Protect the Rights of All Seattle Residents
In these challenging times, Seattle must both be the first line of offense and the last line of defense when it comes to protecting our residents. Every community we care about is under threat from the Trump Administration: women, people of color, immigrants, seniors, workers, the LGBTQ community, and more. Our health care, environment, and education system are under attack and we must stand firm against these threats. We need to both protect the rights of every Seattle resident, and move forward to create a more equitable Seattle—one where everyone is given the opportunity to succeed. We must defend workers’ rights, protect our health care, stand up for seniors and the most vulnerable, protect Seattle’s environment, and invest in our communities.
As your Seattle City Councilmember, I will:
When we fight for workers’ rights, then worker productivity and the health of our local economy improves. When we protect and advance the right for workers to have a voice in their workplace, then the economic climate strengthens as there is more prosperity for all workers in the area. When we defend immigrant workers against raids and ICE intimidation, our entire workforce’s sense of safety and cohesion strengthens.
As your Seattle City Councilmember, I will continue to stand up for worker protections, wages, benefits, the injured worker safety net, and fight against retaliation and wage theft. Places like Seattle and the state of Washington are good to do business because we have invested in the local economy, lifted-up small businesses and our workforce, protected our workers’ safety net programs, and have fought to increase wages and expand benefits.
- Support workers in new and emerging industries (such as in the gig- or app-based economy) to make sure their rights are protected and given them a voice in the workplace.
- Oppose any effort—at the local level or from Trump—to impose so-called “right to work” legislation that harms workers and decreases earnings.
- Lead by example by awarding contracts to those that hire locally and include high numbers of women and minority workers and apprentices.
- Educate business owners and workers to avoid labor and safety violations, enforce Seattle’s labor standards, and prevent frequent violators from being awarded city contracts.
The Trump administration is intent on ripping away our health care by repealing the Affordable Care Act and by cutting Medicaid and Medicare. But we will fight back. Seattle can maintain critical care and services for individuals, families, and seniors in our community. We can do this by partnering with community health clinics and public health centers, as well as local private providers to help maintain and expand access to care.
As your City Councilmember, I will help find ways to protect critical services and improve our community’s health. We should provide sanctuary—through care and service—such as protecting access to a full range of reproductive care services, access to care for low-income and immigrant communities, and maintaining critical services for our LGBTQ community. We can do this in the City of Seattle, and also enhance access to mental health and substance abuse treatment within our city’s borders.
- Maintain healthcare for women, immigrants, low-income and the LGBTQIA+ community through a city-based clinic network.
- Provide reproductive parity to our community by offering provider sanctuary if reproductive services are threatened.
- Fill in the gaps in health care for immigrants and low-income residents – explore San Francisco’s health care law that has successfully provided an option for health care to all their residents.
- Enhance access to mental health and substance abuse treatment for all in our city, especially if cuts to Medicaid threaten critical services to the most vulnerable.
A healthy community is where residents feel safe, empowered, and engaged. We must acknowledge the systemic violence that communities of color, low income communities, and LGBTQIA communities have faced by being targeted and arrested at disproportionate rates by police here and across the country. While we’ve seen a decrease in use of force by police due to the community-directed reforms, we must recognize that use of force is still higher in underrepresented communities in Seattle. Creating progressive policy that pursues healing from the trauma that many in marginalized communities hold, means centering their voices and ensuring they are at the policy making table. Police officers must be held to the highest standard given the power that is instilled in them. This power must be well informed and used with caution. Addressing issues around police accountability will require a variety of tactics – from investments in the city budget, officer training, continuing to empower our community police commission, and ensuring transparency from city electeds.
As your Seattle City Councilmember, I will work to ensure the City of Seattle implements community-based policing practices, as defined by communities most impacted by the concerns raised by the DOJ. I will work to expand programs that decriminalize poverty, homelessness and addiction, and invest in policies that promote healing through community-oriented policing solutions for a healthy Seattle.
- Advance multidisciplinary co-responder crisis teams that include mental health professionals, social workers, and crisis councilors, as well as specially trained police officers to helped-escalate and deal with emergency situations.
- Support ongoing crisis intervention training, deescalation training and continuous implicit bias training that includes on issues of race, mental health, social welfare, and cultural competency in the curriculum year-round.
- Support an independent Community Oversight Board to ensure community-driven solutions to promote trust with our police force and maintain/enhance the role of the independent Community Policing Commission (CPC).
- Include a community representative(s) along with the CPC in the collective bargaining process to help negotiate a contract.
As the cost of living in Seattle increases we must make sure our seniors are able to continue to live and retire in the city they love. While we struggle to deal with an incredibly regressive tax system, our seniors face the reality of rising property taxes and fees that stretch those who are on a fixed income to the limits. Our elders have worked their entire lives and no senior should be forced to go hungry because they are on a fixed budget. No senior should be forced to consider moving from their home because their property taxes rise dramatically.
As your City Councilmember, I will work with our communities to provide better services and affordable housing for our seniors who continue to be such an important part of our city.
- Advance Seattle’s Age Friendly Initiative to promote infrastructure improvements and community & health services so our seniors and families can get around.
- Fill in federal programs so that no senior is left behind, for example, maintain the meals for seniors and supportive housing options if federal funds are cut to these vital programs.
- Develop safe, affordable, accessible, and interactive places for seniors to retire “in-place” in Seattle with the long-term support services they need.
- Invest in clean and accessible public spaces, parks, greenways, non-scheduled playfield times, and community pools/center activities—equitably throughout Seattle
With a background in public health, I understand the importance of gun responsibility for our communities, public safety and our population’s health. We have the opportunity to prevent gun violence, gun deaths, and suicides with local regulation. Using a holistic approach, by including communities and survivors most impacted by gun violence in policy solutions, we can address this growing problem. Through stronger enforcement of existing laws, passing new rules to protect crime victims, improving response to gunshots and gun crimes, tracking the real costs and impacts of gun violence, and taking guns off our streets we can make our communities safer. We must continue the work of destigmatizing mental health and educating folks that the real risk of those who are a danger to themselves and to others is based on behavioral indicators, not a mental illness diagnosis.
As your Seattle City Councilmember, I will champion efforts to increase awareness, restore local control, improve the collection gun data and enhance gun responsibility laws. We can also streamline the process for young people, teachers, and care givers to report signs of danger from a fellow student or co-worker who exhibits signs of violence, as we also strengthen gun responsibility laws locally.
- Collaborate with legislative partners and state allies to restore local control over gun responsibility laws to help keep our community safe, including enhancing laws that get guns out of our parks, transit hubs, libraries, hospitals, and other public places.
- Keep guns out of dangerous hands by ensuring law enforcement has the resources they need to keep guns away from prohibited people, including by removing firearms from people subject to domestic violence and extreme risk protection orders.
- Support pilot programs, such as gunshot echo tracking, to help isolate and address hot-spots of gun violence and better train law enforcement and neighborhood leaders to reduce the factors that too often lead to tragedy.
- Enhance local public education campaign so the those with guns know how to safely store them, use lock boxes, and better understand the risks of gun ownership.
- Support Seattle’s Gun and Ammo Tax as an innovative model that ensures these businesses help address the real costs of their products, and backfill funding for critical monitoring and health programs.
- Support the implementation of of I-1941. This initiative provides local law enforcement, judges, and families new tools to remove firearms from dangerous individuals.
The Trump administration is set on undermining protections for our environment and clean air. Seattle has the opportunity to become a leader in green energy infrastructure and green energy jobs. While we have made many advances in Seattle and King County to address climate change, pollution and toxic environments still disproportionately affect people of color and low-income workers in our city. We need to fight back through community-driven solutions and make sure our zip codes and proximity to superfund sites does not determine our health or life expectancy.
As your City Councilmember, I will promote “just transition” programs to create the workforce and industries needed to create a green economy. I want a Seattle that allows our workers to be healthy, breathe clean air, drink clean water, and create alternative energy opportunities with good wage jobs that lower greenhouse gas emissions in Seattle and protect our sound.
- Advance Seattle’s Equity & Environment Agenda to push for community-centric strategies to fight for environmental justice.
- Create “Just Transition” workforce training opportunities to transition carbon-heavy industries to jobs in the green energy economy and maintain good living wage jobs.
- Involve communities of color, front-line workers, and fence-line communities who are most at risk of the harms of climate change, and who have done the least to cause the crisis, in developing climate justice solutions.
- Promote local “farm to school” programs to reduce our carbon footprint and promote healthier food in our Seattle schools which helps kiddos stay healthy.
- Invest in public transit options to cut down on carbon emissions, and develop more affordable housing in Seattle so we travel less distances.