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Watch out, profiteering developers – our community is on the march!

We’re taking our fight against gentrification and displacement directly to the corporate developers who would destroy our communities for the sake of their profits. On Monday, my Office was proud to lead a diverse delegation of 40 working people and community activists – patrons of Saba Ethiopian Cuisine, union members, immigrants, people of faith, small […]

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Sawant Urges Community: Stand with 13-Year-Old Arrested at Peaceful Climate Demonstration, Join Us Friday

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights, shared her open letter written in response to the arrest of a 13-year-old middle school student and climate justice activist last Friday during a demonstration outside Seattle City Hall, and directed to Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best […]

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Stand with our young climate justice activists – don’t arrest them!

Last Friday, Seattle police shamefully arrested a 13-year-old middle school student and climate justice activist during a peaceful demonstration outside Seattle City Hall. Today, I wrote to Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, urging them to explain the police action, apologize, and commit to not press charges. My letter is […]

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I Stand with the Jewish Community in Opposing Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants

On August 8th hundreds of Jewish community members and supporters, marched and powerfully demonstrated against the atrocities being committed by ICE and the Trump administration against immigrant communities daily before our eyes.  I applaud activists and organizers in the Jewish community here in Seattle, standing with other communities facing all out assaults on their lives […]

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The courageous Art Workers Union members deserve our full support as they bargain against a hostile management at the Frye Art Museum

Since they first started organizing the Art Workers Union earlier this year, the security guards at the Frye Art Museum have endured sharp resistance from management. On Aug. 5, I told museum CEO Joseph Frye it’s time for him to negotiate a just union contract without further delay. My letter is here and below: Mr. […]

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Solidarity with Workers’ Occupation of Harland & Wolff Shipyard, Belfast, Northern Ireland Bring the Shipyard into Democratic Public Ownership!

On behalf of working people in Seattle and the United States, we salute the workers courageously occupying the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and send you our full solidarity and support.  We support the members of Unite and GMB trade unions that started the occupation last week, to defend their jobs and […]

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Close the NW Detention Center – Solidarity with Immigrant Children & Families in Concentration Camps along US-Mexico Border

On August 1, I joined hundreds of protesters outside the ICE headquarters in Seattle, demanding an end to the detention and inhumane treatment of immigrant families and children along the US-Mexico border and calling on the Washington State Legislature to ban private immigration detention centers, including the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, which is the […]

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Letter to Community & King County Council in support of Just Cause Eviction

Dear housing justice activists, Congratulations to King County renters Mergitu Argo, Mouhamed Tall, Modou Ndiaye, and Lenh Vong, who successfully fought off No-Cause Evictions from their landlord last month! We organized together – tenants, the Tenants Union of Washington State, the Seattle/King County NAACP, King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, my City Council Office, Be:Seattle, Washington […]

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Councilmember Sawant: Newly-Formed Art Workers Union at Frye Art Museum Begin Bargaining Today, Calls for Community Support

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights committee, issued the following statement as the newly-formed Art Workers Union engaged in its first bargaining session, on July 29, with Frye management for a union contract: “As a member of the local teachers union, City Councilmember […]

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Art Workers Union members deserve the community’s full support and solidarity as they begin bargaining today with Frye Art Museum management

Today (July 29), as the newly-formed Art Workers Union begins bargaining with Frye management for a first union contract, I issued this public statement: “As a member of the local teachers union, City Councilmember and elected representative of Seattle’s working people, and member of Socialist Alternative, I congratulate the Frye Art Museum security guards on […]

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