43rd LD Democrats
"Kshama has always stood with the Vietnamese community. When she established the People’s Budget at city hall, she helped us fight for and win $25,000 in funding so that our seniors could have access to bus passes and cultural activities. Kshama understands that immigrant communities are more vulnerable to poverty, and she helps us organize to stand up against gentrification. She is the voice of senior citizens, immigrant communities, and the poor in city hall."
"Ủy viên hội đồng thành phố Kshama luôn đứng vững với cộng đồng người Việt. Khi bà thành lập ngân sách nhân dân tại hội trường thành phố, cô đã giúp chúng tôi chiến đấu và giành chiến thắng tiên tài trợ. Tiền tài trợ đó để người già của chúng tôi có thể tiếp cận với các hoạt động văn hóa và mua vé xe buýt. Ủy viên hội đồng thành phố Kshama hiểu rằng cộng đồng người nhập cư dễ bị đói nghèo hơn, và cô ấy giúp chúng tôi tổ chức để đứng lên chống lại gentrification. Cô là tiếng nói của người già, cộng đồng nhập cư, và người nghèo trong hội trường thành phố."
”When I tackled closing my business on E. Union St. this year, a little bird told me that Kshama Sawant's office had heard that I needed a new tenant in order to get out of my lease- and that I should give them a call.
Indeed it was true, and we worked together to bring in the US Post office- to have them return to the community and reopen an office darn near where they left the last one. And this time it would be across the street from the old spot. As it turned out, it would indeed be at the site of my old bike shop, Electric Lady.
Kshama and Johnathan stuck with me and were available and transparent as the process moved forward. Kshama and Johnathan hit a home run. Their help was so important.
I am proud to leave my retail space with this legacy. Who would have thought a Seattle City Council member would help my small business in a particular time of need? Well, she did!”
It is with enthusiasm that I endorse an amazing grassroots community-driven leader and my dear friend Councilmember Kshama Sawant for re-election to the City Council District 3. Her leadership has made Seattle get out of its “bubble” and make changes that have impacted our city for a sustainable future.
Kshama Sawant has always been engaged with the community, driving changes long before she ran for office. Which I believe is very valuable to the communities she serves, empowering everyone to take a stand for themselves and what their communities need. She truly grasps the institutional systemic mechanisms that organize the distribution of power and resources differentially across lines of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, gender expression, and other dimensions of individual and group identity. Knowing there is an unequal allocation of power and resources — which manifest in unequal social, economic, and environmental conditions, which create larger social determinants.
I have been fortunate to have her advocate for me and support me taking on community positions (I know I would not have access to) where I could thrive. Even with me being the only African American woman at the table I knew my voice mattered. She is truly an inspiration on what you can do when you do not settle for the status quo and challenge social inequities that are surrounded in policies. That simply cannot happen if the narrative is focused entirely on picking an antagonist and convincing the world that she is the source of their problems rather than focusing on what is best for our current and future communities.
I have observed and worked closely with Kshama on various initiatives that only contribute to the development of a vision that will benefit the city. She has collaborated when possible, and, importantly, she has refused to roll over when doing so would be detrimental to those who are really in need.
For ALL these reasons (and so many more), I believe Kshama Sawant is the best candidate for City Council District 3.
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