Worker and immigrant power filled our May Day rally in Miami.
Attendees enjoyed a great discussion in the afternoon with doctors, nurses and home health workers. They heard from a wonderful trio of panelists: Toni Lewis, a family and geriatric specialist, Laura Goodhue, from Planned Parenthood, and Congressman Ted Deutch.
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On Thursday, Jan. 26, Florida House Democrats walked out of a hearing on refugees in protest of a presentation led by Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which has been called a hate group and described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an organization “spreading anti-immigrant ideas.” Monica Russo, SEIU Florida president and executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers, has released the following statement in support of the walk-out:
South Floridians to Rally Outside Broward Transitional Center on National Day of Action to Prevent Deportations and Protect Immigrants and RefugeesJanuary 11, 2017Press ReleaseCommunity Declares They Are Here to Stay, Raising Their Voices in Support of Sanctuary Spaces and Preserving DACA
On Saturday, immigrants and supporters will host a community cultural rally outside of Broward Transitional Center as part of a national day of action to prevent deportations. Across the country, immigrant communities and supporters are rallying for the creation of sanctuary spaces in churches and schools to protect immigrants and refugees. They are also calling for preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which currently protects three-quarters of a million young immigrants and provides stability for their families.
Monica Russo, SEIU Florida president and executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers, has released a statement following the endorsement of Stephen Bittel in his run for Miami-Dade County Democratic Party committeeman:
Miami, FL — In response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s attacks on United Steelworkers President Chuck Jones, which has led to threats directed at him and his family, SEIU Florida has released the following statements:
More than 200 airport workers, striking fast food, home care, and health care employees converged on Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport as part of a s part of a massive nationwide protests that saw civil disobedience and disruptions in 340 cities and 20 major airports.
“I came to this country for the freedom of expression I was denied in Cuba,” said John Marrero, lobby agent for Eulen America at Miami International Airport. “I came here for the American Dream which promises that if you work hard you can achieve a better life for you and your family. We are today to say that we are strong, we are united, and we will not stop until we have won $15 and a union for all workers!”