Category: Seattle

Linda Averill: Sign of the Times: Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative unseats Seattle Democrat

In nearby SeaTac, Proposition 1 was also winning. The measure would establish a $15-an-hour minimum wage for 6,300 transportation and hospitality workers. It holds a razor-thin margin and will likely face challenge. Yet like Sawant’s victory, Prop. 1 even getting to this point is amazing in a system where big business buys elections. Sawant’s win Read more…

Links.org: Seattle Socialist Kshama Sawant Defeats Democrat Incumbent

Vote Sawant — Today’s King County elections ballot count saw the Socialist Alternative candidate for Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant, pulling further ahead of 16-year Democratic Party incumbent, Richard Conlin. The socialist candidate has now won 88,222 votes compared to Conlin’s 86,582. After today’s count was released, Richard Conlin announced he was conceding the race. Read more…

Kailyn Nicholson: Seattle Activists Arrested In Inspiring Action Against Foreclosure And Eviction

Just after noon on Tuesday, July 2nd, two groups of housing activists converged on a Wells Fargo branch in downtown Seattle. One group of 35, including Socialist Alternative City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, approached from the street, chanting loudly and carrying signs with slogans like "Let Jeremy Pay to Stay!" and "Housing is a Human Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Building a Movement for Universal Healthcare

Outline of talk, June 19, 2013 to Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Seattle Edited, June 23, 2013 By Peter Bohmer, [email protected]   Thanks for  inviting me!  I will raise a few points about social movements and how to move forward based on my years as an activist.   I am looking forward to a Read more…

Jon Queally: Boycott of Standardized Tests Spreads as Seattle Teachers Revolt

Opponents of the nation's relentless push for standardized testing in public schools have new champions in Seattle this week as teachers at one high school and now another have refused to issue such exams to their students, calling them a waste of "time and money" amid "dwindling school resources." The entire teaching faculty at Garfield Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Challenging the Myths About Balancing the Government Budget

Why Balancing the Government Budget is Exactly the Wrong Thing to Do in the United States; It will Worsen the Economic Situation. Challenging Austerity in Greece and Spain. Building Movements to Organize for Good Economic Policy and for  a More Just Society!   Notes on Talk at People’s Movement Assembly, Oct. 20th, 2012 October 20, Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Connect the Movements: Occupy and Anti-war

Talk at the Event, Celebrating the One Year Anniversary of the Occupy Movement, and Against the Continuing U.S. War Against Afghanistan; Localization Not Globalization.   “The Afghanistan War and the Occupy Movement are Not Over; Connect the Movements!” By Peter Bohmer, October 7, 2012 Sylvester Park, Olympia Washington   Thank you for coming! I want Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Connect the Anti-War and Occupy Movement

Talk at the Event, Celebrating the One Year Anniversary of the Occupy Movement, and Against the Continuing U.S. War Against Afghanistan; Localization Not Globalization.   “The Afghanistan War and the Occupy Movement are Not Over; Connect the Movements!” By Peter Bohmer, October 7, 2012 Sylvester Park, Olympia Washington   Thank you for coming! I want Read more…

Sylvia Wright: Seattle 1999 Revisited

You don’t often get a chance to be at the epicenter of an event that makes history. It started for my partner, Charles Gray, and me in the quietest way. Both of us were longtime nonviolent activists. Early in 1999, we were invited to join a newly-formed “simplicity circle.” We were the oldest in this Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Past and Present Grand Jury Repression:

Talk on Grand Jury Repression! September 7th, 2012 at Traditions Café, Olympia, WA by Peter Bohmer     We are living in a period of increased surveillance, especially electronic, and  the use of police at the local, State, and national level to limit protest and  resistance to an economic and social system that is broken Read more…

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