What you need to know



What is the Women's March on Washington?
The Women’s March on Washington is a pure grassroots effort helmed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee. It is also comprised of state level coordinators and hundreds of volunteers inspired to keep progress moving forward.

What is the mission of the NYC chapter?
We must gain participation from people of all faiths, colors, nationalities, orientations, disabilities, citizenship status, and identities. One of our greatest priorities is ensuring that those who have been marginalized in the past and by the recent political rhetoric are at the forefront. We must ensure the intersecting identities of NYC are there to add their voices.  This is a another step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We will send a strong message to the new administration the day after Inauguration. We will not back down, but move forward together with our eyes on 2020.

Why have a march?
We are determined to keep progress alive through a historic demonstration held in the tradition of previous marches on Washington. Amidst fear and outrage, we face our shared crisis on the national stage with courage and determination. We march on Washington to reject the narrative that triumphed in the last election cycle. The gathering of hundreds of thousands of people is the clearest message we hope to deliver.

Who is invited to march?
Everyone is welcome. We march to protect those among us who are the most marginalized through discrimination against their faith, race, gender, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, or other defining identities. We need to you join us for this historic occasion to ensure the voice of your community is heard.

What is the WMW’s position on diversity and inclusion?

The WMW remains committed to representing voices from all backgrounds. The idea of a march on Washington started organically but grew quickly. The next step was to establish the National Co-Chairs and Organizers with an effort to represent the diversity we believe in. This is an ongoing process as we grow and we are committed to ensuring the march reflects all backgrounds.  

Will it be safe? Can I bring my kids?
The WMW has a team of experienced and professional national organizers working to ensure that every safety protocol is followed. We will release specific details on how to stay safe during your time in Washington as we draw closer to the date. The decision to bring your children is a personal one, but please remember the March and rally are entirely outdoors in January.

Will the WMW be accessible for people with disabilities?
The NYC Chapter has organized buses that are wheelchair-accessible. Given our commitment to ensuring the march is accessible to people with disabilities, there will be an area with seating to accommodate people with disabilities, the elderly, and pregnant women. We are also planning designated access points for those who require a wheelchair and assistance for persons who are blind or visually impaired.

We are working with volunteers to secure qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, as well as an area for the ASL interpreters to be viewed. Mental health crisis care will be available. Each state group operates independently of the national organizing effort. We strongly encourage state organizers to follow our lead in making the WMW fully accessible, however, we make no claim or representation on behalf of other state and local groups.

Please email newyork@womensmarch.com for help securing a wheelchair-accessible bus.

If you would like to volunteer with us, please email us at newyork@womensmarch.com. Some volunteer roles may require specific skills and certification.

I want my organization to be involved. How can we join the mobilization?
Please contact us at newyork@womensmarch.com to discuss how your organization can join and support the NYC Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington.

I can't attend in person, but I want to support the effort. How can I help?
For those who cannot attend but wish to support the effort financially, we will announce an official fundraising platform and Amazon Wishlist in the coming days. Please stay tuned and thank you for your support.

You may also choose to financially sponsor those who want to attend but can’t afford it. Contact karen@womensmarch.com for more information.

What is the status of the permitting process for the March?
We have a permit to rally. A task force of agencies has approved the locations of the starting location and rally point of the Women's March on Washington. We will begin at Independence Ave and Third St SW, Washington, DC, at 10:00am on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

The planning process will be ongoing until days before the march, and we will continue to work closely with the National Park Service, Metropolitan Police Department, Homeland Security, Capitol Police, and other agencies to ensure a safe march with all logistics in place to accommodate the number of people we anticipate convening. For security reasons, we will not release any further details about March logistics until a later date.

Check out the latest article from the Washington Post with regards to permitting.

Where can I stay in DC?
You must arrange your own accommodations. Our group buses will make same-day trips to return after the rally.

What are the details for January 21, the day-of-March?
We will release more information as soon as we have it. Please be patient as this enormous undertaking gets organized. Information regarding March route, rallying point, schedule of events, location of amenities, and much more is coming soon. Please sign up for updates.

Please email newyork@womensmarch.com with additional questions.




OFFICIAL STATEMENT, National Organizers

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our familiesrecognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us: women; immigrants of all statuses; those with diverse religious faiths, particularly Muslim; people who identify as LGBTQIA; Native and Indigenous people; Black and Brown people; people with disabilities; the economically impoverished; and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will 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. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This March is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.



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