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Frederick, MD Rally: Stand with Planned Parenthood

  • Market st & Patrick st Frederick, MD (map)

Protests supporting the defunding of Planned Parenthood are sweeping the nation February 11th. Join us as we stand as one against these actions, and support women's rights, health and options to choose.

*PLEASE NOTE!*
This is NOT scheduled to be a counter-protest. Planned Parenthood has a STRICT no counter-protest policy! Please understand that their concern during these protests are for the safety of their patients! This is a call to action supporting women's rights & health, Roe v Wade, and empowering all individuals to make informed and responsible reproductive choices

We’ll gather in the center of town, at the four corners of the intersection of Market & Patrick. (Tell your GPS it’s 1 S. Market St, 21701.) We will stand in vigil, chant, mingle, or march/walk around—peacefully and without blocking foot/vehicle traffic. As more supporters arrive, we will spread out in all directions, lining the streets of our city with messages of support and solidarity and our peaceful, powerful presence. Then organizers will lead our march south on Market for 1 ½ blocks, and turn east into Carroll Creek linear park. Tthere will be some brief speeches when most of the crowd has made its way along the creek to the amphitheater area.

Got questions or need help during the event? Look for a pink or white balloon, which will be attached to an organizer or guide. (We could still use a few more volunteer guides--please message Bethel).

The rules: 
Do not block foot/vehicle traffic. Please be good to our city and everything in it. Let's leave things clean and beautiful.
At the park, do not stick signs and such in the dirt, which would damage wiring, hoses, etc.

What to bring: 
Family/friends/organization, or just yourself. Signs are welcome here; regular-sized ones rather than big ones or banners, please, and let’s keep it positive-not-protest. Bags and backpacks are OK. No amplification such as bullhorns (except for speeches at park). And of course no weapons/drugs/alcohol. This is a rally/march in downtown Frederick, not at the PP location in Frederick. 

Parking: 
Info at https://www.cityoffrederick.com/207/Parking. Click on “ADA accessible” for photomap; the first FAQ lists locations. The 5 city-owned garages are $1/hr, parking meters are $2/hr, and there’s walkable free parking especially to the northwest near Baker Park. Please carpool/walk if you can.

Restrooms: 
*PLEASE USE PUBLIC RESTROOMS* 4 Public restrooms open on Sat: Church St and Carroll Creek parking garages (see above), library (110 E Patrick, open 10-5), and city Visitor Center (keep going through park and turn right to 151 East St, open 9-5:30).

Interpreter for Frederick's strong Deaf community: Currently searching for a volunteer.