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STATEMENT: ‘Elected Leaders Shouldn't Leave Tallahassee Until the Path to End Gun Violence Settled’

"Like most days, our students, teachers, coaches, janitors, and cooks headed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday to invest in our children’s future. Tragically, 17 people didn't make it out alive and their families will never again hold their hands or hear their voices.


"The time for conversation is over. The time for prayer is constant. But, the time for action was yesterday, today, and should be every day. We know what the problem is, and we need concrete and direct action from our elected leaders.


"The current legislative session in Tallahassee ends in less than a month. Our elected leaders should not leave Tallahassee until a solution is found to begin a path to ensure we bring an end to gun violence across our state.


“Florida’s so-called leaders have made it incredibly easy and accessible to buy assault weapons. This is not the first massacre in our communities. We must continue to vigorously press and demand that our elected leaders stand up for our neighborhoods instead of only standing up for the NRA.


“Our community is mourning and our hearts are broken.


"Florida is now the state where the massacre at Pulse happened in 2016, where a gunman opened fire at Ft. Lauderdale Airport in 2017, and, now, where students and teachers were gunned down at a High School in Parkland in 2018.


"Assault weapons in or around our schools and communities should not be a partisan issue, it is common sense reform. Families are being forced to bury their children, while dispassionate politicians like Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott cozy up to the NRA. The time for this to end is now," -


Monica Russo, President of SEIU Florida.


SEIU Florida represents over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers in the state of Florida. SEIU members provide vital public services in Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, community colleges, municipal and county governments, malls, and universities. With over 2.1 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America.

Statement by Monica Russo, President of SEIU Florida