Climate March in Washington, DC

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00

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.

Due to the very large estimated turnout for the march, many organizations, including QEW, are working to eliminate transportation and housing problems for those participating in the march. QEW is seeking your Quakerly offers of assistance with housing and hospitality for travelers. Carl Benson, Annapolis Friends Meeting, is coordinating housing offers, as well as housing needs, not only in the city itself but in surrounding areas as well. Are you or your Meeting willing to house or offer hospitality to travelers in the area? If you and/or your Meeting can house Quaker travelers, please contact Carl. Those seeking housing are directed to contact Carl as well.

Shared travel networks, including trains, buses, and carpools, are being organized by many, including Quaker Meetings. Check your local organizations, such as Sierra Club chapters and various faith organizations. Some shared transportation options are being posted at the Peoples Climate March hub. Buses will deliver marchers to Metro stops around the city. (Check Metro repair schedule here for accurate timing). We will keep our website updated for information on meet-ups, rides, housing, and other last minute details.

Line-up for the march will begin at 11 am on 3rd, between Independence and Pennsylvania Avenues. The march will start at 12:30. Click here to see where we are meeting as part of the "Keepers of Faith" contingent. 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. 

If you're planning to take the Metro, please pre-buy your pass here. Organizers recommend buying a $10 SmartTrip card with $8 stored value; that will be enough for your round-trip ride. Please allow for up to two weeks for delivery - in other words, buy your pass no later than April 15. If you do not receive your pass in time, please bring $10 cash on the day of the March to purchase a pass, but expect significant lines at the vending machines.

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/

Are you creative? Want to help prepare? Faith Art Builds at: 

The Sanctuaries DC Studio
1135 Okie St NE
Saturday, April 22, 2pm - 8pm
Sunday, April 23, 10am - 6pm

All Souls Church, Unitarian
Pierce Hall, 1500 Harvard St. NW @ 16th St.
Decorate your own artwork! Pick up some to distribute!
Wednesday, April 26, 4pm- 8pm
Thursday, April 27, 10am - 8pm

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: