Press Release

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden to Address AFT at Detroit Convention

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Carolyn Fiddler

WASHINGTON—Vice President Joe Biden will address the American Federation of Teachers at its 2012 convention in Detroit on Sunday, July 29, at 3:30 p.m. The Vice President will be joined by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who is a community college teacher, as he addresses more than 3,000 education, healthcare and public employee professionals from across the country at the Cobo Center.

"Both Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden understand that building strong public schools and investing in the public services upon which our communities depend are essential to expanding the middle class and increasing economic opportunity for all Americans," said AFT President Randi Weingarten. "The Vice President is a champion for working people, our schools and our communities, and his wife is a lifelong educator who knows firsthand many of the challenges facing our schools. We are thrilled to have them join our convention, and AFT members are proud to stand with Vice President Biden and President Obama to win a better future for all."

Vice President Biden joins other speakers at the AFT convention, including Weingarten, best-selling author and education historian at New York University Diane Ravitch, New York Times columnist Charles Blow, United Auto Workers President Bob King, Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony, and activists Betty Dukes and Sandra Fluke. These and additional speakers will address the more than 3,000 delegates who will debate and vote on major AFT policies. AFT members will also engage in school supply drives, urban farming and other community service activities all over Detroit.

To request convention media credentials, please contact Carolyn Fiddler at

WHO:             Vice President Joe Biden (introduction by Dr. Jill Biden)

WHAT:           Address to the AFT convention

WHEN:           Sunday, July 29, at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:         Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit

Additional media/security logistics are forthcoming.


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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.