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SEIU Florida joins community groups for The People’s Forum to educate political candidates about the issues affecting our communities

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR Aug. 17, 2016

Media contact: Elizabeth Fernandez, elizabeth.fernandez@seiufl.org954-652-9897

WHO: Community members, political candidates, activists and advocates from SEIU Florida, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward and Students Working for Equal Right
WHAT: A public forum bringing together community members from across Broward to educate candidates on the local issues they are facing
WHERE: African American Research Library, 2650 NW 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
WHEN: Wednesday, August 17, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fort Lauderdale, FL — After the successful People’s Debate for Broward County Sheriff last month, SEIU Florida is once again joining advocacy groups to create a public forum to allow community members and activists to educate and engage with local political candidates. 

SEIU Florida, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward and Students Working for Equal Right have joined forces to host The People’s Forum. At The People’s Forum, Broward residents will have the opportunity to speak with candidates and share their stories of being directly impacted by issues such as low wages, affordable care for children and loved ones, racial profiling and police brutality, affordable housing, discrimination against LGBTQ people and immigration.

"The decisions that politicians make are affecting not only the lives of my children,” said Patricia Carbo, an undocumented mother living Pompano Beach whose children are American citizens. “I am coming to speak to the candidates about immigration, an issue often ignored that is affecting the lives of our children."

Candidates from races for County Commission, Court and Circuit Judges, State Attorneys, Supervisor of Elections, Sheriff’s Office, Property Appraiser, Clerk of Courts, Congress, State House and State Senate have been invited to attend. Many candidates will be participating, including Broward County District 9 Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness; Teresa Williams, candidate for Broward County State Attorney; Whitney Rawls, candidate for Florida House District 92; Patricia Hawkins-Williams, Lauderdale Lakes commissioner and candidate for State House District 92; Broward Sheriff candidate Willie Jones; Judge Kathleen M. McCarthy; Rhoda Sokoloff, candidate for County Court Judge; Adam Geller, candidate for Broward County Court Judge; Broward County Judge Nina Di Pietro; and Gary Farmer, candidate for State Senate District 34.

"Candidates for any office, elected officials and anyone who wishes to run for office in the future have to understand that from here on out, they will be held accountable for their actions or inactions,” said Joshua Simmons of Coral Springs, a local student and member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. “Keeping constituents at the heart of any and all decisions is a must. Elected officials are held to a higher standard and should relish in the opportunity of meeting that standard."

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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.