“Yes” endorsements from “religious and community leaders,” what a Kshama Solidarity block party looked like, and the cost of a recall election — here are the latest updates in the December 7th recall election.
- ‘Joint Statement’ — The Recall Sawant campaign weighed in Tuesday with a Thanksgiving message from “OVER 70 RELIGIOUS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS” condemning Sawant’s “illegal actions” and “damaging rhetoric and calling for a “yes” vote on the December 7th ballot. The full “Joint Statement from the Jewish, Black, and Asian Communities” sent out by Recall Sawant is below. It includes a roster of signatories apparently organized by community and quotes Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Torah, 16:20 — “Justice, justice you shall pursue.” Recall supporters are also likely big fans of Deuteronomy 6:9 — “Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
- Block Party: The 2021 Capitol Hill Block Party was again a pandemic cancellation but the F%#k The Recall Block Party went off Sunday in Capitol Hill’s tiny Thomas Street Park. The Kshama Solidarity campaign’s get out the vote session and rally included a few impassioned speeches. “These characters that are behind the recall had tried to get her out in these democratic elections that had been unsuccessful. So now they’re trying undemocratically to unseat our fearless fighter,” one speaker said. “Are we going to let them do that? That’s why you need to get over to the voting station. You need to talk to your friends, coworkers, and people you see at the crosswalk, right? You need to make this the biggest thing we’re talking about.” Another read aloud some choice social media comments from recall supporters including one who likened Sawant to the Wicked Witch and another who offered her a ticket “back to Mumbai.” Besides posting distasteful garbage to social media, “what else do they have in common?,” the speaker asked. “They all come from white men, older white men who vote in off year elections.” But mostly the event was a call to supporters to get active. “We are in the last days to make sure that everyone in District 3 votes “no” by December 7th,” one campaign organizer said. “Over here, we’ve got material from the campaign. You can get a t-shirt, you can get a poster, you can get a button. This is donating to help us to be able to build this movement and build this campaign.”
- How much does a recall election cost? The cost for the vote will be footed by the City of Seattle — also known as you and me. King County Elections says an election of this scale typically costs around $300,000 — around $4 per registered voter.
- Recall $awant: In CHS’s previous recall update, we told you about A Better Seattle, the new PAC powered by a batch of $1,000 a pop donations led by the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association, and the Pine Street Group. There are no new updates to report for campaign donation totals — the city’s weekly tallying hasn’t been done yet — but there should be one more element noted on the financial front for the new group. Treasurer Philip Lloyd has been a busy player in Seattle’s nexus of dollars and politics — he also filled the same position on the campaign behind the court-snuffed Compassion Seattle initiative and the PAC that powered Ann Davison to a surprise victory in the City Attorney race.
Recall photo opp: While much of the battle for the Recall Sawant campaign is being waged via the mailbox with a bombardment of printed material and with a growing crop of yard signs, the campaign is also putting boots on the ground. Here’s a team of campaign volunteers gathered somewhere in the CD with a fresh batch of yard signs.
- UPDATE 11/24/2021 10:15 AM: The Solidarity campaign is holding a Wednesday press conference where “leaders of communities of color” will call for a “No” vote “on Racist, Right-Wing Recall of Councilmember Sawant” at the Central District’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
Tomorrow at noon, leaders of communities of color will hold a press conference to highlight Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s legendary record of fighting for marginalized people, and call for a “No” vote on the right-wing recall campaign.
This recall effort, which seeks to overturn the vote of thousands of working people, people of color, renters, and youth in re-electing Kshama in 2019, has targeted not only Councilmember Sawant but the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle. In deliberately choosing a special election over a general election for their recall ballot, the recall has also aimed to make it more difficult than ever for working people and marginalized communities to vote.
Wednesday, November 24 at noon, join the Kshama Solidarity Campaign and community leaders such as Reverend Dr. Robert Jeffrey of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Angela Ying of the Bethany United Church of Christ, Raghav Kaushik of the Coalition of Seattle Indian-Americans, police accountability & Black Lives Matter activist KL Shannon, Stefanie Fox of Jewish Voice for Peace, and others to highlight Councilmember Sawant’s record of fighting for marginalized people and endorse a “No” vote on this racist, right-wing recall campaign.
What: Press Conference
Who: Reverend Dr. Robert Jeffrey (New Hope Missionary Baptist Church), Reverend Angela Ying (Bethany United Church of Christ), Raghav Kaushik (Coalition of Seattle Indian-Americans), police accountability activist KL Shannon, Stefanie Fox (Jewish Voice for Peace), representatives from Kshama Solidarity, and others
When: Wednesday November 24, 12pm
Where: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 124 21st Ave
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