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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Credit Our Tax Amazon Movement for Serious Pressure! Now Let’s Get City Council Democrats to Strengthen Amazon Tax Bill – Reject Budget Cuts and Reverse Gentrification

“Simply put, if Black Lives Matter, then affordable housing for Black families in the Central Area should matter.” — Reverend Carey Anderson, pastor of Seattle’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church I am pleased that the Council is now seriously considering passing a historic tax on Amazon and the other top 3 percent big businesses in […]

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Solidarity letter from Councilmember Sawant to City workers: Let’s organize and fight Durkan’s austerity program!

June 25, 2020 Dear fellow City of Seattle workers:  Democratic establishment Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration has just revealed that they are doubling down on their COVID austerity plan, demanding more cuts in City services and and thrusting the burden on City workers, all while protecting Amazon and other big businesses from taxation.  On Wednesday, Mayor […]

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Councilmember Sawant Calls on City Council to Endorse African-American Faith Leaders’ Demand for 1,000 New Affordable Homes, Funded by $500M/Year Amazon Tax, for Residents Displaced Due to Racist Gentrification

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today publicly urged other city councilmembers to publicly endorse the call, led by African-American church leaders, to build 1,000 new affordable homes over three years for historic residents and those displaced from the Central District, funded by a progressive […]

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Movement Should Decide Next Steps Democratically and Build Fight to win Defunding of Police by at Least 50 Percent

June 22, 2020 Councilmember Sawant: “The Movement Should Decide Next Steps Democratically and Build Fight to win Defunding of Police by at Least 50 Percent“ “This is the movement’s decision and NOT Mayor Durkan’s or the establishment’s, and our movement will politically defend itself from any attempted sweep by the police. However, as socialists, we […]

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Statement on the Shooting at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest

Saturday, June 20, 2020 Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of the black protester who was tragically killed this morning by gunfire at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). Socialist Alternative and I stand in solidarity with the family and friends of the victim, and with the injured protester now in the […]

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Sawant, African-American Faith Leaders Unveil Community Demand for 1,000 New Affordable Homes, Funded by $500M/Year Amazon Tax, for Residents Displaced Due to Racist Gentrification

‘Members of the political establishment who say Black Lives Matter need to put action behind their tweets and sloganeering, and join with me in supporting the African-American faith leaders’ demands, without reservation – adopt the Tax Amazon legislation so we can build these homes and reverse racist gentrification.’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair […]

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