Kshama Sawant Solidarity Fund

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“I only take an average worker’s wage and donate the rest of my salary to help build social justice movements.” – Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Every Councilmember faces a choice of who they represent and which world they inhabit. My place is with working people and their struggles. I was elected to give a voice to working people, union members, women, people of color and immigrants. In line with the principles of the political party I represent, Socialist Alternative, I pledge to stay accountable to working people by taking only the average worker’s wage.

Seattle City Councilmembers receive over $117,000 a year – the second highest of any city council in the country. Inevitably, such a salary removes Councilmembers from the realities of life for poor and working people.

I take home just $40,000 per year. This amount is roughly the full-time take-home pay of an average Seattleite. The remainder of my salary goes to a Solidarity Fund to help build social justice movements.

Towards the end of each calendar year, and more regularly as needed, I will give a full account of my income and how my Solidarity Fund is being used.

Annual Income (After Taxes): $82,000
Take home pay: $40,000

Annual Solidarity Fund Amount: $42,000

2014 Donations:
15 Now$15,000
Transit Riders Union$700
Seattle People’s Climate March$1,845
Puget Sound Sage$500
Socialist Alternative$14,500
Jess Spear for State House$1,900
Casa Latina$500
Howie Hawkins for Governor$200

Remaining 2014 balance going into 2015: $14,250

2015 Donations as of December:

MLK Celebration Committee$300
15 Now$8,750
Community Activist Geov Parish$750
Standing Against Foreclosure and Eviction$200
United Steelworkers Striking Assistance Fund$500
15 Now – Minimum Wage Rollout Campaign$10,000
Shell No Kayak Flotilla Direct Action$250
Greenpeace Actions Against Shell Arctic Drilling$250
May 1st Action Coalition$250
Gender Justice League$500
Trans* Pride 2015$300
LGBTQ Allyship$300
Committee for a Workers’ International – Chile$750
Socialist Alternative$10,500
Climate Solutions$300
Housing Alliance Action Fund$250
Backbone Campaign$300
Ogaden Youth Student Union Summit$100
Cascadia Climate Collaborative$200
Honest Elections$150
Seattle Educators Association Strike Fund$500
Planned Parenthood – Arson Recovery$250
Plymouth Housing Group$100
Refugee Women’s Alliance$200
Solidarity with ChinaWorker.info$500
Tenants Union – Organizing Haglund Buildings$100
SHARE $500
Low Income Housing Institute$250
Amor Spiritual Center – Graffiti Removal$100
Women of Color Speak Out$200


2016 Donations as of March:


Socialist Alternative$5,000
15 Now$2,500
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle$250