Activists and Scientists will descend on Washington this weekend for the March for Science. Washington has become the hot spot for protests ever since Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The nation’s capital will see some of the nation’s greatest scientists gather on the streets to rally for vital environmental causes and government policies that have grassroots in scientific research. The March for Science is being held on Earth Day and the protest comes just a week after the Tax March and exactly one week before the People’s Climate Change March, reports the Washington Post.
The National Mall has been ground zero for rallies and protests. It all began with the 1963 March on Washington to the history-making Women’s March this year. There has been a massive increase in demonstrations since Trump took office.
The protests that have taken place since Trump moved to Washington have been fueled by his political views as well as his views and his blatant disrespect for women and immigrants.
Michelle Hooper, 62, a physician who took part in the Women’s March as well as the Tax March, says that she still wakes up with palpitations Hooper states that she will also march this weekend at the March for Science.
The March for Science will take place at the Mall. The National Park Service oversees the Mall and states that it has seen an increase in permits for protests on federal land since Trump’s inauguration, reports FOX News.
As of Wednesday, the National Park Service has received 197 permit requests for 2017. In all of 2016, it received 148 requests shares Mike Litterst, a spokesperson for the National Park Service.
Litterst adds that the final numbers do not include unpermitted protests or protests that have spontaneously unfolded outside of buildings such as the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters and the U.S. Capitol.
April will see three major protests, the Tax March, Earth Day and March for Science and the Climate March.
Litterst shares that there are many protests scheduled for this summer. In May and June huge immigrant and LGBT rallies have been planned.
Litterst adds that the peaked interest in permits has added to the agency’s workload, but so far, they have been able to keep up while preserving park resources and ensuring the safety of all the event participants, reports The New York Times.
The agencies permit for the Earth Day and The March for Science show that the event’s organizers are expecting more than 50,000 activists to attend. If the event brings in those numbers it will be the largest rally since the Women’s March, which was held in January.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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