On March 19, 2015--the 12th anniversary of the onset of our country's ill-fated military intervention in Iraq--PSR is releasing the latest edition of Body Count for North American distribution. Authored by IPPNW-Germany, the report is a comprehensive account of the vast human toll of the "Wars on Terror" conducted in the name of the American people since September 11, 2001.Read more »
A team of 12 volunteers, including physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals, will be returning to Gaza later this month. Hosted by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, the volunteer delegation will deliver much-needed pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, provide medical service, and teach health professionals and students in Gaza. In addition, delegates will be participating in a surgical conference. As always, we are humbled by our volunteers' dedication to the people of Gaza and to the pursuit of peace in the region.
Oil transport by rail and sea poses grave health risk in the form of tanker explosions, spills, water and air pollution, and contribution to climate change induced disaster and disease. The Climate Change Task Force of WPSR has developed a position statement, in partnership with our colleagues in Oregon, opposing the transport by rail and the storage and shipment of crude oil within our states. The position statement, which carefully outlines the major risks backed up by credible evidence from the medical literature, will be submitted to the Governors of Washington and Oregon. In order to maximize its impact, we need as many WA and OR health care professionals as possible to sign on to this statement.
Read the position statement and add your name here.
WPSR delegates to Gaza will share stories, photos, and answer questions. In addition to hearing about their work in 2014, you will have the chance to learn about their priorities for promoting peace through service in 2015. Presenters include Charles Cowan, MD; Gerri Haynes, palliative care specialist; Robert Haynes, MD; Grant O’Keefe, MD.
The event is free, but donations will be accepted for WPSR and our work in Gaza. Our 9th delegation will return to Gaza in March 2015.Click here for more details
Opening reception for the Particles on the Wall exhibit on the impacts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
A coalition of citizen groups have come together to plan a State of the Site meeting to take place in Walla Walla.
A letter to the editor on the public safety risks of a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, WA, by WPSR Executive Director Laura Skelton and member Dr. Michael Soman.Source: New York Times
A report on used nuclear fuel management at the nuclear power plant near Richland will be released Wednesday in Seattle by Heart of America Northwest and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.Source: Tri-City Herald
WPSR will be presenting information about human health impacts of oil transport and storage in WA State at several upcoming events, including public hearings in Spokane and Olympia and a public panel discussion in Hoquiam.
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Ask Congress to support the SANE Act to save $100 billion in nuclear weapons spending over the next 10 years.
Tell your senators you want true health-protective chemical policy reform, not industry-driven proposals like the Vitter-Udall bill.
Public comment from Laura Skelton, Executive Director of Washington PSR, on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. Read more »
Slides by Dr. Ken Lans on climate change and carbon reduction. Read more »