Saturday, August 27, 2016

Election 2016 Focus of A. Philip Randolph Institute 47th Annual Education Conference

Hundreds of labor union activists, celebs, political and civic engagement leaders gather in Detroit Aug 24-28 including AFL-CIO EVP Tefere Gebre, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Congressman John Conyers, Rev. Wendell Anthony #APRIUnity , #APRIpower #APRIUNITY

Dean of the U.S. House
of Representatives
John Conyers, Jr.
WASHINGTON - Aug. 26, 2016 - PRLog -- Seeking solutions to end to what it calls a "parasitic divisiveness" which is having a devastating social and economic impact on working families, the A. Philip Randolph Institute is bringing together a wide range of  labor union members, community leaders, politicians, business executives and celebrities for its annual Education Conference in Detroit.  "The Power of Unity…All Workers Matter" is the theme of the conference which will be held August 24-28, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Detroit Michigan.

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


Barbara Arnwine
President & Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition

Melanie Campbell
President & CEO
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Attorney Benjamin Crump
Parks & Crump Attorneys at Law

Judith Browne Dianis
Executive Director
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"


April Ryan
Journalist, White House Correspondent, American Urban Radio Networks,

Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever
Founder of Exceptional LeadershipInstitute for Women

Ashanti Gholar
Political Director, Emerge America

Melanie Campbell
President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Carmen Berkley
Civil Rights Director, AFL-CIO

Krista Johnson
Forward Baltimore Activist

Pierrette Talley
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

Our Environment

Karen Weaver, Mayor, Flint, Michigan

Our Health

Christopher Blass, Vice President, Labor & Trust, Kaiser Permanente

Our Finances

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


"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


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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