Jess Spear writes for the Stranger

The Rent is too Damn High, Let's Get it Under Control

"Seattle urgently needs to stabilize rents. Rent control is a mechanism that limits the amount landlords can raise rent by tying it to inflation. This allows for landlords to maintain properties and keep pace with inflation, while preventing big developers from exploiting the basic need for housing by charging astronomical rates. High rents are also one of biggest obstacles faced by small business owners."

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Jess Spear and Kshama Sawant stand with Gaza

We stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza and Palestine at this time of vicious repression. This onslaught will achieve nothing but a mounting death toll. We call for an immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Gaza strip.

This carnage we are witnessing would not have been possible without US taxpayers’ dollars, and Obama and Kerry’s support. They are attempting to defend the indefensible. We call for an end to all US funding for the Israeli war machine.

Protests are taking place around the world, including the mass protests in the West Bank and in Israel. These protests within Israel/Palestine especially offer huge hope of ending the destruction. We will work to build an international mass movement against war and terror, and an end to this system of exploitation and oppression.

Join the protest in Seattle on Saturday July 26 - facebook event here

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No more oil trains! For a Fossil Fuel Free WA!


Just days after the Seattle City Council asked the federal government to ban unsafe oil tanker cars, an oil train en route to the Tesoro refinery derailed under the Magnolia Bridge.  Luckily, the train did not spill any oil when the cars derailed.

However, we cannot rely on luck.  These bombs on wheels are endangering our city and must be stopped. 

Our campaign calls for a Fossil Fuel Free Washington and a moratorium on oil and coal trains.  Meanwhile, our opponent, Frank Chopp, is silent on the issue and has accepted $17,325 from fossil fuel companies like:

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Jess Spear in the Monarch Review

"Olympia is broken.

"In 2003, Boeing threatened to outsource jobs and received a whopping $3.2 billion in ransom from our State Legislature. Boeing eliminated thousands of jobs anyway. Last fall, Boeing played the outsourcing card again and this time scored the largest tax handout in U.S. history at $8.7 billion. Already, over 1,000 jobs have been eliminated. Over this same period there have been an average of $6 billion yearly in corporate handouts."

Check out Jess' article in the Monarch Review.

We've also updated our In The Media section, with a whole selection of coverage, from Seattlish, The Stranger, Capitol Hill blog and more - check it out!

Guess who made the front page of the Seattle Times?

Did you see the The Seattle Times yesterday? Our challenge to Speaker Chopp, the head of the political elite in the Statehouse, is featured on the front page!
Our message of independent working-class politics, rent control, and ending corporate welfare is gaining momentum as the primary election nears, while the political establishment is increasingly nervous. 

As the Times writes “If Conlin’s defeat was a wake-up call, a Chopp loss would be a cataclysm for Seattle Democrats.” They also point out that Socialist Alternative is “the 43rd District's other major political party," citing how we "rattled the establishment with the election of Kshama Sawant to the Seattle City Council."
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The Stranger's Strange Endorsement of Frank Chopp

A Statement from Socialist Alternative
By Philip Locker


The Stranger, Seattle's main alternative newspaper, endorsed Democratic State House Speaker Frank Chopp instead of Socialist Alternative challenger Jess Spear. This represents a 180 degree turn from its previous scathing opposition to Frank Chopp and support for the Socialist Alternative challenger to him in the last election.

This is despite the fact that Spear’s policies, such as refusing to take corporate donations, opposing corporate welfare, taxing the rich, and rent control are far more in-sync with the people of Seattle, especially the 43rd district she is running in. Just this week The Stranger's own readership voted for Spear over Chopp by a 2/3rds majority in an online poll. On the other side, Chopp is fueled by a seemingly endless supply of cash from companies like Boeing, BP, Bank of America, McDonalds, Walmart, Vulcan, Comcast, the Washington Restaurant Association, and Alaska Airlines to name a few.

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Seattle Times & Mind over Matter coverage

Seattle Times 

"But this year the 43rd District’s other major political party is trying to give Chopp a reason to sweat. It’s not the Republicans — who fielded no candidates in the 43rd — but Socialist Alternative, the leftist party that rattled the establishment with the election of Kshama Sawant to the Seattle City Council last year. Jess Spear, a Sawant ally who campaigned for Seattle’s $15 minimum wage as organizing director of 15 Now, is seeking to topple Chopp."

Read the full article here

Mind over Matters on KEXP

A wide-ranging interview with Jess on the Mind over Matters show – listen here

Anti-foreclosure rally

“These unelected bankers are trying to legalize the theft of our homes, and the destruction of our communities… [Frank Chopp] takes money from Wells Fargo. He takes money from the Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase.”

Seattle Weekly: In Light of Rising Rents, Jess Spear Explains Her Vision of Rent Control in WA

Image by Kelton Sears of the Seattle WeeklyEarlier this morning reports came out that Seattle's rent has risen $94 in only half a year. That means an average apartment in town now costs $1284 a month ($1628 if you live in Ballard).

Jess Spear, the Socialist Alternative climate scientist running for the 43rd District seat of the State House, has made lifting the statewide ban on rent control one of the top issues in her campaign, on top of her push to make comprehensive green energy infrastructure in Washington a reality.

In light of today's news on this quarter's 4.1 percent rent increase in Seattle, we reached out to Jess Spear and asked her to explain her vision of rent control in the state of Washington:

Read the entire article here.

Kick-Off Party A Success!

Seattle’s Second Socialist Kicks Off Her Campaign to Take Out the Speaker of the House!


“Frank Chopp does not represent the progressive 43rd District. While criminally underfunding education and social services, he presides over a State legislature which hands out $6 billion in corporate welfare every year. It’s time we elect a genuine representative of working people to fight for our interests.” -Jess Spear

On Saturday, the campaign to elect Seattle’s second socialist representative, Jess Spear, officially began. A smashing success, the Vermillion was packed with loud enthusiastic supporters. Party goers donated nearly $6,000 to the campaign - no corporate donations here - largely in $25 and $50 donations.

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Jess Spear Marches for Chelsea Manning at Seattle Gay Pride 2014