Women's March Oakland 2019

About the March.


What is Women's March Oakland 2019?

“The woman power of this nation can be the power which makes us whole.”
— Coretta Scott King

Women’s March Oakland 2019 will flood the streets with a wave of self-identified women and their allies from the East Bay and beyond, joining more than 130 chapters across the country in hosting rallies on the anniversary of the historic Women’s March.

At this nonpartisan, peaceful event on the Saturday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we will activate our communities and publicly proclaim our commitment, in Scott King’s words, to “create new homes, new communities, new cities, a new nation. Yea, a new world, which we desperately need!”

The 2019 march is co-hosted by Women’s March Oakland, Black Women Organized for Political Action, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center.

Making Women’s Marches safe spaces for all kinds of people is critical to their success. We expect everyone taking part in Women's March Oakland to respect the following agreements:

  • We will not use violence (physical or verbal) towards any person.

  • We will not destroy or damage property.

  • We will promote a tone of respect, honesty, transparency and accountability in our actions.

  • We will not carry anything that can be construed as a weapon, nor possess (or consume) any alcohol or drugs.

  • We are nonpartisan, and will use Women’s March Oakland primarily to express our support for women’s rights and human rights in our communities and the country.

  • We will all hold each other accountable to respecting these agreements.

Do I need to register? Do I need a ticket to attend?

To give us a more accurate attendance estimate so we can have the proper services available, please register on our Eventbrite page. Tickets are free of charge. You do not need to bring your printed Eventbrite ticket with you to the march.

By attending, you acknowledge that you are physically fit for this outdoor march and assume full responsibility for the risks of participating.

What should I wear? Where can I get Women’s March Oakland gear?

Dress in layers and comfortable shoes. Check the weather and dress appropriately.

You can buy Women’s March Oakland gear online. Order early to ensure you will receive your items in time for the march!

What should I bring?

Bring water, snacks and sunscreen. Out of consideration for other people at the march, please consider bringing a poncho instead of an umbrella. Strollers are welcome, although we do recommend smaller ones if possible.

Can I bring banners, signs or flags?

Posters and signs are allowed, but not with the use of wooden, plastic or metal sign posts. Instead, we encourage people to use cardboard sign posts (or rolled up poster paper). Flags are allowed, but not on a pole.

What items are not allowed at the march and rally?

  • Backpacks (please bring clear bags instead)

  • Weapons of any kind or anything that can be construed as a weapon (pocket knives, multi-tools, mace, scissors, etc.)

  • Alcohol or drugs (your fellow marchers may have substance sensitivities, so please avoid smoking or wearing strong fragrances so that everyone can participate)

  • Dogs or pets (service animals only, please)

  • Bikes (please park your bike before the march begins)

Other marching day tips

Stay hydrated and never pass up an opportunity to use a toilet!

Don't rely on your cell phone. We cannot promise cell service for calls or texting on the day of the march. Please be sure to make a meet-up plan with your friends, family and group ahead of time in case you get separated at the march or rally. Use a sharpie to write important information on your forearm (especially helpful on children). Don't offer personal information to anyone.

See something? Say something to a peace ambassador or volunteer.

When and where will the march be held?

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Here is the schedule for the day:

10:00 a.m. – Rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater
We’ll get fired up with amazing speakers and performers.

11:00 a.m. – March to Frank Ogawa Plaza
We’ll flood 14th Street with a wave of self-identified women and their allies from the East Bay and beyond.

11:30 a.m. – Take action at our Call to Action Alley
We’ll groove with Bay Area performers, learn about organizations doing mighty work, and shop at local and women-owned businesses.

The rally and march starting point will be at Lake Merritt Amphitheater. The march will proceed up 14th Street, ending at Frank Ogawa Plaza with our Call to Action Alley.

Accessibility information for the route: The route is 0.9 miles. It is uphill for the first couple of blocks to Oak Street. There is a slight uphill slope from Oak to Madison. There is a bad curb cut at 14th and Alice on the right, and another one at 14th and Franklin on the right.

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How do I get to the march?

We strongly recommend public transportation. BART is available from the East Bay, San Francisco and the Peninsula. We suggest that you purchase a roundtrip fare and give yourself extra time to get to the march.

The Lake Merritt BART station is right next to the rally and starting point of the march. The 12th Street Oakland/Civic Center station is near the ending point of the march (and Call to Action Alley). For more information, visit BART's website.

To see how traffice will be impacted by the march, check out this map.

Is the march accessible?

Yes! There is built-in seating at Lake Merritt Amphitheater and an additional entrance to the rally for wheelchairs. ASL interpreters will be present during the rally.

There will be a medical station about halfway through the march route to rest and get help. There will be help (volunteers / medical professionals) along the way if people fall too far behind and need assistance. Marchers can enter or leave the march route at any time; the path will not be blocked off completely.

Suggested accessible viewing locations are located at:

  • 14th and Madison Streets on the northwest corner

  • 14th and Harrison Streets on the southwest corner in front of the parking lot and vacant building.

Will there be bathrooms?

Yes, there will be handicap and standard portable restrooms at Lake Merritt Amphitheater and Frank Ogawa Plaza.

I want my organization to be involved. How can we join the mobilization?

You can bring a contingent and/or help us spread the word about the march. Learn more about how to get involved. If you have any questions, please email communityoutreach@womensmarchoakland.org.

I can’t attend. How can I support the march?

Thank you for your support—we’ll miss you in Oakland! You can support us by making a contribution, posting about the march on social media with the hashtag #WomensWaveOakland, and telling your friends and family about the march. You can also download our 2019 march flyer to post / hand out at your office, library, farmers' market, community gathering, local coffee shop, or other neighborhood business. Learn about additional ways to support the march.

Media inquiries

For all media inquiries, please contact LaNiece Jones at (510) 816-0453 or pr@womensmarchoakland.org.