FAQ About Take Back the Capitol

Q: What is this event all about?

A: For far too long, Congress has been catering to the 1% instead of representing the 99%. In December, Congress will vote on whether to renew unemployment insurance benefits—if they don’t, more than 2 million people will lose all income in January. They’ll also be deliberating other important budget and tax measures that could have an impact on the 99% for generations to come. Now more than ever, Congress needs to see us and hear us.

People have set up multiday encampments in Washington, D.C., during times of crisis before—it’s what the veterans did to protest their poor treatment after World War I—and it made a difference.

Q. Who is coming to “Take Back the Capitol”?

A: Thousands of people have signed up so far, including unemployed and underemployed people from every state, students, community activists, union members, healthcare advocates, and travelers from Occupy sites from coast to coast.

Q: Who is organizing it?

A: “Take Back the Capitol” is being organized by a wide variety of community, labor, Occupy, and other groups around the country.

Q: When should we be there?

A: Most folks will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Monday, December 5 and leave on December 9. If you can’t be there for the whole time, consider joining us for a day or two.

Q: Are there buses or carpools I can ride with?

A:  Most people will travel to D.C. in carpools with friends or on buses organized by community organizations. Some folks will be flying in from as far away as Los Angeles and Seattle. SIGN UP NOW and if you need help getting to D.C. we’ll attempt to connect you with others traveling from your area.

Q: Will housing be provided?

A: We are securing areas to pitch tents and asking area community centers, churches, union halls, and other organizations to offer up their floors for people to sleep on. You should come with blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, and tents if possible.

We are seeking donations and sponsorships to be sure unemployed and underemployed workers can join us. If you know unemployed folks who’d be interested in attending or you’re willing to make a contribution to help pay their way, CONTACT US.

Q: What should I bring to DC with me?

  • Comfortable & warm clothes for each day
  • Rain gear
  • Hand/foot warmers (bring lots)
  • Toiletries
  • Shower Shoes
  • Body Cleansing Towelettes
  • Snacks, such as power bars
  • Extra socks, gloves, hats
  • Extra warm clothes
  • Tent
  • Snacks that will not go bad – i.e. granola bars & trail mix
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Sleeping bag/inflatable mattress/foam
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Emergency Cash and/or Credit Cards
  • Any warm clothes/sleeping supplies you would be willing to lend to others for the week

Q. Can I bring my kids?

A:  Unless you have your own accommodations and day care arrangements, we discourage young children from participating, as the weather and logistics may pose challenges.