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Councilmember Sawant, with strong community backing, demands Mayor Durkan strengthen and extend protections for tenants and small businesses facing eviction

‘The question is, who will pay for this two-fold crisis of COVID and the economic recession – big business, or working people? With our petition, renters, working-class homeowners, struggling small business owners, and progressive small landlords are demanding that Mayor Durkan stand with them.’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s […]

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Councilmember Sawant: Durkan administration has epitomized Democratic Party’s pro-corporate politics and failed ‘to address the crises facing working people in this increasingly unequal city’

Sawant: ‘We need our own independent candidates, including socialists, rank and file union members, and grassroots activists accountable to working people and willing to fight back against the stranglehold of big business and corporate Democratic politicians like Durkan’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today […]

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Councilmember Sawant denounces Democrats’ austerity budget while hailing victories by People’s Budget and Solidarity Budget for affordable housing and shelters, renters rights and eviction defense, Green New Deal, and $31 million shift from bloated police budget to community-led programs

Sawant: ‘Even with the victories of our movement, the Democrats’ austerity budget deeply fails working people and marginalized communities, including working-class and poor communities of color’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today issued this statement in response to the City Council adopting the 2021 […]

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Councilmember Sawant: Amazon’s Staggering $6.3 Billion Quarterly Profit Shows Why City Council Must Fund Urgent Human Needs With Increase in Big Business Tax

Sawant: “Today’s Amazon profit report shows the City Council has a clear budget choice: Make sure Amazon and other large corporations pay for this crisis, or make working people suffer more” SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today cited Amazon’s record quarterly profits of $6.3 billion as clear […]

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Sawant Introduces Budget Legislation Backing New Africatown Affordable Housing Project on East Yesler Way in District 3

Africatown CEO K. Wyking Garrett says, “We need bold investments to move away from the current de facto Jim Crow Apartheid status quo in Seattle towards a new normal rooted in equity.”  Sawant urges Councilmembers to stand with the Black Lives Matter movement in action by supporting funding for community-controlled affordable housing at the former […]

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Councilmember Sawant: Mayor Durkan’s Austerity Budget Fails Working People and Black and Brown Communities, Fails to Defund Police

‘It should surprise no one that the Mayor who has overseen police indiscriminately tear gas protest movements is now trying to gaslight an entire city into thinking she believes that Black Lives Matter’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, issued the following statement on Sept. […]

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Councilmember Sawant Applauds Re-Opening of Central District Post Office on Monday, Condemns Trump’s Attacks on Postal Workers

“This is a win for the Central District community and for public services, powered by hundreds of activists who worked with our office to demand that the federal government restore our neighborhood Post Office” Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, welcomed the re-opening on Monday, […]

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Councilmember Sawant: City Council Democrats Have Approved a Budget that Carries out Austerity, Fails to Defund Police – Our Movement Needs to Build Even Stronger

“Our movement cut executive police pay and defunded the Navigation Team, but we need a democratically and independently organized movement to defund police and eliminate budget cuts” Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, released the following statement following today’s City Council vote adopting a revised […]

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Councilmember Sawant Celebrates Votes to Stop the Sweeps and Cut Bloated SPD Executive Pay, But Notes Movement Will Have to Fight Harder to Defund SPD 50%

“Today showed the necessity for protest and organizing, but also the limits of relying on the political establishment to represent the interests of working people, especially marginalized communities.” Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, issued this statement following the City Council’s Budget Committee votes on […]

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Sawant Calls Out “Shameful” Court Ruling Allowing Police Use of Banned Crowd-Control Weapons As Trump Sends In Federal Agents

“Unfortunately, while Donald Trump’s Department of Justice and Jenny Durkan’s Seattle Police Department are superficially the two sides of this court case, they are in total agreement on repression of protests, and both want to continue to use the weapons with impunity.” Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and […]

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