HONOR THESE COURAGEOUS LEADERS

Helen Thomas has stood in the front row of the White House press room for over forty years, and she’s asked probing questions of every President since John F. Kennedy. The 83-year-old dean of the White House press corps, reflecting on her 50-year career at United Press International said recently, “I censored myself when I was a reporter.”

 

Things are different today. Thomas now writes a column for the Hearst News Service and is free to boldly

declare her opinions. Her opinion of President George W. Bush? “He is the worst president in all of American history.” She adds, “I have never covered a president who actually wanted to go to war. Bush’s policy of pre-emptive war is immoral—such a policy would legitimize Pearl Harbor. It’s as if they learned none of the lessons from Vietnam.”

 

It is our great privilege to honor this wonderful witness to history on Sunday, October 26, when Dr. Helen Caldicott

will bestow the 2003 Caldicott Award on Ms. Thomas.

 

Also honored is Representative Barbara Lee, who cast the lone vote in the United States Congress opposing the

unilateral invasion of Afghanistan. She believed that the nation would be better served through a thoughtful, multinational response to terrorism. With Iraq now in turmoil and Afghanistan reverting to neo-Taliban rule, President Bush’s go-italone policies have been fully repudiated, and Rep. Lee’s courageous stand will be recorded in the history books as both wise and prescient. She will receive PSR-LA’s Healing the Planet Award.

 

The film Steal This Movie! capturesthe wild story of 60’s activist Abbie Hoffman. The film’s director and this

year’s Peacemaker Award recipient, Robert Greenwald, now finds himself, like Hoffman, the leader of the American peace movement. Greenwald and actor Mike Farrell recently founded Artists United, an organization that coordinates artists to oppose the invasion of Iraq and offer mainstream, patriotic, and positive messages to counterbalance the harsh unilateralist actions emerging from the White House. Artists United brought greater

media attention to the threat of war through celebrity appearances on television, radio, print, and at events and rallies. They plan to extend their work to do the same for urgently needed social justice, environmental and educational issues, events and organizations, and especially to oppose ill-considered future wars.

 

PSR-LA’s Socially Responsible Medicine Award recipient is Neal Baer, MD, who is profiled on page 5.

Dr. Helen Caldicott will offer special remarks. She recently received the Lannan Foundation’s $350,000 Prize for

Cultural Freedom. Widely regarded as one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action to remedy nuclear and environmental crises, Dr. Caldicott has devoted the last 30 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age, and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. PSR-LA recently assisted Dr. Caldicott in founding the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, which seeks to educate Americans on the profound medical, environmental, political and moral

consequences of perpetuating nuclear weapons, power and waste.

 

The great jazz pianist Herbie Hancock will also perform 

Helen Thomas has stood in the front row of the White House press room for over forty years, and she’s asked probing questions of every President since John F. Kennedy. The 83-year-old dean of the White House press corps, reflecting on her 50-year career at United Press International said recently, “I censored myself when I was a reporter.”

 

Things are different today. Thomas now writes a column for the Hearst News Service and is free to boldly

declare her opinions. Her opinion of President George W. Bush? “He is the worst president in all of American history.” She adds, “I have never covered a president who actually wanted to go to war. Bush’s policy of pre-emptive war is immoral—such a policy would legitimize Pearl Harbor. It’s as if they learned none of the lessons from Vietnam.”

 

It is our great privilege to honor this wonderful witness to history on Sunday, October 26, when Dr. Helen Caldicott

will bestow the 2003 Caldicott Award on Ms. Thomas.

 

Also honored is Representative Barbara Lee, who cast the lone vote in the United States Congress opposing the

unilateral invasion of Afghanistan. She believed that the nation would be better served through a thoughtful, multinational response to terrorism. With Iraq now in turmoil and Afghanistan reverting to neo-Taliban rule, President Bush’s go-italone policies have been fully repudiated, and Rep. Lee’s courageous stand will be recorded in the history books as both wise and prescient. She will receive PSR-LA’s Healing the Planet Award.

 

The film Steal This Movie! capturesthe wild story of 60’s activist Abbie Hoffman. The film’s director and this

year’s Peacemaker Award recipient, Robert Greenwald, now finds himself, like Hoffman, the leader of the American peace movement. Greenwald and actor Mike Farrell recently founded Artists United, an organization that coordinates artists to oppose the invasion of Iraq and offer mainstream, patriotic, and positive messages to counterbalance the harsh unilateralist actions emerging from the White House. Artists United brought greater

media attention to the threat of war through celebrity appearances on television, radio, print, and at events and rallies. They plan to extend their work to do the same for urgently needed social justice, environmental and educational issues, events and organizations, and especially to oppose ill-considered future wars.

 

PSR-LA’s Socially Responsible Medicine Award recipient is Neal Baer, MD, who is profiled on page 5.

Dr. Helen Caldicott will offer special remarks. She recently received the Lannan Foundation’s $350,000 Prize for

Cultural Freedom. Widely regarded as one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action to remedy nuclear and environmental crises, Dr. Caldicott has devoted the last 30 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age, and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. PSR-LA recently assisted Dr. Caldicott in founding the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, which seeks to educate Americans on the profound medical, environmental, political and moral

consequences of perpetuating nuclear weapons, power and waste.

 

The great jazz pianist Herbie Hancock will also perform

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