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My letter to the Mayor and the Human Services Department asking why they haven’t addressed the situation in Miller Playfield.

April 8, 2021 Dear Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Human Services Department Interim Director Helen Howell, I am writing to ask what steps have been taken to make hotel rooms, tiny houses, and permanent supportive housing available to the community members currently sheltering in Miller Playfield, and to urge you to rapidly expand Seattle’s tiny […]

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My Draft Legislation Prohibiting Evictions of Children, their Families, and Educators During the School Year

The Covid-19 pandemic has made the need to protect school children, their families and educators from the devastation of eviction, and the negative ripple effect throughout the entire community, all the more urgent. Below is a link to draft legislation “prohibiting evictions of children, their families, and educators during the school year” which I will […]

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Congratulations to UFCW and Grocery Workers on Hazard Pay Ruling Victory! Solidarity with All Essential and Front line Workers!

Solidarity and congratulations to UFCW and grocery store workers who won a victory this week as a Federal Judge struck down the completely spurious lawsuit brought by massive grocery store chains against workers receiving hazard pay in the middle of a historic pandemic. Solidarity with all essential and front line workers, all of whom deserve […]

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Statement on the National Rise of Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans, and the Murder of 6 Asian-American Women in Atlanta

Socialist Alternative and I, like so many community members, are horrified by the murders of 8 people, including 6 Asian-American working-class women, in Atlanta last night. Condolences and solidarity to the grieving family members and friends. It is vital that we all stand with our Asian American neighbors against the spiking hate crimes happening across […]

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My letter to Miller Park community members regarding the Miller Park homeless encampment

Dear Miller Park residents and all community members,  Thank you for contacting my Council office about your concerns around Miller Park and Playfield, where many facing homelessness were pushed following the inhumane sweep of Cal Anderson Park earlier this year.  No one should have to live in despair, and it is truly distressing for all […]

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We Need Right to Counsel for Renters Facing Eviction : However Dems are Trying to Include These Sexist and Racist Loopholes

Loophole 1: Means Testing  Some Councilmembers at the committee repeatedly argued that perhaps tenants who face evictions should first have to prove their low-income status before they can access the legal aid. This is so-called “means testing.” These politicians want to suggest that means testing will promote accountability in those who get the benefits – […]

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My Letter to SPS in Solidarity with Bargaining SEA Members – Demanding SPS Negotiate with the Union

March 8, 2021To: Board of Directors of Seattle Public SchoolsCC: Superintendent Denise Juneau Seattle City Council Seattle Education Association Dear School Board, As a rank and file member of American Federation of Teachers 1789, a socialist and a City Councilmember, I am writing in solidarity with the Seattle Education Association (SEA), and to express my […]

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My Letter In Solidarity With Hunger Strikers In Chicago Protesting Environmental Racism

Thursday March 4, 2021 Dear Chicago activists fighting for environmental and public health justice, Solidarity with the Southeast Chicago community activists courageously fighting against corporations trying to inflict attacks on already-struggling working-class and poor immigrant communities by attempting to open a new metal shredding plant in your neighborhood. The new plant would be put in […]

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Press Release Expressing Solidarity With BAmazon Union

NEWS RELEASE Councilmember Kshama Sawant FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, February 16, 2021 Contact:Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-423-3220 Councilmember Sawant Expresses Solidarity with BAmazon Union: “Victory in Bessemer could be historic turning point for workers across America” ‘They are afraid of the collective power you’ll have as a union. If workers organized in a union had no […]

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Letter from a constituent about renter discrimination

Greetings, I am a Seattle renter, a single mother of young adult twins who are sheltering in place with me. They are both autistic and one is multiply disabled. I applied for unemployment in March 2020 but received nothing. Like thousands of others, they ghosted me. Eventually I received an automated phone call stating I’d […]

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