Happy New Year! The Women’s March on Washington is just 18 days away, and we are excited to see you there. Below is some current information and answers to common questions including questions about transport, upcoming events and trainings, scholarship plans, and some fun projects and ideas for getting ready for the march.
In future weekly updates, we will share information about when and where to meet for the rally, what to wear and bring with you, and other considerations as we prepare for the march.
Don’t forget to register at MaineMarch.com so we know you are coming!
For those looking to connect with marchers for carpooling options, we are researching a free ride share website. We hope to list a website to direct everyone to by the next update.
Please make your reservations on the routes below ASAP. We need to fill these routes by January 6 to ensure that they “go live”. (Routes below are all from Portland- other routes may be available if you contact your regional hub on facebook).
Rally Bus has informed a volunteer with the transportation committee that they will be sending up a full update to riders later this week. Marchers should watch their email for any news.
Scholarship and Sponsored Riders:
We are currently finalizing our plans for riders who need financial help and will be matching riders to sponsored seats on a first-come, first-serve basis. To be on the list, please register at MaineMarch.com and indicate that you need financial help.
We are partnering with Prevention.Action.Change to offer FREE trainings around the state for people who plan to march with us in Washington DC. Training will focus on three areas — Boundary Setting, De-escalation, and Bystander Intervention — in order to help attendees and bus captains feel comfortable and confident in addressing the range of situations they may face around the march. The workshops will be highly interactive and will provide opportunities for skill-building, discussion, and work in self-grounding under stress. Register Here– please note that the Portland trainings are FULL.
Wednesday January 4, 5:30-6:30pm
Information Session – Portland
New Mainers Resource Center. 14 Locust Street, Portland
Sunday January 8, 2-4pm
Sign Painting Party – Lewiston/ Auburn
Commons 221, Bates College campus
Sunday January 15, 1-3pm
Brunswick Hub Potluck and Informational Meeting
Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street
Sunday January 15, 2-4pm
Sign Painting Party – Portland
24 Preble Street 2nd Floor
Wear Orange! Or a Pink Pussy Hat! Or both
Our identifying color at the March will be Blaze Orange (more on why here). Wear a bandana, a hat, a coat, a scarf, or something in the blaze orange color to identify you as a Mainer!
And, for those of you who are a little crafty- knit yourself a pink pussy hat! Info about the Pink Pussy Hat project at pussyhatproject.com.