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War and Health
Greater Boston PSR War and Health Highlights
On Sunday, May 4, 2008 from 1 to 3 pm, Jane Collins spoke about her new book, "For Love of a Soldier: Interviews with Military Families Taking Action Against the Iraq War", at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge. The free lecture was co-sponsored by the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Friends Meeting at Cambridge. Military family members Anne Chay and Claire Andre, both of whom are interviewed in the book, participated in a question and answer session after the talk. Around 40 people attended the reading. A videotape of the event by Maria Battaglia for her show "Free Our Voices" can be obtained through Quincy Public Access Television. The book is available from publishers Rowman and Littlefield at http://www.rowman.com/.
On January 30, 2008 over 20 local peace and justice groups in the MA Disarmament Network, including GBPSR, and 100 concerned individuals ran a full back page signature ad in the Metro Boston (Boston's largest free daily newspaper), just in time to put strong public pressure on Congress as they re-convened for a new year. The ad was re-run on Cape Cod during the Memorial Day weekend to highlight the need for "pusging for the peace option."
On Saturday, May 19, 2007 GBPSR conducted a timely and well-received day-long conference at Boston's historic Old South Church entitled The Medical and Societal Consequences of the War in Iraq: Strategies to Promote True Security. It was modeled after Los Angeles and Iowa PSR's highly successful events and was co-sponsored by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the Cambridge Peace Commission, Massachusetts Peace Action, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Compelling presentations included those on medical ethics, economic and human costs, Veterans' Administration programs, and trauma care for wounded verterans.