Racial Justice

 

We Cannot Achieve Economic Justice Without Racial Justice

Join us in creating a better future for all families

No matter where we come from or what we look like, we all deserve an equitable chance to pursue our dreams. At SEIU, we are coming together to reject the politics of hate and division. We are fighting back against self-interested politicians and greedy corporations who try to divide us while they hijack our economy, our democracy, and our government.

Together in union, people from different places and of different races fight for issues that matter to our families. Our experience teaches us that “divide and conquer” strategies are often used to keep working people from coming together to build a better future for all families and race has historically been one of the most powerful ways to pit working people against one another.

At our 2016 Convention, SEIU member delegates passionately debated and passed a resolution proclaiming that in order to win economic justice, we must win racial justice. Our fights for $15 and a union, immigrant and environmental justice are connected to our fight for racial justice. There can be no economic justice without racial justice.

Racial Justice Center

The Racial Justice Center was established in January of 2017 to support our commitment to all working families whether Black, white or brown. It serves as a hub and resource for our work to create a world where everyone, no matter the color of their skin, can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.

If you would like to contact the Racial Justice Center, please email RJC@seiu.org.

Racial Justice Committee

Gerry Hudson, Chair
Luisa Blue, Exec. Vice President
Valarie Long, Exec. Vice President
Kyle Bragg, Local 32BJ
Lisa Brown, 1199UHE
Nancy Cross, Local 1
Ligaya Domingo, 1199NW
Laura Garza, Local 1
David Huerta, USWW
Cary Johnson, MCO
Susan Li, Local 721
Alphonso Mayfield, FPSU
April Verrett, Local 2015
Kim Evon, SEIU 2015
Margot Riphagen, CIR

Resources

Race-Class Narrative

The Racial Justice Center successfully teamed up with Demos, Anat Shenker-Osorio, Ian Haney López, Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies, and Lake Research Partners on an ambitious multi-phase project to develop an empirically-tested narrative on race, class and democracy.

Read the reports and check out the various resources from the C3 and C4 phases of this research.

Taking Freedom

This collection of readings is intended to help union members and activists deepen their understanding of how race impacts the issues we hear on the news everyday.

Together, with co-workers, neighbors, and friends you can use these essays to build conversations and take actions that bring us closer to creating a more just and humane society.

It is also available in Spanish.