Climate March in Washington, DC
Time for our Voices to Be Heard on Climate, Jobs and Justice
QEW is organizing a Quaker presence at the April 29 'Climate, Jobs and Justice' march in DC, as well as coordinating housing in that area. Fifty national organizations are working together to plan the event. In addition, the Climate March has over 500 organizational partners, including us. The demonstration is a call to address solutions to the climate crisis; curb the growing pollution of our air and water; and create good jobs in our communities. A $54 billion budget increase in Pentagon spending was recently proposed alongside a 31% cut in EPA funding.
The faith contingent will gather on Saturday, April 29 at 11 am for musical offerings, and then to march (around 12:30 pm). We’ll assemble on 3rd St. NW/SW, between Madison Dr. NW and Jefferson Dr. SW. Click here to see a map. The march will proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, circle the White House and Ellipse, then re-gather at the Washington Monument. QEW and FCNL are planning a Friday night gathering for Friends - click here for details.
We hope to bring in about 600 buses for the People's Climate March - which, of course, will create some logistical headaches. After negotiations with the National Park Service, Metropolitan Police Department, Park Police, and Washington Metro Area Transit Authority, PCM organizers are asking all buses to drop off and pick up at RFK Stadium Lot 8 (2400 E Capitol St NE Washington, DC 20003). Due to safety concerns there will be no other sanctioned drop off or pick up locations.
The March staging area (on 3rd Street) is a two-mile walk from RFK Stadium. If you'd prefer, you can take the Metro from the Stadium-Armory stop to Capitol South. Both stops are on the silver/blue/orange lines. PCM organizers have been assured that Metro will have the capacity to move our crowds between RFK and the March area in an efficient matter. After the march, you can return to your bus by taking the Metro from the Smithsonian stop back to Stadium-Armory.
Marchers not coming from RFK are asked to use either the Judiciary Square, Capitol South, or L'Enfant Plaza Metro stops to ensure we don’t overload Union Station.
Here's info on the Faith Contigent, which we are helping to organize: faith.peoplesclimate.org/
NOTE: The Peoples Climate March does not prohibit any sticks or poles and encourages all participants to use any safe materials to speak freely and express our message! There are no legal restriction on sticks and poles in Washington DC. There are also no stick or pole restrictions by the National Park Service on the areas we will be marching. In order to keep all participants safe, please avoid any sticks with sharp or pointy ends or any protruding nails or screws.
Need a break during the march? Head to the William Penn House Comfort Station at 515 East Capitol St. SE. They will be open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm on April 29, offering free iced coffee, a restroom break, and networking opportunities for marchers. All are welcome.
Download a flyer here: