For those who have signed up, here is information about organization, timing, route, what to bring, and how to prepare.
With over 100 people registered, we have organized CHR’s participants into small groups with assigned leaders. (We have done our best to keep you with friends, family, and people you know, as well as mix up the groups a bit.) The leaders can help direct you so no one gets too separated from the whole. Consider this a great opportunity to share stories about #whywemarch.
11:15 Meet at Heavenly Rest in Darlington Hall. When you arrive, please sign in, find your group, and make a nametag for yourself. Make sure you have water and snacks. Use the bathroom (facilities along the march route may be limited and crowded), and then pick up a sign to carry.
11:45 Depart together to the Lexington Avenue Subway. Everyone needs a Metro Card in order to board the train. We will take the 4/5 train downtown to 42nd Street/Grand Central Station and then walk to 2nd Avenue.
12:20 Meet other groups at the Church Center, 815 2nd Avenue. Groups who are joining ours, i.e. St. James the Lesser, may opt to meet us here rather than come up to CHR first.
12:45 Heavenly Rest’s assigned time to begin marching from Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, at 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. If the Plaza is full, we may be directed to the overflow area on 47th between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Please follow instructions from your group leader and stay with your group.
Please note – you can march for as long or as little as you like. The important thing is that you came and participated. Please use your best judgment about how long you should stay, what the mood of the crowd is, etc. At the end of the march, we will all disperse – there will be no gathering after the march on Saturday.
This is the map provided by the Women’s March hosting organization.
How to Prepare
Marchers should dress for the weather, opting for several layers so you can remove some if the day gets warmer. Wear comfortable shoes (waterproof if necessary) and good socks. You may even want to bring an extra pair of socks. If the forecast calls for rain, bring a plastic poncho rather than an umbrella.
Note: The march’s website requests that, for safety reasons, participants do not bring backpacks or large bags. You may bring a fanny pack or small purse, or a small tote bag.
Items to bring: Snacks, a bottle of water, a portable phone charger, a small first-aid kit, and any medication you may need.
Expected behavior: Please do not engage with any counter-protesters (if there are any). We are not seeking arrest – we are seeking to peacefully make our presence felt and voices heard.
FROM THE ORGANIZERS:
“This is a peaceful march. If you riot in a manner that causes damage to city or private property, harm another human being, break the law, or willfully disrupt an otherwise peaceful march, no legal or financial assistance will be provided. You are on your own.
“You march at your own risk. The NYPD is one of the best mobilized and well trained law enforcement institutions in this country. They will keep you and the City safe. If a serious terrorist threat is received, the NYPD will notify us and we will cancel the event.
“A team of volunteer Crowd Control and Monitor’s will be onsite to assist in de-escalating tense situations.
“Equality is truly for all. Please keep in mind that you may be marching next to a group whose beliefs conflict with yours. Allow yourself to be generous in spirit and see human first.”
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS, EMAIL ADDRESSES, AND WEBSITES
Please note: cell phone service and internet may be limited in the large crowd.
Maggy Keet, Communications Director: 203-505-3103, firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Heyd, Rector: 917-224-2094; email@example.com