At the Peace Center, we strive to provide all the tools you need to change the world. In order to prevent people from re-inventing the wheel to find the resource they need to pull off their project, we have compiled a list of resources to make your life easier. If you've got any suggestions or additions for this page - help us keep this list updated, and email us at

Guide to the DC Permit Process

Want to have a protest in DC? You might want to get a permit. We know it probably feels like an infringement of your rights in some ways, and some groups have had success with non-permitted protests in the city, but dealing with the police bureaucracy and getting a permit will help make your event a lot less stressful on the day of.

Van Rental for Groups

Here are some van rental companies in the DC area from which you can rent a large size ( 12- or 15-person capacity) van to take a group to a protest, training, conference, or other event. Generally, you have to be 25 years old to rent a passenger van. Keep in mind that there are generally fees and taxes above the daily rate, such as insurance and fees for going above a certain mileage. Be sure to check the companies' websites for up-to-date information about prices and availability.

Legal Support for Direct Action

If you are planning a civil disobedience action that could land you or your members in jail, be sure to review the materials we provide on how best to conduct yourself. With advice for activists and legal support teams we cover everything you will need to know to keep yourself safe and informed through the whole process.
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