It’s a popular day for rallies at the Capitol, with several organizations showing up to demonstrate their support for the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the federal holiday celebrating his legacy. Other groups are simply seizing the opportunity to amass more of their members at the Capitol on a day when most people (besides legislators) aren’t working.
On the legislative-business end of things, the House Capital Budget Committee will hear a bill at 1:30 p.m. that would implement former Gov. Chris Gregoire‘s proposed capital budget. Other than that, quite a few work sessions and informational presentations are on the agenda.
Much of the activity today will be outside of committee meeting rooms. A march beginning at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia and concluding at the steps of the Legislative Building will celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., hoping “to continue Dr. King’s fight for racial and economic justice.” The march will begin at noon, with the rally at the Capitol steps starting at 12:30 p.m. During the rally, which is organized by the Washington Community Action Network (CAN!), participants will hear legislators’ grades in regards to where they stand on racial justice issues, as determined by a Washington CAN! report.
Also today, Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council is sponsoring Teen Lobby Day. About 85 teens are expected to show up on the south portico of the legislative building between 11:30 and 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, Muslims’ Lobby Day will also take place at the Capitol today. About 400 people are expected to show up at the Legislative Building, organizing on the front steps and in the Columbia Room. A group of about 50 will also be present on the flag circle lawn between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to raise awareness about Muslims. The events are sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Washington and the Islamic Circle of North America.
Another 200 people will assemble in the rotunda of the Legislative Building between noon and 1 p.m. for Prevention Policy Day, which is sponsored by the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention.
If you hear chanting in the afternoon, it probably is the Washington Education Association. The teacher’s union will host a singalong on the north steps of the Legislative Building between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.