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Starbucks Announces Plan to Raise Employee Wages

In a letter to employees on Monday, CEO Howard Schultz said the coffee chain will increase base pay for U.S. employees and managers at company-operated stores by at least 5 percent starting Oct. 3.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges and Kshama Sawant Talk Third-Party Politics (Video)

Truthdig contributor Hedges analyzes establishment politics with the socialist on Seattle’s City Council.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Samantha Bee Defends Seattle City Council Members From Trolls With a Hilarious Sports Clip (Video)

All of the women on Seattle’s City Council, including socialist Kshama Sawant, came under attack after voting against vacating part of a waterfront street to build a sports stadium that would have cost city-dwellers maritime jobs as well as a huge chunk of tax money.

Posted on May 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Socialist Alternative

Seattle’s socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, has called on Bernie Sanders to break with the Democratic Party and run as an independent. If he refuses, she says, his supporters must build a third party without him.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE



Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist

The new year in books explodes with a fantastic debut novel set amid the melee of the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Seattle.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Kshama Sawant Delivers a Socialist Response to Obama’s State of the Union Speech

The Seattle city councilwoman expressed optimism for the future based “not on big corporations or the prosperity of Wall Street and its billionaires” but on “the immense potential power of American workers.”

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Kshama Sawant: For Many Millennials, the Dirty Word Is ‘Capitalism,’ Not ‘Socialism’

“In 2013, many people voted for me in spite of the fact I was a socialist,” the Seattle city councilwoman writes in The Guardian. “In this year’s election [2015], many more people voted consciously for socialist politics.”

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant

The socialist’s achievements in office, including a minimum-wage hike to $15, and re-election this month are exposing as a sham the idea that the welfare of workers, especially the unskilled, is incompatible with a prosperous economy.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Elder-Care Officials Put a Preschool in a Nursing Home

Providence Mount Saint Vincent retirement home in Seattle brings together the very young and the very old in an effort to stave off loneliness and help children grow into healthy, caring people.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Leaked Audit Reveals That Many Seattle Mortgages Are Void

An audit of land records commissioned by the Seattle City Council and leaked to local activists found that many mortgages held within the city are void, which means foreclosures based on them are illegal and unenforceable.

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Seattle Councilwoman Says Striking Teachers Are Resisting Years of Attacks by Democrats, GOP

Schools were closed in Seattle on Wednesday as the city’s first teachers strike in 30 years entered its fifth day. Last week, teachers represented by the Seattle Education Association unanimously voted to strike in demand of fewer standardized tests for students, more time to prepare for classes and better pay.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A Seattleite Tells How Amazon ‘Swallowed’ His Town

Recent news about Amazon has focused on the abusive conditions that prevail in the company’s headquarters in Seattle. A “more comprehensive indictment,” writes a lifelong resident of the city, would “describe its effect on” the city, “which used to be a great place to live.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Why Black Lives Matter Activists Disrupted Bernie Sanders’ Speech

Marissa Johnson, co-founder of the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter, told MSNBC that she hijacked a speech by Sanders in Seattle on Saturday because “we really need to put pressure on people who claim that they care about black lives,” especially when they’re running for president.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Black Lives Matter Movement Offers Badly Needed Lessons on Electoral Politics

We need to stop putting our favorite candidates on a pedestal. Instead, as Black Lives Matter has shown recently, progressives need to set the agenda and force candidates to follow.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Hires a Black Woman as Press Secretary

Amid a spate of confrontations initiated by Black Lives Matter protesters over the presidential candidate’s supposed inattentiveness to the plight of black Americans, the Vermont senator has recruited Symone Sanders to his campaign staff.

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 READ MORE



On the Angst Over the ‘Big One’ Reportedly Headed for Seattle

That New Yorker article about the apocalyptic earthquake looming in the Pacific Northwest’s near future has driven many in the region to unusual levels of anxiety, writes Emma Brockes at The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Young Activist Hangs From Shell Drilling Vessel for 66 Hours

Twenty-year-old college student Chiara D’Angelo spent 66 hours over Memorial Day weekend chained to the anchor of a vessel slated for use by the Royal Dutch Shell oil company in exploratory drilling operations off the coast of northwestern Alaska.

Posted on May 31, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Los Angeles to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

A historic victory has been won for the city’s low-wage workers.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



Judge Throws Out Disorderly Conduct Case Against Kshama Sawant

A SeaTac city judge dismissed disorderly conduct charges against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant and two other defendants Friday, saying police—not protesters—blocked traffic during a demonstration over wages.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price

This American capitalist is doing the almost unheard-of: slashing his own pay and giving his employees raises big enough to allow them and their families to enjoy life.

Posted on Apr 25, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Speaks With Seattle About Privacy and Surveillance

The Truthdig editor-in-chief spoke about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” at a town hall event in Seattle.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the Seattle City Council, is up for re-election, and the Establishment is determined to defeat her and the ideas she champions before they spread.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE



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This Seattle Girl Has Developed a Fascinating Relationship With Birds (Video)

Like something out of a storybook, 8-year-old Gabi Mann has established a reciprocal connection with the crows that visit her backyard.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE


Seattle Socialist Council Member Kshama Sawant Responds to Obama’s SOTU

“Some of the proposals Obama made tonight point in the right direction, on taxing the rich, on providing a free community college education, paid sick and maternity leave, and municipal broadband,” Sawant began.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Former Amazon Employee to Fast for Better Worker Conditions

A former employee of the behemoth online retailer is set to go on a hunger strike Tuesday outside of its Seattle headquarters in an attempt to force the company to change certain of its “deceptive and fraudulent” business practices.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Witnesses Say High School Freshmen Opened Fire on Classmates

Another day, another deadly shooting in America. This time, it was at Marysville-Pilchuck High School near Seattle. Two students are dead, including the alleged shooter, and four more are wounded.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE


This Columbus Day May Be Over, but Why Isn’t the Ridiculous Holiday Defunct?

Seriously, why do we still celebrate Columbus Day when, as a “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” segment puts it, Christopher Columbus was a “murderous, egomaniac whose most famous discovery was a case of getting lost and refusing to ask for directions”?

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Seattle Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Christopher Columbus was a genocidal maniac who is celebrated annually for “discovering” a land that was already inhabited by a people he would go on to enslave, torture and kill.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



We Need to Raise Most People’s Wages to Grow the Economy for the Majority, Not the 1 Percent

Other cities and states should follow Seattle’s example.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



Blame Russia All You Want: The Ukraine Crisis Was Caused by the West

The Western media blame the Kremlin for the current battles in Ukraine, but the West holds more blame for them than it may seem; Seattle’s leading a “wage revolution” throughout the United States with its $15 minimum wage; meanwhile, a power plant in California is deemed “a Fukushima in waiting.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE


Income Inequality









Posted on Jul 21, 2014 ENLARGE



Seattle’s First Marijuana Shop Runs Out of Stock

The first and only recreational pot store in Seattle was forced to close Friday after running out of stock just three days after Washington became the second U.S. state to allow pot sales to adults. But Seattleites shouldn’t fret. It’s set to reopen soon.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



Seattle Is Right

By raising its minimum wage to $15, Seattle is leading a long-overdue movement toward a living wage.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 READ MORE



1 Dead, 3 Injured in Shooting at Seattle Pacific University

In yet another incident underscoring the prevalence of gun violence in the U.S., a gunman opened fire at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding at least three others before being tackled by a student and arrested.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



Seattle Paves the Way for the Rest of the U.S. With ‘Historic’ $15 Minimum Wage

The Seattle City Council’s unanimous decision to impose the highest minimum wage in America is a momentous leap toward lifting workers out of poverty and closing the constantly widening gap between the 99 and the 1 percent.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Has Thomas Piketty Really Never Gotten Around to Reading Marx?

The best-selling author whose “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” has been shaking up the world says Karl Marx did not influence his research, but his statement may be tongue in cheek; the true Crimean referendum results were accidentally revealed, showing only 15 percent of voters backed annexation; meanwhile, the mayor of Seattle has proposed a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE


Seattle Socialist Councilwoman Kshama Sawant Debates Breitbart Editor

If you’re looking to get depressed, listen to a crowd of Seattle residents cheer a couple of conservatives demanding that their fellow Americans be deprived of a measly $6 raise in the minimum wage.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour

Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. But we need to be more ambitious.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE


‘Obama Is Trying to Vanish Us’

As the number of deportations under President Obama approaches 2 million, hundreds have gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border this week to support a group of undocumented youths and families seeking re-entry into the United States.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Seattle Socialist Kshama Sawant Takes Office

Seattle’s first socialist city official in decades, an economics teacher, former Occupy Wall Street activist and former Truthdigger of the Week, ran on a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. She enters office Monday along with Mayor Ed Murray.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Should Employers Be Allowed to Discriminate Based on Criminal Records?

If we want individuals to form part of society after they’ve been released from prison, the question on job applications about convictions should be prohibited, some people believe. In certain places, the process of “banning the box” has already begun.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Seattle Catholics Rage Against Firing of Gay Principal

Students of Seattle’s Catholic schools rolled into the streets Thursday to protest the Archdiocese of Seattle’s firing of Eastside Catholic High School Vice Principal Mark Zmuda for marrying a man.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Voters Approve $15 Minimum Wage for Workers Around Seattle Airport

In the same election in which a socialist won a seat on the Seattle City Council, voters in the nearby city of SeaTac also approved a $15 hourly minimum wage for some workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma airport. Even if a recount reverses the result, the election seems to place the Seattle area at the vanguard of a surge of progressive political success.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 READ MORE



Vince Hosea

Truthdigger of the Week: Kshama Sawant

By winning a seat on Seattle’s City Council this month, the socialist has given her fellow citizens one of the best opportunities in living memory to determine their individual and collective futures. Will city residents make good on it?

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



Vote Sawant

Socialist Elected to Seattle City Council

Economics professor and Occupy Wall Street activist Kshama Sawant ousted 16-year incumbent Democrat Richard Conlin in the final days of vote tallying on a platform in favor of a $15 minimum wage, rent control and increased taxes on millionaires.

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 READ MORE


Boeing 777X









Posted on Nov 10, 2013 ENLARGE



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Seattle Man Says Homeland Security Officer Taunted, Photographed Him (Video)

A Seattle man says a Homeland Security officer provoked him Thursday by following him and appearing to take close-up pictures or video of him while a private security guard did the same. The disconcerting encounter was posted online.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE


Pity the Bamboozled and Confused

“Every problem that the editorialists fret about today will get worse,” Harper’s Magazine columnist and author Thomas Frank told an audience in November. “Inequality, global warming, financial bubbles, one after another. But it won’t matter. On America will go, chasing the only ideology that our country has left, down into the seething Arcadia of all against all.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



The New York Times

How Sea Levels Will Rise

The New York Times on Sunday published a series of maps showing coastal and low-lying areas in the United States that could be permanently flooded as sea levels rise in the coming decades and centuries.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



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You Can’t Marry a Corporation (Video)

That’s what a King County official said after confirming that a Seattle woman tried to marry a “corporate person” in a stunt held to challenge the Supreme Court’s 1886 decision recognizing corporations as people and its 2010 Citizens United ruling that opened the floodgates of political campaign spending.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE


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