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March For Science The Latest Chicago Trump Protest (Bring Your Brain Hat)

By David Matthews | February 2, 2017 3:26pm
 The nationwide March For Science movement is asking protesters to knit and wear their own
The nationwide March For Science movement is asking protesters to knit and wear their own "brain hats" akin to the Women's March "pussyhats."
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DOWNTOWN — Scientists and science enthusiasts alike will march Downtown in opposition to President Donald Trump, the latest act of protest against the current administration's recent policy changes. 

Chicagoans will join other marches for science in cities across the nation on Earth Day, April 22.

More than 1,000 people say on Facebook they're going to the local march, and nearly 2,000 others say they're interested. The Chicago march will be Downtown, but an exact time and location has yet to be determined. 

"We accept that science, as a field of knowledge and way of thinking, is not swayed by politics or opinions; it is nonpartisan and all-inclusive," the event's organizers posted to Facebook. "This is the time for us to come together as one community, take a stand, and lead a new conversation."

Trump has drawn ire from many scientists, including some who work for the federal government. Trump denied the notion of man-made climate change as a presidential candidate, and has appointed people connected to the fossil fuel industry to top cabinet posts as president. He is pushing forward on the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone oil pipelines, and notoriously ordered national parks to stop tweeting after the National Park Service retweeted side-by-side photos comparing Trump's inauguration turnout to President Barack Obama's in 2009. 

"Whether we practice, use, love, or study science, technology, engineering, or math, we appreciate what scientists have done for us and our society," the Chicago march organizers said. 

And like the so-called "pussyhats" that were prevalent during the nationwide Women's March, the scientists have a sign of solidarity: brain caps you can knit yourself. 

The march for science will step off a week after a like-minded protest on tax day calling for Trump to release his tax returns.

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