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  • October 19, 2012

    USF Students Teach Grade School Kids About Gardening and Nutrition

    The University of South Florida’s Student PSR chapter recently co-sponsored an event to plant a number of Earth Box container gardens, filled with healthy produce from squash to string beans, to a local Tampa elementary school. The experience empowers the K-2nd graders to learn about more where their food comes from as well as getting them excited to try new foods and make healthier choices. Check out this great student blog to see more!

  • October 17, 2012

    Chapter Leaders Conference

    PSR chapter leaders will come together in Tampa, Florida February 8-9 for the 2013 PSR Chapter Leaders Conference. Chapter leaders will share information and gain new knowledge about program and administrative effectiveness, facilitate ongoing relationships between and among attendees, and encourage synergy with regard to sharing ideas as well as cost savings.

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  • October 17, 2012

    The story behind Harrisburg's Peace Garden

    "Walk along its paths and you will see, sprinkled throughout the beds and under the trees, a number of bronze plaques bearing words of wisdom from some of the world’s most highly esteemed statesmen, religious figures and ordinary citizens." 

    For more than 20 years Harrisburg-PSR and The City of Harrisburg collaborate to bring a message to their community, peace.  An Op-ed in the Patriot-News tells the story behind Harrisburg's Peace Garden. 

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  • October 5, 2012

    Debates Offer Opportunity to Weigh Candidates’ Positions

    As the presidential campaign continues, PSR members are asking for a real debate on the environment, nuclear weapons, and the future of our energy policy. On Monday, October 22nd, dozens of PSR members joined us on Facebook to discuss these issues and the candidates' responses live during the debate. Before you cast your ballot Nov. 6, look for answers from the Presidential candidates on these key questions.

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  • October 5, 2012

    Health Expert Speaks in Muscatine, Iowa

    In an event co-sponsored by PSR Iowa and Clean Air Muscatine, pediatrician and clean air advocate Dr. Yolanda Whyte recently spoke about creating a healthy environment at Musser Public Library in Muscatine, Iowa. Dr. Whyte’s experience serving rural communities and on medical missions informs her activism. Committed to inspiring others to take action, she will describe what we can all do to address air pollution, water quality, food quality and safe chemicals.

    Dr. Whyte was joined by Native American Environmental Advocate Elsa Johnson and Dr. Balasubrimanium from India.

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  • September 25, 2012

    Obama addresses escalating tensions with Iran at UN

    In remarks to the United Nations on Tuesday, September 25th, President Obama addressed the escalating tensions surrounding Iran's nuclear program. As some political leaders in the United States and Israel try to build the case for a military strike, Obama said, "Let me be clear: America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. But that time is not unlimited." Take action to help us ensure the United States stays committed to a diplomatic solution to this conflict.

  • September 24, 2012

    Student PSR News from 2012: Chapters Welcome New Members

    As medical schools welcomed students back to school in September, Student PSR chapters were busy signing up new members and making plans for the coming year. Although faced with hectic schedules and demanding course work, these medical students make time to blend their commitment to healing with a sense of caring for the larger world. SPSR provides opportunities to work side-by-side with classmates, faculty and other physicians who share the same values.  For more information check our student pages or contact Mathias Pollock.

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  • September 21, 2012

    PSR Raises “Health Voices for Clean Air”

    PSR board member and senior scientist Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, spoke recently at Michigan's Green Healthcare Conference as part of PSR's "Health Voices for Clean Air" fall campaign. Dr. Lockwood, who recently authored The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health, participated in a panel presentation on health professional advocacy for environmental and public health measures through cleaner energy. He discussed how vital clean air is to our health and the importance of replacing coal-fired power with cleaner energy sources.

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  • August 29, 2012

    Inspire, Engage, and Empower the Next 50 Years

    Join us as we gather to celebrate past accomplishments and work to shape the future of the PSR movement. Keep us proactive. Come help advance PSR's agenda during a time of a larger nation-wide and global change. On September 23 in Boston and September 24 in New York City, we are hosting membership building events to inspire and engage our work on the nuclear abolition movement and to expand both our student and chapter networks. 

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  • August 27, 2012

    Stronger Steps Needed to Protect Us from Particulate Pollution

    Particulate matter air pollution -- ranging from soot to microscopic particles invisible to the human eye -- contributes to the four leading causes of death in the United States. It is particularly dangerous to children, the unborn, and the elderly. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering new rules to reduce particulate pollution. Read in our latest Environmental Health Policy Institute just what the threats to health are, and why PSR is urging EPA to take stronger steps than they are currently considering.

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  • August 23, 2012

    PSR Leaders Meet in Hiroshima, Japan

    An impressive delegation of PSR leaders were recently in Japan representing YOU at important meetings where organizers from around the globe gathered to build a diverse movement for nuclear weapons abolition. Follow their journey by reading our delegation’s personal and political reflections in our new blog series. Join the conversation by adding your voice to their stories.

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  • August 17, 2012

    Climate Change Bike Tour Reaches Wisconsin

    Dr. Wendy Ring, a California physician and long-time member of PSR, is biking across the northern states of the U.S. to raise awareness about climate change.  Dr. Ring exemplifies the great PSR tradition of physician advocacy, and we are absolutely delighted to be part of the team of organizations and individuals promoting her tour and supporting her efforts.  She was in Madison, Wisconsin last week for a full schedule of events, and is now headed for Bay City, Michigan followed by Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • August 13, 2012

    We Are Proud of This Map. You Should Be Too!

    Commemoration Events all Across the US

    Thanks to an outpouring of support from all of you, nearly 100 events took place in the US commemorating the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Combined with the wonderful work being done by our international colleagues, we celebrate a diverse movement for nuclear weapons abolition that is gaining momentum. Today, we need your help to ensure that our elected officials hear your voice.

  • August 9, 2012

    Safe Energy News from 2012: NRC Feezes All Nuclear Reactor Licensing Decisions in the Wake of Waste Confidence Ruling

    In the wake of the US Court of Appeals ruling in June on the so-called 'waste confidence' decision, the NRC elected to freeze at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions including nine construction and operating licenses (COLA), eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit. This is an enormous victory for public safety as it implies the NRC will now begin seriously considering the environmental and safety impacts of long-term spent fuel storage at reactor sites, issues it should have been evaluating decades ago.

  • August 2, 2012

    PSR Commemorates the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

    PSR remembers the past so that we can move to a more peaceful future. We seek to go from Hiroshima to hope, from the pain of the past to the power of the 1 More 4 Zero campaign. Concerned citizens all around the US are holding events. You can find an event in your area by viewing our interactive map that is being used by many leading peace organizations. Add your voice to call for nuclear weapons abolition by signing this important petition.

  • July 31, 2012

    PSR Addresses Anti-Fracking Rally at U.S. Capitol

    Catherine Thomasson, MD, PSR's executive director, addressed thousands of people rallying at the U.S. Capitol to protest pollution and climate change caused by "fracking." Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the extractive technology now being used to enable the boom in natural gas production. It has resulted in health-damanging water pollution, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions in states from Pennsylvania to Utah. Dr. Thomasson in her remarks highlighted the leakage of methane from fracking sites.

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  • July 27, 2012

    PSR Rallies in DC to oppose fracking!

    PSR executive director Catherine Thomasson, MD spoke at a rally in Washington, DC this past Saturday to call for a moratorium on fracking until its health threats can be brought under control.

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  • July 25, 2012

    Chicago PSR Teaches Pediatricians to Green Their Offices

    As part of the new "Green Teas" program, Chicago PSR is now bringing a video along with green tea and healthy snacks to pediatric practices in the Chicago area. Doctors, nurses and office staff can watch the video and then discuss simple ways to make their practices greener.

    According to PSR/Chicago Executive Director Dr. Sarah Lovinger, "Many pediatricians would like to take the first steps to creating a greener office environment, but need guidance. The 'Green Teas' provides a framework and can inspire doctors and office managers to make changes."

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  • July 24, 2012

    PSR Chapters Speak Out at EPA Hearings on Particulate Matter

    PSR chapters on both coasts testified before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently, calling for stricter national air quality standards on toxic particulate matter air pollution. Representatives of PSR Philadelphia and PSR Chesapeake spoke on July 17th in front of regulators at the Philadelphia hearing. Harry Wang MD, executive director of PSR Sacramento, and seven colleagues testified at the EPA's July 19 west coast hearing. PSR is calling on the EPA to tighten the standards for small particulate air pollution, one of the deadliest pollutants.

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  • July 17, 2012

    PSR to World Bank: Consider Health Before Funding Coal in Kosovo

    PSR-affiliated physicians joined with distinguished colleagues from several nations to call on the World Bank to reconsider financing a lignite coal-fired power plant proposed to be built in Kosovo. In a letter written by PSR board member Alan Lockwood, MD FAAN, the signers call on the World Bank to first undertake a study of the externalized costs of the project, especially the health effects. 

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