On Oct. 27, a broad coalition of progressive groups, immigrant advocates and labor unions announced they have knocked on more than one million doors across Florida.
With Florida likely to be the tipping point in this crucial election, Floridians across the state are gathering to watch the final debate on Wednesday, Oct 19th. With the stakes so high, Floridians will be listening closely to what the presidential candidates have to say about immigration, the Supreme Court, jobs and foreign policy. At many of the debate parties, community members will be meeting early for volunteer phone banks, building their power by coming together to change the direction of this election not just on the national level, but on a local level.
Just a month away from the election, community members were disappointed when a local political forum was cancelled after Republican candidates Frank Artiles, Michael Bileca and David Rivera decided not to show up. The forum, scheduled to take place from 6pm – 8pm on Oct. 12 at Miami-Dade Kendall Campus, would have featured candidates from State Senate District 40 and State House Districts 115 and 118.
With the election a month away, SEIU Florida is joining Miami-Dade College, Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Miami-Dade chapter of the Philip Randolph Institute and the South Florida Labor Council for Latin American Advancement to hold a candidate forum exploring the issues affecting local residents. Candidates for State House and State Senate will take part in a moderated question and answer session where community members can get the facts they need to make an informed choice this November.
The members of SEIU Florida are announcing their endorsements for the November 2016 general election. With so much on the line in elections across the state, SEIU Florida members are focused on supporting candidates who will fight for the diverse communities where our members live and work.
After winning the official Republican presidential nomination, many speculated that Donald Trump would attempt to shift some of his positions in order to win back important voting blocs he intentionally alienated during the primaries.
Clearly, he did not. At a speech in Phoenix, AZ, Trump insisted on accusing immigrants of homicide and theft, while suggesting that we must “build a wall that Mexico will pay for,” increase deportations, and “keep immigration levels to historic lows.”
This August election is crucial, and it could decide a quarter of Florida’s legislative seats. That’s why SEIU Florida, LULAC 7250, Mi Familia Vota and Florida Immigration Coalition have joined forces with Telemundo Tampa to launch the Yo Decido candidate forum highlighting Latino issues, giving Tampa residents a chance to speak directly with local candidates.
On Aug. 17, SEIU Florida, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward and Students Working for Equal Rights joined forces to launch The People’s Forum, allowing community members and activists to educate and engage with local political candidates like never before.
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.
Today, the members of SEIU Florida have rolled out a slate of endorsements across the state in anticipation of the August primary election. SEIU Florida members are supporting a broad range of candidates who are dedicating to lifting up the communities where our members live and work.