A great big thanks to everyone who joined us for the March for Science Chicago Saturday, April. 22!
An estimated 40,000 scientists and their supporters attended the Chicago march including about 20 from the Beverly Area CPA.
“We wanted to represent as a group,” said Greg Owen-Boger, one of the CPA organizers and long-time Beverly resident. “We purchased science-themed head bands (or as someone called them ‘deely-boppers’), which made us recognizable as a group.” The headgear also brought a fair amount of attention to the resisters. Some joined their deely-bopper with their Pussy Hat for an extra activist statement.
The group of like-minded activists met at the Starbucks on 103rd Street, and jumped on the Metra to travel together. They got to the rally early enough to get close to the stage, which the group agreed was a good thing.
“The CPA has been incredibly active since a week after the inauguration. We’re trying to find safe spaces and opportunities to exercise our distaste for – and offer protection from – the Trump agenda,” said Greg. “Many groups are focused at the federal level, which is great. We need them, and we support them in any way we can. The CPA’s focus is more locally based.” The group meets once a month for an education-based meeting, there is an Open House most Sundays at a local office, and a big group effort (like the March for Science) is planned quarterly.
This group effort for the March for Science is just one way the Beverly Area CPA is working to “Connect, Protect, Activate” in the Beverly area. The educational group meeting Tuesday May 9 at 7pm will host Bonn Wade who will speak on the transgender issues. The session is titled “Beyond the Binary: A Conversation About Gender.” Join us at the Ridge Park Field House at Longwood and 96th Street.