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Feel The Power March from Baltimore to Washington: A Five-Day March to Get Out The Disability Vote!

Baltimore, MD — 30 people with disabilities and supporters are taking to the streets (and highways) next week for the country’s first disability voter march. For five days, disability rights activists will march from Baltimore to Washington, staying in tent cities along the way.

  • When: Wednesday, September 21 – Sunday, September 25
  • Where: Baltimore to Washington, DC
  • Who: Maryland ADAPT members and their supporters
  • More information: Feel The Power March on Facebook.

Maryland ADAPT is a disability rights organization that strives to ensure people with disabilities enjoy the same rights and opportunities as the rest of the country. We are a voting bloc with our own issues that must be heard by the people we elect. Through publicity and social media, we will be promoting this message and working to Get Out The Disability Vote.

The march kicks off with a Launch Event at McKeldin Square at the Inner Harbor on 9/21 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome! We’ll have speeches by local civil rights figures and organizers.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2:30, we’ll cap the event with the Feel The Power Rally on the National Mall, at Madison Dr. and 3rd St. NW. Speeches, music and food are on tap for hundreds of activists and lovers of voting. Included on the slate of speakers is former Delegate Heather Mizeur, a long-time supporter of disability rights.

Feel the Power of the Disability Vote! 

Schedule (as of September 12, 2016)

September 20 (Tuesday):

  • Out-of-towners arrive: CO, GA and NY

September 21 (Wednesday):

  • 10:00 AM: Check-in, McKeldin Square, 1 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD
  • 11:00 AM: Launch, Brief Rally, Supporters encouraged to attend.
  • Noon: March Begins, 30+ Full Time Marchers
  • 2:30 PM: Lunch Break, Benedict Church
  • 4:30 PM: Resume March
  • 6:30 PM: Arrive, Alpha Camp – Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road, Arbutus, MD
  • 7:00-9:00 PM: Supper, Get Acquainted
  • 9:00 PM: Quiet time

September 22 (Thursday):

  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM: Shuttle to Laurel Thrift Store
  • 10:30 AM: March Begins
  • 1:30 PM: Lunch Break
  • 2:30 PM: Resume March
  • 5:00 PM: Arrive, Bravo Camp – Queen’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 7410 Old Muirkirk Rd., Beltsville, MD
  • 5:30-6:30 PM: Supper
  • 7:00-8:30 PM: Session I – Getting Out the Disability Vote
  • 9:00 PM: Quiet time

September 23 (Friday):

  • 8:30 AM: Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM: March Begins
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch Break, McDonald’s, 10531 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD
  • 2:00 PM: Resume March
  • 4:30 PM: Arrive, Charlie Camp – Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St, College Park, MD
  • 5:00-6:00 PM: Supper
  • 6:30-8:00 PM: Session II – TBD
  • 9:00 PM: Quiet time

September 24 (Saturday):

  • 8:30 AM: Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM: March Begins
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch Break
  • 2:00 PM: Resume March
  • 4:00 PM: Arrive, Delta Camp – Bunker Hill Fire Dept., 3716 Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood MD
  • 4:30-5:30 PM: Supper
  • 6:00-8:00 PM: Fun/Awards Ceremonies
  • 9:00 PM: Quiet time

September 25 (Sunday):

  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM: March Begins
  • 11:00 AM: Lunch Break, SunTrust Bank, 410 Rhode Island Ave NE, DC
  • Noon: Resume March (Feel free to join the last leg, 2.6 miles.)
  • 2:00 PM: Arrive, Nat’l Mall, Madison Dr. & 3rd. St. NW, DC
  • 2:30 PM: Rally Begins, Supporters encouraged to attend.
  • 4:00 PM: Rally Ends
  • 5:30 PM: Marc Train, Departs Union Station (Last is 7 p.m.)
  • 6:30 PM: Marc Train, Arrives Penn Station (Last is 8:30 p.m.), 1600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD.
  • Pick up luggage, Goodbyes!

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