The March For Science told supporters over social media to prepare themselves for encounters with law enforcement during their protest planned for Saturday.
The science march tweeted legal advice, instructing activists to “[b]e prepared for the improbable (encounters with law enforcement).” The legal handout was prepared by the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF), one of the march’s official partners.
CSLDF’s handout tells activists how to behave when arrested by police. The handout says to bring cash, make emergency childcare plans in advance, memorize the phone numbers of lawyers and to disable security programs on smartphones to make it harder for police to search them. The handout also instructs activists to record police activities when possible.
Organizers say the march is part of a movement by “scientists and science enthusiasts in protest of the policies of the United States Congress and President Donald J. Trump.”
The march is largely inspired by alleged “censorship” of federal science agencies and by “anti-science” comments made by Trump. The group is concerned Trump is “[s]lashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings.”
Several left leaning environmental groups are listed on the rally’s website as direct partners, including NextGen Climate America, the Center for Biological Diversity, 350.org and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The march has over 518,000 “likes” on Facebook and 347,000 Twitter followers. An estimated 25,000 activists say they’ll be attending the march in Washington D.C.
The march has been criticized for focusing only on scientific issues appealing to progressives. The march’s official Twitter account claimed in a now deleted tweet that far-left issues such as ableism, transphobia, colonization, native rights and economic justice are eminently important scientific issues.
Plans for the march are plagued by infighting among its organizers as well as attacks from outside scientists who are upset their issues are being ignored. Several senior members of the march quit because of it “failed to actively address those structural inequalities within its own organization.”
The March For Science did not return requests for comment to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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