Press Release

American Federation of Teachers Convention Draws to a Close Monday

For Release: 

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Carolyn Fiddler

New York Times Columnist Charles Blow to Address Delegates;
Betty Dukes and Sandra Fluke to be Honored at Women's Rights Breakfast

DETROIT—The American Federation of Teachers 2012 convention will hold its closing session Monday, July 30, at Cobo Center in Detroit and will feature New York Times columnist Charles Blow's address to more than 3,000 delegates from across the country.

Immigrant rights leader Gaby Pacheco will also address the convention, and the AFT will announce the results of its elections and install officers.

Prior to Monday's general session, Sandra Flukes, who gained national prominence when her call for greater contraception insurance coverage drew vicious attacks from right-wing demagogues, and Betty Dukes, the lead plaintiff in a national equal opportunity class-action suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will be honored at the AFT Women's Rights Breakfast.

To request media credentials, please contact Carolyn Fiddler at To pick up media credentials, media should go to the AFT press office in Cobo Center's Macomb Hall.

AFT Convention
Monday, July 30


  • Sandra Fluke, Georgetown Law School graduate
  • Betty Dukes, lead plaintiff in Dukes v. Wal-Mart
  • 7:30 a.m.
  • Cobo Center, Room W1-52, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit


  • Charles Blow, op-ed columnist, New York Times
  • Gaby Pacheco, immigrant rights leader, United We Dream Network
  • 9 a.m.
  • Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit


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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.