Denver Day 3: 521 Cultural Committee members’ performance shines

International Convention 2012

The SEIU International Convention, held every four years, is the highest governing body of our union. Delegates representing every SEIU member must approve all decisions and policies and programs of the union and are meeting to do this work together in Denver, Colo., over the Memorial Day weekend.

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SEIU delegates unanimously commit to unprecedented investment and coordination with progressive allies, member mobilization
Member delegates representing the union’s 2.1 million members, who also elected its International Executive Board members, endorsed a comprehensive program to engage in unprecedented levels of coordination with strategic partners and to recruit, train and mobilize more than 100,000 member-leaders across the union who will reach out to friends, neighbors and co-workers to demand justice for the 99%.
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521 Cultural Committee members’ performance shines at convention

SEIU 521 was among a handful of locals selected to prepare a cultural presentation to share at the Denver Convention.

Working with artist Thenmozhi Soundararajan, the group produced the video below that was shown today.

The piece is titled, “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For.” This multimedia video and song is a collaboration between SEIU Local 521’s Cultural Committee and Los Angeles based multimedia artist/singer Thenmozhi Soundararajan for the 2012 National SEIU Convention in Denver. The project connects the important historical labor struggles with the vital work we do now at SEIU for workers’ rights in the future. We believe in our solid legacy that transcends cultures. For now more than ever, we must fight together this time for all unions and all workers.

SEIU Local 521 — Overview
Our local represents OVER 55,000 workers in Central California. Our membership includes thousands of public service workers in 17 Counties from the Monterey-Santa Cruz Coast, the Salinas Valley (Salad Bowl), to the high-tech world of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, and to the Central Valley of California where the United Farm Workers union was founded. Our mission is to improve the lives of all workers through economic justice.

Member Artists and Collaborators:
• Jennifer Jensen
• Ellen Rollins
• James Hackett
• Jamina Hackett
• Henry Ildefonzo
• Veronica Rodriguez
• Luisa Blue– Local 521 Staff Director
• Thenmozhi Soundararajan aka DALIT DIVA — Artist in Residence at Local 521, Multimedia Artist and Singer
• Ian Trujillo Art Director and Animation
• Andrew Kurylowski Composer
• Amalia Deloney Collaborator, Arts and Democracy

This project would not have been possible without our partners at the Arts and Democracy Project. The Arts & Democracy Project builds the momentum of a growing movement that links arts and culture, participatory democracy, equitable development, and social justice. Our work is based on the creative power of arts and culture as a catalyst for action — especially among people who have been traditionally disenfranchised. We support cultural organizing and strategic collaborations, raise the visibility of transformative work, cross pollinate cultural practitioners with activists and policymakers, and create spaces for reflection. The Arts & Democracy Project is supported by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Open Society Foundations. Read more at www.artsanddemocracy.org

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5 Responses to “Denver Day 3: 521 Cultural Committee members’ performance shines”

  1. SEIU Local 521 says:

    Yadira Camorlinga: “We have to look to ourselves to stand up for our right for respect. Together we can be loud and clear.”

  2. SEIU Local 521 says:

    Yadira Camorlinga: “Oh… and thank you for everything SEIU!”

  3. SEIU Local 521 says:

    Heidi Perez: “Thank you SEIU LOCAL 521 Jennifer Jensen Fresno Co. Unit 4 JS DSS. GREAT SONG BEAUTUFUL LYRICS!!!Glad your home. Welcome back from the Convention. Great job representing FRESNO CA.”

  4. Luisa Blue says:

    I was honored to be part of the 521 delegation. We were well represented at the SEIU Convention and received many, many compliments from other SEIU delegates. The 2000 or so elected SEIU delegates from all over the country, Canada and Puerto Riko adopted a 4 year program to Win for the 99% – our communities and beat back the Corporate attack against workers – those greedy multi-millionaire corporate bosses – the 1%.

    We also re-elected our Chief Elected Officer, Kristy Sermersheim, as our VP representative on the SEIU International Executive Board.

    Also, our Flash Mob dancers were fabulous – Veronica Rodriguez; Tammy Dhanota; wRen Bradley; Matt Nathanson; Cris Fain; Myrna Bravo; Carolyn Gipson were some of the 521’ers that I saw shaking their tail feathers!!

    In Solidarity & Unity,
    Luisa Blue, SEIU 521 Chief of Staff

  5. SEIU Local 521 says:

    “THANK YOU DELEGATES SEIU LOCAL 521 FOR SETTING THE HISTORICAL PRESCEDENCE ALL OVER THE WORLD !!! THANK YOU FOR LEADING THE 99% !! ESPECIALLY OUR MEMBERS , THE 99% !!! STRONGER TOGETHER, PROTECTING THE RIGHT FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR ALL!!! PROUD TO BE A UNION SISTER. RAGE ON MY INTERNATIONAL BROTHERS AND SISTERS”
    PEACE, HEIDI PEREZ, UNIT 12 OAII FRESNO COUNTY CA. SEIU LOCAL 521 FRESNO CAL.


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