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Womxn's March on Seattle
Sat, January 21, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST
Start Location: Judkins Park 2150 S Norman St, Seattle, 98144
10:00 - Start time (arrive, find a group with which you'd like to march)
10:30 - Rally/speakers begin
11:00 - Groups begin marching
End Location: Seattle Center, 400 Broad St, Seattle 98109
Route Length: 3.6 miles
On January 21st, 2017 we will join forces and unite for the Womxn’s March on Seattle in solidarity with the national Women’s March on Washington D.C. We invite people of all gender identities, ethnicities, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations to come participate in this amazing event.
Building on the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington, we continue to hold these difficult discussions surrounding race, since it has consistently played a huge role in the fight for gender equality. It is vital that we continue to incorporate people of color in these discussions, and that we learn from history. By promoting intersectionality within our movement, we hope to elevate the level of understanding for all marginalized groups, as they will be most affected by the Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, classism, racism, and sexism of this new administration. If we do not prioritize the most vulnerable voices, then we will not succeed as a movement.
In response to the election many of us have felt scared, angry, or sad; but most importantly, this election has ignited the fire in many of us to stand up for human rights and get involved in our community. We recognize that this is a continuation of the work marginalized groups have been fighting for decades, and this march will serve as a catalyst for people to get more involved with those communities. It is our goal to provide the resources necessary for people to connect with one another, become accomplices, and work towards equity and social justice in this country.
Q: Why is “Womxn” spelled with an X?
A: Seattle has adopted the name “Womxn’s March on Seattle” to promote intersectionality in our movement. Intersectionality acknowledges that different forms of discrimination intersect, overlap, and reinforce each other, and takes into account the impact of discrimination based not only on gender but also race, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, faith, class, disability, and other backgrounds. To learn more about this spelling of womxn, click here.
Q: I’m not a woman. Am I invited?
A: Yes! The march is open to people of all gender identities, ethnicities, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations who believe womxn’s rights are human rights.
Q: What is the route? When will it be released?
A: For safety reasons, the route is not being released until shortly before the march. Additionally, due to the variety of public events happening Inauguration Weekend, it is possible that the route will need to change last minute to accommodate other protests, sit-ins, and other rallies.
To read more about the route, click here.
Q: I’ve heard the March is going to be silent – what’s that about?
A: The Womxn’s March on Seattle will be a silent march, modeled after the successful silent Civil Rights marches that have paved the way for this movement*. Marchers will rely on large numbers and powerful signage to speak more loudly than any individuals ever could.
The organizers respectfully request** that participants be silent until your group has passed the last speaker along the route. Then raise your collective voices and chant, sing, and shout all the way to Seattle Center, letting out all the energy, excitement, and passion that brought us together in the first place.
* Silent Marches have a long history as effective expressions of non-violent protest. One momentous Silent March was organized by the NAACP in 1917 to protest anti-black violence. In a reflective interview about the event, the President of the NAACP from 2008-2013, Benjamin Todd Jealous, explained: “When tens of thousands of people march and chant, the focus is on the chant. When tens of thousands of people march and are silent, the focus is on the people. We wanted to make sure that the solemnness, the seriousness of the occasion, came through.”
** Silence is a request, and is by no means a requirement. This is a free speech event, and participants are constitutionally allowed to say whatever they like. Please join us.
Q: I want to come march! How do I show that I’m going to do that? Do I have to register or buy a ticket in order to attend?
A: If you have already clicked “going” on the Facebook event, you’re all set!
If not, click here to register your attendance at this FREE event on Eventbrite. Registration is not mandatory for attendance, but it does help organizers know how many people to expect and plan for, so please register if you plan on attending. Registration is completely free, and you don’t need to bring a ticket with you to join in the event. Anyone and everyone who wants to march in support of the mission is welcome.
Q: Why is there an Eventbrite page in addition to the Facebook event? If I’ve already clicked “going” on Facebook, what do I do with the Eventbrite page?
A: Getting a headcount of marchers helps organizers prepare adequately and keep everyone safe. The Facebook event has helped up to a point, but there are two gaps: 1) A lot of march supporters aren’t on Facebook. Eventbrite gives non-Facebookers a way to say they’re coming. 2) Several large groups want to come. Eventbrite allows a group-leader to register up to 100 people at a time, which can’t be done with Facebook.
If you have already indicated you’re “going” on Facebook, you DO NOT need to register on Evenbrite. If you want to invite people who aren’t on Facebook, share the Eventbrite link! If you are bringing/want to invite a group and want to register for a lot of people at once, use/share the Eventbrite link!
Q: Why isn’t the Womxn’s March on Seattle happening before the Inauguration?
A: The march is on the day after Inauguration to coincide with the national March on Washington D.C. Other events are occurring around Seattle and Washington State in reaction to the Inauguration, and are not affiliated with the Womxn’s March on Seattle.
Q: I’ve heard rumors about “journalists” who will infiltrate the march to make videos that distort the message of the march. What’s going on?
A: While those rumors have not been confirmed or disproved, it is important to think about the media and photography that will be documenting the march. Please keep in mind the following:
- March organizers are trying to ensure all legitimate journalistic media outlets will be wearing press passes. They will have the official Womxn’s March on Seattle logo on the top and the word PRESS in large letters. If you are approached for an interview or photo, keep an eye out for their press badge or other identifying marks, such as their television station logo on jackets or camera.
- You do not have to respond to requests for interviews if you do not want to.
- The march is happening in a public space so organizers cannot legally restrict photography. Please be aware that you and your families may end up in photographs or videos taken that day.
Transportation and Lodging Answers
Q: I’m from out of town – are there places I can stay?
A: Click here for information on airline discounts, hotel deals, couch-surfing options, and more.
Q: Where and when does the march start? Where does it end?
A: The march starts at 10 a.m. at Judkins Park (2150 S Norman St, Seattle, WA 98144), and ends at Seattle Center (400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109).
The most up-to-date information on starting location and start time are located here.
Q: Why is the march starting at Judkins Park? It’s a bit out of the way.
A: The location of Judkins Park was the result of several factors: 1) budget, 2) the need for a space that can accommodate 50,000-75,000 people, 3) availability on the day of, 4) approval of the city of Seattle. While there are several locations that meet one or two of these criteria, Judkins Park is the only location that was approved by the city for the march.
Organizers are aware of the transportation challenges for Judkins Park, and are working to provide information to participants about transportation options. For more transportation information, keep an eye out here.
Q: How can I get to the start of the March? What are the options for parking, carpooling, and public transportation?
A: Click here for information on carpooling, Uber discounts, and public transportation. Information about parking will be available soon. Stay tuned!
Q: I’m taking the ferry to Seattle. How do I get to the start of the march from the ferry terminal?
A: Click here for information about travel options from the ferry terminal.
Day-of Logistics Answers
Q: What can I expect on the day of the March?
A: Click here for what to expect on the day of.
Q: What should/can I bring to the march? What should I not bring?
A: To bring: weather-appropriate clothing (warm, adequate layers and waterproof clothing); signs displaying slogans and calls to action (signs on sticks are ok); strollers and wheelchairs (manual or electric); licensed service animals; water and a snack. Children are welcome.
To NOT bring: bikes, recreational scooters, roller blades, motorcycles or other motorized vehicles, pets, weapons. Backpacks are discouraged for security reasons.
A: Seattle organizers are working with the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Fire Department, Department of Transportation, a private security team, and volunteer peaceful marchers from local unions to provide safety and direction to the Marchers.
Click here for more information about accessibility and resources for families.
Q: What is the route? How long is it?
A: The route is approximately 3.6 miles long.
For safety reasons, the route is not being released until shortly before the march. Additionally, due to the variety of public events happening Inauguration Weekend, it is possible that the route will need to change last minute to accommodate other protests, sit-ins, and other rallies. For more general information about the route, go here.
Q: I can’t / don’t want to march the entire length of the route. Can I join at some point along the route, or leave before the end?
A: The route will be open, without blockades, for participants to enter or leave the march when they’d like. For the safety of the participants, organizers request that you use the five designated access points along the route where participants can safely enter and exit with additional assistance. Peaceful Marchers will be on hand throughout the march to escort people to these points. Go here for the location of these points.
Q: I can’t / don’t want to march but I want to participate in some way. What are my options?
A: People who want to support the marchers but cannot march themselves are welcome to join the rally portion (at Judkins Park at 10:30), or cheer marchers at the end of the route (at Seattle Center). There is not currently a designated location for seated supporters along the march route – that will be released that shortly before the march. Keep an eye out here.
Women’s March Movement Answers
Q: What is the purpose of the Womxn’s March on Seattle? What are you trying to accomplish?
A: Read about the mission here. The intention of the march is to assemble in numbers too great to ignore, in order to show solidarity and to provide support to the communities who are impacted the most by the current political climate. There has been a huge outpouring of support and interest in volunteerism and activism as a result of the last election cycle. March organizers seek to plug those volunteers and activists into direct contact with local organizations that are making a difference in the communities at risk. Several of these organizations will be marching in the Womxn’s March on Seattle. Marchers will have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer with them and march alongside these Organizations.
Q: The mission says one of the goals of the Womxn’s March on Seattle is for marchers to “become accomplices.” Don’t you mean “become allies”?
A: Many marginalized people who are doing the work of fighting for civil rights and against oppression prefer “accomplices” to “allies.” Allies can align themselves ideologically with a fight or movement without actually taking any action to support that movement. Their support is in name and appearance only.
Conversely, accomplices are defined by action – by giving time, money, skills, or materials to the movements they support. In keeping with the mission of the march, it is not enough for marchers to look supportive and take the actions we think are best. We must be supportive, taking the actions requested by the people we are supporting.
To learn more about being an accomplice, click here.
Q: Who is organizing the Womxn’s March on Seattle?
A: The Womxn’s March on Seattle is completely organized by volunteers. Click here to learn more.
Q: I’m hearing things about National and State, what’s that about?
A: This march is in solidarity with marches happening all over the country on the same day. The first march originated in Washington D.C., and that is where the national people are located. To learn more about the National March’s Mission, click here.
National organizers were overwhelmed with people from all over the country contacting them to set up a march in their own cities and states, so they began to find volunteers in each state to help coordinate local marches, work as an information hub, and help answer questions. You can learn more about the national march at the official Women’s March website.
Washington State organizers are a group of volunteers from all over Washington State who are helping cities in Washington organize their marches. There is no “Washington State March.” The State-level organizers help with fundraising, disperse information from the National-level organizers to the cities in Washington that are marching, and ensure the entire state is consistent with it’s mission. Washington State now has five official marches planned for January 21st: Seattle, Olympia, Spokane, Whidbey Island, and Bellingham. The Washington State-level folks are helping with all of those marches. Check out the Washington State mission statement, get more info, and click that you’re “attending” at the Washington State Facebook page. You can also learn more about the other marches by going to the official Washington State Women’s March website.
Q: Is the Womxn’s March on Seattle affiliated with any organization or political party?
A: The Womxn’s March on Seattle is a non-partisan non-profit free speech event. This is not a protest. It is a sister march of the national Women’s March on Washington D.C. For more information on the national march, see below.
Q: Is it true that other countries are marching?
A: Yes! This is a global movement. Click here to learn more about the other marches around the world.
Q: I want to be able to make a long-term difference. What can I do after the March?
A: Check out the organizations that are involved in the March.
Q: I want to volunteer for the Womxn’s March on Seattle! What can I do?
A: All committees are fully supported and do not need additional help for the march. But you can still make an impact! Help with carpools by signing up to drive here. Support the organizations marching in the Womxn’s March on Seattle! Check out the list of organizations here.
Merchandise, Art, Signs, and Crafts Answers
Q: Are you guys selling tee-shirts or other merchandise?
A: Yes we are! Click here to see official merchandise.
Q: I want to make my own sign for the march. Can you give me some ideas? Where can I find more information about going to a sign-making party?
A: Click here to see some a list of some suggested slogans, and get decoration ideas from pictures taken at sign-making parties. To find out more about scheduled sign-making parties that are open to the public, click here.
Q: Are there any restrictions on what types of signs I can bring or what my signs say?
A: The Womxn’s March on Seattle is a free speech event. All participants are free to bring signs that say whatever they like. The organizers ask that participants be mindful that this is a diverse and inclusive march. Please refrain from hate speech or graphic imagery. There will also be children present.
There are no restrictions on sign type. Banners, posters, and signs are all ok. Sticks may be restricted for safety reasons. Please make your sign in a way where it doesn’t depend on having a stick. It may be windy, making large banners or signs difficult to carry – smaller signage is recommended. The organizers do not recommend flags as they can be unwieldy and hinder other participants.
Q: I’ve been seeing Womxn’s March on Seattle posters around town. I keep seeing Womxn’s March on Seattle logos on social media. Where can I buy or download these?
A: Flyers, posters, and logos are available here.
Q: What is the Pussy Hat Project I keep hearing about? How can I get involved with that? Is there any organized effort in Seattle?
A: Per their official website, The Pussy Hat Project seeks to:
1) Provide the people of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard.
2) Provide people who cannot physical be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women’s rights.
Those interested in supporting the Washington State Pussy Hat Project can do so here. The Womxn’s March on Seattle has no official organized effort to support the Pussy Hat Project in Seattle, but interested Marchers are encouraged to wear their Pussy Hats.