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Women's March Sat., Jan. 19


Two rallies in support of the “Women’s March” movement will take place in Philadelphia Sat., Jan 19. Rallies will be held on portions of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Love Park (JFK Plaza), Eakins Oval, and the east apron of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

There will be two stage locations, one of the east apron of the Philadelphia Museum of Art facing east, and one at Love Park (JFK Plaza) facing west.   

The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.

The Women's March is a women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities and backgrounds to affirm shared humanity and pronounce a message of resistance and self-determination.

According to the event's web site, "recognizing that women have intersecting identities and are therefore impacted by a multitude of social justice and human rights issues, we have outlined a representative vision for a government that is based on the principles of liberty and justice for all. As Dr. King said, 'We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back”.'

City offocials report delays can be expected during the course of the event.  Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event.  
The following streets will be closed starting at 5 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. on Jan. 19:

Arch Street between 15th Street and 16th Street

16th Street between JFK Blvd. and Cherry Street

Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 16th Street and 17th Street

Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 22nd Street and Eakins Oval (all lanes)

23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Kelly Drive (outbound) from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue

Kelly Drive (inbound) between 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue (local access maintained to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive)

Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Montgomery Drive

Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street (Local access maintained to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive)

Attendees are advised to use caution when crossing streets.  Please follow traffic signals and obey instruction provided by the Philadelphia Police Department.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute and other Parkway institutions will remain open for business.

SEPTA Bus Routes 2, 7, 27, 32, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from their normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 5:00AM on Saturday, January 19 through approximately 5:00PM.  Detours will be posted and specific route changes are available on the System Status Page at www.septa.org.

Additional information about the event is available here.