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Agenda: Encircling the White House Event Sunday, November 6, 2011

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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: 
Farragut West
McPherson Square

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:

And see this list from The Washington Peace Center for a list of local Hostels and potential housing:

If you need more information about buses and carpools coming into DC, please contact Zack Waterman at

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:

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Things You Need to Know

  • Clocks fall back Nov. 6th, losing one hour to return to standard time. Please reset your clocks so that you make it to the action on time.
  • There are no unattended items or structures of any kind allowed in the park. Please bring only what you can carry. The Parks Police and Secret Service have warned us that unattended items are grounds for the park to be evacuated and the item blown up by a bomb team. This also means no tripods for cameras, or chairs are allowed. If you need to sit, please get there early and find space on a bench. Wheelchairs are the only exception to this rule.
  • Portable bathrooms for the event will be located on Vermont Avenue, at the Northeast corner of the park.
  • Buses are only allowed to drop off people along H St. in the Metro bus drop off areas, but cannot idle or park in this area.
  • Major Metro track work is planned for weekend of November 4-6. Customers should take note of the following service impacts:
    • Red Line 10 p.m. Friday through closing on Sunday
      • Buses will replace Red Line trains between Glenmont and Fort Totten stations.
      • Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations will be closed.
      • Free shuttle buses will operate between Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen, Silver Spring, Takoma and Fort Totten.
      • Red Line service will operate normally between Fort Totten and Shady Grove.
      • The last Shady Grove-bound train will depart Fort Totten at 2:51 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 11:51 p.m. on Sunday.
      • Customers using shuttle buses should allow about 30 minutes of additional travel time.
    • Orange and Blue Line 10 p.m. Friday through closing on Sunday
      • Orange and Blue Line trains will share one track between McPherson Square and Foggy Bottom stations as personnel conduct rail renewal work.
      • Throughout the weekend, Orange and Blue Line trains will depart endpoint terminals every 15 minutes.
      • Customers should allow about 20 minutes of additional travel time.

We Need You! Volunteer Opportunities

To become a volunteer, please email Jessica Eckdish at

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.*

* This volunteer position requires attending a training from 6-9 pm on November 2 at the Sierra Club (50 F St NW, 8th floor).

Day-of Rally Volunteers: We have lots of needs for the actual rally to help us create a smooth event.*

* This volunteer position requires no previous training.

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Volunteer Schedule

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.

Red Team

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.

Blue Team

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.

Suspicious Package Team

3:30: 2 volunteers will sweep Lafayette Park for suspicious packages, move any bags to truck.

Clean-up Team

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).

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