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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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Re-Imagining Public Safety and More

Monthly Newsletter: Protests and Public Safety, Budget Deficits, COVID Updates, Bridges, and More Photo by Xena Goldman Friends and Neighbors, While this month’s newsletter discusses the COVID-19 public health crisis, the resulting economic downturn, our sudden $300 million budget deficit, and the need to fix the West Seattle Bridge impacting 100,000 residents, the priority I’ve heard […]

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Re-Imagining Public Safety and More

Monthly Newsletter: Protests and Public Safety, Budget Deficits, COVID Updates, Bridges, and More Photo by Xena Goldman Friends and Neighbors, While this month’s newsletter discusses the COVID-19 public health crisis, the resulting economic downturn, our sudden $300 million budget deficit, and the need to fix the West Seattle Bridge impacting 100,000 residents, the priority I’ve heard […]

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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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Council Passes Premium Pay for Frontline Gig Workers During COVID Crisis

Bill by Herbold, Lewis protects app-based food delivery workers SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmembers Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park) and Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Magnolia to Pioneer Square), alongside their Council colleagues, unanimously voted for legislation today that provides premium pay for gig workers working for food delivery network companies in Seattle.  Council Bill 119799 directs food delivery […]

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