Community Event: Pack City Hall! Save the Showbox | Living Wages for EMTs!

August 6, 2018 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave.
WA 98104
Puget Sound Socialists (ISO)
Community Event: Pack City Hall! Save the Showbox | Living Wages for EMTs! @ Seattle City Hall | Seattle | WA | US

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Sponsored by Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Save the Showbox!
Pack City Hall Monday 2pm to Say Music for People, Not Profits for Corporations: Save the Showbox!
Arrive at 1:30pm to speak in public comment.

Over 88,000 people have signed a petition to save the iconic Showbox theater, that is slated to be demolished to make way for major profits to the Onni real estate corporation by replacing it with an upscale apartment high-rise. Join artists, musicians, and affordable housing advocates to demand that the City Council supports our communities over the profits of corporations!

Development should be done in the interest of the millions, not the millionaires!

Development done to maximize profits for big developers means the destruction of cultural spaces for artists and it means an affordable housing crisis with high-end luxury units most of us cannot afford. Already, a quarter of downtown apartments are vacant – we don’t need more luxury units!

My office will be putting forward an ordinance to expand the historic Pike Place Market district to include the Showbox, which would preserve the building and its purpose as a music venue. But we’re going up against a multi-billion dollar developer, we need a movement to win this!

No EMT’s in Poverty!
Pack City Hall Monday 2pm to Say Our Emergency Medical Technicians Deserve Living Wages and Benefits!
Arrive at 1:30pm to speak in public comment.

The emergency medical technicians (EMT’s) who serve all of us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, who respond to, assess, treat, and transport people in all manner of emergencies, from psychiatric crises to car crashes to strokes, are struggling to get by.

Seattle’s EMT’s are paid only $15.54/ hour, while the company running ambulance services in Seattle, American Medical Response (AMR) makes over $400 million in profits alone per quarter.

Today, August 3rd, the #SaveOurEMTs movement organized a rally outside Haborview Medical Center alongside union members, workers, and supporters in the community, to boldly stand against this injustice, chanting “No EMT in Poverty”! Workers are organizing for the wages and dignity they deserve, now we must build on this momentum.

The City of Seattle’s contract with AMR expires at the end of August, and the Mayor is negotiating a successor agreement.

Join my office and the #SaveOurEMTs movement this Monday at City Hall, where we will be introducing a resolution demanding that the Mayor sign a contract with AMR that establishes a living wage for the EMT’s, no less than $25/hour, and benefits comparable to firefighters and other emergency workers employed by the City. Let’s pack City Hall Chambers and ensure not one more of our emergency responders has to live in poverty!

When we fight, we win! Solidarity with EMT’s standing up for dignity!

Join us: August 6th at City Hall! Council meeting begins at 2pm!
We will need to get there early to sign up for public comment. Can you be there by 1pm to speak in solidarity with EMT’s?