[Nmabs] 2009 Motor City March Info Packet
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Wed Jul 1 02:44:45 UTC 2009
The 2009 Motor City March for Independence:
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Before the March
· An information session for Marchers will
be held on Saturday, July 4, at 6:45 p.m. in the Greco Room on Level 4.
· The ambassador briefing sessions will be
held on Sunday, July 5, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
in Brulé B Room on Level 5. Those Federationists
wanting to serve as ambassadors or wanting to
familiarize themselves with the March and rally,
can drop in any time during the three hour
briefing session. The March route and tasks will be covered in detail.
· Marchers can register for the March,
turn in donations, and pick up their March items
(such as t-shirts and medallions) at the
Imagination Fund table in the Renaissance Foyer
on Level 4 near the Convention registration table during registration times.
March Gathering Places and TimesBe Ready to Chant and Cheer
· Ambassadors and other March volunteers
need to report at the Wintergarden entrance on
Atwater Street by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6.
· Appointed sign and banner carriers need
to gather 100 yards to the left of the
Wintergarden entrance by 6:30 a.m. to pick up their banners/signs.
· Torchbearers need to gather toward the
front of the procession, at least 100 yards to
the right of the Wintergarden entrance at 6:30 a.m.
· Rally coordinators and stagers need to
report to Rivard Plaza by 6:30 a.m.
· Marchers need to gather at least 100
yards to the right of the Wintergarden entrance by 6:45 a.m.
What will happen at the March
At 6:45 a.m. the March for Independence will
begin with opening remarks by Dr. Maurer. The
Torch of Freedom will be lit and the March will
begin by 7:00 a.m.! Around 7:30 a.m., as we are
heading back toward the Renaissance Center, the
mini-Marchers will join the procession and
we'll all march together toward the rally site at
Rivard Plaza. By 8:00 a.m. we will reach Rivard
Plaza and the rally will begin.
1. Gather at the Wintergarden entrance on
Atwater Street. Walk west on the south side of
Atwater Street toward Renaissance Drive West. Be
aware of potential traffic on the north side of the street.
2. Just after Bates Street (on your right),
take a left back onto the RiverWalk.
3. Follow the RiverWalk until passing Hart
Plaza (on your right) and the Detroit Princess Riverboat (on your left).
4. Return back to Atwater Street, which
becomes Civic Center Drive. Follow Civic Center Drive to Joe Louis Arena.
5. At the intersection of 3rd Street and
Civic Center Drive (with Joe Louis Arena on the
right) make a left back onto the RiverWalk, and
follow it back toward Hart Plaza.
6. Take the cobblestone path that leads up to Hart Plaza.
7. Go through Hart Plaza, past the fountain,
and toward East Jefferson Avenue.
8. Just before East Jefferson Avenue, follow
the large concrete path to the right that crosses
a dead-end street (to the Ford Auditorium on the
right) and leads to Bates Street.
9. Turn right onto Bates Street and continue southeast to Atwater Street.
Make a left back onto Atwater Street and follow
it east, back toward the Renaissance Center. We
will then take the ramp to the RiverWalk.
10. Continue east along the RiverWalk the short
distance to Rivard Plaza for the rally.
11. Join the rally at Rivard Plaza!
For those who cannot walk the full 4 kilometer
route (1 kilometer less than last year), there is
a shorter route of approximately four
blocks. This mini-March will join the main
procession as it passes back by the Renaissance
Center on the way to the rally site. To join the
mini-March, please gather at 7:15 a.m. at the
Wintergarden exit of the Renaissance Center. We
will take the ramp down to the RiverWalk. If you
choose to use the steps instead of the ramp to
the RiverWalk, please note these steps are
especially deep. There will be ambassadors on
hand to make sure mini-Marchers connect with the
main procession at the right time.
The Rally Program
The rally will begin at approximately 8:00 a.m.
at Rivard Plaza. Water will be available at the
rally site for all participants. The rally
program will include speeches by Dr. Maurer,
Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, and Dave McCurdy
of the Alliance of Automobile
Manufacturers. Three outstanding Imagination
Fund grant programs will be featured, and be
ready to dance in the streets when Martha Reeves
performs some of her Motown hits. At about 8:45
a.m., Dr. Maurer and other VIPs will lead the
procession out of the plaza back to the
Wintergarden. Marchers should make their way to
the opening of General Session in the Renaissance
Ballroom on Level 4 by 9:30 a.m. Be sure to stay
for the entire rallythere are bound to be lots
of surprises throughout the morning!
Those with wheelchairs or special transportation
needs should come to the Imagination Fund table
during registration times to make sure their needs are met.
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