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Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote kicks off series to energize teachers, young voters

In the last election, only 1 in 3 young people eligible to vote did so. When We All Vote, a program launched by former first lady Michelle Obama in 2019, is designed to increase voter participation in every election and make voting a lifelong habit. On April 20, the former first lady hosted the first in a series of virtual events specifically for educators, designed to help them make sure their students get registered to vote and to encourage their civic engagement.

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Since the launch of AFT's presidential endorsement 2020 back in March of 2019, we have hosted 10 candidate town halls across the country, dozens of telephone town halls, member polling and surveys and a first-of-its-kind presidential forum on education with top candidates. We will continue to connect with as many members as possible in this endorsement process. Please visit aftvotes.org or text VOTE to 69238 to get the latest information. (Message and data rates apply.)

AFT co-hosted the Public Education Forum 2020 in Pittsburgh with seven of the major presidential candidates discussing public education and taking questions in front of an audience of nearly 1,500 people. The candidates addressed how the narrative has changed regarding the promise and purpose of education and what we need to ensure all children have the opportunity regardless of their demography or geography. Watch the entire forum here

AFT is committed to achieving the highest level of member engagement in our 2020 presidential endorsement process. Together, we can ensure that our collective voice shapes the debate and that we elect a candidate who shares our values and vision for our country. Visit aftvotes.org for more information. #aftvotes

AFT’s 2020 presidential endorsement process gives AFT members an opportunity to engage directly with candidates about their priorities. Hear from members who have had that opportunity! #AFTvotes

The AFT endorsement process presents expanded opportunities for members to give input and feedback. It will provide for direct candidate engagement with AFT members, and will strive for the highest level of member participation ever achieved in an AFT presidential endorsement process. In our 10th town hall with candidates, we met with Tom Steyer and members from the state of Wisconsin to discuss what matters to them in this election.

Presidential candidate Julián Castro met with union members in Las Vegas for an AFT Votes town hall. Castro spent most of the town hall conversing with members about healthcare, Medicare, immigration and retirement security. #AFTvotes

As part of AFT's presidential endorsement process, we are holding town halls with candidates and members so they understand the issues our members care about. Gov. Steve Bullock came to Washington DC and met with members to talk about economic fairness, strong public schools and colleges and making healthcare affordable. Hear what our members had to say.

Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke joins AFT President Randi Weingarten, Florida Education Association President Fedrick Ingram, United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats and educators who work in K-12 public education and higher education, as well as retirees from across Florida for an AFT Votes town hall. #AFTvotes

On May 28, 2019, AFT president Weingarten joined Houston teachers and school staff engaged with Vice President Joe Biden at an AFT Votes town hall. VP Biden announced his policy proposal that triples federal spending on k-12 education. #AFTvotes #Election2020

As part of AFT's presidential endorsement process, we are holding town halls with candidates and members so they understand the issues our members care about. We met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Philly as she talked about economic fairness, strong public schools and colleges, ending the student loan crisis and making healthcare affordable. Hear what our members had to say.

Congressman Tim Ryan met with AFT and NYSUT members in Albany to have a real and honest conversation about what's on the line in the upcoming presidential election. He answered our members' questions and spoke about the importance of the middle class and public education in our communities.

On Fri., May 10, Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined AFT President Weingarten, Yonkers Federation of Teachers President Samantha Rosado-Ciriello and members of YFT, New York State United Teachers, in visits to two Yonkers public schools followed by an AFT Votes town hall. During the school visits, the leaders will tour the schools and meet with school staff and students. They discussed the ongoing need for federal, state and local investment in public education, particularly school infrastructure, as well as issues facing educators in the classroom.

On Mon., May 6, Sen. Kamala Harris joined AFT President Weingarten, AFT Michigan President David Hecker and members of AFT Michigan in two public school visits followed by a member town hall. AFT's presidential endorsement process engages members more than ever and focuses on electing someone to the White House who shares our values. Hear what AFT members had to say.

AFT members in Lordstown, OH met and talked with @BernieSanders about issues that matter most to them in the upcoming #election2020. Hear what they had to say. #AFTvotes

AFT members are energized and speaking up about what’s on the line in the upcoming presidential election. We care, fight and show up for our students, our patients and our communities. And we need a candidate for president who will do the same. #aftvotes #IamAFT

Johanna Lopez
Orange County School Board
Orange County Classroom Teachers Association (Fla.)
Cody Thompson
West Virginia House of Delegates
AFT WV
Stacey Caruso-Sharpe
Galway Central School District Board of Education
Amsterdam Teachers’ Association (N.Y.)
Nicole Terminelli
St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators
Massena Federation of Teachers (N.Y.)
Willie Madrid
New Mexico House of Representatives
Gadsden Federation of Teachers (N.M.)
Moffie Funk
Montana House of Representatives
Montana City Education Association (Mont.)
Rodney Miller
West Virginia House of Delegates
AFT WV
Terry Clements
Westchester County Board of Legislators
New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees (N.Y.)
Daniel Dromm
New York City Council
United Federation of Teachers (N.Y.)
Robert Thompson
West Virginia House of Delegates
AFT WV