The primary campaign was beyond exciting. While we are gearing up for the next stage, I want to take this time to reflect on why we are running.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be putting out a few updates as we get fired up for the general election. This first one focuses on the fight for 15 across the country and the Tom Morello fundraising concert – check it out here.
And we’ve still got lots going on! On September 3, we’re protesting Olympia’s criminal education underfunding. On September 21, Seattle climate change activists will march, in conjunction with the huge NY demonstration. And we’ll be organizing weekly standouts and more – keep an eye out for upcoming events here.
The Volunteer Kickoff for the next stage of the campaign will be Sunday September 7th. We’ll be showing a short film, discussing why we need representatives independent of big business, and preparing ourselves for the discussions and work ahead of us.
Volunteer Coordinator for Vote SpearRead more
WFSE Leadership of King County personally support Jess Spear - From left to right Keith Gillis, Brooks Salazar, Paula Lukaszek, Doug Nielson, Jess Spear, Ben Peterson, and Ty Pethe
What Does the Primary Result Mean?
If you read only the mainstream media, you would think support for an alternative to corporate politics is “ebbing.” The Stranger suggested 19% represents that anger at the status quo and the base of support for left wing and socialist candidates is waning. This is rather curious considering Kshama Sawant only got 11% of the vote against Chopp in 2012 (with their endorsement) and this year Spear won 20% with no major endorsements. They go on to say the results also indicate that Frank Chopp successfully convinced 80% of Seattle primary voters that the responsibility for decaying social conditions lies solely with the Republicans and not at all with him (as Speaker of the House).
This is completely false and is a fundamental misreading of the political climate.
Get together with Jess Spear & supporters to celebrate the success of the campaign so far and get the results of the primary vote!
We'll be talking about building a movement for affordable housing and rent control & how we can turn the tide to make the corporate elite pay their share for education and transit.
Full details here
Jess Spear, candidate for WA State House in Seattle’s 43rd LD, put herself on the line to protect Seattle. Every day, trains carrying oil through Seattle put ordinary people at risk. While Washington State government considers the dangers of oil trains after the recent derailment, Jess Spear and two others blocked the tracks at Broad St. and Elliott Ave and were arrested for trespassing.
“Oil and railroad companies are gambling our lives and our environment for the sake of ever greater profits,” said Jess Spear to supporters and media. “If an oil train crashed and exploded here in the downtown core or near the stadiums, it could kill tens of thousands of people. Every day two of these bombs on wheels travel through our city.”
Jess Spear and Kshama Sawant say: Stop oil and coal trains!
Thursday July 31, 12:30pm, at the tracks in Belltown, Broad Street and Elliott Ave (Facebook event)
Councilmember Kshama Sawant and Jess Spear will hold a protest at 12:30 on Thursday at the train tracks in the downtown Seattle Sculpture Park. The demonstration will take place near the intersection of Elliot and Broad - a mile down the line in Belltown from where an oil train derailed last week.Read more
We've got just one week to reach supporters before the primary elections on August 5.
We're campaigning for rent control - to stop runaway rent costs; a fossil fuel free Washington state - a few days after a potentially deadly oil train derailment; and a tax on the rich to fund education, transit, and clean energy.
To do this, we need YOU. This weekend we'll be campaigning in Capitol Hill, Fremont, and the U-district, as well as standing in solidarity with the people of Gaza on Saturday. Come join us in the final push to get the word out!
Every day our volunteers are out campaigning. If you can't make the above events, email our volunteer coordinator and we can get you together with other supporters in your area.
Then join us at the election night party to celebrate! It's only through your support that we can win a voice for working people in Olympia!
Socialist Alternative candidate, WA state House, 43rd LD, Pos 2
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."Read more
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 (continues on every Saturday) - Facebook event here
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