This statement is inspired by and owes credit to the “Guidelines and Accessibility Pledge” written by Don’t Shoot Porland for the Reclaim MLK March:
The Womxn’s March and Rally for Action is meant to include everyone in support of womxn and people who identifies as gender non-binary, bi-gender, a-gender, genderqueer, gender fluid, or two spirit. We want everyone to feel welcome and strive to meet different accessibility needs. This event is for every body, ability, and identity and we seek to cede space to, support, and center the voices and rights of the most marginalized and oppressed members of our march, especially LGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, people with mobility limitations, people who are neurodivergent, and people with visible and invisible disabilities.
To make this march accessible, we are implementing the following:
Three American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be on stage to interpret the program and music.
We’re asking that able-bodied attendees, leave a 3-foot lane on the right of walkways for accessibility of people with mobility devices and strollers, with preference given to those with mobility needs. At the march in 2017, some folx in wheelchairs were pushed over, disrespected, and marginalized. Be aware of who is around you and give appropriate consideration and space, and adjust your pace.
We understand that for some people there is no such thing as a safe march, especially given the recent hate crimes committed against the LGBTQIA+ community. For those who cannot attend, we will livestream the rally on our Facebook page. Unfortunately, the platform does not have video captions to include Deaf and Hard of Hearing and we apologize for and acknowledge the exclusion this creates.
We will have Peacekeepers, ACLU observers, and street medics on hand throughout the march. We will clearly, visually identify and describe them on stage. Other volunteers will wear bright vests. Some support people will have access to walkie talkies and can communicate concerns throughout the network.
We have clearly marked First Aid and Information tents where you can seek additional support. If you experience a concern, incident, or otherwise feel unsafe you may report it at the Information Tent.
Flash photography is prohibited out of respect for folx in our community who experience seizures. We also have no strobe or other flashing lights as part of our program.
We recognize that working Service and Support animals are critical for inclusion of many people with disabilities. We ask that participants be conscious of giving those animals space, asking before interacting, and being aware that not all march participants are at eye level.
Plain clothes police will be present at the march. This is a requirement of our permit. We acknowledge that while they will be unarmed, they pose a significant safety concern for some marchers.
If transportation and access to or from the march pose safety concerns, we will ensure that you do not travel alone and can provide Lyft services at the Information Tent.
Marchers, Especially those who are White, Able-bodied, or Otherwise Privileged in the Space, Have the Responsibility to:
Leave your pink pussy hats at home. These are symbols of gender and race privilege and marginalize and harm BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ marchers. We will give an explicit reminder as a part of our program.
Our march is indigenous-led. Respect the space we are ceding to communities on whose stolen land we march and occupy. Pace yourself accordingly. Please also make space for black folx and people of color at the front of the march.
Respect the accessible seating at the front of the stage and be aware of creating clear lines of sight for folx who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to see ASL interpreters.
Protect and support your fellow marchers. If you see harm, interrupt it and be prepared to put your body on the line if you are white, able-bodied, cis, or have privilege that affords you safety that other marchers do not have. If you cannot do this, report it to a Peacekeeper, Observer or Medic.
Maintain a pace that is safe for people with mobility issues and respect the accessibility lanes.
Refrain from flash photography and ask permission before taking and sharing someone’s photograph.
Recognize that many people have negative and traumatic relationships with policing. Be aware of your privilege in relationship to this fact, limit interactions with the plain clothes police who will be present, and direct safety concerns to Peacekeepers, Observers, and Medics.