March for Science FAQ
This is a living document, and we will keep updating this page with information to share as we get closer to the day of the marches.
Q: When is the March for Science?
A: April 22, 2017. People may begin congregating at the Memphis Civic Center Plaza at 9:30 a.m. for the Memphis Rally event that kicks off at 10 a.m.
Q: How will you achieve your goals?
A: The goal of the march itself is to highlight the valuable public service role science plays in society and policy and demonstrate the deep public support for science. The March for Science movement has goals that extend long past gathering a crowd on April 22. As a lasting national organization, we will encourage marchers to uphold our shared values and take specific actions, including strengthening the bonds between scientists and the public, engaging in ongoing science education, fighting discrimination in our own institutions and our communities, and insisting their legislators propose and enact evidence based policies.
Q: How does the march define being political?
A: The march is explicitly a political movement, aimed at holding leaders in politics and science accountable. When institutions of any affiliation skew, ignore, misuse or interfere with science, we have to speak out. Science should inform political decision making. At the same time, political decisions deeply influence the type of science we are able to do and the type of people who are allowed to conductscience and benefit from scientific advancements.
Q: What does the march mean when it says it’s non-partisan?
A: We take strong stands on policy issues based on the best available scientific evidence, but we will not let our movement be defined by any one politician or party nor do we try to advance the prospects of any party or individual. Science affects people everywhere, and we want to build a movement that can advance science’s ability to serve communities for a very long time, long after today’s politicians have left office and however political parties evolve.
Q: How is the march integrating inclusion, diversity, equity, and access?
A: Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are integral to our mission and to our overall goals and principles. We cannot ignore issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, xenophobia, or any other form of discrimination in the discussion and implementation of science. Nor can we ignore the ways in which science has been misused to harm marginalized communities. The lack of inclusivity and diversity in STEM thwarts scientific advancements not only by limiting who conducts the research, but also by influencing what topics are studied, who participates in the research, and who will benefit from or be harmed by it. We are actively working with partner organizations and experts on these issues and march organizers come from and stand in solidarity with historically underrepresented scientists, science advocates, and communities impacted by attacks on science.
Q: How did the March for Science get started?
A: The March for Science is a volunteer-led and collaborative movement. Our formal organization started after scientists and science supporters discussing the idea separately on various social media platforms united and began receiving support from all over the world. We’ve been astonished and thrilled to see this idea embraced and propelled among science-supporting communities around the globe.
Q: Who are the national organizers?
A: The national committee members are volunteers from all over the world. They represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and relationships with science. For more information on the national team, visit their About Us page.
Q: What is your policy on non-violence?
A: Our marches are peaceful. We will encourage everyone to participate in a spirit of mutual respect and collaboration and our statement on non-violence says more.
Q: How are you dealing with online harassment?
A: We have an online anti-harassment policy to block and ban hateful, rude and discriminatory remarks. To flag an issue, please contact a March for Science administrator on the relevant social media platform.
Q: Does the March for Science have a relationship with the People’s Climate March?
A: The March for Science and the People’s Climate March (PCM) happening on April 29 are not partnered; however, our organizations are in touch. Many people who care about science also care about climate change issues and vice-versa. We are planning a dedicated week of action that will take place between our march and the PCM.