I'm in Puerto Rico for the Vote
by Tim Tagaris, Sat May 31, 2008 at 03:00:17 PM EDT
So ... you might have heard there's a vote in Puerto Rico this weekend.
In fact, there was a pretty important vote for working families that happened earlier today. The result was overwhelming.
The Strategic Unity plan outlines SEIU's goal to organize 350,000 new health care workers over the next four years. But that's just one piece of what's happening in Puerto Rico and election day is only a point on the path to our larger goals:
Health Care for Everyone
Ending the War in Iraq
These are all pieces SEIU is fighting for as part of their Accountability Project
* $10 million fund to take on elected officials who fail to live up to their promises.
* Calls for SEIU members to make at least 10 million phone calls to members of Congress after the election to hold them accountable.
* At least 50 percent of the union's organizing budget and 50 percent of its non-organizing staff at the national and local levels will be devoted to the effort.
In February SEIU members, along with several other organizations, provided a dramatic preview of the new "no nonsense" political accountability program, defeating long-time Democratic incumbent Al Wynn in Maryland and helping elect Donna Edwards.
Many within the union agree with the "Justice for All" platform, and that's fine. Some don't. But everyone will have a chance to be heard, and then there will be a vote. Like the one on the youtube video above.
Here are two more video clips to send you off. It's SEIU members arriving on the scene of the convention.
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