March

SATURDAY 4/8 - DAY EIGHT

7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast

8:30 to 9:00 am: Registration and Announcements

9:00 am: Start - 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge MD

~ 4:30 pm: Finish - 6813 Ammendale Rd, Vansville Park, Beltsville

Sunday 4/9 - DAY NINE

7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast

8:30 to 9:00 am: Registration and Announcements

9:00 am: Start - 11100 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville

~ 4:00 pm: Finish - Columbus Circle, Washington, D.C.

On April 2nd, we begin a 10-day, 140-mile march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA to the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

In the tradition many movements that came before us—from the women suffragists, to the civil rights workers, to the United Farm Workers—we will march to bring people together in this fight for freedom and equality.

Marchers will meet with their fellow citizens, talk to the media, and create a firestorm of anticipation by laying out a simple choice to Congress: either pass bills to make the 2016 elections free and fair for for all people as equal citizens, or send thousands of patriotic Americans to jail simply for demanding an equal voice.

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Here is our march route from Philadelphia to DC:

DAY #1, April 2: Philadelphia, PA >> Ridley Park, PA

Start: Liberty Bell/Independence Mall, 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia

End: Catania Park, 798 Ketcham Ave, Ridley Park

Distance: 10.9 miles - 5.5 hours - Noon to 5:30PM

 

DAY #2, April 3:  Ridley Park, PA >> Wilmington, DE

Start: Catania Park, 798 Ketcham Ave, Ridley Park

End: Rodney Square, 1100 N Market St, Wilmington

Distance: 16.7 miles - 8.25 hours - 9AM to 5:15PM

 

DAY #3, April 4: Wilmington, DE >> Newark, DE

Start: Compton Park, E 7th St & N Lombard St, Wilmington

End: 420 Willa Rd, Newark

Distance: 13.8 miles - 7 hours - 9AM to 4PM

 

DAY #4, April 5: Newark, DE >> Perryville, MD

Start: 420 Willa Rd, Newark

End:  Holly Tree Park, Gonce Rd & Jackson Station Rd., Perryville

Distance: 17.5 miles - 8.75 hours - 9AM to 5:45PM

**Will cross Susquehanna River (by van) in the evening before settling in for the night*

 

DAY #5, April 6: Havre de Grace, MD >> Joppa, MD

Start: McLinney Park, Pulaski Hwy & Juniata St, Havre de Grace

End: 300 Pulaski Hwy, Joppa

Distance: 17.9 miles - 9 hours - 9AM to 6PM

 

DAY #6, April 7: Joppa, MD >> Baltimore, MD

Start: 300 Pulaski Hwy, Joppa

End: War Memorial Plaza, E Lexington St & N Gay St,  Baltimore

Distance: 16.3 miles - 8.25 hours - 9AM to 6:00PM

  

DAY #7, April 8: Baltimore, MD >> Elkridge, MD

Start: 12 W Franklin St, Baltimore

End: 6320 Washington Blvd, Elkridge

Distance: 9.6 miles - 4.75 hours - 11 to 6:00PM

 

DAY #8, April 9: Elkridge, MD >> Beltsville, MD

Start: 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge

End:  6813 Ammendale Rd, Vansville Park, Beltsville

Distance: 14.3 miles - 7.25 hours - 9AM to 4:15PM

 

DAY # 9, April 10: Beltsville, MD >> Washington D.C.

Start: Vansville Park, 6813 Ammendale Rd, Beltsville

End: Columbus Circle, Washington, D.C.

Distance: 13.8 miles - 7 hours - 9AM to 4PM

**Small rally upon reaching DC**

 

Day # 10, April 11: SIT-INS BEGIN 

Meet at 11:00AM at Columbus Circle, Washington, D.C., rally kicks-off at 11:30AM.


March Questions

I want to march, but cannot join for the full 10 days. Can I still participate?

Absolutely. You can sign up to march for any period of time, from one day to ten. We aim to have a minimum of 50 full-time marchers who will participate in the entire walk, and expect to have hundreds more will march for a day, a weekend, or more.

How do I check-in?

Everyone participating in the march is required to check-in.

On April 2nd during the kickoff rally, marchers leaving from Philadelphia will check-in at the registration table located on Independence Mall. While the march will depart at noon, our welcome team will remain at the registration table until 3PM.  If you arrive in the afternoon, we’ll have vehicles available to catch you up with the march.

After 3:00 PM, you’ll have to refer to the above march route and find transportation to catch up with the group.

If you will be joining us somewhere in the middle of the march, we ask that you locate our main vehicle at that day’s starting place; there will be plenty of staff on-hand to assist you.

Will I have housing during the march?

Yes. We are diligently working to find housing for the marchers. Most of this housing will require that you have a sleeping bag and sleeping pad for your comfort. Unfortunately we will not be able to guarantee showers for every day of the march. Any marchers requiring other sleeping arrangements should feel free to take the initiative of finding their own accommodations along the way.

We have also compiled a list of hotels that fall along the march route. This may be a good option for those who need to sleep in bed, are uncomfortable with sleeping in a room of many people, or have other concerns about the current housing arrangements. 

Will food be provided?

Yes. We are working to make sure you are fed breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the march. We also recommend that you carry extra cash or a credit/debit card in the event that you want to stop for a snack.

What do I need to bring with me to march?

Generally,you should pack a small bag to carry items like extra socks, water, or other items you might need as you walk. You'll want to have a duffle bag or equivalent for everything to be transported in the baggage truck during the day. Here's a suggested packing list that we've compiled.

Does it cost anything to march?

Anyone who is willing and able to participate in the march will be supported to do so. Though we ask that every marcher make a concerted good-faith effort to raise $30-40 per day to help cover essential costs for food and support vehicles. 

Click here to use our fundraiser toolkit

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  • commented 2016-09-08 02:18:35 -0400
    After the latest Interim National Coordinating Committee announcement to flip from non-partisan to full endorsing HRC, I regret having been involved with the movement.
  • commented 2016-04-09 12:29:12 -0400
    Follow this link to logistics page: (http://www.democracyspring.org/logistics_march)
  • commented 2016-04-07 12:16:27 -0400
    I want to participate in the last day of the march and first day of the sit-in. I am looking at staying in a hotel near Beltsville, but am trying to figure out how I will get back to Beltsville to my car at the end of the march. Anyone know if there will be shuttle available or public transport? Also, can anyone suggest a good area for parking in DC for the sit-in? Thanks!
  • followed this page 2016-04-06 08:28:43 -0400
  • commented 2016-04-05 17:51:38 -0400
    Daniel Osuna— There is a possibility that you can ride with us back to my Urban Farm in Salt Lake City in exchange for gas money if you think that may work for you. Give us a call tel 801 867 9051
  • followed this page 2016-04-05 17:51:32 -0400
  • commented 2016-04-04 09:37:56 -0400
    I’m on the march now but was wondering if anyone is planning to drive back to Oregon (or Washington) after the end and would let me join them in a carpool ride back for a fair contribution towards gas money. ··· Dan
  • commented 2016-04-03 21:03:19 -0400
    where are the marchers going to stay for the nite in Joppa? 300 Pulaski Hwy being a drug store. I need find everyone on Wednesday evening as I will be flying to Baltimore’s airport to join the march. At least I need to know when and where the 6th day (04/07) march start so that i can join. Can’t just wait on the side of the road and have my fingers crossed.
  • commented 2016-03-31 19:46:22 -0400
    Has anyone here ever walked long distances daily? I’m an avid walker but there is usually at least a day for recovery after a long distance. Whats the strategy for 10 days in a row? Gonna do it but wondering
  • commented 2016-03-30 12:23:14 -0400
    Linda Battiste—on the march page under the list of march dates and starting points there’s a very small section that says: “For more in-depth information about stopping and starting points for the march, check out our agenda”. The part that’s in blue is a link to a document with starting point addresses, marching distances, etc. I hope this helps.
  • commented 2016-03-30 09:38:43 -0400
    It would be really helpful if you could post the actual address and specific locations for where march days start and end. Where in Ridley Park does the march end? Do you have an address?
  • commented 2016-03-26 15:50:17 -0400
    @richard:

    More updates will be posted as that information is finalized! Personalized updates will be going out to everyone who’s signed up for any part of our activities that should include all the information you’ll need. :)
  • commented 2016-03-26 14:35:20 -0400
    @lee

    Hi! In the areas where traffic makes walking challenging, we’ll be adopting a variety of methods to ensure marcher safety. In some cases we’ll rely on march marshals, in other areas we’ll be on sidewalks, in some areas we’ll have vehicular escorts to keep marchers safe from traffic. Let us know if you have any other questions!
  • commented 2016-03-26 13:04:13 -0400
    i plan on joining the last day of the march and the first day of the protest. i see a city where the last day of the march will start in Beltsville, MD, but i do not see specific meeting point.. where can i find this info pls thx!
  • commented 2016-03-24 19:37:39 -0400
    Will we be actually be walking on the highway, on frontage roads, on on-ramps?
    What about vehicular traffic running us over, either intentionally or inadvertently?
  • commented 2016-03-23 16:34:15 -0400
    Thank you Neal for the info!
  • commented 2016-03-23 16:28:55 -0400
    Maria Linger: The Greyhound Bus station is only about 4 blocks from the starting point of the march.
  • commented 2016-03-23 11:18:20 -0400
    I will be traveling via Greyhound bus to the starting point in PA… Is there someone who could provide me with information on how to take public transportation from Greyhound station to the starting point?
    Thanks…
  • commented 2016-03-23 03:14:33 -0400
    Just wondering if the Beltsville, MD start/stop will be convenient to the Greenbelt metro station?
  • commented 2016-03-22 15:20:17 -0400
    Hi Megan! We will have the start and end points for each of the march up tomorrow on the March page of the Logistics tab. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact our Logistics Coordinators at democracyspringlogistics@gmail.com
  • commented 2016-03-20 12:07:37 -0400
    I’ve committed to participating in Democracy Spring but I need Democracy Spring to provide basic necessary information. Without an address for each leg of the march it’s impossible to arrange public transportation. Is there someone I can contact for this info? Will the web site be updated soon with addresses?
  • commented 2016-03-18 00:32:20 -0400
    http://liveu.tv/lp-solo is a link to what I what I have to broadcast live daily from the march…. i have been covering Bernie you can see my coverage @ http://readersupportednews.org/component/comprofiler/userprofile/Scott%20Galindez,%20Reader%20Supported%20News
  • commented 2016-03-17 23:56:29 -0400
    I am with Reader Supported News, and PoliticalRevolutionTv (Bernie2016tv). I physically cannot walk the march and don’t have a vehicle, but I do have the ability to stream live from the march daily. I just cant walk very far for health reasons. If I could get a spot in a support vehicle I can commit to the whole march, streaming live daily. We have entered into an agreement with a company called Live U to test their newest live stream units that are not even on the market yet. I also bring a lot of organizing experience, from organizations like American Peace Test, Pledge of Resistance, the Washimngton Peace Center, etc…email me @ scott@rsnorg.org
  • commented 2016-03-17 11:38:03 -0400
    It will be truly helpful if the organizers of the march have a cell # available that we can use after the march is under way . At least put a street address on all overnight sites, or people would have a real hard time to find where the 100 or so strong marchers are to join them.
  • commented 2016-03-17 11:30:24 -0400
    Hi, this is Haili, sorry I did not sign up to volunteer. May have pushed a wrong button. Also the 200 bucks showing up as my contribution has already been used to purchase plane tickets to join the march for me. Somehow each time I tried to sign in, the site treats me as new recruit.

    I did reserve to join the troupe from the 6th day of the march, so I need to report to the over night site in Abingdon, MD. However when I called the only church in the area by the name given on the marching route, Towne Baptist Church, they say not them.

    It’s crucial that people trying to join the march midway know exactly where the overnight sites are. The church people think you’ve a typo, for they don’t know any around Abingdon by the name other than them (their actual address is in Joppa, zip code is 21085, phone, 4106792030—the location on the route map matches their location too). Unless the church people don’t know they have been drafted!

    I already bought plane ticket to BWI, about 30 miles to Abingdon, arriving the evening of the 6th of April. I shall not have problem to join you all, if I know where you stay that night. A street address and a phone # will be highly appreciated by this senior citizen eager to perform her duty!

    Please reply!
  • commented 2016-03-16 12:03:02 -0400
    I am currently raising money on my own for the 10 days. I have very specific dietary needs, plus I need hotel rooms – I will need a space of my own at the end of the night, I’ll need wifi to get work done, I’ll need quiet to meditate, and I must be able to shower in order to be at my most peaceful for the 10 days. I have received an outpouring of support in only 2 days of fundraising, and will be passing along a portion of it to you guys in order to help out with this massive event!
  • commented 2016-03-15 11:28:15 -0400
    Peace Fam,

    I’ll be landing in DC early morning on the ninth, and am hoping to travel from DC to Elkridge that morning in time for the beginning of the April 9th March. Is anyone from DC planning on making a similar trip, or know of anyone who makes a similar commute that I could catch a ride with?

    Thanks!
  • commented 2016-03-07 13:28:24 -0500
    The distance listed on the march logistics page for Prospect Park to Wilmington DE (Day 2) may be incorrect. I think it should be 16.8 miles rather than 6.8 miles. That would also bring the total mileage to 134.
  • commented 2016-03-06 12:07:49 -0500
    Haili: Yes, marchers only need to carry a light knapsack with water, etc., and support vehicles will shuttle the overnight luggage! -Kyle, Democracy Spring Volunteer Organizer
  • followed this page 2016-02-29 23:15:17 -0500