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Activism in Hard Times

Millions of us marched in the streets. We called on elected leaders to act on climate, healthcare, racism, and inequality. The election season was in full swing. We wondered if our dreams would fit in a ballot box. As we prepared to cast our votes, the Coronavirus pandemic changed everything.

We are now coming to terms with the fact that nothing about our politics and public policies can be taken for granted. Yet, for many, politics have never offered any guarantees.

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Sneak Peek: Five Ways to Become a Science Advocate in 2020

Valorie Aquino, March for Science; Jorge Ramos, Stanford University; Melissa Varga, Union of Concerned Scientists, , UCS

2020 is here, and it’s a big deal. With a presidential election, the escalating climate crisis, and social inequality exacerbating public health inequities, the pressure is on for all of us to raise our voices and show how science can help us solve some of our most pressing problems Read more >

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Take the Science Rising Challenge to Build Voter Power

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Participation in the Science Rising Challenge will give you so much more than an “I Voted” sticker. Read more >

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On the Verge of Another Election, How is Science Political?

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Tomorrow is Election Day, and it’s worth reflecting on how a STEM* identity connects with a political identity. The science blog Sister and Science Rising have put together a fantastic new blog series from women scientists exploring how STEM can be political (yet not partisan), and explaining how working in STEM can profoundly shape advocacy work. They are well worth a read as you head to the polls. Read more >

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Dear Students of STEM, I Challenge You to Vote!

, Research scientist

So, did students vote more in 2004 than in prior years? Yes, they did; however, when voter turnout data was analyzed across student identified majors, social scientists found students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) had the lowest turnout rates. This was also the case in 2012, 2016, and 2018 elections. Read more >

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