Science March Fact Checks Administration On Earth Day

by John Zangas
Washington DC

In spite of drenching rain tens of thousands of scientists and supporters came from around the country to Washington DC on Saturday to celebrate Earth Day. The all day rally took place at the Washington Monument and was followed by a walk to the Capitol.

It was the first ever massive Science March held here, drawing professionals from a wide variety of fields of study including Astronomers, Doctors, Physicists, and Climatologists. Their message: government policies and legislation must be science based and take into count its affect on the well being and health of people and the planet.

Another major concern is administration cutback plans at government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Institute of Health (NIH), which safeguard the public.

Some signs played science facts against snarky messages. Photo: John Zangas

By the hundreds they carried various hand made signs spelling out topics of concern over recent policy changes which they believe if enacted will adversely affect people and planet. Some signs were technical references to science facts, while others were plain and direct. “There is no Planet B” read one sign, “Science is not right or left”, and “The Oceans are rising and so are we” read others.

The Science March was deemed by organizers as a non partisan, non political event but based on the wording of many signs political viewpoints were evident everywhere.

“I see a lot of good science has done for my patients and I feel like it’s vital that we continue to support it,” said Erika McKee, a nurse from Washington DC, marching with friends who are doctors and scientists working at the NIH. The administration is proposing a 20 percent funding cut of NIH.

A team of students painted these murals of famous Scientists. Photo: John Zangas

A climatologist from New Jersey, Nicole Gadda, painted a sign reading “Make Earth Cool Again,” a jab at a popular Trump campaign slogan. Gadda said that her reason for going to the march was concern over climate change. “Trump wants to go back to coal but we can’t go backwards, we have to go forwards and solar and wind are the way of the future,” she said.

Gadda was surprised by the turnout. “We were gridlocked for an hour straight,” she said. Two hours after the march began, walkers were still feeding onto the route towards the Capitol.

Piper Petrocelli , who traveled from Illinois, carried a sign made by her niece reading “Stop denying the Earth is Dying” and showing the Earth with a bee flying towards a flower. Petrocelli was concerned that bee colonies were being threatened by pesticide use. “I have to drive to work in Iowa sometimes and you can smell the pesticides on the fields,” she said.

Petrocelli was walking for her 9 year old niece and 11 year old nephew and feels that the administration is not concerned for the well being of the planet. “I would like to be able to eat fish in ten years or be able to do a number of things that won’t be doable,” she said.

“The Oceans are rising and so are we” Photo: John Zangas

A marcher from Maryland, Charles Strickler was there because he was concerned political activity was “sticking its head in the sand” over science and facts. “We need to honor science facts as they are,” he said.

The Science March was held in over 600 cities across the planet, including Mexico City, London, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

A sea of umbrellas and heavy rain did not stop the tens of thousands from the Science March. Photo: John Zangas

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NYC’s premier of Saving America’s Horses educates and informs

Bring this film to your community to let them know what’s happening to America’s horses

“A searing indictment of corporations, institutions and governmental agencies involved in the slaughter of horses, Katia Louise’s impassioned pic amasses impressive documentation, visual and testimonial, of systemic mistreatment of the animals, illegal and fraudulent practices regulating their sale, and the very real possibility of their extinction in the wild.”

“…contrasts shots of noble, beautiful, galloping animals… with well-researched, shocking statistics.”
— Ronnie Scheib VARIETY


Artists Against Fracking join the fight for New York

Dear friends,

This week we are excited to announce the broadcast premiere of THE SKY IS PINK and the launch of ARTISTS AGAINST FRACKING.


On Monday at 6pm Regional News Network (RNN) will present the broadcast premiere of THE SKY IS PINK   on The Richard French Live show, followed by an interview with me.

If you don’t have RNN watch THE SKY IS PINK here:


On last Friday’s Jimmy Fallon Show the world was introduced to ARTISTS AGAINST FRACKING, by Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono in an amazing performance which you can see here:

ARTISTS AGAINST FRACKING is an extraordinary new website and initiative pioneered by Sean Lennon, energizing the support in the fight against fracking of more than 100 of the most compelling artists in the world including Leonardo DiCaprio, Lada Gaga, David Geffen, Deepak Chopra,  and many more.  The list of artists against fracking is growing daily and signifies a huge boost to the movement at a moment where every source of support and influence is needed.  I am heartened by the efforts and good will of these folks who are joining us in this fight and I know you will share my gratitude in counting these remarkable artists amongst our numbers.

Please take a moment to visit the new website and lend your voice to this amazing effort.


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New York has reached a state of emergency. Governor Cuomo is expected to announce his administration’s decision on fracking shortly and if the advance word on the street is any indication, then we have plenty to be worried about.  The idea that five downstate counties will be sacrificed is untenable and we are prepared to do everything necessary to ensure that the communities in Broome, Chemungo, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga counties will not be exploited and that the natural gas industry is not provided with easily challenged regulations that invite an eventual onslaught on New York State.

Please sign on and send a letter to Governor Cuomo at Artists Against Fracking, please keep forwarding and posting THE SKY IS PINK everywhere you can and help keep New York safe.



Carl needs airline miles and donations to fight for his civil liberties

Donations needed to fight for civil rights

Carl Mrozek, an American journalist and filmmaker from New York, believes his civil liberties were violated while filming a controversial Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild burro roundup near Yuma, Arizona. After his footage from a previous roundup aired on AZ TV newscasts—showing a helicopter chasing a burro and flipping it over—BLM employees began harassing him. Then one day, in 103 degree weather, things got worse. His camera was ripped from his hands, he was manhandled, handcuffed and detained in a ranger vehicle until he passed out and was rushed to the emergency room. The BLM searched his belongings and took his video footage—all without his permission. Carl needs your help with airline miles and donations towards defending his civil liberties. Thank you for helping Carl stand up and fight this. Donate to via Paypal. Every dollar received will help fight this.



Evening news interview: BLM Nevada jeopardizing public process, privacy and free speech

Stallion & Sweaty Mustangs Trapped at Calico Roundup (Photo © Cat Kindsfather)

Hear the report about the Nevada BLM jeopardizing public process, privacy and free speech and the call for the public to weigh in by faxing the BLM in Washington at 202-208-5242 .

The interview aired on KPFA, KPFB Evening News Berkeley, as well as on KFCF Fresno, KPFK Los Angeles, WBAI New York, KPFT Houston, WPFW Washington, DC.

Listen here:  at 22:35

Ask your friends to fax in requests for BLM to have a public helicopter hearing in Nevada with 30 days notice.

Thank you for doing what you can to save America’s wild horses and burros.