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March for Science – Phoenix
April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.
IT’S TIME TO GET OFF THE SIDELINES AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.
The March for Science is a celebration of science. It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.
Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?
There is no Planet B. Join the #MarchForScience.
SCIENCE, not SILENCE
The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.
On April 22, 2017, we walk out of the lab and into the streets.
We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.
Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels – from local schools to federal agencies – throughout the world.
The March for Science – Phoenix and Fair will begin at Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza (Historic City Hall), 125 W. Washington St., in downtown Phoenix on April 22, 2017 starting with a rally at 10:00. The March proper will start at 11:00 and proceed down Jefferson Street to 5th Street, up to Washington Street and back to 1st Ave, where the Science Fair and speakers will continue until 4:00 PM. Food trucks, water, toilet facilities and FUN will be provided!
The Phoenix March for Science is NOT JUST FOR SCIENTISTS – it is critical for anyone who supports science, science education, and science policy to join in this effort and stand with us as we advocate for our future.