1:30 p.m. - Arrive at Lafayette Park in front of the White House! [map]
2:00 p.m. - Rally begins in Lafayette Park with an exciting array of speakers
3:00 p.m. - The Encircling of the White House begins! You will be directed into three groups. The first group will head to E Street followed by the second and third groups heading down 15th and 17th Streets. We will form a ring around the White House, encircling the entire blocks from 15th Street to E Street to 17th Street to H Street. We will have Volunteer Monitors on all blocks to inform you of when the formation is complete. Pictures will be taken and we will stand in formation for 30-45 minutes to mark the moment in time.Volunteer Monitors will then direct us to head back to the Lafayette Park.
5:00 p.m. - Closing rally starts. The event ends at 5:30 p.m.
Pre-Action Event: Saturday, November 5, 2011
We will be hosting a "Pre-Action" event on Saturday, November 5th at All Souls Church for people who want more information and/or to meet others who have come to the action. This Pre-Action event will take place from 5 - 9 p.m.
It is really important that you register for the Encircling of the White House so that we can ensure you are updated with all information and that we know how close we are to meeting our attendee goals: Click here to RSVP.
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When is the Encircling the White House event?
Sunday, November 6th, 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
What time should I get there?
Everyone should try to arrive in Lafayette Park by 1:30 p.m.
How do I get there?
Closest Metro stops:
If I'm driving to the Metro, where can I park?
We recommend parking outside of the city and taking the metro in from there. See Metro directions.
Can you help me find a ride and housing in DC?
If you are looking for, or can offer a ride or housing, please post on our Ride Board to connect with other attendees: http://www.tarsandsaction.org/nov6-ride-board.
And see this list from The Washington Peace Center for a list of local Hostels and potential housing: http://washingtonpeacecenter.net/masshousing
If you need more information about buses and carpools coming into DC, please contact Zack Waterman at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the legal issues involved with this action?
This is a legal, peaceful demonstration. This is not a civil disobedience action. We have a legal permit for the rally and are working with Park Police to ensure a peaceful encircling o the White House. We do not intend for arrests to be any part of this demonstration. We will have event marshals to facilitate the action and de-escalate any issues with police or passer-bys.
How can I RSVP?
RSVP here: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageServer?pagename=20111010_Nov6_TarSandsRally
Is there a Facebook page?
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To become a volunteer, please email Jessica Eckdish at Jessica.email@example.com
Phone Bank Volunteer: Help us reach our friends and allies.
When: October 26, October 27, November 1, November 3, November 4
Time: 6-9 pm Eastern
Location: Sierra Club (50 F St NW, 8th floor)
Or calls can be made from home through our Activate system.
Day-of Red Team Volunteers: The Red Team Volunteers will help get people into formation around the White House and stand outside of the line to monitor for any problems that need to be addressed.*
Day-of Rally Volunteers: We have lots of needs for the actual rally to help us create a smooth event.*
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11:30-12:30: Everyone arrives for food on Vermont Ave. [Map]
12:30: Red and Blue Teams must be at Lafayette Park and converge at stage Red and Blue Teams will be directed to different locations for their briefings.
12:45-1:00: Blue Team briefing; Jay will assign 10 volunteers to clean-up team and will specify a location for them to meet at the end of the day. Blue Team will get the buttons, placards, and vests and start passing them out after the briefing.
12:45-1:00: Red Team briefing.
1:00-2:30: “Sweeping” of park.
2:30: Red Team will receive text from Jay telling them to get into positions; Red Team should then head to their positions around the White House and carry out their role as they’ve been trained.
5:00 (or end of action): Red Team’s role is done.
1:00 2:30: Pass out vests and signs before and during rally.
2:30-3:00: Gather banners and either carry them or give them to others to carry during the action.
3:00: Volunteer role complete, Blue Team becomes participants.
5:30 (or end of day): Bring banners back to designated spot.
3:30: 2 volunteers will sweep Lafayette Park for suspicious packages, move any bags to truck.
5:30: Meet at the stage area; get a clear plastic bag, pick up any trash you find, tie up the bag and leave it in the place designated by parks to leave our garbage (Jay or Robby will know).