COPE - our Committee on Political Education -- is the political action committee for AFT Washington. COPE enables our union to engage the membership in both creating our political agenda and in making meaningful financial contributions to support candidates who will champion our legislative agenda. We do not use union dues to contribute to COPE. All contributions are voluntary.
Make your voice heard on legislation that matters to our students and educators
When we work to pass important legislation, we show up to support it. This means lobbying our legislators and testifying in committees where legislation is being heard. The hybrid session system we use means that you have several ways of registering that support.
You can sign in in support of the legislation when it is being heard in committee, which is similar to signing a petition. If you want to testify virtually, you can sign in to do that, but it must be at least one hour before the meeting begins. You may also submit your testimony in writing up to 24 hours after the bill has been heard.
Visit the Secretary of State's Online Voter Registration site to register on line, get a paper voter registration form, or change your voter registration record. More information can be found on our website under Endorsements and Elections.
Take Action: Make your voice heard
Make your views known to those in Congress and state legislatures who represent you on the issues that affect working families every day. Visit the AFT's Take Action page.