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Women’s March, “text-a-thon” aims to attract voters before the election day – Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia 2020-10-17 13:56:53 –

This year’s second Women’s March will take place on Saturday in Washington, DC, as event organizers are focusing on efforts to qualify for voting before the November 3 election day.

Women’s March Washington People will meet during the Women’s March in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

WTOP / Dick Uriano

Women’s March Washington People will meet during the Women’s March in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

WTOP / Dick Uriano

Women’s March Washington People will meet during the Women’s March in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

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Women’s March Washington Demonstrators will meet during the women’s march at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Associated Press Photo / Jose Luis Magana

Women’s March Washington People will gather during the women’s march at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Associated Press Photo / Jose Luis Magana

Women’s March Washington Protesters will meet during the Women’s March at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Associated Press Photo / Jose Luis Magana

Women’s March Washington Protesters will meet during the Women’s March at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Associated Press Photo / Jose Luis Magana

Women’s March Washington Protesters will meet during the Women’s March at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Associated Press Photo / Jose Luis Magana

Women’s March Washington People will gather during the women’s march at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Associated Press Photo / Jose Luis Magana

This year’s second Women’s March will take place on Saturday in Washington, DC, as event organizers are focusing on efforts to qualify for voting before the November 3 election day.

Organizers said they would conclude the march with a “text banking teleson” aimed at sending five million texts encouraging citizens to vote in this year’s presidential election.

According to the organizers, the event aims to serve as the incumbent bookend of President Donald Trump.

The first women’s march was held the day after President Trump took office.

“The day after President Trump took office, we saw power when millions of people joined the streets together,” said the event website.

“We need to bring in the same power and determination on October 17th to conclude President Trump’s presidency in the original way-with massive female-led resistance,” the organizer said.

Inga Solomon, Kent Island, Maryland, told WTOP that he was marching to oppose the confirmation of the Senate of Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett.

“At this point, we shouldn’t bring in another Supreme Court candidate,” Solomon said.

Delight traveled from Chicago for a march.

“I’m talking to people who can’t. Breona Taylor; she’s not here. George Floyd; he’s not here,” Wright said.

The march begins at the packed Freedom Plaza in northwestern Washington, DC, departs northwestern Pennsylvania Avenue, loops around the Capitol, and arrives at the National Mall, where text banking takes place.

The event rallyed at Freedom Plaza at noon. The march was set to last from 1 pm to 3 pm. “Text-a-thon” runs from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Women’s March Route on Saturday, 2020 in Washington, DC (Courtesy: Women’s March)

According to the organizer, all attendees are required to wear masks.

And while they seem to be, there isn’t much social distance.

The March organizer has banned participants from 30 states on the self-quarantine list, including Florida, North Carolina, and Texas. There is a hand sanitizer station during the march.

Backpacks and small bags are allowed for the march. The event organizers said they couldn’t set up a water station, so participants are encouraged to fill bottled water themselves.

Saturdays can be hot at around 60 degrees Celsius, so warm and comfortable clothing is recommended.

Weapons and items that may be interpreted as weapons or illegal drugs are prohibited in the procession.

DC police have blocked the area around the route.

Below is a complete list of closures.

The following will be posted as emergency parking prohibited from around 6 o’clock
From morning to 6:00 pm:

  • 14th Street Northwest from Pennsylvania Avenue to F Street Northwest
  • 13th Street Northwest from Pennsylvania Avenue to F Street Northwest
  • Northwest of Pennsylvania Avenue from 15th Street and 3rd Street Northwest
  • From Constitution Avenue Northwest 3rd Street to Louisiana Avenue Northwest
  • E Street Northwest from 14th Street to 12th Street Northwest
  • 3rd Street Northwest from C Street to Independence Avenue Northwest
  • 4th Street Northwest from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue Southwest
  • Northwest 6th Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitut Avenue Northwest
  • 7th Avenue Northwest from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue Southwest

The following roads will be closed for events from around 9am
AM to 2:00 pm:

  • 14th Street Northwest from Constitution Avenue to F Street Northwest
  • 13th Street Northwest from Pennsylvania Avenue to F Street Northwest
  • E Street Northwest from 14th Street to 12th Street Northwest
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest 15th Street and 12th Street Northwest

Additional weekend road and rail information from the WTOP Traffic Center.

This is a developing story. Stay at WTOP for the latest information.

WTOP’s Dick Uliano, Alejandro Alvarez, Zeke Hartner, CNN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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