Rally for Science PHL April 14, 2018, 1-3p at Thomas Paine Plaza
March for Science Philadelphia is now Philadelphia Science Action.
Check out our new website with details about the upcoming Rally for Science on April 14, 2018.
Rally with citizens who value science and evidence-based thinking.
We are making our voices heard and our leadership held accountable.
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10a-2p EST
We will assemble at 10:00a on the south side of City Hall (Juniper Street). The March will kick-off promptly at 11:00a and will go down Market street to Front street, Front street to Chestnut street and then over Chestnut street to Penn's Landing - Great Plaza.
Let us know you are coming! Register via our Eventbrite page.
Help us spread the word!
Get the Arabic version here!
The mission of the March for Science
Philadelphia is home to more than 530,000 STEM jobs, a wealth of academic institutions that graduate more than 37,000 STEM majors annually and a research and development machine which was awarded more than $1 billion in NIH funding in the past 5 years. While many Philadelphians appreciate the vital role that science plays in our everyday lives, recent shifts in the public discourse have shown that we need to better communicate our methods and findings to our communities. That is why this year on Saturday, April 22, Philadelphia will join cities from across the world in a March for Science.
The nationwide March for Science movement has five overarching goals: humanize science, support the scientific process and scientists, advocate for accessible and inclusive science, partner with the public, and enable the use of science to improve society. Each of these values speaks to Philadelphia’s own scientific community and highlights some unique challenges that our region faces.
Marchers for Science will be joined at City Hall by Brian Patrick Mulligan as "Ben Franklin."
Historian & seasoned TV actor, Brian Patrick Mulligan has portrayed "Ben Franklin" across the country for over 25 years.
"As freethinkers, we know that the development of science-based technologies addresses the global problems facing humankind. In these troubling times of global warming and social unrest, The Free Thought Society stands with scientists across the world in demanding more action, proper funding of additional research and acceptance of scientific discoveries and their implications for society. The goal to better the human condition and to improve the environment can only be reached by supporting science through government and involved citizens."
“We are all scientists, whether we’re wearing lab coats or business suits or hoodies and jeans. We experiment, we fail, and we repeat, over and over again… until we reach a breakthrough. For some of us, that process takes place in the lab, a garage or the marketplace. Science is universal and it’s everywhere. Our experiments and discoveries serve as the foundation for truth and understanding of the world we live in. What unites us all, is a thirst for discovery and ability to learn from our experiences. As a network of innovators solving problems and fueling change, the University City Science Center supports the March for Science.”
"The Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (DVAU) feels that a solid wall of separation between church and state will keep Creationism out of science classrooms. We are science supporters who have actively engaged in opposition to teaching Creationism in science classrooms."
Friends of the March for Science PHL
Greater Philadelphia Branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
"The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University supports the March for Science, and we encourage everyone connected with the scientific community to participate. The success of our nation and the future of our planet depend on the prioritization and advancement of scientific research and education. Founded in 1812, our mission is to advance research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. We will continue to deliver robust, credible science to the public to help citizens, educators and policymakers alike make informed decisions about issues that impact our everyday lives."
"Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania supports the March for Science because good environmental policy can only come from a solid scientific understanding of the natural world. We rely on science to help us tackle threats from climate change to clean air, land, and water. CVPA works to ensure that Pennsylvania's elected officials understand the issues our environment faces, and encourages them to stand up for pro-environmental policies"
"The water Philadelphians drink every day comes from the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Biology, ecology, chemistry and engineering are key to knowing if our water is clean enough to drink, safe enough to play in and healthy enough to support life. Citizens should be empowered with a basic understanding of science so they know how to keep our waterways clean and healthy. Independence Seaport Museum is all about water and supports the March for Science."
"Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA) is a statewide organization of close to 800 members that focuses on K-12 Earth and space science teaching and teachers. The challenges being faced by scientists are directly impacting not just what we teach, but how we teach. We are sharing with you our statement where we endorse not only the March in DC but all the marches taking place in Pennsylvania."
Philadelphia Physicians for Social "Responsibility"Science is the foundation of medical practice. It is how we make informed decisions and improve patient care. Without science we would still be practicing bloodletting and chants."
SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through more than 1600 formal and informal research projects and events. Our database of citizen science projects enables discovery, organization, and greater participation in citizen science.
"Science is embedded in all aspects of our society from advancing video game technology to literally saving lives. At Start Talking Science we profoundly support all aspects of science research, funding, and education. Start Talking Science is a free annual public event, this year on Sept. 28, where researchers present non-technical posters to the general public. We proudly stand with the March for Science."
“As a university that has prepared students to be leaders, innovators, and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years, University of the Sciences is proud to endorse the March for Science and join our fellow champions in this celebration of science. Since our founding, USciences graduates have contributed to progress in every dimension of the health sciences and are proven everywhere they go.”
The fundraising goal for the March for Science PHL is $30,000.
Each day we get a little closer to our goal, but we could use your help!
Donations, fundraising, merchandise sales, sponsorship etc., will all go a long way toward putting on the best March for Science PHL event possible.
If you can help with fundraising, please email us and get involved.
Check out the our confirmed speakers below.
Associate Professor and Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Louise Robinson Doskow
Public Education Advocate and Defender of Science Education
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Drexel University College of Medicine
There is a lot of work to be done between now and April 22, 2017 and we can use the help!
Anyone who values empirical science can participate!
To get involved, email email@example.com with your interests and availability."
Want to help with outreach?
Download our March for Science PHL flyer and help us spread the word! You can hang it up in your neighborhood and/or at work. Share the flyer on social media and with your family, friends, and co-workers! Send it out to your local schools, science centers, and community groups!
Download the Spanish version here!
¡Haga click aquí para ver la declaración sobre la diversidad en la Marcha por la Ciencia en Español!
Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are central to the mission and principles of the March for Science. Scientists and people who care about science are an intersectional group, embodying a diverse range of races, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, religions, ages, socioeconomic and immigration statuses. We, the march organizers, represent and stand in solidarity with historically underrepresented scientists and science advocates. We are united by our passion to pursue and share knowledge.
We acknowledge that society and scientific institutions often fail to include and value the contributions of scientists from underrepresented groups. Systems of privilege influence who becomes a part of the science community, what topics we study, and how we apply our work in creating new technologies and crafting policy. We recognize that, historically and today, some scientific endeavors have been used to harm and oppress marginalized communities. Political actions -- such as gag orders for government science agencies, funding freezes, immigration bans, and policy changes blocking action on climate change -- lead to greater damage for vulnerable populations. Science itself can drive our conversations about the importance of diversity, as it provides us with the data to understand how systemic bias and discrimination impact our communities and how best to change it. We will continue improving our understanding of our problematic structures, biases, and actions in order to grow a healthier future for all.
We recognize that a diverse and inclusive scientific community asks a broader range of questions and rewards us with a greater understanding of our world. Diversity and inclusion improve creativity, drive discovery and innovation, and lead to better problem-solving by drawing on multiple perspectives. Sustaining diversity increases the capacity for change, strengthens the resilience of natural and social systems, and enhances human well-being.
To move forward as a scientific community, we must explicitly acknowledge the many significant, and often overlooked, historical and modern contributions of underrepresented members of our communities. We better serve everyone when we affirm that the labors and achievements of underrepresented communities are foundational to the creation and maintenance of our democracy; engage in difficult conversations; and sustain an open scientific community that celebrates, respects, and includes people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
These statements require actions
And, as always, we invite feedback on centralizing diversity and inclusion in our vision and actions.
Science in Philly
Our official March for Science PHL swag is now available!
Proceeds go to support our local march, so consider purchasing one (or more) today! Check out our tees, buttons, stickers, mugs, hats and more...
All shirts bought by March 30th will be delivered in time for the march.
After that there are no guarantees. So get your swag now!
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