There is no shortage of marches and protests these days (and you should keep an eye out for ones local to you as they spring up – there are many ongoing demonstrations against Trump’s EO on Immigrants and Refugees), but here are two upcoming ones to keep an eye on:
The march’s mission statement:
March for Science is an effort comprised of dozens of independent, nonpartisan coordinators. Recent rhetoric has inspired us to march on Washington D.C. and in Satellite Marches across the country. Our mission statement is as follows:
THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE CHAMPIONS PUBLICLY FUNDED AND PUBLICLY COMMUNICATED SCIENCE AS A PILLAR OF HUMAN FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY. WE UNITE AS A DIVERSE, NONPARTISAN GROUP TO CALL FOR SCIENCE THAT UPHOLDS THE COMMON GOOD, AND FOR POLITICAL LEADERS AND POLICYMAKERS TO ENACT EVIDENCE-BASED POLICIES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
The date hasn’t yet been set, but follow their social media accounts to learn more. You can get all the current info and sign up to volunteer at or coordinate a satellite march in your community on their website.
- Tax Day (April 15th) Marches for Various Causes
Mark your calendar for April 15th – there are already protests and marches being planned all across the country for Tax Day. Various causes are being represented – I’ll be attending a Black Lives Matter march in Seattle (Westlake Park, 2pm – 6pm!), but I’ve also heard of marches pressuring Trump to release his tax returns and for other causes and grievances. Find out what’s happening near you and go participate.
Add your name to the petition here. From the ACLU:
In below-freezing weather last night, law enforcement deployed tear gas, water cannons, percussion grenades, and rubber bullets against hundreds protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
News reports confirm more than 300 people have been injured.
Tell the DOJ to investigate and demilitarize police responses to nonviolent #NoDAPL water protectors.
Right now on a North Dakota prairie, nonviolent protesters are being confronted by police in riot gear with armored military vehicles, automatic rifles, sonic weapons, concussion grenades, attack dogs, pepper spray, and beanbag bullets.
This sovereign nation of the Standing Rock Sioux – one of many constantly threatened by environmental injustice – is fighting to keep its water safe and clean by means of an historic protest.
But law enforcement agencies are treating them like wartime enemies. Riot police raiding a protest camp even yanked indigenous people from prayer in sweat lodges.
North Dakota has received $3 million worth of military equipment from the federal government through the Defense Department’s 1033 program. On top of that, more than a half dozen states have sent equipment and officers to North Dakota.
The Department of Justice can help stop this militarized response to indigenous activists and their allies fighting for clean water. It oversees the various federal programs that may have supplied much of the equipment being used against protesters – and it can put those oversight measures to use.
Thousands from across the globe have joined in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline could destroy ancestral burial grounds and poison the water supply for an entire sovereign nation and millions of Americans downstream who rely on the Missouri River. This is worth standing up for – these brutal police tactics are not appropriate or just.
Tell the DOJ to investigate possible constitutional violations and suspend police use of federally supplied military equipment.
Support the ACLU and other critical organizations here.
Last night, law enforcement blasted protestors with water cannons in freezing temperatures, shot at them with rubber bullets, used tear gas, and other militarized tactics at Standing Rock, ND. Journalists were targeted as well.
Call the authorities sending this kind of militarized force to attack Standing Rock protestors, and tell them that you will NOT stand for militarized force to be taken against the people protecting Standing Rock and protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
Continue reading “Contact the People Sending Militarized Police to Standing Rock”