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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.

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.

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