Where & When: This event takes place outside, on the grounds of the state capitol on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2pm.
Michigan State Capitol
100 N. Capitol Ave
Lansing, MI 48933
The rally will begin promptly at 2PM with performers and speakers. It will last a little over two hours.
Does Women’s March Michigan have any other anniversary events? Yes! We are also planning one in Marquette. https://womensmarchmichigan.org/power-polls-marquette/
Are we marching? We will be symbolically marching from all corners of Michigan to rally at the steps of the state Capitol.
Do I need a ticket to attend? How much are they? No, you do not need a ticket. This event is free and open to the public.
Why is it on the 21st? It was on the 21st last year. It is also on the same day Women’s March National is holding their POWER TO THE POLLS event.
Be prepared: We just found out on 1/12 that part of the Capitol lawn had to be torn up for construction. Depending on the weather, it may be muddy. Consider wearing boots to the march! This event takes place outside. Please dress for snow and/or rain and wear a good pair of shoes or boots. Be prepared to stand for long periods. You are welcome to bring your own lawn chair, umbrella, snacks, and water.
Pussyhats: The Women’s March movement is intentionally focused on intersectionality. Like last year, our march will be diverse with members of all races, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations represented. The opinions of our members – and the ways those opinions are expressed – will be just as diverse. Our focus is on showing the world that resistance to the oppression of women is stronger than ever before, and on mobilizing that resistance to change the systems that support that oppression. We are here to listen to women from marginalized communities that are feeling left out of the movement. We encourage daring discussions with people who experience the world and their personhood differently. Women’s March Michigan is excited to experience the conversation around pussyhats as part of that open dialogue.
We look forward to Power to the Polls, engaging with voters, empowering women to run for office, celebrating our successes in 2017, and inspiring those of us fighting in the trenches for justice, in 2018 and beyond.
Who will be speaking and performing? For a list of performers and speakers, please visit: https://womensmarchmichigan.org/the-movement-continues/
Will there be organizations tabling there: Yes! Please stop by their tables to see how you can get involved!
Women Running for Office: Women’s March Michigan recognizes that women make up less than 25% of the legislature in Michigan and that in order for women to be represented in policies, they must run for office. Women’s March Michigan will be recognizing women running for office in Michigan, on all levels, from all communities, of all political stripes from local school boards to the race for governor.
If you are a woman running for office in Michigan, please fill this out:https://goo.gl/forms/
My organization would like to table, where do we submit an application? Please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/RvYD3eLT5TXJNRAf2
Are men invited? Absolutely! This is an inclusive march.
Can I bring my children? Children are welcome to come, but keep in mind that we expect a large crowd.
I am a member of the press, where can i get a press pass? Please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/oOKpUFlMxgiN5uw03 Press check-in will be at the information tent.
Seating: We have a limited number of chairs for those with limited mobility and for people that need to be able to see the ASL interpreters on stage. There will be space for wheelchairs in front of these seats. These seats are first come first serve for those who need them. You are welcome to bring your own lawn chair to set up behind the reserved seating.
Will there be sign language interpreters? Yes, we will have two ASL interpreters during the rally.
Can I bring a sign? Yes! We believe the best signs are the ones that address the issues. To see our platform and view the Women’s March National Unity Principles, please visit: https://womensmarchmichigan.org/what-we-stand-for/. If the Capitol opens, your sign must be left outside. The capitol does not allow signs to be posted on walls, trees, poles, or statues, nor will they allow signs staked into the ground. Please try to avoid long, heavy poles and long sticks.
Non-Violence: The Women’s March movement was born as an organized protest against the rising wave of misogyny and bigotry in our nation. As we march forward into conscious activism aimed at creating a more just world, we remain deeply committed to the principles of free speech and expression that are the founding promise of our nation and this movement. Above all, we honor the dignity and humanity of all people, even those who stand against us. We are fully aware that our movement, as it grows stronger, attracts vocal and passionate opposition both online and in the real world. Although we will fight with all our might against the ideologies of hatred espoused by many, we will never seek to censor or silence our opposition lest we ourselves become the oppressor. Furthermore, we will never engage in violence – in words or in actions – as aggression only begets aggression, and violence only validates those who would discredit and destroy what we are fighting so hard to achieve. As we gather together on January 21, we welcome all residents of this great state whether they are rooted in the fight for social justice, curious and looking to learn, or disagree with us and seek dialogue. We entreat all comers to engage in civil discourse, and to peacefully make their voices heard. To ensure the safety of all participants, the META Peace Team will be present in uniform to ensure that nonviolence and respect are honored by participants as well as public safety officials. Any questions, concerns, or requests for further comment may be directed to Women’s March Michigan.
Will there be medical professionals? EMS will be there to handle any medical emergencies.
Restrooms: We will have portable restrooms, including ADA compliant ones.
Is there a warming station? Yes! Lansing City Hall will be open from 10am-1:30pm. Please note that the upstairs will be closed and signs must be left outside. Central Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church will be open at 2pm.
Will you be selling swag? https://www.bonfire.com/womens-march-michigan-powertothepolls/
Are you accepting donations? Yes! Thank you for all the donations, you are making Women’s March Michigan 2018 possible! You may donate here: https://www.youcaring.com/womensmarchmichigan-1025897
Parking and public transportation: Please visit these two links for parking information: http://www.lansingmi.gov/1391/Parking-Map-Locations
The four parking structures around Lansing have a $5-7 flat rate. CASH ONLY
BUSES: You may drop off attendees on the Ottawa Street side of the capitol. Buses can park at the Michigan Historical Center (717 Allegan Street) for $1.00 an hour. If parking arm is up- parking is free for the day! If when exiting parking arm is down- Use Silver Speaker call button to exit free!Parking is first come, first serve. Buses can pick up on Allegan St.
News from CATA, Lansing’s Public Transportation:
Participating in the 2018 Women’s March Sunday, Jan. 21? Let @rideCATA do the driving!
If you plan to take public transportation to the March, please familiarize yourself with the following information:
- Due to the anticipated large presence of attendees in the 2018 Women’s March, traffic in Lansing, East Lansing and Okemos is expected to be unusually heavy and slow-moving. CATA service may be impacted. Please plan accordingly.
- CATA will assign several extra buses to Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue to assist with increased ridership.
- The LED signs on extra buses will read 1-DOWNTOWN LANSING. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., extra buses will only serve stops on the inbound leg of the trip (heading from Meridian Mall to the Capitol). Passengers will disembark at the Radisson.
- At approximately 4 p.m., CATA will start outbound service heading toward Meridian Mall. We will monitor traffic and be prepared to respond earlier or later based on demand. Passengers can board at the stop on the bridge on Michigan Avenue (just east of Grand Avenue). Event buses will only serve stops on the outbound leg (heading from the Capitol toward Meridian Mall).
- Regular Route 1 buses whose LED signs read 1–DOWNTOWN LANSING will continue to serve all inbound/outbound stops for the duration of service as indicated by its established Event Route Detour at https://www.cata.org/Portals/0/Routes-Schedules/Detours/Route-1-Event-Detour-Map.pdf.
- Beginning with the start of service Sunday, Jan. 21, until 6 p.m., all CATA routes traveling in and around downtown Lansing will be on Event Route Detour including Routes 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 16. For maps of route-specific event detours, visit https://www.cata.org/Routes-Schedules/Detours-Rider-Alerts#65412-event, and select your desired route(s).
CATA’s regular adult fare of $1.25 will be in effect for each trip. To minimize delays and as a courtesy to all passengers, please have the exact fare or a valid CATA bus pass ready before boarding.
IMPORTANT NOTE: CATA’S DRIVERS AND FAREBOXES CANNOT MAKE CHANGE!
I am Volunteering. Where do I go? If you signed up to volunteer, you should have received an email with instructions. If you did not, please contact us here: https://womensmarchmichigan.org/contact/
Thank you for volunteering!
Where can I find Women’s March Michigan online?
March on Lansing website: https://womensmarchmichigan.org
Women’s March Michigan Marquette March: https://www.facebook.com/events/1984984658443283/
What hashtags are you using for the March on Lansing?
Please use #WomensMarchMichigan and #PowerToThePolls when posting on social media.
Are there carpool and buses to Lansing?
Yes, visit our Carpool page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/699422056872220/ Rally Buses are being organized throughout the State to Lansing. Here’s a link to find yours: http://rallybus.net/womens-march-on-lansing/
Here’s FAQs on Rally:
How do I know if my trip is confirmed? You’ll receive an email that says, “your trip is confirmed.” You can also log in to your account and check the status of your trip under “My Bookings.” You’ll see your status: “Confirmed” or “Tentative.”
What does “I want to be a bus captain” on the booking page refer to? Thank you to those who have volunteered to be Bus Captains. You’ll be a big part of the day and help everyone have a great trip. You’re going to have special access and a unique phone number to reach Rally. We’ll be in touch soon with more details.
What experience does Rally have of providing transportation to large political marches? On January 21, 2017, Rally mobilized nearly 50,000 people to the Women’s March. No one has more experience providing transport to events than Rally.
Is Rally an official partner of Women’s March Michigan? No, Women’s March Michigan does not officially endorse any company, including Rally.
Is Women’s March Michigan responsible for cancelled buses, no shows, lost or stolen items?
They are not responsible for any cancelled buses, no shows and stolen items from any buses organized with Rally bus.
Is Rally a political organization? No, Rally Bus provides transportation for individuals and groups going to thousands of events every year. Rally’s mission has always been to bring people and communities together, so we are personally thrilled to be able to help provide transportation to the Women’s March Michigan. While each of us on the team have personal political views, we do not believe private companies are people so Rally does not have a political agenda.
Disclaimer: Women’s March Michigan assumes no liability or responsibility for injury, loss, or damage to persons or property, inconvenience, delay, or expense arising from or caused by weather conditions, acts of God, war, accident, government restrictions or regulations, from an act or omission of any individual, traffic or road conditions, mechanical problems or any other cause or condition beyond any control.
Women’s March Michigan is not liable for lost, stolen or destroyed personal belongings. Parking, standing and seating is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.
Women’s March Michigan is not responsible for any cancelled buses, no shows and stolen items from any buses organized with Rally bus. Women’s March Michigan is not responsible for any failed carpooling or efforts by individuals.
Credit: Lisa Preuss