Benjamin Galloway Peterson
Organizer in Olympia, Washington
Hello! I'm an Organizer with the Washington Federation of Service Employees (WFSE), based out of Olympia, Washington. That's me above, with my niece.
I have a Master's in Library and Information Science, with background in Political Science and Sociology.
My specialties include labor organizing, community organizing, political research, communications (including extensive speech writing), general legislative assistance, and outreach.
Prior to joining WFSE, I served for 3 and 1/2 years as a Legislative Aide for Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant — the first socialist to win a seat in Seattle in a century!
While in Councilmember Sawant's office, I engaged in community organizing and related coalition building efforts to focus and develop the energies of local grassroots activists and our broader movements in the constant struggle to win real victories for ordinary working people.
I also managed the Councilmember's outgoing communications (media releases, mailers, blog posts, social media, website updates, etc.), and wrote voluminously, producing speeches, statements, and other materials daily for the Councilmember in her own voice. At the same time, I served as the research lead and office archivist, while also providing constituent support on a wide variety of issues, needs, and services. During events, rallies, and town halls, I provided logistical support as well.
Highlights during my time in Councilmember Sawant's office include our groundbreaking fight for a $15/hour minimum wage, the establishment of Indigenous Peoples' Day, the passage of several historic tenants' rights laws, the successful passage of legislation to tax the rich, and the passage of legislation to divest billions from Wells Fargo over their ongoing support for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Equally important, I would argue, was our constant advocacy and public support for the organizing efforts of Seattle's much neglected homeless population, the working poor, and the many communities being driven out of Seattle by gentrification.
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