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."
Read the full statement here »
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!
February 23, 2017
PSR welcomes new Communications Manager onto staff
PSR is delighted to welcome Elana Simon onto our staff as Communications Manager. Elana will manage PSR's overall communication strategy, and also help us leverage media to drive a disarmament movement tailored for the 21st century. Before coming to PSR, Elana promoted disarmament with ReThink Media and ran the social media component of Pramila Jayapal's progressive, grassroots, and ultimately victorious congressional campaign.
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February 22, 2017
PSR Releases Report on Methane, Health and Climate
PSR has released a new report, Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why health professionals reject natural gas. With its summaries of recent medical and scientific studies, the report clearly conveys the health threats that accompany use of methane (natural gas) as a fuel. The report is a potent tool for challenging the headlong rush to replace coal-fired power plants with methane.
Download the report here »
February 17, 2017
Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt; "Terribly Wrong Choice"
PSR called the U.S. Senate's vote to confirm Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "a profoundly misguided decision." Noting that Mr. Pruitt has a long history of opposing the very agency he will be heading, PSR's executive director stated, "By confirming Pruitt, the Senate has put the health of current and future generations at risk...This is a terribly wrong choice for our nation."
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February 15, 2017
Final Push: Oppose Nomination of Scott Pruitt
Scott Pruitt, President Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has shown himself to be a willing servant of the oil and gas industry. What our nation needs instead is a servant of the public’s interest, dedicated to defending our health and well-being. The vote is imminent. Call your U.S. senators today.
February 6, 2017
21 Nobel Peace Laureates Call for Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
PSR's Ira Helfand appears on the monitor as he speaks in plenary session of the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogota, Columbia. Helfand is Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Twenty-one laureates issued a statement calling for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.
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January 27, 2017
We Are Living on Borrowed Time
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved their iconic "Doomsday Clock" a half-minute closer to midnight. Citing escalating rhetoric and "loose talk" on the subject of nuclear war, combined with climate change policies that ignore key facts, on January 26 the scientists placed the minute hand at 2 1/2 minutes to midnight, where midnight represents the end of civilization.
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January 24, 2017
PSR members join the Women's March
PSR members joined the Women's March in DC and other locations around the country to speak out for women's rights, health rights, and environmental justice.
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January 13, 2017
Reject Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator
President-elect Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt, Attorney General of Oklahoma, to be the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Yet Mr. Pruitt has cast doubt on the science of climate change; advocated on behalf of the oil and gas industry; and sued the EPA to block its health-protective standards. Read PSR's letter to the U.S. Senate, telling them: Scott Pruitt is not fit to lead the EPA.
January 12, 2017
Command and Control is now live at PBS!
Did you watch Command and Control on PBS? The documentary recreates the true story of a fateful accident involving an Arkansas-based Titan II missile. In harrowing interviews, the missileers who survived describe being responsible for--yet losing control over--a 9 megaton H-bomb. "Nerve-melting and riveting!" says Entertainment Weekly. The 1.5 hour film is now available for streaming at PBS.
January 10, 2017
Women's March on Washington
Join PSR in Washington, DC on Saturday, January 21st for the Women's March on Washington to speak out for women's rights, health rights, and environmental justice. If you can't make it to DC, attend one of the local events in your area.
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January 9, 2017
Watch Command & Control on PBS Tues. Night
PBS affiliates nationwide will air the new documentary "Command and Control" on January 10 ~ the riveting true story of Arkansas-based Air Force missileers as they grapple with an accident involving a Titan II missile and its 9-megaton nuclear warhead. Right after Obama's Farewell Address in Eastern and Central time zones, 9:00pm most other locations. Check your local listings.
Watch the film trailer here.
January 6, 2017
Congress Needs to Protect Our Health by Opposing Anti-Health Bills
The attacks on public health and safety have begun. The House of Representatives just introduced two bills that will jeopardize federal rules that protect our health and safety. These bills are just the first attacks on clean air, clean water, climate and health. PSR will be standing strong to fight back and defend health.
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January 4, 2017
Welcome to Jeff Carter, JD, PSR's New Executive Director
Jeff brings strong leadership experience, contacts on the Hill, and the knowledge to guide our wonderful network to defend the EPA, stop the most egregious cabinet nominations, reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and build a new energy economy at the state level. He looks forward to getting to know our supporters and activists.
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December 27, 2016
UN paves the way for unprecedented Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty negotiations
In a historic victory for nuclear disarmament backers including PSR, IPPNW and ICAN, the United Nations General Assembly voted December 23 with an overwhelming 70% majority to convene negotiations in 2017 for a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. This General Assembly vote followed an October vote in the UN First Committee.
Read PSR's press release »
December 20, 2016
Partial Victory: EPA Prohibits Harmful Ingredients from Pesticides
In response to a lawsuit by PSR, the Center for Environmental Health and Beyond Pesticides, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has acted to prohibit 72 dangerous inert ingredients from use in pesticides. The lawsuit had asked the EPA to require that pesticide labels disclose over 300 inert ingredients. We lost the lawsuit, but in response to our advocacy, EPA took action. Learn which ingredients they banned here.