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December 16, 2016

The Women’s March on Washington Secures Starting Location For January Protest

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The Women’s March on Washington has secured their starting location, and is scheduled for the day after the Jan. 20 inauguration.   Organziers are still working on the route, but they have revealed the group will start its rally at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, in front of the Capitol.

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“Ultimately we want to have the attention focused on Congress and lifting up our concerns to them,” said Janaye Ingram, the head of logistics for the Women’s March on Washington, adding that organizers are also committed to sending their message of women’s equality to all levels and branches of government. She said that she thinks the group has identified a “valid, workable route.”

Ingram said the group has been working over the past few weeks with D.C. police, Capitol Police and other agencies to secure this location. A D.C. police spokeswoman, Rachel Reid, said the agency met Friday with the march organizers and that they have applied for a permit through the city.

The Women’s March, and about 20 groups have applied for “First Amendment Permits” on National Park Service land around inauguration, though none have been granted yet.

The National Park Service, which handles such First Amendment Permits, said it does not grant any requests until the Presidential Inauguration Committee, which plans the parade and other events to usher in a new president, maps out where it wants to hold inauguration-related activities.

The Women’s March on Washington still has a pending application for a permit for various Park Service locations. Ingram said the group has not rescinded its application but is no longer interested in rallying in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

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