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Major civic organizations and labor unions announce a joint coalition to engage and educate communities

July 18, 2016Press Release

Miami, FL — On Thursday, a multi-ethnic and multilingual coalition of grassroots activists, organizations and labor unions gathered in Miami to announce the start of a statewide effort to educate, engage and mobilize communities on major issues. The coalition is a multi-year effort to build the real community power. 

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“The flashing lights did not symbolize help or protection. It’s almost like it’s a symbol of death, the Grim Reaper for being Black in America.”

July 8, 2016Press Release

Anti-Black racism is alive and well and raising its ugly head with a vengeance. The killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling — two innocent Black men minding their own business — brings the death toll of Black folks in the US killed by police to 136 in 2016 alone, and the year is only halfway over. How many more Black lives do we have to lose at the hands of officials sworn to protect us?

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June 23, 2016Press ReleaseSEIU Florida laments the Supreme Court’s Decision against Immigrant Families, Prepares to Mobilize Voters in November

Today’s split decision from the Supreme Court on US v. Texas, the case against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, allows the block on DAPA and the expansion of DACA to continue.

The lawsuit, initially filed by the Governor of Texas and signed by Florida’s State Attorney Pam Bondi, as well as by other 26 states, has already halted much needed protection from deportation for more than 5 million immigrant families for over a year. 

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Broward County Commissioners Unanimously Ban the Box

June 15, 2016Press ReleaseAfter months of organizing, community members and clergy scored a major victory

After hours of deliberation and input from residents and clergy, Broward County Commissioners unanimously passed Ban the Box legislation on Tuesday, a stunning turnaround after the ordinance only received two votes back in December. 

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We mourn the loss of so many lives in Orlando

June 12, 2016Press Release

Miami, FL—SEIU Florida President Monica Russo released the following statement in reaction to the horrific loss of life in Orlando in the deadliest mass shooting in this country’s history:

“Nearly 50 years ago this month, the Stonewall riots gave birth to the LGBTQ rights movement. It is a fight that continues to this day, with many victories along the way, but many more to go. This should be a moment for celebrating all our LGBTQ brothers and sisters have achieved. Instead, we are mourning the loss of so many innocent lives in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in our country’s history.

“The impact of this horrific tragedy goes far beyond Orlando and Central Florida, where we represent 7,000 workers who we all hope are safe and sound today, many of them working in hospitals and nursing homes and as public servants for cities and counties. This hateful act of violence directly targeted not just the LGBTQ individuals, friends and allies gathered together that night, but the entire LGBTQ community.

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