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Undaunted by political establishment roadblock, Sawant announces Tax Amazon Committee Discussion

Sawant’s committee will meet next Thursday; ‘the central question is who pays for the COVID crisis – big business, or working people?’  SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, issued the following statement today following a morning press conference, detailing steps she is taking […]

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Sawant Condemns Cancellation of Committee Meeting to Hear Amazon Tax

‘They are nervous about the Amazon Tax movement,’ says Sawant Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights, responded Monday to the announcement by Council President González to put a stop to all meetings related to the Sawant-Morales Amazon Tax legislation, a decision supported by […]

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Councilmember Morales, Council Passes Protections for Renters Evicted During COVID-19 Crisis

Legislation provides relief for renters by ensuring evictions during crisis are not counted against them Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2 – South Seattle & Chinatown/Int’l District) and her Council colleagues passed legislation in an 8-1 vote to protect renters, ensuring evictions that occurred during and six months after the COVID-19 crisis aren’t used against […]

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My response to Cornell & Associates comments to media & rights of their tenants

Yesterday, in response to Ben Lomond Tenants’ Collective’s serious proposal for how to protect neighbors financially impacted by Covid19, the Co-President of Cornell & Associates, Bart Flora, said to the Seattle Times, “I don’t see why they think we’re different than anyone else. We don’t have some magic pot of money.”  What  a shockingly insulting […]

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My letter to Cornell & Associates Property Management supporting tenants organizing during COVID 19

Saturday April 25, 2020 Cornell & Associates Co-Presidents J. Blake Cornell and Bart Flora Cc: Ben Lomond Building Manager, Adam Landry As an elected representative of Seattle’s working people and as the District 3 Councilmember, I’m reaching out to express solidarity and support for the tenants of the Ben Lomond building, which is one of […]

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Seattle Needs a Working People’s Green New Deal! Apply here for the Green New Deal Oversight Board

Overview In the last two years, young people and other climate activists have built a movement around the world to end climate change. Across the country, community organizers are demanding a Green New Deal to begin to seriously address the climate crisis. Green New Deal programs would replace the fossil fuel burning infrastructure with clean […]

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Sawant Reacts To State Supreme Court Failure to Review 2017 ‘Tax the Rich’ Legislation:

‘Amazon Tax plus Tax on Rich Individuals needed to address this crisis’, say Sawant Last week the Washington State Supreme Court refused to review the 2017 ‘Tax the Rich’ legislation sponsored by Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) and Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle — South Park). As a result, the lower […]

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The State Supreme Court’s Failure to Review 2017 ‘Tax the Rich’ Legislation Is Precisely Why We Need the Amazon Tax Plus a Tax on Rich Individuals

On April 3, the Washington State Supreme Court refused to review the 2017 ‘Tax the Rich’ legislation sponsored by my office and Councilmember Lisa Herbold. As a result, the lower court ruling stands. This ruling gives Seattle the authority to implement taxes on income, but only if it follows all Washington State restrictions on property taxes. […]

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Schedule urgent Budget Committee hearings on Tax Amazon legislation!

My letter to Budget Committee Chair Teresa Mosqueda. April 6, 2020 Dear Councilmember Mosqueda:  I am writing to you, as chair of the Select Budget Committee, to find out when you plan to conduct the committee’s first hearing on the Tax Amazon package of legislation that is sponsored by my office and by Councilmember Tammy […]

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Sawant Presents Community Petition to Council: Over 5,400 Seattleites Call on City Council to Enact ‘Amazon Tax’ for COVID-19 Relief

Tax will fund $200M immediate cash assistance for up to 100,000 households, then build 10,000 new homes Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) presented a community petition signed by more than 5,400 community members to the City Council, calling on them to immediately enact the ‘Amazon Tax’ which she proposed last month with Councilmember […]

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