In the state of Washington, 45% of greenhouse gas emissions are due to the transportation sector. Sound Transit Proposition 1 is an important opportunity for expanding public transportation – including light rail and buses – in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Adoption of this proposal will have both long-term health benefits from reduction in climate-related health threats and near-term co-benefits from reduction of air pollutants.Read more »
Resolution 31667 unanimously passed the full Seattle City Council under the leadership of Councilmember Kshama Sawant. The resolution states the city's support for moving Seattle City Light away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy. It also calls for an ongoing evaluation of the Columbia Generating Station on the basis of health, safety, reliability, and cost.Read more in the Tri-Cities Herald
We successfully lobbied our elected officials to form a historic nuclear agreement with Iran last summer, but our work is not done. WPSR hosted Dr. Ira Helfand, Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, for a talk at Seattle Town Hall on March 20. He spoke about why nuclear war is still a real possibility, and what can be done to prevent it.Watch video of the full talk
In January, Gerri and Bob Haynes led 13 health care professionals in a delegation to Gaza, the eleventh delegation WPSR has sponsored since 2009. The multidisciplinary group included physicians, surgeons, nurses, and mental health professionals who fanned out across Gaza to conduct a range of educational activities. The group encountered gripping stories of lives lived under siege in a country with severely compromised infrastructure. Gerri and Bob Haynes have almost single-handedly sustained WPSR’s unique contribution to Middle East peacemaking. WPSR, soberingly, is the only US NGO with an ongoing presence in Gaza.For a more detailed account of their recent trip, read “The Music of Gaza: Mental Health under Blockade,” by Dr. David Drake.
Dr. Riyadh Lafta is a professor of medicine at Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, Iraq, and an Affiliate Professor at University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Lafta co-authored the two famous Lancet articles in 2004 and 2006 that estimated Iraqi mortality associated with the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Training hosted by Washington PSR in Bellingham, WA.
Op-ed co-authored by PSR members David Hall, MD and Leonard Eiger.Source: Seattle Times
Letter to the editor from Washington PSR's Dr. Bruce Amundson.Source: Seattle Times
At their 2016 House of Delegates meeting, the Washington Academy of Family Physicians passed a number of important resolutions, including resolutions in support of paid parental leave and for policies "that both reduce pollution and address the causes of climate change to create healthier, sustainable communities."Source: Washington Family Physician
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