Science and Awesomeness

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Come celebrate science while Republicans and the Trump Administration are doing everything they can put it in a box, safely away from any policy decisions.  They need to do this to pass so many of the priorities on their agenda.

The March for Science is a national campaign that Mother Jones introduces like this

“Amid the Trump administration’s plan to gut the Environmental Protection Agency, cut billions in scientific research, and eliminate science advisers’ role in the government, thousands of people around the world are expected to participate in marches for science today to defend the role of science and evidence-based policies.

The marches, which coincide with the annual Earth Day celebration, have sparked debate within the scientific community over whether scientists should be actively engaged in political actions. Organizers for the march say the event is nonpartisan—there is no mention of Trump on its website—but assert silence is no longer an option amid the threats posed by Trump and many of his advisers.”

Locally, we are doin’ it too.  From the North Coast People’s Alliance Calendar and the Humboldt March for Science Facebook page

The Humboldt March for Science will consist of four parts:

From 9 am to 1:30 pm, the Science Expo will be open to the public in the D Street Neighborhood Center. (Jon’s note: 1301 D St. Arcata, map below) Community members will be able to learn about science-based programs and issues, such as Klamath River dam removal, climate change implications to Humboldt Bay, college and high school science clubs, water and air quality, and health care. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast fare will be available.

At 2 pm, there will be a rally featuring diverse speakers from our community, including scientists, teachers, students, politicians, and Tribal members. The stage will be in the D Street cul-de-sac. Seating will be available near the stage for the elderly and community members with special needs.

The march through Arcata will begin somewhere between 2:45 and 3:00 pm. While the exact route has yet to be determined, it will be about 20 blocks long and include the Plaza area.

Following the march, break-out sessions for small group discussion (ie, “what do we do next”) will occur in the D Street Neighborhood Center between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.

We encourage participation by community members of all ages and are looking forward to seeing lots of creative signs, hats and costumes. We will be filming the event and are encouraging rally and march signs that include science-based poster session material. Our March Marshals will be awarding random prizes for creative and unique posters and signs.

There will be face-painting by Butterfly Body Art available for kids (of all ages) during the science expo and a couple of food trucks parked onsite.

Please note: The Humboldt March for Science is a drug and alcohol free event. Please leave your furry friends at home, and do not bring glass containers.

Limited parking will be available on the Humboldt State University campus, just north of the D Street Neighborhood Center. We strongly recommend carpooling, busing, walking, or biking to the event.

The Humboldt March for Science is an educational, peaceful, non-violent, inclusive event encouraging solidarity, involvement, and interaction from a diverse community of thinkers who hold Science to be valuable in this complex, inter-connected world.

The Humboldt March for Science recognizes the role of science as a means by which all people can seek a deeper knowledge and understanding of our world. We come together in unity as a community to advocate for sound public policy, access to science for everyone, and the protection of our planet.

This is all awesome and I hope to see you there, AND I do also wish to take this opportunity to begin a new category for this blog – Signs of Awesomeness.

The sign above will be the first.  Just awesome and so true.  Science is for reals and kindness is everything.

Happy Earth Day and let’s continue to make every day an earth day in our lives and communities.

directions to arcata’s d street neighborhood center…

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