Tag Archives: Kshama Sawant

Q&A: Councilmember Kshama Sawant Celebrates Amazon’s Concession to a $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage while Pushing for Further Action

by Aaron Burkhalter

See below for a statement Kshama Sawant issued in response to news that many Amazon employees are losing other benefits as their wages are raised.

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced Oct. 2 that the retail giant would pay all its workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour beginning Nov. 1. Activists working to raise the minimum wages across the United States credited the ongoing movement for forcing Amazon to up compensation to its workers.

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Fighting for the City We Need

by Kshama Sawant, Violet Lavatai, Zoe Schurman, David Parsons, Nickelsville Central Committee, Matt Remle, Juan Jose Bocanegra, Tim Harris, Shaun Scott, and Kailyn Nicholson

The notice on her door was jolting: You have to move because the apartment building is being demolished to make way for more a profitable housing development. It was the fourth time that Esther “Little Dove” John, a retired psychology professor and long-time Beacon Hill resident, has been “demovicted” in Seattle — forced out of her home by big developers.

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Touring the North Seattle Police Station

by Brett Hamil

Yesterday morning I went on a tour of the North Seattle police precinct station with a group of journalists, activists and community leaders organized by city councilmember Kshama Sawant.

The purpose of the outing was, of course, to see whether the current precinct is so outdated and overcrowded as to warrant the construction of a $149 million new facility (i.e. the Bunker). Continue reading Touring the North Seattle Police Station

Seattle REI Employees Celebrate Wage Hike, Say More Still Needs to Be Done

by Marcus Harrison Green

Local REI Employees joined dozens of supporters at a press conference outside the company’s flagship store in downtown Seattle this afternoon to celebrate what they called a “resounding victory” after the recreational co-op announced it would be raising wages for Seattle employees to $15 an hour beginning August 21. Continue reading Seattle REI Employees Celebrate Wage Hike, Say More Still Needs to Be Done

Is Socialist Win in Seattle an Anomoly or Harbinger?

by Jonathan Rosenblum

When Vanessa Patricelli first heard Kshama Sawant speak, she thought the socialist was nuts.

It was November 2013. Sawant had just been elected to the Seattle City Council as a member of the Socialist Alternative party. And Boeing was threatening to cut thousands of jobs if its machinists didn’t give up their pensions and Washington State didn’t hand the company $8.7 billion in tax breaks. Continue reading Is Socialist Win in Seattle an Anomoly or Harbinger?

Rent Control and Its Discontents: Dissecting the Rent Control Debate

By Anne Althauser

I came home from work last Monday night to find my apartment broken into and all my electronics stolen. While the first thoughts flooding into my mind were of the irreplaceable items I had on my laptop, which I will likely never get back, my next thought was that I could not possibly afford to move. In the midst of this moment of violation that notion soon monopolized my thoughts. Continue reading Rent Control and Its Discontents: Dissecting the Rent Control Debate

Brett Hamil on the Seattle District 3 Race: Telephone vs. Megaphone

In this latest video from Seattle comedian Brett Hamil, we take a closer look at how the Seattle City Council District 3 race is starting to take shape:

The city council race for Capitol Hill and the Central District is heating up! We look at Kshama Sawant’s “grandstanding,” Mayor Murray’s “wily” political maneuvering and Pamela Banks’s speed-dial approach to problem solving.

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