OFFICIAL T-SHIRTS for the March for Science Boston are now available!* All proceeds will go toward A/V equipment, Children’s March, accessibility, porta-potties, and other necessities! For now, we have both color and white logo options available. Coffee mugs, magnets, and children’s apparel will be available soon (FYI, the “youth” size fits around pre-K to fifth grade). Thank you very much for all your support! (Special thanks to Handan Luo for designing this beautiful logo!)
This is the Boston, MA rally being held in parallel to the Scientists March on Washington DC. This page is simply an event page so you can get time, date, and location updates. Please JOIN OUR GROUP for discussion, calls to action, volunteering opportunities, and other ways to be involved. 🙂
Register (Free): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-for-science-boston-tickets-31758316981
This Rally for Science celebrates the discovery, understanding, and sharing of scientific knowledge as crucial to the success, health, and safety of the human race. We join together to champion not only science itself, but also publicly funded and publicly communicated scientific knowledge as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse and nonpartisan group to celebrate Boston as a space for scientists and scientific research and to support of five main goals: Communication, Funding, Policy, Literacy, and Improvement.
-Communication: Publicly funded scientists should feel free to communicate about their research, data sets, and interpretations of their work as they see fit. Public outreach, education, and accessibility of scientific knowledge should be encouraged as an extension of this goal.
-Funding: Publicly funded scientific agencies are vital for public safety and continued scientific research, development, and application. These agencies should determine their own funding allocations and overall monetary distributions from the government for scientific endeavors should not decline.
-Policy: Public policy should be informed and guided by evidence-based scientific research, local scientific knowledge, and mainstream scientific consensus.
-Literacy: Initiatives to promote the public’s knowledge about scientific topics, understanding of how scientific research is conducted, and how to consume media about scientific studies must be supported for all age groups and demographics.
-Improvement: Scientific institutions and systems play a role in public distrust, lack of representation, and unequal benefiting in the fruit of scientific endeavors. Addressing these issues is vital if we want to encourage the public and their elected representatives to continue funding scientific research, trust that research to inform policy, and promote education and literacy.
We are committed to making science accessible to everyone and encouraging people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to pursue science careers. Diverse science teams outperform homogeneous teams and produce broader, more creative, and stronger work. We believe that regardless of past practices, science should never be used to disenfranchise or marginalize groups of people. Rather, all persons have the right to pursue and enjoy the fruits of science regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or lack thereof, political affiliation, or socioeconomic status. Science belongs to all people, and should be done for all people.
Diverse representation through our speakers and volunteers is only part of our commitment to intersectional inclusion. We want to also use the moment to discuss the existing systemic problems underlying academia, cultural norms, and scientific institutions with relation to science. It is important to address the reasons why there is a lack of diversity in the first place and develop holistic solutions for fixing systems that result in inequality.
To this end we employ a range of outreach volunteers who have two goals: ensure that people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or lack thereof, political affiliation, or socioeconomic status are welcome at our event and to work as messengers to bring the public’s concerns to the organizers. We see outreach as a dialogue, and recognize that often our role is not to speak but rather to step aside and listen.
We also welcome discussions and academic research on ways to improve access to participation in and benefitting from science. Our speakers and action items that will be released after the event will reflect this concern.