Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Equality Day of Action: February 25, 2014

I love my church! If anyone needs a ride to the Equality Day of Action rally in Topeka on Tuesday, February 25, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church is coordinating carpools.




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Here's info about the rally from the Facebook event page:

Equality Kansas, Great Plains chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, The MainStream Coalition, and the ACLU of Kansas invite you to a day of action at the Kansas statehouse. Talk to legislators, join us for lunch, and cap the day off with a rally for equality!

In the morning, members and supporters of all four organizations will gather at the statehouse in Topeka, and will have the opportunity to visit with members of the state legislature. We will provide handout information that you can take to your representative and senator's offices. We will also provide a few 30-minute training sessions in the morning that will help you in your conversations with elected officials.

At noon, join us for the Brightline Legislative Luncheon. The luncheon is for legislators and individuals committed to separation of church and state. Enjoy lunch together, make connections with legislators, and hear thoughts from elected officials on both sides of the aisle. SEATING IS LIMITED. For more information and to reserve your seat, see http://brightlinecoalition.blogspot.com/

At 1pm, join us for a rally on the south steps of the Capitol. We will be speaking out against discriminatory bills such as HB2453 and others. A complete list of speakers will be published soon.

After the rally, there will be more opportunities to visit with your lawmakers. If you would like to schedule a visit with your representative or senator, please contact Thomas Witt at Equality Kansas, who will help schedule your meeting time. He can be reached at 316-683-1706, or by email at info@equalitykansas.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Flags and signs are permitted outdoors only. They are not allowed inside the Capitol building.

ARRIVING AT THE CAPITOL: 

The Kansas State Capitol is at 300 SW 10th St, Topeka, KS. 

The public entrance is at the intersection of SW 8th and SW Van Buren in Topeka, KS (http://goo.gl/maps/X987F), on the north side of the Capitol building. Be prepared for airport-style security! All visitors must pass through a security checkpoint, and all bags are screened through an x-ray machine. 

Parking can be difficult. For a good spot, plan to arrive in Topeka early. 

There is metered parking around the Capitol. The meters cost $1 per hour, accept quarters, and are limited from 1 hour to 10 hours depending on where you are parked. Overtime parking tickets are $8 for the first ticket, with fines increasing if you’ve had Topeka parking tickets in the past.

There is additional parking in per-hour parking garages on 8th near Kansas Street (http://goo.gl/maps/2dbUj) and 9th near Kansas Street (http://goo.gl/maps/ZdK5A), within easy walking distance of the capitol.

There is a two-hour parking lot southwest of the capitol at SW 10th and Topeka Blvd (http://goo.gl/maps/NQtzB). If you plan to attend the rally only, this parking lot will be a good option for you.

Questions or comments, contact Thomas Witt with Equality Kansas, 316-683-1706, or email info@equalitykansas.com

See you there!