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Staying Safe & Accessing Worker, Student & Community Resources During the Coronavirus Covid-19 Crisis

Dear friends, neighbors, fellow activists, I hope you and your loved ones are doing well during this extremely difficult and frightening time. The world has been turned upside down, with untold loss of life expected, mainly because of the failures of healthcare and basic needs under global capitalism. Additionally, millions of working people in the […]

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Councilmembers Sawant, Morales Announce Acceleration of Tax on Amazon, Big Business to Fund Emergency COVID19 Relief

Tax will provide $200M in relief for up to 100K households this year, subsequently fund social housing and Green New Deal Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3 – Central Seattle) and Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2 – South Seattle & Chinatown/Int’l District) announced three pieces of legislation to accelerate taxation of Amazon and other big […]

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Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Calling For Immediate Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Rent, Mortgage Payments

Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2, South Seattle and the CID) and her Council colleagues passed her resolution calling on Gov. Inslee, federal legislators, and the Trump administration to use emergency powers to place a moratorium on commercial and residential rent and mortgage payments, providing necessary relief to thousands of Seattle residents and business owners […]

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My Letter to Governor Inslee Calling for a Suspension of Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Payments through 2020 During Coronavirus Pandemic

Below is a letter I sent to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee calling for a suspension of Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Payments through 2020 in response to the devastating impact facing workers and renters from the Covid-19 crisis. Please read the letter and sign the petition! Dear Governor Inslee, As vulnerable renters in Seattle and […]

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Councilmember Sawant to Governor Inslee: Ban All Rent Increases in 2020

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), sent a letter  to Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday (March 26) outlining the need for statewide rent control (rent freeze) through the rest of this year, as well as suspension of rent, mortgage, and utility payments during the Coronavirus crisis.   In her letter, Sawant cites calls received by […]

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Pitting Struggling Small Business and Working People’s Needs During the COVID19 Crisis: Business as Usual for Seattle’s Political Establishment

This week, I voted against a City Council bill that takes money away from low-income affordable housing and puts those funds towards small business pandemic relief. As I said in my remarks during the meeting, working people, struggling small businesses – the majority marginalized in a system that prioritizes extreme wealth for a few – […]

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Sawant to Durkan: Over 4,000 Sign Petition Urging ‘Immediate Action’ on Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium

Sawant: ‘Other governments are acting, the human cost will be incalculable’ Seattle, WA — Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), sent her third letter in three days urging Mayor Jenny Durkan to take immediate action to help Seattle’s renters, homeowners, and struggling small businesses from the ravages of the Coronavirus  crisis, similar to actions taken by the San Jose City […]

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Sawant to Durkan: Ban All Evictions and Foreclosures During Coronavirus

Sawant suggests eviction and foreclosure moratorium to help both working people and struggling small businesses Seattle, WA — Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), sent a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan today, her second this week, urging the Mayor to use emergency powers to address the needs of working people in Seattle in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. She […]

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Sawant to Durkan: ‘Utilize Emergency Powers’, Reestablish Northlake Tiny House Village Permit

Says eviction would be ‘unacceptable’, ‘shocking’ given danger posed by Coronavirus  Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), sent a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan today to “…follow up on the question I asked … at yesterday’s City Council meeting about urgently providing a new permit for our homeless neighbors at the Northlake Tiny House […]

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My letter to Mayor Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine demanding that all have access to free testing and treatment during the Coronavirus outbreak

Monday March 2, 2020 Dear Mayor Durkan and Executive Constantine, I am writing to urge you to take a serious and proactive approach to the emerging coronavirus outbreak in our city and county, and to do everything possible to make healthcare available to anyone who might suffer from the illness. Unlike every other wealthy country, […]

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