What are you looking forward to at the convention this weekend?
The obvious items are Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday morning (live, I think), and Barack Obama on Sunday morning (via satellite). Plus the Weingarten acceptance speech Monday morning (she was in the first and last pictures, by the way). Teachers for Social Justice have an email listing some of their sessions (click below and scroll to bottom). But I'm sure there are some hidden gems that you've come across.
Who are you looking forward to seeing? Most important -- where's the best place to hang out and see old friends and enemies as they pass by? Receptions to get into?
Pictured: Chinese anti-terrorist officers on modified Segways training for the summer Olympics.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—New leadership will be the highlight of the American Federation of Teachers convention in Chicago this month, with delegates voting for new officers to lead the union through the challenges that lie ahead. Delegates also will vote on a recommendation to endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
AFT Convention Delegates To Elect New Leadership
Convention Also Will Focus on Politics
leadership will be the highlight of the American Federation of Teachers
convention in Chicago this month, with delegates voting for new
officers to lead the union through the challenges that lie ahead.
Delegates also will vote on a recommendation to endorse Sen. Barack
than 3,000 delegates will elect new union leadership at the convention,
which will be held July 11-14 at Navy Pier. Randi Weingarten—president
of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers, America’s largest
union local—is, to date, the only announced candidate for the union’s
presidency. Election results will be announced on Monday morning, July
14, with a speech by the new president. Weingarten’s slate includes
Antonia Cortese for secretary-treasurer (currently AFT executive vice
president) and Lorretta Johnson for executive vice president (currently
president of AFT-Maryland, president of the Baltimore Teachers Union’s
paraprofessional chapter and an AFT vice president).
a reform-minded advocate who represents the next generation of labor
leader, is known for her commitment to improving schools, hospitals and
public institutions for children, families and communities.
delegates also will vote on a resolution, recommended by the AFT
executive council on June 23, to endorse Obama, which would give him
the AFT’s full support for the general election. Obama will address the
convention via satellite video on July 13. Sen. Hillary Clinton
(D-N.Y.) will address convention delegates on July 12.
delegates will hear from retiring AFT President Edward J. McElroy;
debate and vote on policy resolutions, including one on peer assistance
and review programs that help struggling teachers improve their skills;
and rally at a Chicago-area hospital on behalf of hospital employees
and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees,
who have faced years of anti-union resistance.
to the AFT convention, on July 10 there will be a health fair for the
Englewood community on Chicago’s South Side. To avert a potential
crisis of students returning to school without required health
screenings, the fair—sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union, the
Illinois Federation of Teachers and the AFT—will provide free school
physicals and immunizations, free vision and hearing screenings, as
well as free adult screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and
covering the convention should stop first for press credentials and
information at the AFT Press Office, located in Navy Pier,
Festival Hall A.
Highlights of the AFT convention:
Thursday, July 10 “Fresh Start Festival” health and fun fair
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Bass Elementary School
1140 W. 66th St., Chicago
Friday, July 11
2:30 p.m. Opening Session
Special Olympics tribute with athlete (AFT is a national sponsor.)
Saturday, July 12
9:30 a.m. Business session
Address by Sen. Hillary Clinton
12:30 p.m. Human Rights Award luncheon
Min Zin, a Burmese journalist and democracy activist, will receive the
AFT President’s International Freedom and Democracy Award.
2:30 p.m. Celebration of AFT organizing victories
4:30 p.m. Rally
at Resurrection Health Care’s Saint Joseph Hospital, supporting
hospital workers and AFSCME, who have faced fierce resistance to their
five-year effort to unionize
Sunday, July 13
10 a.m. Business session
Satellite video address by Sen. Barack Obama
2:30 p.m. Business session
Remarks by retiring AFT President Edward J. McElroy and Secretary-Treasurer Nat LaCour
4:30 p.m. Voting begins for new AFT leadership
Monday, July 14
8 a.m. Women’s Rights Award Breakfast
Lilly Ledbetter, who took her wage discrimination lawsuit against
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court,
will be honored.
9:30 a.m. Election results
Acceptance speech by the new AFT president
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AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers;
paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel;
higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees;
nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.
Panel Discussion: Fighting Back In the Schools:
How privatization, NCLB, charter schools, racism, and the
Lack of Funds are harming our students
Steve Conn, Detroit
Rafael Feliciano, Puerto Rico
Jim Hamilton, Missouri
Lisa North, NYC
Pablo Rodriguez, San Francisco
George Schmidt, Chicago
Panel Discussion: Building an International Educators'
Ali Abunimah - Overview of the International Situation (focus:
Renate Bridenthal, PSC International Committee
Rosemary Lee, UTLA - Trinational Coalition in Defense of Public
Reception: Meet Chicago-area activists
George Schmidt, Substance
"Save Senn" - fighting militarism in the schools
Rank-and-file teacher activists: Stacy Davis & maybe Brian Roa
Featured Speakers --Sunday evening
AFT Peace and Justice Caucus Strategy/Business meetings -
- July 9 WEDNESDAY (informal) late afternoon or maybe dinner - Touch
base and solidify plans for table, leafleting, etc on Thursday
- July 10 THURSDAY 4:30-8:30 p.m. Steering/Planning meeting
(we may adjourn for part of this time) Prepare for Friday morning
Divisional and Committee meetings and for first general session;
finalize tabling schedule
- July 11 FRIDAY 1:15-2:15 Brief meeting (reports from committees on
things that might come up immediately)
- Friday, 4:30 - 6 PM Introduction to the Peace and Justice
Caucus (first full meeting)
- July 12 SATURDAY 5-6:30 Caucus business/planning meeting
- July 13 SUNDAY 12:30 - 2:30 Caucus business meeting/election
- July 14 MONDAY: Continuations Committee - after end of
general session - Navy Pier
UPDATE: I'm told that some of this above is not right, or not TSJ, and that folks should go here for the right information: http://www.aftpeaceandjusticecaucus.org/. This may be better or more updated than the above, which came via a TSJ email but is not confirmed.
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