The rights of working people are under attack – the right to a fair minimum wage, the right to organize and bargain collectively, the right to health insurance and more. But the rights of women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths, the LGBTQ community, people of color, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault have been threatened as well. We are all confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. Now is the time to stand together, to send a bold message to our new administration and to the world: We are a community, and we’ll protect one another no matter what gets thrown our way. Defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
During Inauguration Day weekend, thousands of SEIU Members from around the country joined their local communities at peaceful demonstrations, immigration actions and at local Women’s Marches. Since Congress reconvened on Jan. 4, our communities have been fighting hard to protect the Affordable Care Act. Moving forward, we need to keep the momentum going. Community solidarity is integral to the labor movement, and now more than ever we need to come together to stand for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all.
SEIU 521’s many caucuses and committees are a great way to stay involved in grassroots community organizing. Right now we need to develop our caucuses in San Jose and Fresno, and form new committees in Santa Cruz, Salinas, Bakersfield, Visalia, Redwood City and more.
View photos from our January 14th National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice.
View photos from our participation in the National Women’s March on Washington.
SEIU Local 521 members also overwhelmingly ratified amendments to our Localwide Bylaws. Read more about the election results.
Our community is coming together to #Fight4ourHealth and defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Five million Californians will be directly affected by a repeal. Millions currently benefit from ACA because of provisions like extending dependent coverage to age 26 and removing “pre-existing condition” clauses from insurance. Covered California and tax subsidies to small businesses have given people more freedom to change jobs and small businesses can better compete for the best talent.
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JOIN US FOR A PEACEFUL GATHERING on JANUARY 19TH, at 5pm at the Watsonville City Plaza.
We stand together in solidarity with all those throughout the nation defending of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQ, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. We’ll continue to stand together as a community and protect one another, whatever gets thrown our way.
Along with many others throughout the U.S., we send a bold message to our new administration and to the world that we stand together; recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 5pm-7pm
WHERE: 358 Main St, Watsonville, CA 95076. 2 hour free parking available at City Garage l (2nd street and Rodriguez Street)
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This event is hosted by City of Watsonville – City Gov’t, Community Bridges / Puentes De La Communidad, Salud Para La Gente, Monterey Bay Labor Council, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc., Revoluna, Regeneration: Pajaro Valley Climate Action, SEIU State Council and SEIU Local 521. For more information contact: Olivia Martinez at 831-460-9409 or Veronica Rodriguez at 831-247-5898
We know there are a lot of questions and uncertainty within the immigrant community at this time. Remember that everyone in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, has rights. Visit iAmerica resource center for Know Your Rights, DACA info and more.
For starters, the newly elected president has promised to end the immigration program that has provided work authorization and opportunity to many immigrant youth, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Review this list of DACA do’s and don’ts and share widely.