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Councilmembers Sawant, Morales Announce Acceleration of Tax on Amazon, Big Business to Fund Emergency COVID19 Relief

Tax will provide $200M in relief for up to 100K households this year, subsequently fund social housing and Green New Deal Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3 – Central Seattle) and Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2 – South Seattle & Chinatown/Int’l District) announced three pieces of legislation to accelerate taxation of Amazon and other big […]

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Councilmember Sawant to Governor Inslee: Ban All Rent Increases in 2020

Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), sent a letter  to Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday (March 26) outlining the need for statewide rent control (rent freeze) through the rest of this year, as well as suspension of rent, mortgage, and utility payments during the Coronavirus crisis.   In her letter, Sawant cites calls received by […]

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Sawant to Durkan: Over 4,000 Sign Petition Urging ‘Immediate Action’ on Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium

Sawant: ‘Other governments are acting, the human cost will be incalculable’ Seattle, WA — Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), sent her third letter in three days urging Mayor Jenny Durkan to take immediate action to help Seattle’s renters, homeowners, and struggling small businesses from the ravages of the Coronavirus  crisis, similar to actions taken by the San Jose City […]

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Sawant to Durkan: Ban All Evictions and Foreclosures During Coronavirus

Sawant suggests eviction and foreclosure moratorium to help both working people and struggling small businesses Seattle, WA — Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), sent a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan today, her second this week, urging the Mayor to use emergency powers to address the needs of working people in Seattle in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. She […]

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Sawant to Durkan: ‘Utilize Emergency Powers’, Reestablish Northlake Tiny House Village Permit

Says eviction would be ‘unacceptable’, ‘shocking’ given danger posed by Coronavirus  Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle), sent a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan today to “…follow up on the question I asked … at yesterday’s City Council meeting about urgently providing a new permit for our homeless neighbors at the Northlake Tiny House […]

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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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