FAQS

Questions? Answers!

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Final rally speaker and presenter lineup

  • Meagan Gallagher President of Vermont Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • Rep. Kiah Morris Bennington
  • Linda Quinlan Rainbow Umbrella Central VT
  • Madeleine Kunin former VT Governor
  • Muslim Girls Making Change (Performance) Nationally celebrated spoken-word performers
  • Ebony Nyoni Founder and Director of Black Lives Matter VT
  • Mary Gerisch former Human Rights lawyer, water & indigenous people’s rights advocate
  • Wilmar Santiz Migrant Justice
  • Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman
  • Greta Hardy-Mittell (Poem) High school student
  • Rebecca Eun Mi Haslam 2015 Vermont Teacher of Year
  • Sue Minter former VT Gubernatorial Candidate
  • Nicole Nelson & friends of band Dwight & Nicole (leading song)

Street closures

Sections of Bailey Avenue and State Street WILL CLOSE at 1:15 tomorrow to accommodate us. Please plan ahead. This may affect your ability to get in and out of certain parking areas and the High School lot will be inaccessible by car after 1:15. For details, see the City of Montpelier press release.

Can men march and rally too?

Of course! This is an all-inclusive event and all are welcome.

Are there buses traveling to Montpelier from other parts of the state?

Check out the busses folks are organizing on Rally Bus and connect with other carpoolers through Go! Vermont to make your own travel plans. Busses are not being chartered via the organizers of the march.

Where is the march starting and what time?  

The March begins at the Montpelier High School (5 High School Drive, Montpelier) with line up beginning at 1pm. The line-up will take place in the High School parking lot, and we will have limited access to the building (bathroom use). The march will depart at 1:30pm. We will march to the Statehouse lawn for a Unity Rally from 2-3pm.

Parking and shuttles

Parking is available at:

  • Montpelier High School (5 High School Drive). We are blocking off 20 accessible parking spaces and 5 bus parking spaces.
  • VSECU (1 Bailey Ave)
  • National Life parking lot (1 National Drive)
  • Department of Labor Park and Ride (5 Green Mountain Drive)
  • And elsewhere. Visitor parking in city lots is FREE.

Please keep High School parking available for people who can not walk far. Please carpool!

We will have extra handicapped accessible parking spots at Montpelier High School. Accessible spots are first come, first serve and cannot be reserved ahead of time. Due to the high number of RSVP’s, carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Three shuttle busses will run between the National Life parking lot and the High School. One shuttle bus will run from the Department of Labor Park & Ride, to the High School. People who will not be marching should be brought to the Statehouse before 1 p.m.

How long is the march?

The length of the march is just under half of a mile. If you are unable to march or have difficulties standing or walking for long periods of time, there will be an accessible bus that can take you from the Montpelier High School to the Statehouse and back between the hours of 12pm – 5pm. For reasonable accommodation requests, please call Sarah at 802-249-4939.

Lineup, safety, preparation, tips

Consider arriving as early as noon to avoid traffic snarls.

We will line up in the High School sports fields – NOT the parking lot. For people with mobility issues and young children, the High School gym is available to rest and warm.

More than 5,000 people have RSVP’d on the Facebook page. There will be safety marshals and hired security. Please come prepared to be outside.

To show the world our Women’s March and Unity Rally, follow these tips for using your phone to raise awareness.

Will the March and the Rally be accessible?

We are working closely with the Vermont Center for Independent Living to ensure the march and rally will be accessible to all. Accommodations include, but are not limited to, a wheelchair-accessible bus that will be traveling from the High School to the Statehouse, and extra accessible parking at the High school lot, accessible porta-potties on the Statehouse lawn, and ASL interpreters for the Unity Rally have been requested. For reasonable requests for accommodations, please call Sarah at 802-249-4939.

Food, drink, bathrooms

The High School bathrooms will be available and there will be 12 accessible porta potties at the Statehouse. Christ Episcopal Church (64 State Street) will be open for warming, bathrooms, and tabling by our supporting organizations. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Skinny Pancake will hand out FREE hot chocolate at the Rally. Many Montpelier businesses are staying open and offering discounts to marchers. Please thank them!

How should I prepare?

We want everyone to have a positive, powerful and enjoyable experience at the event. That being said, folks should come prepared to take care of themselves! That means charging electronics the night before and having contact information for the folks you are marching with, protecting wheelchairs/scooters from weather elements, having plenty of water, bringing snacks, and dressing for the unpredictable Vermont weather (more on that below). Bring your inspiring signs and noise makers!

What if the weather is bad?

You never really know what a January day in Vermont might bring! These events are taking place outdoors. Please dress appropriately for winter weather, such as wearing layers that can be easily removed if it happens to be warmer than usual. Bring mittens, hand warmers, wear warm socks – typical January gear! If you bring children, make sure they are dressed warmly.  We will have a warming location at the Christ Episcopal Church (64 State St) which will be open before, during and after the Unity Rally, and is two blocks from the Statehouse lawn.

What if an anti-protester starts to bother me or someone is being harassed?

Safety of all participants is a priority. We will have safety ambassadors and police liaisons present at the march. Should you be bothered, the best advice is to not engage with the person. Here is a helpful info about how to be a good ally.

I would like to volunteer for the Women’s March & Unity Rally. Who should I get in touch with?

For volunteering on the day of the event, please contact Isaac Grimm isaac@radvt.org. Please note that some volunteer opportunities on that day may require you to miss part or all of the march and rally.

Will there be any planning meetings or sign making together? What’s needed to make this a huge success?

There will be an art-making party this weekend, January 14th, from 10 am – 6 pm at the Champlain Senior Center in Burlington (241 N. Winooski Ave). You can also make signs at home – just come with an inspiring message.

There are so many awesome organizations involved – how do I connect with them?

Organizations will be tabling on the Statehouse lawn and at the Christ Episcopal Church until 4pm – stop by and talk to them! Grab coffee, tea, water and a snack while you’re there.

I would love to buy some pussyhats before the event. Anyone selling them?

Many folks attending will be wearing pussyhats. You can buy yours (or find a pattern to knit your own!) at www.pussyhatproject.com.

Where can I buy a T-Shirt?

You can order t-shirts, buttons, and other merchandise directly from Zazzle. Proceeds go to Steps to End Domestic Violence (formerly known as Women Helping Battered Women).

Where can I find digital assets (poster file, logos, profile pictures, etc)?

You can find all of the designs for the march and rally here.
Facebook Assets: Click Here
Letter Size Posters with Room for Your Custom Message: Click Here
7-Days Ad: Click Here

Are there any #hashtags assigned to this event for social shares?

Yes! Tag your post with #womensmarchvt.

My organization wants to support the march! Yes!

Visit here to endorse and/or support.

I don’t agree with every group, presenter, speaker present. Am I still welcome?

Yes. Anyone who wants to be a part of our peaceful and positive message is welcome.

Can I bring my dogs?

Please leave dogs at home. It is a huge event and in addition to over three thousand people there will also be puppets, banners, chants, drums and loudspeakers, which have the potential to be overwhelming for our furry friends.

Can we use wood to hold up our signs and banners?

Yes. Please be safe and courteous of others when marching and rallying with poles.

Are there restrictions on bag sizes?  

There are no restrictions on bag sizes, though we do recommend you bring only the necessities.

If you pack it in, pack it out!

The ethic is very simple; if you bring it to the March, you take it home with you (Pack It In/Pack It Out). There are limited trash receptacles. Please respect the City of Montpelier and community and keep it as close as possible to its natural state before our arrival.

A Mamava freestanding lactation suite!

Nursing moms if you need privacy, cleanliness, or need to use a breast pump, a Mamava suite will be set up in the Montpelier High School Gym.

 


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