Thursday, January 26, 2017

Positive Fallout from Trump: Scientists are Organizing to Run for Office

Due to Trump's cluelessness and insistence on staying that way, a group of scientists has gotten together to encourage scientists to run for office, and is teaching them how to do that and access financial support.

Called 314 Action, the organization is named after the first three digits of pi. It is a political action committee that was created to support scientists in running for office.  It is similar to Emily’s List, which focuses on pro-choice female candidates, or VoteVets, which backs war veterans, but the science version.

“A lot of scientists traditionally feel that science is above politics but we’re seeing that politics is not above getting involved in science,” says founder Shaughnessy Naughton. “We’re losing, and the only way to stop that is to get more people with scientific backgrounds at the table.”