Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), the vice-ranking member on the House Science Committee, will speak to a group of his constituents to help kick off the March for Science on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on April 22.
Beyer’s 9 a.m. appearance will be the highlight of the pre-march event organized by Indivisible-Virginia 8th District, one of thousands of groups that have formed nationwide since last November to resist the agenda of President Trump. The event will be held in Upper Senate Park, just north of the U.S. Capitol between Constitution Ave., New Jersey Ave. NW and Delaware Ave. NE.
While the event is being organized by Indivisible-Virginia 8th District, all residents of the district are welcome and encouraged to attend. Indivisible-Virginia 8th District is coordinating publicity and promoting attendance in conjunction with other Indivisible groups and progressive activists throughout District 8. For more information about the event and a detailed map of the meeting location click here.
“We’re honored to have Rep. Beyer speak to us before this important march,” said Carol Geargeoura, who heads up Indivisible - Virginia 8th District’s coordinators’ group. “He has inspired us by consistently speaking up for his constituents – and for science – during this troubling period in Washington. We appreciate him keeping us abreast of events and where he stands during a time when anxiety and uncertainty run high.”
The march, held on Earth Day, “champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity,” according to its website . Marches are also taking place in nearly 500 communities around the globe on the same day. Indivisible - Virginia 8th District members decided to participate in the march as a group to demonstrate how important they feel this cause is.
The president’s appointees to agencies such as the EPA and his proposed budget show a disturbing disregard for science, research and innovation,” Geargeoura said. “We want to make it clear that we object to these plans and believe good policy comes from respecting science.”
Virginia’s 8th District includes Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Lorton, Mount Vernon and Springfield in Northern Virginia. Indivisible-Virginia 8th District was founded in January and has more than 400 members.