Road Closures for March for Life Rally Monday

Photo by PoPville flickr user Sanjay Suchak

From DDOT:

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has issued the following advisory for Monday, January 24, 2011:

The annual March for Life will take place in the District of Columbia with events at several locations. In conjunction with these events, there will be several street closures and parking restrictions that motorists should take into consideration:

Beginning at approximately 9:00 am, there will be a Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Verizon Center. At approximately 11:00 am, the participants at the Verizon Center will march to the National Mall. The group will proceed south on 7th Street, NW from the Verizon Center to the Mall. 7th Street will be closed to traffic during this event, as will all roads that lead directly to it. The streets will re-open as the procession passes.

The March for Life rally on the National Mall will begin at approximately 11:00 am on the parcel between 4th Street and 7th Street. 4th Street will be closed at approximately 9:30 am between Independence Avenue, SW, and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. 4th Street will remain closed until the completion of the event. At approximately 1:30 pm, participants of the rally will march to the U.S. Supreme Court along the following route:

* North on 4th Street from the Mall
* East on Constitution Avenue, NW
* South on 1st Street, NE to the US Supreme Court

Motorists will find the above listed roads closed until the last of the participants has passed the intersection. In addition, roads that lead directly to the march route will be closed to thru traffic.

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  • should they take the cold as a sign from god to go home?

  • It’s interesting that this is the only march that seems to have permission to park their tour buses illegally all over Capitol Hill. If this year is like any other, 100s of tour buses will surround Stanton Park, snarling traffic all the way around Union Station and Columbus Circle.

    In the past buses have been parked in no parking zones, in bus stops, and in cross walks.

    MPD states they are aware of the problem and if we call 311, parking enforcement will be right on it. I’m doubtful.

    I wonder why these people are so special that they get to park illegally all over the Hill?

    • Please please please report them. Just think of all the revenue the District could raise if we gave parking citations to all the illegally parked tour buses all over town. (And the MD and VA plates that think our neighborhoods are unrestricted parking lots when they go to church!)

  • I hope the weather works out for them, it would be a shame to see this rally aborted.

  • GiantSquid

    The thing that annoys me most is that instead of marching on Saturday, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, they’re doing it on a weekday. They’re missing work, the kids are missing school, and they’re creating headaches for those of us that work in the area. If they had marched on Saturday, this wouldn’t be an issue.

    • Well a large portion of the march is Catholic school kids on a field trip, so if they did it on the weekend, it’d be more difficult to force them to march…

  • I will be there.

  • Just about every year, there’s disastrous weather when they hold this thing. Think they’d get the hint?

  • Against abortion? Don’t have one.

  • “I’ve got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old. I’m gonna teach them first of all about values and morals. But, if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

    “Well, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, uh, answering that question with specificity, uh, you know is, is, uh, above my pay grade.”

    We all know who said this publicly.

    There is no humor on this subject. It’s no joke.

    I find it refreshing now in 2011, at a time when the value of collective life is held so high, to find that on this 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade there are still those that find value in individual human life as well, who take a stand, and with somber pause reflect on those innocents (who now number in the millions) snuffed and aborted who never knew the splendor of love and life as we have.

    — JUST A THOUGHT on how in 2011 we seem to value collective life so highly and yet see individual human life, whether at the beginning of life or at its end, quite cheap and expendable:

    “We are going to have to, if you’re very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It’s too expensive, so we’re going to let you die.” -Robert Reich.

    • I have attended this event for the past five years and I will be honest, it’s not because I want to – it is because I feel I have to. I understand the reasons why people are pro-choice, both at the individual and societal levels, but the act of abortion is a violent, painful, horrific life-taking and no jokes or rationalizations will change that. I envy my many pro-choice friends – I wish it was as simple as “against abortion, don’t have one”, but it’s not.

  • Everyone send Social Security bill and Medicaid bill to this person… ^ Based on the unwavering moral compass – I think he or she will have no problem paying for the mountain of expenses that are associated with not making tough decisions and compromises.

    • It’s not about leeching off the government, it’s about pulling yourself up and making more money for you and your mistake, er, baby! Bristol Palin could do it, and so can you.

  • I’m always shocked by the sheer number of people that show up to this rally. Who knew you could get so many early teens to stand up for something they may or may not believe in just by giving them a free trip to Washington, DC!

    Surely it’s an indicator of the popularity of the anti-choice position!

  • Being pro life is not necessarily being anti choice

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