Candlelight Vigils for Orlando

Candlelight Vigil in San Jose
Silicon Valley and Fresno Stand in Solidarity with Orlando Community

In a demonstration that unions are a place where different people of all backgrounds can come to unite, members of SEIU Local 521 held two community candlelight vigils on June 16 for the 49 men and women killed in Orlando last week.

“This is a very diverse country and we can’t stand by and allow this type of hate and violence to happen; just can’t allow it.”
– Luisa Blue, SEIU Executive Vice President

Watch below the news coverage, including interviews with Luisa Blue:

Participants in the San Jose Candlelight Vigil included: Fouad Khatib, Muslim Community Association; Thomas Perine, SEIU Lavender Caucus; Wilma Jakobsen, St. Jude’s Episcopal.
View the photo album here.

Rev. Jakobsen closed the vigil with South African song: “What Will We Do?”
Watch the video here.

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Contributions to the Equality Florida Donation Fund
Equality Florida is a partner of SEIU and has set up a donation fund. As of today, more than $4.8 million has been donated. We do not know the total costs for the victims of this horrific hate crime, therefore are working to raise as much as possible.
To donate, visit:

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