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What You to Need to Know about Attending the March on Washington

On August 24, HRC will be participating in the National Action Network’s event to remember the March on Washington — the theme of which is “National Action To Realize The Dream."

The Rev. MacArthur H. Flournoy, HRC's Director of Faith Partnerships & Mobilization, will be among those speaking at the event from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial. At 1:00 p.m., participants will march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which sits on the Tidal Basin.

We're anticipating large crowds on Saturday, so it's important to plan ahead.

Here are a few answers to the most frequently asked questions about attending the event.

Q. WHAT ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL?
A. The following items are prohibited on the National Mall: Balloons, alcohol, glass bottles, flammable liquids, firearms, and weapons (things designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage).


Q. ARE CHAIRS ALLOWED ON THE MALL?
A. Yes; chairs and coolers are allowed at the March. Please be aware that August 24th is expected to be a hot day. There will be port-a-johns and cooling stations available on the Mall free of charge.


Q. WILL PARTNERS HAVE A RALLYING POINT WHERE THEIR ORGANIZATIONS CAN MEET?
A. Yes. Unions and March partners must obtain a permit to set up tables on the National Mall to rally members and distribute organizational materials. Tables must be set-up on the north side of the lawn at 15th Street between Independence and Constitution Ave. Permits must be obtained emailing mow@nationalactionnetwork.net. Please keep in mind, only approved organizations are permitted to set-up tables to distribute t-shirts, signs, lunches, paraphernalia, and etc. ORGANIZATIONS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN TABLES.


Q. IS THERE A LOST AND FOUND LOCATION?
A. There will be Reunification Tents situated on the Mall. Please tell persons in your party to go to a reunification tent should they get lost from their party or lost items get misplaced.

Q. WHEN AND WHY IS THERE MARCH ON WASHINGTON?
A. The 50th Anniversary March on Washington will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, leaders from civil rights, organized labor, housing, media, education and politics will once again convene in the nation’s capital to urge Congress to create more jobs, protect voting rights, and to address the litany of recent attacks on immigration and workers’ rights, and equality for the LGBT community.


Q. WHO IS ORGANIZING THIS MARCH?
A. The march has been convened by the Reverend Al Sharpton, President and Founder of National Action Network (NAN), and Martin Luther King, III, the eldest son of Coretta and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President of Realizing the Dream. Participating groups include but are not limited to: The King Center, A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), NAACP LDF, National Urban League (NUL), National Council of Negro Women, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), Tom Joyner, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), 1199 SEIU, United Federation of Teachers (UFT), United Here, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, American Federation of Government Employees, AFGE, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Communities Without Boundaries International, Inc. (CWBI), Military Families Speak Out, Fair Vote, United for Peace & Justice, Veterans for Peace, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, National Congress of Black Women (NCBW), , National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW), Black Women's Health Imperative, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Black Justice Coalition, Family Equality Council, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), The Hip Hop Caucus, Operation Hope, Impact Black Youth Vote, OurTime.org, Skinner Leadership Institute and many others.


Q. HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL ATTEND?
A. We are expecting at least one hundred thousand people will rally with us in DC and hundreds of thousands more will rally through social media to take a stand against the many issues that are plaguing our broad community. Issues such as racial profiling, Stand Your Ground laws, unemployment, poverty attacks on women’s rights, workers’ rights, gun violence equality for gays and concerns over healthcare, housing and the environment will be the focus of the march. Like the 250,000 people who converged on Washington, D.C fifty years ago, this gathering will be multi-racial and intergenerational.


Q. I'M INTERESTED IN ATTENDING OR ORGANIZING A BUS TO ATTEND THE MARCH. HOW DO I REGISTER? PURCHASE A BUS PERMIT?
A. To register yourself for the march, go to http://www.nationalactionnetwork.net/mow/register/ or call 877- 626-4651. The contact information for bus coordinators from across the country can be accessed at http://nationalactionnetwork.net/mow/buses/ or by calling the NAN hotline at 877-626-4651. To register a bus that you are sponsoring or selling seats on, please visit http://nationalactionnetwork.net/mow/bus-registration/.

We’ve made the availability to purchase parking permits with a credit card via the link below. All bus coordinators must go online to purchase a parking permit for each bus they intend to park at RFK Stadium no later than Thursday August 22, 2013 at 5PM EST. The cost for each parking permit is $55. If you do not purchase a parking permit, your bus will not be allowed access to RFK Stadium. We encourage you to pay for parking permits as soon as possible.

PURCHASE YOUR PERMIT ONLINE at http://nationalactionnetwork.net/mow/purchase-bus-parking- permit/
To address any questions, or concerns regarding bus parking or permits, please contact Rev. DeVes Toon at 646-981-5972.

Q. I AM INTERESTED IN FINANCIALLY SUPPORTING THE MARCH. HOW CAN I DO SO?
A. Your financial support will help us to cover increased costs to make August 24th a huge success. Support the March by making a donation to the National Action Network. Your support will ensure that our voices are heard as we work to realize the dream of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
Your donation can be made by visiting http://www.nationalactionnetwork.net or by mailing a check or money order to:
National Action Network 106 West 145th Street New York, NY 10039

Q. I SAW A WEBSITE THAT SAID THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON WILL BE ON AUGUST 28TH. IS THAT TRUE?
A. No. The National Action to Realize the Dream March is taking place on Saturday, August 24th and is part of the official schedule of events being hosted by the King Family, four of the remaining organizations who executed the 1963 March - A. Philip Randolph Institute, NAACP, National Urban League, and SCLC in conjunction with NAN, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), National Park Service, The Children’s Defense Fund and The Skinner Leadership Institute. The full schedule of events can be found by visiting mlkdream50.com. The march on August 28th is being led by a private citizen and is not part of the official events.

Q. WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
A. You can call NAN’s House of Justice at 1-877-626-4651. We will continue to update our FAQs online,
so please check back for more information. Please also look for updates and trend with us on our social media sites:
Facebook.com/nationalactionnetwork,
Twitter.com/NationalAction
Instagram.com/NationalActionNetwork

Q. CAN YOU GIVE ME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE 1963 MARCH? CAN YOU PROVIDE A SUGGESTED READING LIST?
A. Although this is by no means a comprehensive list, the following books are recommended:

  • The March on Washington, by William P. Jones (W.W. Norton, 2013)
  • The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement, by Taylor Branch (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
  • My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King, III (Harpers & Collins, 2013)
  • Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, by David Garrow (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2004).
  • Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington, by Kitty Kelley (Thomas Dunne Books, 2013)


Q. IS THERE SOME BASIC PROGRAMING INFORMATION FOR SATURDAY?

A. We are asking all attendees to be on the Lincoln Memorial at 7:30am.
7:30AM Ecumenical Service & Music

9:00AM Speaking Program Begins

12:30PM Line-up for the March
 

 


Are you a bus coordinator for Saturday's march? Learn more here.

And on August 28, join the Human Rights Campaign, Center for Black Equity, Hilton Worldwide and Verizon for a panel discussion and reception honoring the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin. RSVP now.

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