On Oct. 19, SEIU 721 participated in the annual Taste of Soul Family Festival in South Los Angeles to spread the word about protecting voting rights and ending California’s death penalty.
Dozens of members from SEIU 721’s African American and Latino Caucuses worked throughout the day alongside community partners from the ACLU of Southern California and People for Community Improvement to reach out to the massive crowd.
Members distributed thousands of informational flyers, gathered
nearly 1,000 petition signatures and registered new voters at the SEIU
Elected officials also stopped at the booth to sign the petitions and talk to members, including U.S. Congress member Karen Bass, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA City Council member Curren Price and former LA City Council member Jan Perry.
“This event is really important in my community. It brings us together for a great day of food, entertainment and education. I wanted to come out with other SEIU 721 members to tell everyone why it’s important to protect our right to vote and also to end the death penalty. These issues are about justice and people need to get involved.”
-Tracey Boykins, LA County Eligibility Worker II