This week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to uphold an injunction on SB 4 which was previously issued by a lower court last year, allowing the law, in its near entirety, to go into effect in the state of Texas. This decision marks yet another right-wing attack on immigrant working families and People of Color.
On Wednesday, SEIU TX members joined Texas Organizing Project, United We Dream – Houston, and other allies outside Houston City Hall to voice our commitment to continuing the fight against SB 4. Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, joined us in solidarity and vowed to protect all Houston families.
Our Union was founded by a diverse workforce of women and men who wanted to empower our communities and to improve the lives of working families. What started out as an idea and a dream among a group of janitors, hospital workers, and public employees–many of whom were immigrants–eventually became a union that represents thousands of workers all across the state of Texas. Racist laws such as SB 4 are designed to stop this kind of progress. It’s a clear example that the elites and big corporations will do everything in their capacity to try to prevent us from building worker power as we strive to foster solidarity among People of Color and to organize our communities at the local level.
But this is not over. We will continue to fight back against SB 4 and any other law like it that comes next. Our membership is in it for the long hall, whether it takes another election or another generation of campaigning, to end the hateful politics in our state. We are prepared to fight on for justice because we know that history is on our side.