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Women’s March on Washington: What You Need to Know and What You Can Do

January 18, 2017

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The March

The rally begins on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00am at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street near the U.S. Capitol. Marching starts at 1:15pm.

The goal for the Women’s March on Washington is to “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,” according to the official website.

The March’s name reflects a deep history of civil protest. The March was initially publicized as the Million Women March in tribute to the 1997 Million Woman March wherein hundreds of thousands of African American women marched in Philadelphia in order to draw attention to the marginalization of black women. Ultimately, the March is titled the Women’s March on Washington after the historic 1963 March on Washington for civil rights where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream Speech.” Currently, 194,000 people have registered for the protest and 255,000 more have indicated interest on Facebook.

For more information, go to www.womensmarch.com

How you can get involved: GOING TO THE MARCH 

Students Emily Carter ’17 and Emma Welsh-Huggins ’17 co-organized bus transportation to the event. While spaces are filled on the buses, students can request to be added to the waitlist in case people drop out throughout the week. Both organizers will be tabling all week during lunch; the last day to pay and solidify a spot on the bus is Thursday, January 19th. 

On Kenyon’s participation in the historical March, Carter writes:

This is an incredible opportunity to experience the power of our Kenyon community and witness what we can accomplish when we come together. Given Kenyon’s rural setting, it can be difficult to feel connected to the national conversation so I hope this march provides students a platform to have their voices and opinions heard beyond our campus. We are all bringing different perspectives and experiences to this event and I encourage students to celebrate and cherish this diversity. Additionally, I hope this march spurs conversation and collective action long after January 21st.

All people attending the march-regardless of bus or personal transportation-will most likely have to take the Metro in order to get to the starting point of the March. Below is a map of the Metro. Useful information regarding the Metro:

The Capitol South and Federal Center stops are closest to the Capitol, but any stop on the blue or orange lines from Metro Center to Eastern Market are walkable distances to the National Mall and Capitol building.

More info about using Metro on the day of the Women’s March can be found here.

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How you can get involved: SOLIDARITY 

There will be a “pinning ceremony” Thursday at common hour on middle path for students and faculty who can not attend the march who wish to show their solidarity. Those going to the March will be given buttons recognizing the region where they’re from and pins with “names to be carried” in a brief ceremony.

 

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