April 20th, 2017 Newsletter

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The March for Science is this Saturday!  We have more than ten thousand RSVPs on EventBrite and facebook, and another twenty thousand who have expressed interest.  In Minnesota alone there will be marches in thirteen separate cities in every congressional district.  Looking beyond the state there will be more than 500 marches around the world.  It's shaping up to be an amazing day of action worldwide.  Be sure to join us.

Now that the day is almost here, let's all remember to march responsibly and clean up after ourselves.  If everyone picks up an extra piece of trash or two, we can leave the site cleaner than when we arrive.  In addition, we still need to donations to support the march itself and to sustain a new movement to advocate for science.  You can still purchase fundraising merchandise.  It won't arrive in time for the march, but you'll have a memento of a historic day.

We also need people to stay involved after the march.  If you want to work towards sustained advocacy for science, please sign up to help.


Minnesota Wild Game

We've recently been advised there is a Minnesota Wild Game on the day of the march at 2pm.  This will result in increased traffic, transit use and competition for parking.  Please plan accordingly.
 


March and Rally Details

The March begins at 11 AM on April 22 at the Cathedral Hill Park 215 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55102.   Please plan to arrive at the start point 30 - 45 minutes in advance to account for the increased traffic and public transportation congestion that may be caused by this event.   We will then march to the Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155.   At the capitol, we will have a rally with an roster of speakers who will talk about the importance of science in our society. Google Maps of our march route can be found here.  A map of the rally site is available here.

There will be accessible seating at the front of the Rally. Please only march if you feel comfortable or able to do so. We will have two ASL interpreters available starting at 10AM. There will be handicapped accessible restroom facilities available at the rally. Service animals are welcome, we discourage bringing pets.

There we be a medical tent at the rally site, staffed by our partners from the Minnesota Nurses Association. If you need medical assistance for any reason, please don't hesitate to take advantage of this resource.

 


Getting There

The march site is readily accessible by public transit.  Take the Green Line to the Capitol/Rice Street Stop. You can also take one of several bus lines.  Double check your route and plan your trip with Metro Transit. The following bus lines service the Capitol or Cathedral Park area:

Line 21 getting off at John Ireland & Marshall Ave
Line 16 getting off at John Ireland & Kellogg Ave
Lines 3, 62, 67, and 262 to the Capitol

Parking around the march start is public street parking. A PDF of the Capital grounds, services, and surrounding streets can be downloaded here or reviewed here.  You can also park in the nearby Sears parking lot.  This is especially suitable for parking a bus if you are coming with a large group.

The national March for Science has partnered with Skedaddle for transportation to the march.  Skedaddle makes it simple to start or join a bus or van route from any city or town in Minnesota. You can start a route from your city, campus or town directly to the march start point (Cathedral Hill Park, 215 Summit Ave, St. Paul) or join an existing route to ride with others. Routes require a minimum of 10 passengers, the first person is free. Learn more at www.letskedaddle.com or download the app for Apple or Android devices. Feel free to email hello@letskedaddle.com with any questions!


Upcoming Events

Immediately after the march, Tin Whisker's Brewery will be hosting Pints for a Purpose with us. The event starts at noon and will go until 11pm. For every beer sold, they will donate $1 in support of our cause. Tin Whiskers is located at 125 9th St E, St Paul, MN 55101.

The Fierce Lament will be hosting a dance party at the Bird Restaurant at 1612 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403 on starting at 7pm the day of the march.  The cover charge is $5 in advance, or $10 at the door.  All proceeds will be donated to the March for Science and the People's Climate March.


Sustaining the Movement

Saturday's march is only the first step in building a sustained movement in support of science that serves the public good.  We are now starting to plan what the next steps in that effort are.  If you want to be a part of this new movement, sign up to join us.


Speakers

Professor Mark Seeley
UMN faculty member and climatologist
Lindsey Burdick
Biological and Physical Sciences teacher, Park Center High School
Alan Lifson, MD, MPH
UMN faculty member and public health physician focused on AIDS research
Bobwealth Omontese, PhD
Agriculture and livestock field scientist
Betty McCollum
Congresswoman for St Paul
Sponsor Save America's Science Act to Safeguard Federal Scientific Data


Partners and Endorsements

We are pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Kids Climate March organized by MN350, iMatter, and Climate Generation also on April 22.  We will be providing more details on this soon.

In addition, we are proud to work with more than 60 partners and organizations that are endorsing our efforts. We anticipate more to partner with us, so please check our website for updates.
 







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