Press Release - 12.21.2016
NYC Chapter of Women’s March on Washington organizes bus pickup in 56 citywide neighborhoods, carpooling website
(NEW YORK, December 21 2016, 10 AM) - The New York City Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) announced on Wednesday that it had organized a massive fleet of buses to transport New Yorkers to the hotly anticipated march taking place January 21 in DC.
The buses, provided by Staten Island-based US Coachways, will pick up marchers in 56 different neighborhoods spread across the city, with about 70 distinct bus routes. The full list of available neighborhoods is posted at www.womensmarchnyc.com/findabus, in a format that allows locals to narrow down their search first by borough, then by neighborhood.
NYC Chapter Coordinator Karen Waltuch states: “It is our highest priority to ensure that this march is accessible for people from every demographic in New York. We hope that by providing routes in far-reaching neighborhoods, the diversity of our city can be truly represented at this historic gathering.”
Tickets for the buses cost $62 plus tax roundtrip, and leave and return on the same day on January 21. Each bus will feature two march volunteers acting as bus captains, responsible for overseeing the needs of passengers. Options are available for those with limited mobility or wheelchairs.
The number of bus seats is limited, and train tickets on Amtrak sold out two weeks after the march was announced, including two additional trains that Waltuch convinced Amtrak to schedule. Due to overwhelming demand for transportation to the historic march, a local NYC developer created marchmatch.org, a website that pairs marchers together for carpooling, housing, and other transportation needs.
The NYC Chapter of WMW formed quickly after the march was announced on Nov. 9th, and consists of a core group of approximately 10 organizers alongside a pool of 30 volunteers who pledged voracious interest in response to a November 10th Facebook survey.
New Yorkers have a vital stake in the march; as the hometown of the President-elect and location of the “weekend White House,” the city of New York plays a historically unmatched role in the upcoming federal administration. Representing the most diverse city in the nation, New Yorkers have the power to voice the needs of intersecting and marginalized identities, to create change from the grassroots level, and to keep progress alive with an eye towards 2020.
NYC Chapter copywriter Farah Ahmad states: “New York has a special place in this march. As the nation's capital for the arts and the meeting point of so many intersecting identities, we are in a unique position to amplify the voices calling out for this effort. We are known for speaking our minds, and have the ability to voice what the country is feeling during this complicated time in our history. It’s important that New Yorkers let the world hear what they have to say and join the march.”
The Women’s March on Washington takes place at 10 AM on January 21 in Washington, DC—the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. The fully permitted march—organized by a diverse national coalition of activists including Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland—has partnered with over 30 national organizations to ensure that the march represents a wide variety of interest groups.
The full list of partner organizations for the national march is available onlinewww.womensmarch.com/partners; it includes Amnesty International, Black Girls Rock, American Indian Movement, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Trayvon Martin Foundation, and more. In a December 16 statement, Amnesty International USA declared that it was rallying its members across the nation to attend the historic march. NYC’s Chapter is currently looking for partnerships, both collaborative and financial.
“We’re proud to stand with people from all across the country to declare that women’s rights are human rights and to demand that the new administration and Congress protect everyone’s human rights,” said Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. “We decided to cosponsor the Women’s March on Washington to help send a loud and clear message that human rights must be respected.”