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When: Thursday, June 4th 5:30 – 6:45 PDT
On April 29th, Governor Brown issued an executive order to establish a new and aggressive California greenhouse gas reduction target of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. A number of legislative proposals are currently being debated in Sacramento to reach these ambitious targets.
Join us for a webinar to learn about our State’s climate policy proposals and their potential benefits and limitations. Our speakers will talk about the current policy landscape, what the proposals do and don’t do, and how we can ensure stronger health protections in climate policy. Our second speaker, Curtis Below, will offer insight into the climate policy views held by critical swing legislators and their constituents, including Latinos, non-Latino swing voters, and small business leaders.
Parin Shah, Senior Strategist with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Prior to APEN, Parin was with Green For All where he worked with cities and counties on equity and environmental policy. In 2004, he founded the Urban Accords Institute, which in 2005 co-hosted the UN World Environment Day in San Francisco out of which was developed the Urban Environmental Accords – a road map for creating green cities. From 2000-2004 as the President of the Commission on the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco, he co-authored ground-breaking legislation on climate change, environmental justice, wetlands conservation & restoration, zero waste, green buildings and food security.
Curtis Below, Senior Vice President at Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3)
FM3 Researcher Curtis Below has brought his broad professional experience in the public, nonprofit and private sectors to FM3 in 2007. Since joining the firm he has provided qualitative and quantitative research and strategic advice to government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and candidate and ballot measure campaigns at both the state and local levels. In the public sector, Curtis previously worked in the California State Legislature for then Assembly member Herb J. Wesson, Jr., specifically focusing on health, utilities and conservation issues. In the nonprofit sector, Curtis worked for the Environmental Defense Fund, focusing primarily on environmental health issues.
Moderated by Martha Dina Argüello of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles
Join PSR-LA and communities throughout the world on Sunday, April 26 at 1 pm as we wave goodbye to nuclear weapons at the historic Chain Reaction peace sculpture in Santa Monica.
The event is part of an international Global Wave action taking place over 24 hours prior to the 2015 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the UN in New York, where governments meet to discuss their obligations toward nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. With a global arsenal of 16,300 nuclear weapons, and a trillion dollars pledged to modernize the US arsenal over the next three decades, meaningful progress on fulfilling the NPT treaty is in jeopardy.
World communities are therefore joining together on April 26 in a Global Wave mobilization that calls on governments to abolish nuclear weapons and re-invest the $100 billion annual global nuclear weapons budget into areas of social need such as eliminating poverty, addressing climate change, and ensuring basic health care and education world-wide.
The Global Wave will start in New York City and proceed through each time zone every hour through symbolic Wave events. Photos and video from the Global Wave events will be shown to governments at the NPT Review Conference to demonstrate global support for a nuclear weapons free world. Click here to see a map of the events.
In Southern California, what better place to join this international chain of peace events than Chain Reaction, Paul Conrad’s historic peace sculpture in Santa Monica. Chain Reaction is a 26-foot-tall sculpture depicting a nuclear mushroom cloud created from chain links. The inscription at the base reads, “This is a statement of peace. May it never become an epitaph.” It was designed by three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Conrad and gifted to the City of Santa Monica in 1991.
Don’t miss this historic opportunity to vote with your hands for a nuclear weapons free world! Our local Global Wave event will, in addition to calling for a nuclear weapons free world, commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, remembering its victims and all those who have been impacted by nuclear weapons, nuclear reactor accidents, and radioactive fallout and waste.
Global Wave for a Nuclear Weapons Free World
Sunday, April 26th at 1 pm
Chain Reaction Sculpture, Santa Monica Civic Center
1800 block of Main Street in Santa Monica
Click here for map of event location
Click here to download flyer and click here to download press release.
For more information contact Denise Duffield at 213-689-9170 ext 104 office or cell 310-339-9676 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by: Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, International Health and Epidemiology Research Center, American Friends Service Committee-Los Angeles, Church in Ocean Park, Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Office of the Americas, Pace e Bene, Palisadians for Peace, Pax Christi
The Global Wave action is part of the Peace and Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World. Read more about the Peace and Planet mobilization – website and Facebook page.
Help PSR-LA revitalize and grow our efforts to address nuclear threats. Donate to the Prescription for Survival Campaign today!
PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Jimmy Hara will moderate “Shadows For Peace, For The Sake of the Children: The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Experience forum” on March 19th at Chapman University in Orange and at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on March 21st. PSR-LA member Dr. James Yamazaki will also be featured in the forum, which is in remembrance of the 250,000 who died instantly or as the result of radiation poisoning from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Japan in August 1945.
Hear personal stories from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) and listen to guest speakers from Hiroshima and Nagasaki as they share how these cities recovered and speak to the movements that were inspired by these devastating explosions. Gain historical insight to “Fat Man” and “Little Boy,” as the bombs were referred to, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the research advancements that impact society today.
Fish Interfaith Center,
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
5:00 – 6:00 pm Art Exhibit and Reception
6:00 – 8:15 pm Forum
Japanese American National Museum,
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
1:00 – 5:00 pm Art Exhibit
2:00 – 4:15 pm Forum
RSVP limited seating
Ms. Tomoko Meakawa, educator, author, president of the Never Again Nagasaki Campaign, executive member of the Nagasaki Global Citizens’ Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, and executive member of the International Exchange Division of Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace.
Dr. David Krieger, lecturer, author, founder and president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He has lectured throughout the US, Europe and Asia on issues of peace, security, international law and the abolition of nuclear weapons. Dr. Krieger is chair of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, chair of the executive committee of the Middle Powers Initiative, and the founder and member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000.
Video Interview with Dr. James Yamazaki. In 1949 Dr. Yamazaki was assigned as Physician-in-Charge of the United States Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Nagasaki. He is the author of “Children of the Atomic Bomb.” He also had served as a combat surgeon at the Battle of the Bulge where he had been captured and held as a prisoner of war by the Germans.
Dr. Akiko Mikamo, lecturer, educator, author, and President of San Diego WISH, Worldwide Initiative to Safeguard Humanity and president and medical psychologist at US-Japan Psychological Services in San Diego. 2014 World Peace & Prosperity Foundation Award Recipient.
Dr. Jimmy Hara, physician and board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, wills serve as moderator.
For more information:
JANM – limited Seating – RSVP required
Saturday, December 13th
4:00 PM Program, 5:00 PM Reception
Los Angeles Athletic Club, Centennial Ballroom
431 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Parking is available in the LAAC garage at 646 S. Olive Street for a flat fee of $7. Click here for map.
Tickets are $50 for the General public, $35 for PSR-LA Members, Free for Students and Residents. Contact Denise Duffield at email@example.com or at 213-689-9170 with any questions.
Our stories and our experiences can be powerful drivers for change, and the physician voice is an important tool to help make that change. Please join us on December 13th to learn more about how physicians and health care providers can combine their professional experiences and commitment to social change to build a movement for a healthier, safer world. The event will be followed by a reception where socially conscious health professionals can meet one another and work towards building a community of powerful physician storytellers.
Neal Baer, MD is a pediatrician and television writer who combines his passion for medicine and storytelling to challenge audiences’ views on a spectrum of social and political topics. Prior to his work as Executive Producer for Under the Dome, Dr. Baer was Executive Producer of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which received six Emmys and a Golden Globe, and he was Executive Producer of the NBC hit series ER, where he received five Emmy nominations as a producer and two for writing.
Dr. Baer joined the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health as a Research Scientist in 2013. He recently established The Center for Storytelling, Activism and Health at USC’s Institute for Global Health, now at UCLA, where he is working on projects using new media to promote health initiatives around the world. In addition, he is also a Senior Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and a Lecturer in the university’s School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Baer serves on the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles.Fill out my online form.
Wednesday December 10, 2014
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lynwood Bateman Hall
11330 Bullis Road
Lynwood, CA 90262
Air quality, transportation, climate change, and green jobs are all deeply connected to the health of Latino communities. Join members of the Latino Legislative caucus in an event sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, and Communities for a Better Environment. Hear from top experts on the most pressing environmental health issues affecting our health, and what can be done to solve them. The Healthy Future Symposium will connect local elected officials, and community leaders to share their perspectives and concerns on health, air pollution, clean transportation, and green economic development. Join us in setting a course for cleaner air and healthier communities.
The Healthy Future Symposium will be co-hosted by Senator Ricardo Lara and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon. This event is brought to you by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and Communities for a Better Environment.
This event is open to the public and free. Spanish translation will be provided. Breakfast included. For more information, contact Martha Dina Arguello at (213) 689-9170.
Saturday, November 8th, 10 am-1 pm
Moseley-Salvatori Conference Center
637 Lucas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017
PSR-LA is holding a special training on Saturday, November 8 for physicians and health professionals to help grow our efforts for nuclear disarmament.
Dr. Robert Dodge, PSR-LA Board Member, will speak about ways that physicians can become involved in the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Campaign, a growing international effort to ban nuclear weapons.
The need could not be greater. “In a nuclear world, all war has the possibility of becoming nuclear,” says Dr. Dodge.
PSR-LA was founded upon the recognition that, as with all major public health threats, physicians have a unique role and responsibility to work to prevent what we cannot cure. There is no adequate medical response to nuclear war, so physicians must step outside of their clinical roles and advocate for nuclear disarmament.
It is up to us to educate, motivate, and engage the U.S. public to let decision makers know that we must protect all we hold dear by banning nuclear weapons. Over 50,000 nuclear weapons have already been eliminated; it’s time to take care of the rest.
The unique and credible voice of physicians is key to this effort. If you are a physician or health care professional committed to a nuclear weapons free world, we urge you to join us on November 8 and become part of the solution. For more information contact Denise Duffield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-689-9170.
“We physicians who shepherd human life from birth to death have a moral imperative to resist with all our being the drift toward the brink. The threatened inhabitants on this fragile planet must speak out for those yet unborn, for posterity has no lobby with politicians.” – Dr. Bernard Lown
SSFL WORK GROUP MEETING
Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 PM
at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Join the SSFL Work Group on October 1 for a candid discussion about the contamination and cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The meeting will include presentations on:
The 1959 Meltdown – What Really Happened?
John Pace, a former Atomics International employee, will relay his first-person experiences of the 1959 partial nuclear meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) on October 1 at a meeting of the SSFL Work Group. Pace will reveal harrowing information about what happened during the reactor accident over a two-week period in July 1959. A panel of former workers, experts, and community members will add their experiences and insights, and discuss why this event matters today.
The partial meltdown, and numerous other nuclear accidents and spills and releases from tens of thousands of rocket tests resulted in widespread radioactive and chemical contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water, some of which has migrated offsite.
Will SSFL Ever Be Cleaned Up?
The partial meltdown was kept secret for two decades, followed by decades of foot-dragging by the parties responsible for the witches’ brew of contamination at the site. Finally, in 2010, state and federal agencies formally promised that all detectible contamination at SSFL would be cleaned up. But troubling subsequent actions by the agencies, which have largely been kept secret and will be detailed at the meeting, raise serious questions about whether they are actively breaking their commitments and whether, in fact, the great majority of the radioactive and toxic chemical pollution will ever be removed. Community members and advocates will also explore what can be done to ensure full cleanup.
Fore more information visit www.ssflworkgroup.org.
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), also known as Rocketdyne, is a former nuclear and rocket engine testing facility that is contaminated with radiological and chemical pollutants. The 2,850 acre site is near Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Calabasas, and Thousand Oaks. For over twenty years, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Work Group has served to keep the community informed about the contamination at SSFL and assure it is thoroughly cleaned up.
Learn About Potential for Offsite Exposures from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory
Wednesday, June 18th 6:30 PM
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065
The next SSFL Work Group meeting will include a featured presentation on:
- Potential for Offsite Exposures Associated with the Santa Susana Field Laboratory – Dr. Yoram Cohen, Professor of Chemical Engineering, UCLA Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, Director of the Water Technology Research Center and the Center for Environmental Risk Reduction. Professor Cohen headed a team of researchers from UCLA and other institutions that conducted a multi-year study funded by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on potential migration of contaminants from SSFL to nearby communities.
Other presentations will include:
- Breakdown of ~200 Incidents of Pollution Limit Exceedances in Surface Water Runoff from SSFL
- Perchlorate in Simi Valley Wells
- Recent Developments About DOE, NASA, and DTSC Cleanup Agreements
- How Much Contamination Would Remain On-Site If the Cleanup Agreements Were Not Followed
SSFL is a former nuclear and rocket engine testing facility that is contaminated with radiological and chemical pollutants. The 2,850 acre site is near Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Calabasas, and Thousand Oaks. The SSFL Work Group was founded in 1989 as the primary way of keeping the public informed about efforts to clean up the contamination at SSFL, after decades of rocket testing and nuclear reactor development, including a partial nuclear meltdown. PSR-LA currently serves as coordinator for the SSFL Work Group.
Join us for a movie presentation of the HBO documentary, Toxic Hot Seat, which explores the use and effects of chemical flame retardants in the United States. The film features PSR-LA’s Martha Dina Argüello and Ana Mascareñas.
When: Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30pm
Where: Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd, W. Los Angeles, CA 90025
Toxic Hot Seat follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose a shadowy campaign of deception that left a toxic legacy in our homes and bodies – a campaign so cunning, it’s taken nearly 40 years to unravel.
The screening is hosted by the Give Toxics the Boot campaign, a collaboration between the filmmakers of Toxic Hot Seat, the International Association of Fire Fighters, and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families.
Learn more about the nuclear and chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) and efforts to clean it up at SSFL Work Group meeting on February 5th at 6:30 pm at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065.
SSFL is a former nuclear and rocket engine testing facility that is contaminated with radiological and chemical pollutants. The 2,850 acre site is near Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Calabasas, and Thousand Oaks. The SSFL Work Group was founded in 1989 as the primary way of keeping the public informed about efforts to clean up the contamination at SSFL, after decades of rocket testing and nuclear reactor development, including a partial nuclear meltdown.
The February 5 meeting will include:
- A short film about the 1959 partial nuclear meltdown
- A description other SSFL radioactive accidents and spills
- Findings from the recent EPA study of radioactive contamination
- Details about the toxic chemical contamination from rocket testing
- Status of carrying out cleanup agreements
- Exceedances of pollution standards in water leaving the site
- Compensation program for ill former workers & their families
On January 9th and 10th a working group of federal agencies will be in Los Angeles to hear your ideas on how we can prevent disasters at U.S. chemical facilities.
Following the April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, President Obama issued Executive Order #13650 “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security”. According to EPA data, there are more than 470 U.S. chemical facilities that each put 100,000 or more people at risk of injury or death from a sudden poison gas release. (Map: blue dots represent chemical facilities of concern in the LA area. Source: Center for Effective Government)
In Los Angeles, like many other areas of the country, a disproportionate number of these sites are right next to low-income communities of color. We must protect communities from catastrophic releases of extremely hazardous chemicals where they are manufactured, transported, and stored.According to Obama’s Executive Order, a working group of EPA, OSHA, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must develop “guidance, outreach, standards and regulations” and “enhance safety and security in chemical facilities.” In addition, the Executive Order requires agencies to engage stakeholder conversations, including “labor organizations representing affected workers, environmental and community groups” to identify best practices, “including through the use of safer alternatives…”If you cannot make one of the listening sessions, please submit an official comment to OSHA today. For more information, read the offical call for comments from the public at the OSHA website. You can also learm more about specific facilities in California from The Right-To-Know Network.Our voices are needed urgently to make sure this review includes prevention-based policies so that our health and environment can be protected. See the registration links for the January 9th and 10th sessions below. Contact Martha Arguello, email@example.com if you have any questions.Listening Sessions on Chemical Facility Safety and Security
Announcement text from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Agencies: Please save-the-date(s) to join us for the Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security (Executive Order 13650 (EO)) public listening session opportunities in January 2014. During each of the listening sessions, the Working Group will share an overview of the various sections of the EO and the progress made to date on each. In particular, we are interested in hearing from the stakeholders described in the EO: chemical producers, chemical storage companies, agricultural supply companies, State and local regulators, chemical critical infrastructure owners and operators, first responders, labor organizations representing affected workers, environmental and community groups, and consensus standards organizations. Attendees will have opportunities to provide individual input on the process and the specific areas in the EO. These areas include improving operational coordination with States, Tribes, and local partners; enhanced information collection and sharing; modernizing regulations, guidance, and policies; and identifying best practices in chemical facility safety and security. The EO Working Group anticipates having evening hours for several of the locations. Additional details and registration information for January sessions will be provided shortly. For more information on EO 13650, please visit https://www.osha.gov/chemicalexecutiveorder/index.html or email EO.Chemical@hq.dhs.gov.
- Thursday, January 9, 2014 – Evening In-Person Meeting and Teleconference
Time: 5pm – 6pm Registration, 6pm – 8pm Session
Location: Mount St. Mary’s College, Doheny Campus, Donohue Center, 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007-2598
Register: In-Person Registration Link | Teleconference Registration Link
- Friday, January 10, 2014 – Daytime In-Person Meeting and Teleconference
Time: 8am – 9am Registration, 9am – 2pm Session
Location: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), James West Alumni Center (JWAC), 325 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Register: In-Person Registration Link | Teleconference Registration Link
- Thursday, January 9, 2014 – Evening In-Person Meeting and Teleconference
Join us for an advance screening of the HBO documentary, TOXIC HOT SEAT, which explores Chemical Flame Retardants in the U.S. The film features PSR-LA’s Martha Dina Argüello and Ana Mascareñas.
When: Wednesday, November 6th @ 6pm
Where: Fowler Museum at UCLA
North Campus, UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90095
TOXIC HOT SEAT follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose a shadowy campaign of deception that left a toxic legacy in our homes and bodies – a campaign so cunning, it’s taken nearly 40 years to unravel.
Following the screening, a panel featuring the directors, James Redford, and experts from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Physicians for Social Responsibility- LA will discuss the film and chemical flame retardants in California and beyond.
This event is hosted by the UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program.
Please join us for The Toxies: Exposed worldwide premiere at 6pm on August 15th at the Downtown Independent Theatre in Los Angeles. Following the viewing, we will hold a discussion with scientists, advocates, and community members to learn more about the real life battle to retire these dangerous chemicals and pollutants.
The Toxies: Exposed is a 7-webisode series that follows a daring investigative journalist as he chases down toxic chemicals and pollutants. From diving into the human body to catch BPA impersonating estrogen, to going on a deadly joy ride with agricultural pesticide Chloropicrin and his friends, and narrowly escaping an aggressive interview with brain-damaging Lead, this groundbreaking exposé both shocks and entertains. Moreover, The Toxies: Exposed reveals the harmful misdeeds of toxic villains in our midst, so we can take steps to protect our health and communities.
This premiere is the 4th annual event of The Toxies, a multi-media campaign created by the statewide coalition, Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) and led by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA), to educate the public on the hazards of specific chemicals and demonstrate how we can pull together as neighborhoods, workers, businesses and consumers to eliminate them from our lives.
The Toxies have reached thousands of people across the nation, supporting our advocacy for safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. With your help, we’ll reach even more this year!
- Attend The Toxies: Exposed Worldwide Premiere and Discussion at 6 pm on August 15 — Join us in-person for fracking fluid inspired cocktails (in the spirit of transparency, we’ll actually tell you what’s in the cocktail!)… who knows, maybe even some guest appearances from our stars. Following the premiere, join a discussion with scientists, advocates, and community members to learn more about the real life battles to retire these dangerous chemicals and pollutants. RSVP now!
- Spread the word — Invite people in your network to our worldwide webisode series premiere on August 15, 2013! Stay connected with us on Facebook, facebook.com/TheToxies, and Twitter @TheToxies, hashtags #toxies and #toxie.
- Sponsor the Toxies — You’ll get great visibility on our website, through our print materials, and at our premiere, while supporting this fun and informative project, and helping us share it with the world. Sponsor the Toxies now!
Visit www.toxies.com for more information.
A public candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday, August 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the 26-foot-tall nuclear mushroom cloud “Chain Reaction” peace sculpture in the Santa Monica Civic Center to remember the victims of the August 6, 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and to support efforts leading to a nuclear weapons-free world. The sculpture is located on the 1800 block of Main Street just north of Pico Blvd.
The vigil will include speakers from Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and other peace organizations who are concerned about the worldwide danger that exists from nuclear weapons. Also speaking will be community activists with Save Chain Reaction, who are working to save and restore the threatened ‘Chain Reaction’ warning monument that was designed, created and gifted to Santa Monica by late 3-time Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad. The sculpture has been standing in the Civic Center since 1991, and last year was designated as a Santa Monica landmark by the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission. To learn more, see https://www.facebook.com/SaveChainReaction.
The event is being sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility- Los Angeles and Save Chain Reaction. For further information call 310-399-1000 or click here to e-mail Jerry Rubin.