42st Annual March for Life, January 27, 2017 Information sheet
Departure: Bus#1 from St. Mary Our Mother Church main parking lot Thursday evening, 11:45pm, January 26, 2016. Bus captain is Steve Spaulding. Bus#2 from Notre Dame at11:30 pm, then the Ames lot in Painted Post at midnight,. Bus captain is Mrs. Marie McCaig. Cars may be left at these lots. Please arrive by 11:15 pm (ND),11:30 pm (HHDs), 11:45 (PP). Bus from Painted Post will stop in Mansfield to pick up riders at 12:30 am at the CVS parking lot 197 N. Main Street, Mansfield. PA. These times and locations are still tentative.
Arrival in DC: about 5 am 1/27/17 at St. Peter’s Church, 2d and C St. (Capitol area). Bathrooms, seats, hot drinks, juice, donuts, available (free) in basement. Mass in church at 7:00 with the Bishop for those desiring. Some take the Metro to Mass at the Basilica at7:30 am, or the Youth Mass, or the annual ecumenical service.
Lobbying with legislators: 8:00 till 11:00 am. Visit Congressman’s offices: Reed, 2437 Rayburn HOB), at 8:30 am and Senators’ offices: Schumer, Hart 322, Gillibrand, Russell 478. Capitol Tours via Rep Reed’s office will be available for the first 20 at ~8:40 am. Also, some visit the Supreme Court, or go to the Capitol Visitor Center, the Priests for Life Interfaith Rally, etc. We will eat at about 11:00 in the Senate or House dining hall (plan $5-$8.00). Then walk to the “Rally for Life on the Mall at 15th and Constitution. (near the Washington monument this year! )
Rally and March for Life: 12:00 Noon Rally starts, on the Mall, west of the Capitol, at 15th and Constitution. March begins shortly after l:00 PM, heading up Constitution Avenue to the Capitol and Supreme Court. Get as close as you can to the front of the March (15th and Constitution)! After the March, head back to St. Peter’s, so you make the bus!
Departure from DC: Meet at 3:45 pm on the steps of St. Peter’s, then move to designated area at Folger Park, 1 block south of St. Peter’s Church, on D St. between 2d and 3d. Bus leaves promptly at 4:00 pm. We’ll stop for dinner in Germantown, MD at the Chick Fil-A/Panera Bread plaza, for one hour, unless all are back on the bus before that time.
Arrival home: Approximately 11pm back to parking lot you departed from.
Price per seat: $25 if received by Dec 15, $50, if received after that. If you paid (or had a seat sponsored) last year, you are free this year. Make checks payable to Chemung County Right to Life (CCRTL), (yes, use the old name) c/o S. Spaulding, 222 Prospect Hill Road, Horseheads, NY 14845.You can also use our P.O. Box 5, Big Flats , NY 14814 address. (But call to sign up with Steve!)
Contact: Steve Spaulding at 739-9282 to sign up or learn more.
Sponsorships: Individuals and organizations are encouraged to sponsor seats to allow more people to attend. If interested in sponsoring or obtaining a seat, please call Steve.
Miscellaneous: Steve Spaulding and others are happy to chaperone schoolkids in 4th grade or higher, following the above agenda. Teens and adults are welcome to join us. We pack a lot into a few short hours. Due to the great deal of walking involved, we can’t chaperone kids 3d grade and under. However, anyone is free to come, and follow their own pace and agenda. Dress warmly, in layers. DC is usually 10-15 degrees warmer than Elmira, so often we are able to shed layers as the day goes on. To use weather.com to check DC weather, use zip code 20002.Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.( I recommend boots if snow is in the forecast!) If you prepare in advance a letter for the legislators stating your prolife views and asking for their support, to leave at their offices, it saves time, and has a greater impact. Go to the NRLC website to get this year’s bills of Pro-life interest, to assist you in your letter-writing. GO TO THE MARCH FOR LIFE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO, AND DOWNLOAD THEIR APP! Note: please bring a minimum of $2/person to tip the bus driver 113016 sas