SPOKANE, Wash. --- Thousands of people across the country will take to the streets Saturday in the name of science.
The “March for Science” coincides with Earth Day, and organizers say it is designed to protest budget cuts in the field of science.
Local organizers told KREM 2 they plan to start by the clock tower in Riverfront Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday. They will have speakers and live music, followed by a walk through the downtown area.
Organizers said they have been communicating with City of Spokane officials well in advance to make sure the construction in the park is not an issue, and said they could amend the route of the march if they need to.
Supporters of the March for Science said they have been writing post cards to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and delivering them to her Spokane office. They said they have also extended an invitation to her to attend the march.
Organizers said they want to send the message that they support scientific research and don’t want to see funding cut, since they worry it will negatively impact healthcare advances and the environment.
On their “March for Science” website, organizers wrote they do not condone violence of any kind.
“If you're Republican, independent, Libertarian, Democrat--doesn't matter!” Mackensie Liberman said. “Everybody's invited because science affects everyone and people should know the importance of science for everyday life.”
Almost 1,000 people said they planned to go to the Spokane event on Facebook as of Thursday morning, and another 1,500 said they were interested in the event. If you want to attend, you can also register for the march on the March for Science website.
There also appears to be a March for Science planned for the Moscow-Pullman area. That event also begins at 1p.m. at Pine St. Plaza. That event has about 400 people that have said they plan to attend on Facebook.
Organizers tell me they will be advocating for specific policies, but the event is intended to be nonpartisan. https://t.co/XbvlcTEryc— Rob Harris (@KREMRob) April 19, 2017