Other new endorsements include Seattle Medium, InlandBoatmen’s Union of the Pacific, AFT 3914, Marcos Martinez*, Executive Director of Casa Latina, and Debbie Carlsen*, Executive Director of LGBTQ Allyship
Seattle City Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and M. Lorena González joined Amazon workers and Councilmember Kshama Sawant at a rally yesterday at the Amazon Spheres, attended by over 100 people, called by Amazon workers outraged by their executives' decision to make a $1 million donation into the Chamber of Commerce CASE PAC. All three spoke out against the brazen attempt of Amazon executives to buy Seattle’s elections.
Today, Councilmember Mosqueda endorsed Councilmember Sawant: “Here in Seattle, we’ve elected pro-worker, pro-union champions and we are unapologetic in our fight to build worker power. That’s why corporations are running scared and have dumped millions into Seattle City Council races because they want to roll back our progressive gains. This election, stand with the workers and voters who demand their voices and votes count, and against the million-dollar check aimed at buying this election. I urge District 3 residents to vote for Kshama Sawant, who I’m proud to serve with on City Council, so we can continue to fight for workers’ rights, and show that our democracy is not for sale.”
Councilmember González also endorsed Councilmember Sawant, saying: “With Amazon fighting all of us, it’s not about whether you’re a Democrat or a socialist. What matters is our movement, our call to build a more just city, fundamentally built on our progressive values. That’s why I urge District 3 voters to support Kshama Sawant, along with the slate of progressive candidates running in other districts.”
Councilmember Sawant was also endorsed by State Senator Rebecca Saldaña, who said: “I am Rebecca Saldaña, the State Senator who represents the 37th LD that includes parts of District 3 and District 2. I endorse City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant for District 3. Her leadership was critical in securing the $15 minimum wage and establishing the Office of Labor Standards so that workers’ rights are protected. Kshama has been an effective, critical voice in speaking up for communities of color and immigrants and the ongoing fight to make Seattle affordable for all. It’s not okay that one oversized company, Amazon, thinks it can buy our city’s election. Democracy of and for the people matters. That is why I am supporting Kshama and progressive candidates running in every district because we need to put people before one big business’ profits.”
Washington State House Representative Nicole Macri also endorsed: “At a time of unprecedented inequality in our city, Kshama has been diligent and consistent in her work for justice and equity. She has stood with the LGBTQ community, communities of color and immigrant communities, and she has emphasized the urgent need for a Green New Deal. We may not agree on everything, but Kshama is always willing to discuss tough issues and to listen. I’ve been grateful to partner with her in the fight to protect renters and expand affordable housing. Now is the time to send a clear message that our city is not for sale to corporate interests like Amazon. We need advocates like Kshama in City Hall who will stand up for our democracy and who will stand with the diverse communities of central Seattle.”
In response to the endorsements, Councilmember Sawant said: “I’m proud to receive the endorsement of my fellow Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and Lorena González, and from State Representative Nicole Macri and State Senator Rebecca Saldaña. It is critical that progressives and socialists are uniting against big business and their blatant attempt to buy the elections. We stand together in saying that Seattle is not for sale! These corporate interests don’t just want to defeat me and other progressive candidates like Shaun Scott and Tammy Morales, they want to roll back the historic victories working people have won in Seattle, like the $15/hour minimum wage, the hotel workers bill of rights, and our landmark renters rights policies.”
In addition to today’s endorsements from elected officials, community leaders and labor unions also endorsed Councilmember Sawant’s re-election campaign.
Sawant was endorsed by United Food and Retail Workers 21, the largest private-sector union in Washington State with over 46,000 members. In a press release, Faye Guenther, UFCW 21 President, said, “We are drawing a line in the sand to defend our democracy. We’re not going to let Jeff Bezos, Amazon, and the Chamber of Commerce buy our City Council. We need people-powered politics to keep Seattle livable for ordinary people. We don’t need wealthy CEOs and corporations calling the shots.”
Councilmember Sawant was also endorsed by the InlandBoatman’s Union of the Pacific, and the American Federation of Teachers 3914. Altogether, 20 unions have now endorsed Kshama Sawant, representing over 120,000 workers in the Seattle area. In addition, Sara Nelson*, the International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, which represents 50,000 flight attendants nationwide, including in the Seattle area, offered her support in personal capacity to Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s re-election campaign.
Councilmember Sawant was also recently endorsed by Seattle Medium, which is the largest African-American owned and operated communications company in the Pacific Northwest.
Marcos Martinez*, Executive Director of Casa Latina, has also endorsed Sawant, saying: "Kshama Sawant has been a steadfast and principled champion for working people and immigrant communities and she has earned re-election to the Seattle City Council. We cannot allow our democracy to be undermined by million dollar campaign contributions from large corporations like Amazon that target our most progressive city councilmembers. Re-elect Kshama Sawant!"
Debbie Carlsen*, Executive Director of LGBTQ Allyship, endorsed, saying: "Kshama is a voice on the council that supports workers rights, tenant organizing, LGBTQ rights and supports the leadership of community based organizations to be apart of the solutions of the communities they serve. This is why I support Kshama."
Carlsen is joined by other prominent leaders in the LGBTQ community who have endorsed Sawant, including LGBTQ community leader and activist Mac McGregor, Shirley Henderson, Co-Owner of Squirrel Chops, a small business in District 3, and Mike Andrew*, LGBTQ Labor Activist and King County Labor Council Executive Board Member.
*Endorsing in a personal capacity