“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 Solidarity Fund Amount: $42,000
|Transit Riders Union||$700|
|Seattle People’s Climate March||$1,845|
|Puget Sound Sage||$500|
|Jess Spear for State House||$1,900|
|Howie Hawkins for Governor||$200|
Remaining 2014 balance going into 2015: $14,250
2015 Donations as of December:
2016 Donations as of March:
|Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle||$250|