Equality Day 2011 is your opportunity to engage with your legislators in person. On March 22 you can educate your legislators about your lives. Tell them how the decisions they make help you contribute fully as a member of the community, promote your freedom to love who you love, and live healthy productive lives. We have many opportunities this year to support our families by creating protections for children and parents in the Uniform Parentage Act, creating a safe and supportive educational environment for our students, promoting awareness of HIV/AIDS and good public health, and making progress toward marriage equality.
Your legislators have their hands on the levers of power, but they need your help to know which way to pull them.
9:00 am-9:45 am Registration: tents on the lawn in front of Capital Stairs
10:00 am-11:15 amAdvocacy Workshops: location will be assigned by district at registration.
11:15 am-11:45 pmLunch Break: lunch will NOT be provided, we suggest you pack a lunch or visit food locations on or near campus.
12:00 pm-12:45 pm Rally: Capital Stairs
1:00 pm-3:30 pm Legislator Meetings: times and locations will be assigned at registration.
Call to Action Western Washington, Children's Alliance, GSBA, Spokane GLBT Film Festival,
Open Door Ministries, Temple Beth Or
ACLU of Washington, Camp Ten Trees, Congregation Beth Shalom, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Hillel at the University of Washington, Human Rights Campaign, Inland NW LGBT Center, Jewish Family Service, Seattle Central Community College Triangle Club, Temple Beth Am, United Methodist Church (Vancouver), Vancouver United Church of Christ, Vista Youth Center, Washington Stonewall Democrats
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if I’ve never lobbied before?
Don’t worry — many supporters have never lobbied before! We work hard to make sure you feel prepared and confident when you meet your district legislators. This is through trainings the day of Equality Day, pairing you with people who have lobbied before, and empowering you with all the tools and information you need. Just bring your story and voice and you’ll be ready! Opportunities for pre-trainings via our website and conference calls will be available to those who register.
What if I can only come for the rally?
Then come for the rally! We hope to have as many people possible get trained and talk with their legislators but understand due to work, family, and distance that’s not always possible. The rally will begin around noon at the Capitol Building, look for ERW staff for assistance.
How do I get to Olympia? Get on the road! ERW is currently unable to provide busses for Equality Day. Consider carpooling, Amtrak, or getting your congregation/organization to sponsor a bus. For information on who else in your area of Washington is attending Equality Day, call our office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When you arrive in Olympia, parking is limited but available. Click herefor parking options.