march for Science
April 22, 2017
1:00PM - 5:00PM
1:00PM - 5:00PM
On April 22, scientists and allies nationwide will be taking to the streets to celebrate and defend science in the midst of an increasingly hostile political climate. Scientists are facing enormous cuts to the federal and state agencies that support life-saving scientific research, a political sphere that seems more and more indifferent to evidence, and threats to the ability of scientists to openly share the results of their research with each other and the public. Scientists and allies from all over Kentucky will be marching on Courthouse Plaza to raise our voices in support of the essential role that science plays in a democratic society.
The organizers of the Lexington March for Science are thrilled to see our national partners taking a clear stance on matters of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We stand with the national organizers in recognizing that science is non-partisan, but always political; that the STEM fields continue to exclude those from underrepresented and marginalized groups; that those same fields have been too reluctant to acknowledge that these exclusions are often built into our institutions; that science has often harmed vulnerable and marginalized communities; and that scientists are too often silent in the face of injustice.
In Lexington, we are in solidarity with the National March for Science in their efforts to build a more inclusive and intersectional march: one that recognizes that if we do not acknowledge those excluded, harmed, and ignored by the institutions and practices of science, our march can only protect those exclusions, harms, and silences. We look forward to marching for science with you in April: not just for what science has been, or what it is, but for science as it could (and should) be.
What if it rains?
We are marching rain or shine!
Where are we marching?
We will line up at the Courthouse Plaza on Short Street, march to Martin Luther King (have to stay on the sidewalk on MLK), and then down Main Street to 5/3 Pavilion. Short Street and Main Street will be closed for this event. See the marching route on the Facebook pages. Also, see the maps at the bottom of the page.
Where can I park?
There are multiple parking garages (and lots) in the area that can accommodate thousands of cars. See map at bottom.
Any restrictions on signs? Where can I find ideas?
We encourage you to bring signs, and to bring poles to hold them higher if you feel so inclined! The Union of Concerned Scientists and the AAAS have released signs that you can use for inspiration and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya created some amazing posters that celebrate women in science. The hashtag #ScienceSigns on Twitter is a also full of ideas, if you’re Twitter-inclined. Keep it clean, though!
Is this a non-partisan event?
Yes. Our stance is that the march is political, but non-partisan. We will be marching alongside science advocates of all partisan persuasions.
Have you made attempts to be inclusive?
Yes! In fact, we see this march as an opportunity to not only celebrate science but to start difficult, yet crucial conversations about the chronic problem of inclusion in STEM fields and the role science has often played in marginalizing communities. See our op-ed in the Herald-Leader, written by two of the march organizers.
Will there be an ASL interpreter?
Do you have a wheelchair-accessible route? Accessible restrooms?
How can I make donations?
You can donate on our website! We’re almost there, but still need ~$400 to cover the costs of the pavilion.
Will there be food?
Yes and no! While we are not hosting any food vendors, there are plenty of fabulous local restaurants nearby. We support local businesses.
Will there be med techs on hand?
We would be happy to have volunteers on this front!
The success of this march will be the result of our collective efforts! We need volunteers for the day of the march: to help set up, direct the march route, and clean up afterwards.
We appreciate any and all donations! These will be put towards making the march a reality on April 22. Any residual funds will be donated to science outreach, education, and advocacy organizations chosen by the organizers.
American Institute of Professional Geologists - Kentucky
Bluegrass Society of Neuroscience
Humanist Forum of Central Kentucky
Kentuckians for Science Education
Kentucky Academy of Science
Kentucky Paleontological Society
Our Revolution - Central Kentucky
Political Ecology Working Group - University of Kentucky
Together We Will - Bluegrass
...and many individual supporters. Thank you!