This week The Guardian published a thorough list of what you should and shouldn’t bring to the Women’s March on Washington this weekend. The article also covered a refresher on what your rights are at a march. The story is well worth the read.
Here are a few things that caught our attention:
- Posters or flags: both will be allowed, but flags cannot have poles and posters cannot have wooden sign posts, according to the march FAQ. If you’re making your own sign, guides like this one from i-D recommend using foam core instead of poster board. The Amplifier Foundation has chosen a selection of five postersthat you can print and bring with you. A number will be distributed for free.
- A small bag or clear backpack: be warned, there are size restrictions and bags may be subject to search. Transparent backpacks can be no larger than 17in by 12in by 6in, and small bags, purses or totes cannot exceed 8in by 6in by 4in.
- Know the city: Monica Hopkins-Maxwell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia, emphasized that attendees should make a plan ahead of time when going to any demonstration. That includes having meeting points in case you get disconnected from your group and understanding the basic layout of the city. A website established by local DC government advises on street closures and getting around during the chaos of inauguration weekend.
- Know your rights: The ACLU will pass out pamphlets about knowing your rights when demonstrating in DC, compiled with Black Lives Matter DC, Law4BlackLives-DC and a number of other groups. Hopkins-Maxwell highlighted a few tips for interacting with police officers, including memorizing their badge numbers, which should be in plain view, specifying that you would like to remain silent, and knowing that you can ask if you are free to leave.
March organizers have also provided an FAQ to answer any questions you may have about the march.