Members from Evergreen (over 1800), Camas (393), Washougal (189), and Hockinson (170 certs & ESP) will be participating in Day of Action on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
The Day of Action is a protest against the Legislature for its failure to appropriately fund public education, implement I-1351, or address professional compensation; they remain in contempt of the Washington Supreme Court for failure to implement the McCleary decision, which specifically articulates the legislature’s paramount duty to fund public education in Washington.
The schedule for the day shall be WEAR RED and report:
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Informational picketing at assigned location
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Day of Action Rally, Esther Short Park
Informational picketing will occur at 5 locations throughout the broader metro area. Each location will have identified staff and leadership Zone Directors and Site Leads from the respective assigned schools. We will be holding a Zone Director and Site Lead training on Monday, May 11 at the NWRTC. We will hold 2 sessions to accommodate busy schedules. The 1st training will be from 5:00-6:30 PM. The 2nd training will be from 6:30-8:00 PM. We will also be assembling 2000+ picket signs. If you drive a pickup truck, minivan, or hatch back, we ask that you bring it, as we will be asking you to transport the picket signs for your school/line, to be distributed to each member at your assigned line on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
We will ask Zone Directors & Site Leads to arrive at their picket line at 8:30 AM to unload your signs at your line and to “CHALK” the start and stop points for your walking loop. We are asking Zone Directors and Leads for the 5 lines to scope out possible public restrooms near your line that are friendly in the event individuals need a restroom. All members will be asked to wear red, bring their own water bottle, and a pen. All members will be asked to leave their homes with ample time, as they will need to find off-street, legal parking. We will picket rain or shine, so plan/dress accordingly. Picketing will occur promptly at 9:00 AM and lines will run until 10:30. We will have parent/community fliers available for each line.
All members will leave the line at 10:30 AM and drive to Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. ALL MEMBERS MUST CARPOOL. VERY LIMITED PARKING IS AVAILABLE at the Hilton Parking Garage, off-street, meters, and paid lots. The Day of Action Rally will begin at 11:00 AM. We will have featured speakers, singing, and chanting. We will surely be seen and heard!
Members will be given an envelope with 9 postcards/talking points to write the legislators in the 17th, 18th, and 49th. Posters and individual “mail boxes” will be stationed on the stage and all members will be asked to complete their postcards before departure. We will be providing 5 parent/community fliers and asking every member to leaflet 5 community members to spread the protest message against the legislature!
Thank you in advance for your commitment to this collective action!