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Superintendent Student Advisory Board to School Board & Superintendent Juneau: “Enforcing unexcused absences for this strike is essentially punishing students for trying to make a change in the world, and we urge you to reconsider, and decide to excuse these absences.”

Rainier Beach High 11th grader Angelina Riley reads a letter to the Seattle School Board and Superintendent Denise Juneau, signed by 16 of 17 Seattle high school Superintendent Student Advisory Board members, urging them to “excuse absences of all students participating in the climate strike this Friday.” The letter was authored by Ingraham High 11th […]

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Seattle School Board & Superintendent Juneau: Stand with the Students and with the Fight for Climate Justice by Excusing Student Absences for the Sept 20 #Climate Strike

Superintendent Juneau and School Board members: I received Superintendent Juneau’s letter in response to the unanimously-passed Seattle City Council resolution, and to my letter addressed to you. In both the Council resolution and in my letter, the School District is urged to stand with students courageously walking out Friday this week, September 20th, as part […]

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Seattle School Board: “You have the power to help hundreds, maybe thousands, of Seattle school children. Will you use that power for the better or for the worse?”

Zoe Schurman – Washington Middle School Student, Global Climate Strike Activist Below is a speech Zoe delivered at a rally and press conference organized by my office on the morning of Sept 18 with students, educators and climate justice activists outside Washington Middle School to call on the Seattle School Board to excuse students from […]

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“Don’t force us to deal with the consequences of an unexcused absence simply because we demand the right to a future”

Kimaya Mahajan – Interlake High Student, Global Climate Strike Activist Below is a speech Kimaya delivered at a rally and press conference organized by my office on the morning of Sept 18 with students, educators and climate justice activists outside Washington Middle School to call on the Seattle School Board to excuse students from school […]

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Councilmember Sawant Urges City and State Public Schools Excuse Students from Classes

Following Unanimous Seattle City Council Vote on Resolution Supporting 9/20 Youth Global Climate Strike SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights committee, issued the following statement today after the unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council on her Resolution 31907, “in support of […]

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My Letters Urging City, State & School Superintendents to Excuse Students from Classes to Attend Sept 20 Global Climate Strike

September 16th, 2019 Dear Seattle City School Board and Superintendent Juneau, I hope the 2019-2020 school year is going well so far. As I am sure you are aware, on Friday, September 20th, hundreds of Seattle Public School students will walk out of classes to take part in the Global Climate Strike. The strike action […]

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Let’s build our unified movement against gentrification and displacement in Chinatown/International District!

On Sept. 5 the International Examiner published my editorial on how we must continue to build a powerful movement of workers, elders, students, and allies to fight gentrification in our Chinatown/International District. My International Examiner opinion article is here, and reproduced below: Early on a gray, drizzly Thursday morning in late June, I joined with […]

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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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