Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten To Visit New Jersey

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Monday, April 25, 2011


Scott Stephens

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will participate in three major events tomorrow, April 26, to urge elected officials and others to stand up for New Jersey’s families and workers. The New Jersey events include a rally to keep open the Vineland Developmental Center, a Trenton roundtable with local and state officials at Shiloh Baptist Church, and a Newark rally for working families with the Rev. Al Sharpton and others.

“It’s important to understand that the issues that bring us together today aren’t just labor issues. They’re not just economic or political issues. They are really human rights issues,” Weingarten said.

Vineland Rally

WHERE:         Vineland Developmental Center (South Entrance)
                         1676 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, N.J.
WHEN:           Tuesday, 9 a.m.
WHAT:           Rally in support of keeping the hospital open for its 346 clients and to
                        preserve 2,500 jobs.

Trenton Roundtable

WHERE:         Shiloh Baptist Church, 340 S. Howard Woodson Way (Calhoun St)
                         Trenton, N.J.
WHEN:           Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.

WHAT:           News conference and remarks, followed by a panel discussion that will include Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, General Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Sen. Shirley Turner, Sen. Ron Rice, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Tracy Syphax of Capital City Construction, Pastor Darrell Armstrong of Shiloh Baptist Church, Pastor Keith Marshall of Macedonia Baptist Church, New Jersey Democratic Committee Chairman John Wisniewski.

Newark Rally

WHERE:         Newark City Hall, 920 Broad St., Newark, N.J.
WHEN:           Tuesday, 5:15 p.m.
WHAT:           “Rally for Working Families” with AFT President Randi Weingarten; the Rev. Al Sharpton; Lee A. Saunders, international secretary-treasurer of AFSCME; and Sherryl Gordon, executive director of AFSCME New Jersey Council 1.

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The AFT represents 1.7 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.