Update: I am Billie Mays, one of the organizers of the Cincinnati Sister March in Cincinnati to the Women's March in Washington. I'm from Cincinnati, OH. We started this campaign after overwhelming response to make the march a legally, permitted event in the city of Cincinnati, OH. The majority spoke up to start a gofundme page, and the donations are more than we have ever needed.
The money will be used as we have said from the beginning:
1. Permit fee for the march and Washington Park ($350)
2. Police fees during march ($836 if nothing changes or we do not run over time)
3. Insurance policy required for the march/parade permit ($406). Cheaper than the 500 we planned
4. Audio equipment and tech at Wash Park ($325)
5. Banner and printing of flyers ($200-300)
6. Media and advertising ($200-300)
7. Contigency plan as we had no idea what it cost to put this event on $500
8. Excess funds will be used to start planning and securing permits for the Spring/early summer march which will cost the about same depending on the march route.
We had a goal of $3,000 and have surpassed that goal. As we discussed on the event page. We would like to have a Spring/early Summer march and we will start planning right away. This was last minute and this event now has over 1,000 people registered. We will start planning the other event in the needed time as we are not rushed and scrambling for plans. To date, I have had to pay all permit fees, service fees, insurance, out of pocket and the money will be withdrawn in my name and deposited into a newly created account to keep the funds from this donation. We will have someone neutral not involved in organizing keep track of receipts and money for this and all events in the future if this kind of amazing generosity keeps up!!
Thank you so much for all of your donations and we will have an amazing march on January 21 and a date in the coming months. This is the start of many years of activism to come!
United We Stand. Stronger Together.
Since the 2016 US election and through the selection of the proposed incoming cabinet, many people in this country are concerned about the future of basic rights for all and especially for those who already must fight against discrimination.
On January 21, 2017, simultaneously with the Women's March on Washington, hundreds of greater Cincinnatians will march downtown to show unity and steadfast commitment to moving ever forward, never backwards on the status of rights in our country.
Please contribute to help cover the necessary expenses for this local March, such as permits, fees, etc...
-Budget items for this event are not refundable, even in case of inclement weather.
-Any amounts in excess of the current goal will be used for future events which are in the planning stages and to help local charities if possible.
Follow the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/620743914780648/
We will keep everyone posted with budget info as final plans together. Low estimates are around $1900-$2000 for the items we'd need (and like) to cover. We will either start at City Hall or Washington Park (depending on permits, costs, and the amount of donations we receive to cover costs). We will keep you updated and please follow the Facebook Event for all of the latest details and discussion. We will also keep you all informed of all costs as they are aquired and what are final plans are depending on the amount of donations! Let's do this Cincinnati and all the surrounding areas!!
In just 5 days, the passion and energy I feel from you all is amazing. I'm so overwhelmed with the planning (as I had no idea what was involved), but you inspire me to only want to keep doing more. As this movement progresses, we need help of all kinds. So please contact me on Facebook.
Thanks so much in advance for your support! We could not do this financially without you!! We will put our hearts into planning a peaceful, passionate, impactful march! I feel we are about to make history worldwide, and it is our time!!! United we stand. Stronger together.
-Billie Mays (Cincinnati March organizer)