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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), […]

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Sawant Hails Historic Ban on Seattle Police Use of Chemical Weapons, Chokeholds

NEWS RELEASE Councilmember Kshama Sawant FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday June 15, 2020 Contact:Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-423-3220 ‘Our mass protest movement, led by young people of color, deserves all the credit for winning Seattle’s historic ban on chemical weapons, chokeholds’ SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters […]

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Sawant Introduces Bill Banning Police Use of Chemical Weapons, Other ‘Crowd Control Weapons’, Including Chokeholds

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, announced that on Monday at City Council’s 2 pm meeting, she will introduce legislation banning Seattle police from using all types of chemical weapons and other so-called “crowd control weapons.” She also will be introducing a second ordinance banning […]

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Following Yet Another Night of Police Violence, Councilmember Sawant Introduces Legislation Banning All Police Use of Chemical Weapons and Other “Crowd Control Weapons,” as Well as Chokeholds

NEWS RELEASE Councilmember Kshama Sawant FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday June 8, 2020 Contact:Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-615-0061 “Seattle Police maced and gassed hundreds of us on Capitol Hill last night. As an elected representative of those fighting against racism and police brutality, I find it completely unacceptable that this militarized police force is viciously targeting a […]

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Must Resign

“Jenny Durkan has failed the working people of Seattle since day one of her administration. She has now abused her power, and harmed thousands of ordinary people on the streets – all in defense of big business and the status quo of racism and inequality.”  SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair […]

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Tell City Council: Join Councilmember Sawant in banning chemical weapons and chokeholds!

June 6, 2020 Email City Council Right Now!  Offer Live Public Testimony Monday at 2PM – Sign Up at Noon on Monday!  Dear friends, Seattle police have used stunning and indiscriminate violence against ordinary people and protest movements in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police. This violence and brutality […]

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Sawant Announces Movement’s Victory with Dismissal of Motion to Remove Federal Oversight on Seattle Police

Sawant to introduce legislation banning police from purchasing or using chemical weapons including tear gas, mace, and pepper spray, along with rubber bullets, blast balls, water cannons, and sonic weapons Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, issued this statement following the City’s announcement that it […]

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Councilmember Sawant Demands #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, Police Accountability, COVID Relief

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, spoke at the #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd rally, which was held yesterday in downtown Seattle, alongside massive nationwide protests against the police killing of George Floyd.  Sawant’s speech as delivered is provided below: George Floyd said I can’t breathe, again and again, while […]

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Statement by Councilmember Kshama Sawant Against Durkan Curfew Decision May 30, 2020

5/30/2020 – 6:00 pm Seattle doesn’t need a curfew, pepper spray, and tear gas. We need an end to racist police violence. We need economic and housing security, including immediate COVID relief, housing, and jobs through the Amazon Tax. We need an end to the inhumane homeless sweeps. We need the cancelation of rents, mortgages, […]

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My speech at the George Floyd Solidarity Protest Westlake May 30, 2020

George Floyd said I can’t breathe, again and again, while his last breath of life was snatched away by the Minneapolis Police Department. This is murder. It is murder at the hands of the police and the racist state, and it is commonplace in capitalist America, where we have just seen the racist killings of […]

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