March FAQ

  • The Official Organizers

    The same team of organizers that brought you the 2017 Women’s March on NYC are organizing the 2018 march. This team has grown into a nonprofit called Women’s March Alliance, Corp.

    2018 March on NYC Partner

    The entire community of The School of Visual Arts is delighted to sponsor, and to participate in, the Women’s March on NYC on January 20th. Inspiring art to promote social responsibility since its founding 76 years ago, SVA has consistently supported those who defend and champion human rights. In this current time of conflict and challenge, when it is so important that women be heard, SVA is proud to unite with marchers from across the nation and send a message to the new administration that women’s rights are human rights. SVA was our official film partner for the 2017 Women’s March on NYC. Their official video can be see on our website homepage.

    Understanding Who’s Who

    Women’s March Alliance, Corp.: Rising out of the local Women’s March on NYC, Women’s March Alliance is a nonprofit whose mission is to raise women’s voices through education and activism. We will equip our communities with the tools necessary to demand change and defend our rights. We are independent from Women’s March below.

    Women’s March: ‘Women’s March’ is a nonprofit founded by the team that specifically organized the 2017 Women’s March on Washington that occurred in Washington, D.C. This organization’s mission and leadership is independent from each of the sister marches and from the Women’s March Alliance. Their mission is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. At the time this FAQ was created, the ‘Women’s March’ team were not planning a 2018 women’s march in D.C..

  • Post the 2017 Women’s March on NYC, countless women were inspired to change their lives. We’ve heard stories of women successfully demanding equal pay, becoming entrepreneurs, running for office, standing up against sexual harassment and even beginning to believe in themselves for the first time. We hope the 2018 Women’s March on NYC will have the same impact.   

    March Mission Statement

    To provide a safe and accepting platform for supporters of equality to rally and march in promotion of civil rights for every human regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion or creed.

    Stated Goals

    • Empower every human who witnesses or participates in the Women’s March on NYC to stand up for their beliefs and their rights

    • Connect victims of discrimination, civil injustice, sexual harassment, or unfair treatment in an environment that encourages them to share their stories, receive support and know that they are not alone

    • Remind the existing government body that they report to the people and the people expect their civil liberties to be upheld

    • Bring hope to those who have lost confidence in the United States Government by physically showing them that the power lies with the people

    • Remind every American that their right to assemble, march, demonstrate, protest, and vote is sacred and only available to citizens of free countries like the United States of America.

    • The 2018 Women’s March on NYC theme is March Into Action. We will be registering voters at the march to support our national effort to register 1 million women to vote by the 2018 elections. See more details of this initiative here. Volunteer to register voters at the march here.

  • Yes. A 2018 Women’s March Map website is currently being designed but we created a facebook event page to help you find the march nearest you until that webpage is ready: https://www.facebook.com/pg/womensmarchonnyc/events/

  • All permits have been filed with the Manhattan Borough Community Affairs Office. We will march on January 20th regardless of the weather. 

    We expect the march to run from 11:00AM -4:00PM EST. 

    We are working closely with the NYPD to ensure this event will be safe and successful.

    We are targeting a route along Central Park West with the rally beginning just north of Columbus Circle. If you attended the Science March or Climate Marches, we are attempting to match those routes.

  • Attendance & Participation

    Fighting for equality requires the strength of all genders and all ages. All are welcome. This will be a peaceful march.

    Registration & Links

    Registration is not required but will help us communicate changes in time and location with you. It will also help us plan the safest route with the NYPD.

    All marchers who selected ‘GOING’ on Facebook or registered via Eventbrite will receive electronic notifications if the event time or location changes.

    We advise each non-registered marcher to check the event details on Facebook or Eventbrite before heading out to the event as changes to the location and time may occur.

    Group Registration/Bus Permits

    Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to register as a group using the group registration link below. This will allow us to easily distribute bus passes, route details and suggested meeting points to groups the week before the march. NOTE: It is the group leader’s responsibility to coordinate the meeting location for their group.

  • General Parking: Street parking will only be reserved for buses. Cars should plan to utilize general street parking and parking lots. We recommend taking public transportation into the City if possible. Click here for City Parking Rules

    Buses: To prevent ticketing and towing, all buses will need to post a bus parking pass in their front window. We will distribute these signs the week prior to the march. NOTE: For safety, we will only provide bus parking passes to registered groups!

    Bus Drop Off, Pick-up & Parking Locations: TBD by NYPD in January 

    Hotels: For liability reasons, we cannot recommend housing or hotels

  • We anticipate the rally will be held between 11:30-1:00. This will be streamed live for all to see. Our speaker list and speaker bios will be updated on our website in January.

  • We will offer the following services: 

    • American Sign Language Interpreters will be at the rally point and at each medical sight
    • Seating will be available at the rally. We have made every effort in our budget to provide an adequate volume of chairs. Due to the volume of marchers, these chairs will be first come first served.
    • We will have volunteers to assist with pushing wheelchairs near the rally stage
  • We will publish a map of the route, street closures and bus parking locations once the City has finalized it. We anticipate this will be ready for publication in January. 

  • Yes, please! We need your help. All volunteer opportunities are posted on our website: https://womensmarchalliance.org/2018wm/2018wmvolunteers/

  • What to Wear:

    We recommend layering your clothing and wearing very comfortable shoes. Prepare for unexpected snow, sleet, or ice. This is an outdoor event. There will not be heaters and we will march rain or shine. We do not encourage large bags or backpacks but they are allowed.

    What to Bring:

    • Water
    • Homemade posters that show who you are and express your sentiment
    • For safety and the comfort of all marchers, we request that you do not bring large backpacks or purses. In such a large crowd, smaller is better
    • Yes, you may bring an umbrella

    Posters, Signs, & Chants:

    What Can’t I say?

    We believe in and promote free speech. Be advised that children and student groups will be in high attendance. Please choose your wording appropriately.

    Materials:

    For safety, posters and signs should be made of paper, poster board, or cardboard like materials. Holiday wrapping paper rolls can be used in lieu of wooden sticks.

    The below materials are prohibited by the NYPD as they can become weapons:

    • Wooden poles, sticks, or handles (yes, even flagpoles are prohibited)
    • Metal wires or handles
    • Bring mini-flags at your own risk. Be advised that the NYPD may confiscate

    Signs made with prohibited materials will be confiscated as they threaten the safety of other marchers.

    If you are an artist looking to collect signs post march, please contact us at info@womensmarchalliance.org

  • Yes. 

    We are currently working with local businesses to host after march events such as human rights trivia, women’s networking, charitable donations per purchase, etc. The list of activities will be published here and to all our social media pages. 

    If you are an organization that would like to host an event, please fill out the form to join our list. 

  • General Safety  

    This is a peaceful march. If you riot in a manner that causes damage to city or private property, harm another human being, break the law, or willfully disrupt an otherwise peaceful march, no legal or financial assistance will be provided. You are on your own.

    You march at your own risk. The NYPD is one of the best mobilized and well trained law enforcement institutions in this country. They will keep you and the City safe. If a serious terrorist threat is received, the NYPD will notify us and we will cancel the event.

    We will have safety volunteers along the route to assist. If you want to volunteer to help with safety, please sign up here

    Equality is truly for all. Please keep in mind that you may be marching next to a group whose beliefs conflict with yours. Allow yourself to be generous in spirit and see human first.

    Available Services 

    • Information Agents will be standing on every corner to help direct you
    • Psych Resources Team (PRT):
      • Events like this are often stressful for many reasons. PRT members (all trained therapists) will be available to anyone in need throughout this event
    • Medical Team:
      • We will have a team of nurses on hand for minor injuries. A map showing the march route and locations of our medical team will be published in January.
      • For emergencies, contact 911.