SEIU Local 521 members, the NAACP and Golden West Fresno Community Organization held a joint press conference outside the Fresno County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday to denounce Sheriff Mims for her lack of action regarding the racist and anti-Semitic poster that was placed in a hallway in a Fresno County jail.
For two months, SEIU has been calling on the Sheriff to fully investigate the issue and discipline the responsible parties. Instead, Mims appointed a chief investigator who has been previously disciplined for violating the County’s zero-tolerance policy on racism.
Members at the press conference holding signs on broomsticks that said, “Don’t sweep racism under the rug!” Laura Basua, President of the Fresno County Chapter, addressed the media. “We are now 60 days after the fact and there has been no statement from the board, no public announcement and no accountability. We should not have to be here, but no one else seems to have the courage to do the right thing.”
It’s clear we have the power to change things when workers join forces with community allies.
After the press conference, we took our message directly to the Board of Supervisors and urged them to hold the Sheriff more accountable to the community.
Board Chairman Henry Perea invited us and community leaders to a follow-up meeting for further discussion.
Let’s keep it up, SEIU 521 Fresno Chapter!