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Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast with Rebecca Friedrichs

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Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast

Join us at The Leadership Institute's headquarters for an insightful talk and a gourmet buffet breakfast.

Held the first Wednesday of each month, these breakfast meetings are an excellent opportunity for friends of the Institute to meet leading speakers and hear their thoughts on current affairs.

These breakfast meetings offer a great chance to share food and fellowship with like-minded friends. Past breakfasts have been attended by members of Congress, public policy experts, and columnists.


Starts Wednesday, February 7

Wed. 7 7:30 - 9:00 AM

Leadership Institute
Steven P.J. Wood Building
1101 N Highland St
Arlington, VA 22201 Map

$15.00 $10.00 discount for early registration until 1/31/18 Your Cost: $5.00

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Please join Rebecca Friedrichs at the next breakfast on February 07

Rebecca Friedrichs

Rebecca Friedrichs

Education Activist | Elementary School Teacher of 28 years

Rebecca Friedrichs has been an elementary school educator in Southern California for 28 years. Since the first day of her career in 1988, she's been concerned about the policies and politics of the teachers' union she's forced to financially support.

In 2012, Rebecca started writing editorials to educate the public on the abuses occurring within teachers' unions.

From April 2013-June 2016 she was the lead plaintiff in a seminal federal lawsuit attempting to restore the First Amendment rights of free speech and free association to millions of public sector workers in the United States of America. Her suit, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, filed with nine other teachers and the Christian Educators Association International, brought suit against NEA, CTA, and ten local unions and superintendents.

Oral arguments took place at The United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC on Monday, January 11, 2016. Due to Justice Scalia's death, the Court rendered a split “4-4” decision; although Rebecca and her fellow plaintiffs petitioned for a rehearing of the case once a ninth Justice could be appointed to the Court, their petition was denied on June 28, 2016. If they had prevailed, the entire nation would become “Right to Work” in the public sector.

Rebecca is now a major spokesperson for the upcoming Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME. Mark Janus, the plaintiff, is a child support specialist for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The American Federation of the State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is the union that represents Janus and the other 35,000 state employees in Illinois. Oral arguments will be heard Monday, February 26, 2018.

Rebecca's editorials have been published in, Orange County Register, San Diego Union Tribune, and several other print and online outlets. She's been a guest on many radio shows across the country, has been interviewed by numerous print news outlets, including Politico and National Review, and has appeared on CBS News, NBC, and several FOX News and FOX Business shows.

Friedrichs is the host of a Prager University video on why teachers' unions oppose school choice.

Rebecca is currently taking some time away from the classroom to support educational policies that are friendly to children and to help teachers, children, and parents to make their voices heard. Her husband, Charles Friedrichs, is the Director of the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University. Charles and Rebecca have two grown sons.

Upcoming Dates:

Feb. 7, 2018 Arlington , VA
Mar. 7, 2018 Arlington , VA