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New Jersey March for Science
Sat, April 22, 2017, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
The New Jersey March for Science is a satellite march of the March for Science being held in Washington D.C. on the same day.
On April 22nd, Earth Day, we will be meeting outside the Trenton War Memorial in Trenton, NJ to begin our event with a speaking program. The start time is 10:00 a.m.
We will then march in solidarity with the participants at the Washington D.C. March for Science as well as those marching in states across our nation and the world.
Our march route, which is approximately a half mile in length, will then take us to the New Jersey State House Annex. The Annex, which boasts Thomas Edison State University and the New Jersey State Museum & Planetarium as its bookends, was constructed in the late 1920s. Originally, it housed the State Library, State Museum and State Judiciary. Today it is where our legislators have their offices and hold committee meetings.
Upon arrival at the Annex, we'll hear a call to action from a short list of speakers. More details and surprises to come regarding the end of our event, so please check back often.
SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE.
The New Jersey March for Science affirms the guiding statement of the National March for Science (https://www.marchforscience.com/mission/):
“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.”
We as scientists, students, teachers, doctors, engineers, and concerned citizens have chosen to March for Science to bring attention to important issues that we see as threatening the safety of our fellow citizens, our state, our national character, and the endeavor of scientific exploration.
Fact-Based Policies: We demand that our leaders take into account the best available scientific evidence when making their decisions, in particular in the areas of climate change, healthcare, energy policy, public safety, education, and resource management. We reject attempts to silence the voices bringing attention to scientific evidence of the serious problems faced by our society, and we reject politically-motivated attacks on scientific research in any field.
Free Inquiry: As scientific study requires open exchange of ideas and free association across ethnic, religious, and national lines, we demand that the right to speech, travel, and association be protected to the fullest extent, in keeping with the highest ideals and traditions of the United States. Beyond the damage done to our nation’s scientific and economic output, such policies are violations of our human rights, and should be opposed regardless of their impact on science.
Education: We demand that public education be protected and strengthened, to provide for our next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators, as well as for our future artists, writers, and musicians, whose contributions are equally critical for a healthy democracy. The lack of quality education for all American children robs them of opportunities and deprives all of us of the fruits of their talents.
For these reasons, we have chosen to March for Science. We march so that scientific evidence will be taken seriously. We march because our friends and colleagues are being targeted unjustly. We march because we are concerned about the next generation of scientists. We hope you will join us on April 22, in Trenton, in DC, or elsewhere. And we hope you will join us afterwards, for all the work that needs to be done.
Please share our NJMS flyer. It is available for download on our official website, www.njmarchforscience.com.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Our official Bonfire apparel campaign has been launched. Get your official NJ March for Science gear. All profits from the sale of the shirts goes directly to NJ March for Science to pay for march expenses. Grab your t-shirt now at https://www.bonfire.com/njmarchforscience/.
Where can you find the NJ March for Science?
Official website: https://www.njmarchforscience.com/ (Visit us here for more information, including answers to FAQs, directions, transportation and parking options, and more)
Twitter and Instagram: @NJScienceMarch