September/October 2020 Issue
August 22, 2020

DiBrango finds DNC event anything but remote

Author: Sylvia Saunders
Source: NYSUT United

It wasn’t exactly the Democratic National Convention she expected, but NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango found her first time as a DNC delegate to be energizing and inspiring.

“Even though we’re so far apart, I’ve found it very unifying,” said DiBrango, one of about two dozen NYSUT members elected to be DNC delegates.

Instead of traveling to Milwaukee, Wis., DiBrango spent the four days of the virtual convention popping in and out of a series of online meetings — from the labor council to the women’s caucus to the New York State delegation breakfasts.

On the second night she attended an educator’s watch party with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (the National Teacher of the Year from Connecticut).

“That was the night we heard from Dr. Jill Biden,” DiBrango said. “She is a true educator.

She’s one of us.”

Like many viewers, DiBrango was especially touched by the virtual roll call, which allowed each state delegation to showcase itself, key issues and the diversity of our nation.

“That was phenomenal,” she said. “One by one, that state-bystate roll call really made me feel connected to other Americans in a way we haven’t been able to connect during this pandemic. It was really powerful.”

DiBrango said with a who’s who of eloquent speakers throughout the program, the convention did an excellent job of introducing the Biden-Harris team to the nation and making a compelling case for their election.

“We need a president who will work to heal division in our country,” DiBrango said. “When it comes to public education, labor, and so much more, everything is at stake in this election.”


In addition to NYSUT EVP Jolene DiBrango, nearly two dozen NYSUT members successfully ran to put the union “on the floor” at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

  • Mary Agnes Lupien, Rochester Teachers Association
  • William Alexander, Elena Cohen, Professional Staff Congress
  • Michael Benedetto, Patricia Blackwell, Michael Mulgrew, Nancy Myers, David Pecoraro, Dilia Schack, Randi Weingarten, United Federation of Teachers
  • Lynne Boecher, South Glens Falls Faculty Association
  • Katherine Brezler, United University Professions
  • Dia Carabajal, Cayuga Community College FA
  • Francine Drucker, Manhasset Education Association
  • Jacqueline Gordon, Western Suffolk BOCES FA
  • Sara Idleman, Greenwich TA
  • Ronnie Lavine, Glen Cove TA
  • Florence McCue, Yonkers Federation of Teachers
  • Bill Scott, Bernard Washington, Syracuse TA
  • David Seeley, BOCES II TA (Monroe)