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Renters’ Rights Rally! Thu. May 27 @ 6pm – Fight for Rent Control and to Cancel Covid Debt & Other Renter Protections


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Renters’ Rights Demands from Our Movement


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Councilmember Sawant and Community Activists Announce Major Push for Rent Control

With landlords shamefully raising rents 9% since January, Sawant declares ‘Our movement is fighting for residential rent control, and commercial rent control for small businesses, without corporate loopholes. We’re fighting to cancel COVID debt – big banks and corporate landlords should pay for the crisis, not renters and working people.’ Joined by 40 renters, homeowners, […]

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Sawant Resolution Urging Biden to Lift COVID-19 Patent Restrictions Passes

“This resolution demonstrates our movement’s rejection of the status quo of profit-driven vaccine apartheid and vaccine nationalism, and our fight for vaccine internationalism, for a People’s Vaccine!” Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, celebrated City Council’s approval today, by a 7 to 1 vote, of […]

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Letter From the Washington Fair Trade Coalition in Support of our Resolution Demanding COVID-19 Vaccine Copyrights be Shared to Save Millions of Lives

On April 25, 2019 the Washington Fair Trade Coalition sent the following letter to the Seattle City Council in support of the Resolution from my office demanding President Biden end the U.S. policy of opposing the international campaign to get the Word Trade Organization to waive the intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, so that […]

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Sawant Credits Black Lives Matter Street Protests for Historic Chauvin Trial Verdict

“It is a testament to the power of mass action with multiracial, working-class solidarity. All credit goes to the rank-and-file activists in the Black Lives Matter movement for this victory.”  Press release – April 20, 2021 SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, sent […]

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Honor tenant and worker heroes, not agents of neoliberal assault

Dear Friends, This morning I want to share with you a heartwarming and inspiring story from nearly 7 years ago. It’s about how East African immigrant single-mom tenants of public housing got organized with their fellow tenants and defeated an attempt to increase their rents by 400 percent over six years!  Ironically, though, I was reminded of […]

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Councilmember Sawant, School Board Director DeWolf, Seattle Education Association Members & Renter Advocates Unveil Legislation Prohibiting Evictions of School Children, Their Families & Educators During School Year

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today unveiled legislation prohibiting evictions of school children, their families, and educators during the school year. Joined by Seattle School Board Member Zachary DeWolf, Seattle Education Association members, and a Seattle school student, Sawant announced that her […]

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My letter to Mayor Durkan Demanding She Cancel the Planned Sweep of Miller Park as Community Has Called For

Wednesday April 14, 2021 Dear Mayor Durkan, I was disappointed to see your response to the valid community concerns about your planned sweep of homeless people sheltering in Miller Park this Friday, April 16. Both the response from your office (below) and from the Human Services Department (HSD) under your direction, ignore the demands of […]

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My letter to the Mayor and the Human Services Department asking why they haven’t addressed the situation in Miller Playfield.

April 8, 2021 Dear Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Human Services Department Interim Director Helen Howell, I am writing to ask what steps have been taken to make hotel rooms, tiny houses, and permanent supportive housing available to the community members currently sheltering in Miller Playfield, and to urge you to rapidly expand Seattle’s tiny […]

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