Sisters and Brothers,
Once again, our SEIU family and communities across the country are struggling as we absorb the shock and share the outrage of yet another verdict that reflects an ongoing injustice against our young men of color. As our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Michael Brown’s family, we are reminded that we must use our grief and anger over this injustice as fuel for action to confront racism and injustice in America and fight for a better and more equal world.
For Immediate Release: November 24, 2014
Media Contact: Beau Boughamer; firstname.lastname@example.org; 202/765-9143
Following the grand jury’s decision today not to charge the officer who shot and killed 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement:
“For months, families across our nation have experienced collective grief and outrage over the taking of Michael Brown’s life and the resulting turmoil that has upended the community in Ferguson, Missouri. Today, the grand jury’s decision deepens those wounds and amplifies even more the disproportionate and disparate injustices experienced by communities of color. These injustices reverberate through all communities and take our nation another step away from a fair and just society.
Our disappointment in today’s decision does not extinguish the hope in our hearts for a better America for all our children regardless of where they were born or in which zip code they live.
Black lives matter. Brown lives matter. All lives matter. The dream of America can never be fully realized until justice and safety prevail in every community across our country. The Department of Justice must prioritize the investigation into the murder of Michael Brown.
SEIU members stand with our brothers and sisters in Ferguson and across the nation in expressing our grief and frustration. We join them in calling for something better for all neighborhoods and communities and joining together in peaceful demonstrations at federal courthouses across the country. More information can be found here (http://nationalactionnetwork.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/HANDS-UP-JUSTICE-RALLY-FLIER-11-21.pdf). We encourage all involved law enforcement to honor the rules and the rights of people to protest and speak out.
We will not rest in these efforts until America is a more just society where every human being is respected and every community has equal opportunity to thrive.”
Mary Kay Henry
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 24, 2014
We Must Redouble Our Fight for Justice
SEIU California Statement on No Charges in the Killing of Michael Brown
Statement of Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California and SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) on no charges being filed in the killing of Michael Brown.
SEIU members in California join millions of Americans in outrage at the failure of our justice system and in mourning the lives of Michael Brown and other young men of color who have been killed by police in this country.
Injustice in law enforcement, sentencing, and throughout our judicial system is one of the pillars holding up an unjust society, and we are committed to bringing that structure of injustice down.
As union members we fight for justice and dignity not only at work but in every aspect of our lives: in our neighborhoods, in our schools, and on our sidewalks and streets. As a movement, we can and must do more to dismantle the conditions that allow these tragedies and miscarriages of justice to continue.
President, SEIU California
From: SEIU ULTCW Secretary-Treasurer, Kimberly Evon
Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Subject: Our Contribution matters
Just wanted to send a quick thanks to everyone who contributed their time, efforts and energy to getting out the vote for our endorsed candidates for elections yesterday. In an election with very low turnout, every call we made, every door we knocked on had the necessary impact of getting our voters to the polls and electing our key candidates across the state.
Below are the preliminary results of the races we as ULTCW and SEIU were invested in:
All 8 SEIU endorsed candidates for Constitutional office were victorious last night.
• Governor–Jerry Brown
• Lt. Governor–Gavin Newsom
• Secretary of State–Alex Padilla
• Controller–Betty Yee
• Treasurer—John Chiang
• Attorney General—Kamala Harris
• Insurance Commissioner—Dave Jones
• Superintendent of Public Instruction—Tom Torlakson
On ballot measures where SEIU members took a position, voters agreed with our position. The three initiatives where SEIU members were neutral, all passed.
• Proposition 1(Water Bond)—Passed
• Proposition 2 (Rainy Day Fund)—Passed
• Proposition 45 (Insurance Rate Regulation)—Defeated
• Proposition 46 (Doctor Drug Testing, Medical Negligence)—Defeated
• Proposition 47 (Sentencing Reform)—Passed
• Proposition 48 (Indian Gaming Compacts)—Defeated
• In SD 6, SEIU members carried Dr. Richard Pan to victory.
• Unfortunately, we fell short in both SD 34 (Solorio) and SD 14 (Chavez)
• Incumbents Steve Fox lost his seat.
• Incumbent Sharon Quirk Silva lost her seat.
• Catherine Baker will likely emerge the winner in AD 16
• Jacqui Irwin will win AD 44, formerly a Republican seat
• AD 7–SEIU endorsed Kevin McCarthy will serve in the Assembly
• AD 9—SEIU endorsed candidate Darrell Fong lost to Jim Cooper
• AD 17—SEIU endorsed candidate David Campos likely will lose to David Chiu
• AD 39—In a surprise, Democrat Patty Lopez leads incumbent Raul Bocanegra by a handful of votes
• AD 64—SEIU endorsed candidate Prophet Walker lost to Mike Gibson
• Both San Francisco and Oakland minimum wage ordinances passed.
• Los Angeles County elected SEIU endorsed Sheila Kuehl to the Board of Supervisors
• Unfortunately, our SEIU endorsed candidates Blong Xiong did not win in Fresno nor SEIU endorsed candidate Gloria Negrete McCloud in San Bernardino County.
• SEIU endorsed candidate Dave Cortese is down by 2% in race for San Jose mayor