The Women's March on Washington is assembling Saturday, January 21 for a grassroots-organized rally and march through the streets of D.C., ending at the Washington Monument. Although the event has four national co-chairs and a national organizing committee, it was largely assembled by independent coordinators working at the state and local levels to organize everything from transportation to legal guides for safer protest practices. The event is a constitutionally-protected protest with all the necessary permits. But some attendees might be wondering where they can recharge during the march. So where are the Women's March warming stations? Luckily, plenty of places have volunteered their resources for easily accessible self-care all along the protest route.
Lori Boerner and burlesque dancer Kay Sera have organized an interactive Google map listing 30 venues (and counting) willing to offer a variety of services to women attending the protest. They write on the map's description:
"This is a (growing) list of places in D.C. near the Women’s March that will have special Welcome Stations catering specifically to March attendees — offering services such as: bathrooms, meeting areas (to meet and find your group at), drinks/snacks (some are offering free hot chocolate, etc.), getting warm inside if it’s really cold outside, charging your cell phones, prayer services, etc."
As many young activists know, self-care is a critical part of political activism. Taking breaks to recuperate, recharge, and get the things we need physically and emotionally are crucial in building up the stamina to survive the long-haul of that infamously slow arc of progress. As Audre Lorde once said, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
You can access the interactive map here, or check out a list of locations below.
- Air & Space Museum
- AMAR International
- Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument (Sewall-Belmont House)
- Capitol Hill United Methodist Church (CHUMC)
- Councilmember Mary Cheh's Office
- Del Campo
- Fantom Comics
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
- Holiday Inn (Capitol) - sponsored by CARE
- Hyatt Regency - sponsored by Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
- Impact Hub DC
- Iron Gate Restaurant
- Labyrinth Games & Puzzles
- Lutheran Church Of The Reformation
- Mia's Coffeehouse
- Mr. Henry's Restaurant
- National Museum of the American Indian
- National Museum of Women in the Arts
- New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
- Nordstrom Rack
- Pleasant Pops
- Population Institute
- Pretzel Bakery
- St. Mark's Episcopal Church
- United Church of Christ at the First Congregational UCC
- Western Presbyterian Church
- William Penn House
- Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company