On August 4th Northeast Florida EWMC 177 put on our 2nd Annual Back to School Book Bag Giveaway. This community outreach effort was headed by Brother Willie Baldwin,as he took on the task of coordinating all the logistics within the community we intended to serve. Our Book Bag Drive would not have been a success if it were not for generous donations from our Local union President Brother Luis Cano, together we gave out over 200 book bags to children in the under-served New town area of Jacksonville, Fl. Brothers Lawrence Williams and Carlos Nunez , provided one on one interaction with the kids as we gave out burgers and books. This year we were able to check up on a few kids from last year and speak words of encouragement to a few young boys.
September 28th the N. FL EWMC chapter joined the Central Labor Council in a Peel n Stick Party to mail out palm cards alerting all Union members of the endorsed candidates for the mid-term elections. With the help several other trades and volunteers we were able to get the cards to the Postal Workers in time to have them mailed out prior to Early Voting. Later on that day we collaborated with the Florida Restoration of Rights Coalition to put on a Block Party to bring light the very impactful Amendment 4 that we have been fighting very hard to get on the Ballot for years, to return the right to vote to citizens returning from serving a sentence for a crime they may have committed. Community Leaders , Returning Citizens and there families came out shared stories of triumph and hope as we set strategies to canvass and phone bank to get the needed support to past the amendment.
We completed our Peel N Stick in record time, and many volunteers began phone banking
Russell Harper,Former LU 177 Business Manger and CLC President, Luis Cano , LU 177 President,
Eric Biggins, N. Fl EWMC 177 President, Chris Stovall , Asst. Business Manger , Lawrence Williams, N. Fl EWMC 177 Vice President
Returning Citizens sharing their stories during panel discussion