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In 2009 President Obama declared that America seeks the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. Ask him to visit Hiroshima and recommit to that vision.
Today there are 51 million uninsured
Americans, and many more who are underinsured, cannot afford co-pays or
pharmaceuticals, or simply lack access to basic health care for geographic and
myriad other reasons. Worldwide, at least 1 billion people live in urban slums;
1.1 billion people lack access to safe, clean drinking water, resulting in 1.8
million child deaths/year; 2 billion have no electricity; 2.6 billion do not
have adequate sanitation services; 2.8 billion live on less than $2/day; 3
billion have never made a phone call; 3.8 billion have no cash or credit with
which to make purchases; and 770 million are illiterate. Women and people of
color continue to suffer social, educational, legal, and political
The gap between rich and poor has widened internationally, and is greatest here in the U.S. The government is spending trillions on wars and militarism which cutting basic services, while states are experiencing budget crises. Meanwhile, tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans prop up an inherently unjust and unstable system. Holocaust survivor Primo Levi addressed a similar phenomenon decades ago, writing “A country is considered the more civilized the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak or a powerful one too powerful.” It is sad to note that less than 4% of the combined wealth of the 225 richest individuals in the world would pay for ongoing access to basic education, health care (including reproductive health care), adequate food, safe water, and adequate sanitation for all humans (UNDP).
I am delighted to be a part of the Wealth without Health panel. For those seeking further information, see my website covering public health and social justice at http://www.publichealthandsocialjustice.org of http://www.phsj.org. There you will find articles and open-access powerpoints covering topics such as single payer health care, environmental health, women’s health, food safety, war and militarism, the role of corporations in undermining public health, and much more. The site gets approximately 14,000 page views per month and is always accepting new material. Other worthwhile sites, noted among the hundreds of external links you will find, include the Social Medicine portal at http://www.socialmedicine.org/, the Medicine and Social Justice blog at http://medicinesocialjustice.blogspot.com/, and Physicians for a National Health Program at http://www.pnhp.org/.
See you in April.
Tell Congress to make TSCA reform as strong as possible.
Tell the EPA you want strong standards in 2016 for methane leaks from existing natural gas and oil wells.
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Please make use of this great resource explaining the basics of climate change: what it is, why its happening, and what we can do to stop it. This flyer is great to use at tabling events for the general public, and doubles as an attractive poster when unfolded. Read more »