“It’s important for scientists to get out of the lab and talk about what’s important,” said Andrew Rosenberg, a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “You don’t check your citizenship at the door when you get a PhD. No one would tell an architect they can’t have a view on HUD [the Department of Housing and Urban Development]. That would be nonsense.”
The march claims to be non-partisan despite having an undeniably anti-Trump slant.
Instead, the organization’s own website claims that it takes “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…”
“March For Science” is an organization that popped into popularity in early 2017, attracting an unusually high number of social media followers in a very short period of time according to tweets back in January:
— KG (@Hellon_Heels) January 25, 2017
The above tweet was posted on January 25, 2017, claiming that the “March for Science” Twitter account already had 49,000 followers.
However, their first tweet was posted on January 23, 2017, and according to their Twitter profile, they joined in January 2017.
Here’s their first tweet:
More info coming soon.
— March for Science (@ScienceMarchDC) January 23, 2017
Here’s their main Twitter page:
This appears to suggest that the “March for Science” Twitter page gained nearly 50,000 followers in a fairly short period of time—not a simple accomplishment.
Similarly, their first posts onto their Facebook page appear to be in late January, the 25th to be precise:
In addition to the website, we're also on the following social media platforms:Twitter: @ScienceMarchDCReddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/MarchForScience/ #ScienceMarch
It seems somewhat unusual that a movement appearing so spontaneously organized would gain so much social media traction so quickly.
According to the March for Science website’s FAQ page, “The national committee members [of March for Science] are volunteers from all over the world. We represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and relationships with science. For more information on our team, visit our “About Us” page”:
A hyperlink is provided, but upon clicking it to learn more about who organizes it, you are directed to a non-existent page that shows this:
While the organization claims to be non-partisan, it consistently advocates for social justice along traditionally left-leaning lines, including a consistent push for “diversity in science“:
Whether or not the March for Science is a legitimate grassroots movement or a tool of the political establishment remains unconfirmed.
Despite the serious theme of their march, some of the organizers hope the event will have some lightheartedness:
“There will be plenty of ridiculous signs, it will be a lot of fun with serious moments too,” said Ayana Johnson, a marine biologist and organizer for the march, “I found that horrifying. That for me was the real alarm, but everyone has their own story.”