Press Release

AFT President Weingarten to Speak at ‘The Atlantic Presents: The Shriver Report LIVE’

For Release: 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Kate Childs Graham
202/393-6354; cell 202/615-2424

WASHINGTON— On Wednesday, Jan. 15, AFT President Randi Weingarten will take part in "The Atlantic Presents: The Shriver Report LIVE." The event will gather many prominent thought leaders to discuss the findings of the latest Shriver Report, "A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink."

At the event, Weingarten will participate in a 3 p.m. panel titled "Innovative Models for Pushing Back." Other panelists will include Kirsten Lodal of LIFT, Anne Mosle of the Aspen Institute and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The panel will be moderated by Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic.

Weingarten will offer examples of models in McDowell County, W.Va., New York City, Cincinnati and Chicago, where public-private partnerships have surfaced to alleviate poverty and improve public education. Additionally, she will discuss the importance of raising the minimum wage and bolstering the role of labor unions as proven strategies for providing opportunity in the United States.

EVENT:              "The Atlantic Presents: The Shriver Report LIVE," "Innovative Models
                             for Pushing Back" panel

DATE/TIME:       Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.

LOCATION:        Newseum, Knight Conference Center, 7th Floor (Enter via 6th Street,
                             Freedom Forum), 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC  


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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.