Cal Anderson’s role as a center of protest against the Trump administration will continue and Earth Day 2017 will take on even greater meaning as the Seattle component of the nationwide March for Science will start in the Capitol Hill park:
The march will gather in Cal Anderson on Earth Day morning April 22nd before stepping off for a journey to the Seattle Center’s International Fountain.
“Science is the best method we have for understanding the world. It should be an open process, used to serve all people,” organizers write. “If you wish to support those aims, please join us and march to support it.”
Seattle has been an enthusiastic participant in a series of marches and protests coordinated to demonstrate resistance to the social and economic policies pursued by President Trump. In January, the massive Womxn’s March stretched from the Central District to the Seattle Center and included more than 120,000 people in its ranks. Also that month, an immigration rights protest marched across Capitol Hill. In February, Cal Anderson hosted an LGBTQ solidarity rally. More spontaneous protests in the wake of the election have also crossed the Hill. In March, Black Lives Matter marchers crossed the Central District. In the midst of it all, victories — here and there — have been struck in the courts and some have been inspired to step forward into new roles to help build resistance.
Now, for Earth Day and in response to Trump policies seeking to erode progress on slowing climate change, Seattle will take a scientific approach to speaking up for the environment.