FAQ

A Day Without a Woman

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THE MARCH

Q: When is the Women’s March on Washington?
A: January 21, 2017 at10am

Q: Where is the starting point?
A: The starting point will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol.

Q: Where are the entry points to the march?
A: Entry points are located 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 12th streets on both sides of Independence Avenue.

Q: Do I need to register?
A: Yes. We are asking that marchers register so that we can have an accurate count to ensure that we have the proper services available. Please register by filling out this form. If you are a bus captain please be sure to register your bus

Q: Do we need to have our printed ticket from Eventbrite to attend?
A: No, you do not.

Q: If I got the free tickets to this event through Eventbrite, do I also need to fill in the survey for a Headcount?
A: We are asking people to also fill out the headcount survey to get an understanding of how people are planning to attend. We want to ensure we have enough accommodations for everyone including toilets and food trucks.

Q: I’m not a woman, am I invited?
A: Yes, the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) is for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights.

Q: Is the Women’s March on Washington inclusive for women of color?
A: The WMW is an evolving effort originally founded by white women. Recognizing the need to be truly inclusive, the National Co-Chairs and Organizers were established to reflect a balanced representation. The team of organizers and volunteers are committed to ensuring that the march reflects women and femme expressive people of all backgrounds.

Q: Are there bathrooms along the course of the march?
A: Yes, we will have gender neutral portable bathroom facilities available at different points around our march and rally site. There will also be ADA accessible portable bathroom facilities.

Q: Is photography/videography allowed?
A: Yes, photography and videography is allowed for personal use. Please be advised that bags carrying cameras and equipment MUST ADHERE to our bag restrictions. Wearing your camera around your neck or shoulders is allowed.

Q: I want my organization to be involved. How can we join the mobilization?
A: Please contact Carmen Perez at [email protected] to discuss how your organization can join and support the Women’s March on Washington.

Q: How can people who are unable to attend support the march?
A: Thank you for your support! We will miss you in Washington D.C.! You can support us by donating here, posting about the march on social media with the hashtag #WhyIMarch and talking about the march with your friends and family. Click here to find a local sister march in your area.

Press

Q: I am a member of the press and my equipment does not comply with your bag restrictions, what should I do?
A: If you are a working member of the press, covering the event officially, and have equipment that will not fit into bags of the above dimensions you need to either have your own official press pass or one given to you by the WMW. Press is allowed in the public areas without any credentials. There are no longer press credentials available for restricted areas.

Transportation to Washington D.C.

BY BUS - 

Q: Where will buses be dropping people off?
A: There will not be any drop off locations near the rally. All buses will be required to park and all marchers will be asked to use Metro to access the rally site.

Q: Will there be designated “drop-off” points for buses to drop passengers off near the march site?
A: There is no drop off except for those who need special accommodations. For those people, we are working to identify dropoff locations and will continue to provide updates.

Q: Can I Leave my things on my bus?
A: Please ask bus companies about whether or not buses will be secured during the march, as it may vary. Be reminded that not all backpacks are allowed at the march and rally. Please refer to bag size restrictions below.

Q: Can you give us bus parking information?
A: Parking for buses should be handled by the bus provider.

BY CAR - 

Q: I am driving to the Women’s March from out of state. Is there a good place for me to park my car for the day?
A: Parking for cars and other vehicles will not be provided and driving to the rally site is strongly discouraged due to street closures that will still be in effect from the inauguration. However, if you do drive, you should identify parking lots that may be open near Metro or Metrobus stops.

BY TRAIN -

Q: How do I get from Union Station to the march?
A: There are multiple ways to get from Union Station to the march. The easiest way might be to walk or take a metrobus or train. Please visit WMATA to find the best option.

Local Transportation

BY PUBLIC TRANSIT (METRO) -

Q: Do I have to buy a Metrocard? When should I buy it?
A: If you plan on using public transit, you will need a SmarTrip card. We highly recommend purchasing SmarTrip cards in advance, although they will be available in Metro stations (please note lines may be long and cause delays to the rally). The SmarTrip cards cost $10 and come preloaded with $8 for fare. You can also buy a one-day fare card for $14.50. Unfortunately, SmarTrip can not be shared by multiple people on the same trip, so each rider must have their own metrocard. For people interested in buying in bulk, there are cards featuring Harriet Tubman available. More info on routes that can take you close to the march site and how to buy the SmarTrip pass in advance, go the the WMATA website.

Q: Which Metro Station is the closest to the march?
A: ORANGE & BLUE LINES - L’Enfant Plaza stop
RED LINE - Judiciary Square or Union Station stops
GREEN & YELLOW LINES - Archives-Navy Memorial stop

Q: What time does the Metro open and will the Metro be running extra trains on the day of the march?
A: WMATA will open at 5am on the day of the march and is providing more frequent Saturday service for the day.

BY CAR -

Q: Will there be designated “drop-off” points for cars to drop passengers off near the march site?
A: There is no drop off except for those who need special accommodations. For those people, we are working to identify dropoff locations and will continue to provide updates.

Q: Will there be traffic in D.C.?
A: Yes. Please expect there to be heavy traffic on the D.C. Metro system and around the city during the day of the march. Please plan accordingly.

Q: Will streets will be closed?
A: Not all of the streets will be closed, but people should expect that areas around the rally point will be.

Q: Is there any information about ride sharing?
A: Ride-sharing is an option and small groups can certainly look into it if they wish to avoid the Metro system. Uber and Lyft will be available throughout the city. Both have designated march drop off and pick-up locations at Lot 3 at RFK Stadium, east of the March. For alternate locations, drop-off is located at 12th Street and Maryland SW and pick-up is located at 19th Street and C NW. Please be aware of surcharge rates.

Q: Where should I park in D.C.?
A: Parking for cars and other vehicles will not be provided and driving to the rally site is strongly discouraged due to street closures that will still be in effect from the inauguration. However, if you do drive, you should identify parking lots that may be open in advance.


BY BIKE -

Q: Can I bike to the march?
A: You are welcome to ride your bike as transportation to the march. However, bikes are not allowed in the rally area or the march route. Very limited bike parking will be available near Independence Avenue and L’Enfant Plaza. The 1500 bike parking places are first-come-first-serve. Other bike parking around the National Mall will be very limited. Capital BikeShare will have extra corrals placed at 4th and E Sts SW. Bikes are not allowed at the rally point or march.

 

BY ADA ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION -

Q: Where can I find more information about ADA accessible transportation in D.C.?
A: The ADA Accessible route will be 4th St. SW from C St. to Independence Ave. For anyone using Metro, please get off at Federal Center SW and use 4th St. to enter the rally area. Please refer to the accessibility page for more information.

There will be accessible shuttles strictly for individuals that need it located at RFK Stadium. Pick up/drop off locations are on the western edge of Lot 7 and the southern edge of Lot 8. At the end of the march the pick-up point is Virginia Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets.

At the March

Q: Where is the starting point?
A: The starting point will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol.

Q: Where are the entry points to the march?
A: Entry points are located 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 12th streets on both sides of Independence Avenue.

Q: Will we march with our states? Is there a specific place where we can meet the other people coming from their state?
A: If people are interested in marching with their state or organizations, they should identify a location that is not in the vicinity of the rally area to meet prior to going to the rally site. These efforts should be coordinated independently of the national organizers, please find information on your state organizers here.

Q: Is there a plan to stagger the arrival of the march participants?
A: We will not begin the march at 10 am. We will have a rally program prior to marching. There will not be a need to stagger the march.

Q: What am I allowed to bring to the march? What is restricted?
A: The following items will not be permitted:

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Animals other than helper/guide dogs
  • Backpacks
  • Bags exceeding size restrictions (8"x 6"x 4")
  • Bicycles (restricted in the rally and march areas)
  • Balloons
  • Coolers
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Glass or thermal containers
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace / Pepper spray
  • Packages
  • 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

Security for the March

Q: What is the security plan?
A: First and foremost we have a permit. The purpose of the permit is not only to secure a location, but to ensure all city agencies, including the police, are involved in the planning process. Security is a top priority. All proper security measures have been discussed and put in place in coordination with the police and other city agencies.

Second, we have hired a private security firm and will have numerous professional security workers throughout the entire march. Some will be easy to identify, others will not.

Third, we have over 1000 trained marshals in place to help maintain order and to provide direction to marchers.

More information about security will be released as the march approaches.

Q: Will there be marshals? How many?
A: Yes, there will be trained marshals. We will have a sufficient number in attendance to ensure that people are properly directed and orderly.

If you are interested in serving as a marshal or volunteering in some other capacity, please complete this form.

 

 

Q: Are there going to be legal observers at the march? Who are they?
A: Yes, we are actively recruiting legal observers and training them. Legal Observers are typically, but not exclusively, law students, legal workers and lawyers. All volunteers interested in acting as Legal Observers for the march are trained and directed by the National Lawyers Guild.

However, it is very important to note that we are planning a peaceful demonstration and do not anticipate there being any negative interactions with the police. We encourage all participants to observe our principles of non-violence if they wish to participate in this march.

Q: What if I get arrested?  Is there a phone number I can call?
A: Questions about legal support? Call 202-670-6866.

Please note that we are working with local and federal law enforcement and do not intend to engage in any civil disobedience. We expect all marchers to abide by all laws and any instruction of law enforcement. Finally, we are planning a peaceful demonstration and are training marshals in de-escalation tactics and ask that all marchers remain peaceful. 

Q: I am a non-citizen planning to attend the march, what should I be aware of?
A: We have spoken to law enforcement regarding their policies as it relates to undocumented immigrants and they have stated they will not be making any arrests of law-abiding marchers, no matter what their status is.  We will also have a team of immigration defense attorney available on the day of the march to respond to your questions.  Our legal hotline number is (202) 670-6866.  If you are traveling to Washington, D.C. for the march, please review "8 Things Immigrants Can Do if Traveling to Washington, DC for Marches or Actions" from our friends at the National Immigration Project.

For further information for noncitizens participating in the march please visit
http://www.nipnlg.org/PDFs/community/2017_13Jan_women-march.pdf

What to Bring to the March

Q: Can I bring my backpack/bag to the march?

All backpacks and bags may be subject to search at the March, and those not conforming to the standards set here may be confiscated or asked to be left behind. Backpacks are not permitted unless they are clear and no larger than 17"x12"x6" (colored transparent bags are not permitted).

  • Bags/totes/purses for small personal items should be no larger than 8”x6”x4”.

  • Specifically for people who would like to bring meals, each marcher is permitted one additional 12”x12”x6” plastic or gallon bag.

  • For marchers who have medical needs or for mothers who need baby bags or breast pumps, please ensure that your supplies fit into the above clear backpack. You can have one backpack per individual in your group, as long as they abide by the above guidelines.

  • If you are a member of the press, covering the event officially, and have equipment that will not fit into bags of the above dimensions: please contact the National Communications Team to get press credentials in advance in order for your equipment to be allowed into the rally site.

  • If you require disability accommodations or related equipment, that will not fit into the above bags, please enter via the ADA Accessible route: 4th St. SW from C St. to Independence Ave. For anyone using Metro, please get off at Federal Center SW and use 4th St. to enter the rally area.

  • Canes, walking sticks, walkers, and portable seats are allowed for individuals who require them for mobility and accessibility on a regular basis.

  • Do not bring anything that can be construed as a weapon, including signage with any kind of handle (e.g. a sharpened wooden stick). We recommend also checking with your bus company if your bus will be secured during the march and if you can leave larger belongings in the bus, rather than carrying them all day.

This is the policy of the Women's March team of organizers, security, and logistics. We ask all marchers to please cooperate with these policies and guidelines in order to ensure that this event is safe and comfortable for all attendees. We understand the environmental implications of using plastic bags and backpacks, but in this case, we believe the safety and security of the hundreds of thousands of marchers supersedes other concerns.

Q: Can we bring flags and banners?
A: Flags are allowed, but not on a pole. Posters and signs are allowed, but not with the use of wooden sign posts. Instead, we encourage people to use cardboard sign posts.

Q: Can we bring folding chairs so we can take rests, and canes to walk with?
A: If you need the assistance of a cane please bring it. Folding chairs are not permitted. If there are specific medical needs that you cannot have met with regular accommodation, we will have a limited seated section for people who need seating. We will give more information on this in the next week.

Q: Can we bring strollers and baby carriers?
A: Yes you can use baby carriers and strollers. We suggest using small compact strollers if possible.

Q: Can I bring my bicycle to the march?
A: Bikes are not allowed in the rally area or the march route, however, if people are interested in riding a bike to the rally, we are currently identifying a place for bike parking. We will update people over the next week with more details regarding this. Very limited bike parking will be available near Independence Avenue and L’Enfant Plaza. The 1500 bike parking places are first-come-first-serve. Other bike parking around the National Mall will be very limited. Capital BikeShare will have extra corrals placed at 4th and E Sts SW.

Q: What should I wear?
A: We advise you check the weather regularly the week leading up to the march. The end of January in Washington D.C. can be frigid. Please plan accordingly and dress for EXTREME COLD. Even if the temperatures are higher than normal, standing outside for hours at a time will impact you.

Q: Is there a single color we can wear to unite us?
A: We are not planning to wear anything in particular except VERY WARM CLOTHING. Please do the same and have fun planning ways to connect visually with your friends, groups and family members.

Accessibility

Q: Will there be a modified route for people with disabilities or limited mobility.
A: There will not be a modified route for the march. We understand that some people may not be able to march the whole route and there will be Metro exits at various locations throughout the route. We ask that people assess their own ability to march and make the needed arrangements to participate.

Q: Will there be a Disability Caucus line-up/convening area?
A: Information about the Women’s March Washington – Disability Caucus march line-up and formation can be found on their Facebook page by clicking here. For questions and further information not provided on this page email [email protected].

*For more information on accessible tourist guides, transportation and scooter, wheelchair and mobility rentals please click here to download the accessible Disability Resources Guide.

Services

Q: Are there bathrooms along the course of the march?
A: Yes, we are planning on having gender neutral portable bathroom facilities available at different points around our march and rally site. There will also be ADA accessible portable bathroom facilities.

Q:  Will there be breastfeeding stations? Will they be warm?
A: We have lactation tents along the course of the march. Please refer to our map (add link) for locations.

Q: Will it be safe? Can I bring my kids?
A: The 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.

Q: Is there a kids tent?
A: We welcome children at the march on their parent’s discretion, but there is not a kids specific tent on site. There is a scavenger hunt for kids on our app - download it here. Sign up for text messages for parents here.

Q: What if I am separated from my child? Is there a safe place or will individuals have “special vests” where children can identify people?
A: We will have marshals in YELLOW vests who will be active throughout the rally and can be available for assistance. We also have a reunification tent as a place for lost children to be taken and/or parents who get separated from their child to go to get assistance in finding them.

Q: Are there translation services? Who provides these?
A: We are investigating whether this will be possible given the numbers of people we will have.

Q: Is there a Live Stream?
A: Yes! There will be a livestream across all our platforms. Here is a link to our Facebook Live, here is the link to our Twitter feed, here is a link to our Youtube channel

Q: Will cell phones be usable?
A: We cannot promise cell service for calls or texting on the day of the march. Please be sure to make a plan for the day of the march with your friends, family and group ahead of time, in the event that cell service does not work.

Merchandise

Q: Can I purchase merchandise?
A: Yes! You can purchase Women’s March on Washington merchandise online, however it will not ship until after the march.

Q: Will there be a pop-up shop?
A: Yes! Our pop-up shop, The Outrage, is located at 2439 18th Street NW, Washington D.C. It is open now 10am-8pm and will be open 10am-10pm the week of the march.

Lodging

Q: What are the lodging options?
A: Lodging needs are the sole responsibility of marchers. Some independent resources have been made available to help match individuals with housing opportunities in the DC area. You can find them here: MarchBNB, MarchMatch, and CouchSurfing: Women's March. For large groups, contact [email protected]. Note that these services are being offered independently from the Women's March on Washington. National organizers cannot be held responsible for any activity coordinated via these external websites.

Partnerships

Volunteering

Q: How do I volunteer?
A: Women’s March Organizers have been humbled by the incredible response from people who want to volunteer at the March. Thank you for your support! At this time all volunteer needs have been filled and volunteer registration is closed.

Q: When will volunteers be notified that they are, in fact, volunteering?
A: We have been thrilled to receive an overwhelming response from individuals and groups interested in volunteering at the march and in advance of the march via the volunteer registration form. We are currently processing the information to find the best volunteer role for each person. In some cases, additional information may be required. All volunteers will know their volunteer assignments by Friday, January 13th. We appreciate your patience and support. For questions, please reach out to [email protected].

Q: I have an idea for a meet up event at the march or before/after the march. How do I connect with other people who may be interested in joining me?
A: Thank you for your creativity and initiative. We invite everyone to come to the march to celebrate in whatever way you please. We suggest posting in the discussion section of the the Facebook event page to other reach people and grow your idea. From there you could even launch a Facebook event/group and select a meetup spot at the march.We also encourage you to visit the Facebook pages of your state organizers to locate meetups near you.

Donations

Q: How do I make a donation online?
A: Please visit our donation page by clicking here.

Q: Are donations tax deductable?
A: No. While prior contributions made to the Gathering for Justice, who was the fiscal sponsor and presenting partner of the Women’s March on Washington, were tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, contributions, donations and gifts made to the Women's March, Inc. are not tax deductible. Women's March, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(4) organization.

Sister Marches

Q: What is the relationship between Sister Marches and The Women’s March on Washington?
A: There is no official or legal relationship between The Women’s March on Washington and the sister marches around the country and world. These sister marches reflect the vibrant, organic, grassroots nature of this movement. We appreciate the global demonstration of solidarity and are happy that those who cannot make it to D.C. have local options.

Q: How do I find a march near me?
A: Please refer to our Sister March page for details on local marches.

Connect with the Women's March

Q: What is the best way to stay connected to the Women’s March?
A: Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Our handle is @womensmarch. You can sign up for our newsletter on the home page and stay tuned to the website for information on day-of messaging.

Q: Is there a Women’s March App?
A: Yes! Please download our app for lots of helpful information.

Q: What are the hashtags for the march?
A: We use the hashtag #WomensMarch, #WhyIMarch and #IMarchFor to tell the various and unique stories that bring people to our movement.

Q: Where do I send WHY I MARCH photos?
A: Please post your photos to social media and tag us using the handle @womensmarch!