The 2018 Women’s March in Washington will move forward as planned on Saturday despite a pending government shutdown. Women’s March Will Go On, Shutdown or Not:
An estimated 5,500 marchers will gather at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at 11 a.m. for a series of speeches before winding their way east down Constitution Avenue and north to the White House gates to advocate for women’s inclusion in the political process.
The Reflecting Pool, which runs down the western end of the National Mall, is maintained by the National Park Service.
A shutdown would furlough roughly 87 percent of the nearly 25,000 National Park Service employees until Congress can pass a spending measure to put them back to work.
All over the country, parks and monuments under NPS jurisdiction would be closed to visitors until Congress reaches a spending deal.
But the bureau has issued a “special provision … for first amendment activities in the National Mall and Memorial Parks” to carry on during a shutdown, according to a “contingency plan” outlined last September.
While NPS would be understaffed across the country if the government shuts down, it would retain roughly 3,300 employees, including 652 U.S. Park Police officers, for “essential activities” such as “protecting life and property” on NPS parks premises.
It is unclear if a shutdown would have an effect on the number of security personnel officers from Park Police patrolling the Mall during the march.
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Organizers expect just a fraction of the turnout from last year, when 500,000 people flooded the Mall, and the D.C. Metro Police Department has not issued any advance road closings for Saturday, a spokeswoman said.
The MPD expects to temporarily block 17th Street NW from Constitution to H Street when marchers begin filtering through.
Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is slated to deliver a speech during the pre-march rally.
Sister marches are planned around the country, and around the world, on Saturday and Sunday. The marches are being organized on social media. The sister marches in Arizona for which we have received information are listed in the Blog for Arizona Calendar.
UPDATE: You can find out where the closest Women’s March to you will take place at the Anniversary Event page. Just plug in your ZIP Code or name of your town or city.
UPDATE: The Arizona Republic reports, Women’s marches planned across Arizona; police expect 20,000 at state capitol:
How to attend women’s marches in Arizona
Phoenix police spokeswoman Det. Marianne Ramirez said the two-mile march will begin at the Arizona State Capitol, head southbound on 17th Avenue to Jefferson Street, turn eastbound to 8th Avenue, turn northbound to Washington Street, turn westbound to 17th Avenue and end back at the Capitol.
Organizers said they were not releasing the exact route in advance “due to safety.”
Police will close the march route to vehicles by 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21. The march is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and roads should be reopened by 1 p.m.
There is limited parking near the Capitol. Those taking the light rail should exit at the stops at Van Buren and Central or 1st avenues. Organizers also suggest using the #3 Van Buren Bus, exiting at 17th Avenue and walking south to the Capitol.
The “March for Love 2.0/Women’s March” will meet at 1 p.m. at Flagstaff City Hall.
The “Women’s March Sedona” will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Creative Gateways, 45 Birch Blvd., and march to Vino di Sedona, 2575 State Route 89A.
The “Women’s March on Prescott” will begin noon Saturday at Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott.
“Marching in Sisterly Solidarity” will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at 513 S. Beeline Highway, Payson.
The “Women’s March Nogales” will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at organizer Christine Cortland’s house, 344 W. Noon St., and proceed to International Street near the U.S.-Mexico border.