The March

Sept 30, 2017 - Line up at Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill between 10 a.m and 12 p.m

On Saturday, September 30, 2017 we invite you to march through downtown DC and rally for racial justice. We will be lining up at Lincoln Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. We’ll be joined by the March for Black Women in Lincoln Park and at 12:30 p.m. we will march together toward the Capitol and then past the Department of Justice, before culminating at the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets. A vigil at MLK Jr. Memorial will happen at sundown.

Can’t make it to DC? Find a sister march in your area.

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Jump to: Transportation - Getting around - Parking - Accessibility - Housing


Transportation

 

Rideshare bus

Our partner, Bus.com, is committed to helping communities thrive by enabling groups to travel together effortlessly. To do so, they are guaranteeing the lowest prices for bus tickets and private charter bookings to mobilize friends, supporters, and allies to the March for Racial Justice.

Buses

If you're near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Lancaster YWCA has a bus to the march. Please find out more here.

Bus.com

Organizing a bus is a great way to bring people from your community or group. They can seat anywhere from 15 – 55 people.

Our partner, Bus.com, is committed to helping communities thrive by enabling groups to travel together effortlessly. To do so, they are guaranteeing the lowest prices for bus tickets and private charter bookings to mobilize friends, supporters, and allies to the March for Racial Justice. Book your seat on an existing route or request a new trip at m4rj.bus.com.

Bus tickets for rideshare buses from:

Philadelphia to D.C.

Traveling alone? Hoping to meet other marchers? Chat with other riders before, during, and after the march using the Bus.com in-app chat. With 24/7 customer support, the in-app chat makes it easy to reach out whenever you need help.

To book a private charter bus to D.C. for your local community or group, or to organize transportation for your satellite march, please email the Bus.com Partnerships team at partnerships@bus.com. 

If there isn't a private bus company you already have a partnership with, we’ve partnered with Skedaddle on transportation to the March! Skedaddle is a transportation technology that makes it simple to start or join a van or bus route anywhere in North America, including the March. Start a route from your city or town directly to the March, or join an existing route to ride with others. Routes require a minimum of 10 passengers, and you won’t be charged until 48 hours prior to departure. Also, we created a promo code, M4RJ, which will give attendees $15 off their reservations. Learn more at Letskedaddle.com, or email hello@letskedaddle.com with questions.

Buses will be parking at RFK Stadium at 2400 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. You will have to buy a parking permit beforehand - make sure to ask your bus company if they handle these before purchasing. Derrick Mays is the contact and can be reached by phone at 202-608-1167 or by email dmays@eventsdc.com

As a quick note, if you’re chartering a bus, you’ll still likely need to use public transit to get from your parking spot or drop off point to the march site. See next section for information on how to buy metrocards in advance.


Other Forms Of Transportation

Amtrak offers group sales with discounted group rates. If you have 75 people you can try to reserve an entire car and use it to connect with fellow marchers. You can find our more about that on Amtrak’s website: https://www.amtrak.com/group-travel-requests.

You can buy individual seats or sometimes group rates at the following bus companies, too. These buses will drop you off at Union Station:


Getting around DC

We highly encourage using mass transit. The Metro system in D.C. is relatively easy to use, and connects to various regional transit systems.

You should consider buying a DC Metro card in advance.  Many people purchasing cards at once at the Metro machines can delay people on long lines.  You can buy cards in advance here: https://smartrip.wmata.com/storefront

The closest Metro stop to the morning rally at Lincoln Park is Eastern Market (Blue/Orange/Silver lines). For the post-march rally on the National Mall, the closest Metro stops will be Smithsonian (Blue/Orange/Silver) or Archives/Navy Memorial (Yellow/Green).

Bring good walking shoes and lots of patience. You can find more information about the DC area bus and metro options at https://www.wmata.com/


Parking

Cars will have better luck parking at Metro Stations outside the city that have free parking on weekends and taking the metro into downtown (map here). Parking lots are expensive downtown, and street parking is definitely not something that’s easy to figure out.


Accessibility

The March for Racial Justice Organizing Committee is working hard to make sure that this march is inclusive of people with disabilities. Some of what we are ensuring will be at the March includes:

  • Water Stations and Accessible Restrooms will be located at all major stopping points
  • Accessible shuttles will follow the rear of the March procession, space is first come-first serve. Information on boarding points will be coming soon.
  • March Marshalls will be trained in accessibility and will be available throughout the march to help the needs of participants with disabilities and give directional information.
  • ADA tents at the rally site will provide shaded resting with chairs, extra water, juice and snacks for people who experience low blood sugar and masks for chemical sensitivity disability.
  • ADA seating will be available in front of the Rally stage
  • American Sign Language interpretation will be provided on the Rally stage and in the ADA seating section near the front.
 
 

 

Housing

There are mass housing options in DC for folks coming in from out of town that are looking for more economically friendly options. Here's a handy list from local grassroots organization Washington Peace Center for both individuals and groups.

Resources found at Washington Peace Center.

Looking to house lots of activists or volunteers in town for an event or mobilization?  Check out these resources.  All information is subject to change - if you learn different information or find more places who offer mass housing, please let us know!  Email info@washingtonpeacecenter.org, thanks!  

If you are looking for individual and smaller group housing click here.

NW DC

Hostelling International

Address: 1009 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Telephone: 202-737-2333
Email Address: reserve@hiwashingtondc.org
Website: hiwashingtondc.org 
Fee: $25 - $40 / person / night (also have private rooms for more).  Breakfast is $2/ person extra
Description:  Near chinatown / metro center / mt. vernon square and is an Eco Hostel (they're energy star certified).

 

First Trinity Lutheran Church

Address: 309 E Street NW
Telephone: 202-737-4859
Email Address: office@firsttrinitydc.org
Website: firsttrinitydc.org/#/hostel
Fee: $18 - $27/ person / night
Description:  50 mattresses, 5 showers, full kitchen. Close to Judiciary Square Metro station.

Wheelchair accessible 

 

The Pilgrimage (a Christian learning center)

Address: 22nd and P St. NW, Washington D.C.
Telephone: 202-387-6615
Website: thepilgrimage.org
Email Address: thepilgrimage@churchofthepilgrims.org
Fee: $37/person/night; 2-night minimum
Capacity: 40 beds, groups of 10-40 only
Description: has kitchen, near Dupont Circle, Red line
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle

 

Washington International Student Center

Address: 2451 18th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: 1-800-567-4150
Website: dchostel.com
Fee: $24 / night, includes breakfast
Description: First night of parking free / free pickup from Union Station and Greyhound

 

Steinbruck Center at Luther Place

Address: 1226 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20005
Contact Person: Bianca Vazquez
Telephone: (202) 667-1377 ext 204
Email Address: steinbruckcenter@lutherplace.org
Website: steinbruckcenter.org/hostel
Fee: $30/person/night, willing to work with groups with financial need
Capacity: 36 people
Description: Steinbruck Center has 36 beds -- 26 bunk beds and 10 mattresses that get pulled when needed. Bathrooms and showers are available. Kitchenette available free of charge; access to full kitchen for duration of stay costs an additional $50.

 

St. Stephen’s Church

Address: Newton and 16th NW, Washington D.C. 20010
Contact Person: Brian Best (Parish Coordinator)
Telephone: (202) 232-0900
Email Address: brian.best@saintstephensdc.org
Website: saintstephensdc.org/information-sleeping-st-stephens
Fee: $10/person per night
Capacity: No limit on guests, but may be limited by the number of bathrooms
Description: St. Stephen’s is a great meeting and housing space, which caters frequently to activist organizations and non-profit groups.  No beds available, groups will require sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, etc.  No showers available.  

 

Shalom Place, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Address: 3655 Calvert Street NW, Washington D.C. 20007
Telephone: (202) 333-4949
Email Address: office@saintlukesmethodist.org
Fee: $25/person/night
Capacity: Can house 10-24 person groups
Description: Shalom Place seeks to provide economical hospitality and service-learning opportunities to groups who want to further their understanding and experiences of social justice.  It is complete with 2 bathrooms with showers, and has two large shared-living bedrooms with 24 beds total.  Also comes complete with functioning kitchen, and a computer with internet.  Bring your own linens, no food is provided.


SE DC

 Washington Seminar Center – Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church

Address: 4th St. SE and Independence St. SE, Washington D.C.
Telephone: 202-547-8118
Website:  washingtonseminarcenter.org/accomodations
Fee: $30/person/night
Capacity: 50 beds, groups of 15+ only
Description: Bring own bedding. Has kitchen.
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

 

William Penn House

Address: 515 East Capitol Street SE, Washington D.C. 20003
Contact Person: Andrei Israel (Executive Director)
Telephone: (202) 543-5560
Email Address: info@williampennhouse.org
Website: http://www.williampennhouse.org/hospitality
Fee: Individual Rate – $45-$55/night
Group Rates – $35-$45 per person per night, depending on group size.
Capacity: Up to 30 people in bunk beds
Description: William Penn House is a Quaker center for exploring and making visible the Quaker testimonies of peace, community, simplicity, equality, and truth.  House is complete with 30 available beds in shared rooms, and linens, towels, and a simple daily breakfast are provided.  7 showers and 5 bathrooms are available.

NE DC

 Capitol City Hostel

Address: 2411 Benning Rd NE, Washington D.C. 20002
Telephone: (202) 387-1328
Website: https://www.yelp.com/biz/capitol-city-hostel-washington
Fee: $15 to $20/person per night
Description: Capitol City Hostel is an environmentally friendly, co-ed housing option, and comes complete with beds, linens, computer service with free internet, two bathrooms with showers, full kitchen, and a TV room.