Educational Opportunity & Economic Dignity

Educational Opportunity & Economic Dignity

Session Type(s): Special Event

Starts: Friday, Jun. 8 10:30 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Jun. 8 11:45 AM (Eastern)

Room: Rotunda

Join Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Ilyse Hogue, along-term netroots activist and a columnist for The Nation and CNN, for a conversation about the intersection of educational opportunities and economic dignity, and how we as progressives can get more involved.


Ilyse Hogue

Ilyse Hogue

Ilyse Hogue assumed the role of President of NARAL Pro-Choice America in February 2013.

Ilyse is an expert in electoral and advocacy campaigns who has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Friends of Democracy, Media Matters for America and During her six years at, Ilyse served as the Director of Communications and Political Advocacy, using online engagement strategies to mobilize around issues such as health; care and financial reform, and to engage millions of Americans in grassroots lobbying and participation in federal elections.

Ilyse is a frequent guest on network and cable news shows including MSNBC, PBS, CNN and Fox News as an expert on the political and policy landscape for reproductive freedom. She writes regular commentary for and The Nation, and has had opinion pieces published in local and national outlets including Politico.

my website

Randi Weingarten


Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers, a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities.

Under Weingarten’s leadership, the AFT has led a national effort to press for the tools, time and trust educators need to build strong public schools for all children, boost teacher quality, create rigorous academic standards aligned with a strong and deep curriculum, invest in wraparound services that help overcome barriers to student success, and ensure educators have a voice in improving schools.

Weingarten was elected national president of AFT in July 2008, following 11 years of service as an AFT vice president and 12 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers. Weingarten taught history at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights from 1991 to 1997.

my website