The 2017 Women’s March inspired hundreds of women to run, millions more to vote, and dozens to win elected office. The 2019 Women’s March marks two years of resistance to the Trump presidency, two years of training new activists, and two years of building power. And this time, we're coming back with an agenda.
On January 19, 2019, we’re going to flood the streets of Washington, D.C., and cities across the globe. The #WomensWave is coming, and we’re sweeping the world forward with us.
A site map will be released once it is approved by the National Park Service. This map will have locations of medic stations, water stations, heating tents, and porta-potties.
-- Gathering Location: We will be gathering on the National Mall between 12th and 3rd Street
-- Rally Location: The Rally will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
-- Main Support Station: Constitution Gardens located just north of the reflecting pool at 21st and Constitution Ave NW. The area will have porta-potties, water stations, heating tents, medic stations, and a lost person tent.
Public Gathering Time: 10:00am
March Steps Off: 11:00am
Rally Starts: 1:30pm
Rally Ends: 4:00pm
The Women’s March has partnerships with Bus.Com, Skedaddle, and Rally. All three bus companies are donating portions of the proceeds directly to the Women’s March.
Learn how to get your buses booked and organized here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/register-your-bus-for-womenswave-in-dc-11919/
1.What should I bring?
-- Small backpacks and bags are allowed. We recommend you fill them with water and snacks for the day You can store larger bags at Union Station.
-- Comfortable shoes
-- Layers (the weather in D.C. can be pretty unpredictable so it's good to be prepared for anything!)
-- A reusable water bottle - we will have water towers available
2. What should I NOT bring?
-- Any weapons, or anything that can be construed as a weapon, including pocket knives, multi-tools, mace, scissors, etc.
-- Any illegal drugs (while marijuana is legal in D.C., the march will be on federal property and national park land, where marijuana is still illegal)
3. What about banners, flags, signs, etc?
-- You may absolutely bring your own banners, flags, signs, and other visuals. There are no limitations in National Parks or on District of Columbia Property on size of banners, flags, signs, and other visuals, except for a height limit of the 12 feet.
4. Will there be Spanish translation?
-- Spanish translation will be available on all jumbotrons north of the reflecting pool.
5. Is this March accessible?
-- Our organizing team is working hard to make sure that this march is inclusive of people with disabilities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a specific request not addressed in the information below, and we will work to make sure that it is fulfilled.
-- An ADA section will be located directly in front of the stage and will be open to those who require it.
-- All volunteers will be trained to provide general support for folks with disabilities. We will also have a specific volunteer crew to support participants with disabilities and give directional information.
-- American Sign Language interpretation will be provided on the stage, and picture-in-picture and CART in English will be available on the jumbotrons South of the reflecting pool.
-- An ADA tent will have smell sensitivity masks, a generator dedicated to recharging chairs, audio description headsets, water, snacks, and other support items available.
-- ADA Vans will be available to transfer folks from the gathering location to the rally area. These vans will pick up passengers on the corner of 12th and Jefferson Drive SW, and drop off passengers at the ADA section.
-- Every area where porta-potties are located will also have ADA accessible porta-potties.
-- Additional accessible porta-potties will be provided in the ADA section
6. How do I get to the gathering location?
You can use any of the following metros to enter the gathering location:
-- Metro Center (Red/Blue/Orange/Silver): From Metro center - Take any exit and head south on any numbered street
-- Penn Quarter/Navy Memorial: Head South on 7th street
-- L'Enfant Plaza: Head North on any numbered street
-- Smithsonian Metro: You are at the gathering space
7. What Metros should I use to leave after the rally?
-- Smithsonian Metro: East of the Rally Space on 12th and the National Mall
-- Farragut North: 17th and K street NW
-- Farragut West: 18th and I street NW
8. How do I use the metro?
-- The Metro system in D.C. is relatively easy to use, and connects to various regional transit systems. We recommend buying a D.C. Metro card in advance. Many people purchasing cards at once at the Metro machines can lead to long lines and delays. You can buy cards in advance here: https://smartrip.wmata.com/storefront.
-- Pro Tip: Bring good walking shoes and lots of patience. You can find more information about the DC area bus and metro options at https://www.wmata.com/
9. What about parking?
-- Out-of-town cars should consider parking at Metro Stations outside the city and taking the metro into downtown (map here). Downtown parking is tight, even on the weekends, and parking lots are expensive but Metro offers free parking on the weekends!
10. What about trains and other forms of transport?
-- Amtrak has good service into D.C., and in fact, they offer group sales with discounted group rates. If you have 75 people you can sometimes reserve an entire car (bonus: use it as an organizing space too!) You can find our more about that on Amtrak’s website: https://www.amtrak.com/group-travel-requests.
-- There are also many services that offer regional bus transit – you can buy individual seats, or also sometimes group rates. Costs can be very reasonable, especially if you buy early. A few options to consider are:
GoTo Bus — http://www.gotobus.com/
MegaBus — http://us.megabus.com/
BoltBus — https://www.boltbus.com/