August 2020

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We Cannot Achieve Economic Justice Without Racial Justice

We Cannot Achieve Economic Justice Without Racial Justice

Join us in creating a better future for all families

No matter where we come from or what we look like, we all deserve an equitable chance to pursue our dreams. At SEIU, we are coming together to reject the politics of hate and division. We are fighting back against self-interested politicians and greedy corporations who try to divide us while they hijack our economy, our democracy, and our government.

Together in union, people from different places and of different races fight for issues that matter to our families. Our experience teaches us that “divide and conquer” strategies are often used to keep working people from coming together to build a better future for all families and race has historically been one of the most powerful ways to pit working people against one another.

At our 2016 Convention, SEIU member delegates passionately debated and passed a resolution proclaiming that in order to win economic justice, we must win racial justice. Our fights for $15 and a union, immigrant and environmental justice are connected to our fight for racial justice. There can be no economic justice without racial justice.

Racial Justice Center

The Racial Justice Center was established in January of 2017 to support our commitment to all working families whether Black, white or brown. It serves as a hub and resource for our work to create a world where everyone, no matter the color of their skin, can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.

If you would like to contact the Racial Justice Center, please email RJC@seiu.org.

Racial Justice Committee

Gerry Hudson, Chair
Luisa Blue, Exec. Vice President
Valarie Long, Exec. Vice President
Kyle Bragg, Local 32BJ
Lisa Brown, 1199UHE
Nancy Cross, Local 1
Ligaya Domingo, 1199NW
Laura Garza, Local 1
David Huerta, USWW
Cary Johnson, MCO
Susan Li, Local 721
Alphonso Mayfield, FPSU
April Verrett, Local 2015
Kim Evon, SEIU 2015
Margot Riphagen, CIR

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From the desk of Mr. Sellman….

Friends,

Now is the time. It could not be a more critical time for you to do two of the most significant things that will definitely have an impact on your well-being outside of taking care of your health. The two things you need to do are;

  1. Make sure that you are registered to vote

You must be a registered voter in order to be able to let your word be known in regards to how this country is run. This is one of the most important elections. Do Not Miss or Undervalue the Importance of Your Vote. You need only see what has happened over the past three years and what is currently transpiring in our country to know that we need to make an impact in voting. We Need Everyone to make sure that you are registered and to make sure that you VOTE! Click on the link below to be taken to the Maryland Voter Registration site.

https://elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/

  1. Make sure that you complete the 2020 Census

Again, this is something that you should not undervalue or overlook. The Census is a vital component to your community. Often times we have not because we do not do the things that are necessary and required for us to have. The census determines the funds that go into your community for schools, roads, safety services, etc. EVERYONE needs to complete the 2020 census. Do not look at this as a government spying component. Click on the link below to learn more of what the census is and isn’t. Do Not Cut Yourself Short.

https://2020census.gov/?cid=20003:2020%20census:sem.ga:p:dm:en:&utm_source=sem.ga&utm_medium=p&utm_campaign=dm:en&utm_content=20003&utm_term=2020%20census

I say to you again, the time could not be more critical to make sure that these two things are not only on your list of things to do but things that will be done immediately.

Presidential elections are every four years….do you want another four like this?

Census are every ten years… don’t you want your fair share of the financial resources to come to your community?

Exercise your responsibility and your obligation.

Stay Safe!

With Respect,

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