UBC gravitational wave astrophysics group participates in the #Strike4BlackLives

The UBC gravitational wave astrophysics group joins the American Physical Society, the AAAS, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the journals Science and Nature, and the arXiv in participating in the strike organized on June 10, 2020.

Patrick Brady, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration spokesperson, said of the strike:

It’s a call to set aside our usual scholarly activities for a day to focus on the pervasive racism in our institutions, learn, and plan for a change in STEM and academia, while also providing a day of rest for our Black colleagues.

We devoted our working hours on June 10 to educating ourselves on anti-Black racism, discussing what we learned, and developing an anti-racism action plan for our research group. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to collaborate!