Students: The Leaders of Today
Last Wednesday, I joined students from across Seattle who are leading the movement to end gun violence at UW’s Red Square
who walked-out to memorialize the 17 people killed in Florida, protest inaction, and demand meaningful change on gun safety. Students spoke out, registered to vote, pre-registered to vote, and demanded action of elected officials locally and nationally. I have signed the pledge to stand up to the NRA, refused to ever take one cent from them, and demand change to policies that protect the status quo – just as the students demanded. These students are proving that they are not the leaders of tomorrow
– they are the leaders of today
“No More Silence, End Gun Violence!”
I will be introducing a resolution on Monday in opposition to the federal Congressional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (HR38 and S446). This federal act would override state laws, by forcing each state to honor concealed carry permits from every other state, irrespective of the strength of one set of laws over another. Washington State has some of the strictest gun responsibility regulations in the country, and this congressional legislation would weaken our state’s values by allowing gun owners from states with significantly less-stringent regulations to conceal-carry weapons in our city.
Too many schools and communities across our nation have endured terrible losses, from Littleton, CO, to Newton, CT, Mukilteo, WA, and now Parkland, FL. As long as Congress is unwilling to enact common-sense laws, so we must act locally. I applaud other cities like San Diego, New Orleans, Philadelphia and New York and many others for joining the fight! Thank you to the students, families and community for demanding change.
Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights
Standing In Solidarity with Seattle Domestic Workers’ Alliance During a Pre-Committee Rally, Thursday, March 15, 2018
During my last committee meeting, we heard from those who take care of our kiddos as nannies and those who take care of our homes as housekeepers, among many other Domestic Workers who are leading the call for a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. Workers discussed the lack of minimum wage, sick leave, and protections, along with incidences of harassment and assault, and spoke up about how they want to see these statistics change by improving the lives of around 33,000 Domestic Workers in Seattle. The Seattle Domestic Workers Alliance
released a new Seattle-based report that highlights what many workers face on a daily basis, and called for a bill of rights to protect workers in this industry. A startling excerpt from this report:
Eight other states have passed bills of rights for Domestic Workers, we can do this here in Seattle!
We’ll be working on legislation in the coming months, informed by conversations with workers, community advocates and other states that have passed domestic workers’ policies. I am excited to be collaborating with my colleague, Councilmember M. Lorena González, along with Mayor Durkan and the rest of City Council, to help protect these workers and amplify their voices. We will be ensuring that, once again, Seattle leads the way on strong labor policies as domestic workers are among our most vulnerable workforce.
“It is their labor that makes all other work in the city possible!” – Home Equity: Inequality and Exclusions Facing Domestic Workers in Seattle