Frequently Asked Questions
GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MARCH
Are you affiliated with the larger march and rally of a similar name happening in Washington, DC?
We are directly affiliated with March for Science in Washington, DC. Please visit this website for a listing of Science Marches happening around the world.
What is March for Science RI's mission statement?
We advocate for publicly-funded scientific research and evidence-based policies that are unrestrained by partisan politics, in solidarity with all who value science world-wide. Climate change, the critical ecological issue of our time, uniquely affects Rhode Island, and we support taking immediate action to reduce its impacts.
Where is the march being held?
The main entry point for the rally, and the March starting point, is the South Lawn of the State House. The March end point is War Memorial Park between South Main Street and the Providence River, roughly 3/4 mile from the State House.
Do I need to RSVP?
While RSVPing is not required, it is very helpful to us in planning logistics for the day of the event.
You can RSVP at our facebook event or Eventbrite page. No need to do both.
Groups are STRONGLY encouraged to register so that they will get logistics information, and can publish meet-up locations if they would like. Registered groups can choose to publish their group name on our website page as a participating group.
When should I arrive at the march?
There is a lot of setup being done that morning, so please do not arrive prior to 12:00 PM to ensure the march organizers are able to get everything in place.
Where can I park?
Please consider carpooling or taking public transportation, as parking is limited. Limited free parking will be available at the State House lower lot and the Department of Transportation parking lot on the north side of Smith Street. . Other metered parking is available throughout the city, and there is parking available at the Providence Place Mall parking garage for a fee.
Will there be food trucks?
Yes! Championship Melt, Gastros401, Soulfull, and Cafeina will be on the corner of Gaspee St. in front of the State House.
Will the march be accessible for people with disabilities?
To ensure the most inclusive and diverse movement possible, the March for Science RI is dedicated to facilitate an accessible, supportive experience for all participants, including people with disabilities. The Rally will be fully accessible, and the March route is posted on our Facebook event page. It is suggested that people with disabilities could more easily join the March at the corner of Canal and Smith Streets right by the Roger Williams National Memorial Park. From there on, the March route is level ground. If you are not able to return to the State House after the march, you may want to arrange transportation from the War Memorial Park.
What if there is an emergency medical issue?
Please dial 911 via mobile phone with any medical emergency. Volunteers and organizers will have mobile phones and will be able to assist you in dialing 911 to get the medical attention necessary.
Can I bring my young children to march?
Yes. Many of us are excited to include our families! We advise families that they may want to be a little further from loudspeakers, towards the edge of the crowd.
Be mindful that while we anticipate a peaceful march, any large gathering like this poses risks. This march is primarily geared toward adult participants and, while we have asked participants to be mindful of our younger participants, some language and signage used during the march may be confusing to or inappropriate for young children. There is always the possibility of counter-efforts as well, and language used to protest the march may be offensive or scary to young children.
I’m a teenager. Can I march?
Yes! Your engagement in our country’s future is critically important. These are suggested guidelines for effective marching, but are certainly not definitive. You and your parent should use your own judgment.
WHAT CAN I BRING?
What types of signs are allowed?
We encourage marchers to make their own signs, expressing their own messages in support of science. However, please be cognizant of the fact that there will be a large number of people in a small space. Any material such as wood and metal to hold signs up on could unintentionally harm other marchers if not held securely. Hand-held signs without any support or extender are preferred. Please also be advised that we are expecting children to attend with their parents. We kindly ask you to be mindful of those children with respect to the language and imagery used on signs.
Are backpacks and other bags allowed?
Yes. Please bring what you feel you will need for the day, including food and water. Although no checkpoints are planned to enter the rally, there will be a Providence police presence to help with street closures and other public safety issues.
We also encourage you to be responsible for the disposal of items, such as empty water bottles, food wrappers, etc. There are garbage and recycling receptacles around the city, so please use them. Volunteers will also be patrolling the crowd to help with trash collection. We want to be respectful of the city and the people who live downtown, so please dispose of items appropriately.
I’m making signs or wearables that I’d love to share (freely) the day of the march. How do I do this?
If you are interested in providing materials to fellow participants, please request table space using the Rally Table Request Form
Can I bring signs or items to sell?
Free items are welcome. No outside soliciting or sales will be allowed.
Why did you stop selling t-shirts?
Unfortunately, the t-shirts and hoodies were only available for a limited run. Due to popular demand, we re-opened our t-shirt campaign for a second run, which ended at midnight on April 17. As we have far surpassed our fundraising goal, we have decided not to re-open the campaign for a third run.
Will shirts/hats/buttons be available at the march?
At this time, we are not planning any sales the day of the event so as not to spread our volunteer efforts too thin.
I’ve got a great idea for an item I can help you sell for fundraising. Are you interested?
Due to the overwhelming number of fundraising offers and the fact that onboarding any idea– even the simplest–takes many hours of work, we aren’t accepting new ideas for fundraising. We need our volunteers to be working on current general fundraising and organizing initiatives.
Can I advertise my fundraiser on your facebook page/website to raise money for _____(amazing advocacy organization)?
There are so many great organizations and opportunities out there. We can’t possibility research them to make sure each item posted is legit. We can only do the due diligence on our own vendors. At this time, no third party sales of March for Science RI or other items or fundraising requests will be allowed, any posts made will be deleted. Feel free to share on your personal Facebook accounts and networks.
How do I get my own contacts–interested organizations or individuals–involved?
Call, text, and email everyone you know! Post your support of the event on your social media pages! Stop strangers on the street and drag them along to the March with you!
Ok, some of that might be overboard, but at the very least, tell your friends and family.
Please also ask friends, family, and organizations to RSVP at our facebook event or Eventbrite page!
I’m an educator and my high school or college students want to attend with me, or alone. Is that okay?
Yes. It is up to you to create and maintain a smart plan for bringing minors that are not your own children. We would love to see groups of marchers identified as their school or organization.
Is there a flyer I can print out and send to my family and friends?
Yes. Download to print or email fliers from here.
Are there fliers available in Spanish?
Yes. Download to print or email fliers from here.