How far is the march?
This is a four day march (with a final concluding action on the morning of the fifth day). The total length of the march is approximately 43 miles. No single day will exceed 16 miles, and most days will be less than that. We plan on having multiple stops each day for lunch, as well as morning and afternoon water/snack breaks. Please click here to see the route!
What is the best way to get to/from the march?
To keep things simple (and to live our values), we’re asking all marchers to try to take public transit to get to the march whenever possible. We will have vans to shuttle people back and forth from train stations to march routes/overnight locations, and we have a bus to bring people from Cambridge to Medway on Thursday (please RSVP for a space on the bus).
Does it cost money to participate?
No -- we are not charging anyone to participate! That said, a march of this scale does cost money, and we encourage everyone to pitch in what they are able to help cover expenses. We anticipate the cost of one marcher for one day to be approximately $30, which not everyone will be able to afford (while some can afford significantly more than that). Please pay what you are able, and consider sponsoring a marcher if you cannot march but want to help in other ways!
Where will we sleep?
For every night of the march, we will be securing housing in houses of worship along the march route. If you choose to do this, you will be sleeping on the floor, and we recommend bringing both a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag for maximum comfort (plus some earplugs). The last night of the march, a group of marchers will also be sleeping outside the State House. For this day, we recommend packing tents.
What will we eat?
We will be providing meals along the route. The food will be simple but nutritious and tasty (especially after a long day of walking!) We'll ask marchers to take a few shifts of cooking and/or cleaning over the course of the four and a half days. If you're interested in helping with cooking, shopping, cleaning, or menu planning, definitely let us know! We're also asking congregations and organizations along the route to consider providing a meal for marchers.
What should I bring?
You should wear good, sturdy walking shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing. (It’s July, so we think it will be warm, but you probably will want some rain gear handy). If you plan on spending the night, please bring a sleeping bag, small pillow, any medication you may need, plus spending money for donations and/or any incidental expenses you may run across, and whatever change in clothing you will need. Also, please bring sunblock, hats, bandanas, and other things to protect you from the sun. Most importantly, bring a passion for the cause, a sense of adventure, and the curiosity to get to know your fellow marchers!
Can I just march one day/part of one day?
Absolutely! Everyone is welcome to march for as much or as little as they want to and are able.
I can’t march. How else can I help?
There are many roles for non-marchers. You can donate money to help cover costs of the march, and help spread the word about it as the start date approaches! During the march itself, we will need people driving support vehicles, serving as medics, cooking and serving food, and helping with media support (among other things).
Do I need to RSVP? Where do I do that?
Yes! We need to know who’s coming so we can collect emergency contact information and make sure that we have enough food and housing slots. Please RSVP as soon as possible! You can RSVP here.