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  • August 29, 2011

    Proposed Canadian Pipeline Creates Risks to Health and Environment

    President Obama will decide soon whether to grant or deny a permit for constructing a pipeline across the United States to transport Canadian tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast for export. The greenhouse gas emissions produced would place our climate and health at risk. PSR urges its members to call the White House and ask President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone pipeline.

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  • August 29, 2011

    Kansas City PSR Challenges The Nuclear Weapons Complex

    Ann Suellentrop, MSRN and Alicia Dressman of Kansas City PSR, joining with other prominent KC activist groups like Peace Planters, have challenged the very core of the nuclear weapons complex in the United States - the facilities that make the bombs. After educating the public and reaching out to many KC residents, they gathered more than enough signatures to add a ballot measure that would allow citizens to decide on whether to create a green jobs facility to replace the construction of a nuclear weapons facility.

  • August 24, 2011

    Trouble in the Fields

    Farmworkers, the backbone of the US agricultural system, are among the poorest and least-protected class of workers in the nation. Morever, they are disproportionately exposed to potentially toxic industrial chemicals in the form of agricultural pesticides. PSR's latest Environmental Health Policy Institute explores the health implications for farmworkers and their families of our nation's heavy reliance on synthetic pesticides.

  • August 23, 2011

    Quake Knocks Out Power to Nuclear Reactors

    At least twelve nuclear reactors reported unusual events, the lowest of four emergency situations, in the wake of the August 23 earthquake in Virginia, the most serious being two reactors at the North Anna Power Station which lost offsite power for a period and declared an alert. "This is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of nuclear reactors and the urgent need for our country to look for alternatives energy sources that are safe," said PSR's Executive Director Peter Wilk, M.D. "Earthquakes can strike anywhere."

  • August 23, 2011

    Artist Inspired by PSR's Mission

    Artist Modei Akeya's design for PSR's 50th Anniversary features beautiful images that evoke peace and a better world.  In talking about his work, Modei says that he is "easily inspired by passionate effort for justice" and hopes design work can "help motivate and spark in us all our collective will to elevate the proverbial good."  Modei’s design and the other winning entries are featured at the PSR Store.

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  • August 18, 2011

    PSR's Art Contest: Second Place

    Lela Kometiani is a graphic designer and illustrator. She received her BFA in Painting from the Nickoladze School of Arts, and her MA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Georgia. She has received awards in graphic design and book illustration, including a Writer’s Digest Award.  She teaches art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Lela was recently awarded second place in PSR’s 50th Anniversary Art Contest.

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  • August 12, 2011

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration images from around the world

    The anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place August 6 and  9, respectively. Over 50 events took place around the country with many coordinated by PSR local activists. Check out the photos at! Also, read the recent blog post by Dr. Harry Rosenberg about the speech he didn't give at a Nagasaki Commemoration event. This is a moment of rare opportunity to move us down the path to zero and we hope you will join us at 1 More 4 Zero.

  • August 12, 2011

    PSR's Art Contest: First Place

    Don Aquillo describes himself as “an avid fan of pop culture and film, a seasoned martial arts instructor and a proud and vigilant advocate of both the visual and performing arts.”   A pre-med student and natural advocate for the sciences and social responsibility, he eventually made the switch to pursue a passion in graphic design and illustration. Don was recently awarded first place in PSR’s 50th Anniversary Art Contest for his graphic design capturing the spirit of PSR’s global commitment to a healthier world. 

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  • August 11, 2011

    PSR/Philadelphia Forms Strategic Partnership with WHEN

    After more than a decade of collaborating together, Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and Women’s Health & Environmental Network (WHEN) are coming together to form one organization with a greater capacity to safeguard the environment in the region and statewide and to promote nonviolence. “It is a natural outgrowth of a long partnership between WHEN and Philadelphia PSR,” acknowledged Kate Etherington, Executive Director of PSR.  The merger will align Philadelphia PSR’s programs with national PSR organization as well as other chapters. Learn more »

  • July 28, 2011

    California Reactors Pose Dangers: PSR Raises Concerns in Light of Fukushima

    Our California chapters were represented by Dr. Harry Wang at the California Energy Commission’s workshop on license renewal evaluations for the Diablo Canyon and the San Onofre nuclear reactors. Citizens voiced their concern about the need for seismic studies, the economic liability issues in the event of a nuclear accident, radioactive waste issues, and the need for a larger emergency planning zone (50 miles). Read Dr. Wang’s comments (pdf) »

  • July 28, 2011

    Advocacy by Health Professionals

    Should health professionals speak out publicly on health policy? By all means. Physicians, nurses and other health professionals speak with an authoritative voice in debates that affect public health, and have strong credibility. PSR’s latest Environmental Health Policy Institute presents interviews with respected, senior health professionals who advocate on issues of health policy. They will tell you why they advocate, how they do it, and what their experiences have been.

  • July 27, 2011

    PSR Co-Launches “Promise Campaign” to Protect Kids, Families from Air Pollution

    Calling clean air a “health imperative,” PSR partnered with the League of Women Voters to launch the “Promise Campaign,” a public pledge to protect America's children and families from dangerous air pollution and to support policies that safeguard air quality.

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  • July 26, 2011

    66 Years is Enough! Time to retire nuclear weapons.

    The anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are August 6 and  9, respectively. This interactive map shows events around the country commemorating the victims of the bombings. If there is a commemoration in your community, please attend and bring a few friends who have never been to such an event before. If there is not yet one in your area, consider pulling together a simple event. We are happy to help with resources and ideas. Contact

  • July 20, 2011

    PSR doctors raise warnings over "Toxic 20" States with Most Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants

    PSR doctors in six "dirty" states participated in the media release of a study that identifies the states with the most toxic air pollution from oil- and coal-fired power plants. Air toxics include severely dangerous neurotoxins, carcinogens, and precursors to fine particulate pollution.

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  • July 18, 2011

    Peace Is Still Possible, Washington PSR Annual Dinner

    WPSR supporters gathered this month to honor long-time PSR board member Dr. Dave Hall, a leader for peace and nuclear disarmament who is retiring from the chapter’s board after many years of service. The special evening included inspirational words from Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of University of Washington school of public health. The tribute recognized Dave's exceptional contributions to the elimination of nuclear weapons and his commitment to the chapter. Learn more about the chapter's work »

  • July 7, 2011

    WPSR Hosting Annual Dinner

     Washington chapter of PSR hosts their Annual Dinner July 14, 2011 at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture.  Join WPSR and Keynote Speaker Dr. Howie Frumkin, Dean of University of Washington School of Public Health as they honor Dr. David Hall; celebrating their successes and contributing to their future.

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  • June 24, 2011

    PSR Curriculum Would Protect Migrant Farmworkers’ Children

    The children of migrant farmworkers are at risk for toxic chemical exposures and other environmental hazards. PSR has released a new train-the-trainer curriculum and education packet on preventing harm to this vulnerable population. Targeting staff and community health workers of the Head Start Seasonal and Migrant Farmworker program, the curriculum augments PSR’s Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit. It includes hands-on activities for parents, brief anecdotes about chemical exposures, information on chemical policy, and principles of participatory education.

  • June 22, 2011

    PSR’s Safe Energy Presents at Netroots Nation

    Michele Boyd represented PSR at Netroots Nation in Minneapolis on Friday, June 17. She presented along with others in a panel discussion called Dirty Energy: The Fight against Coal, Oil, Natural Gas and Nuclear Power, where she talked about the dismal economics of new nuclear reactors, why nuclear is not a solution to climate change, and the repercussions of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis on nuclear power in the United States.

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  • June 21, 2011

    And the People’s Choice Award Goes to... Halogenated Flame Retardants!

    PSR-LA hosted a red-carpet awards ceremony June 16th – the second annual Toxies awards – to highlight the dangers of “bad actor” chemicals trespassing on our bodies, our environment, and our consumer products. The satiric event brought focused attention – and plenty of laughter – to the issue of how chemicals with known and suspected health effects remain in wide commercial use.

  • June 17, 2011

    Austin PSR Announces New Director Diane Papillion, MPH, RD

    Diane Papillion MPH, RD grew up in Texas City, TX right next door to a petroleum refinery and thus began her concerns with environmental health. As a parent of two young children, she is passionate about children’s health. She has a long history of work with non-profits and community organization. From 2002-2010, she was the nutrition services director of Meals on Wheels and More in Austin, TX and created their successful Meals for Kids and Meals on Two Wheels (bike delivery) programs. She is working to engage the community to become more environmentally and civically involved.


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