WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers’ biennial Civil, Human and Women’s Rights conference begins today in Miami, and will feature prominent national leaders speaking on, among other topics, the 2010 U.S. census, healthcare and immigration reform, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) workplace issues.
AFT members and community partners who are actively involved in social justice issues in their communities will be attending the conference—“Rise, Advocate, Collaborate and Educate.” Speakers include AFT President Randi Weingarten and heads of leading black, Hispanic and Asian-American advocacy organizations.
There will be workshops which will involve issues relating to women, communities of color and the GLBT community. Workshops are described below:
WHAT: AFT’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights conference
WHEN: Oct. 23-25
Resort Miami Beach
4833 Collins Ave.
WHO: Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers (Friday, 6 p.m.)
Maria Echaveste, co-founder, Nueva Vista Group, and former deputy chief of staff to President Clinton (Saturday, 9 a.m.)
William Lucy, president, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and AFSCME secretary-treasurer (Saturday, 12:15 p.m.)
Karen Narasaki, president and executive director,
(Saturday, 12:15 p.m.) Asian American Justice Center
Rosa Rosales, president, League of United Latin American Citizens (Saturday, 12:15 p.m.)
Workshops on Friday, Oct. 23
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Count Me In!: The 2010
Underground Undergrads Fulfilling the DREAM: This session will provide information about legislative solutions to the broken immigration system, and strategies for developing preventive and intervention plans. It will highlight two important campaigns that are moving the debate forward: “Stop the Hate” and the “DREAM Act.”
Scared to Health: Take Charge of Your Life: This workshop will explore the issue of health disparity, and will discuss preventive measures and ways union members can take an active role in breaking down the barriers, attitudes and systems that contribute to these disparities.
Workshops on Saturday, Oct. 24
10:15 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.
Community Schools: Centers for Communities: In order to connect students with the noninstructional services they and their families need, many school districts partner with the community. This workshop will discuss the AFT’s guiding principles for establishing community schools, and will provide firsthand accounts that reflect the realities of breaking down nonacademic barriers to student success.
2:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
We Burned Our Bras, Now What? Feminism in the 21st Century: This workshop will provide an intergenerational and multicultural discussion about the challenges women face, strategies for change and actions that will create lasting solutions.
Worker Pride: Open Dialogue about GLBT Issues in the Workplace: This workshop will explore a variety of issues, provide updates on important legislation, and share effective strategies for creating a workplace with nondiscrimination policies, benefits and other practices that include LGBT workers.