Friday, March 10, 2017

More details on the Love March on Saturday: musicians, events, wear red

We heard about the District of Love March in support of minorities and diversity yesterday, and now we have some more details: schedules for performers and musicians, organizations you can join, and more. There will also be breakfast snacks and Ethiopian food for sale at Bruce Monroe Park, Georgia and Irving.

The march starts at 10:30am at Emery Recreation Center at Georgia Avenue and Madison Street NW, then heads down Georgia, ending at the African American Civil War Memorial at 10th and U around 2:30 pm.

Here's all the info:
We're just two days away from the DC Love March and we're super excited to share this celebration with all of you this Saturday. It might be chilly but we'll be marching, getting exercise and taking in some great performances from a diverse group of very talented artists while we stand in solidarity with our neighbors. We hope you'll join us at the starting point so we can show upper Georgia Ave. some love before we head south to Bruce Monroe Park and on to U Street! Please continue to share with your friends and neighbors and come on out together!
Important Reminders 
* Meet-up at 10:30 am at Emery Rec Center (gathering on the park hill to the left of the rec center)- small breakfast foods, coffee and music.
* RSVP! Please RSVP on the Facebook page- here. This will help us communicate any more important updates.
* The Rock and Roll Marathon will be affecting the bus schedules so please build in some extra time. You should still be able to metro to Petworth and take the 70 or 79 up to Emery at Georgia and Madison St. NW. The 79 stops at Kennedy St. just a block away. Please consult the map for road closures, especially if you plan on driving.
* Buses will be running up and down Georgia Avenue but detouring around the march route (across Columbia Rd. NW.
* Wear RED to show your love. Even if you've got to bundle up, we'll have a way to show our unity.
* T-Shirts, Yard Signs, and buttons will be available from DistrictLuv which all go to benefits 3 great organizations- MLOV, DC Fair Food, and United Workers of Washington.
* Food- there will be small breakfast items, snacks along the way and Ethiopian food for sale at the stopping point at Bruce Monroe Park.
Can't wait to see you all Saturday morning!
UPDATE: Got a few more things from the organizers:
Community Members to March in Support of Diverse Neighbors in NW DC On March 11th local community members will come together for a march and rally along the Georgia Avenue corridor to stand up for and celebrate diversity. The goal of the Love March is to stand in solidarity with DC's diverse communities and send the message "whoever you are, wherever you're from, we stand together as neighbors." The march will begin at 10:30am at Emery Recreation Center and head down Georgia Avenue. There’ll be a mid-point rally at the Bruce Monroe Park in Parkview / Columbia Heights around 12:30pm. The march will end with a celebration at the African American Civil War Memorial at 1:30pm that will feature performers and information tables from local organizations. Local speakers and performers will include Councilmember Robert White, Latino singer/songwriters Elena y Los Fulanos and Lilo Gonzalez, African singer/songwriter Isma, and youth singer Nylah Plummer. The goal of the march is to celebrate diversity, to bring visibility to minority business owners along the Georgia Avenue corridor, and to connect attendees to engagement opportunities at organizations fighting every day for those who are marginalized in our communities.
 The organizing committee is a group of concerned community members, many of whom are educators, who witnessed the fear and sadness in their students and colleagues as hateful rhetoric and antagonist messages spread across the country. “We can’t prevent every act of aggression or every national policy, but we can let our neighbors know that we stand together and we have their backs,” said co-organizer Elizabeth Bergner.
 Co-organizer Berenice Pernalete who left her home country of Venezuela when Hugo Chavez came to power sees striking similarities between Trump’s divisive rhetoric and the one used by Chavez. She said, “This march is an opportunity to stay woke. To come together and show that we stand for love and inclusion here in the District.”

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