Capitol Hill Community Post | Union Leaders Proud to Support Kshama Sawant

From Mike Andrew UAW 1981/National Writers Union

We’re proud to be leaders and rank-and-file activists in the 14 unions and counting that have endorsed Kshama Sawant’s campaign for re-election, together representing over 80,000 workers. Seattle has been a national leader for progressive victories and working-class struggle. We’re happy to recently be joined by the Seattle Education Association and SEIU 925 in supporting Kshama’s campaign. 

Kshama is a rank-and-file member of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1789. She is one of us. In just the last few weeks, Councilmember Sawant has joined hotel workers fighting for a first union contract, stood with museum workers organizing their union, supported Amazon security officers in their successful fight to unionize, and rallied with Teamster Uber and Lyft drivers fighting for justice. Kshama is one of the most consistent voices for working people ever elected to Seattle City Council. The leadership she provided – alongside union activists and community leaders – in making Seattle the first major city to win the $15 minimum wage is only one of dozens of examples of Kshama Sawant being at the forefront of struggles to build the labor movement and improve the lives of working people. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | I’ve Been Getting Questions– Here Are My Thoughts

From DeWolf for City Council

I am proud to have earned critical endorsements from my union brothers and sisters from Teamsters 117, 174, and 763, Ironworkers Local 86, SEIU 775, and UA Local 32. And as of Wednesday, the MLK Labor Council. I believe in unions and workers organizing.

These are endorsements I sought out.

During the MLK Labor Council endorsement process, people have inquired whether I sought the endorsement of SPOG specifically. I did not.

This moment does invite an opportunity to share my values and ideas since this experience has shaped my neighbor’s understanding of who I am.

As a queer, Native person, my identities have been at the receiving end of systems violence. John T Williams, the impetus for the consent decree, and folks like CeCe McDonald, are important examples that have shaped my feelings about police accountability and the need for more trust between Native, black, immigrant, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities and the police.

On the School Board, I’ve been grateful to work with the NAACP Youth Coalition and I endorse their call for counselors NOT cops. I don’t believe in sweeps and integrating police into our homeless outreach because these methods can harm our communities and criminalize the most vulnerable. On the Capitol Hill Community Council, I expanded L.E.A.D. to our neighborhood, which reduces the interaction of our neighbors with the criminal justice system. As someone who sat on SPD’s Native American Advisory Council, I worked on building and restoring trust between our community and the police.

“Zachary has been a longtime champion for safety in our communities-he sat on the Native American Advisory Council with SPD. I look forward to working with him on Council to continue championing police accountability,” said Jay Westwind Wolf Hollingsworth, Chair, John T. Williams Organizing Coalition (former Community Police Commission member).

During the campaign, I’ve advocated for expanding the Community Service Officer program and L.E.A.D., for making sure officers live in Seattle and our neighborhoods and that they are representative of the communities they serve; and, allowing a civilian liaison at the negotiating table. There are ways we can invest in the community, through long-term environmental design tactics and opportunities for youth employment. Even more, we should be investing in community based violence prevention programs and victim re-entry programs, meaningful de-escalation training for law enforcement, and community accountability for use of deadly force and racially motivated enforcement.

The values I hold, particularly when it comes to my community, is to center the people most affected by an issue in the solution. Communities of color and queer and trans people are disproportionately impacted by police violence and mass incarceration. For too long, our leaders have felt compelled to advocate for more policing. In my experience, I’ve found that our communities often hold the solutions to our own safety and well-being. And law enforcement, as members of our community, are accountable to our values and must also center those people most impacted.

To govern is to work with others, no matter our differences, to find solutions that reduce harm, build trust and harmony, and allow all of our neighbors—regardless of their race, ability, sexuality, or gender identity—to live free of fear of violence. As your council member, I will continue to do what I feel is right: centering my neighbors most impacted by issues in the solutions.

Sponsored | Comcast partners with GSBA to memorialize 50th anniversary of Stonewall

Sponsored by Comcast and GSBA

It’s Pride Season and as a proud member of the Capitol Hill community, Comcast is partnering with GSBA – Washington State’s LGBTQ and Allied Chamber of Commerce – to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and its significance in leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights. Throughout this month and beyond, Comcast cable TV stations in Washington are broadcasting this video featuring GSBA President & CEO Louise Chernin. Continue reading

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Democrats for Sawant win ‘No Consensus’ victory in the 37th LD

From Amy Hagopian, Precinct Committee Officer, 37th District Democrats

Around 150 people packed into the Ethiopian Community Center on May 20th to decide which candidates the Democratic Party’s 37th Legislative District would endorse in a number of local races this year. Following a spirited debate on the District 3 race, Council member Kshama Sawant “score[d] a ‘no consensus’ victory in the 37th,” as the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog put it. The rules of the 37th Democrats prevent us from endorsing candidates like Kshama who are not members of the party (she belongs to Socialist Alternative), so supporters of Kshama advocated for no endorsement.

Four Democratic Party candidates running for City Council in District 3 competed for the endorsement. But after four rounds of voting – with the weaker candidates eliminated each round – none of the Democratic candidates won even 50% support, much less the 60% threshold needed for a formal endorsement. The final round of voting was a simple yes or no proposal for a dual endorsement of Zachary DeWolf and Pat Murakami, but that motion was also defeated, with 51% against. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | 43rd District Democrats Straw Poll hotly contested in advance of endorsements meeting

From the 43rd District Democrats

The 43rd District Democrats’ annual Ballots & Bubbly straw poll on Tuesday saw some heated contests.

The event offered an opportunity for voters and candidates to mingle casually over champagne, soda, and snacks, plus a straw poll to express preferences in those city council and county council races inside the district’s borders.

Each person attending was given seven tickets for straw-poll voting, with additional tickets for sale. For some candidates, supporters dug deep into their pockets to strongly express their choice. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Free Training and Panel: Public Disclosure Requests 101

Are you curious about public disclosure requests? Intrigued by how exactly Seattle Times’ journalists uncovered how Mayor Durkan’s top staffers used private email accounts to talk head-tax strategy? How, although redacted, public records revealed how the Tacoma Police Department bought and quietly used controversial surveillance equipment? Did you know that not all public disclosure requests have to be in writing?

Free Training & Panel: Public Records 101

At a free training and panel conversation on May 15 at The Summit on Capitol Hill, you can learn the nuts and bolts of requesting public records. This nonpartisan event will feature journalists, organizers, open government advocates and lawyers who will share their expertise related to public disclosure law as well as strategies for filing.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Capitol Hill CSA – Veggie Boxes

There is no better way to support the farming community, and your healthy eating habits, than purchasing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Box. When you purchase a CSA you are not only purchasing farm fresh produce, but you are also making a statement that you care about feeding your family certified organic, ecologically grown vegetables. You are declaring that you care about the sustainability of farm land in the Sammamish Valley.

Ecolibrium’s CSA runs for 20 weeks from mid-June through mid-November. Each week’s box will contain a selection of the freshest from the farm: classic favorites and specialty ingredients all picked at the peak moment of freshness. You will also receive a weekly email containing a recipe to learn how to use some of the more interesting items in your box.

As a CSA Member, you are at the heart of Ecolibrium’s community. It feels essential that we celebrate this connection, so on top of your delicious weekly yield – you will be invited to join all CSA Members for a Fall Harvest Party including a fantastic farm-to-table meal prepared by our in-house Culinary Team. Experience how the farm operates, meet your fellow shareholders, and enjoy a delicious late-summer evening meal on the farm.

The Riveter: Capitol Hill
1517 12th Ave

About Ecolibrium Farms

At Ecolibrium it is our mission to change the way people think about food. What if we brought the same keen sense of discernment we use when making decisions regarding technology, human interaction, or our jobs and schools to the choices we make regarding the food we feed ourselves and our families? At Ecolibrium we grow food, cook food and bring people together around food. We see connections at every step. We believe protecting the land that supports and nourishes our families also strengthens our bodies, our businesses, and our economy. We think of success in terms of generations, not years. A thriving and sustainable agricultural system will support our entire community, feed us and our descendants in perpetuity, and provide a space for people to celebrate and enjoy nature.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Rocket Taco launches brunch

From Rocket Taco

Who can resist a Churro Waffle?

Rocket Taco has officially launched brunch at its 19th Avenue location. Every Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3:00pm Rocket Taco guests can now order breakfast items, and new boozy drinks from the bar. Some of the new menu items include:

  • Breakfast Tacos with fillings such as egg and bacon, poblanos and cream, and chorizo potato.
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Chilaquiles
  • Breakfast bowl with cheesy chipotle grits, sautéed kale, and your choice of protein, topped with pico de gallo, and
    a free-range egg.
  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Mollete with Macrina Volkhorn loaf with seasoned smashed avocado, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and a side of mixed greens.
  • Churro Waffles
  • And more.

People looking for Brunch offerings along 19th Ave now have some new flavors to choose from making the area pretty well rounded for diners looking for a lot of variety along the block.

Brunch Menu (PDF) @rocket.taco.seattle