Bil Browning

Equality March meets $250k fundraising goal: Sets march route

Filed By Bil Browning | October 01, 2009 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: Equality Across America, fundraising goal, National Equality March

After an event in New York City last week raised over $14,000 for the National Equality March, Equality Across America announced it has met it's fundraising goal of $250,000. The gala at NYC hotspot Elmo was hosted by actor Allan Cumming, former Big Brother contestant Will Wikle, rainbow flag designer Gilbert Baker, Lt Dan Choi and a former member of the Village People, Randy Jones.

EqualityMarchRoute.jpgA recent Dallas event raised over $17,000 for the march. Four individuals have given over $10,000 each directly to the march for a combined total of $145,000. The Arcus Foundation also gave $50,000 to help the group meet their goal.

The group also announced the final plans for the march permit and route this week. The protest will cover 2.33 miles and will take marchers down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House - an almost impossible option since the September 11th attacks.

Marchers are requested to gather on 15th Street at I Street. The group will be staging on 15th Street between I Street and M Street. Nearby Metro stops are McPherson Square and Farragut West on the Blue and Orange Lines and Farragut North on the Red Line.

See after the jump for a larger version of the map and a detailed description of the route.

From the National Equality March website:

  • Gather on 15th Street at "I" (Eye) Street - we will be staging in the street and 15th between "I" Street and "M" Street will be closed for this purpose. The March will kick off from 15th and I Street, right near McPherson Square (Metro stops close by are at McPherson Square, Farragut West - both Blue and Orange Lines, and Farragut North - Red Line)
  • From there we go South on 15th to "H" Street
  • West on "H" Street to 17th Street
  • South on 17th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue (closed portion)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue (closed portion) - right past the White House - to 15th Street
  • South on 15th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue South
  • East on Pennsylvania Avenue South, all the way to the U.S. Capitol West Lawn for the National Equality March Rally.
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Unfortunately, your math doesn't add up. $14K (NYC) plus $17K (Dallas) plus 40K (from the 4 rich donors) don't add up to $145K.

In any event, this march was supposed to be about the power of the "grassroots" as opposed to the failure of the elites. Yet the march is funded by $100K from Bruce Bastian, a man worth 9 figures, $50K from the Arcus Foundation, which is run by the uber-wealthy Jon Stryker, and another $40K from 4 wealthy individuals. So out of the total of $250K, a full $195K comes from the very elites that the march is supposed to challenge.

This entire event, while laudable in intent, is misguided. That $250K is desperately needed in Maine and Washington, where our brothers and sisters have the first real chance of securing popular victories against the religious right.

They obviously had more donations than that. I was just highlighting the major donors, Sam.

Sam said "This entire event, while laudable in intent, is misguided. That $250K is desperately needed in Maine and Washington, where our brothers and sisters have the first real chance of securing popular victories against the religious right."

TOO TRUE !! and the $250k is just a fraction of what's going to be spent getting to, at and on the March - and is not going to do anything to help the critical efforts in Maine and Washington (or the candidates and ballot questions whose fates will be decided at the polls 3 weeks after the march).