If you’re planning on attending the Women’s March this Saturday, whether it be in D.C., Los Angeles, New York, etc. there are a few things we want you to keep in mind, including your safety! See below for a few tips from some of our experienced friends and pros here at Walker’s Legacy on how to stay safe while marching.
- KEEP YOUR COOL. Listen to the energy and calmly leave the vicinity if you have any doubts about anything. Even though this is a peaceful protest there will be infiltrators that try to cause violence or start hateful chants. Most of all, just use your judgement.
- HAVE A BUDDY. It’s always important to march with a friend/group and have a plan in the event that you get separated. Don’t rely on your cellphones as there will be an overwhelmingly large amount of people in your local area which may cause low reception, a lot of noise, and no sense of direction.
- BE PREPARED. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, stay hydrated, and never pass up the opportunity to use the bathroom. Buy your metro card in advance to avoid long lines and write info (contact, allergies, etc.) on your forearm in Sharpie in the case of an emergency.
- KEEP TRACK OF YOUR BELONGINGS. In a large crowd with people bumping into you and sliding past you, it’s really easy to lose things or be the victim of a pickpocket. Use your internal jacket pockets if you have some and make sure they’re zipped up. Also, it’s important that you don’t bring anything that you can’t afford to lose.
- HAVE FUN. The most important tip of them all. Use this time to exercise your constitutional rights and let your voice be heard!