Registration is CLOSED for Lobby Day! This year, On Monday, February 20, President’s Day, we’ll head to our state capital for a full day of advocating for the movements you care about by meeting with legislators, discussing issues with like-minded activists and rallying on the capitol grounds.
This year, Washington CAN! is joining forces with a coalition of groups for EQUITY DAY. The group’s focus will be on funding education the right way. As you know, the Supreme Court ruled our state is not meeting its constitutional obligation to fund education. We want to advocate for funding education WITHOUT cutting funding to vital services like food benefits and health care for people with disabilities.
We will lobby about that issue along with those from our legislative agenda including healthcare, criminal justice reform, housing justice and immigrant rights. Our Lobby Day will start bright and early at 8:30 a.m. at the Capital Theater on 206 5th Avenue Southeast in Olympia.
We’ve just set the date for our annual Summer Conference. This year our theme is “beyond basic needs.” It’s time for our community to push past being in survival mode and build communities where we all thrive! Join us and meet other leaders and members from across the state, learn more about our leadership council, get a chance to meet some of our board, and discover more about the power of grass roots organizing!
The Summer Conference will take place at the Double K Retreat in Easton, WA on Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18. We will have many more details in the coming weeks including information about transportation and what sessions we will offer.
We’ve got great news! We’ve been planning a celebration in Seattle to mark the 80th anniversary of Social Security and the 50th anniversary of Medicare. These two programs have been successful in providing health care and economic security for people of all ages.
AND ….drumroll …we’d like to announce the keynote speaker for our August 8th rally Social Security and Medicare: Celebrating Decades of Success: SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS!!!
As a lifelong champion for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Senator Bernie Sanders has spent his career fighting tirelessly for retirement security issues. He’s coming here to Seattle to help us celebrate these two great anniversaries.
The August 8th rally starts at 1:00 p.m. at downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park.
Other Speakers include:
Adam Smith, U.S. Representative
Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council Member
Lynne Dodson – Secretary Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO
Heather Villanueva – Senior Community Strength Organizer, SEIU 775
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets Wednesday, April 15, along with Washington CAN! members and leaders to stand up for workers’ rights. A march through the city started at Pioneer Square and made its first stop at Uber headquarters to rally for higher fees for Uber drivers. “Who’s streets? Your streets,” was the chant here.
King County Courthouse
Marchers moved past Seattle City Hall and the King County Courthouse as they made their way through downtown. A large contingent of SPD officers watched the peaceful parade of protesters pass on their way to Macy’s. “Macy’s magic has gone sour. Give us 15 and more hours,” said chanters.
Chant: “No Justice. No Peace”
Chant: “Show me 15”
The Day of Action ended at Seattle University on Capitol Hill where adjunct professors, McDonald’s workers, and Walmart staffers told stories of their low-wages and encouraged the fight for income equality to continue.
21 people were arrested as the protest moved to 12th and Madison just off campus. Jeff Johnson, head of the Washington State Labor Council and Robby Stern of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action were among those arrested. The list of 21 also included a student, a professor and an airport worker.
Washington CAN! organizer Xochitl Maykovich joined forces with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington for a Day of Action in Olympia to demand State Senators stop standing in the way of women’s reproductive rights. Visits to several Senator’s offices and a rally outside Senate Chambers called for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act.