Scientists March

We accept the following as provisionally true:

  • The Earth is becoming warmer due to human action.
  • The diversity of life arose by evolution.
  • An American government that ignores science to pursue ideological agendas threatens not only the environment of which humans are a part, but America itself.
  • Scientific research in the United States is underfunded.
  • Politicians who devalue expertise risk making decisions that do not reflect reality.

Who can participate:

Science is a methodology and a way of thinking. Anyone who uses and values these tools for understanding the world, not just professional scientists, may participate.

How can I help?
We are still in the very early stages of organizing this event. We need all the help we can get, especially from people with expertise in the following areas:

  • Web Design
  • Logo/Graphic design
  • Law, incorporation of a not-for-profit
  • Fundraising
  • Public relations and media relations
  • Social media management
  • Organizing large events
  • Acquiring permits in DC
  • Contacts with possible speakers

You don’t need to be a professional scientist to participate. Just send an email to: scientistsmarchonwashington@gmail.com, and please let us know how you can help.


How can I donate?
You can’t yet. We’re working on figuring out a legal framework that will allow you to donate.

When will it be?

We’re still in the very earliest stages. The date will be announced as soon as it is available.

Isn’t science apolitical?

Yes. Scientists, however are not. The march is non-partisan, however it is intended to have an impact on policy makers.

243 comments:

  1. Let me know if you need regional organizers...Iowa resident and proponent of evidence-based informed decision making.

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    1. I can help with this sort of thing for Wyoming as well.

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    2. I can help with Missouri (St. Louis) as well.

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    3. I agree with Professor Hlusko. Please delete "provisionally" as the facts on these points are in. Nothing provisional about them. That is why this advocacy is so important

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    4. Also, rather than saying "'America' itself" (which shouldn't be used anyway to refer to the US only, as we are only one of the countries in North America, and of course there is also Central America and South America..Right? ;)), say "but Planet Earth itself."

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    5. Another couple of Iowans here who work in science and want to get involved. Regional involvement is budget-friendly.

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    6. What a truly awesome idea this is! I applaud your group!

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    7. Let me know if we're going, I'm down for it.

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    8. Iowa resident here as well! I would love to help organize a local sister march.

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    9. Willing to assist in Saint Louis as well!

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    10. Madison WI knows how to rally. I'd organize a march in this science heavy college town.

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    11. Professional Engineer here in Wisconsin. I'd love to participate.

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    12. Retired clinical and basic research administrator and concerned citizen in New York City and San Diego. I'm with you.

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    13. Also in Iowa and very interested in a sister March!

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    14. Another St Louis scientist here ready for local efforts.

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    15. Geology Student at Stony Brook University what can we do to help

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    16. Chemical engineer here in Richmond, VA. I'd love to do anything I can.

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    17. Has anyone from the Tampa Bay Area stepped up yet? If so I'd like to be connected with them!

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    18. Charlotte, North Carolina here!

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    19. Northeast Washington State resident able, willing, and eager to participate.

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    20. You may want to consider reaching out to the organizers of the Women's March on Washington. The contact information is available through the website: https://www.womensmarch.com/. There are a lot of passionate members of the group that include artists and web designers. The Women's March organizers may be able to put you in touch.

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    21. Chicago area - computer scientist

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    22. Could you please get the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) involved? There are plenty of eminent scientists there. They might have significant power to influence the Capitol.

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  2. I am so happy to hear there is some advocacy action starting. Please consider adjusting the language, as "provisionally" to a non-scientific audience completely undermines what follows. How about something like, "we are in agreement that the evidence indicates that..."

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    1. Yes, removing the term "provisionally" in the opening position statement is important. Clear, unambiguous word choice!

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    2. If that's what you want, then you don't truly understand science. The field of science is always provisional, otherwise, ideas and conclusions could not change when new evidence is brought to light.

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    3. Thank you for clarifying that. I am not a scientist but a human being who cares. I want to say how much I appreciate this.

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    4. The term "provisionally" in the present context indicates that circumstances can change. So that which is evident today need not be so in the future. Perfectly apt.

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    5. I get the point that Russell Senior Jr and Clark Snyder make, but we need different wording more in line with the suggestions of Leslea Hlusko above to avoid giving those trying to discredit this initiative easy talking points

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    6. While it is true that all science is provisional, there comes a time when we drop the term in our discussions. Einstein modified the Theory of Gravity; maybe we will modify it again as an alternative to Dark Matter. But when they program an orbit to the moon, they still use Newton's law. You know that the Right Wing will deceptively sieze upon this word to deny the reality of climate change, even though the science behind it is so very robust.

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  3. I would pay to fly into DC for this! But don't plan it March 2-4 as I am going to Climate Reality Leadership training then. . .

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  4. If you need an organizer for Phoenix AZ please let b me know

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  5. If you need an organizer for Phoenix AZ please let b me know

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    1. I am also in Phoenix and could help

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    2. I'm in Phoenix too. I hope someone plans a march here. Sara I would recommend you contact them about planning a march here. I would gladly help out as much as I can!

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    4. I would also recommend you fill out the google form. https://goo.gl/forms/zAdY02dBEz3Ykii42 They have an option for organizing a satellite event.

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  6. If there are too many marches, it will not be sustainable over time. Check out this page, perhaps you can work together: https://350.org/april-29-2017-lets-march/. It would be great to see specific banners, signs, t-shirts, etc. for scientists marching!

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    1. There can never be "too many marches" again the fascist occupier of our White House We The People Are Experiencing. Point, Blank, Period!

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    2. I agree, Monica. We had many marches to end the Viet Nam war. Many marches to force Reagan to spend money investigating HIV. We all need to lace up our boots and march, gather for protests. At this point, my only admonition is that they must always and only be non-violent.

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    3. A march every week would be good. I think there should be a signup page so that demonstrators can feel they will not be alone holding their sign at the White House. I plan to do it anytime I have to go to DC

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    4. I agree. We need to keep the pressure on.

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  7. "Isn't science apolitical? Yes, ..."
    Does the word "Science" refer to a body of knowledge or to a realm of human activity? The second is certainly political. Where does most of the funding for science come from? Who makes the decisions about what is important, and gets funded, and what is not?

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    1. Science: the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.

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  8. How about have it on Earth Day?

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    1. I love that idea. And, it falls on a Saturday. Perfection.

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    2. That is a very good suggestion.

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    3. Perfect! Green leafy hats this time! Could even be out of paper. Easy to design and put up a page for how to make different ones. The visual of the pink hats really helped the Women's March.

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    4. Every day is Earth Day if you truly believe in Science.

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    5. I honestly think it may be more effective if it's not on earth day because people tend to write it off and it won't be a unique event as many people are paying homage to the environment that day usually don't. I think a random date would send a stronger message that this matters all the time

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    6. To far away, though a nice idea. This march has to take place ASAP!

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  9. Yes, would be happy to help with Social Media. Will forward a email.

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  10. I like earth day. And to play on the excitement from the women's march, how about a Mother Earth March?

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    1. There is a People's Climate March on April 29th, Earth Day, already planned, timed just before his 100th day in office... peoplesclimate.org

      I like your title tho', Mother Earth March!

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  11. As a legal way to donate, the Women's March sold shirts, buttons, and bus seats. I know a seat on a charter bus at cost is about $20, but they charged $60. Those might be a few ways to get cash. I would reach out to the Women's March for help.

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  12. Please notify me when it will be, we will get one organised in Berlin (Germany)! European scientists want to back you up!
    julien.colomb at fu-berlin.de

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  13. American living abroad in the Netherlands. Wondering if anyone from a larger city (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag) was considering organizing an event?

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    1. at best in the city with the US embassy. reach me out if you find somebody, would be good to help each other out in the organisation (julien.colomb at fu-berlin.de)

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  14. Regarding non profit - look into existing 501 c 3 willing to act as umbrella for financial end of things. That way donations can go to them and be giving to this cause. They act as financial manager until your group gets designation. I can help.

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  15. Math guy here. Can help with web design also. I also have a good connection for tshirt printing.

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  16. I can help with social media and graphic design! Also press releases. FL Resident here. Thank you for speaking out against climate change before we are completely underwater.

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  17. I don't know anything about setting this kind of thing up, but if anyone else from Minnesota is working on a regional march here, I'd love to help!

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    1. Recent U of MN graduate. Very interested in getting involved as well.

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    2. Gustavus Adolphus professor here, with research focus on climate change impacts. I would definitely like to be involved in a MN action.

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  18. Do you have a twitter or Instagram account I can follow for updates?

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  19. For fundraising you might consider partnering with an existing organization such as The Union of Concerned Scientists

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  20. Federal scientists are being gagged. Scientists outside the U.S. Government will have to speak for them. Epidemiologist, Missoula, MT.

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    1. Do you know of any plans for a march yet in Montana? I'm in Helena and would love to help out somehow, I'm just not sure how I can do that right now. I'm not a "real" scientist yet, but I'm studying!

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  22. I'm in Salt Lake city and I'd love to help.

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  23. I'm in the UK and would love to march in solidarity. After all, Trump's actions (particularly on climate change) will affect people all over the world.

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  24. Daughter of a professor of microbiology. I will march in his memory. He died a month before the election and would be appalled at what is happening.

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  25. How do we get this started in each major city?

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  26. Mother of a physics student. I stand with you!!

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  27. I can help with any graphic design, I'm in Phoenix az @runpattyrun13

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  28. "I would reach out to the Women's March for help."

    This can't be stressed enough. Build off their success; no need to reinvent the wheel. Tap into their network to get off on the right foot. Hire their people.

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    1. Completely agree, let's broaden the coalition and work together. Plus encouraging women in science is a strong connection between the two causes

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  29. This is a great idea! Can you add the importance/safety of following recommended vaccination schedules to your platform? Thanks from all of us pediatricians!

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  30. Is there a list of States with organizers already getting to work? I live in Michigan and would love to help, I don't have any community organizing experience but if there is no local group already here I would very much like to help start one.

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  31. I like to help , from Dallas . Will signe for email updates.

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    1. Also in MN. My email is in my google profile. Let's connect.

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  33. I am a Civil Engineer and would love to get involved. Reaching out to colleges and universities for those studying science, technology, engineering and math might be a good start?

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  34. We should enlist the aid and support of companies whose business models depend on government funded science and scientists - which is basically everyone, from drugs to manufactured products to oil drilling and pretty much anything you can think of. Industry support would be a powerful message about the free exchange of scientific advances as a main driver of the economy.

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  35. I think creating an extension of the woman's March - i.e. Utilizing some of the components already in place to help begin this new endeavor would be useful

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  36. I'm a graphic designer and illustrator - I would love to help you with logo design, branding, creation of images for social media http://laurabeckman.com/filter/design

    Email me at laurambeckman@gmail.com

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  37. I'm in Mobile, Alabama. Staying tuned so I can try to organize something local here to coincide with whatever happens nationally (here or the April 29th group).

    Also, adding to your list of provisional truths:
    "An American government that ignores science to pursue ideological agendas will make China great again."

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    1. Hi MWT. I'm in Mobile as well and was wondering as I read the comments if anyone in Alabama was even paying attention. I'm not a scientist. I'm just a grandmother who wants a future for her grandkids. Tell me how I can help.

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    2. Good to see another Mobilian here! At the moment, I'm waiting to see what the main group comes up with for logo, branding, mission statement, vision statement, diversity statement, a confirmed date, tools, etc. After that, we'd have to pick a place to do it (Public Safety Park seemed to work well for the Womens March), get permits, advertise, make signs, and line up some speakers.

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  38. Maybe reach out to groups at college campuses? They tend to be pretty liberal and have a lot of scientists. Also, the Power Shift Network organizes a lot of protests like this, they might be able to help plan and publicize

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    1. The societies of engineers have college chapters!

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  39. University of Virginia employee here and happy to help

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  40. I am an engineer not a scientist, but I will certainly try to march. Unfortunately I am a cancer patient so timing will matter for me, and I can only be in a local march.

    I live in Birmingham, AL, and there are many scientists here especially at UAB, Southern Research, etc.

    We need to do something before this country turns into North Korea.

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  41. A suggestion: reach out to the Women's March people if you haven't already.

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  42. Set up a FACEBOOK page to communicate & publicize the march(es).

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  43. Interested in a Columbia, SC march. Let's bring science out in the South!

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    1. *high-fives* Greenville SC, here. What do we do?

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  44. Hey, could we set this up internationally? (Irish user here)

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  45. Mustering up Los Alamos scientist friends. We will march in Santa Fe, NM. Our Women's March organizers were fantastic. I'll reach out to them.

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  46. I want to march. It is something that I haven't done in 45 years, but now I feel that I must do it again

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  47. I'm in pompano Beach! I want a march here too! How can I help?

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  48. I'll be a beacon here in Minneapolis/St. Paul for this march!

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  49. I'm in Boston! I work in media and journalism. I would be happy to connect the effort to PBS and NOVA. We/they can help get a lot of key folks there. Are you partnering with AAAS and NAS? I'd love to help get key partners, and media on board. I am at @AzureMedia on twitter. Contact me, I'll def help!!!

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    1. Hi Anne, I'm in Cambridge and have connections with the schools as well. I'm also a Landscape Architect who works in an engineering firm, I may be able to spread the word and organize those industries in the area... Also we could make sure the biotech and tech folks are involved as well. I'm sure they'd be interested. As this progresses maybe we could organize and work together?

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  50. I'm in Huntsville, AL. Could help get the word out down here - - we have lots of scientists (who are probably about to lose their jobs - - anyone know what the ~president~ thinks of NASA?). (unfortunately we have a famous climate-change denier in town, too! - - want me to do anything in particular to him?)

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  51. Let me know if I can help, I'm a chemist currently living in LA

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  52. Check out the march that 350.org is organizing for April 29! Combine forces!
    https://peoplesclimate.org/?source=350&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit

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    1. Very important information. Yes, combine forces.

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  53. Austin, TX is interested in a sister march. Thanks!!

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  54. With the republicans having a majority in both the Senate and the House, and politicians' trouble reaching across the aisle; it is very important to NOT offend any republicans in this process. We need their help!! Science cannot win, if we only have the support of the democrats in Washington!! I want to share a great article that I read today, which helped me see this important concept. Let's try to get the help of as many republicans as possible. https://medium.com/@SeanBlanda/the-other-side-is-not-dumb-2670c1294063#.p2zih4mwn

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  55. part2: I agree that vaccinations also need to be part of the platform/pledge

    I can also help get MIT, Harvard School
    Of public health on board as well as media for the D.C.-national effort.
    (I work on science denialism communications and media)...again @AzureMedia

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    1. Too many issues for one march with dilute the message, and make folks tune it out. That was the biggest complain I heard about the Women's March.

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  56. If you need an organizer in San Diego. please let me know.
    alide.meredith@gmail.com

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  57. I'd love to see added to the program above that science depends on the free exchange and sharing of ideas and that we stand against politically coerced interpretation of data, gag rules, and hiding or destruction of research for political purposes.

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  58. The above comment on free speech should have had my name on it, maybe this one will?

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  59. I live in Fort Collins, CO and will help. I'm disabled, freelance editor, and office person who sits at my home computer. I have a neighborhood group of activists from the Women's March. I have contacts at CSU in the sciences. We should have a sister march in Denver at least. I also knit, crochet, and sew and will design some hat patterns if you like to give a visual to the march. Green? Don't forget to link to Union of Concerned Scientists and possibly League of Conservation Voters. 350 is also planning a march.

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  60. Thank you for helping to protect us from "alternative facts". I am in Delaware and want to help any way I can.

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  61. I have been waiting for something like this. I can't wait to help and get involved. Hoping for a march in the Sacramento area, I would love to get a bunch of my fellow university students participating.

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  62. Willing to organize in the Tampa Bay area, FL, particularly since all of us here are going underwater when the ice caps melt.

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    1. East central fl here ill help as a biologist and future usda vet...if it still exists by then

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  63. Denver geographer here. I will help organize. Earth Day sounds good.

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  64. We should do it on one of the most science type days I know of....what about pi day. 3/14 😃

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    1. Came here to say the same thing. I think Pi day would be huge

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  65. Will there be a science march in Chicago?

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  66. Boise, Idaho! Would love to help set something up here!

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  67. Thanks so much for your efforts. This is the #1 concern I have in the current shitstorm eroding democracy. I'm in Auckland New Zealand and would love to collab from here

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  68. I would like to start a science march in Cleveland Ohio. I'm not sure how to organize this.

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  69. 350 is organizing for a climate change march in April (they have the infrastructure to do an event...could you guys partner up?)

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  70. to arise as beautiful as each day's dawn,
    that is the dream of the spotted,freckled fawn

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  71. That said, honestly think you guys have gravitas...and it should be displayed soon.

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  72. This is just an idea, but maybe you should reach out to FIRST students in the DC and surrounding area. FIRST is an organization that is focused on exemplifying STEM and related areas and FIRST students are usual middle and high school students. I myself am one, and I'm sure many would love to participate and help a march like this.

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  73. Hey I'm a high school student in AZ. If anyone is organizing an march in Phoenix, I would love to help out.

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  74. I'm a nurse anaesthetist living in Akron, OH. Science is vital to life. I'm hoping for coordinating local marches, I'd be happy to help organize depending on the date, because shift work.

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  75. Many students from the Ohio State University will be going!

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  76. Flagstaff Arizona, and environmental policy PhD student. There's a bunch of us at NAU you can count in for support in northern AZ in any way we can.

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  77. I can help with artwork and design. Considering that I live next to Dow's global headquarters in Michigan, I'm sure I can pass this along to those in the chemical corridor to get more sup port for this.

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  78. Could you please include the government stealing the technologies of scientists and engineers?
    This is a recurring problem.

    foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/17/small-businesses-claim-us-government-stealing-their-ideas.html

    https://jgpis.org/editorial-page/a-wake-up-call-to-small-business-dont-become-the-victim-of-a-government-scam/

    canvs-v-usa.blogspot.com/

    http://www.zipintothefuture.com/taxpayer-funded-discrimination-breaking-the-law/

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  79. Portland, Oregon here, I will march. No experience with organizing an event like this, but would love to be involved.

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  80. More from Portland, Oregon and I would love to help in any way possible

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  81. I went to Standing Rock for 3 weeks. We've had celebrities of all kinds, politicians have visited... but no scientists to my knowledge. This is something I feel has been missing in these movements... the voices and bodies of climate scientists should be there... If you believe your research, it would mean a lot to these movements if their were studied individuals that could make statements on how important this is right from the front lines of resistance actions. It would mean a lot and it would help people recognize how serious these issues are. It is not enough to simply donate money or punch buttons from the comfort of one's device... bodies must take action! Do you know how huge it would be if Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye were at Standing Rock right now hanging out with indigenous people in the snow and sub freezing temps? Even if it was just for a day or two... it would mean a lot!

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  82. Emailed you regarding help with Logo/Graphic Design.

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  83. I'm in Raleigh, NC. Haven't heard of anything being organized here, but I'd love to help organize a march here. We have 3 major research universities here as well as the Research Triangle.

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    1. We also have many science oriented organizations in the Triangle. From Raleigh though, do we go to DC or have one here?

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  84. For the Women's March, each city's march was just spearheaded by local people with no actual ties to the D.C. Event. That being said, the state coordinators for the DC march often shared basic info with the local March organizers. It's grass roots. You just do it. One of the keys to a successful event and something I wish would have been taken up from the getgo with the women's march is the importance of including diverse identities from the very very beginning. I hope you guys can prioritize inclusion.

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  85. Here is some info on applying for a permit to march in D.C.: http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.org/permitprocess

    The permit process really depends on where you plan to march. I have never applied for a permit in D.C. before, but I am local (Northern Virginia, about 20 minutes from D.C.) so I can certainly help with this aspect of it.

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  86. In Asheville, NC and would love to be an organizer here

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  87. There is nothing provisional about the opening statements - just say we accept that......

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  89. I'd like to help with a march in Tallahassee, FL.
    brianlupiani@yahoo.com

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  90. Critical to set a date so that this can gain more momentum. Many of us scientists have to plan travel well in advance. This is such a great idea. Let's make it happen!! A public face for this would help too. Bill Nye. Neil Degrass Tyson.

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  91. I'd like to help here in West Palm Beach, FL we would love to become a sister March ..... we have a group set up March for Science - West Palm Beach

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  92. Get the apostrophe out of the logo! :-)

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  93. We should all wear GREEN & BLUE !!!!

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  94. Have many supporters in New Jersey willing to come to D.C. for this march. Suggesting Earth Day!!!!!

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  95. I'm sure you all are thinking about this very carefully, but make sure not to schedule this at the same time as any major scientific conferences. APS March Meeting comes immediately to mind.

    APS schedule here: http://www.aps.org/meetings/

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  96. California Bay Area chiming in loud and strong. Let us know what you need!!!

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  97. Minneapolis is ready to march!!

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  98. How about Sunday, April 9, in memory of Francis Bacon, Father of the Scientific Method, who died on that day in 1626. (The birth and death days of Einstein, Newton, and Galileo are not on suitable days for a march.)

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    1. I think that this is an excellent idea! Bacon is arguably one of the most important scientists of all time, and his scientific method applies to all disciplines of science (biology, psychology, etc.), not only to physics (Newton, Einstein, etc.).

      Many people mentioned Earth Day, but this is not as good as the consideration of Bacon. We are not solely discussing environmentalism here. Besides evolution, there is also the issue of funding... Do those have anything to do with Earth Day?

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    2. We should ask for official science holidays, just like we have national and religious holidays. April 9 is a good one. There's also July 5, the day Newton's Principia was published. I remember some people in college used to celebrate it by eating apples dipped in maple. Besides, it also makes a nice "bridge" with Independence Day :)

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  99. Combining with Earth day would certainly add significance, but with the tax marches on Apr 15th and climate change events on the 29th I'm wondering if all marches would get better turnouts if we held this one a couple weeks apart from the others. Lots of folks would like to attend all three but personal schedules might not allow. I can see how three big marches on three straight weekends could really amplify things too, or could even that diminish the impact somehow?

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  100. I live in Omaha Nebraska and am interested in doing a sister march here! Do you have information on how to form a local sister marches? Anyone else in Omaha?

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  101. Would love to march in Atlanta if it is happening

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  102. I am wondering if the movement should be renamed "science driven march on Washington" scientific advances and technology are inseparable. Let's get everyone who uses science and depends on science on board

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  103. Happy to donate my efforts as a graphic designer.

    -Erik Schwan
    www.erikschwan.com

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  104. Suggestions for your "manifesto":

    1: Focus on science ("a methodology and a way of thinking"). Don't lead off with climate change and evolution, because this distracts from your message.

    2: Regarding the underfunding of science, there is room for disagreement about how the consts should be shared between taxpayers, private industry, billionaire investors, charities, etc. Don't make it appear that you are only campaigning for government funding.

    3: Nuke the phrase "provisionally true".

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    2. Science as a way of thinking is a universal concept that our society should always value. It transcends aspects like climate and evolution, since these just examples of contemporary issues in politics.

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    3. I believe that the government should acknowledge (perhaps in the constitution) that there are scientific laws that are above any partisan ideologies.

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  105. Biologist here - standing firm against "alternate facts" - lets make this bigger than the woman's march! May I suggest Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd for the march date - provides time to organize across the country. The day also represents the sciences that show what is happening with our environment and why we need to make a stand.

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  106. Biomedical Engineering student with plenty of other engineers in Springfield Mass. What can we do?

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  107. MD/MPH (Pediatrician) in NJ here, daughter of a biomedical engineer, count us in! and I will start spreading the word right now among friends and colleagues. Can we possibly add vaccine safety (i.e. they are safe!) to our cause?

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  108. I am an experienced Graphic Artist who has worked with science, engineering, tech and renewable energy in Colorado. Have done logos and everything. What can I do!

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  109. I am an American scientist working at Imperial College London. Especially since my family lives in DC, I would be more than happy to participate in this event!

    In any case, I noticed on your homepage the following statement: "Science is done by POC, women, immigrants, LGBTQ, indigenous people, people of all beliefs and non-belief." I am a Caucasian heterosexual male. Am I still welcome at this science march?

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  110. Bellingham WA here. We kicked ass at the Women's March, ready to go again.

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  111. Seattle WA MechEng wkg in aerospace ready to rock DC.

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  112. Seattle WA MechEng wkg in aerospace ready to rock DC.

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  113. Math Teachers Against Madness is with you!

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  114. I and my colleagues are in. This is a reminder that there are many, probably the majority of Americans who are like us. We will stop this insanity now!

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  115. My wife and I would love to attend. Please consider the fact that many of us have field seasons that start in the Spring and extent well into the Summer. We still have our jobs to do in spite of the fact that the our data may fall on deaf ears.

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