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Albert Shanker Institute
Published: 16 September 2019

Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver an opening keynote on the future of democracy at an all-day conference Tuesday held in Washington, D.C. and co-organized by the Albert Shanker Institute, the American Federation of Teachers and Onward Together, the organization founded and led by Clinton.

Following Clinton’s address, a lineup of prominent activists, politicians and intellectuals, led by AFT President Randi Weingarten, will discuss and debate how democratic norms and institutions are under assault, with a particular focus on “Civic Engagement in an Age of Democratic Peril.” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will address the lunch session and former Attorney General Eric Holder will anchor the afternoon panel “Lift Every Voice: Voter Rights and Voter Suppression.”

Keynote (9:30 a.m. sharp): Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State (speech commences at 9:30 a.m. sharp)

Morning session: Civic Participation in an Age of Democratic Peril(approx. 10 a.m.)

  • Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers, Albert Shanker Institute
  • Leah Greenberg, co-executive Director, Indivisible
  • Gara LaMarche, president, Democracy Alliance

Lunch session: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) – (approx. 12 p.m.)

Afternoon session: Lift Every Voice: Voter Rights and Voter Suppression (approx. 1:30 p.m.)

  • The Honorable Eric Holder, former U.S. attorney general; chairman, National Democratic Redistricting Committee
  • Ari Berman, author, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America; senior reporter, Mother Jones; former senior contributing writer, The Nation.
  • The Honorable Andrew Gillum, chair, Forward Florida; former mayor of Tallahassee; 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Florida
  • Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO, Voto Latino; MSNBC Commentator 

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