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Lewis Proposes New Public Health-Informed 911 Response Service

Based on a popular Eugene Oregon program, the service will dispatch medics and mental health professionals to help people in crisis Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis, Chair of the Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness Strategies and Investments, announced this morning he will introduce legislation to create and fully fund a new mental health and substance addiction […]

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Sawant Condemns Durkan’s Attack on Capitol Hill Organized Protest

July 2, 2020 “ It is stunning that Mayor Durkan has continued to use brutal police violence despite the widespread and decisive opposition from her constituents, and in the face of calls from over 47,000 people for her to resign.” SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and […]

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Councilmember Sawant Celebrates Historic Victory of the Tax Amazon Movement

“Jeff Bezos, we are coming for you, for you and your billionaire friends, here and everywhere.” Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today issued the following statement in celebration of the victory of the Tax Amazon movement, and her office, in their success in passing […]

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Council President M. Lorena González Responds to Mayor Durkan’s Letter regarding Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Council President M. Lorena González (Citywide, Pos. 9) issued the following statement in response to Mayor Durkan’s letter making multiple allegations against Councilmember Kshama Sawant and requesting the City Council ‘investigate’ her actions in order to potentially ‘punish or expel’ her for ‘disorderly or otherwise contemptuous behavior.’ “Over the past several months, I have heard […]

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Morales: Progressive Revenue Bill Includes Provision for $215M in Additional Funds, Represents ‘Major Structural Change’

Morales’ $215M amendment serves to mitigate ‘overlapping crises’, address ‘devastating impact of layers of inequity’, and will help fund Community Wealth Building, Housing and GND Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2, South Seattle and the C/ID) issued the following statement after she and her Council colleagues voted 7-2 to pass amended Council Bill 119810 during […]

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Mosqueda’s ‘JumpStart’ Revenue Package Endorsed by Nearly 60 Organizations Representing Housing, Food Access, Labor, Faith and Immigrant Rights

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s (Position 8, Citywide) JumpStart Seattle legislation received endorsements by nearly sixty organizations representing a broad coalition of labor, housing, faith, immigrant rights and community resiliency who are supportive of the progressive revenue proposal co-sponsored by Councilmembers González, Herbold, Strauss and Lewis. The letter of support stated, “We write to you today in […]

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Councilmember Sawant Credits Tax Amazon Movement for Serious Pressure, Urges City Council Democrats to Strengthen Amazon Tax Bill to Reject Budget Cuts and Reverse Gentrification

Joining Call by Black Clergy, Sawant to Propose Amendments to Fund 1,000+ New Quality Affordable Homes in Central District, to fund Green New Deal, and eliminate sunset clause Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, sent the following statement summarizing a letter she sent today to […]

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Councilmember Sawant Calls on City Council to Endorse African-American Faith Leaders’ Demand for 1,000 New Affordable Homes, Funded by $500M/Year Amazon Tax, for Residents Displaced Due to Racist Gentrification

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today publicly urged other city councilmembers to publicly endorse the call, led by African-American church leaders, to build 1,000 new affordable homes over three years for historic residents and those displaced from the Central District, funded by a progressive […]

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City Council Repeals Problematic Law to Reduce Disproportionate Impact on Communities of Color

Follows Recommendation from Reentry Workgroup to Repeal Prostitution Loitering Ordinance City Council unanimously repealed from the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) the problematic ordinance regarding “prostitution loitering,” as requested by Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4), Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2), and Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7).  The tragic killing by Minneapolis police of George […]

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Mosqueda Announces Council Support for JumpStart Seattle — González, Herbold, Strauss, Lewis Sign on as Co-Sponsors

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) described the JumpStart Seattle progressive revenue proposal during last week’s Wednesday’s budget committee and invited any of her colleagues to sign-on as co-sponsors. Council President M. Lorena González and Councilmember Lisa Herbold announced during the meeting that they would co-sponsor. Councilmembers Dan Strauss and Andrew J. Lewis have also […]

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