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Congressman Frank Pallone and Commissioner Shereef Elnahal to speak at the 2018 New Jersey March for Science

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TRENTON, N.J. - U.S. Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey’s 6th District and New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal will be keynote speakers at the second annual New Jersey March for Science. 


The march, taking place in Trenton on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is intended to peacefully show support for science and its critical role in understanding and addressing important issues facing our state and nation. 


Where:  The steps of the War Memorial (1 Memorial Dr., Trenton, NJ 08608). 

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When:  April 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. What:  A march and science education festival for all ages. 

Who:  The event is free, nonpartisan, and open to the public. Organizers ask that participants register in advance via Eventbrite:


“For more than a year President Trump and his administration have attacked and disparaged scientists and their work. These attacks are preventing our government from taking part in crucial research on issues like climate change. It is more important than ever that we stand up for science and the indispensable role it must play in making public policy. It is not acceptable to reject scientific findings simply because they do not fit into one’s narrow world view or ideological crusade. I want to thank all those who are standing up to this ignorance and marching to bring reason back to our government.” said Congressman Frank Pallone. 


The New Jersey March for Science is part of the worldwide March for Science, which drew more than a million participants last year, including some 6,000 people across New Jersey. It was the largest science advocacy demonstration in history. This year, participants will again march in solidarity with the March for Science in Washington D.C. and more than 230 satellite events scheduled to take place simultaneously around the United States and the world. 


“It is a shame that we must once again march to defend science. Yet one year after we first came together, the attacks on not just facts, but the scientific process itself, have only escalated. We march not just to demand evidence-based decision-making from all of our elected leaders regardless of their ideology, but to protect our children and grandchildren from political decisions that will have an impact for generations,” says Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman representing New Jersey’s 16th Legislative District, physicist, and Head of Science Education at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory. 


In addition to Congressman Pallone, Commissioner Elnahal, and Assemblyman Zwicker, the speakers at this years New Jersey March for Science include:

  • Christianah Akinsanmi, senior at Howell High School in New Jersey and leader of the    New Jersey March for Our Lives; 
  • Laureen Boles, director of the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance; 
  • Alana Cueto, MSN, RN, CNL, a nurse fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine    and Secretary of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses;    
  • Karina Schäfer, professor of ecology at Rutgers University - Newark and member of the   Rutgers AAUP/AFT executive council; 
  • Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Chapter of Sierra Club; 
  • Sam Wang, professor of neuroscience and molecular biology at Princeton University and  founder of the Princeton Election Consortium; 

“Too much is at stake to disregard the science behind human caused climate change. Research points to strong correlation between our heavy consumption of fossil fuels, and the ever increasing severity of storms due to warming oceans. Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, Maria in Dominica & Puerto Rico, Harvey in Texas; wildfires in the Southwest putting the safety of countless more people at risk; and endangered marine life on the verge of extinction. We march for seniors dying from unimaginable heat waves and the next generation of climate leaders whose fight for clean air and water will be dictated by the actions we take NOW,” said Junior Romero, Central NJ Organizer, Food & Water Watch.   


At 10 a.m., marchers will gather at the Trenton War Memorial for a speakers program. Participants will then march from the War Memorial to the New Jersey State House Annex Plaza for a science education festival, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


The festival will feature: 

  • Panel discussions on “New Jersey and the Changing Climate” and “The Future of Gun Violence Research.” (Moderators and panel participants will be announced online soon.) 
  • Science activities and demonstrations for all ages.   
  • Custom face painting designs by Drea of Princeton Face and Body Art. 
  • sign contest for children, with prizes. (All participants are encouraged to bring signs that highlight—in clever and creative ways—the primacy of science in protecting health, safety, and the environment, and that call for preserving funding for research and enacting evidence-based policies in the public interest.)  
  • Live music by Americana duo Charlotte Kendrick and Dan Rowe of Goodbye Blue. 

The March for Science was inspired by the growing movement to dismiss scientific evidence in policy-making—especially in areas such as climate change, vaccinations, and gun violence—as well as efforts to limit the funding and free communication of science. 


“It has been a difficult year for science and the environment,” says Matthew Buckley, professor of astrophysics at Rutgers University and co-organizer of the March. “We have seen the scientific consensus on critical issues ignored at the highest levels, while government scientists are reassigned, muzzled, or fired. We need to continue to stand up for science, for education, for the environment. I’m marching because I’m concerned about the next generation of scientists and the next generation of Americans.”  


The 2018 New Jersey March for Science is being organized by a diverse coalition of scientists, environmentalists, medical professionals, primary and secondary school educators, religious leaders, and members of the public who advocate for science.  


March sponsors include the New Jersey Education Association, the Rutgers AAUP/AFT, the New Jersey American Federation of Teachers, the Communication Workers of America Local 1036, Women for Progress, the Center for Biological Diversity, the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club, We Design for Good, The Arena, Environment New Jersey, Food and Water Watch, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the New Jersey Chapter of Sierra Club, NJ 11th for Change, New Jersey Humanist Network, New Jersey State Nurses Association, Princeton Citizen Scientists, Princeton Marching Forward, and Rutgers University School of Nursing. 


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