For Immediate Release
New Jersey March for Science
Trenton, N.J. - On Saturday, April 22 2017, scientists, supporters of science, and advocates for evidence-based polices will march in Trenton in solidarity with March for Science in Washington D.C. and the over 480 other satellite marches being held simultaneously around America and the world. The speaking program for the march, consisting of scientists, elected officials, religious leaders, has been announced.
Where: Outside the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ 08608
When: 4/22/17, 10:00 am
Who: A diverse coalition of scientists, environmentalists, medical professionals, primary and secondary school educators, religious leaders, and members of the public who consider themselves advocates for science. The Trenton March for Science is supported by a diverse group of sponsors.
What: The preliminary list of speakers for the March for Science:
Prof. Matthew Buckley - Assistant professor of physics at Rutgers University, founder of the New Jersey March for Science.
Prof. Kimberly Cook-Chennault - Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University.
Rev. L.L. DuBreuil - Pastor of Faith United Church of Christ in Union, New Jersey.
Gov. James Florio - New Jersey Governor, 1990-1994.
Prof. David Hughes - Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and president of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT Union.
Laura Overdeck - Founder of the educational non-profit Bedtime Math and vice- chair of the board of Liberty Science Center
Ed Richardson - Executive Director, New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)
Prof. Abdolreza (Shadi) Tahvildar-Zadeh - Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University.
Jeff Tittel - Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker - Physicist and NJ16 State Assemblyman
“The current administration has a difficult relationship with science because it has a difficult relationship with truth, especially when the truth is inconvenient. You don’t have to be a scientist to know that alternative facts are just lies.” said Abdolreza (Shadi) Tahvildar-Zadeh, professor of mathematics at Rutgers and a speaker at the march. “Scientists on the other hand deal exclusively with the truth, because science is factual and evidence-based. That is why it is not just climate science and environmental science that are now under threat, it’s all of science. And that is why it is not just the duty of scientists, but that of all citizens who value the truth, to make their voices heard in support of facts, and against the campaign of lies and deception coming from Washington.”
Matthew Buckley, professor of physics at Rutgers University and founder of the New Jersey March for Science says “Science cannot tell us what to do about the problems facing our country and our world, it can only tell us the likely results of our actions. Without scientific evidence, we are not basing our decisions on what we expect will happen, but only on what our leaders would like to happen. That is not a way to run a country.”
"Action Together New Jersey is proud to sponsor the New Jersey March for Science in Trenton on Earth Day. As an organization, we recognize the importance of science and scientific research. Every one of us, regardless of our values, religious beliefs, or where we stand on the political spectrum, benefits from science on a daily basis.” said Moira Nelson, spokesperson for Action Together, a sponsoring organization for the March. “We, as a country, have been at the forefront of innovation and have made tremendous advancements. If funding for education, scientific research, innovation, and development gets slashed, we are at great risk as a nation and as a civilization. We are marching to speak truth to power.”
For more information about the New Jersey March for Science, please visit www.njmarchforscience.com.