Kalamazoo (Little) Sister March, MI
Start: January 21, 2017•10:00 AM
Final note before tomorrow's march!
First, those who have RSVPed, watch for an email. For those who have not yet registered, here's the latest info.
We'll meet at the flagpoles at WMU, in time to march at 10:00. Right now we've got 785 (!) registered and probably a bunch coming without registering (although we wish you would).
Signs are welcome. The March organizers ask for no anti-Trump signs; this is a positive march.
Bring the family, partners, everyone. This includes men, children, and friendly dogs (there have been questions). We're all in this together.
Maps will be provided (and are also linked below). For those not wanting the 3.5 mile hike, you can cut off at Westnedge (cut out a mile), or just walk closer to our starting area. Very friendly neighborhood. Conversely, you can meet us part way and walk for a while.
Because this started late (Tuesday!), there are no speakers, bands, or concluding event. March at your own pace and enjoy the day and each other.
We have no permit and MUST stay on sidewalks and not impede traffic. The WMU police are aware of the march and will help us with crossing Stadium. The Kalamazoo police have also been notified.
We anticipate no problems or hostilities. If anyone does confront, we will not engage. "When they go low, we go high."
Finally, thank you all for your excitement about coming together to support decency and justice. We are making a visible difference, and I'm proud to be part of it. See you tomorrow morning!
-- Betsy Aller
CHANGE FROM ORIGINAL ROUTE -- Please note!
We've moved our start from a residential area to Western Michigan University campus (parking! and bathrooms!), and we've made it a 3.5 mile loop. Please read below.
Welcome, Kalamazoo marchers -- 270 strong and counting, as of Thursday afternoon! We plan to start at Western Michigan University. Park behind Sangren Hall (no ticketing on Saturdays). Gather at the flagpoles at central campus (go around to the front of Sangren and look right), or, if raining, in front of the Bernhard Center (big building east of Sangren). The Bernhard Center has bathrooms and food. We'll start promptly at 10:00 a.m., walking along Stadium / W. Michigan Ave. to the Kalamazoo Mall downtown. The return to WMU campus will be along either Lovell (more traffic to see us!) or South (historic homes, very nice). Map links are below. This loop is about 3.5 miles.
In response to some questions: Signs would be great! (However, remember that displeasure with specific individuals needs to be in our minds, so to speak, but not on signs.) Also, please know that in contrast with the Grand Rapids and Lansing marches, ours really is a walk, but we don't have the speakers and bands they do. This simple march is to celebrate rights, justice, and equity for everyone.
Contact me via email with any questions, and we're hoping for a great march! -- Betsy Aller
WMU interactive campus map: http://wmich.edu/maps/
WMU visitors map: http://www.wmich.edu/maps/wmuvmap.pdf
Kalamazoo map: discoverkalamazoo.com (then go to maps, then downtown map)