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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

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….


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.

  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.

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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CDC Self Protection Recommendations

Protect Yourself

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness.

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your cloth face covering
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
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PG County Social Services

The Department of Social Services’ Emergency Food Assistance Program acts as a clearinghouse for the distribution of donated food. Over 30 local community pantries and shelters currently participate in the program. All food is provided to eligible individuals and families free of charge. Please call 301-909-6343 to get information and assistance within your particular area of the County.

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The promise of America—that if you work hard you and your family can get ahead—is a broken promise for too many Americans.

There are too many poverty-wage jobs with no benefits and irregular hours, and not enough good, union jobs where you and your co-workers can negotiate higher pay and better healthcare coverage. We need more union jobs that provide financial security for families and build thriving communities.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court is considering a case, Janus v. AFSCME, that would make things even worse, dividing working people and making it more difficult to join together in unions.

Watch and Share Now!

The good news is that the resistance to this attack on working people is alive and well. Click here to watch and share the video of workers rising up and fighting back at more than 600 actions across the nation.

Share the video and get involved in the fight for more good, union jobs.

In unity,

Mary Kay Henry

International President



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