Where Does The Women's March in NYC Start? Organizers Changed The Rally Point
The Women's March on Washington is expecting anywhere from 200,000 to 400,000 attendees on Saturday, Jan. 21, but many more who are eager to protest are unable to make the journey to the nation's capital. Nearly 300 sister marches are planned across the globe, and one of the largest ones will take place in New York City. So where does the women's march in NYC start, and where does it go? According to DNAinfo, it's been relocated at the request of city officials. The new starting point is the United Nations headquarters in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.
Participants will gather at 48th Street and First Avenue, then walk west on 47th Street, then up Fifth Avenue all the way to 56th Street, finally ending at Trump Tower. Trump won't actually be there at the time (he'll be at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral), but he will continue to live there sporadically throughout his administration. And of course, his wife and youngest son will still be living there, at least until the end of the school year. As of Jan. 13, more than 76,000 participants had signed up. The plaza only has the capacity for 8,000 people, so the start times will be staggered, starting at 11:00 am.
Although the location of the march is different, the message remains the same. Organized by The Human First Society, the march's stated mission is "To provide a safe and accepting platform for supporters of equality to rally and march in promotion of civil rights for every human regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion or creed." The goals include reminding the Trump administration "that they report to the people," demonstrating "the speed and ease with which the people can mobilize," and also offering hope and empowerment to the people.
The march is expected to last for three to five hours. Participants are encouraged to register for the march so that organizers can make an accurate estimate of the number of attendees. Registered marchers will be notified by email of their group's scheduled start time, and start times will also be posted on the official site one week in advance. Can't make it? You can always buy a commemorative shirt and use it as a prop to lie to your future grandchildren! Seriously, though, organizing a march costs money, so that purchase – or a direct donation – won't go to waste.