The goal of the Love March is to stand in solidarity with DC's incredibly diverse communities and send the message "whoever you are, wherever you're from, we stand together as neighbors." The march will proceed down Georgia Avenue from Kennedy St NW to U Street through some of DC's most diverse communities to spread this message and celebrate diversity at rallies along the way at Bruce Monroe Park and finally at the African-American Civil War Memorial on U Street. There have been a lot of marches downtown- but when is that last time a march went right down Georgia Ave?
District of Love seeks to rally community support for causes and organizations that sustain diversity- from supporting local, minority owned businesses to affordable housing to grassroots organizing groups who fight for immigrants or the disadvantaged in our communities. To that end the march has sought and received support from dozens of businesses up and down the Georgia Ave. corridor who will be providing discounts for marchers for the month of March as we seek pledges that community members will support and sustain them going forward. We will also be printing and distributing “Whoever you are, Wherever you’re from, We Stand Together as Neighbors” posters (with that text in English, Spanish and Amharic) to businesses up and down the corridor to leave a visible presence of solidarity on a more permanent basis. The march will conclude with a celebration including a very diverse array of speakers, poets, and performers and a fair of organizations that are already doing this important work for marchers to connect and begin to take local action. We also sell t-shirts that benefit MLOVE (Many Languages One Voice), The DC Fair Food Campaign and the United Workers of Washington.
The march has received the necessary permits from the National Parks Service for the African-American Civil War Memorial and has pending approvals from the Department of Parks and Recreation for the two park sites (just finalizing a few details) and has been working consistently with MPD to coordinate street closures and comply with all relevant regulations.