2013 AFRAM Conference FieldsofDream

We are pleased to announce that the AFRAM 2013 Leadership Conference will convene April 18-21, 2013 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel located in Los Angeles, California. Our theme this year is: "Rise to the Challenge of Leadership"
This year’s Conference promises to be better than ever. We plan to reflect on our role in the age of President Obama, study our history, discuss how we broaden our role in our communities, expand our vision and strengthen our commitment to improve the lives of working families. Please join us in making our conference an extraordinary event. AFRAM strongly urges you to contact the leadership of your local Union and request that they send a contribution to the National African American Caucus to support the 2013 conference. In order for the conference to be a success it is vital that the conference is supported by your Local Union...more..

For info on Chris Gardner and Guest speakersFieldsofDream during the conference click here.

Christopher Paul Gardner (born February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher, Jr. Gardner's book of memoirs, "The Pursuit of Happyness", was published in May 2006

Gardner's personal struggle of establishing himself as a stockbroker while managing fatherhood and homelessness is portrayed in the 2006 motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness, directed by Gabriele Muccino, starring Will Smith.


We extend our condolences to the family of Yolanda Neal yolanda

On behalf of all AFRAM members, we extended our sincere condolences to the family of Yolanda Neal. May God grant her peace.

Rod Bashir

AFRAM National President

The SEIU family is mourning the loss of a dedicated sister, leader and ULTCW Member, Political Organizer Yolanda Neal.

Yolanda died October 2nd after a terrible car accident in Las Vegas. Her team was en route to canvass to re-elect Pres. Barack Obama.

A true drum major for justice, Yolanda was active in her union and community. As a lost time member who came off of her job in California, she recognized the importance of this election and as a dedicated activist within her local union, accepted the responsibility of getting involved.
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From the office of the President FieldsofDream

Dear SEIU African American Caucus Members and Friends:

It gives me great pleasure to welcome each of you to the SEIU-AFRAM website. This site gives SEIU members of African descent an opportunity to network, renew old acquaintances, develop new friendships and devise strategies on how we can increase our contributions to the goals of our Union and positively influence our communities.

The African American community faces tremendous challenges and we cannot expect SEIU or any one organization or institution to solve them for us. History has shown us that people of like minds, dedicated to taking positive action can change the world for the better. Our people throughout the history of America have been charged with the task of fighting for Freedom, Justice, Equality and our share of the best that America has to offer.

Since its founding in 1996, AFRAM has played a significant role in providing education and leadership development experience for people of African descent. AFRAM has consistently reminded our Union that our leadership should reflect the membership. We believe that diversity is not a slogan, but a strategy based on sound moral principles for living in the world community, especially in the 21st century.



2011 AFRAM National Conference Hyatt

The AFRAM 2011 National conference was a  success.  It was held at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure in Weston, Florida.   To view pictures and video from the conference click here. To download the 2011 National AFRAM program click here.

Mary Kay Henry gave the Keynote at AFRAM 2011 henryspeaks

President Henry shared her vision for SEIU and the Fight For A Fair Economy. The AFRAM Conference  took place April 28-May 1st 2011 at the Hyatt Bonaventure Conference Center in Weston, Florida.

Paulette Simpson-Gipson, AFRAM Western Region President nominated by Compton NAACP 

AFRAM Western Region President Paulette Simpson-Gipson, has been nominated  by the Compton NAACP to be honored at the 25th State Senate District Women of Distinction Recognition Luncheon on March 4, 2011.

 85th Anniversary of the Brotherhood of Sleepingapr Car Porters 

Celebrate the 85th Anniversary of the Founding of the Nation's only Black labor union, the Brotherhood os Sleeping Car porters.  Click here for more information on this event.



 Memory of John "JJ" Johnsonjjface

September 15, 2010 our brother John "JJ" Johnson, Founder & President of SEIU Local 617 of New Jersey passed.




AFRAM Chicago Conference 2010

SEIU AFRAM - Raising to the challenge of leadership.  Chicago 2010 August 27-29.   We came together for an important gathering.



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Bashir to attend 56th U.S. Annual EmployeeRod Benefits Conference

Roderick S. Bashir, VP and Directors of Human Resources Serivce Employees International Union Local #1 speaks about attending the conference.    For more information click here.



Reclaim the Dream mlk1

SEIU National and SEIU 722 Commerated the 47th Anniversary of the March on Washington.  "Reclaim the Dream".  Watch Reverend Al Sharpton, Martin L. King III, Mark H. Morial , Tom Joyner, Melanie Campbell and many more.  The march was on Saturday, August 28th - Dunbar High School , Washington, DC.  To view the video click here.

New Application form is ready

The National African American Caucus (SEIU) AFRAM 2010 application form is ready.  To download click here and mail completed form and check the AFRAM SEIU 1673 Columbia Rd NW #100, Washington, DC 20009.

Past Meetings

It looks like we have a place to have an Eastern Region Executive Board Meeting on Saturday, March 27, 2010. Veronica has confirmed the 1199 New Jersey office. I am requesting an address from Veronica to send to you all. Due to the short notice I am asking that you RSVP to see if this is doable. Also, I am trying to do an agenda, so if there is something that you would like to have on it, please send that too. If you have contacts with other board members please notify them of this meeting. If the New Jersey location so desire, we may can have a meet and greet for any non Executive Board Members that may wish to meet us. We will probably need a count. Kyle, and or Valerie, can you notify the members in Philly. Some one may want to come to represent the group.



The National African American Caucus of the Service Employees Union (SEIU) is committed to enhancing opportunities for education, training mentorship, leadership development and networking for SEIU members and staff of African descent.

We further engage to promote social, economic and political justice within our workplace, our communities, our nation and within our union.

We shall further encourage our members to actively engage in efforts to organize the unorganized and to fully participate in the development and implementation of labor’s political agenda and programs.

New President

SEIU AFRAM elected the new president April 2009 - Roderick Bashir.





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