One of the fundamental values underpinning our nation is that all people should be able to make a living and support themselves without fear of discrimination at work! On October 8, those who support employment protections for LGBTQ+ people will gather in the nation’s capital to give a face and voice to the overwhelming majority of Americans everywhere who believe in this right. Join us as we rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court as we show the nation that we believe that all Americans deserve to be treated fairly and equally under the law.
Do's & Don't at the Court
- Protesters are allowed to gather on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse but not on the plaza
- Signs, banners, and placards are permitted as a part of a permitted activity. All supports for these items must not exceed ¾ of an inch at their largest point, have dull ends and cannot in any way be construed as a weapon (including wooden sticks). There can be no nails, screws, or bolt-type fasteners protruding from the supports.
- No temporary, covered or enclosed structures - including shelters - are allowed including camping equipment, tents, sleeping bags, bedrolls, bedding, cabanas, and canopies.
- The use or display of any open flame including, ignited candles, is prohibited.
- Sleeping or lying down is prohibited at all times on any paved or improved area.
There are several bus companies that offer inexpensive travel options to Washington, DC, including:
Amtrak (http://www.amtrak.com) offers a lot of options for train travel, whether you're on the East Coast or coming from the Southeast/Midwest. Check their site early to see whether train travel is an option -- buying early and using either a student or AAA discount will often allow you to find reasonably-priced train tickets.
There are three airports in the DC Metropolitan Area: Reagan National (DCA), Dulles International (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington (BWI). DCA is closest to downtown D.C. and has a metro stop that runs directly into downtown. IAD is pretty far from downtown DC, but is accessible by bus, Uber / Lyft and shared van services like SuperShuttle. BWI is also accessible by public transportation via bus and train.
Metro (while in D.C.)
The Supreme Court sits between two Metro stops -- Union Station (red line) and Capitol South (blue/orange lines). When looking at lodging options, make sure to find out whether you'll be near a Metro stop, which makes city travel far easier. You can find out about stations, maps, and fares for the Metro system (which also extends to Maryland and Virginia) at http://www.wmata.com.
If you're traveling by car, DC streets are almost entirely metered and time-limited, so parking on the street for a few days at a time is nearly impossible. There are a variety of parking garages in the city.
For those interested in chartering buses for groups to come to Washington D.C., check out Bolt Bus's Charter Program which offers some of the best prices we found: https://www.boltbus.com/charters.aspx