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My Letter to SPS in Solidarity with Bargaining SEA Members – Demanding SPS Negotiate with the Union

March 8, 2021To: Board of Directors of Seattle Public SchoolsCC: Superintendent Denise Juneau Seattle City Council Seattle Education Association Dear School Board, As a rank and file member of American Federation of Teachers 1789, a socialist and a City Councilmember, I am writing in solidarity with the Seattle Education Association (SEA), and to express my […]

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My Letter In Solidarity With Hunger Strikers In Chicago Protesting Environmental Racism

Thursday March 4, 2021 Dear Chicago activists fighting for environmental and public health justice, Solidarity with the Southeast Chicago community activists courageously fighting against corporations trying to inflict attacks on already-struggling working-class and poor immigrant communities by attempting to open a new metal shredding plant in your neighborhood. The new plant would be put in […]

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Councilmember Sawant Hails Community Support for Tenant Right to Counsel Legislation, Calls for Swift Passage by City Council

‘It’s shameful that when defending the most basic human need in life – the right to have a safe home – tenants are completely outmatched by profit-seeking landlords. This legislation will give tenants a fighting chance.’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today said there […]

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Councilmember Sawant Calls on State to Investigate For-Profit Gas Company, Assess Risk for Future Fires and Explosions in Wake of Near Disaster in Central District

‘The gas fire shows yet again the risks and damage that for-profit energy companies unilaterally impose on our communities, and the risks of continued reliance on climate-harming fossil fuels’ In the wake of last Wednesday’s near-disastrous underground gas fire in the Central District, Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), today called on the Washington […]

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My letter demanding that the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission launch an immediate investigation into risks of future leaks, fires, and explosions involving Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) gas pipelines

February 27, 2021 David Danner, Chairman, Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) Ann Rendahl, UTC Commissioner Jay Balasbas, UTC Commissioner Mark Johnson, UTC Executive Director/ Secretary PO Box 47250 Olympia, WA 98504-7250 Members of the UTC Commission and Executive: On behalf of Seattle and District 3 community members and working people, I am writing […]

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The Central District gas fire shows why it’s time to take the big energy companies like PSE into democratic public ownership

We owe a deep appreciation to the union workers for the Fire Department (Firefighters Local 27) and PSE (Electrical Workers Local 77) who responded to this dangerous situation, stopped the leaking gas, and put out the fire. On Wednesday (Feb. 24) the lives of thousands of residents and workers in Seattle’s Central District, in the […]

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Press Release Expressing Solidarity With BAmazon Union

NEWS RELEASE Councilmember Kshama Sawant FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, February 16, 2021 Contact:Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-423-3220 Councilmember Sawant Expresses Solidarity with BAmazon Union: “Victory in Bessemer could be historic turning point for workers across America” ‘They are afraid of the collective power you’ll have as a union. If workers organized in a union had no […]

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Letter from a constituent about renter discrimination

Greetings, I am a Seattle renter, a single mother of young adult twins who are sheltering in place with me. They are both autistic and one is multiply disabled. I applied for unemployment in March 2020 but received nothing. Like thousands of others, they ghosted me. Eventually I received an automated phone call stating I’d […]

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My Testimony Before the House Finance Committee, in Support of Taxing the Rich (Uncensored)

Councilmember Sawant testimony before House Finance Committee Which Chair Frame Never Let Me Finish 2/11/2021 On February 11, 2021, I testified in Olympia to support a capital gains tax on the rich, and to oppose any ban on Seattle’s Amazon Tax. When I spoke against a ban on Seattle’s Amazon Tax, I was censored, and […]

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Councilmember Sawant Calls on City Council to Convene ‘Open, Public, and Transparent’ Investigation into Six SPD Officers’ Involvement in Violent Insurrection at U.S. Capitol

“To be credible, this must be an open public hearing, with the public given the ability to ask questions of witnesses and review subpoenaed documents independently. … I applaud and thank the members of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and the Seattle LGBTQ Commission, who called on the City Council to exercise its legal authority.” […]

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