The PSR Chapter Network: Changing the World One Community at a Time
PSR chapters work locally, state-wide, regionally and nationally which
gives us a powerful ability to make a difference on critical issues.
Get involved in creating a safer, more peaceful world right in your own
Find the chapter nearest to you.
Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Andrew Kanter
Andrew Kanter, MD, MPH
President of New York City Chapter and National Board President Elect
New York City, New York
"I believe that organizations like PSR and IPPNW represent a unique opportunity for a group of like-minded people to focus the world’s attention on the greatest threats to our global survival. Physicians are perfectly suited to provide an alternative, positive vision for our future, and we can provide the crucial movement necessary to help guide the planet away from violence and the threat of nuclear annihilation, to a future based on mutual security, common survival and sustainable development." Read more »
PSR Releases Top Ten Priorities for 2012
From preventing the development of
any new nuclear weapons, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the source,
PSR affirms its long-held commitment to prevent what we
cannot cure. Read the full list »
Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Erica Frank
Erica Frank, MD, MPH
Past President of PSR
Vancouver, British Columbia
"PSR concentrates on issues that really matter, threats that will mean the demise of humanity (and multiple other species) if we don't do something about them. I can't imagine just spending my time focusing only on one patient at a time, and ignoring threats that could bring us all down." Read more »
Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Lisa Doggett
Lisa Doggett, MD, MPH
President of Austin PSR
"My husband and I wanted a way for ourselves and other progressive phyusicians and nurses to work together on the larger public health issues that impact our patients and families but are beyond the scope of our daily work with individual patients. Our chapter has have participated in multiple press events on issues ranging from global warming to nuclear bunker busters to toxins in baby products." Read more »
Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Maureen McCue
Maureen McCue, MD, PhD
PSR/Iowa Coordinator and PSR/National Board Member
"PSR is the only organization where colleagues share my concern about 'preventing what we cannot cure' and addressing the gravest threats to human health and global survival!" Read more »
Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Maye Thompson
Maye Thompson, PhD, RN
Environmental Health Program Director, Oregon PSR
Read about Dr. Thompson's work on BPA in the Portland Tribune
"PSR is that rare combination of rigorous thinking and analysis, and unabashed advocacy once we have our data straight and cited. It has a great track record (no nuclear exchange yet!) and is an exciting supportive place to work." Read more »
Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Barbara Warren
Barbara Warren, MD, MPH
Arizona PSR Coordinator and National Board member
"PSR addresses the greatest threats to our safety and peaceful existence on this planet. There are many opportunities to bring the global issues of the nuclear threat and climate change to our communities for local action and positive change to resolve these issues." Read more »
PSR to Congress: Limit emissions of mercury and hazardous air toxics
benzene, asbestos, lead, and chromium are gravely hazardous air pollutants,
especially to children and fetuses. PSR has sent a letter to Congress (pdf) calling for effective
controls of these pollutants.
Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Thomas B. Newman
Thomas B. Newman, MD, MPH
San Francisco-Bay Area PSR Steering Committee and National Board member
San Carlos, California
"PSR continues the proud tradition of physicians' advocacy to protect public health, a tradition particularly strong in pediatrics. I work with PSR because the issues are vitally important and the people I work with are inspiring." Read more »
Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Tova Fuller
Tova Fuller, PhD
Former National Board Student Representative
Los Angeles, California
"I was drawn to PSR 7 years ago and am still a proud PSR member because the organization addresses global calamity: war, global warming and nuclear catastrophe. PSR espouses the belief that physicians are rightfully the vanguards of public health, and that these issues are rightfully public health problems." Read more »
Members Making a Difference: Meet Dr. Martin Donohoe
Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP
Oregon PSR Board of Advisors
"I have been involved with PSR since my days as a medical student, when I began to appreciate more fully the nature and scope of the serious threats facing our world. I am proud to be involved with such a well-organized, science-based, activist organization that works tirelessly to protect our planet from environmental destruction and war." Read more »
Toxics tools and resources
Our Environmental Health Policy Institute has compiled the
best and brightest tools and resources about toxic chemicals this holiday
season. You’ll find databases, clinical tools, and advocacy resources all designed to help
reduce and prevent exposures to toxic chemicals.
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Physicians Voice Health Concerns about Coal
PSR chapters continue to make powerful strides
to get the U.S. off of coal and onto clean, healthy, renewable energy
sources. Just in the past week, PSR activists
in Oregon, Iowa and Michigan conducted
an impressive series of public events, media visits and Grand Rounds
Read more »
Dr. Bob Gould on Nuclear Weapons
Gould spoke to students at Oregon Health and Science
University about nuclear weapons and the need for meaningful reductions
in spending on these Cold War relics. As Congress
weighs many competing priorities in an effort to reduce our country’s deficit,
the decision to drastically cut spending on these dangerous, unnecessary
weapons—and to save billions in the process—should be an easy call. Send
a message to Congress to tell them to sweep nuclear weapons into the dustbin of history.
Putting Nuclear Weapons on the Ballot! PSR KC Leads the Nation.
PSR/Kansas City is leading a coalition aimed at stopping the
construction of a nuclear weapons parts plant in their community. The
innovative organizing by PSR staff Ann Suellentrop, MSRN and Alicia Dressman is
inspiring activists all over the nation and the world. As part of their
campaign, they have collected thousands of signatures - enough to put this
issue before the voters of Kansas City. Read
more on this ballot initiative.
Also, don't miss this short video of
PSR Board member Ira Helfand, MD speaking during a recent 1 More 4 Zero tour in KC to a crowd of
400 at the local Occupy protest.
Beating war drums will not bring peace!
International Atomic Energy Association has released a report that details Iran’s ongoing pursuit of a dual-use nuclear program.
As some in the U.S. react with aggressive posturing, PSR
recognizes that threatening Iran with a military attack only further
empowers Iranian hard-liners. An air strike on Iran would have enormous
human costs and would likely plunge the
entire Middle East into further chaos and violence, disrupting public
health services and putting the well-being of thousands more civilians
at risk. An attack on Iran would validate the arguments of those in Iran
that support nuclear weapons acquisition for security reasons. The
U.S. must continue to engage Iran diplomatically and help create a more
stable and peaceful Middle East region. Read more »
Also see our in-depth study on the health impacts of an attack on Iran.
PSR Featured in “The Story of Broke”
PSR is a
featured partner in a brand new video called "The Story of Broke."
Created by the same team that brought you "The Story of Stuff"—a viral
success with 15 million views—this new video explains how skewed priorities are
driving the U.S. deficit crisis. We spend trillions of dollars on a
bloated defense budget and subsidies for dirty energy instead of promoting a
clean, green economic future.
Watch Video »
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Support PSR in asserting a strong medical and public health voice for the prevention of nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse toxic degradation of the environment and global warming. Your tax-deductable contribution will help ensure that we have the resources necessary to work towards a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations. Thank you!
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12,000 Citizens Protest Tar Sands Pipeline
PSR was part of the human chain that encircled the White House on Sunday
urging President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone pipeline that would
carry tar sands oil across 1,700 miles of American heartland, extending the
threat of oil spills and increasing world reliance on fossil fuels, thus
greatly increasing the threat of irreversible climate change.