Q: How is the march integrating inclusion, diversity, equity, and access?This is a leftist political action.
A: Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are integral to our mission and to our overall goals and principles. We cannot ignore issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, xenophobia, or any other form of discrimination in the discussion and implementation of science. Nor can we ignore the ways in which science has been misused to harm marginalized communities. The lack of inclusivity and diversity in STEM thwarts scientific advancements not only by limiting who conducts the research, but also by influencing what topics are studied, who participates in the research, and who will benefit from or be harmed by it. We are actively working with partner organizations and experts on these issues and march organizers come from and stand in solidarity with historically underrepresented scientists, science advocates, and communities impacted by attacks on science.
Some scientists have the attitude of just seeking truth, and leaving the social consequences to policymakers. Not these leftist organizers. Their idea of science is promoting what they see as the common good, and they have a leftist view of what that is.
Jerry Coyne is a leftist scientist who is disgusted by the regressive left. He says he is not participating in the March for Science, and badmouthing it on NPR Radio Science Friday.