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MARCH FOR SCIENCE

los angeles, ca | earth day april 22nd
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April 23, 2017: Please note that t-shirt sales have been postponed until we establish a new shop.

TAKE A STAND FOR SCIENCE IN POLITICS

Science, not silence

Recent rhetoric has inspired us to March for Science on Washington D.C. and in over 400 Satellite Marches across the country and world. Our mission statement is as follows:

MARCH FOR SCIENCE LOS ANGELES CELEBRATES THE CRUCIAL ROLES SCIENCE PLAYS IN DRIVING OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH, PRESERVING OUR ENVIRONMENT, AND PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF OUR CITIZENS. WE UNITE AS A DIVERSE, NONPARTISAN GROUP TO CALL FOR POLICYMAKERS TO CHAMPION AND FUND SCIENCE THAT UPHOLDS THE COMMON GOOD AND TO ADVOCATE FOR EVIDENCE-BASED POLICIES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST AT LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS.
Core issuesFAQ

About Us

Facts matter
Government that ignores science endangers the world. Legislative decisions must be informed by both constituent needs and evidence-based fact. Policy should reflect our best understanding of scientific issues, adhering to scientific consensus.

Science costs
Velcro, penicillin, CRISPR… When fundamental research is invested in, discovery and innovation follow. A robust commitment to public science funding is critically important.

Right to know
Scientific research findings must remain transparent; communicated without omission or alteration. The primary employers of scientists (the tax-paying public) should benefit from their investments.
Science is magic
A child’s scientific wonderment must be nurtured and a distinction between fact and opinion fostered early on. A comprehensive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education equips the budding generation with the ability to problem solve, evaluate evidence, and separate misinformation from fact.

Knowledge is power
Scientific literacy is essential to informed decision-making. Bolstering science outreach and communication benefits public and environmental health.
Giving voice
The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of the March for Science Los Angeles. Diversity fosters a richer understanding of science and its impact throughout the world. It is our duty to give voice to marginalized and underrepresented populations and to champion their equal access to science.

Civic duty
Science does not operate in a vacuum. Scientific progress does not necessarily equate to societal progress and equity. The responsible application of scientific findings must be ensured through thoughtful regulation and oversight.
We are one family
The diversity of life is what makes the Earth such a fascinating place to live. The ways by which species diverged from one another are beautiful processes to observe, test, and better understand. We seek to help the general public better appreciate what the theory of evolution is and the miraculous, biological processes we have discovered in studying it.
The Earth is our home
It is important that we understand the earth's many ecosystems and the role we play in preserving their lush diversity. We seek to decrease negative human impact on the environment through a better understanding of – and increased investment in – sustainability measures by the general public.
Lives are at stake
Vaccinations ushered preventative medicine into our society. The value of fatal disease eradication is extraordinary. We seek to increase public knowledge of the safety and efficacy of vaccines to maintain our inoculation and the protection of children, elderly, and other immunocompromised individuals from preventable diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

Because science matters.

Because governance which ignores evidence and expertise endangers those governed. Because science is for everyone and affects everyone.

There are certain scientific consensuses - reached by rigorous research - which are not contradicted by opinion. The Earth is becoming warmer due to human action. The diversity of life arose by evolution. Policymakers who devalue expertise risk making decisions that do not reflect reality and must be held accountable.

March for Science Los Angeles celebrates the crucial roles science plays in driving our economic growth, preserving our environment, and protecting the health of our citizens. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for policymakers to champion and fund science that upholds the common good and to advocate for evidence-based policies in the public interest at local, state and national levels.

Anyone who values empirical science.

That's the only requirement.

We are a non-partisan group and advocate for an attention to fact on both sides of the aisle when making policy decisions.

You can help us spread the word!

Check out our posters, flyers, and other media. Print, post, and share our social media with your friends.

This hugely important event is organized by 100% volunteers. Please consider skipping this morning's coffee and donate to our cause! If every one of our expected attendees donated just $5, the cost of the March would easily be covered. See where your donation is going.

You can also buy shirts! 100% of the proceeds from our apparel sales will go to the cost of the March.

This is a March for Science...

...and diversity is a big part of that. The diversity of life is what makes its study so fascinating! More specifically, the greater the variety of those who are doing science, and of their interests and perspectives, the better and broader the science and learning being done. Our core principles and values are strengthened, not distracted, by our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Marginalized populations do not have equal access and opportunity to ensure the necessary diversity of science. March for Science Los Angeles sees it as our responsibility to give voice to the underrepresented in science, who often aren't heard.

Diversity, Inclusivity, and Harassment Statement

The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of the March for Science Los Angeles. Diversity fosters a richer understanding of science and its impact throughout the world. We advocate for the equal access of marginalized populations in science. Furthermore, we commit to providing a harassment-free, accessible, and positive experience with equity in rights for all involved, regardless of age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, mental/physical ability, physical appearance, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, marital status, military status, veteran status, educational status, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, or political affiliation. That this list remains incomprehensive illustrates the multitudes of diverse peoples who deserve equal rights to contribute to scientific progress.

We do not tolerate harassment of participants. We expect participants to be accepting, tolerant, respectful and welcoming of all people during our events (workshops, march, panels, etc.), as well as while using official social media. Anyone witnessing, or subject to, unacceptable behavior should notify our Diversity and Inclusivity Director immediately.

Good science is skeptical.

People often question the efficacy of a march. We would expect nothing less of our crowd of science supporters! Given the multi-faceted nature of a march, the data can be difficult to interpret. Some reasonable conclusions can be drawn from the available research:

Marches can work (1). Historically, there is ample precedent for this.

Violent protests are less effective (2). The pace of legislative action is hindered by especially extreme protests. March for Science Los Angeles endeavors to promote a peaceful call to action and celebration of science.

Large numbers work better (3). The necessary sequence of action is: March -> Media -> Policy. For policymakers to take note of an issue it must first be noteworthy to the media. Large numbers drive the media's interest and effect change. March for Science Los Angeles expects at least 50,000 people to attend but likely many, many more, if you have anything to say about it!

Pershing Square

We encourage all marchers to be environmentally friendly and carpool with friends or utilize LA's public transportation. Ridevu is a service helping our marchers to find ride-sharing opportunities! Skedaddle is also offering similar services to marchers.

Just show up at 9:00am at Pershing Square and we'll handle the rest!

Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

9:00am - 4:00pm

The Science Expo opens at 9:00am and closes at 4:00pm. This will take place inside Pershing Square.

The crowd will be rallied by our first group of speakers at 10:00am. Marching is expected to begin at 11:00am. At our destination - City Hall - there will be a "Call to Action." This second group of speakers will begin at noon. At the end of their speeches, marchers are welcomed to return to the Expo and help pick up litter on their way back.

See our list of speakers.

Have fun, learn, and take action.

During and following the March, we will be hosting a science Expo. The Expo will take place at Pershing Square Park and will consist of many great opportunities for marchers:

Interactive Demonstrations - There will be family-friendly opportunities to watch science in action!

Science Communication/Education - Many organizations will have booths set up to tell you about the science they are doing and supporting and how you can get involved.

Policy - There will be many opportunities to learn more about pro-science candidates and initiatives. 314 Action will be present to share their exciting initiative to place actual scientists into policy positions!

If you are interested in being a vendor or speaker, or in performing demonstrations of science at the Expo, please fill out this form.

Celebrity ain't our bag

But who can say, "No," to The Science Guy? Bill Nye is now an official co-chair of the March for Science in Washington. We don't know where his buddy Neil will end up, but we're sure he'll be feeling the science love on April 22nd, too.

You can see a list of all the speakers LA currently has committed here.

March information

Date: April 22, 2017
Location: Pershing Square Park
Time: 9AM - 4PM

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