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Councilmember Sawant to State Legislators: “Correct the 2013 Betrayal of Boeing Workers, End Corporate Tax Handout”

“Democrats in Olympia have a historic opportunity to stand with Boeing workers, their unions, and with the state’s ordinary people.” Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement in response to The Boeing Company’s request for the Washington State Legislature to temporarily suspend the $8.7 billion in tax breaks given to the […]

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Councilmember Sawant Demands State Legislators Publicly Stand Against Any ‘Protect Bezos’ Ban on Taxing Big Business

Urges community members to keep building pressure Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) today urged community members to continue to fight against the concerted big business drive to ban Seattle and other cities from enacting progressive taxation that could be used to address the deepening affordable housing crisis. Earlier today, state legislators unveiled a […]

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City Council Adopts Councilmember Sawant’s Legislation To Expand Tiny House Villages for Homeless Neighbors

Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s (District 3, Central Seattle) bill to expand the number of tiny house villages in Seattle, allowing more of the city’s homeless population to be sheltered and have access to services, passed by a 6-1 vote during today’s Seattle City Council meeting. “Today’s legislation is an incredible step forward for Seattle’s housing justice […]

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Councilmember Sawant Responds to Mayor Durkan’s State of the City Address

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) released the following statement after Mayor Jenny Durkan delivered her 2020 State of the City address: “Our Tax Amazon movement to fund social housing and the Green New Deal has powerful momentum, so it’s not surprising that corporate politicians like Mayor Durkan are eager to do the bidding […]

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Councilmember Sawant Unveils Amazon Tax Legislation

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) flanked by community supporters, today unveiled her long-awaited proposal to tax Amazon and other big businesses in Seattle to fund a massive expansion of affordable housing and services. Under Sawant’s proposal, the top three percent of companies in Seattle, as measured by the size of their payroll, would […]

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Sawant: Tax Amazon Movement Activists Unveil Council Resolution, Speak Out Against Threats of a Seattle Amazon Tax Ban (Preemption) in House Bill

Remarks (as delivered) Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), with union members, faith leaders, democratic party, socialists, and community members delivered remarks this morning at Seattle’s City Hall opposing any effort to insert preemption into HB 2907 and SB 6669:  “Thank you for joining us for this important press conference. As the movement that […]

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Sawant, Community Members Celebrate Passage of City Council Resolution Opposing Religious Persecution, Detention Camps by Right-Wing Regime in India

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), South Asian community members, and activists celebrated the passage of a historic Seattle City Council resolution denouncing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) enacted by the far-right government of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India. Seattle City […]

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Sawant ‘In Solidarity’ with Striking Swedish-Providence Caregivers

SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) issued the following statement in support of SEIU 1199 Northwest and the caregivers at Swedish-Providence Hospital who picketed today advocating for quality patient care, safe staffing levels and racial equity in hiring and employment practices): “I stand in full solidarity with the thousands of courageous nurses and other caregivers at Swedish-Providence, […]

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Councilmember Sawant to Introduce Ordinance for Emergency Moratorium on Winter Evictions on Monday

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) today announced that she plans to bring forward legislation on Monday to pass an emergency moratorium on evictions of renters during Seattle’s winter months.  Sawant also highlighted the success of a community campaign, led in part by her office, that led to the halt of plans to close […]

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Sawant Responds to “Who is Buying Seattle? The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom” Study

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Human Services, Equitable Development and Renters Rights, issued this statement today in response to the study titled “Who Is Buying Seattle? The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom,” from The Institute for Policy Studies’ Inequality.org Project.  The study looks at the luxury real estate boom in […]

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