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Colorado Springs Socialists Speeches - March for Science and March Against Nuclear Insanity
March for Science Speech: April 22, 2017
- March For Science
It is time for scientists, science enthusiasts, and concerned citizens to come together to make ourselves heard.
Science is our greatest tool in achieving equality for all mankind. It is Science that bridges the gap between people and cultures.
But greed keeps Science from lifting the oppressed and impoverished out of the darkness.
Science can provide clean drinking water to every single person on this planet.
Science has the power to not only treat those diseases that maim or kill millions each year, but also has the power to cure them.
Science can provide every person on this planet with a decent place to live and Science can electrify the world.
There was a time when scientists were rebels who attacked the tyranny of ignorance and superstition. Galileo spent nine years under house arrest because he dared say that our Earth was not the center of the universe.
The printing press prevented monarchs and monks from controlling information.
Nikola Tesla, thought by many to be one of the greatest scientists of all time, worked right here in Colorado Springs. Right there on the top of [Pikes Peak]*, he searched for a way to provide free and unlimited energy to all mankind.
But as Tesla soon discovered, there is no money to be made in providing humanity with its basic needs.
Even as glaciers melt and sea levels rise, greedy CEOs, emboldened by one of their own in the White House, never waver in their relentless pursuit of greater profits.
The biggest profits, however, come from war. So many of our brightest modern scientists are tasked not with building a better world, but rather with building an indestructible war machine
We demand that our government stop corrupting Science in the hunt of never ending war and recognize that, through Science, we could build a world without famine, disease, poverty or inequality.
March Against Nuclear Insanity: August 13, 2017
Remember when we went into Iraq because they had “weapons of mass destruction?”
Remember when we killed millions of innocent civilians and children because we claimed that they had, what? Do we even know what we claimed they had?
Who will now hold US accountable for our arsenal of actual weapons of mass destruction, two of which could probably destroy the whole of Iraq. We don’t have just two of those weapons, though. We have thousands, hidden all over the United States.
Just last week, our government awarded a local Colorado Springs company a contract to build more. Just last week.
We, the citizens of Colorado Springs, are in a unique position. We don’t live hundreds of miles away, unable to directly protest the building of those weapons. Yeah, we have NORAD, pretty much ground zero for any country whose weapons can get this far. But we also have Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, and Boeing, to name a few.
Today, I stand here before you and offer a warning to our elected officials. No one elected you so you could support a psychopath who, when he tweets during his morning bowel movement, on a daily basis, antagonizes North Korea.
No, they may not have the ability to nuke Los Angeles, but since when do we offer up Japan and South Korea - OUR ALLIES - on a silver platter?
I am warning you that if the bombs fly … if there is devastation, you will have to worry about a lot more than votes. You will have to answer to the people, and we will come to collect on what is owed to us.