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Councilmember Sawant: Mayor Durkan’s Austerity Budget Fails Working People and Black and Brown Communities, Fails to Defund Police

‘It should surprise no one that the Mayor who has overseen police indiscriminately tear gas protest movements is now trying to gaslight an entire city into thinking she believes that Black Lives Matter’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, issued the following statement on Sept. […]

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Pro-Tem Council President Mosqueda Schedules Special City Council Meeting to Consider Civil Emergency Proclamation

Pro-Tem Council President Teresa Mosqueda has scheduled a Special City Council meeting for Thursday, March 5 at 1 p.m., when the Seattle City Council will consider, modify, and vote on the Mayor’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency.  Mayor Jenny Durkan issued a Proclamation of Civil Emergency on March 3. The Proclamation of Civil Emergency grants the […]

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Councilmembers Sawant, Morales Co-Sponsor ‘Amazon Tax’ Legislation

Will raise $300M/year from biggest corporations, fund social housing, services, Green New Deal Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2 – South Seattle and the C/ID) and Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), backed by community supporters, today unveiled the text of draft legislation (a revenue ordinance and a funding plan) to tax Amazon and […]

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Sawant to Durkan, Constantine: Make Doctor Visits Free to Anyone Exhibiting Signs of Coronavirus

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) sent a letter earlier today to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine urging them to take a serious and proactive approach to the emerging coronavirus. In it she underscores the benefit of a universal, Medicare for All, single-payer health care system and emphasizes the […]

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Councilmember Sawant to State Legislators: “Correct the 2013 Betrayal of Boeing Workers, End Corporate Tax Handout”

“Democrats in Olympia have a historic opportunity to stand with Boeing workers, their unions, and with the state’s ordinary people.” Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement in response to The Boeing Company’s request for the Washington State Legislature to temporarily suspend the $8.7 billion in tax breaks given to the […]

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Herbold Statement on Sawant Preemption Resolution

Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle – South Park) issued the following statement after voting against Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s resolution, which opposed all “preemption” on Seattle’s ability to use an employee hours tax or payroll tax to raise additional revenue:  “Today’s resolution did not strengthen the ongoing negotiations around HB 2907 in Olympia, being […]

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City Council Adopts Councilmember Sawant’s Legislation To Expand Tiny House Villages for Homeless Neighbors

Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s (District 3, Central Seattle) bill to expand the number of tiny house villages in Seattle, allowing more of the city’s homeless population to be sheltered and have access to services, passed by a 6-1 vote during today’s Seattle City Council meeting. “Today’s legislation is an incredible step forward for Seattle’s housing justice […]

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Councilmember Pedersen Introduces Bill to Consider Climate Change with All New Legislation

Implementing idea from District 4 community leaders; Climate crisis warrants swift action Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4, Northeast Seattle) today introduced his resolution that would enable the City Council to consider the crisis of climate change when reviewing new legislation. Currently, all the Council’s legislation requires a “fiscal note,” which measures the financial implications of […]

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Councilmember Sawant Responds to Mayor Durkan’s State of the City Address

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) released the following statement after Mayor Jenny Durkan delivered her 2020 State of the City address: “Our Tax Amazon movement to fund social housing and the Green New Deal has powerful momentum, so it’s not surprising that corporate politicians like Mayor Durkan are eager to do the bidding […]

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Councilmember Sawant Unveils Amazon Tax Legislation

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) flanked by community supporters, today unveiled her long-awaited proposal to tax Amazon and other big businesses in Seattle to fund a massive expansion of affordable housing and services. Under Sawant’s proposal, the top three percent of companies in Seattle, as measured by the size of their payroll, would […]

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