"Reason Rally 2016 is a celebration of fact-driven public policy, the value of critical thinking, and the voting power of secular Americans. The Rally will be held June 4, 2016, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, along with a number of ancillary events at nearby hotels. Such events include two days of lobbying (we’re scheduling visits with all 535 congressional offices!), a pre-party and after parties, a Sunday mini-conference, and several VIP events."
OK here's the deal.
WHAT: Reason Rally Field Trip for Skeptics In The Pub Philly
WHEN: Some of us are going down on Friday morning- there's a comedy show/pre-party happening featuring three comics I've booked for the Get Real shows- we don't want to miss that! Get in touch with me if you want to join the caravan or bus reservation on Friday. Others will be going down on Saturday morning, the day of the rally. We're planning on staying overnight on Saturday to join the afterparties, and leaving DC on Sunday to be back in Philly later in the day.
WHERE: There's two hotels to choose from offering specials for attendees. One of them is the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, the other one is the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. Both have events going on, both have pros and cons. We are leaning towards Capitol Hill because it's walking distance from points of interest. Crystal City costs a bit less per room.
WHY: Because we love reason, hello! This is the largest event of it's kind and the second one ever. The first one was an absolute blast, and felt amazing to be among so many people who felt the same. We braved the a rainy day to hear some great speeches and meet some great people and be a part of history. This time, expect it to be even better: more organized, better weather, more events, more speakers, including Johnny Depp.
HOW: Some people are driving down, but be warned: apparently there are significant parking fees at the hotels, which may eat up the difference in savings from taking a bus. Some people are taking the Megabus, and we will be coordinating those trips so skeptics friends can ride together. It's only $22 round trip, but keep in mind you will need to pay for cabs to get around. There may be a shuttle bus between the two hotels, and public transportation available.
*There is a "Rally Bus" or two leaving from Philly on Saturday morning that you can join, but these cost $45 round trip, and we will not be coordinating these, so you're on your own if you want to go that route. It could be fun as well, as they will be filled with other skeptic/freethought groups, but that is specifically a day trip- you will have to jump back on the bus by 7pm or so, just after the event ends, and get back to Philly Saturday night at 10pm.
Please LET US KNOW what you are planning to do, if you will need a ride or providing one, if you need to get a room or have room for others in yours, etc. Let's get some chatter going. Regardless of everyone's plans, we plan to all meet up at some point on Saturday and do a group shot. And by shot I mean shots from a flask! We'll probably take some pictures, too.
Hope you can make it, hope you chime in here, and hope to see you!!!
- Imri & Sal