Women's March Minnesota, TBD, Saturday, 21. January 2017

Welcome to the OFFICIAL Women's March Minnesota event page. Join us on January 21st 2017 as we march in solidarity with those marching in Washington D.C. and more than 300 sister marches happening simultaneously around the world.


Why are we marching? Because the rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us. We will march in numbers too great for administration to ignore on their first day in office. We march and 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.


Starting at 10am we will meet at St. Paul College (235 Marshal Ave., St. Paul, MN, 55102) in Lot E. From 10-11am we plan to get pumped up, meet one another, form new friendships and likely hear from a motivational speaker (who is yet to be determined). Please plan to arrive no later than 10:30am. At 11am we will start our march (approximately 1/2 mile in length) heading east on Concordia Ave. turning North at John Ireland Blvd and marching Northeast until we arrive at the South Stairs of the Capitol. We plan to arrive at the Capitol around 11:30/12pm. From 12pm until 2:30pm we will have a rally including entertainment, speakers, etc. *Please note all of the events will be held outdoors so please dress accordingly! - In case of rain, we are asking people to NOT bring umbrellas, please bring/wear a rain poncho. *

Backpacks are allowed, though they are subject to search

Trash: Like our beloved Boundary Waters, if you bring it in, bring it out. The march and rally is a zero trash event.”

Pets: For marcher and pet safety and comfort, pets are not allowed during the march or at the rally. Of course, service animals are permitted.

Food: You are free to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy during the event. Food will not be provided at the march/rally but food options are nearby. If you do bring food/beverages, please bring the trash out with you.


There will be an area in front of the stage reserved for people with disabilities. There is space for wheelchairs, other mobility devices and a limited number of chairs. Entrance to this area will be at the base of the Capitol lawn, with entrance permitted by March Marshals.

There will be American Sign Language (ASL)/English interpreters located at the start of the march at St. Paul College, as well as the rally at the Capitol. Look for signs that say “Need ASL?” to locate the interpreters. At the rally, interpreters will be on the stage. An area in front of the stage will be roped off and reserved for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing ASL users. Entrance to this reserved area is at the base of the lawn. Marshals (wearing orange vests) and interpreters will be located at the entrance to allow admittance. Look for the “Need ASL?” signs to locate the area.

Yes. We have port-a-potties...lots of them.
Medical Tent onsite located in the parking lot just south of Martin Luther King Blvd. (Near the Porta Potty village.)
On hand: Ambulance station for medical emergencies, Mental Health Crisis Support staff, volunteer medical staff, and Private nursing area, and diaper changing table.


If you are unable to participate in the march itself but wish to participate in this event, please feel free to join us at the Capitol before noon!


Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information: www.womensmarchmn.com


As of 1/19/17, Here are the confirmed speakers:
• Nancy Lyons - Emcee
• MN Senator Patricia Torres Ray
• MN Senator Sandy Pappas
• MN Representative Ilhan Omar
• Sarah Stoesz
• Ann Bancroft
• MN House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman
• Trista Matascastillo
• Rep. Erin May Quade
• Lt. Gov Tina Smith
• US Representative Betty McCollum
• Sandy Day
• MN Rep. Peggy Flanagan
• Nekima Levy-Pounds
• Ericka Thorne
• Raeisha Williams
• Gigi
• Mayor Betsy Hodges
• Linda Wilkinson
• Rep. Erin Murphy
• Nancy Norde Bence
• Erika Thorne
• Sharon Day
• Lucila Dominguez
• Gisell Gonzalez Sanchez
• Veronica


Entertainment:
• Ann Reed
• Prairie Fire Lady Choir
• K Raydio
• Traiveon Dunlap
• Soul Beautiful
• Everything's Been Taken
• Sara Thomsen
• Tall Paul
• Siama's Afrobilly
• Maria Isa
• Chastity Brown
• Paul Metsa
• Mu Daiko


Information on Getting to the March:
*Due to the incredible number of supporters, please expect and plan for traffic delays the day of the march!*


- Public Transportation: -


Several bus and Green Line light rail stops will bring you within a block of the State Capitol Complex. The Green Line has three convenient stations serving the Minnesota State Capitol Complex: Capitol/Rice Street, Robert Street and 10th Street stations. Bus lines that serve the Capitol or MN History Center include: 3, 16, 21, 62, 67, 68, 71, 94 and 262. Double-check your bus route with the Metro Transit website and to plan your trip as some bus routes will change to accommodate the march/rally: www.metrotransit.org


- Public Parking: -


Please note there is no parking at St. Paul College Lot E, this is exclusively for gathering. Do something good for the environment and remember to carpool with your friends and family who are also attending the march/rally. There are several public parking options for those visiting the State Capitol Complex. A blue P” symbol indicates available public parking space in lots and ramps. Parking maps can be found on the State of Minnesota’s website which also includes parking information for those with disabilities and bike parking information: www.mn.gov/admin/citizen/buildings-grounds/parking/


More information for parking in downtown St. Paul can be found here: saintpaulparking.com


There is also a LIMITED amount of spots in Lot C at St. Paul College.


- Disability Parking Information: -


People with disability parking permits or plates can park free-of- charge at one, two and four- hour parking meters for a maximum of four hours. Parking maps can be found on the State of Minnesota’s website which also includes parking information for those with disabilities parking information: www.mn.gov/admin/citizen/buildings-grounds/parking/


- Charter and School Bus Parking: -


For those marchers chartering coach or school busses, bus parking is limited, please contact Sam O’Connell at samoco19@gmail.com to coordinate your bus parking needs before January 14.


- Greater Minnesota: -


Due to time and volunteer capacity we are unable to offer transportation/shuttle from Greater Minnesota (or the metro area) to St. Paul. We encourage you to connect with your networks to arrange carpooling. You may also consider checking your local mass transit schedule for options to the Twin Cities from Greater Minnesota.


- Frequently Asked Questions -


• WILL IT BE SAFE? CAN I BRING MY KIDS? The WMM has a team of experienced and professional organizers working to ensure that every safety protocol is followed. Safety is of the utmost importance to us. Everyone is welcome to march.


• IS THIS MARCH INCLUSIVE? The fight for Dignity and Justice resides in all communities. The WMM is committed to ensuring that the voices of women from all backgrounds and identities are heard. Through active recruitment and engagement of diverse groups and individuals, we seek to forge new alliances that will enable us to work together for equal justice in the months and years ahead.


• I WANT MY ORGANIZATION TO BE INVOLVED. HOW CAN WE JOIN? Please contact Alicia Donahue at minnesotamarch@gmail.com to discuss how your organization can join and support the Women's March Minnesota.


• WILL THE MARCH BE ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES? The WMM is committed to ensuring that the convening at the capitol is accessible to people with disabilities. There will be an area with seating to accommodate people with disabilities, elderly people and pregnant women.


We are working with volunteers to ensure there are qualified ASL interpreters, access points for those that require a wheelchair, guiding the blind, and mental health crisis care. Different volunteer levels may require specific skills and certification. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following, please contact us.


• I’M NOT A WOMAN, AM I INVITED? This march values inclusivity. All that believe women’s rights are human rights are welcome to attend.


• WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER? We know…Minnesota in JANUARY. Brr! While we are hoping for the best weather possible, we are also preparing for the worst. We do plan to have tents and heaters at the rally at the Capitol.


• HOW CAN I GET UPDATES? Please RSVP via our website, www.womensmarchmn.com, this will allow us to send you emails with updates! Also, be sure to check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter the links are on our website.


Other Important Links:
Official Minnesota to DC Group Page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1873924076227436/
This is where you can find logistical information for the DC event. This site is linked to the national organization.


Official Women's March to Washington - Minnesota Event Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/1819878021589303/
This is the official page for Minnesotans interested in traveling to DC. This site is linked to the national organization.


Women's March to Washington - National Event Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/2169332969958991/
This is the official page for the national event.

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