#CDC7words: Send a postcard.
Last Friday, news broke that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was banning employees from using seven words in their official budget for 2017: entitlement, vulnerable, diversity, transgender, fetus, science-based, and evidence-based. This week it was confirmed that this wasn't a top-down directive, but rather an attempt by longtime CDC employees to strategically frame their funding requests so their programs wouldn't be targeted for cuts. Today's #DailyRevolution is to send a postcard to the CDC urging them to put science first.
That the nation’s premier science and research organization would ban language seems like something straight out of The Handmaid's Tale; but CDC employees being so desperate not to lose funding that they issue internal directives urging scientists to avoid “science” -- this paints a picture of an America so without hope that it's almost hard to say which is worse … almost.
But it's not like they didn’t have a reason to be worried: Already in 2017, we've seen 45 force the military to lie in court about his ban on transgender troops, and witnessed the Department of Health and Human Services prioritizing the opinions and rights of faith-based organizations. We’ve watched as Republicans in Congress cut short evidence-based grant programs to reduce teen pregnancy in favor of proven-ineffective abstinence-only education, and try to restrict abortion rights by inserting non-scientific language (i.e. “the unborn”) into the tax code. When we thought CDC was banning words, we were definitely mad -- but was anyone really surprised?
Today, download and print our pre-addressed postcards with #CDC7words art from the incredible Brooklyn-based, multi-disciplinary artist Sara Erenthal, and send a message to the CDC. We need to know that CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald will put science first, stand up to ideological interference from 45, and protect the science- and evidence-based programs that are critical to the health and well-being of millions of Americans.