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MLK Day rally round-up

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Jan. 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm with No Comments »
January 16, 2012 1:25 pm

The snow deterred some activists at the Capitol today, but others are braving the elements to lobby lawmakers.

Planned Parenthood teen educators are asking lawmakers to support family planning funding and the Reproductive Parity Act, which would ensure that health plans that cover maternity care provide equal coverage for abortion throughout health care reform.

Participants in Muslim’s Day at the Capitol rallied on the steps for lawmakers to act against Islamophobia and protect basic services from budget cuts. The group spoke with individual legislators, and is seeking support for a proposal it hopes will prevent anti-Sharia laws by clarifying that state and U.S. laws are not threatened by religious or international ones. The Council on American-Islamic Relations  sponsored the event.

Taking the Capitol steps with banners and a band, another group campaigned for legislators to protect families and the vulnerable from budget cuts. The group noted Martin Luther King Jr.’s work for economic justice, and was lead by Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights.

Latino students are speaking with lawmakers today to support letting undocumented students qualify for state-funded financial aid, such as the State Need Grant. The Latino/a Educational Achievement Project sponsored the event.

Public school employees spoke with legislators and rallied in a tent outside the Capitol for a statewide health insurance program, similar to that of state employees.

Members and supporters of the Public School Employees of Washington board several school buses after a short organizational rally near the Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol campus Monday morning. The group came to Olympia on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for the rally, with some members also visiting their individual legislators to champion their organization’s issues. STEVE BLOOM/staff photographer

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