What is this event?
- The Women’s March on Washington is a voluntary gathering on the National Mall in Washington D.C., consisting of a public rally and a march. It is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2017; the rally will begin at 10:00am Eastern and the march will begin at 1:00pm Eastern. The location for this event is on 3rd Street SW in Washington DC, directly in front of the United States Capitol Building.
What is the purpose of this event?
- Please see the following statement from the national organizing team: “WOMEN'S MARCH ON WASHINGTON- JANUARY 21st, 2017 OFFICIAL STATEMENT, National Organizers
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us--women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.”
Who should participate in this event? Is it open to everyone?
- This event seeks to be inclusive and representative of America’s diverse communities and thus actively welcomes to participate anyone and everyone who believes in and supports the rights and humanity of women and girls. This includes self-identified women and girls, persons of color, immigrants, members of the LGBTQIA community, people with disabilities, and self-identified men and boys.
How are inclusion and diversity central to the ethics of this event?
- At the national level, a diverse team of co-chairs has been tasked with ensuring that the voices of self-identified women and communities of color are at the center of this event. This team released the following statement regarding the March’s origin and inclusion: https://www.facebook.com/events/1421931004507822/permalink/1433376436696612/
How do I RSVP for this event?
- Please indicate that you are “Going” or “Interested” on the Kansas event page. If you have not already done so, follow our official informational page for breaking updates and to stay connected after 1/21. This is vital! https://www.facebook.com/kansaswomenmarchdc/
- Please visit the national website at www.womensmarch.com and click “Take Action,” then “Join Us,” and register to participate. This will help us to get an accurate headcount of participants!
- Please also be sure to indicate that you are “Going” or “Interested” on the National event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2169332969958991/.
Do I need tickets for this event? Is it free?
- No, you do not need tickets and, yes, it is free! Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous folks out there who have set up accounts that say you need to purchase tickets for the march. These are fake! Again, this is a free event and tickets are not required so please do not give your money or information to these fake set-ups.
- While tickets are not required, we are asking people to go to the national website at www.womensmarch.com and click “Take Action,” then “Join Us,” and register to participate. This will help us to get an accurate headcount of participants! This process is free.
Who is planning/organizing this event?
- Per the national planning team: “The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level. The effort is helmed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee who are working around the clock to pull it all together.”
- The four national co-chairs are Bob Bland, Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour. Bios for these individuals can be found in the following document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_lsTTIlJff6anpUaUdoYWUwVU0/view.
- At the state level, there are several volunteers and State Coordinators that are helping to coordinate and share information for Kansans’ participation in the D.C. march.
Where should we meet? Can Kansans’ march together? Will we have hats, signs, etc.?
- Meeting Point in DC for Kansas marchers: This will not be available until close to the march date as we are at the mercy of multiple DC organizations (Park Service, local police, etc.) when determining what areas will be open to gathering for those who wish to. Even day-of, this could change as areas could be suddenly barricaded. We will update our official page with information as fast as we have it, even on the day itself.
- We will be able to bring signs? We have received word from Nationals that signs will be permitted. We recommend cardboard tubing in place of post, wooden post are NOT allowed. Another option is a cloth signs that are easy to put away and take back out.
Will this event be safe? Should I bring my children?
- Per the national planning team: “The Women’s March on Washington (WMW) has a team of experienced and professional national organizers working to ensure that every safety protocol is followed. We will release specific details on how to stay safe during your time in Washington as we draw closer to the date. The decision to bring your children is a personal one.”
We will have restrictions on what people will bring. Please note all bags may be subject to random inspection. The following items will not be permitted:
- Animals other than helper/guide dogs
- Bicycles (restricted in the rally and march areas)
- Glass or thermal containers
- Laser pointers
- Mace / Pepper spray
- Structures (tents, chairs other than wheelchairs or mobility supports, etc.)
- Wooden supports for signs and placards
- Weapons of any kind
- Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards
- Please note that the Kansas volunteer co-hosts are not liable for the safety and well-being of event participants (please be sure to read the disclaimer at the start of this document). All individuals are advised to use good judgement and appropriate caution when traveling to and within Washington D.C., including before, during, and after the Women’s March.
Will this event be accessible for people with disabilities?
- Per the national planning team: “The WMW is committed to ensuring that the national convening is accessible to people with disabilities. We are working with volunteers to ensure translation for people with hearing disabilities and are committed to including access points for people with disabilities that require the use of a wheelchair. There will be an area with seating to accommodate people with disabilities, elderly people and pregnant women.”
- In addition, a disability caucus is convening online and at the event. This group can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/353098905052038/.
What time does the march start?
- There will be a Rally at 10am which will last approximately 4 hours. This will give all travelers enough time to to find their state after traveling by plane, train, bus or automobile to get there. The March will begin after. Stay tuned to the official website for more logistics information.
Bus Drop Off in DC.
- This is being coordinated and National is working to have it as close to the march as possible. We do not know at this time where in DC this will be.
Are there Sister Marches?
- Yes! As of 1/16/17 there are marches in 44 countries in 83 cities.