Safety & Security at the Women's March on Washington

On Wednesday, January 11th, Women's March organizers and experts joined us to share information about how we can take action for personal safety and security before and during the march.

Nonviolence Training & Advice

We were joined by Dr. Erica Chenoweth, a Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Dr. Chenoweth is an internationally recognized authority on political violence and its alternatives. Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2013 for her efforts to promote the empirical study of civil resistance, and she received the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, which the International Studies Association gives annually to the scholar under the age of 40 who has made the greatest impact on the field of international politics or peace research. 

Dr. Chenoweth shared information about how to prepare for nonviolent protest and how to be successful in nonviolent protest and maintain nonviolent discipline. She also shared resources for nonviolence training. Her presentation is available for download here -- please review it and share it widely. 

Safety & Security Guidance from D.C. Leadership

We also able to share some of the most frequently asked questions from the call with Tamika Mallory, who is a member of the leadership team for the D.C. March. Here are the answers that she shared. She advises all who need logistical information to visit their website here.


Additional Guidance & Resources

We were also joined by the Women’s March on America team, including Ceci Hall and Jillian Misrack. As a reminder, the Women’s March on America is the group that is organizing the sister marches happening all over the country. They are closely affiliated with the DC March, which is the Women’s March on Washington.

Ceci Hall is the former Director of Volunteer Engagement on Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, and longtime advocate and activist for financial literacy, and Jillian Misrack, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, most recently at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and currently with Propper Daley, a social impact firm in Los Angeles which is supporting Take the Oath. 

Ceci talked about the work that the Women’s March on America team has done to ensure safety and security, and Jill shared information about 'Take the Oath,' a citizen’s oath that we can all take prior to the march. 


Next Thursday, January 19th at 12pm PST / 3pm EST, we’ll bring together march organizers and communications experts to discuss how we can share our messages and intentions effectively. Register here to join us.

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