The Park Service, as a matter of standard practice, applies on behalf of the committee for the sweeping permits a year in advance, according to Mike Litterst, a Park Service spokesman. The committee then typically relinquishes some of them, allowing for demonstrators to secure their permits.
This uncertainty has left would-be demonstrators unsure whether they should book travel arrangements to participate in the march if there is a chance it doesn’t happen. Ingram said she hopes that having a firm starting location quells any concerns.
“We have a great deal of energy around this effort,” she said. “For those people who may have been worried, now they will feel they have what they need and can make any proper arrangements.”
The Women’s March on Washington still has a pending application for a permit for various Park Service locations. Ingram said the group has not rescinded its application but is no longer interested in rallying in front of the Lincoln Memorial.