I’ve be following closely the plans for the Women’s March on Jan 21, 2017. I know a number of people on DKOS were planning to attend. I’m meeting a small group to attend. This is a peaceful rally and march but it seems that it will not be allowed to go forward in the historic location for these types of marches. Is this just the beginning?
The National Park Committee submitted a blocking permit on behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee saying the Lincoln Memorial as well as other historic D.C. sites are off-limits around the time of the inauguration. This foils the plan for a women's march on the Mall expected to draw over 100,000.
From The Guardian
The NPS filed a “massive omnibus blocking permit” for many of Washington DC’s most famous political locations for days and weeks before and after the inauguration on 20 January, said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a constitutional rights litigator and the executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.
Now, there are arguments that it is because it is a “construction zone” related to the Inauguration event itself -I ask you though, if it is already prepped for thousands of people, what is the big deal leaving it prepped??? Maybe I’m being simplistic. I understand that temporary infrastructure has its limits and costs but is that really what the issue is. Maybe this is SOP???
The organizers say they have secured another location — not sure where yet. I guess we just need to wait it out — I for one am still planning on going.
From People (note the reference to hundreds of women planning to attend in the article — sheesh)
The march will go on.
Despite permit issues, organizers of the Women’s March on Washington tell PEOPLE that the event will go on as planned — with hundreds of women from across the country set to take to the streets of Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017 to promote the protection of women’s rights: “our safety, our health and our families.”
Here are the event details from the www.womensmarch.com
The Women’s March on Washington will convene on Saturday, 10:00 am, January 21, 2017.
Occurring in Washington, DC near the Capitol, specific location and details are forthcoming. Professional organizers are working with all relevant agencies and there should not be any issues with securing necessary permits.
I’m interested in what others might think of this. I hope it is not a preview for things to come, it is hard with all the rhetoric that floated around PEOTUS and his potential administration not to worry though. The world stills needs an America that champions freedom and does not silence political dissent.
Dartagnan also has a diary up on this which goes a little bit more into the background of the planning committee. Here is the link. www.dailykos.com/…
TrueBlueMajority has put up a diary also. It has some suggestions for alternate forms of protest.
Just adding this tweet of the WaPo article.