We condemn the actions and the loss of life in the Tyre Nichols incident. We recommit to our mission of racial justice as part of our platform because even though we are a healthcare union, we can’t have racial just without healthcare justice.
In 2020, we saw the murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed. We saw more awareness and conversation taking place. Not only did we take to the streets and share our own experiences of what it’s like to live as a Black person, but we also stepped up to the challenge.
In particular, last year, in partnership with the Fairness Project, we worked with the Accountability LA campaign to pass a county-wide ballot measure allowing the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to impeach the sheriff for cause. Law enforcement isn’t to protect and serve us. It’s the culture of these individuals, this system, to uphold the values of those in power. The fact that the police officer that killed Tyre was an officer that looked like me is another level of trauma.
And even though the AFRAM caucus has been focusing our efforts on black mental health and black maternal health in the last year, it’s clear we need to recommit and push to protect Black human lives from the police.
We’ve made progress but it’s not enough.
Georgette Bradford & the AFRAM Caucus
SEIU-UHW Executive Committee member
SEIU-UHW AFRAM Caucus President