In a blatant attempt to capitalize on the catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey, the SEIU once again shows its true colors. The SEIU-funded Texas Organizing Project Education Fund launched the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund, not to distribute anything that would benefit the devastated residents of the Houston area (although to cover their butts, they’ll include a few bottles of water I’m sure), but to pay for union organization efforts! “Your donation is vital to ensuring that we have the resources we need to organize and fight for Texans devastated by Hurricane Harvey,” states the web site.
When confronted with questions about the intent of the program, Executive Director Michelle Tremillo attempted to “clarify” that “100 percent of the money raised into this fund will be spent directly on ensuring low income and people of color are not forgotten in the relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts.” When pushed to define exactly what the money will be delivered in the way of aide, Tremillo said expenditures “will range from personal hygiene items to legal aid and advocacy.”
Talk about verbal jiu jitsu. Please find some other relief agency through which to contribute!