All volunteers and attendees should carefully read the DC Capitol Police guidelines for events at the West Lawn, and act accordingly. It is important that all volunteers and attendees read the guidelines and tell those that come with them to the Capitol.
To make this a successful event, we must work with the DC Capitol Police. If you are leading a group to DC, please print out copies of the guidelines and hand them out at organizational meetings or email them to everyone that is coming to DC.
Another thing all volunteers and attendees should remember: this is a peaceful demonstration against big government. We are protesting to defend our liberties and speak out against the size and scope of government, and it is important that our movement remain peaceful if we are to continue to build public support. We are opposed to political violence for both philosophical and strategic reasons. If you want to understand how and why peaceful protests have been successful in the past, please read A Force More Powerful by Peter Ackermann and Jack Duvall.
Here are some Do’s and Don’t’s for attendees of the March on Washington:
While participating in the March on Washington, you will be under the jurisdiction of the United States Capitol Police. Here is a list of things to remember on Capitol Grounds:
- Signs with supports cannot be more than ¾ of an inch in diameter at their largest point
- Sign supports must be wood and must have dull ends
- Supports cannot have protruding nails, screws, or bolts
- Signs cannot offer items for sale, solicit contributions, or engage in commercial advertisement of any kind
- Signs are not permitted within Capitol buildings
- Tents, camping equipment, bedrolls, or shelters of any kind are prohibited
- Do not climb, remove, or damage any statue, seat, wall, fountain, or elevator tower, or any tree, shrub or other landscaping feature
- Do not offer anything for sale or solicit contributions on Capitol Grounds
- Firearms, explosives, clubs, missile, or any other weapons of any kind are prohibited
- Open flames are prohibited
Failure to abide by these rules governing the use of Capitol Grounds could result in fines, arrest, or both.
Remember, above all, be peaceful and respectful. Do not give the left any reason to discredit or dismiss us!
One other point that is important: the demonstration will take place on the grassy areas in front of the Capitol. We are not permitted to protest on the streets once we complete the March from Freedom Plaza. Please fill in the West Lawn and the surrounding grassy areas, but do not remain on 1st Street. There will be lots of open space along the West Front where we can congregate and listen to the speakers. Thanks!