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As followers of this site know, our Parent March on Washington is now a 3-day event. To facilitate growing numbers and nationwide interest, it was necessary to secure a venue for orientation and speakers on the two evenings prior to our May 3rd March (the Main Event).
However there were few available locations of sufficient size and stature to accommodate us. One person assigned to the task reported back contract offers of $15,000 to $30,000 for a three hour event. You could imagine the demand for such spaces in the middle of congressional and Supreme Court sessions.
Fortunately, today, at a reasonable cost, I was able to secure the Congressional Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Capitol (Hotel and Conference Center) located at 550 C Street SW, only a few blocks from the Capitol buildings where our May 2nd lobbying initiative will occur.
Lodging is still available there at rates higher than others, but the Hotel Harrington, suggested in February has long been sold out. Our original plan, like in the past, was to set up headquarters there in a small conference room which is also reserved.
However, we are well beyond what that hotel can offer (it does have a breakfast buffet room and a restaurant lounge). But the short time frame left us stressed and pressed for options. Now we have a sufficient size ballroom to act as a headquarters for our event.
There is a large restaurant lounge (21st Amendment Lounge) breakfast-lunch Bistro and even a Starbucks all in the same building. The Harrington Hotel room and others that may be available can serve as a back-up for remote viewing of the main location events.
It’s all still a work-in-progress but we have confirmed a “Meet and Greet” at the 21st Amendment Lounge on May 1, 2019 followed by an orientation and lobby strategy session down the hallway at the Congressional Ballroom between 7 pm and 9 pm.
The following evening, at the same hours and location, we will feature guest speakers, a progress report on the lobby day and a rallying point for the next day Parent March on Washington. We are still looking at guest speakers for Thursday night. If you would like to speak, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no ticket or cost to attend either night’s events, but Thursday speakers might fill this ballroom to capacity. Therefore, we are asking for e-mail confirmations of attendance to the same address.
All three days will be highly educational, they could benefit your personal cases in countless ways. You will learn things that no lawyer can provide at an overall budget cost. Networking alone can change your life for the better. Here we are all allies, here we are all family, here we have never before made such a powerful stand against family court corruption.
To reiterate our three day events, on May 1, 2019, at 10 am., the American Parent Caravan will leave Liberty State Park in Jersey City and proceed to Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. A four or five hour motorcade of bikers, vehicles and truckers will dominate right lane of traffic.
This motorcade will feature banners and our message of shifting national focus from parent-child separations at our borders to parent-child separations here in our own divorce and family courts. We hope to attract motorists and media along Interstate 95 to our cause. The “Meet and Greet” begins at 5 pm followed by our strategy session at 7 pm when we will make assignments and disseminate our lobby packets.
On May 2, 2019, we will spend an entire day lobbying Congress with meetings and deliveries. We are asking all to contact their representatives for individual meetings on that day. You have to do this now because we’re only four weeks away and they need advance notice.
But even if you are too uneasy with that, you can still partner with others assigned to deliver our packets to congressional offices. We have over 500 to cover, so we need all the walkers we can get. Then we rejoin at 7 pm for Speakers Night at the nearby Holiday Inn Ballroom.
The Parent March on Washington, our main event begins at 1 pm at President’s (Lafayette) Park in front of the White House. It will conclude at the Supreme Court. I have timely submitted the permit applications and confirmed receipt with several jurisdictions that cover our March route.
It turns out there are four of them, and despite the complexities, my direct dialogue has resulted in green lights. It’s not my first rodeo here, or maybe they just like the idea of moms and dads making this stand, grasping our message well. We have reserved “Area 10” across from the Supreme Court (rear of the Capitol Building) for our outdoor rally and media event.
The vigil for suicide and alienation victims has not obtained an organizer so we have cancelled that evening event for now. We end the three day affair with an informal celebration at the nearby Capital Grill (along our parade route) Friday evening.
PLEASE! Spread the word. We need you to join us and help grow the numbers if we are ever going to be heard. We have a Facebook Page now for this purpose entitled Parent March on Washington. You can also call the event sponsor, Parenting Rights Institute, at (315) 380-3420.