Working in coalitions builds our power and influence through the diversity of sectors, expertise, skills, experience and strategic insights that our partners bring.
For our nuclear weapons abolition work, PSR-LA works with a broad coalition of local and national health, environmental, faith, peace, and justice organizations. We have a leading role in “Back from the Brink: Bringing Communities Together to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,” a national grassroots campaign to fundamentally change U.S. nuclear weapons policy. To date, over 50 U.S. municipalities and 6 state legislative bodies have adopted resolutions in support of the campaign, including the city of Los Angeles and the state of California. Locally we partner with the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, Veterans for Peace, Nuclear Free Schools, and Interfaith Communities United for Peace and Justice among others. PSR-LA also publishes an annual Community Cost Calculator to help communities and our partners calculate the full cost of nuclear weapons to their cities, counties, and states.. For FY 2021, Los Angeles County spent $2,292,473,636 on nuclear weapons programs, and the city of Los Angeles spent $938,153,039! We must change our national priorities and invest in community needs, not deadly weapons that must never be used.
PSR-LA has fought for the full cleanup of nuclear and chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a former nuclear and rocket engine testing facility in the hills above the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley, for over 30 years. Our partners in this work include: Committee to Bridge the Gap, the Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition, Parents vs SSFL, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Over the years, we’ve helped stop the relicensing of its “Hot Lab” and the cessation of all nuclear activities at the site, and achieve health studies for workers and the offsite population as well as historic agreements to fully clean up the site. We’ve also stopped improper disposal of radioactive debris, the development of hiking trails near the site and plans for the City of Simi Valley to use groundwater for drinking water. We continue to engage health professionals in cleanup efforts and provide technical assistance and leadership development to community members. We also advocate for full cleanup with elected officials at the city, county, state, and federal levels. PSR-LA is featured in the multi-award winning documentary film “In the Dark of the Valley.”
PSR-LA is an active member of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a national network of organizations working to address issues of nuclear weapons production and waste cleanup. ANA works to hold the federal government accountable through citizen education, empowerment, and action. Formed by organizations from communities in the shadows of nuclear weapons facilities, ANA’s leaders are deeply rooted in communities directly affected by these policies, and brings this experience to bear in addressing issues of government spending; public accountability; nuclear nonproliferation; waste cleanup, treatment and disposition; and the health and safety of workers, the public and the environment.
PSR-LA Associate Director Denise Duffield currently serves as President of ANA’s Board of Directors, and our Nuclear Threats & Energy Justice Program Manager Alex Jasset serves on ANA’s DC Days Committee.