5The most often question we get as organizers is "so is this just a kids march?"
So let me state, once and for all EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO MARCH. Young. Old. Scientists. Non-scientists. People of all colors, stripes, and abilities, PLEASE COME.
Here's the plan: We will start in the Orpheum Parking lot with a couple of speakers, then we will have a short march that will loop us back to the Orpheum where we will have 5 more speakers.
So, if EVERYONE CAN MARCH why are we calling it a youth march? We are asking that youth and their parents be allowed to go first in the march. After that ANYONE IS WELCOME to join.
This is symbolic since youth will be most affected by the kind of policy changes we are fighting against. It also has a practical aspect. Younger kids may not have the patience to wait to march. They may not have the stamina for the speeches that follow. If parents need to leave before the final speeches, they will still have a way to participate.
We realized too late that the phrase "youth march" is misleading. It implies that only youth are welcome. Or that the whole event is geared only for kids. Neither is true.
The date chosen for the march was about the worst possible. As we planned the CU march, at first it seemed that our march route would be extremely limited. Think "circling a parking lot if we're lucky" limited.
So we decided to have a largely symbolic march of just kids. The rest of the event would have speakers aimed at the adult audience.
With time and persistence, we were able to get a larger march route. Yay! We still liked the idea of letting kids lead the way. So we decided to have kids lead the actual moving-from-point-A-to-point-B part of the event.
So in summary EVERYONE CAN MARCH and EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Seriously.