Eight Days and Counting

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8 Days and Counting

Just 8 days from now, on Saturday, April 14,  we're  Rallying for Science at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Be part of a nationwide movement in support of policies based on science, not special interests.  

12:00 pm 
Enjoy family activities, take action and meet organizations that care about science.
1:00 pm
Rally begins! See list of speakers below.
2:15 pm
Gather at Tin Whiskers, near the Capitol. Meet rally organizers and raise a glass.
For every pint sold from 2-4pm, Tin Whiskers will donate $1 to March for Science-Minnesota.

We are committed to an ensuring that the event is family friendly and accessible to all.  We will provide disability seating, an ASL interpreter, and a lactation station.  All are welcome!
 

Rally Speakers

We've lined up an exciting program of speakers:

Representative Betty McCollum, whose priorities include education,
environmental protection,health care access, and international engagement.

Ticiea Fletcher, lead safety advocate and Executive Director of Missions to the Streets

Paul Douglas, nationally respected meteorologist and founder
of the Media Logic Group, a weather service provider.

Andrew Totz, junior at Avalon School and climate activist.

J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director for Fresh Energy and an
expert in climate and energy policy in Minnesota and nationally.

Members of the Southwest High School Robotics team (the Rubies):
Ava Kian, Izzie Mack, and Rachel Springer, competitors at the
FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships.

Karen Diver, Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence at the College of St. Scholastica,
former Special Assistant to Pres. Obama on Native American Affairs, and former
Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Christopher Pennell, associate Director of Education and Community
Engagement at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.

 

Rally Responsibly

On rally day, we aim to keep the Capitol grounds green and clean! Please use public transportation, bring reusable water bottles, and throw trash in designated containers.

Many rallies and marches have counter-protesters in attendance. We have learned of an event titled “Americans for America – Minnesota” scheduled for the same time and place as the Rally for Science. While interest in the event appears minimal and the Rally for Science is the only event with permission to be on the Capitol grounds, we suggest the following tips. Counter-protesters’ goal is to disrupt an event. Ignore them and don’t take the bait. If they become loud, remain calm, move to a different location, and notify a rally marshal. We anticipate a peaceful and meaningful rally.
 

Upcoming Events:

Design Your Rally Sign
 On Saturday, April 7, 2:00 pm, we’ll gather at Community Grounds in Columbia Heights
to make signs for the rally. Speak out for science!

 

Earth Day and Other Events
Want to go to more events to advocate for science and a healthy, equitable and
sustainable future? Visit our website and find out what's coming up!

 

Take Action

Lead poisoning is an urgent problem in Minnesota, where more than 700 children are poisoned every year and nearly 400,000 rental units likely still have lead paint.  Come to the Rally for Science, and hear more from activist Ticiea Fletcher.  Write your Minnesota State Legislators and tell them to support the Dustin Luke Shields Lead Poisoning Prevention Act! 

This week, we have seen yet another mass shooting, this time at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California.  Yet CDC research into gun violence remains hamstrung, despite some recent improvements in the federal budget.  Contact congress to demand a full repeal of Dickey Amendment, dedicated funding research into gun violence and policies based on evidence, not ideology.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed that the agency no longer consider scientific research unless the underlying raw data can be made public. This restricts regulators from using studies that rely on confidential medical records, which have been key to establishing links between mortality and pollution. Contact your federal legislators and demand a return to true and open scientific inquiry at the EPA.

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Satish Desai