This Saturday, thousands of women from all around South Florida are expected to gather at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater for the local version of the Women’s March on Washington happening on the same day and at the same time. We talked to some of them here.
It’s all volunteer-run, and with the rally approaching so soon, organizers are kind of swamped. Some of you had questions about how it all works. We got them to spell it all out for us.
Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida 33132
Saturday, Jan. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m.
What’s it going to look like?
When you’re walking in, there will be music and a dance performance. Then, representatives of 16 to 20 different non-profits will be speaking briefly about what they do and how to get involved.
Following that, speakers will be address concerns like Islamophobia, immigration, disability rights, the role of men, and the Affordable Care Act.
The rally will end with two keynote speeches: one from Patricia Ireland, former president of the National Organization of Women, and one from Marleine Bastien, the executive director of Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami, an organization that advocates for and empowers Haitian women.
Do I have to buy tickets?
The rally is free. Register here to help organizers get an accurate head count.
How can I donate?
Go here. They’ve already raised almost $70,000 (as of Wednesday afternoon).
Can I bring a sign?
Yes, but it can’t have any sticks or poles.
Are men welcome?
Yes! Everyone is welcome.
I heard there are buses. How does that work?
Buses were organized to help participants in Broward and West Palm Beach get to the amphitheater. Registration opened a month ago, but it’s now closed.
Organizers suggest using the Tri-rail, Metrorail or Metromover. Directions here. (Parking will be a nightmare. Take their advice.)
Will there be t-shirts at the rally to purchase?
Yes, but they can’t guarantee your size. If you want to make sure you get the size you want, you can order priority shipping of the shirts and other swag here. It should make it in time for the rally, as the manufacturer is local.
How many seats are there?
There’s room for 10,000 people. There are 2,672 fixed benches and 7,328 in the lawn.
Is it accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes, it is ADA-accessible and there will be reserved sections for the disabled and the elderly.
How can I volunteer?
Volunteering is now closed.
What can’t I bring?
• Weapons of any kind
• Illegal Drugs / Substances
• Glass Containers or Cans
• Hard Sided / Large Coolers
• Large or oversized Bags / Back-Packs
• Laser Pointers
• Animals (except service animals)
• Selfie Sticks
• Lawn Chairs
• Umbrellas are NOT permitted in the seating area