1199 Stands with Orlando

June 13, 2016

We lost one of our own in Orlando

The tragedy in Orlando this weekend has affected us all in many ways. But for our 1199SEIU sister Anita Williams, a Certified Nursing Assistant at a Consulate nursing home in Orlando, the shooting hit home. Her nephew, Eddie Justice, was one of the 49 brilliant lives cut short by the homophobic inspired massacre that took place at Pulse nightclub on Sunday night.

Eddie's story reaffirms our commitment to support hardworking families like his to have dignifying jobs so they can raise healthy sons and daughters, make sure they go to College and have a fulfilled life. Now we need to stand stronger than ever to stop the hate against our LGBTQ sons and daughters - the same hate that ended Eddie's life that night.

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Blood Donations

* Donation needs for today have been met.

There is an urgent need for O Negative, O Positive and AB Plasma blood donors. One Blood is asking those that are not or do not know your blood type to please wait until tomorrow or later in the week and that you make an appointment by calling 1.888.9.DONATE (1.888.936.6283). Please note FDA regulations are still in place for blood donations according to OneBlood.

Confirmed blood donation locations today are:
• Orlando West Michigan Donor Center, 345 W Michigan Street, Ste. 106, Orlando, FL 32806
• Orlando Main Donor Center, 8669 Commodity Circle, Orlando, FL 32819
• Oviedo Donor Center, 1954 W. State Road 426, Oviedo, FL 32765

Mobile Locations (please note some of these locations are running low on blood donation supplies):

• Asbury United Methodist Church – Bloodmobile 220, West Horatio Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
• St. Luke’s United Methodist Church – Bloodmobile, 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32819
• Metro Church Bloodmobile, 1491 East State Road 434, Winter Springs, FL 32708
• Weingarten Realty – 2566 E Colonial Drive (12 pm-6 pm)
• St. Richard’s Episcopal Church – 5151 Lake Howell Rd, Winter Park (until 1 PM)
• AMC 18 Altamonte Mall -451 Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springes (until 9 PM)
• Colonial Plaza Marketcenter- 2566 East Colonial (until 6
• Metro Church Winter Springs – 1491 E State Rd 434, Winter Springs
• St Cloud Presbyterian Church – 909 10th St, St Cloud


The GLBT Center and Zebra Coalition are offering counseling services for
those who need it. The community can call the Zebra Coalition hotline at
407-228-1446 or 407-822-5036, and counselors will be on site at The
Center at 946 N Mills Ave and at the First Unitarian Church at 1901 E
Robinson St throughout the day and week.