April brings three major protest marches against President Donald Trump and his policies over three consecutive weekends. Here is all you need to know to join in.
April 15: Tax March
Saturday, April 15, marks the annual Tax Day in the United States (although taxes are actually due on April 18 this year), and protesters will gather across the nation in an effort to push Trump to release his tax returns. Calls for some kind of demonstration began in January after White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Trump had no plans to share the documents publicly because “people don’t care.”
The main Tax March will take place in Washington, D.C., beginning at noon on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and ending at 4 p.m. near the Lincoln Memorial. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and others are scheduled to speak. Protests will also take place in New York, Seattle and other major cities across the country.
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April 22: March for Science
Scientists began planning a march on Washington back in January following a series of anti-science moves by the Trump administration, including efforts to cut key agency budgets, ignore climate change, revive the coal industry and silence researchers.
The March for Science is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. That also happens to be Earth Day. Over 400 satellite marches are planned around the globe.
Science educator Bill Nye is set to join molecular biologist Lydia Villa-Komaroff and Flint water whistleblower Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha in headlining the D.C. event, The Washington Post reported.
“Science is what makes our world what it is,” Nye said. “To have a movement or a tendency to set science aside is in no one’s best interest ... but nevertheless, that’s what’s happening in the U.S.”
An independent space group got a head start this week by protesting Trump from 90,000 feet above Earth.
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April 29: People’s Climate Movement
Climate change is a serious issue, even if the Trump administration doesn’t seem to agree. That’s why the People’s Climate Movement is planned for Saturday, April 29 ― Trump’s 100th day in office ― to push back against the president’s environmental policies.
“On April 29th, it’s going to be much clearer to Donald Trump that he won’t drag America or the world backwards on climate without the fight of his life,” Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, which is helping lead the event, said in a press release. “Our planet is in crisis, and voices from around the nation must and will be heard.”
The march for climate, jobs and justice will kick off at 12:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C., where protesters will gather in front of the Capitol and then head up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House. Back in 2014, the People’s Climate March drew thousands in New York City alone.
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