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Sawant Congratulates Seattle Renters for Monday’s Victories, Urges Fight for Rent Control and to Cancel COVID Debt

‘By getting organized, today we won the nation’s strongest ban on school-year evictions, the resolution to extend the eviction moratorium, and the strengthening of our city’s eviction defense laws. Let’s continue fighting for a full Renters’ Bill of Rights – for rent control and to cancel COVID debt!’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), […]

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Councilmember Sawant Credits Renter Rights Movement for Pushing Three Bills Through Council Committee, Over Resistance of Corporate Landlords

Full Council vote June 7; Sawant declares, ‘Today is an important step forward. Rank-and-file renters need to continue to fight to win these in City Council and to win our full Renters’ Bill of Rights, including rent control and canceling COVID debt’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and […]

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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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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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Councilmember Sawant Calls on Mayor to Restore Moratorium on Ticketing and Towing Under 72-Hour Parking Rule

‘For those forced to live in their cars, your enforcement of the 72-hour rule can be catastrophic, costing them not only their vehicle, but also their only shelter and all their possessions. We need affordable, social housing – not harassment of neighbors struggling to survive’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the […]

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Sawant: Renters and working people cannot rely on Democratic Party Politicians, we only win when we fight back

‘Our movement’s sustained pressure forced Mayor Durkan to extend the eviction moratorium for renters and struggling small businesses. Similarly, we will have to fight hard to force the City Council to pass Right to Counsel without loopholes.’  Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, released the […]

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Councilmember Sawant Hails Community Support for Tenant Right to Counsel Legislation, Calls for Swift Passage by City Council

‘It’s shameful that when defending the most basic human need in life – the right to have a safe home – tenants are completely outmatched by profit-seeking landlords. This legislation will give tenants a fighting chance.’ Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), chair of the Council’s Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee, today said there […]

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Councilmember Sawant Calls on State to Investigate For-Profit Gas Company, Assess Risk for Future Fires and Explosions in Wake of Near Disaster in Central District

‘The gas fire shows yet again the risks and damage that for-profit energy companies unilaterally impose on our communities, and the risks of continued reliance on climate-harming fossil fuels’ In the wake of last Wednesday’s near-disastrous underground gas fire in the Central District, Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), today called on the Washington […]

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Councilmember Sawant Calls on City Council to Convene ‘Open, Public, and Transparent’ Investigation into Six SPD Officers’ Involvement in Violent Insurrection at U.S. Capitol

“To be credible, this must be an open public hearing, with the public given the ability to ask questions of witnesses and review subpoenaed documents independently. … I applaud and thank the members of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and the Seattle LGBTQ Commission, who called on the City Council to exercise its legal authority.” […]

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