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:Read more
"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.
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."
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.Read more
"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
“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.”
Earlier 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.
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.Read more
The workers at Seatac airport, supported by unions and their community, were the first to organize and win a $15 minimum wage. But, Alaska Airlines and other big businesses filed a lawsuit to block the workers from getting $15, saying the Port of Seattle had sole jurisdiction over the airport! The workers are not backing down, they are demanding the Port of Seattle follow through with what voters passed in November.
Sign here to show your support for the workers!
Jess joined Working Washington, Seatac Airport workers, 15 Now activists, and other community supporters at the Port of Seattle Commissioner's meeting today to demand they stop subverting the democratic process and mandate companies at the airport pay their workers a minimum of $15. Her speech to the Port Commissioners is below: