and her office, in their success in passing […]


Council President M. Lorena González Responds to Mayor Durkan’s Letter regarding Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Council President M. Lorena González (Citywide, Pos. 9) issued the following statement in response to Mayor Durkan’s letter making multiple allegations against Councilmember Kshama Sawant and requesting the City Council ‘investigate’ her actions in order to potentially ‘punish or expel’ her for ‘disorderly or otherwise contemptuous behavior.’ “Over the past several months, I have heard […]


Morales: Progressive Revenue Bill Includes Provision for $215M in Additional Funds, Represents ‘Major Structural Change’

Morales’ $215M amendment serves to mitigate ‘overlapping crises’, address ‘devastating impact of layers of inequity’, and will help fund Community Wealth Building, Housing and GND Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2, South Seattle and the C/ID) issued the following statement after she and her Council colleagues voted 7-2 to pass amended Council Bill 119810 during […]


Mayor Durkan’s attack on my office is an attack on working people’s movements, and everything we are fighting for

Response by Councilmember Sawant to Durkan Attack on Our Office – June 30, 2020 Mayor Jenny Durkan’s establishment has utterly failed working people and communities of color in this city. She bears responsibility for a torrent of violence by Seattle police, including the use of brutal weapons like tear gas and rubber bullets against the […]


Mosqueda’s ‘JumpStart’ Revenue Package Endorsed by Nearly 60 Organizations Representing Housing, Food Access, Labor, Faith and Immigrant Rights

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s (Position 8, Citywide) JumpStart Seattle legislation received endorsements by nearly sixty organizations representing a broad coalition of labor, housing, faith, immigrant rights and community resiliency who are supportive of the progressive revenue proposal co-sponsored by Councilmembers González, Herbold, Strauss and Lewis. The letter of support stated, “We write to you today in […]


Councilmember Sawant Credits Tax Amazon Movement for Serious Pressure, Urges City Council Democrats to Strengthen Amazon Tax Bill to Reject Budget Cuts and Reverse Gentrification

Joining Call by Black Clergy, Sawant to Propose Amendments to Fund 1,000+ New Quality Affordable Homes in Central District, to fund Green New Deal, and eliminate sunset clause Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, sent the following statement summarizing a letter she sent today to […]

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