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 balance going into 2015: $14,250

2015 Donations:

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
Remaining balance going into 2016: $18,650

2016 Donations:

Standing Against Foreclosure and Eviction $300
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle $250
Economic Opportunity Institute $2,500
Paid Family Leave movement $8,000
Solidarity with ChinaWorker.info $545
Solidarity with Democratic Socialist Movement of Nigeria $1,045
Socialist Alternative $13,800
Transit Riders Union $250
Jill Stein for President $200
Indigenous Peoples Day $500
15 Now $11,525
Not This Time/DeEscalate Washington Initiative 940 $250
Social Justice Iftar $300
Paid Family Leave rally $100
Seattle Protects Women (UNITE HERE/Yes on 124) $500
Washington Community Action Network $360
350 Seattle $250

Remaining balance going into 2017: $19,975

2017 Donations:

May 1st Action Coalition $2,500
Washington Community Action Network $300
Socialist Alternative $13,800
Economic Opportunity Institute $250
Transit Riders Union $250
Stop the Sweeps movement $94
International Socialism School Scholarship $1,640
15 Now $11,525
Not This Time/DeEscalate Washington Initiative 940 $250
Social Justice Iftar $300
Paid Family Leave rally $100
Seattle Protects Women (UNITE HERE/Yes on 124) $500
350 Seattle $250 

2018 Donations:

MLK County Labor Council $300
15 Now $18,000
Gender Justice League $950
National Lawyers Guild $900
Economic Opportunity Institute $200
Casa Latina $145
Human Rights Campaign $157.25
Fair Work Center $50
NW Immigrant Rights Project $130
WA CAN     $200
Washington Fair Trade Coalition $100
Amina Ahmed memorial flowers $47.28
TRU $350
Somali Health Board $215.44
Socialist Alternative $15,000
Colective Legal Del Pueblo $150

2019 Donations are still being updated