May 25, 2017
United Nations committee releases nuclear weapons ban treaty draft
On May 23, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability honored ICAN director Beatrice Fihn recognizing ICAN's leadership in the nuclear ban movement at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The day before, Committee chair Elayne Whyte Gómez released a draft of the historic nuclear weapons ban treaty, which comprehensively prohibits nuclear weapons on the basis of their humanitarian impact. Negotiations resume June 15.
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May 18, 2017
How to Ban Fracking
Maryland recently became the first state with recoverable methane gas reserves to legislate a ban on fracking. Health professionals were instrumental in winning the ban, and Chesapeake PSR played a leading role in bringing their voices forward. How did they do it? Let them tell you in their powerhouse webinar, which presents their strategy, framing, organizing plan, and principles for winning.
May 16, 2017
PSR 2016 Annual Report
PSR is pleased to present our 2016 Annual Report, featuring a review of our programs, highlights from the year, chapter activities, and more.
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May 10, 2017
Important Victory on Methane Regulation
Great news! The U.S. Senate voted, 51-49, to preserve the Bureau of Land Management's rule that reduces methane leaks and waste from oil and gas wells. Eliminating the rule was a major policy priority for the industry and for the Trump administration. Just after the vote, Sen. Tom Udall thanked health groups for our strong work on this issue, and PSR got an especially enthusiastic shout-out.
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May 8, 2017
PSR to President Trump: Do Not Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
President Trump wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a global accord that would put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change. PSR members are calling the White House to remind the president that climate change harms our health while damaging our economy. For health and survival, pulling out of the Agreement is the wrong direction for our nation and the wrong signal for us to send the world. Read more here.
May 4, 2017
No Red Button! Reining in Presidential Authority over Nuclear Weapons
At a May 3 Capitol Hill press event, PSR joined a coalition to submit nearly 500,000 petition signatures supporting the Markey-Lieu bill, which checks presidential authority to order a nuclear first-strike by requiring a Congressional declaration of war. Senators Markey and Van Hollen plus Representatives Lieu, Lee, and Jayapal participated, denouncing the catastrophic risks and undemocratic nature of current launch procedures.
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May 1, 2017
People's Climate March: Hundreds of Thousands Strong
PSR's health professionals turned out from coast to coast to help the People's Climate March deliver a strong, clear statement: climate change harms health, and climate-protecting policies and the EPA must be defended. In Washington, DC we marched in 90-degree heat with 200,000 people of all ages and backgrounds. PSR chapters helped to swell marches from Maine to California. See our photo montage here.
April 28, 2017
PSR brings the disarmament conversation to Capitol Hill
To bring the global disarmament message to the heart of the American political landscape, PSR co-sponsored an all-day conference April 27 titled, "Toward a Fundamental Change in Nuclear Weapons Policy" at the Capitol Visitor Center. The conference brought together young faith leaders, scientists, and disarmament experts including PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand, Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow, and ICAN campaigner Ray Acheson.
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April 26, 2017
In Memoriam: Steve Gilman and Rich Grady
PSR's Board is saddened to announce the passing of two tenacious colleagues and loyal friends of the organization. Project Manager Steve Gilman, a PSR National board member based in Asheville, NC, passed away on Friday, April 21st. Physician Rich Grady, also a PSR National board member until recently, lived and worked in Seattle, WA. He passed away on Tuesday, April 25th. Their dynamism and intellect will be missed.
April 21, 2017
Join PSR in the People's Climate March!
On April 29, the 100th day of the Trump presidency, the People's Climate March will bring tens of thousands of people to Washington, DC to demand a safe, healthy climate. In addition, over 300 sister marches will take place nationwide. March with PSR National or with a PSR chapter! PSR has joined the PCM Steering Committee to help build these events plus an ongoing, broad and vigorous climate movement for the future.
April 19, 2017
Academic Symposium on the Health Impacts of the Fracking Industry
The Student PSR-Penn State Hershey Chapter will host a symposium on April 26 about the health impacts of the unconventional natural gas (fracking) industry. Learn about research by Yale's Dr. Nicole Deziel on the carcinogenic nature of the chemicals used; Johns Hopkins' Dr. Brian Schwartz on the epidemiological data on asthma and fracking drill sites; and PSR's own Dr. Pouné Saberi on methane gas from the fracking industry and its impact on human health, especially as it relates to global climate disruption.
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April 17, 2017
On tax day, consider your personal subsidy to nuclear weapons
"Our national budget is a moral document"—says PSR-LA President Bob Dodge, MD. The diversion of resources to nuclear weapons illustrates how they are harmful even in peacetime. In 2016, Los Angeles County channeled $1.77 billion to the nuclear weapons complex instead of to programs that help people. What’s the cost of nuclear weapons to YOUR community? Find out by visiting PSR-LA’s Community Cost Calculator.
April 13, 2017
Stepping Out, Speaking Out on Climate Change
PSR members from Hawaii to Maine are preparing to step up—literally—in their refusal to let President Trump roll back climate-protective measures and endanger our planet. They will be marching in the PSR-led "Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate" contingent in the People's Climate March, April 29 in Washington, DC. Sign up here to join us, or here for information on sister marches across the country.
April 10, 2017
Maryland Finalizes Fracking Ban; Will Florida Follow?
Maryland became the first state in the nation to ban fracking by statute. The governor, formerly a fracking supporter, has signed a fracking ban passed by the state legislature. PSR/Chesapeake was a leading champion of the ban, as it was of the earlier moratorium. The ban will protect Maryland's water, air and health, including Deep Creek Lake (pictured). Meanwhile, you can help Florida advance its own proposed ban by telling their state senate that you won't vacation in Florida if fracking is allowed.
April 7, 2017
Join PSR in the People's Climate March
As the Trump Administration rolls back climate-protecting policies, PSR members and others are preparing to march for a rapid transition to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Join with PSR in the People's Climate March, April 29 in Washington, DC, where we are organizing a health professionals' contingent. Sister events will be held around the country. Sign up here to join us and for further information.
March 28, 2017
Ban Treaty Negotiations Begin
On March 27, the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty negotiations began at the UN, an historic turning point on the road to stigmatizing and completely eliminating these doomsday devices. More than 115 nations participated on the first day, and three PSR campaigners are assisting ICAN to support the treaty. But, as expected, the USA and other nuclear-armed states boycotted.
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March 20, 2017
Opposition to Fracking Picks Up Steam
Maryland may become the first state in the nation to ban fracking by statute: The governor, formerly a fracking supporter, announced he now favors a proposed statewide fracking ban. PSR/Chesapeake has been a leading champion of the ban, which would protect air, water and health. Meanwhile, you can help Florida advance its own proposed ban by telling their state senate that you won't vacation in Florida if fracking is allowed.
March 16, 2017
PSR Blasts Proposed Federal Budget
PSR condemned the proposed federal budget released by President Trump, saying that it "puts health protection and other human needs on a starvation diet, while feeding unnecessary dollars to our already bloated military spending." Jeff Carter, PSR's executive director, noted that Americans deeply value federal investments in health, education, and safety, and charged that the budget "is completely at odds with this reality."
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March 13, 2017
Empowering Messengers for Disarmament
PSR's message on the dangers of nuclear weapons is more relevant than ever. PSR is sponsoring the second event in our series of Speaker's Trainings in Los Angeles on April 2. In this hands-on, 4 hour workshop, Security Committee leaders will prepare you to convey the humanitarian case for disarmament using PSR resources. We anticipate hosting a third training in the Mid-Atlantic region at a future date. To reserve your spot in L.A., click here to register.
February 27, 2017
craigslist Charitable Fund boosts PSR’s New Leadership Challenge
For the fourth consecutive year, craigslist Charitable Fund has granted PSR an unrestricted gift. This year, the fund provided $75,000 for our work to make the planet a healthier and more peaceful place to live. "We're grateful for craigslist's foresight: the issues of peace, security and the environment are on everyone's mind these days. The grant makes so much possible," says Jeff Carter, JD. Thank you!