After #defundSPD speech in front of her home, Durkan calls for City Council to investigate, expel Sawant

Sawant during Sunday’s protest organized by the Seattle Democratic Socialists of America

Speaking to a massive protest march in front of her Northeast Seattle home was apparently the final straw.

Mayor Jenny Durkan has escalated her ongoing political war with Kshama Sawant to a new level with a call for the Seattle City Council and council President Lorena Gonzalez to investigate end expel its longest-serving member.

“The City Council may choose to ignore and dismiss her actions, but I think that undermines public confidence in our institutions,” Durkan writes. “This letter requests that the Council exercise its Charter duties and fully investigate Councilmember Kshama Sawant and determine if action should be taken…”

The letter from Durkan’s office levels five allegations against Sawant including “using her official position to lead a march” to the mayor’s home Sunday night, Durkan says, “despite the fact that it was publicly known I was not there, and she and organizers knew that my address was protected under the state confidentiality program because of threats against me due largely to my work as U.S. Attorney.”

“All of us have joined hundreds of demonstrations across the City, but Councilmember Sawant and her followers chose to do so with reckless disregard of the safety of my family and children,” Durkan writes.

UPDATE 3:05 PM: In a blistering response, Sawant says she is proud of her activism.

“Socialist Alternative and my Council office are proud to have marched, rallied, and organized with thousands of community members and activists in recent weeks to demand #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, #BlackLivesMatter,” she writes. “Our movement is demanding racial and economic justice, long withheld by a pro-corporate political establishment, whose leader currently is Mayor Durkan.”

Sawant concludes her letter saying she does not take the attack “personally.”

“While her words are directed at me and my elected office, I don’t take it personally,” she writes. “In reality, this is an attack on working people’s movements, and everything we are fighting for, by a corporate politician desperately looking to distract from her failures of leadership and politically bankrupt administration.”

“Our movement will respond accordingly: we will fight with even greater unity and determination,” she concludes.

The full response from Sawant’s office is at the end of this post.

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Digital Salon: UNSETTLING THE APPARATUS

From Thinking to Seeing to Acting.

Join Goethe Pop Up Seattle on June 8th for an online digital salon where we will begin by reflecting on the state of unsettledness in our country today and the dangers that this might represent. We will then move on to discuss the ways in which media, and specifically visual media and imagery, can modify and distort our essential public dialog around political and other issues. We will attempt this analysis through the lenses of understanding provided by Hannah Arendt and Vilém Flusser, two German Jewish philosophers who fled Nazi rule in Europe in the 30’s and 40’s, and who emigrated to the US and Brazil, respectively.

“Unsettling the Apparatus” will bring together Arendt scholar Samantha Rose Hill and Flusser scholar Andreas Ströhl, who will present some of the key ideas of each of these theorists relevant to the topics above. We will then hear from and see work by artist-theorists Anne Beffel and Brazilian born Simone Osthoff, to learn something about how artists respond to their individual political moments. Finally, we will round out our discussion with Hasaan Kirkland, an independent art curator. Moderated by Ken Winnick.

Registration required (via Eventbrite)

Trump/Pence #OutNOW! Seattle MEeting

(The Sunday meeting March 22nd will be online (and more online likely). Email us at NW@RefuseFascism.org if you are interested in joining. This meeting is open to people in the Pacific Northwest region.)

We recognize that the Trump/Pence regime with its opposition to science and its fascist program now poses an even greater danger to humanity facing the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that RefuseFascism.org’s NEW Statement of Conscience is the best expression of what the people of the world face and what is needed; it remains both timely and true, even as we are not working to implement the call for millions to take to the street right now. We urge everyone with a heart for humanity to read this statement deeply, discuss, debate it, take it out where possible, and overall develop creative means, especially through social media, so that this statement becomes a pole around which millions stand and act. That will be the subject of our meeting.

Read, sign & spread the new Statement of Conscience / Call to Act here: https://bit.ly/38KFNpr

NW@RefuseFascism.org
206-665-5965
To get text alerts, text “AllHumanity” to 797979

CHS Pics | #impeachandremove — Seattle rallies for Trump impeachment

Hundreds rallied in downtown Seattle Tuesday night in advance of a day of debate and decision in the House of Representatives on the impeachment — and removal — of President Donald Trump

“This is a day of accountability and defending our democracy,” WA-07 Representative and member of the body’s judiciary committee Pramila Jayapal said during her part of an expected six hours of debate to proceed the House votes Wednesday. Continue reading

First Hill art museum’s Café Frieda a small part of the Trump impeachment hearings story

(Image: Jill Hardy/Frye Art Museum)

As the characters are formed and the terrible drama of the Trump impeachment hearings plays out, there is a small corner of First Hill that we might think of quite a bit differently after Wednesday’s witness is sworn in and begins his testimony.

Before she died in 2016, it is said Frieda Sondland visited First Hill’s Frye Museum — only blocks from her home for more than a decade in The Summit building — nearly every day. That love was memorialized in a special gift.

Café Frieda is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 AM to 4:30 PM — 6:30 PM on Thursdays when the weekly happy hour starts at 3 PM. You can “relax and enjoy your lunch or dinner with a side of art” and “spend some time in our bright and open environment during your workday or take advantage of Seattle’s sunny months in the courtyard” when you visit the Terry Ave museum.

Café Frieda was made possible, of course, by a generous gift from the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Family Foundation. Continue reading

Pocket Democracy: “Beyond the Valley” Book Talk with Ramesh Srinivasan

“Pocket Democracy” is a 2 day conference between Berlin and Seattle investigating digital technologies as a means for political solutions.

Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Thomas Mann House Los Angeles, in collaboration with STATE Berlin, World Affairs Council, and UW Center for West European Studies and European Union Center, welcome Ramesh Srinivasan for a talk about his new book Beyond the Valley.

In his new, provocative book, Ramesh Srinivasan describes the internet as both an enabler of frictionless efficiency and a dirty tangle of politics, economics, and other inefficient, inharmonious human activities. Focusing on the disconnect between designers and users, producers and consumers, Srinivasan takes the reader across the world, visiting the “design labs” of rural, low-income, and indigenous people in hope to find a more democratic internet.

The Cloud Room Bar is a 21+ establishment.

Light refreshments to follow the talk.

This is an evening event of a conference taking place over two days. All guests are invited to participate in the workshop earlier in the day and Pocket Democracy’s public conference at Central Library Seattle the following day, October 25th.

For a detailed schedule of “Pocket Democracy” and registration information for each event, please visit www.vatmh.org/

Pocket Democracy: Conference with Keynote Speaker Opal Tometi (Cofounder Black Lives Matter)

“Pocket Democracy” is a 2 day conference between Berlin and Seattle investigating digital technologies as a means for political solutions.

How can digital democracy be recognized and used?

Join Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Thomas Mann House Los Angeles, in collaboration with STATE Berlin, World Affairs Council Seattle, and UW Center for West European Studies and European Union Center, for a conference on digital democracy. The event will be broadcast live to Berlin and features a host of renowned international speakers, including a keynote at 9:00 from Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

All participants are also invited to the day-long workshop on October 24th and Ramesh Srinivasan’s book talk on Thursday evening, October 24th.

For a detailed schedule of the conference and registration information for each event, please visit www.vatmh.org/

German-language Talk: Democracy in Germany, 30 Years after the Mauerfall

PLEASE NOTE: TALK & DISCUSSION WILL BE HELD IN GERMAN.

Prof. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte, who is visiting the Goethe Pop Up Seattle from Germany, will discuss his recent publication Gesichter der Macht, a study of the role of the federal president, and the elections in the federal states of Brandenburg, Thuringia, and Saxony. He is joined in conversation by Prof. Niko Switek.

At the center of the talk stands the following question: How does democracy narrate itself? The federal president disposes of an enormous potential for political creative power – apart from formal arrangements and decrees. Especially today, when in terms of elite, cosmopolitan liberalism on the one hand and new radical, national authoritarianism on the other powerful stories of minimal consensus of our democracy must be told. What story will be told this fall in Germany if the elections in Brandenburg, Saxony, and Thuringia will strengthen the AfD?

About the speakers:

Prof. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Mainz in 1988 and his Dr. rer. pol. habil. from the Ludwig Maximillian University Munich. Korte has been teaching at the University Duisburg-Essen since 2003. He has been holding the position of director of the NRW School of Governance since 2006. For almost 20 years, he has also been accompanying the televised election shows of ZDF as election researcher. His recent monograph, Gesichter der MachtÜber die Gestaltungspotentiale der BundespräsidentenEin Essay was published in 2019.

Niko Switek currently holds a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professorship for German Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle.

District 3 City Council Candidate Forum

The 43rd District Dems would like to cordially invite you to our OFFICIAL District 3 City Council forum! ✨

Please register here: https://www.facebook.com/events/390297181810254/

We’ll be asking candidates about their plans to address District 3’s most pressing issues including housing affordability, homelessness, and transportation.

Candidates confirmed attending:
Kshama Sawant
Logan Bowers
Egan Orion
Ami Nguyen
Pat Murakami
Asukaa Jaxx
Zachary DeWolf

The Riveter is located within walking distance of the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station, the First Hill Street Car, and bus routes 2, 8, 10, 11, 12, 43, and 49.

Seattle’s District 3 is comprised of the following neighborhoods: 15th Ave E / Volunteer Park, Broadmoor, Broadway, Capitol Hill, Central Area, Colman, Denny Blaine, First Hill, Garfield, Harborview, Jackson Place, Judkins, Leschi, Little Saigon (both 2 & 3), Madison Park, Madrona, Miller, Montlake, Mount Baker (both 2 & 3), North Beacon Hill (both 2 & 3), Pike/Pine, South Lake Union (both 3 & 7), Squire Park, Yesler Terrace

The 43rd District Democrats is a volunteer organization committed to increasing political participation and civic engagement, educating voters, and advancing Democratic values. Find out more at our website https://www.43rddemocrats.org/

Stacey Abrams on our Capitol Hill: ‘I didn’t say I wouldn’t run, I just said I wasn’t announcing anything’

Stacey Abrams first set the goal of running for the presidency 25 years ago.

After breaking up with a boyfriend, Abrams, who acknowledges she is “bad at dating,” says she created a spreadsheet laying out her goals, including being Atlanta mayor — the ceiling for black people, she thought at the time — a millionaire, and an author.

In about 1994, one of her friends, a white Republican man from South Carolina who she worked in the Clinton White House through a fellowship asked her the shocking question: “Stacey, when are you running for president?”

“President of what?” she recounted asking in response.

He reassured her that she could do it.

“What shames me to this day is that I did not believe him,” Abrams said at a sold-out Town Hall Seattle event Thursday night at Capitol Hill’s Temple De Hirsch Sinai.

“This moment where this person who was becoming my friend saw possibility in me, I immediately rejected it because there had never been a black man, a black woman, a woman ever to be a viable candidate.”

After that conversation, she went home and updated the spreadsheet to say that she would run for president of the United States. Continue reading