Post navigation

Prev: (01/20/20) | Next: (01/21/20)

Seattle Council to vote on Sawant resolutions opposing war with Iran, India’s new citizenship law

With the crisis that sparked the outcry already chewed up and spit out of the nation’s news cycle, the Seattle City Council Tuesday will consider a resolution stating the city’s opposition to war with Iran and the Trump administration’s treatment of “people with Iranian heritage.”

Another resolution on what is otherwise a light docket for the recently seated new council would show Seattle’s opposition to India’s new citizenship law.

Both of the globally focused resolutions sprouted from District 3 representative Kshama Sawant’s office.

The Iran resolution would denounce the Trump administration’s escalation of hostilities with Iran and “attacks on the democratic rights of people with Iranian heritage in Washington State” and would “communicate these positions to the Washington State congressional delegation.”

West Seattle rep Lisa Herbold’s office has proposed a substitute resolution that would maintain the essence of the Sawant resolution — “The Seattle City Council expresses its outrage at the targeting of Iranian Americans for detention and questioning at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Washington, and at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport” — and adds a layer of further justification plus two new resolution elements:

  • The Seattle City Council calls for de-escalation in the conflict between the 20 United States and Iran by all parties, recognizing that many residents of Seattle and the greater Seattle region have close ties of family, love, and friendship with people in Iran and that peace loving people around the world have no desire to see armed conflicts escalate in any location.
  • The Seattle City Council reaffirms the importance of promoting people-to people diplomacy espoused by Sister Cities International and like-minded organizations, and frameworks that advocate for citizen diplomacy and city diplomacy to be fostered so as to build the foundations on which peace and stability between nations can grow and flourish.

The resolution opposing India’s National Register of Citizens and Citizenship Amendment Act, meanwhile, comes after the country’s parliament approved the law that “makes religion a criterion for nationality” in December.

Nearly 1,500 have signed a “Support Councilwoman Sawant On: No War with Iran & Oppose India’s persecution of Muslims” online petition.


$5/MONTH? SUBSCRIBE AND SUPPORT LOCAL NEWS: Support local journalism dedicated to your neighborhood. SUBSCRIBE HERE. Join to become a subscriber at $1/$5/$10 a month to help CHS provide community news with NO PAYWALL. You can also sign up for a one-time annual payment.


Subscribe and support CHS Contributors -- $1/$5/$10 per month

19 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
CityOfVagrants
CityOfVagrants
10 months ago

Can she go back to India to fight their unjust laws?

Jeff
Jeff
10 months ago
Reply to  CityOfVagrants

Can you go away period?

Glenn
Glenn
10 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

On the plus side, when they are wasting time on feel good measures like these, they are spending less time on legislation that may actually have an effect on quality of life in this city. Let them remain distracted.

The Ghost of Capitol Hill
The Ghost of Capitol Hill
10 months ago

We need cash rental assistance immediately. Defund sweeps, tax big business and give people cash assistance for rental housing now!!

zeebleoop
zeebleoop
10 months ago

Nah, they gonna denounce the Iranian thing and stand with India. But good luck thinking the city will get any of the things Sawant promised in her campaigning. She wanted another 4 years in office to promote her global ambitions and she got it. The joke’s on us.

Fred
Fred
10 months ago

Losers. Get to work and everyone take care of themselves!

jonc
10 months ago
Reply to  Fred

Working people are homeless right now. Jobs aren’t a cure.

dftl
dftl
10 months ago

What if we crowd-sourced the purchase of a one-way ticket for Comrade Sawant to return to her homeland? Win-win.

TurnCalAndersonIntoADogPark
TurnCalAndersonIntoADogPark
10 months ago
Reply to  dftl

Aaaaannd the racism gets explicit. So much of the mistrust and vitriol against Sawant is propped up by this kind of nativism and sexism, often lurking behind veiled statements like “she’s not from here” or media portrayals that paint her as a ranting b**** who never closes her mouth. While her platform would undoubtedly face resistance no matter her identity, if she were a middle aged white dude, it’d be a whole different ballgame

ModDem
ModDem
10 months ago

No.

candrewb
candrewb
10 months ago

Oh yeah, Mike O’Brien was just cherished.

CD Gurl
CD Gurl
10 months ago

Knock it off City Council and get to work with the people’s business. This is a bullshit waste of our time and money.

Come on right now
Come on right now
10 months ago

LOL @ the City Council wasting any time talking about this. Delusions of grandeur.

Adam
Adam
10 months ago

This is awesome. I was laying awake last night wondering what the City Council’s position was going to be on a potential war with Iran. Now I can rest easy.

iluvcaphill
iluvcaphill
10 months ago

These are such a distraction from the issues that the council and mayor were actually elected to resolve. We have representatives at the other levels of government to tackle foreign affairs. How about staying in your lane and getting something done. Sawant has been in power for 6 years and by nearly every metric this city is worse off than it was, especially with homelessness. Get back to running the city and let the people we elected at the federal lever worry about foreign affairs. Stop trying to be famous and earn that ridiculous six figure salary we are paying you to be on the city council. Or run for federal office if your city job is beneath you. And this is directed at all of our local leaders, not just Sawant. You are all a disappointment. Jenny Durka, Pete Holmes, and Dow Constantine especially.

Bob Knudson
Bob Knudson
10 months ago

Just more Sawant grandstanding……..sound and fury, signifying nothing.

TurnCalAndersonIntoADogPark
TurnCalAndersonIntoADogPark
10 months ago
Reply to  Bob Knudson

we can’t all fret our hour on the stage like you, Bob

JaW
JaW
10 months ago

Glad to see the Seattle City Council working hard to solve the city’s problems.

Mikeyd
Mikeyd
10 months ago

I for one am looking forward to seeing what Sawant has to say about this on RT.