Prep For The Biggest Protest of Our Lifetime With These 5 Pro Tips
Newsflash: whether you’ve been planning since the wee hours of November 10, or are just now getting your logistics in line, it’s all systems go for the Women’s March on Washington, and the clock’s ticking. With T-minus 48 hours and counting, it’s time to summon our most prepared selves to gather the troops, take inventory of the resources gathered, and, perhaps most importantly, don your best Nasty Woman tee. Oh, and if you can’t make it to the March? No problem. Support the squad from afar, instead.
We’ve already got you covered on the right accessories every feminist needs to fight, but this is about so much more than a killer clit necklace. Read on for tips from the practical to absurd: we’re going to need the full spectrum to get through the next four years.
Stay Warm, Stay Nasty
Beat the cold and combat whatever Mother Nature has planned with a good pair of walking shoes, layers that are easy to shed, hand and foot warmers, and your coziest coat. Body heat also encouraged as a potential source of warmth. Also important to note: the fairly strict guidelines on what you can and can’t carry during the March, especially concerning backpacks and signs. Peep the full FAQ here.Planes, Trains, And Automobiles
The city will be mobbed with all kinds of Nasty Women (about one million of them, to be exact), so anticipate the worst case scenario in terms of mobility: channel your best subway-savvy self, and snag that metro card prior to Saturday to save time day of. The exact starting point of the March is the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW—near the U.S. Capitol—so plan accordingly. Say It Loud, Say It Proud
This is not the time for quiet contention: pick your talking point, put it on a poster (all caps preferred), and get shouting, metaphorically and literally, if that’s your MO. Feeling crafty? Make a few extra signs to pass around at the march—it’s guaranteed good vibes all around.Know Your Rights
It goes without saying that the March organizers are planning for—and hoping for—a peaceful non-violent protest this weekend. That said, it’s important to be aware of your rights—to free speech, especially. You’ll want to stay vigilant and make sure you know what to do if something goes wrong. We’re here to show the world that passion can exist without violence, so stay calm and stay on public property—but remember your right to freedom of expression and protest, nonetheless.Keep Fighting
This is only the beginning—the real work will continue after we’ve left the nation’s capital, when calling your representatives, joining local community conversations, and donating to organizations like Planned Parenthood will be more important than ever. Until then, stay nasty, and stay safe this weekend.Images via The New York Times, Library of Congress, Salon, Bustle, and Teen Vogue.
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