PARKING for our rally at IX: This thing is getting BIG! Yes, IX Art Park has onsite parking, but there are businesses in operation on Sat., and we want to be considerate. Please carpool, bike, use transit [Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) ] Routes 1&6 come close), and park off site if you're able-bodied. We'll have extra accessible parking marked off, a drop-off zone,and volunteers to assist with parking, but let's all do all we can to be enthusiastic, but inclusive and respectful. Remember, the Water Street Garage is just a few blocks away, actually, 4/10s of a mile.
NO ticket required. Just come.
A local indoor/outdoor event to coincide with the Women's March on Washington Sat., 1-21, to support women's health, inclusion, and human rights. On-site parking is available, there's parking on nearby streets, and the Water St. Parking Garage is only a few blocks away (just 4/10s of a mile).
MINI-MARCH: We mean mini, in keeping with our original idea of this being an event for those who can't go to D.C. due to mobility issues, small children, etc. The route selected is small, child-friendly,and wheelchair accessible, which meant keeping it rather close to the IX building. It may seem silly to have something so small, and while we talked about letting groups break off for larger routes if they were able-bodied, when considering what traffic might be like if cars are nearby, we didn't feel it'd be safe to venture further out.
ASL interpreting services will be provided by Civic Access (http://www.civicaccess.com/).
9-10--Active Bystander Intervention Training Overview led by Claire Kaplan and Cindy Garver, in indoor theater space (first 250 people)
9:00-10--Positive sign making and learning freedom songs, led by Love Army Ukulele Brigade.
10--Summoning by Charlottesville Drum Choir
10:15-10:45(ish)--Mini-march around IX Art Park property, led by local clergy, and accompanied by Love Army Ukulele Brigade, concluding with multifaith community blessing
9-1--Information tables in indoor lobby and outside tent: Charlottesville NOW, BRAAF, Tech Girls, Help Save The Next Girl The Park School, International Neighbors, University Montessori School, Charlottesville Coalition against Gun Violence, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church - Unitarian Universalist, Honey Sweet Harmony Holistic Consultations & Shamanic Sisterhood Sessiuns, Shelter for Help in Emergency, and Sexual Assault Resource Agency (so far!). Register for a table at bit.ly/CvilleGathers-Groups
10-1:15--Live feed or news coverage from national event in D.C., indoor theater space with tea bar
10:45-12:59--Rally/festival in outdoor stage space: speakers and entertainment, with outdoor heaters and TENT:
---Charlottesville Women's Choir
---TechGirls/Charlottesville Women in Tech
--- Showing Up for Racial Justice - SURJ Charlottesville
---Freddy Jackson/ The Love No Ego Group
---Myra Anderson/ Brave Souls on Fire
---JoJo Robertson/ Stand For The Silent Albemarle Chapter
---Greer Kelly on legislative effectiveness on women's issues
1:00 Global Minute of Silence for Women's Rights--outside; then watch conclusion of DC rally inside
1:15--Guided Meditation, seated, in indoor theater space
The Breakfast Guy AND Mouth Wide Open food trucks with warm drinks available; tea bar in theater space
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As an official "sister event" of the Women's March on Washington, I've just agreed to the following for Charlottesville Gathers. All who agree to abide by these principles will be warmly welcomed:
Women's March participants stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us.
By registering to host your own March, you agree to the following March guidelines:
* We are non-partisan, and will not use the Women’s March primarily to criticize politicians or political parties.
* We will use no violence (physical or verbal) towards any person.
* We will not destroy or damage property.
* We will promote a tone of respect, honesty, transparency, and accountability in our actions.
* We will not carry anything that can be construed as a weapon, nor possess (or consume) any alcohol or drugs.
* We will all hold each other accountable to respecting these agreements.
AFTERPARTY--Watch the DC march component of the event, after our rally concludes at 1:20:
FIREFLY Charlottesville is a proud supporter of the Women's March on Washington and other gatherings across the country. We will be streaming a live stream from DC on our large-screen projector on Saturday. Our 150-person capacity makes us an excellent gathering space after the event at IX Art Park.
FIREFLY is a woman-owned family-friendly arcade and restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. We have pool, pinball, foosball, 7 arcade games, and board games. FIREFLY is located at the corner of Market & Meade, 1304 E Market St, Charlottesville. 434-202-1050