J Street NYC Legislative Breakfast

Monday June 24, 2024
9:30 - 11 am
FGS Global
909 Third Avenue, 32nd Floor, New York City, NY

What to Expect

Join us for J Street New York’s Legislative Breakfast with special guests House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Randi Weingarten, J Street Board Member and President of the American Federation of Teachers. Hosted by Jonathan Kopp, Chair of J Street NYC, this event will explore J Street’s legislative priorities in the 118th Congress, including efforts to end the Israel-Hamas war, combat anti-Semitism, and address other crucial issues. Don’t miss this chance to connect with fellow advocacy leaders and gain insights from Rep. Jeffries on his legislative accomplishments and future goals.

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Meet our Speakers

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries has represented New York’s Eighth Congressional District since January 3, 2013. Elected House Democratic Leader in January 2023, he is the highest-ranking Democrat in the House and the first person of color to lead a major party in Congress. Previously, he served as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and played key roles in the 2018 midterms and the first impeachment of President Trump. A strong advocate for safer communities and affordable housing, Jeffries has also been pivotal during the COVID-19 crisis and in passing significant legislation like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. Before Congress, he served in the New York State Assembly and practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and Viacom Inc. Jeffries holds degrees from SUNY Binghamton, Georgetown University, and NYU School of Law. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he lives there with his family



Randi Weingarten, J Street Board Member and President of the American Federation of Teachers

Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT is dedicated to the belief that every person in America deserves the freedom to thrive, fueled by opportunity, justice and a voice in our democracy. Randi has led the AFT’s efforts to strengthen public education for all children and to address the crisis in the teaching profession caused by deep disinvestment and the deprofessionalization of teaching and has launched major efforts to place real education reform high on the nation’s and her union’s agendas. Prior to her election as AFT president in 2008, Weingarten served for 11 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, as counsel to UFT president and was a teacher of history at Clara Barton High School.