Details about the Women’s March San Luis Obispo – Read all the way through and share!

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PLEASE DONATE! We have grown by over 4,000 in two weeks. This mean lots of last minute expense. We are a group of five local, unpaid, volunteer women looking to make a difference. Every dollar is critical! Click HERE to donate.


Safety: We expect over 6,000 people. Do NOT create a crowd surge. Be safe, be kind, be patient.

Event and Parking Map here (and shown below)


  • 9:00    Call to Action Alley Open
  • 9:55    Call to Order
  • 10:00  Rally
  • 10:45  March peacefully and safely (do not surge!)
  • 12:00  Return to Mitchell Park for Music, Food, Call to Action Alley


Just under 1 mile

Parking and Transportation: 

We encourage you to ride your bike, carpool, use Uber and use local taxis. Over 6,000 people expected!

  • Due to high attendance streets around Mitchell Park will be closed.
      • Given the number of expected attendees and to better ensure safety we are closing some streets around Mitchell Park starting at 8 AM.
      • If you are parked on these streets after 7 AM you will be towed.
      • Disability placard parking is no longer available in the the Senior Center Parking Lot. We apologize for this inconvenience. There is still parking at the Palm Street garages, the Marsh street garage, San Luis Obispo High School and San Luis Adult School, as well as two spaces on Santa Rosa
  • If you park in San Luis High School or San Luis Adult School parking lots, please follow this map to walk safely to Mitchell Park (click for larger view):

  • SHUTTLE SERVICES (8:45AM – 2:15PM)
    The parking lots are within walking distance for most. They are located 0.6 mile from Mitchell Park, which is approximately a 12-min walk (see the “walking directions” map above)
    From SLO High School and SLO Adult School to Marsh and Back:
  • Pick up – SLO High School, SLO Adult School
  • Drop off – 1100 Marsh (between Santa Rosa and Toro) – walk 2 blocks southeast to Mitchell Park

    (This will be a shuttle with 19 passengers capacity.)

Click Map to Enlarge


       From Palm Street Parking Garage to Marsh and Back:
  • Pick up – in front of SLO Library on Palm Street
  • Drop off – 1100 Marsh (between Santa Rosa and Toro) – walk 2 blocks southeast to Mitchell Park
    (This will be a yellow school bus. Please – be careful and watch out for traffic when leaving the bus.)

Click Map to Enlarge


  • Streets that will be closed (others may close as well):
    • Pismo from Santa Rosa to Osos
    • Buchon from Santa Rosa to Osos
  • March Detour Map (click for larger view):


  • Uber discount code available for first-time riders. Sign up with code: 1212017 using 
  • San Luis Obispo Downtown Parking: click here
  • San Luis Obispo High School and San Luis Obispo Adult School Free Parking, 9-2pm: click here
  • Ridevu – Carpooling Site (use at your own risk): click here
  • San Luis Obispo Regional Transit (Bus): click here
  • San Luis Obispo Regional Transit (Bus) from Paso Robles Rt. 9: click here
  • San Luis City Transit (Bus): click here and SEE BELOW
  • Amtrak: click here
  • Bike Valet, free of charge at Mitchell Park

SLO City Transit has Alternative Routes for the day of the march (click for larger view):

San Luis Obispo Police Department:

  • The SLOPD is supporting the Women’s March San Luis Obispo to make this a safe and successful march. Please work in partnership with them.

Medical Help & Lost Children

  • SLO Fire Paramedics will be providing medical help at the Senior Center on Buchon. If you feel unwell or need to rest, please come to the Senior Center
  • Lost children will be brought to the Senior Center
  • Lost and found boxes (for objects) will be located by Women’s March registration desk near gazebo in Mitchell Park


What to Wear/Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Refillable water bottle with water in it
  • Pro-peace, pro-inclusion attire/signs expressing what you are marching for
  • Rain jacket or poncho, no umbrellas (keep apprised of the weather)
  • A positive and empowered attitude, this isn’t about one man it’s about all of us!


  • A limited number of trucker hats, t-shirts, and water bottles will be sold at the march for cash only.
  • Merchandise ordered at this time will more than likely NOT arrive in time for the march, even with express delivery. If you would still like to order WMSLO gear to show your support for this cause (sizing runs very small), click here

Rally Lineup: Speakers, Poet, Music, Sign Language:

(*Sign Language Interpretation will be provided throughout the rally.)

  1. Central Coast West African Rhythm and Dance – Call to Order
  2. Organizers – Welcome and Safe March Instructions
  3. Dian Sousa – Former SLO Poet Laureate
  4. Courtney Haile – R.A.C.E Matters SLO
  5. Rubia Siddiqi – Cal Poly Muslim Student Association President
  6. Inga Swearingen – Jazz Vocalists
  7. Melody Klemin – Signer
  8. Keynote: Erica Flores Baltodano Esq. Civil Rights Activist, Employment Attorney
  9. Deanna Cantrell – SLO Police Chief
  10. Voices Three – Acapella Singers

Starting the March:

  • Do not create a crowd surge that could endanger you or others.
  • Wait for the Police and Banner Holders to start the march.
  • Be patient. We have over 6,000 people are likely to join.


Three food trucks are scheduled for Mitchell Park.

  • Cubanissmo – click here
  • Javed Kabab Paradise – click here
  • SLO Mama Sweets, Frozen Treats – click here

Call to Action Alley:

  • Take action here and now!
  • Click here to see who’s coming.

After the March 12:00-2:00:

  • Central Coast West African Rhythm and Dance – click here
  • Samba Loca – click here
  • Inga Swearingen – click here
  • Melody Klemin – click here
  • Voices Three
  • Amalia and Rio Fleming
  • Call to Action Alley – click here
  • Food Trucks – click here
  • Selfie Area #WhyIMarch #wmslo #womensmarch

How to Prepare for the March:

  • Read the six Kingian Principles of Nonviolence (click here) and the Agreements below
  • Expect to stand and walk for a couple of hours. Limited seating is provided only at Mitchell Park and is reserved for people with disabilities and age-related needs that affect the ability to stand/walk.
  • Expect to wait while marchers line up.
  • Be patient and considerate of those around you.
  • Make sure you feel comfortable in crowd. Over 5,000 people are likely to join.
  • Understand that we are partnering with City Services and the San Luis Obispo Police Department to make this a safe and successful event.
  • Understand this is a march not a protest.


  • In addition to the waiver you agreed to when you registered, participants who join the march agree to the following guidelines. If you are unable to follow these guidelines please choose a different event to attend.
  • We will make a safe space for all kinds of people.
  • We will use no violence (physical or verbal) towards any person.
  • We will not destroy or damage property.
  • We will promote a tone of respect, honesty, transparency, and accountability in our actions.
  • We will not carry anything that can be construed as a weapon, nor possess (or consume) any alcohol or drugs.
  • We are nonpartisan, and will use the Women’s March to express our support for women’s rights and human rights in our communities, our country, and world-wide, rather than to criticize politicians or political parties.
  • We will hold each other accountable to respecting these agreements.

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