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Councilmember Sawant to Introduce Ordinance for Emergency Moratorium on Winter Evictions on Monday

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) today announced that she plans to bring forward legislation on Monday to pass an emergency moratorium on evictions of renters during Seattle’s winter months.  Sawant also highlighted the success of a community campaign, led in part by her office, that led to the halt of plans to close […]

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People’s Budget – organizing victories for our community

We fought hard against the establishment’s business-as-usual budget Dear People’s Budget activists and community members: Congratulations to everyone for a successful People’s Budget struggle on many fronts!  On Monday, Nov. 25, the City Council adopted a 2020 budget. We need to celebrate what has been won, while at the same time refusing to accept a […]

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Moratorium on Wintertime evictions of Renters

On November 26th, 2019 my office received a letter from the Seattle Renters Commission (found here), advocating for the rapid passage of a moratorium on wintertime evictions. Below is my response to that letter. Tuesday November 26, 2019 Dear members of the City of Seattle Renters’ Commission,  In the context of a 4-year homelessness state […]

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Email Councilmembers NOW! Tell them to FUND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE NOT MASS INCARCERATION in Seattle’s City Budget!

Dear Friends, This Monday, more than 100 people gathered outside the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct for a National Day of Outrage to demand justice for Atatiana Jefferson, Charleena Lyles, and numerous black women killed at the hands of the police.  Family members, faith leaders, and racial justice advocates all spoke powerfully, calling for police […]

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Congratulations to Access Riders for victory over Veolia/Transdev and for improved service!

This month King County ended its contract with the anti-worker Veolia/Transdev and brought on a new provider for Access Paratransit Services. That’s good news, and I join with disability justice activists and the entire community in celebrating this victory, which came after years of organizing and agitating. My letter to the community is here, and […]

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I stand with Uber and Lyft drivers who are organizing for power and a voice!

My office is proud to stand alongside Uber and Lyft drivers and the Seattle Rideshare Drivers Association, who are demanding that at least half of the revenues generated from Mayor Durkan’s proposed 51-cent per ride tax be used to directly benefit drivers by creating a Driver Solidarity and Resource center, to be run by drivers […]

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Sawant Responds to “Who is Buying Seattle? The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom” Study

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights, issued this statement today in response to the study titled “Who Is Buying Seattle? The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom,” from The Institute for Policy Studies’ Inequality.org Project.  The study looks at the luxury real estate boom in […]

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Chateau tenants: We can fight back and win affordable housing – as long as we organize and take action.

It’s been amazing working with the Chateau Apartment tenants and their community allies in the fight to stop their displacement from Seattle’s Central District. Working together, we’ve won some important, path-breaking victories against their developer-landlord. And, we continue to organize and fight for full justice for every Chateau tenant. In their own words: We are […]

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UW resident and fellow physicians are fighting for a good union contract – we must all unite with them

I was honored to speak at a rally Sept. 25 of UW residents and fellow physicians who, as members of the UW Housestaff Association, are organizing for a good union contract. They are fighting for the same thing that workers are fighting for across our city – the right to be paid enough so they […]

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The city must expedite the discrimination complaint filed by Saba Ethiopian Cuisine against corporate developer

I congratulate the owners of Saba Ethiopian Cuisine for filing civil rights charges against the corporate developer that evicted them in July. In standing up for their rights, Saba owners are standing up for the rights of all small businesses that are resisting gentrification and displacement. My press release from Sept. 25: Sawant to City: […]

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