Saturday, January 20, 2018

Announcing the Women's March on Philadelphia 2018!



We are very pleased to announce the one year anniversary event of the Women's March on Philadelphia!

Women's March on Philadelphia 2018: We Resist. We Persist. We Rise.

10:30 am - gather at Aviator Park/Logan Square
11:00 am - marching from Logan Square to Eakins Oval
12:00 pm - Rally with speakers and performers kicks off

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Register for free tickets: http://bit.ly/WMP18Tix

Please consider making a donation: http://bit.ly/WMP18Donate

Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/WMP18

FAQs: https://www.facebook.com/notes/philly-women-rally-inc/faqs-for-womens-march-on-philadelphia-2018/1740077772963850/

More info to follow!

#womensmarchPHL2018 #ResistPersistRise #phillywomenrally

Friday, January 19, 2018

Nursing Mother Station at Maternity Care Coalition!

For nursing mothers, Maternity Care Coalition will once again be providing a quiet space for you! The location is also marked on the maps posted earlier. We are so thankful for their help!

Maternity Care Coalition
Rodin Place, 2000 Hamilton St., Philadelphia, PA
10 am - 4 pm: Indoor breastfeeding and pumping station just off the Parkway behind the Barnes Museum. The Rodin Place entrance is on Hamilton Street in the middle of the block, next to Super Cuts. Take elevator to second floor and follow signs to MCC large conference room. MCC will provide light refreshments and a clean, sanitary area to breastfeed or pump (you must bring your own pump). Staffed by MCC employees and volunteers.

Speakers and Performers for the Women's March on Philadelphia 2018

Announcing: Our (probably) complete line up of speakers and performers! (As with any live event, this is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances!)

Drum Like A Lady
Suzann Christine
Jovida Hill on behalf of Mayor Jim Kenney
Rebecca Rhynhart
Beatrice Sanabria-Caraballo
Amy Gunzelma
India Fenner
Michele A Leahy
Pauline Thompson Guerin
Dr. Fariha Khan
Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia
Councilwoman Maria D Quinones Sanchez & Women of City Council
Jamie Perrapato
Rep. Joanna McClinton, Rep. Donna Bullock, & Women of the PA State House & Senate
Melissa Robbins
Amber Hikes
Nellie Fitzpatrick
Olivia Ponce
Dayle Steinberg
Rabbi Jill Maderer
Patrice Banks
Daejah Vaughn
Jenny Entin
Noor Bowman
Barbara Steltz Wittman
Vashti Bandy
Marguerite Sexton
Voices Rising Philly

March Day Maps!

We've got all kinds of Maps to help you find what you need on March Day! Click the images to enlarge.

March Route




Rally Site



Accessibility





Thursday, January 18, 2018

Security Update

Please be advised the City has amended its verbiage regarding security at the Women’s March on Philadelphia 2018. Updated information pertaining to safety, security and/or policy can be found on the City’s press release HERE.

Mobility Rentals Accessibility

MOBILITY RENTALS
at the Women’s March on Philadelphia 



We’ve made arrangements with Marx Medical Equipment so that you can rent a wheelchair, scooter or other mobility device ahead of time and have it delivered to the March with a 15% discount.

The pick up area will be at Spring Garden and Pennsylvania Avenue close to the stage, ADA seating and drop off area.

Rentals at this point (after 2 pm Friday) are on a case by case basis, and Marx will not have chairs for rent at the March site due to low demand.
Call Marx at (215) 426-9242

Be sure to specify that you are attending the Women’s March on Philadelphia and  give your name, phone number, and email address so they can contact you for follow-up questions to fit you with your exact equipment needs.

Marx may also have a limited number of wheelchairs and scooters available for same-day rental, for those with last-minute needs, but that will be dependent on how many advance reservations they receive, so if you expect to need a rental, be sure to call in advance.

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If you need to pick up a rental closer to Suburban Station, Mr. Wheelchair may be able to meet your needs.  Contact them at 215-333-7303


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Disclaimer: We are providing mobility equipment information as we know of it. We do not endorse any company or service and do not financially benefit in any way.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Announcing... Ordinary Women Speakers and Performers!



After reviewing nearly 150 applications for everyday speakers and performers for the Women's March on Philadelphia 2018, we've finally been able to narrow it down to 12! The applications were so powerful and it really goes to show what incredible work and activism is happening here in the Philadelphia region. We are so proud of this community! Congratulations to these selected speakers and performers; we can't wait to hear from you on Saturday!
  • Vashti Bandy - member of Tuesdays with Toomey, speaking about how “We Lead the Persistence”
  • Jenny Entin - computer science student at U Penn, speaking about women in engineering
  • Pauline Thompson Guerin - member of Philadelphia Veterans for Organization, speaking about veteran women and sexual assault
  • Amy Gunzelman - 17 year old senior at Spring Grove HS, speaking about her persistence in her community
  • Michele Leahy - speaking about “Gimp Gals are Here Too!”
  • Jamie Perrapato - member of Turn PA Blue, speaking about “Getting More Democratic Women Elected to PA State House”
  • Melissa Robbins - member of Emerge PA and NOW, Two Orgs where women are empowered to lead, speaking about “Staying Committed and Being the Change”
  • Marguerite Sexton - performing her original public inspiration chant "We Are One"
  • Daejah Vaughn - 15 year old spoken word poet
  • Voices Rising Philadelphia - A community chorus of women & men committed to social justice & motivating people to resist --- to persist ---- to arise!
  • Barbara Wittman - speaking about bullying and winning

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Accessibility Information





What accommodations are available for people with disabilities, Deaf, or Autistic participants?
There will be an ADA seating area in front of the stage for people with disabilities. You are welcome to bring a companion with you.

The following services are confirmed:

• The seating directly in front of the stage (at the base of the Art Museum Steps) will be reserved for those who need this accessible seating. We have made every effort in our budget to provide an adequate volume of chairs for those who need to sit. Due to the volume of marchers, these chairs will be first come first served.

• Additional seats/benches around the route will be marked with the universal accessibility symbol to indicate they are reserved for those with disabilities who need to sit.


• American Sign Language Interpreters will be at the stage and there will be a section of the ADA seating area reserved for those who need a direct line of vision to the interpreters. The interpreters will also be included in the video that is projected onto the jumbotron.

• We will have volunteers to assist with wheelchair users near the rally stage.

• There will be a medical tent. Location will be updated once confirmed.

• You will be able to rent a wheelchair, walker or scooter and have it delivered to the delivered to the march. Exact details to be provided soon.

• There are 2 locations, one at the beginning of the route, and one at the rally/stage location for participants who need to be dropped off. These locations will be marked on the map and listed here as they are confirmed.

• The stage will be accessible via wheelchair lift.

• About 20% of porta-potties are accessible (additional accessible restrooms may be found in the library and museums that line the March route)

• Nursing area hosted in a nearby business (details forthcoming)

Wheelchair, scooter, mobility device rentals (follow link for details)

Quiet spaces near the march route:

• The Philadelphia Library recommends visiting the art department or social science department for a quiet, but public space - located at 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • Moore College of Art and Design has an art gallery and cafe that are open to the public and tend to be quiet on the weekends (however they do ask all guests to sign in) - located at 1916 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    • The Barnes Foundation invites guests that need a quiet space to visit their public spaces including the main lobby, the lower lobby and their courtyard - located at 20th and the Parkway

    • Maternity Care Coalition will have its facility open for nursing moms - located on Hamilton Street between 20th and 21st streets


The following are things we are still working on...
Details will be posted here as they are confirmed (likewise if they are not possible, will be posted here as well)


• Backup power for emergency charging of wheelchairs, communication devices and medical equipment

• Peer counseling

• If there are other accommodations you'd like to suggest that may have been overlooked, please leave a comment and we'll try to respond. 

Disability and Accessibility Information


JOIN IN EVEN IF YOU 
CAN'T PHYSICALLY ATTEND


If you want to participate, but cannot attend because of a chronic illness or disability there are 2 ways you can still participate ... (you can even do both if you like!)

Disability March


The Disability March is “an online movement that gives people with disabilities and chronic illnesses a way to actively participate in the event via the internet. 

The Disability March site includes prompts for interested participants to submit their names, photos and statements.” The info goes live on the website and is also visible on the Disability March’s twitter feed @DisabilityMarch, creating a virtual archive of participants.”
- source https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/disability-march-online-movement-womens-march-washington-disabled_us_58813a39e4b0e3a735680f3e


The first Disability March was put together in December 2016-January 2017 by a small ad-hoc group of writers and organizers including Sonya Huber, Sarah Einstein, Andrea Scarpino, and others; most of our ad-hoc organizing group are disabled people; this category includes people with a variety of physical limitations as well as chronic illnesses.

To participate in this year’s Disability March and also be connected to the Philadelphia Women’s March, go to Disabilitymarch2.com and enter your info following the instructions there. To also be included in Women's March on Philadelphia, include the hashtag #womensmarchPHL2018 at the beginning of your message.

Sample Disability Marcher:

Image description: Black woman in a black shirt smiling to camera

Marching With Me


Recognizing that many people with chronic illness and disability cannot physically protest at marches and rallies, #MarchingWithMe, a Suffering the Silence initiative organizes partnerships of ongoing advocacy between Supporters in our community and able-bodied Marchers.

Together, we march for a stronger, more inclusive future. MarchingWithMe matches Supporters with “boots on the ground” Marchers. Marchers wear a small, printable photo banner of their Supporter on the day and partners are encouraged to share personal stories with each other in advance of the march and then by posting photos and experiences of the march on social media with the #MarchingWithMe hashtag.

All matches for this year’s Women’s March must be submitted by Tuesday, January 16th.

Visit http://www.sufferingthesilence.com/marching-with-me and follow the instructions. Enter Philadelphia or Philly in the space labeled OTHER under “Major City You're Closest To”

Once you are paired and ready to participate in the Women’s March on Philadelphia, Marchers and Supporters should be sure to not only use the #MarchingWithMe hashtag, but also include the hashtag ##womensmarchPHL2018 and be sure their posts are set to public.


Sample MarchingWithMe Supporter:
Sample #MarchingWithMe placard of Leah Oren, a white woman in her late teens or early twenties with dark curly hair tucked inside a pink and white striped hat.  She is smiling.  The text above the image reads "#MarchingWithMe" "Partnering Individuals Living with Disability and Illness with Boots-on-the-Ground Advocates"


We hope to be able to share posts from both the Disability March and Marching With Me on our FB Page, Event, Twitter feed and at the March itself on the screens at the March on the 20th.


FYI: While we know that there are many other reasons that you may not be able to attend, please read the requirements for each march as they are not meant for those with temporary reasons they can't attend. It is not that these people and their reasons aren't valued, but people with disabilities and chronic illness don't have other avenues to participate. So each of the above listed marches have their own requests as to who participates in them. Please honor them.

There is an Online March that was created to fill the need for a virtual march for anyone else who can't attend for other reasons. Find that event here and consider using the same hashtags listed above.https://www.facebook.com/events/177323026349689/?ti=cl

*January 20th is a day dedicated to the social acceptance of disability and to honor the late Annie Hopkins, founder of 3E Love and creator of the International Symbol of Acceptance.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Security Information


We've received the following information related to event security from the City of Philadelphia. If you have any questions, please comment on this post or contact info@phillywomenrally.com. We really appreciate the work of the City of Philadelphia and the Office of Special Events to ensure that all marchers are safe!

From us at Philly Women Rally: Signs/Posters are allowed but do not attach them to pickets/sticks.

** 1/18/2018: Please be advised the City has amended its verbiage regarding security at the Women’s March on Philadelphia 2018. Updated information pertaining to safety, security and/or policy can be found on the City’s press release HERE. **
Original Post:

From the City of Philadelphia:

"Due to the projected size and scope of the 2018 Women’s March on Philadelphia on January 20th, 2018, the City will be implementing some additional security measures in order to ensure the safety of all in attendance.

Event attendees can enter the march assembly area at Logan Circle at the following locations:
  • 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • 20th & Race Streets
  • 20th & Vine Streets

Event attendees wishing to attend only the rally portion of the event may access Eakins Oval and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the following additional locations:
  • 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway (north and south sides)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue & Spring Garden Street
  • 25th Street & Kelly Drive
  • Eakins Oval (south side, near 24th Street)
Items NOT allowed inside the venue include:
  • Weapons and contraband of any kind (regardless of permitting, e.g. Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will be confiscated)
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
  • Skateboards, motorized vehicles or scooters (excluding motorized wheelchairs or similar equipment)
  • Laser pointers
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) & drones of any kind
Attendees are strongly discouraged from carrying bags, backpacks, or satchels of any kind. All bags are subject to search, and therefore, the presence of bags could create delays in allowing attendees to enter the event.

In addition, the public should expect congestion in the area. If you are attending the event, make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, and supervision of children. Be prepared to wait to enter and exit the area. We recommend that attendees wear comfortable, weather-appropriate attire.

Leave no bags or items unattended. In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (a backpack, a package, a container), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item."

Monday, January 1, 2018

We Resist. We Persist. We Rise.


Introducing the theme for the Women's March on Philadelphia 2018: We Resist. We Persist. We Rise.



We Resist.
We stand against those in our country and society who seek to divide us and stifle the diversity that makes our nation great. We will no longer allow the rights and interests of women and those who identify as women in mind, body, or spirit to be disregarded.

We Persist.
One year after the largest demonstration in the history of the world, we continue to speak up and remind everyone: We will not be silenced! We will be there in the streets, in the halls of Congress, outside the White House. We will march, we will rally, and we will organize in our communities. We will call out those who try to intimidate us. We will jam the phone lines, we will write postcards, we will connect on social media with others of like mind. We will work to get out the vote and we will be there at the polls to see change happen. We will continue our fight!

We Rise.
For the second year, we come together in solidarity at the Women’s March on Philadelphia and at marches around the world to reiterate our message: We hold our elected officials accountable. We are fighting for women’s rights, especially in communities marginalized the most. We are creating our own space to have a voice in decisions that affect our everyday lives. We believe in our ability to create change because together we are powerful and this movement is strong. We are rising, fearless and unapologetic. We are running for the very offices held by those who have tried to keep us down. We are taking our seats at the table!