2019 AFT Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference

Join us in historic Montgomery to examine the state of social justice in the 21st century where one woman’s resistance to injustice sparked the civil rights movement.

We’re excited about the many events being planned for the upcoming Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference, Oct. 18–20.

Program highlights include a Rally for Justice at the Alabama State Capitol, a conversation with civil rights legends, a variety of workshops and exciting plenary sessions.

Please register today. To enjoy the discounted hotel rates, you must book your room before the September 24th deadline. And continue to visit this webpage for more information and updates.

For more information

You can contact Delisa Saunders with the information shown. You can also contact Bill Shiebler at bshieble@aft.org and 202-879-4582.

Delisa Saunders


Renaissance Montgomery Hotel ▪201 Tallapoosa St.▪ Montgomery, Alabama

Fighting for a Better Life and a Voice at Work and in Our Democracy
in the Not-So-New Jane & Jim Crow Era

2019 AFT Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference
Montgomery, Alabama

Oct. 18-20

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa,
201 Tallapoosa St.
Montgomery, Ala.

$192 per night (this includes the $165 room rate, fees and taxes)
The deadline to reserve rooms at this discounted rate is Sept. 24

REGISTRATION: http://go.aft.org/chwr2019
$100 registration fee

Conference Schedule


9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Conference Registration

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Rally for Justice at the Alabama State Capitol

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Luncheon Plenary: We Show Up. We Care. We Fight. We Vote. 

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops:

  • He, She, They: Gender Identity

  • Keep Your Policies Off My Body: Reproductive Rights

  • Immigration: Justice for All

  • Jane & Jim Crow: Racism in the 21st Century

  • #WeChoose Equity, So Fund Our Future: Betsy Devos is Going To Pay For It

4 p.m.
Relax, Enjoy, Engage

  • Take time for dinner on your own while you enjoy the history of Montgomery. The Legacy Museum, which is located two blocks from the hotel, is open until 7:30 p.m.

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (optional)
Special Evening Conversation with Living Legends: We Were There

  • Join us for an insightful, thought-provoking and eye-opening conversation with individuals who experienced some of the major historic events that set into motion the civil rights movement. Hear their stories and lived experiences. Learn the truth about the facts. Speakers include Doris Dozier Crenshaw, who was an NAACP youth coordinator; Sarah Collins Rudolph, who was in the basement of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham when it was bombed in 1963; and Sheyann Webb-Christburg, who at 8 years old was the youngest person in the first march from Selma to Montgomery, known as Bloody Sunday, and who marched next to John Lewis across the bridge.

8:30 p.m.  – 10 p.m.
Dessert Reception
Ending the day with conversation, fellowship and sweets. 



9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast Plenary: Women Hold Up Half the Sky

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops:

  • Help—I Have to Use the Bathroom: Embracing Transgender Issues
  • Hidden Inequities: Time to Expose, Speak Up and Fight Back
  • Open the Doors! K-12 Education for All Children     
  • Our Vote Is Our Voice
  • #WeChoose Equity, So Fund Our Future: Organizing Parents, Students and Educators at the School Level

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Luncheon Plenary: Jane and Jim Crow:  Bye!

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops:

  • Pride & Protest
  • #MeToo: Empowerment Now!
  • Excuse Me: You Cannot Ask That Question
  • If We’re Not Counted, We Don’t Count
  • #WeChoose Equity, So Fund Our Future: Winning in the Trump Era

4:00 p.m.
An evening on your own to enjoy the historic sites in Montgomery and Birmingham.



9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Breakfast Plenary: Righteous Resistance

11 a.m.


Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride.  You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” Cesar Chávez