AFL-CIO Metropolitan Council Delegation swearing in ceremony of delegates representing the City Union of Baltimore on January 19, 2017 held at the Metropolitan Baltimore Council located at 2701 West Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230.
The 2016 AFT National Convention in Minneapolis, MN was one for the ages. Not only was it the 100th anniversary of the union, but there were a number of high profile elected officials and social justice activists that addressed the convention. The members even took to the streets themselves to put the rhetoric into action. The AFT-Maryland delegation was not only well represented but they also had a strong impact on the presentations and displays during the convention.
The convention kicked off with President Randi Weingarten’s state of the union address. Included in her remarks were a number
The second day of the AFT National Convention in Minneapolis, MN was one that focused on human and civil rights. Important national figures such as Rashard Robinson from Color of Change and Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin both addressed the convention. They spoke about the need for justice and calming of violence from police against citizens as well as retaliatory attacks on police. They were well received and members were eager to hear from them; particularly Fulton, given the resilient strength she’s shown in the very public murder of her son.