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Miami, FL — On Thursday, a multi-ethnic and multilingual coalition of grassroots activists, organizations and labor unions gathered in Miami to announce the start of a statewide effort to educate, engage and mobilize communities on major issues. The coalition is a multi-year effort to build the real community power. 

Anti-Black racism is alive and well and raising its ugly head with a vengeance. The killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling — two innocent Black men minding their own business — brings the death toll of Black folks in the US killed by police to 136 in 2016 alone, and the year is only halfway over. How many more Black lives do we have to lose at the hands of officials sworn to protect us?

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. 

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. 

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.

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

Fort Lauderdale, FL — The Broward County Commission will be having its initial vote on Ban the Box legislation on May 24. Affected community members will be there to urge the Commission to eliminate criminal history questions from county job applications, share their personal stories, and discuss the impact the legislation could have on them with reporters.

Research shows people of color are disproportionately affected by “the box,” making up 14% of the US, but 40% of the incarcerated population, and it takes African Americans with past convictions three times as long to get a callback or a job offer. In other cities and counties, Ban the Box legislation has had a huge impact on hiring. In Durham, North Carolina, for example, there was a jump in the proportion of people with records hired for municipal jobs, rising from 2.25% to 15%.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2016
Contact: Elizabeth Fernandez, elizabeth.fernandez@seiufl.org954-652-9897

Miami, FL—SEIU Florida President Monica Russo released the following statement in reaction to the planned wave of new immigration raids targeting hundreds of mothers and children:

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