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PSR Past Presidents build case for cuts in nukes in key states
October 21, 2011
Dr. Ira Helfand and Dr. Jeff Patterson, past PSR Presidents,
travelled to Kansas City and Los Angeles respectively to build support for
nuclear weapons abolition in the face of the upcoming budget debate in
Congress. Both speakers addressed activists, concerned citizens, and students
as part of speaker tours that are occurring across the country this Fall. PSR's
medical voice on the case for nuclear disarmament is essential as we move to
build on the successful ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
in late 2010.
Kansas City PSR is currently engaged in strong opposition to
the Kansas City Nuclear Weapons Plant. They are seeking, using a ballot
referendum, to ensure that Kansas City's funds are not used to secure more
capacity to build nuclear weapon components.
In Los Angeles PSR activists are represented by Super
Committee member Rep. Xavier Becerra who will have a powerful voice on
trillions of dollars of spending and cuts. We seek to show how money
appropriated for our archaic and dangerous nuclear weapons arsenal can help
fund essential human needs.
Over the next month, PSR leaders will speak to audiences in
Oregon, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and DC to help build support for meaningful cuts in
our bloated nuclear weapons arsenal.