On January 21, 2017, millions of women gathered around the world to make their voices heard. One year later, women and allies are congregating again, but this time we’re not just marching—we’re taking our fight to the polls. The official event, Power to the Polls, is happening in Las Vegas on January 21st. But it’s the beginning of a longer initiative to make sure we’re prepared for the upcoming election season.
Even if you can’t make it to Vegas, The Women’s March organizers have created a search tool that allows you to find events in your area. Here are a few things to remember:
1. Dress for the occasion. You might have the perfect pussy hat picked out, but it’s important that you’re prepared for all of the elements. Whether that involves comfortable walking shoes or appropriate outerwear, keep in mind that you might face rain, wind, or oppressive sunshine throughout the day. If you want to make a real fashion statement, grab a Thanks, Birth Control hat or t-shirt to rock with pride at the march.
2. Pack light. Along with preparing for the weather, you’ll want to be VERY discerning about what you carry with you. Consider a fanny pack large enough for cash, a cell phone (and portable phone charger). If you require any medication, you’ll want to make sure you have that with you as well. Bring the necessities, but resist the urge to overpack—some venues might not allow you to carry large bags or backpacks.
3. Know the local laws. Beyond knowing your First Amendment rights, Broadly suggests you know local laws in the state where you plan to march. Make your voice heard in ways that feel most authentic to you, but make sure you have resources and a contingency plan in place to do so.
4. Have an emergency contact ready. It’s tempting to think that you can access any number you need from your cell phone, but in large crowds, it’s impossible to predict exactly what will happen. You’ll want to have an emergency contact either written down (on an actual piece of paper) or memorized. While we hope you won’t need it, it’s important to have.
Most of all, we want you to have fun, be safe, and enjoy being in the company of like-minded people. Want a few ways to get involved beyond this the march? Visit Power to Decide for ways to get activated and engaged.