Rally To Demand Council Votes Yes To Build 1,000 Homes!

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Councilmember Kshama Sawant says
WHAT: Rally to Demand City Council Votes YES to Build 1,000 Affordable Homes!
WHEN: Wed, Nov 16, 8:30 AM (meeting starts at 9:30 AM)
WHERE: Seattle City Hall (600 Fourth Ave)

Let’s Rally to Win 1,000 Affordable Homes for the Community this Year!

“Trump wins.” Those words, and the hate crimes that have already followed in the wake of Trump’s victory, have instilled a very real sense of dread in millions around the country. I stand in solidarity with everyone experiencing distress, anxiety and fear. Now, more than ever, we need to be building mass movements to defend our basic human rights, to stand with communities of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and immigrants, and build a real political alternative to the failed corporate establishment.

This includes, of course, winning and protecting our right to affordable housing. Here in Seattle, a majority are reeling from skyrocketing rents, a lack of living wage jobs, and an explosion of homelessness.

The Mayor has declared a state of emergency on homelessness, and has called for more federal funding for homelessness. But this is meaningless without a real strategy for building city- and state-level movements to extract this from a hostile Republican-controlled Congress and a Trump-headed White House. We need elected officials to stop passing the buck and begin to show leadership in pushing for progressive measures in their purview. This is why it is critical Councilmembers vote to fund 1,000 Homes.

But other than Councilmember O'Brien and myself, no other Councilmember has yet supported the 1,000 Homes amendment. Our grassroots movement needs to push them to vote YES. If they do not, the movement has to demand they explain why they are voting NO. Politicians need to explain why they are standing in the way of progressive policies, while they continually pay lip service to those same causes.

The Coalition for 1,000 Homes includes more than 65 organizations, in addition to three dozen faith congregations and 60-plus religious leaders. At the latest public hearing, hundreds told the City Council to fund the 1,000 Homes.

If you have 10 minutes on Monday, 11/14 and Tuesday, 11/15, please take the time to call Councilmembers to ask them: “Can we count on Councilmember ________ to sign on to the budget proposal to allocate $160 million to Build 1,000 Homes?” Check out out our blog post for a complete list of Councilmember contact info and a useful call guide: http://sawant.seattle.gov/1000-homes-call-list/

Let’s keep the pressure up and win 1,000 Homes!


WHAT: Rally to Demand City Council Votes YES to Build 1,000 Affordable Homes!
WHEN: Wed, Nov 16, 8:30 AM (meeting starts at 9:30 AM)
WHERE: Seattle City Hall (600 Fourth Ave)

...and Save the Date! Final Seattle City Budget Votes: Mon, Nov 21, 2 PM. Please mark your calendar.
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By: Councilmember Kshama Sawant

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