March for Science New York City kicks off on May 4th, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Foley Square.
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, and founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a strategy consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice. Her new venture is Ocean Policy Lab, a think tank focused on coastal cities. She also holds appointments as an adjunct professor at New York University and a science scholar at Pioneer Works. As executive director of the Waitt Institute, Ayana co-founded the Blue Halo Initiative and led the Caribbean’s first successful island-wide ocean zoning effort. Previously, she worked on ocean policy at the EPA and NOAA, and was a leader of the March for Science. Ayana earned a BA from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology. She is a passionate advocate for coastal communities, and builds solutions for ocean justice and our climate crisis. Find her @ayanaeliza.
Aracely Jimenez is a 22-year-old digital organizer with Sunrise Movement, a grassroots youth-led organization that is fighting to stop climate change and create millions of good job in the process through advocating for a Green New Deal. Born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Aracely has seen how devastating the impact of climate change has been on working-class, immigrant, and communities of color. Soon after learning that her State Senate district was represented by a Democrat who took corporate money and caucused with Republicans, thus stalling a host of desperately needed progressive policies for New York, Aracely went all in with Sunrise to do electoral work during the 2018 midterms. Post-election she was frustrated with Democratic establishment leadership who continued to delay action on climate change, so she joined Sunrise Movement's two DC mobilizations calling for a Green New Deal, the only plan on the table to tackle the climate crisis at the scale that science and justice demand. Today, Aracely works full-time for Sunrise to digitally recruit new people to the movement and build the grassroots support for the Green New Deal in every corner of the country.
Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin is an assistant professor in the departments of Neurology and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt specializing in mitochondrial and redox stress signaling in neurological injury and disease. She has received major research funding from the NIH, the DoD, the Dan Marino Foundation, the AHA and IARPA. Her career was sidetracked in 2014 when she experienced retaliation after being a witness in a Title IX investigation. Recently, the National Academy of Sciences gold ribbon panel revealed that her experience was all too common for women in science and medicine. The majority of women in these fields are sexually harassed, very few report, and the consequence of reporting is almost always retaliation. The rates of assault and harassment of those we seek to include most including People of Color, LGBTQI and individuals with disabilities are far higher and even more devastating.
Alexandria Villaseñor is a 13-year-old climate activist living in New York City. Frustrated by the lack of progress at COP 24, and inspired by 16 year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Alexandria began her own solo weekly school strike for climate in front of the United Nations Headquarters on December 14, 2018. Soon after, Alexandria became one of the national and international organizers for the first ever global youth climate strike which occurred on March 15, 2019. This historic strike mobilized 1.6M youth from 123 countries to demand climate action from their world leaders. Today, Alexandria continues in her role as a prominent climate strike organizer and is working to bring accurate climate science and climate change education into K-12 schools. Personally, Alexandria stands for a 50% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, as outlined in the October 2018 IPCC Special Report and intends to continue her school strikes, climate activism and direct action until this goal is reached.
March for Science will channel the energy of our march indoors at our interactive Science Expo hosted by Pace University at their Student Center. Inside we will welcome budding and seasoned activists, curious minds and concerned citizens to engage with the causes and speakers that propelled them to march. Speakers and expositions include:
Engineering & Technology
Experiment: DNA and Genomics, Sequencing Technologies
What should I bring?
• Signs, banners and posters are most welcome
• Comfortable shoes are recommended
• Small bags and backpacks are permitted
• Clear bags are preferred
• Plenty of water and snacks
What should I leave at home?
• Illegal drugs
• Any weapon, or anything that can be used as a weapon, including sticks for signs, pocket knives, multi-tools, mace, etc.
• Large bags will be subject to search by the NYPD
Will there be American Sign Language Translation?
• Yes, there will be ASL translation for the keynote speeches.
What happens if it rains?
• The march will proceed rain or shine.
How do I get to the march kickoff location?
• Foley Square is accessible via the subway via:
• The 4,5,6 trains at the Brooklyn Bridge stop
• The R and W trains at the City Hall stop
• The J and Z trains at the Chambers stop
• Has multiple ADA accessible ramps
- Centre Street (in front of Supreme Court)
- Intersection of Centre and Worth
- Intersection of Worth St. and Lafayette St.
- Both Duane Street and Federal Plaza entrances
• ADA seating section will be open to those who require it. It will be located in front of the stage.
• American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be on stage. Transcripts of speeches will be made available online.
• Smell sensitivity masks, emergency blankets, and other supplies available.
• Our route will be 1.3 miles.
• Currently, we will march down Broadway to Wall St, then go up Nassau to Pace University.
• The NYPD has agreed for us to have no street barriers, so marchers can feel free to cross from Broadway to Nassau on any of the intersecting streets if they would like a different march duration.
• West Plaza entrance has an ADA compliant accessible ramp on the south side (right side looking in from exterior). The door leaf on the left is motorized on push or pull for accessible access. Zero barrier at door.
• The turnstile on the left of the security desk has ADA compliant width, and can be opened by the Security Guard.
• There are concrete seat walls at the planters in the West Plaza of varying heights.
• ASL translators on stage with speakers