Celebrating our Diverse Heritage

October 18, 2023

Members build power while enjoying each other’s cultural expression.

1-2. 1199ers made up one of the largest contingents at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City on Sunday, June 11, where Boriquen pride was on proud display. Milly Silva, 1199SEIU Secretary Treasurer, led the Union procession as one of the 2023 honorees.

3. On Sunday, August 13, members lined Manhattan’s 6th Avenue for the National Dominican Day Parade – coming together in joy, solidarity and strength.

4-5. Union kids pulled together a glittering spectacle in Brooklyn on Saturday, September 2, when they showed off their vibrant outfits at the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) Junior Carnival.

6-7. On Monday, September 4th, it was the turn of 1199’s adult masqueraders to display their West Indian Americancultural pride in all its glory.

8-9. Marching under the banner of solidarity with striking union members at the Writers Guild, UAW and SAG-AFTRA, as well as UPS members celebrating victory and newly organized Starbucks Workers United shops still fighting for a settlement, 1199ers filled Manhattan’s 5th Avenue on Saturday, September 9th for the NYC Labor Day Parade.

10-11. Celebrating Black heritage, culture, unity, and power, members came together on Sunday, September 17th, for the African American Day Parade in Harlem.


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