Keck Auditorium, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 East 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059
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Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) invite you to a special screening of the documentary film, “Command and Control.” The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s producer, Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), and PSR-LA physicians, Drs. Bob Dodge and Jimmy Hara. The screening and presentation is the first event in a CDU lecture series in honor of Dr. M. Alfred Haynes, former Dean of the Department of Medicine and President of the University from 1979-1986. Dr. Haynes was a staunch advocate for community medicine to address environmental health issues, and wrote an article about the threat of nuclear incidents in 1961.
“Command and Control” provides a riveting account of nuclear weapons systems and the illusion of safety, examining the long-hidden and deadly accident at a Titan II nuclear missile complex in Arkansas in 1980, and revealing the ever-present danger that comes along with maintaining nuclear weapons. The film is based on Schlosser’s book by the same name, and is directed by Robert Kenner (Food Inc., Merchants of Doubt.)
The United States is in possession of nearly 7,000 nuclear warheads, weapons capable of causing massive and indiscriminate destruction and illness on a scale that modern medicine cannot meet. Despite international obligations to disarm, the US is poised to spend billions of dollars to rebuild our entire arsenal, diverting funds from critical human needs and creating toxic radioactive waste that threatens our communities.
The medical community has a long history of activism for the prevention of nuclear war and the abolition of nuclear weapons. With plans underway to rebuild nuclear weaponry, mounting international tensions and a president-elect who has spoken openly about using nuclear weapons, the need for a strong health voice for nuclear disarmament is rising. Last year, the American Medical Association adopted a resolution supporting efforts to increase awareness of the health and environmental consequences of nuclear war. Please join us on January 18th to learn more about the issue and how to join the movement of health professionals confronting the dangers of the nuclear threat.