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June 14, 2022
Zahilay awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Marty Jackson
“Marty Jackson has dedicated her life to the community. From disrupting cycles of violence to uplifting community voices, she is building a better future for everyone in and beyond District 2. She exemplifies Dr. King’s life of service, advocacy, and justice, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.” 

May 10, 2022
Council declares Roe v. Wade ‘the law of the land,’ pledges support for reproductive freedom
The King County Council on Tuesday passed legislation declaring its support for reproductive freedom and that the Roe v. Wade decision, even if overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, is the “law of the land” In King County. 

March 15, 2022
Council approves plan to fight displacement, promote equity, social justice
“Combating displacement and keeping communities intact was one of the main reasons I ran for office, so this legislation is personal and an important step in the right direction. A King County Equitable Development Initiative will help people establish deep roots in their neighborhoods. It will advance a county-wide strategy for investing in community-driven and community-owned anti-displacement solutions. Thank you to all those who made this legislation possible.”

December 7, 2021
Groundbreaking Metro Transit Updates Passed by King County Council
“A safe and reliable Metro system is the cornerstone to building a county where every person can access their needs and opportunities,” said King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay. “In reorienting the guiding documents for our transit system to prioritize equitable and consistent service, King County has laid out an inclusive vision for mobility. Now, it’s time to execute.”

November 2, 2021
Zahilay awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Cherryl Jackson-Williams
“A steadfast advocate and committed community builder, Cherryl Jackson-Williams’ vision and dedication to service sets her apart as a leader in King County. In our shared mission to create a South End where all can thrive, live peacefully, and uplift one-another in health, she is irreplaceable as a contributor in creating the institutions and resources needed to make this vision a reality.”

March 24, 2021
Council Approves $2 Million Violence Prevention Program
“COVID-19 has devastated our economy, eliminated thousands of jobs, laid people off, created hardship, led people to become unhoused, trapped people with their abusers. And all of these things mean we have to give people what they need to survive and also support community-based safety initiatives.”

March 16, 2021
Transformative tenant protections proposed for King County
"... We have to come together and give tenants the housing security needed to survive this crisis. Evictions, especially those inflicted without specific cause or reasonable notice, will exacerbate our homelessness crisis, crime, and public health issues. The legislation introduced today by Councilmember Kohl-Welles and I will be a difference maker for those already struggling.”

February 9, 2021
Councilmembers condemn preferential vaccine offerings by some area hospitals, request state prohibit such practices in legislation
“Our job as government is to protect and provide for the most vulnerable people we serve. It is shameful to provide VIP access to life-saving treatment when the people dying are not the wealthiest and most connected. Especially when COVID-19 is disproportionately killing Black and Brown people, elders, low-income people, and people with disabilities and underlying conditions..."

December 17, 2020
Girmay Zahilay reflects on an intense first year on the King County Council - KNKX 

November 18, 2020
King County Council Will Discuss Reshaping the Sheriff's Office as Early as Next Month - The Stranger 

September 22, 2020
Skyway Wins Big in the Proposed County Budget, For Once - The Stranger 

September 3, 2020
For Black lives to matter in WA, Skyway has to matter - Crosscut Op-Ed 

April 14, 2020
Councilmembers Zahilay, Kohl-Welles Issue Joint Statement on Resolution to Freeze Rent and Mortgage Payments Amid COVID-19 Economic Shutdown
“Thousands of King County residents are terrified. Not only of COVID-19, but of losing their livelihood and their homes. An eviction moratorium is a great first start, but it doesn’t address the mounting debt that will be waiting...The King County Council doesn’t have the authority to halt rent and mortgage payments, but state and federal officials do. This resolution allows us to amplify the voices of our constituents and add the King County Council to a larger national movement — a movement for providing the greatest forms of economic relief in existence: keeping people housed and keeping small businesses alive.”

February 17, 2020
We failed the Central District, but we must do right by Skyway - Seattle Times Op-Ed 

December 22, 2020
Zahilay Issues Statement Concerning Stimulus Checks and Unemployment Benefits for Millions Across King County
“We needed our federal government to act quickly and boldly to address this economic crisis in a powerful way. The direct payments of $600 they agreed to aren’t enough to cover even one month’s rent in our region, let alone to make up for being out of work and struggling for nearly a year. Republican obstructionism in the Senate has failed the American people and meant local governments are going without the resources needed to help people stay above water. ”

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