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.
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%.
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