We are deeply disturbed by the reports of violence against Rev. Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, on his way to the #MarchforScience in Washington, DC event on Saturday.
We call on relevant law enforcement authorities to take appropriate steps to investigate the situation and undertake necessary reforms.
We encourage people to know their rights, and the rights of others, when marching. To learn more, you can click on this link: https://www.marchforscience.com/blog/2017/4/8/y5thy81ecn1fygn15rqlnyydwls41p.
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund has also provided some excellent resources for marchers: https://climatesciencedefensefund.org/pocketguide/.
We must also acknowledge that the risks of participating in public demonstrations are not the same for all marchers, and marchers who come from historically marginalized groups may face risks that are not equally shared by others. The March for Science has and will continue to cultivate resources that support all marchers, and address the risks communities within our movement face.
We are grateful to Rev. Yearwood for his participation in the March, and we are proud to stand with him and the Hip Hop Caucus.
You can read Rev. Yearwood's full statement here: Marching for Climate While Black