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Author: Aleena Gardezi

DIVERGE’s Unofficial Guide to the March on Washington

Posted January 20, 2017

UPDATE: The March on Washington releases statement on violence: “The Women’s March on Washington is proud to join William J. Barber, II in lifting up this Call for Nonviolence at All Inauguration Protests.”


With the March on Washington less than a day away, there is a lot going on. Multiple news stories, social media posts, and videos are being shared.

The DIVERGE team decided to construct a guide to the March on Washington so all the answers can be in one place.

But before we get in to that, for those of you that just can’t bear to watch the inauguration, here’s some relief (and for a good cause):

For those people who are not looking forward to the inauguration, a group of creatives and developers have a solution for you: www.swearhimin.com, an initiative that aims to use Inauguration Day as time for action.

“Swear Him In” turns curse words into donations towards organizations that are threatened by the incoming administration. Every “fuck” is $1 pledged to The Center for Reproductive Rights, every “shit” goes to Greenpeace, and every “damn” to the ACLU. On January 20th, everyone who’s pledged to give a “fuck,” “shit,” or “damn” will flood those organizations with donations, turning their swear words into action, the website explained.

The Unofficial Guide to the March on Washington:

For those who can’t attend: 

Live Stream Info:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/WomensMarch

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/womensmarchonwash

Twitter: https://twitter.com/womensmarch

When: Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Rally: 10am-1:15pm

March Begins: 1:15pm-4pm

Where: The starting point and rally will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and SW Third Street, Washington DC, near the U.S. Capitol

Tickets: The Women’s March is NOT a ticketed event, no ticket is required.

App: Download the Woman’s March app here

Accessibility: the volunteers from the Women’s March on Washington – Disability Caucus for providing accessibility advice, logistics planning and staffing the rally and march. At the march rally site there will be a Disability Services/ADA Tent located on 6th Street SW near the corner of Independence Avenue SW, Click here to download the accessible Disability Resources Guide

Why: The vision of 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 families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”

For more on how the march began, read The Women’s March on Washington and the Nasty Women Behind It. Also, check out our article on sister marches and more.

Expected Speakers: Cecile Richards, Erika Andiola, Ilyasah Shabazz, J. Bob Alotta, Janet Mock, LaDonna Harris, Maryum Ali, Melanie Campbell, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rhea Suh, Sister Simone Campbell, Sophie Cruz, and Zahra Billoo, America Ferrera, Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Ashley Judd, Scarlett Johansson, Melissa Harris-Perry, Michael Moore, Amanda Nguyen, Randi Weingarten, Van Jones, George Gresham, Donna Hylton, Mothers of the Movement (Sybrina Fulton, Lucy McBath, Maria Hamilton, Gwen Carr), Hina Naveed, Judith LaBlanc, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Aida Hurtado, Melissa Mays, Raquel Willis, Rosyln Brock, Sister Ieasha Prime, The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Ai-jen Poo, Wendy Carrillo, Dr. Cynthia Hale, and the March Co-Chairs Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory.

Performers: Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, Angelique Kidjo, Toshi Reagon, Samantha Ronson, Emily Wells, DJ Rekha, MC Lyte, St. Beauty, Beverly Bond, Alia Sharrief, DJ Rimarkable, Amber Coffman, the Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Climbing PoeTree.

Song of the day: In honor of the March, performing artist and Music Director of the Women’s March Toshi Reagon recorded an original version of “Ella’s Song” aka “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest Until it Comes,” a classic protest anthem that was written by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi’s mother, in honor of civil rights icon Ella Baker. The song was originally recorded by the famed activist A Capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. The rally portion of the March will conclude with a live performance of Reagon’s rendition of “Ella’s Song.” All March participants will be invited to join together in song. “Ella’s Song” can be listened to or downloaded here.

Artist’s Table: America Ferrera, Uzo Aduba, Cristela Alonzo, Patricia Arquette, Danielle Brooks, Cher, Lea DeLaria, Diane Guerrero, Danai Gurira, Chelsea Handler, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Margo Jefferson, Angelique Kidjo, Padma Lakshmi, Stephanie March, Shantell Martin, Debra Messing, Frances McDormand, Julianne Moore, Hari Nef, Katy Perry, Monica Raymond, Amy Schumer, Yara Shahidi, Alia Sharrief, Kara Walker, Olivia Wilde, Constance Wu, Zendaya, Questlove, Grimes, Matt and Kim, KT Tunstall, Neko Case, Rakim, TV on the Radio, Lena Dunham, and Lila Downs. To view the full list of participants, please click here.

Katy Perry also released a special PSA for all Americans to pay attention t0: #DontNormalizeHate

What to wear: 

Founded by two college friends, Rebecca Lee Funk and Claire Schlemme, the Outrage, a feminist fashion line boasts collections for the March on Washington, Pantsuit Nation and more. The shop is located on 2439 18th Street NW in Washington DC and will be open from 10:00am to 10:00pm this week. For more information, click here.

Signs for the march:

In partnership with the Women’s March on Washington, the Amplifier Foundation created an open call for art to arm those gathered with visual messaging to amplify the voice of this monumental grassroots movement. Out of over 5000 submissions, the committee chose 8 to feature at the march: A minimum of 30,000 posters and nine large-scale banners will be produced from this public call. Posters and banners will be made available free of charge to participants in the march in Washington, DC.

Public distribution sites in Washington, DC are now online here and will have free artwork at each of these locations and special events. For those that aren’t in DC or unable to get to the distribution sites, they can download and print the images here.

For more on the Amplifier Foundation and their work on social/political impact, click here.


What to do after the march:

On Saturday, January 21, The Girls’ Lounge is hosting a day to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the women’s right to vote and advancing equality for all. 

“A woman alone can have power, but collectively we have impact,” said Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient (TFQ) and creator of The Girls’ Lounge. “Together we can advance equality in the workplace and in the world.”

For more information, click here.

Explaining the election to your children: 

For parents that are wondering how to explain this election to their little ones, advertising agency barrettSF and the STUDIO have the answer.

The companies have partnered up to branch into the book business with “The Pumpkin and the Pantsuit,” a children’s storybook that is available –just in time for the presidential inauguration–on Amazon for $12 and at independent booksellers in select markets.

For more information, click here.

March Partners:

For additional partners, click here.

Here are three causes that DIVERGE was able to cover:

Black Lives Matter launched this initiative to help spread awareness on racism: http://divergenow.com/news/2017/01/black-lives-matter-launches-mark-unsafe-make-statement/

Protecting the press in a Trump administration: http://divergenow.com/news/2017/01/journalists-share-concerns-incoming-administrations-treatment-pres/

United Day of Women: http://divergenow.com/news/2016/12/united-day-women-must-act-now/

and for those who will miss the POTUS and his wisdom:

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The Top 15 Quotes from President Obama’s Farewell.

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