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    Science Not Silence

    San Francisco protests Trump science policies

    By Adrienne Miller
    Tower Staff Writer

    On Earth Day, April 22, tens of thousands of people gathered in downtown San Francisco to advocate for scientific research and advancement.

    Opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed cutbacks on federal agencies promoting science, the protesters also rallied in support of their comrades and allies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields.

    The proclaimed goals of the March for Science were communication, funding, policy, literacy, and diversity.

    According to the organizers, the Science March was aimed at celebrating “public discovery, understanding, and distribution of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet.”

    The march began as a rally in Justin Herman Plaza across from San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Terminal Building.

    The march aimed to celebrate the science ‘crucial to the safety of life on this planet.’

    The crowd spilled over from the plaza into Market Street carrying witty, poignant, and science-oriented signs that read, “Science Not Silence,” “Science Saves Lives — Fund Research,” “Independent Science by and For the People,” and “EPA — May the Force Be With You!”

    People wearing lab coats, Star Wars and Star Trek paraphernalia, and dinosaur outfits filled the crowd. The Science March began at 12:30 p.m. and slowly weaved its way up Market Street, ending at Civic Center plaza.

    At Civic Center, a science fair was set up with booths to “provide an opportunity for all ages to engage, create, discover, and connect.”

    The main impetus for the San Francisco Science March, as well as sister science marches around the country, was in reaction to the Trump administration’s stance on science and environmental policies.

    For example, according to the Washington Post, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing a $2.6 billion (31 percent) budget cut for 2018, as compared to the 2017 budget.

    The EPA established and enforces the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, as well as regulates toxic waste disposal and Superfund sites.

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is also facing a $5 billion (21 percent) budget cut.

    The USDA works to implement food safety regulations, protect natural resources, and support farmers.

    The Trump administration also plans to eliminate funding for 19 federal agencies including the Chemical Safety Board and Denali Commission, which provides critical government support to Alaska.

    Protesters vow to continue the marches against the Trump administration as long as vulnerable federal programs remain on the chopping block.

    Adrienne Miller is a Tower Staff Photographer and Writer.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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