Frequently Asked Questions

When does the event start?

The Science Rally runs from 10 AM - 11 AM, and features introduction and a series of guest speakers. The Expo Stage programming runs from 11:30 AM - 4 PM, and includes several 30 to 45-minute sessions/panels with breaks in between for demos and music. The Science Expo booths will be open all day from 9 AM - 4 PM.

will there be a march like there was last year?

Unlike last year, there will not be a march from Pershing Square to City Hall. While we recognize how popular the march itself was, and how much passion it brought out in the thousands that attended it, we have decided to prioritize the bridging of the scientific community and the larger public, in order to focus specifically on the issues facing the city of Los Angeles, as well as the United States and, indeed, the world as a whole.

This is not meant to de-politicize the day's events, its foundation values, or core mission. The  Rally portion will be focused on specific policy decisions that have affected our communities negatively (as well as calls for positive policies as we move forward), and we encourage everyone to show up and voice their concerns. There simply won't be a physical march to accompany this part of it.    

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
  • Lyft
  • More options to be announced

Can i park?

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

is the event 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 Expo & Rally.

Our accessibility team will be ensuring our disabled attendees have the proper accommodations mad available to them. For more detailed information, please visit our accessibility page.

Is the event 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 all our attendees. We will also have trained Peace Ambassadors positioned throughout Pershing Square, clearly visible in orange vests. These and other volunteers will rapidly report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

Tips for the Rally & Expo

  • 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.
  • Do not rely on cell phones working. Cell phone reception may be very limited around Pershing Square due to crowd sizes.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.