|Dean of the U.S. House|
John Conyers, Jr.
APRI is a 50- year old labor and social justice organization which advocates on the behalf of African American working men and women across the nation.
More than 500 labor and civil rights activists, including a delegation of youth activists s ages 17-25 from across the U.S. will take part in a broad range of activities and discussions. "This conference is to inform and train delegates on important issues directly impacting the Black community," said APRI President Clayola Brown. "We plan to explore the current 2016 Elections and its potential impact on communities as well as to address health, economic and social justice issues," she added.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS (All events will be held at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom, GM Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243)
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – 7: 00 pm Townhall "Labor Creating Change with the Ballot"
Moderator: Joe "Black Eagle" Madison
Sirius XM Talk Show Host
Civil Rights Activist
President & Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition
President & CEO
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Attorney Benjamin Crump
Parks & Crump Attorneys at Law
Judith Browne Dianis
The Advancement Project
Reverend Jesse Jackson
Thursday, August 25, 2016
9:00 am Keynote Speaker
J. David Cox
American Federation of Government Employees
10:00 a.m. "The Power of Women in Politics"
Journalist, White House Correspondent, American Urban Radio Networks,
Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever
Founder of Exceptional LeadershipInstitute for Women
Political Director, Emerge America
President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Civil Rights Director, AFL-CIO
Forward Baltimore Activist
Secretary-Treasurer OH AFL-CIO
12:30 p.m., Keynote Speaker: Cecil Roberts, President, United Mine Workers of America
1:45 p.m. SPECIAL PLENARY: "The Power of the Legislative Agenda"
Hilary Shelton, Vice President for Advocacy/Director, NAACP Washington Bureau, Cong. John Conyers (D-MI), Cong. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Cong. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Cong. Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Friday, August 26, 2016
9:00 a.m. "The Power of Community Partners"
AFL-CIO Constituency Groups
Pride@Work – POW
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists CBTU
Coalition of Labor Union Women –CLUW
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – APALA
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement LCLAA
Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
Yvonne White, President, Michigan State NAACP
Karen Weaver, Mayor, Flint, Michigan
Christopher Blass, Vice President, Labor & Trust, Kaiser Permanente
Shawn Miles, Executive Vice President For Public Policy, Master Your Card
Kim Dodson Sydnor, PhD, Dean, School of Community Health Policy, Morgan State University
AFL-CIO Commission on Racial & Economic Justice
Tiffany Loftin, Program Coordinator, Civils Rights
12;30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Reverend Wendell Anthony, President
Detroit NAACP, Pastor, Fellowship Chapel – Detroit, Michigan
1:30 p.m. SPECIAL PLENARY
"Lawmakers & The Power Conversation"
Moderator: Jeff Johnson, TV Commentator
Video "Don't take my Life, Let me Live" Introduced by Reverend Terry Wright
Founder, Wright & Young Funeral Home, Miami, Florida
Judge Deborah Thomas, Wayne County Michigan Third Circuit Court
Saturday, August 27, 2016
9:30 am. SPECIAL PLENARY
Marilyn Mosby, States Attorney, Baltimore, MD
Erika Alexander, Actor/Activist
The A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI) is a labor rights organization founded in 1965 by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin. The organization has more than 139 chapters nationwide with membership from the nation's top unions and community organizations. Clayola Brown, the first female to head the organization, is the current president. .
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