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SUPREME COURT DECISION WILL FUEL OUR VOTING POWER

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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Forum Unites Community Leaders to Urge Broward County Commissioners to Ban the Box

June 10, 2016Press ReleaseWith a Commission vote looming, community members from across Broward County will be speaking in support of passing Ban the Box legislation

MEDIA ADVISORY for June 8

Contact:  Elizabeth Fernandez, elizabeth.fernandez@seiufl.org, 954-652-9897

WHO:      Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, legal experts and community leaders
WHAT:     Ban the Box Community Forum
WHEN:    Wednesday, June 8, at 7 pm
WHERE: Lauderhill Mall – SE Entrance
                 1267 N State Road 7
                 Lauderhill, FL 33313

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Trump's rise is driving immigrants to become citizens

May 26, 2016News Clip

 On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American.

Ospina has spent almost half his life in the U.S. after emigrating from his native Colombia, becoming eligible for citizenship in 1990. But with Donald Trump becoming a more likely presidential nominee by the day, Ospina decided to wait no more, rushing the paperwork required to become a citizen.

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