RSVP! WEA educators and community members are proudly marching in the June 25, 2017 Seattle Pride Parade!
For the second year in a row, we're marching in the Seattle Pride Parade!

We're marching on Sunday, June 25, 2017. This year's Pride theme is "Indivisible", and speaking of indivisible, our contingent already includes 100+ WEA educators and community members coming from over 30 locals across our state!

***Logistics for Sunday***

Meet at 10:45am at 4th and Seneca. Right in front of Starbucks!

We will depart from this spot at approximately 11:15. We are very excited to be near the front of the parade; 32rd in line! (last year we were #171!) Introducing each other, sign making, t-shirt and sticker distribution etc., sunscreen application, will all take a few minutes.

- Please see picture below, and note this *different* staging address than where we were last year.

- It is advised to use public transit or to come early to find parking close by. It is Sunday, so the street parking is free, however there will be thousands of people heading down at the same time. Light-rail gets you very close to our meeting location

- there may be I-5 paving causing lane closures. Please check

- Restrooms: there may or may not be restrooms at the staging spot, so you may want to find one before you arrive at the staging location

- Sunscreen, water, hat, comfy shoes...it may hit 80 degrees, so please take care of yourself during our 2.5 mile march

- wear whatever you want! Many of us plan on RED shirts to look like a contingent, and we will have free shirts for the first 100 people, but the more creative the merrier!

- We are marching, so travel light and be prepared to carry everything you bring. This year we will NOT have a vehicle for the parade (or to put any personal items in.)

- This is a team effort, and when you arrive we appreciate all hands on deck to make the magic happen!! We'll have sign-making materials, a limited number of red t-shirts for marchers, and cool stickers to hand out to the crowd. We will have a #ProudToBeUnion sign for every local.

We march for safe and welcoming schools for ALL.

It's also a strategic day to highlight how our schools need to be amply funded now. Education a civil right!

As union members, we know equity and human rights are part of our culture. Here's a link to some great resources for that work year-round: https://www.washingtonea.org/membership/inclusive

Peace, love and solidarity, and we can't wait to see YOU!

Shannon McCann
WEA-LGBTQ Caucus Co-Chair and Federal Way EA Local President
smccann@washingtonea.org

Staging instructions: Meet at 4th and Seneca at 10:45 for staging and preparing our signs. ***We expect to begin marching from this spot at 11:15***
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