DAA Indivisible: Science March Details

Show up on Saturday, April 22 at 9:00am in Pershing Square to take part in March For Science Los Angeles!

The Science Expo and some talks start at 9:00am; the rally at 10:00am; the march at 11:00am; the Call to Action speeches begin at 12 noon and the Science Expo ends at 4:00pm.

Pershing Square
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Check out the poster and map below for more details.

How do I get there?

We encourage all marchers to be environmentally friendly and carpool with friends or utilize public transportation.

  • Metro, LA’s public transportation system
  • Skedaddle is offering $10 off their service for marchers who use the code SCIMARCHLA10
  • Ridevu is a free service that helps marches find ride-sharing opportunities
  • Lyft

Can I park?

Yes, but not within a block or two of Pershing Square or the March route. There is ample parking in the area. We do not have an official recommendation of which lot(s) to use.

Is the March accessible?

We will have ASL and Spanish interpreters present for main stage and Expo speeches/programming.

Metro, Lyft and other accessible options can get you to and from the March. You can request a drop off at the street closure on 6th and Hill (see above map of Pershing Square). From this location, you can approach the info desk if assistance is needed to get to the accessibility area.

Our accessibility team will be ensuring our disabled marchers have a comfortable seat for speeches and some room to breathe while marching, for those who choose to.

If you cannot make the trek back from City Hall (about 0.8 miles), LA DOT should quickly open street access to City Hall following the end of the “Call to Action Speeches” (1-1:30pm).

Unfortunately, because we will be operating on a First Amendment permit, we will not be able to place anything stationary along the March Route (like ramps). Our volunteer-led accessibility team will help direct disabled marchers along the right/east side of the road and March path, as well as Peace Ambassadors positioned along the route to help ensure those with physical limitations have room around them.

Is the March safe?

While we expect a very safe and positive show of support for science, we are working closely with the LAPD to ensure the safety of our Marchers. We will also have about 100 trained Peace Ambassadors positioned along the March route, clearly visible in orange vests. These and other volunteers will rapidly report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

Tips for the March

  • Bring the essentials: your phone, cash, ID, water, snacks and your signs.  When making your sign, remember that wooden sticks more than ¼ of an inch thick or more than 2 inches wide are prohibited by the City of Los Angeles.
  • Wear sensible shoes, dress in layers, bring a hat and sunscreen.
  • March with a buddy and let your friends or family who are not marching know where you will be.
  • Do not rely on cell phones working. Cell phone reception may be very limited around the March route and Pershing Square due to crowd sizes.
  • Designate a meeting place and time to find your buddy if you get separated. Write down any important numbers on a piece of paper and keep it with you in case your phone dies.
  • Charge your phone, and consider bringing an extra battery or charger.
  • Prepare for the crowds. Try to avoid bulky bags.
  • Build in extra time for transit to your meeting points. We encourage you to use public transportation.
  • Do not bring alcohol, weapons of any kind, or dogs or pets (except service animals).
  • If you have important medical information or allergies, consider writing it on your arm with a permanent marker in case of an emergency.
  • In general, avoid blocking traffic, sidewalks and entrances to buildings outside of the march route. Comply with requests of property owners on private property (as opposed to streets, sidewalks, parks, and public plazas).
  • Remember, counter-protesters have a right to free speech as well.  Do not engage with counter-protesters and avoid any kind of confrontation.  Report any issues to law enforcement or to our Peace Ambassadors (wearing orange vests).

Know Your Rights During Police Contact

We are operating under a First Amendment permit with the City of Los Angeles to celebrate the role that science plays in our lives.  While we do not expect law enforcement will be an issue, here are some tips if you are stopped and questioned:

  • Know your rights. Remember to stay calm, be polite, and do not run if you encounter law enforcement.
  • If you are stopped by the police for questioning, you may ask, “Am I free to go?” If the officer says, “Yes,” you can walk away. If they say “No,” ask, “Can you tell me why you are stopping me?”
  • If you are questioned by the police, you may tell the officer, “I wish to remain silent.” Do not lie to the police or reveal any unnecessary information. You are not required to provide your ID.
  • If you are given a ticket, provide your name, birth date and sign the ticket. If you do not, the police are allowed to arrest you.
  • If you are being searched, you may say, “I do not consent to this search.”  If a police officer still continues to search you, do not resist or get physical with the officer. Police officers are allowed to do a search if you are under arrest. But if you are just being detained, the police can only do a pat-down search if there is reasonable suspicion.
  • If you are asked by the police about your Immigration status, say “I wish to remain silent.” Do not discuss your immigration status with anyone other than your lawyer. You do not have to answer questions about where you were born, whether you are a U.S. citizen, or how you entered the country. If you are not a U.S. citizen and an immigration agent requests your immigration papers, you must show them if you have them with you. If you do not have immigration papers, say you want to remain silent.
  • If an officer won’t let you leave, ask, “Am I under arrest?” If they say yes, ask them for what reason. Do not resist, even if you think the arrest is unfair. Remain silent and say, “I want a lawyer.” You may contact the National Lawyer’s Guild at (310) 313-3700.
  • Generally, if there is an incident, take notes and record every detail, then file a complaint when you can. Details include the officers’ badge and patrol car numbers, which agency the officers are from, and contact information for witnesses.

What should I bring?

A positive attitude, a great sign (see our sign-making guidelines below), some water, and snacks. Please refrain from bringing backpacks, alcohol, weapons of any kind, dogs or other pets (except for service animals), and/or pieces of wood more than ¼ of an inch thick or more than 2 inches wide.

Do you have any resources for making signs?

Sign-making tips:

Ask yourself if your sign is:

What does science mean to you?
Show what we are for, not what you are against.
And if it passes the:
In-law test:
If you show this to family and friends with different views on other issues,  would they be more likely or less likely to join your support of science?
What are we for?

Public policy that is informed by scientific evidence.

Specific Tips

  • Avoid anything that would make someone with a different viewpoint less likely to agree with you on science. Those who mistrust our aims will only feel alienated and justified in a refusal of science if they feel that we think we are superior.
  • If you can, bring a small, easily carried prop. Wear a part of your field gear, bring something you use in lab, carry a model of what you study, or bring something sciencey that inspires you. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for science outreach; use it to spark conversations!

Evidence Says: Be Positive

As a rally for science, it’s only appropriate to use an evidence-based strategy. Social science shows that telling people they’re wrong does not work, and attacks only make people less likely to agree with your message. Instead, let’s show why science is something everyone can support.

Don’t want to make your own sign?

AAAS has a great repository of snazzy signs! Also, an artist and animator who has worked with us, Estevan Guzeman, has created a series of “I Want You to Science” posters that are free to download and use.

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