Logistics Information for the People's Congress of Resistance in Washington, D.C.

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  • Friday, September 15: Pre-Congress of Resistance Party and Social at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church
  • Saturday, September 16: Conference at Blackburn Center at Howard University
    • Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
    • Program begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until the evening
  • Sunday, September 17: Conference at Blackburn Center at Howard University
    • Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
    • Program begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues until the late afternoon

Click here to view a detailed schedule.

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Friday night event
: St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church,
1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC 20010; 0.4 miles from Columbia Heights Metro Station

Saturday & Sunday: Blackburn Center, Howard University, 2397 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20059 (this is the street address but you have to walk into the campus to reach Building 57); 0.8 miles from the Shaw-Howard U Metro Station (use the exit that says "Howard University")

The main room for the PCOR is the Blackburn Ballroom. When you enter the building, take the stairs to the right or the elevator to the left and go to the second floor.

See the map below showing an overview of the Howard campus; the Blackburn Center is in the upper right hand corner and 6th St. is on the left side.


Campus map:

PCOR is taking place in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center - Number 57

View as a PDF here: https://www.howard.edu/explore/map/HowardUniversity_CentralCampusMap_2016-06-08.pdf

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: The closest parking lot to the Blackburn Center is accessible from the east side of 8th St. between Barry Pl. and V St., near a McDonald's. It is a Howard University lot open 24 hours and costs $10 per day *cash only* when staffed; it is sometimes staffed on Saturdays but not on Sundays. The yellow arrow on the map below shows the entrance to the parking lot; the red arrow shows the direction to walk from the parking lot to the venue. (Other Howard University lots are reserved for permit parking only.)


Alternate parking lot: There is another parking lot just past the Howard University lot called North End Shaw that charges $3 per hour, $7.50 max if out by 8pm, $20 max if out by 8am. This lot is accessible on the west side of 8th St. closer to V St. Payment is by phone. Details are here.

Street parking (not recommended): Street parking is metered around campus, on Georgia Ave., 6th St. and side streets around the campus. There is limited availability for meters. Meters have to be paid on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Since you cannot pay for the entire day at one time, this parking is not recommended for a full-day event. If you do park at a meter, please download and set up the Parkmobile app in advance so that you can pay the meter remotely.

Passenger drop off

Since there is some distance to walk from the parking lot and Metro, if you have a large group or people who need to be dropped off, follow these directions: Turn onto Howard Place NW from Georgia Ave., then turn left onto 6th St. NW, and drop off near the Cramton Auditorium and Ira Aldridge Theatre (they will be on your right). This is the closest drop off point to the Blackburn Center. People being dropped off should walk to the right onto campus, and the vehicle should proceed to find parking. The red arrows show the route described above.


General info about parking

Meters operate usually 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Rates depend on location in DC. More information regarding parking available here. You can also use apps such as Pango, Spothero, Parkwhiz or Best Parking to find parking.

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For detailed driving directions to the Howard University Blackburn Center, click

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How to get to the venue

Howard University is walking distance from the Shaw-Howard U station on the Green and Yellow lines.
There are two exits – use the one that directs you towards "Howard University." Here is a station vicinity map for the Howard U exit.

Walking directions from the Shaw-Howard U Metro Station: From that exit, walk north towards Florida Ave. Continue going straight (you are on Georgia Ave) to Howard Place. Turn right onto Howard Place. In one block, you will enter the Howard University Yard. Walk diagonally across the Yard. The Blackburn Center is in the far corner, Building 57. The full name is the Armour J. Blackburn University Center.

Please note: You may see a Howard University shuttle from the Metro station but it is only for students; a student ID is required.

Here are some useful links from the DC Metro (subway) website:

Interactive online metro map

Text list of stations

Printable maps (scroll down)

Trip planner


Here is general info about Metrorail. It is open on Friday from 5 am - 1 am, Saturday from 7 am - 1 am, and Sunday from 8 am - 11 pm. The Metro has "Peak" and "Off-Peak" fares; on the weekends, you will pay "Off-Peak" fares except after midnight. The minimum for a one-way ride Off-Peak is $2.00; if you are traveling from farther away, such as from Maryland or Virginia, it will be more, as much as $3.85. (Peak Fares are $2.25 minimum and $6.00 maximum.)

To calculate the fare between your housing and the Shaw-Howard U station: Go to this page, scroll down, press "Metrorail Fares," select your station of origin in the drop down and press "Get Fares."

These fares are with a SmarTrip card. See below for important details.


Metro bus fares for regular routes is $2.00 using SmarTrip or cash. The fare for express routes is $4.25 using a SmarTrip card or cash. Fare for seniors and people with disabilities is $1.00 for regular routes, $2.10 on express routes.

DC/MD/VA bus maps and timetables are available online:

Bus maps of DC, Maryland and Virginia (scroll down)

Bus timetables

Please make sure to check the timetables for any bus you may take, since some do not run on the weekends.

Bus stations sometimes have seats and timeboards, others do not but all are marked with a red sign listing the bus routes with an information number to call.

SmarTrip card

Important: Paper fare cards have been eliminated for Metrorail. Everyone has to purchase a SmarTrip card.

You can buy a SmarTrip card inside the Metro station. There are machines next to the regular fare card machines that look like little ATMs. Those are the machines you use to buy SmarTrip cards (see photo below). SmarTrip cards cost $10, and come with $8 of fare to be used. You can add money using the machines or online once you register your card. You can also click here to watch a video.

On the left of the image is a SmarTrip machine; to the right are regular machines to add money to your card.


Capital Bikeshare

This is a paid bikeshare service in DC.

A one-time trip costs $2, for up to 30 minutes. You will pay additional fees if the trip goes over 30 minutes. A 24-hour pass is $8 and a 3-Day pass is $17/day. Day Key Memberships are $10 a day in which you will receive a key that you can activate online. You can receive a 25% discount on usage fees.

Trips can be bought at a Capital Bike kiosks that look like this:

Station maps can be found here. This page shows you the number of available bikes. The closest station to Howard University is 7th & T St NW, near the Metro Station.

Here are instructions on how to buy a one-time trip, a 24 hour trip or a 3 day trip.

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There are three airports in the Washington DC area. Please see the websites of these airports for information about public transportation and directions.

Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA)

This is the closest airport to D.C. It is located directly on the Metro. Details can be found here.

Washington-Dulles International (IAD)

There is now a Silver Line Express Bus that runs from the airport to the Silver Line's Wiehle-Reston East station, about 15 minutes away. Details can be found here.

Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI)

The best way to get from BWI to the rally site is to take the WMATA Express bus that leaves from airport and takes you to the Greenbelt Metro Stop. From there, you will want to go to the Gallery Place - Chinatown station where you can transfer to the red line and then exit at Farragut North. Here’s the link with more information about bus departure times from the airport.

For plane tickets, try any of these sites:







DC airport codes are DCA, IAD and BWI. Some sites also allow you to enter WAS to cover all three.


Megabus, BoltBus, Greyhound and some other companies operate out of the Union Station parking garage, located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. The red line stop "Union Station" is located inside the building (click here for the Union Station website).

Here are their website links to check schedules and buy tickets:




There are several other low-cost bus companies that travel to Washington, D.C., from New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and other area cities. They drop off at various locations in the D.C. downtown area, all of which are metro accessible (including but not limited to Union Station).

Here are some websites to check schedules and buy tickets:

Washington Deluxe

Chinatown Bus



Amtrak, MTA/MARC and Virginia Rail Express run to Union Station, located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. The red line stop "Union Station" is located inside the building (click here for the Union Station website).



Virginia Rail Express

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We have created a list of hotels, motels, hostels and campsites in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. See a full listing here. All group rates have now expired, but we still encourage you to check this listing and contact the hotels/motels/hostels to reserve space at their regular rates.

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covers attendance at the conference. It does not include food or housing.

If you cannot pay the fee but want to attend, fill out this form.

If you want to help subsidize the registration fee of a student or low-income person you can donate here.

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On Saturday and Sunday, catered lunches will be available for a small additional fee. Attendees are encouraged to remain in the Blackburn Center for lunch so they do not miss any of the programming.

The Blackburn Center has three vending machines (two with drinks and one with snacks) on the basement level. Other stores and food places in the building are closed on the weekend.

There are several food places on (and just off) Georgia Ave. near campus that you can go to for breakfast and/or dinner:

  • Negril the Jamaican Eatery: 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Saturday 11AM-8PM, Sunday Closed
  • Food Corner Kabob & Rotisserie: 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Saturday 11AM-10PM, Sunday 12-10PM
  • Howard China: 2827 Georgia Ave NW, Saturday 11AM-2AM, Sunday 12PM-12AM
  • Chipotle: 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Saturday 11AM-2AM, Sunday 12PM-12AM
  • Salt and Pepper Grill Indian: 2632 Georgia Ave NW, Saturday 12:30PM-10PM, Sunday 12:30PM-10PM
  • Torrie's Restaurant: 700 V St NW, Saturday 7AM-4PM, Sunday 7AM-4PM
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop: 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Saturday 11AM–6PM, Sunday 11AM–6PM
  • Subway: 2301-B Georgia Ave NW, Open 24 Hours
  • McDonald's: 2328 Georgia Ave NW, Open 24 hours

Near the Shaw-Howard Metro:

  • Uprising Muffin: 1817 7th St NW, Saturday 7AM-6PM, Sunday 8AM-3PM
  • Calabash Tea House: 1847 7th St NW, Saturday 9AM-8PM, Sunday 9AM-8PM

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The Blackburn Center at Howard University is wheelchair accessible. The building has an elevator (to the left when you enter the building) to reach the upper and basement levels, and there are no stairs on the outside area of the campus.

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If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this

If you are interested in signing up on the email list, follow this link here.

If you are interested in spreading the word, follow this link here

You can also start your own personal fundraiser on CrowdRise.

If you are interested becoming an endorser, follow this link here.

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