by Wesley Stewart
Five years ago, I was living in San Francisco as a homeless young adult. My experiences being homeless are formational to the person I am today.
I currently work at The Mockingbird Society as a veteran of homelessness, fighting to uplift the voices of homeless youth and young adults, and advocate for legislation to end homelessness altogether. Although we do not provide direct services to our homeless neighbors, my work has me engaging with the community, service providers, and officials at the city, county, and state level.
Continue reading OPINION: COVID-19 Has Escalated Seattle’s Problems. It’s the Responsibility of Our Institutions to Escalate Their Response. Tax Amazon!
by Chetanya Robinson
Seattle City Council President Lorena González suspended future discussion of a proposed big business tax until at least the end of May, casting uncertainty on the future of the legislation, which the City Council pondered for over a month.
González, who sets the agenda for Council meetings where votes are taken, wrote in a memo to the City Council that future discussion of the big business tax should end, out of concern that the legislation is not sufficiently related to the COVID-19 crisis.
Continue reading Council President González Suspends Big Business Tax Discussions, Citing Governor’s Proclamation
by Chetanya Robinson
Seattle City Councilmembers Tammy Morales (District 2: South Seattle and Chinatown-International District) and Kshama Sawant (District 3: Central Area) say their proposed tax on two percent of the largest businesses in Seattle is intended to address a triple emergency facing the city: homelessness, housing affordability, and now the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatens to bring about an economic depression.
“I don’t think any of us have the luxury of not knowing somebody who’s deeply impacted by this crisis,” Morales said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s visceral and it is affecting our neighbors and our friends and our families, and the point of this bill is to try to address some of that suffering.”
Continue reading City Council Weighs Funding Sources for Big Business Tax
by Elizabeth Turnbull
Members of the Seattle Transit Riders Union and other demonstrators gathered in a socially-distant protest outside of City Hall on Wednesday, April 29, to advocate for widespread economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The protest came a few hours before a Seattle City Council budget meeting in which city council members discussed housing loans, cash assistance for low-income households and the development of permanently affordable social housing. They also considered the highly controversial payroll expense tax, which would impose a 1.3% tax on Seattle businesses with payrolls of $7 million or more annually.
Continue reading “For me it hits home every single day” — Seattle Transit Riders Union Protest for Economic Relief