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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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Overwhelming Vote of Support from MLK Labor Delegates for CM Mosqueda’s JumpStart Revenue

With almost 80 percent of the vote, Labor endorses Mosqueda’s revenue proposal Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide) debuted the JumpStart Seattle progressive revenue proposal with a broad coalition of support on Tuesday during a press conference, and after a vote last night, the Martin Luther King Labor Council has overwhelmingly endorsed the proposal.  MLK […]

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Lewis Introduces Progressive Revenue Plan for Permanent Supportive Housing

Capital Gains Tax would build housing, support homelessness services Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) will introduce progressive revenue legislation, a capital gains tax that would create resources to build affordable and permanent supportive housing, and fund additional homeless services, on Friday (June 19).  Council Central Staff estimates a […]

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Council President González, King County Councilmember Zahilay, Spokane Councilmember Burke Call On Local Electeds to Pledge Review of Police Budgets, Reinvestment in Communities of Color

 Council President M. Lorena González, King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, and Spokane City Councilmember Kate Burke call on local elected leaders across Washington State to sign a pledge to reduce police brutality, and to use local city budgets to reinvest in Black and Brown communities, addressing housing displacement, economic insecurity, education, health and other root […]

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Council Adopts Legislation to Require Officers to Display Badge Numbers

Allows for Officer Mourning Badges SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park), and Chair of the Council’s Public Safety and Human Services Committee, released the following statement after the Council adopted legislation sponsored by Councilmember Herbold to require police officers to display the numbers on their badges. The legislation was drafted in response […]

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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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Councilmember Lewis, City Attorney Holmes Introduce Legislation to Repeal Outdated Drug Traffic Loitering Law

Bill repeals ‘war on drugs’ policy disproportionately impacting communities of color SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes introduced legislation today to repeal a relic from the failed “War on Drugs,” Seattle’s Drug Traffic Loitering law. The Drug Traffic Loitering law was adopted in the […]

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Lewis’ Resolution to Prevent Trump’s Use of Insurrection Act in Seattle Passed by Council

Act requires cities to accept federal troops being deployed SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square) introduced Resolution #31948, The Insurrection Act of 1807 (10 U.S.C. §§ 251–255) empowers the President of the United States to deploy U.S. Military and federalized National Guard troops within the United States in some circumstances […]

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City Council Approves Councilmember Pedersen’s Renewal of the University District’s Business Improvement Area (BIA)

BIAs keep neighborhood business districts vibrant; U District BIA now will also focus on preventing displacement SEATTLE – Today the City Council unanimously approved the legislation co-sponsored by Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4, Northeast Seattle) to reauthorize the Business Improvement Area (BIA) in the University District, which is the heart of District 4.  “Business Improvement Areas are positive, community-driven economic […]

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Budget Chair Mosqueda Commits to Defunding Police, Inquest into SPD’s Budget, Transparent Budget Process

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda (Position 8, Citywide), and Chair of the Council’s Select Budget Committee, today announced the Council’s Summer 2020 Balancing Budget Committee schedule, a commitment to defund the police and an inquest into the Seattle Police Department’s annual budget. The Budget Committee will review the Mayor’s proposed 2020 rebalancing budget and any Council-initiated revenue/COVID-19 […]

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