On eve of science march, planners look ahead

Apr 13, 2017

By Lindzi Wessel

This past January, just days after millions of people marched on behalf of women—and in reaction to the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump—Caroline Weinberg, a health writer and educator in New York City, began dreaming of a similar march on behalf of science. “Seems like it would be pretty easy” to organize, she texted a friend. “Just reach out to academics at local universities.”

Now, on the eve of the 22 April March for Science in Washington, D.C., and some 400 sister marches around the world, Weinberg concedes that organizing the sprawling event has been anything but easy. Soon after that text, Weinberg and two other march enthusiasts she met online found themselves leading a global movement that has attracted millions of followers, with goals that include dramatizing concerns that political leaders are ignoring scientific evidence and demonstrating broad support for science. To turn that vision into reality, the trio has recruited scores of volunteer coordinators, negotiated partnerships with dozens of science groups, and raised some $1 million to pay for everything from security to portable toilets.

“Every step of the way has been completely terrifying,” Weinberg says. “‘Seems like it would be pretty easy’ will be on my tombstone,” she jokes.

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2 comments on “On eve of science march, planners look ahead

  • This is sick! This asshole needs to be impeached! Don’t kid yourselves: they’re all depraved, vicious, sick people – all of them. Conway, Spicer, Pence, Bannon, Trump, his sons, Jared, the daughter. All of them! Sick! And his supporters (his base) are the scum of the earth. No? Go talk to one of them. I don’t care if they’re dispossessed. So were the brownshirts. We can let that be a mitigating factor, but not completely. No one should be entirely let off the hook. I believe in personal responsibility too; in that sense I am conservative.

    April 16, 2017

    Trump Administration Is Removing Climate Change Research from Government Websites

    Victoria Herrmann of the Arctic Institute explains how her research and that of others have been removed from government websites and this is happening at the worst possible moment for climate change research

    http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18871



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  • Dan #1
    Apr 16, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I see there is a link on your link back to a guardian article on this subject!

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/28/arctic-researcher-donald-trump-deleting-my-citations

    This darned science just keeps getting in the way of Trump’s “alternative facts”!
    Maybe if he can put his head deep enough in the sand, the problem will go away! 🙂
    If not, he needs more urgent diversions to distract the media and keep the public occupied reading about other forms of military idiocy! – otherwise the public may start kicking the fat backside that is protruding above the buried head if they are not sufficiently distracted!



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