Weekly March Updates January 9

The Women’s March on Washington is just 12 days away!!

This update includes how to be counted, last minute transportation updates, information about where to meet in Washington, local press coverage, and a solicitation for donations.

An update later this week will contain important safety and preparation information.

How to be Counted:
Have you registered at MaineMarch.com and at WomensMarch.com? Please be sure to register both places so that we have a good headcount at the local and national level. Right now we are assuming that approximately 3000 people from Maine will be attending the march, based on facebook, bus registrations, and our registration form.

Transportation:
Most of the buses have already been booked, though we encourage you to keep checking if that is your preferred mode of travel, because some people may make last minute cancellations.

We encourage people who have not made travel arrangements yet to check out two great resources for finding and sharing rides to the March. If you are driving, please consider offering any open seats in your car to other marchers. Be sure to plan ahead with regards to parking and transportation in DC. We are currently recommending parking at Silver Spring and taking the Metro into town.

Two resources for road-trip match-making:

Groupcarpool.com is a free ride-sharing match-making service, and is where we have been sending people.

One of our volunteers has set up this Tickets & Ride Share group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1299356526796364/

Where to Meet:
We will meet at the Garden of the Hirschorn Museum, located at the corner of 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue. The closest Metro station is L’Enfant Plaza (Green, Yellow, Orange, and Blue lines). The garden opens at 7:30 am, and we will start walking together to the Rally at 9am.

Recent Local Press:
Local press coverage has included the following stories. Several other stories are in the works, and we expect great local coverage on the day of the event and in the weeks that follow.

Bangor Daily News – http://bangordailynews.com/2017/01/06/news/portland/portland-writer-helping-maine-women-march-on-washington/

Penobscot Bay Pilot – http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/maine-citizens-gear-march-washington-dc/80532

 

Donate today to support this grass-roots effort!
The organization of this march on the local level is entirely volunteer. We welcome your financial support of this effort. Contributions primarily go to scholarships for marchers who cannot afford the transportation and other expenses of the trip, as well as paying for free Bystander Intervention and De-escalation Training for marchers all around the state. We will also reserve a portion of the contributions made to the effort for an emergency medical and legal fund.

Maine People’s Alliance is our fiscal sponsor. Information about making a donation can be found here: https://www.mainepeoplesalliance.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=59.

 

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