March for Science: Know Your Rights

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, an official partner of the March for Science, has released an educational pamphlet, “March for Science: Know Your Rights” to help science advocates ensure that their march-related activities are constitutionally protected. The brochure is available as a free download to print and share. We’ll also mail copies free of charge to academic departments, organizations, and individuals to distribute.

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF), an official partner of the March for Science, has released an educational pamphlet, “March for Science: Know Your Rights,” to help science advocates ensure that their march-related activities are constitutionally protected.

The pamphlet is available as a free download to print and share. Prior to the march we also mailed copies free of charge to academic departments, organizations, and individuals to distribute.

CSLDF supports science advocacy and wants to prevent those engaging in it from encountering problems or legal issues. The pamphlet, authored by CSLDF attorneys, with contributions from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), contains vital information for both new marchers and seasoned veterans about the right to demonstrate and how to stay safe while organizing or taking part in marches.

Three key takeaways from the pamphlet:

  • Advocate as a private citizen, not for your employer
  • When marching, don’t wear work paraphernalia; do bring cash, ID, and medication; memorize essential phone numbers
  • Be prepared for the improbable (encounters with law enforcement)

We encourage anyone planning to participate in the April 22 March for Science, April 29 People’s Climate March, or other public demonstration to read and distribute the pamphlet; more informed science advocates will result in safer, more successful marches.

To learn more about how scientists and other academics can avoid harassment, check out our publication, “Handling Political Harassment and Legal Intimidation: A Pocket Guide for Scientists,” and tips for engaging in science advocacy. Join our mailing list to receive updates about more titles in our growing series of resources for scientists and other science advocates.

This pamphlet concerns U.S. laws only and does not constitute specific legal advice. If you have legal questions regarding a particular circumstance, please call your lawyer or contact us directly by emailing info@climatesciencedefensefund.org or using our web form.

 Thank you to the ACLU for guidance in creating this pamphlet, and for allowing us to adopt parts of their publications.

 

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  1. […] While you have a right to record law enforcement, you should take care if you are on federal property, as it’s possible this could be used as an attempted high-level conviction that could give grounds for deportation proceedings, despite being legal. This seems particularly important in Washington, D.C., but you should check into this further if you are considering recording law enforcement at your local march, and ask for legal advice on this issue. For all marchers, a resource to help you to know your rights is available from the Climate Legal Defense Fund and the accompanying blog post goes into more detail here. […]

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