Call to Action: Tips for the Women’s March

MARCH ON!

For many people, the Women’s March will be the first march we’ve ever attended.  Tips ‘n hacks, links, and advice fly around Facebook and Twitter and it’s a whirl of information.  We’ve captured some of the advice here just because there are so many.  They’re not listed in any particular order.  If you’ve got ideas we might have missed, please join us at SuitUp Nation’s Facebook Group to add your comments.

A LIST OF LINKS

If you’re going to bring your kids to a march, this article about bringing children to marches has a lot of details.  The ACLU on your rights for demonstrations and protests. Links of what to wear and other resources can be found here and here. Here’s a CNN article about dealing with being in crowded situations.  That article references this interview of Paul Wertheimer, the head of Crowd Management Strategies, about safety in crowds.  The Women’s March also has a huge list of links you should take the time to read through.

AND OTHER IDEAS

CLOTHING & what to bring

  • From the D.C. Faq:  Bags/totes/purses for small personal items should be no larger than 8”x6”x4”, but don’t carry anything you can’t lose.
  • From the D.C. Faq:  Specifically for people who would like to bring meals, each marcher is permitted one additional 12”x12”x6” plastic or gallon bag.
  • Pack snacks, bottled water, toilet paper or wipes, eye drops, and hand sanitizer. If there are port-a-potties, don’t plan on them being pretty.
  • Wear the right shoes and the right clothes for the weather and the length of the walk.  It’s January folks.
  • Bring a small garbage bag to help with the mess. Commit to picking up just two pieces of trash off the ground.
  • Bring a Sharpie to share with others.
  • Some people recommend swimming goggles as an eye-protectant – just in case.
  • Bring a poncho instead of an umbrella.
  • Bring a bandana to cover your nose and mouth if needed.
  • From the D.C. Faq: Posters and signs are allowed, but not with the use of wooden sign posts. Use cardboard or put your message on a pillowcase. Or get a Washington Post and use the “We the People” art inside (the story and the successful Kickstarter here).

SAFETY AND OTHER PRECAUTIONS

  • Have a meet-up-if-you-get-separated plan. Do not count on your cell phones for this purpose. Where will you meet? By what time? How will you get home?  
  • Write important information on your forearm in Sharpie. (Emergency contact, drug allergies, etc.)
  • Stay hydrated and never pass up an opportunity to use a toilet.
  • Keep your cool.
  • Do not offer personal information to unsolicited requests.
  • Stay to the edges of the crowd.  You want to be able to walk away if there is a crush forming, or if the environment changes.
  • Calmly leave the vicinity if you have any doubts about anything.
  • Download the ACLU app for your phone (ios & Android only). Once turned on, any video you take uploads to them automatically.

THE WOMEN’S MARCH INFO

  • The Washington D.C. Women’s March FAQ – read this all the way through if you’re going to D.C.  There are phone numbers and other valuable information.
  • For those coming to the March in DC next Saturday, in case you are interested, here is a list of Welcome/Warming Stations open during the March.  Consider printing the list before you go in case cell coverage gets difficult. Here is the interactive map version.
  • Sister marches have their information linked at this page.  You should be able to find information specific to your locale.

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