Election 2020

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Chiera, Weingarten react to chaos at the Capitol

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera and AFT President Randi Weingarten have issued statements in response to the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Donna M. Chiera:
“Of all the images capturing the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the ones that struck me to the core were those of police with their service weapons drawn, aimed at angry civilians still unwilling to accept the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.…

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Three AFT staffers named to Department of Education transition team

Beth Antunez, Shital Shah and Marla Ucelli-Kashyap on Nov. 10 were named by the Biden-Harris Transition Team to the Department of Education agency review team.

The three AFT staffers will serve in a volunteer capacity.

According to the Agency Review Teams site, “These teams are composed of highly experienced and talented professionals with deep backgrounds in crucial policy areas across the federal government.…

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Rutgers’ Nelson weighs pros, cons of legal recreational marijuana

The wording of Public Question No. 1 on the New Jersey 2020 election ballot is simple enough: Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?

Should it pass, the resulting actions and reactions could become complicated.

“We have evidence from other states that have made this change, and like many issues we see in politics and philosophy, the interpretation is often subjective even when the data are objective,” said Rutgers University professor Dr.…

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AFT resolution defends democratic principles

In Protecting American Democracy, an American Federation of Teachers resolution that was unanimously passed by the executive council, the AFT details its dedication to the following four propositions:

  • Every American citizen registered to vote must be able to vote.
  • Every vote must be counted.
  • The electoral verdict of “we the people” must be respected.
  • We will not be intimidated.
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Weingarten to AFTNJ: ‘Make sure you have your say’ in the 2020 election

In a video message to AFTNJ members, AFT President Randi Weingarten touches upon the issues at the forefront of the presidential election and explains why it is important to vote for the union-endorsed New Jersey congressional candidates, among them Amy Kennedy.

“Just this week, I spent time with Amy when the AFT Votes [bus] swung through New Jersey,” she said.…

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Weingarten, AFT Votes bus travel to N.J.

AFT President Randi Weingarten was in New Jersey on Oct. 24 as part of the AFT Votes bus tour’s two Garden State stops, both to rally support for congressional candidate Amy Kennedy.

The first stop was in Franklinville, where Weingarten said, “We need a Senate and we need a Congress that work in an audacious way in that first 100 days to actually turn around what has become a very deep recession for working people.”…

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AFT Votes bus to stop in South Jersey on Oct. 24

The AFT Votes bus will roll into South Jersey for two stops on Oct. 24.

The first is the Vote With Amy Event, set for 5:30 p.m. at 1571 Delsea Drive in Franklinville, in support of Amy Kennedy, who is running for Congress in New Jersey’s second district. Kennedy, AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus and AFTNJ President Donna M.…

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AFT begins national bus tour to get out the vote

On Sept. 30, the AFT Votes bus hit the road, and it will be making stops in at least 15 states into early November.

Joining AFT President Randi Weingarten on the tour are AFT Secretary-Treasurer Fedrick Ingram and AFT Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus.

“We’ll be talking to our colleagues, our friends and families, and others in our communities about the stakes in this election and about the choices,” said Weingarten.…

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