Marching into Winter

It’s back to school in Washington D.C., which also means it’s back to protesting (only if you’re into that sort of thing, of course). Protests and marches can spring up instantly, although many are planned months in advance. Here are a few marches happening during this fall semester:

1. Third Annual Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing

Although not technically a march or protest, if you need love and healing, there will be a three-day event on the National Mall in order to soothe your soul. It runs from November 9th at 12 PM to November 12th at 12 PM. It will include “guest speakers, workshops, narrative-braiding, education, art, music, cathartic dance, direct participation.” This year’s theme is “Nurturing the Heart” and more information can be found at their website, www.catharsisonthemall.com/general-info-2017/.

 

2. Unity March Against White Supremacy

In order to protest President Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy, there will be a march on Sunday, December 3rd at 12 PM. The march’s focus will be on combatting racism and injustice in the United States. The event does not yet have a location, and more details will be announced closer to the event date.

 

 

 

Robert Hradsky, the Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students, sent out a reminder email earlier on in the semester on how to stay safe at marches, protests, and other similar events. His email is as follows:

Plan Ahead

-During large events, cell phone service may be unreliable, and there is potential for delayed response from the city’s emergency services. Use text messaging and landlines for communication when possible.

-Carry important phone numbers for campus services including your residence hall front desk and University Police (202-885-2527).

- Depending on the event, the volume of people in D.C. may make it difficult to find places to eat, find a taxi/Uber/Lyft, and possibly to get immediate help in an urgent situation.

-Public transportation may be crowded – identify alternative routes and modes of travel.

-If walking to your destination, walk in groups and let others know about your plans.

-Bring snacks and water with you.

-Carry identification with you at all times.

-Make responsible choices regarding consumption of alcohol and other drugs, recognizing that these choices put you at greater risk of harm. -Do not carry weapons or anything that can be construed as a weapon.

-Be aware of your surroundings. Stay together with your group and walk away from areas where vandalism or violence is taking place.

The Office of the Dean of Students is available to answer your questions and concerns about safety and planning. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if we may be of assistance to you.

Remember, your health and safety are important! If something does not feel right, then get away from it. All protests and marches are nonviolent. Go out there and make your voice heard! 

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About The Author

Lucy is a sophomore majoring in International Studies at American University.