39 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Seattle City Council, Seattle City Council Members, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Kshama Sawant, Lisa Herbold, Tammy J. Morales, Alex Pedersen, Debora Juarez, Dan Strauss, Andrew J. Lewis, Lorena González

Seattle Rent Suspension Now

Following the lead of a petition begun in Portland we demand that: all Seattle metro area rents be suspended immediately until the COVID-19 crisis passes, until there are tests that show this is no longer a threat posed to all of our communities.  The COVID-19 crisis has ground the economy of the Seattle area to a near total halt. The working class, service industry workers, events workers, artists, musicians, retail workers, etc. are having hours cut down, sometimes cut completely until the crisis passes and business picks back up. We are being told not to go to work. We are being told to stay home. We are being told there's no business. We are being told for the sake of the community and to contain the virus, not to go to work. In the meantime, how will we pay our rent? How will we pay mortgages? How will we afford basic things like groceries, heating, and utility bills?  We applaud Mayor Jenny Durkan for freezing eviction proceedings & utility shut-offs temporarily, but we say that is not enough! We need a rent suspension! We need a mortgage suspension!We need a comprehensive plan to help workers and small businesses through this crisis.   "You are failing us at every turn when you put private financial interest above the common good of all people. We believe it is our common good to create an area-wide rent freeze now, not later, not next month, but now.  Without work, without sick days, many of us will not be able to afford our rents come April 1st. We will not be able to afford this rent retroactively. We will not have this money at some later date. We are hard-working people who barely have enough to pay one month’s rent at a time." (We The Undersigned in Portland) Our demands:  1. Total suspension of all rental, mortgage, utility bills, court fines, civic fees, and property tax payments in the Seattle area until the crisis has passed. Applicable to all individuals and small businesses. That does not mean a deferment or payment plan. It means cancellation of all aforementioned debts incurred throughout the crisis. 2. A Crisis and Aftermath Plan that addresses covering costs for affected individuals and small businesses in need. Many will face a catastrophic loss of income in the coming weeks and months. The city and the state of Washington need to step in, take the lead nationwide, and offer cash assistance to struggling folks and small businesses. Without the normal requirements of unemployment benefits, which as they currently stand would leave countless stranded financially. 3. A total halt of all homeless camp sweeps, statewide. As well as all publicly owned buildings currently vacant to be converted into low-barrier homeless shelters indefinitely. With comprehensive healthcare and food assistance offered to all residents of the new public housing facilities. 4. A robust increase in the social safety-net available to the citizens of Seattle and Washington as a whole, covering food assistance, social housing, rent control, slashing regressive taxes in favor of progressive income-based taxation, and an expansion of free public healthcare to cover every resident with comprehensive quality care, so such a crisis becomes a thing of the past! 5. Immediate stoppage and abolition of ICE, and youth detention programs. Release of at-risk prisoners detained in city and state jails and prisons. 6. Immediate stoppage and cancellation of all parking tickets, noise violation fees, and all other punitive measures the city, state, and police use to squeeze money from their most vulnerable, cash-poor constituents. 7. All punitive action against Dr. Helen Chu be blocked, cancelled, and she instead be praised for her ethics. She defied state orders and tested for COVID-19 before much was known about its existence in Washington state. Her actions saved countless lives.

Sean Canfield
11,485 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to King County Council, Seattle-King County Public Health

Stop King County’s White Center Coronavirus Facility

Last night, King County quietly announced the location of the county’s first isolation facility for coronavirus patients: 206 SW 112th Street in White Center. While other facilities are supposedly planned in other King County communities, this announcement sadly echoes the experience White Center residents have consistently had. The county fails to provide adequate services, and when it does give us attention, it’s in the form of saddling us with what it can’t foist on the rest of the county, like coronavirus patients. This is a pattern of neglect and exploitation that goes back decades. Our hearts go out to those suffering from this deadly disease, and to families who have lost loved ones. But we must push back against bureaucratic decisions that fail to take our own well-being into account. We are not the dumping ground of King County. We have a beautiful, thriving, diverse community here in White Center. Among our neighbors are elderly folks and others especially vulnerable to coronavirus, many living adjacent to the planned facility. Is it right that they should fear for their lives because King County plans to deliver the virus right to their doorstep? And why this neighborhood, rather than other King County communities? Is it because we’re poorer and less white? Sadly, we suspect it is. Therefore, we demand King County immediately stop its opening of a coronavirus isolation facility in White Center. We demand a public process to determine the appropriateness of such a location. We demand to have a say in the health of our community. UPDATE:  I recently received notice that some of you may have seen a "donate" option on this petition.  I did not enable donations, since there is no reason to ask for money from anyone.  However, if for some reason you see a "donate" button, DON'T DONATE TO THIS PETITION.  PLEASE.  DO NOT GIVE ME YOUR MONEY.  I DO NOT WANT IT.  Thanks!      

Chris B
23,119 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to University of Washington, President Ana Mari Cauce

Adjusted Tuition For UW Seattle

    We, the Students of University of Washington Seattle, chose to go to UW because of the many resources it offers, connections to be made, and the numerous businesses readily hiring students from Seattle. Now that spring quarter is fully online and those same resources are not being offered, it seems only fair that tuition should reflect the decline in assistance available to students. While Zoom may be able to address some concerns, it is not a perfect solution and many students will be feeling the consequences of this change of pace. Many students work part time jobs in order to afford tuition, any many of those same students are now unemployed due to the current situation involving COVID-19. Students are having a hard time stomaching the prospect of unemployment, debt, health concerns, and decreased effectiveness in schooling all at the same time. UW, for the time being, is just like any other online school and cannot justify the current tuition it expects from students. No student should be forced to pay for resources that are no longer offered to them, and no student should face the prospect of going through these difficult times alone.   We must stand together and unite to mitigate the social, economic, and health concerns affecting our students.                                  UW STUDENTS DEMAND CHANGE                                          AND WE NEED IT NOW

Jace Donnelly
264 supporters