SEIU Healthcare PA’s caregivers and members leaders, along with the SEIU PA State Council, decided that Malcolm Kenyatta is the right leader, the visionary and forceful advocate SEIU members and all working families need to represent us in Washington!
(January 19th, 2022, Philadelphia) – Standing in front of the iconic City Hall downtown by the Harriet Tubman statue SEIU Healthcare PA caregivers chanted and rallied as workers endorsed Malcolm Kenyatta for the U.S. Senate.
Julie Moore, a nursing home CNA in Philadelphia, spoke out about why she is honored to support and endorse Malcolm Kenyatta’s candidacy. “I am so excited to be here today because Malcolm Kenyatta is a visionary leader that excites workers to get involved in our movement to strengthen Unions, invest in our communities, and bring our divided state and nation together! He always takes the time to talk with me about the issues our fellow caregivers face, especially during this COVID pandemic.
“I have watched my residents suffer and even die because we are so short staffed and the nursing home industry won’t do anything about it. Malcolm Kenyatta will be our advocate and champion in Washington to help fix our broken, profit-driven healthcare system,” said Julie Moore.
“We are truly honored and proud to endorse Malcolm Kenyatta today for the U.S. Senate,” said Matt Yarnell, President of SEIU Healthcare PA.
“The past few years have been devastating for working people. And yet while families fell further into poverty and essential frontline workers got sick and lost their lives, American billionaires added $945 billion to their fortunes in 2021. Malcolm Kenyatta is the leader we need in the U.S. Senate to move working people forward,” said Yarnell.
The excitement for Malcolm Kenyatta is clear and obvious who has been commanding growing crowds of enthusiastic support from workers, union members, and activists.
There is fierce urgency to elect a U.S. Senator who can be a critical tie-breaking vote in our next Congress to move stalled legislation that will improve the lives of all people. Healthcare workers know passing President Biden’s Build Back Better plan is essential to build our home care infrastructure and lift caregivers out of poverty, provide seniors and families with real and affordable choices for improving our broken long term care system, and make it easier, not harder, for workers to form their union.
Healthcare workers and advocates are demanding the Senate take action and pass the “Build Back Better” bill this year in 2022 and will continue to demand reform of our long term care system.
President Yarnell spoke powerfully about Malcolm Kenyatta’s personal story: “We know Malcolm Kenyatta stands with us because he IS us. His mother was a home care worker. He knows the compassion, love, and back-breaking work it takes to do that job, often for poverty wages and no voice. He knows how much caregivers give, how hard they work, yet struggle to make ends meet.
“It’s why he has joined us on picket lines, to stand with workers and demand and fight for healthcare justice, ending income equality, protecting essential workers from COVID, and investing in all communities – especially Black and brown communities hit hardest by the pandemic.”
“My coworkers skip their own medical care because they can’t afford it, or not pay their electric bill so they could buy food. That’s exactly the life and tragic experience that Malcolm Kenyatta has had to endure,” said Julie Moore, a CNA.
“I have watched too many politicians side with corporate healthcare, refusing to hold those CEOs accountable. And while we break our backs and those we care for suffer, the rich get richer and our healthcare system falls into crisis. As a Black woman and mother, I’m sick and tired of watching the violence in my community destroy so many lives. We are demanding solutions now! We believe that a leader like Malcolm is exactly what our state needs,” said Julie Moore.
President Matt Yarnell ended his endorsement remarks offering hope for the future that Malcolm brings:
“Malcolm Kenyatta is the leader who builds bridges – and who will continue to tear down the walls of bigotry, intolerance, and injustice. We are truly honored to endorse Malcolm today because he represents the very best of what our politics should be – and could be about.”