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Tag: Civil Rights

Urban Politics #315: The Occupy Resolution

November 23rd, 2011

On November 14th, the Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31337 which recognized the national grassroots citizen effort being made through the Occupy Movement in seeking solutions for economically distressed Americans at the federal and local levels. I introduced this resolution because the growing imbalance in our nation’s wealth demands the attention of the nation’s elected representatives.


Urban Politics #181: New Law Creates Standards For Public Defense Services

June 20th, 2004

For many years the City has contracted with King County to provide public defender services to indigent defendants. King County in turn contracted with 3 defender organizations, The Defender Association, the Associated Council for the Accused, and the Northwest Defenders Association. Mayor Nickels, in an effort to save costs, has decided to begin direct contracting with a provider. If we eliminate contracting with King County, the City will save $300,000. On its face there is nothing wrong with this approach, but before the Mayor moved ahead I felt it was important to pass legislation that offered some of the same safeguards that King County required when it was contracting for these services on behalf of the City.


Urban Politics #178: City Council Says No To The Homeland Security Act

April 19th, 2004

On a day that President Bush called for renewal of the Patriot Act, I introduced and got the Council to unanimously pass a resolution opposing new federal legislation that would force local police to enforce immigration laws or lose Federal funding.