Presented by Town Hall Seattle and WPSR:
With developing international discussions of nuclear conflict, it’s critical that we gather context for the policies and legacies of nuclear weapons. To help us gain perspective, we invite to the stage Daniel Ellsberg, former high level defense analyst and legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers. In his new book, The Doomsday Machine, Ellsberg offers us a first-hand account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s, highlighting how our nation’s nuclear strategy has not fundamentally changed since the eras of late Eisenhower and early Kennedy. Ellsberg is joined in conversation with Daniel Bessner, professor of American Foreign Policy at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, to discuss the legacy of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization—and to analyze how its proposed renewal under the Trump administration threatens our very survival. Join us for a powerful and urgent conversation about feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing “doomsday machine” and avoid nuclear catastrophe.
In 1961 Daniel Ellsberg consulted for the Department of Defense and the White House and drafted Secretary Robert McNamara’s plans for nuclear war. A Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Ellsberg is the author of Secrets and the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America.
Daniel Bessner is the author of Democracy in Exile and co-editor of The Decisionist Imagination. He has published scholarly articles in several journals, including The Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, International Security, The Intellectual History Review, and others.
WPSR founder, Dr. Judith Lipton, will introduce this event.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Town Hall's website: https://townhallseattle.org/event/daniel-ellsberg-with-daniel-bessner/
Join WPSR, FUSE Washington, WEC, and the Pierce County Activist Council as we Kickoff our climate justice campaign in Tacoma! We'll be talking about the Alliance plan and policy, meet our members, and share ways to get involved.
Join us as we kickoff the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy campaign in Kent! We'll be talking about the Alliance plan and policy, meet our members, and share ways to get involved.
Ken Lans, WPSR Vice President, will be speaking about the health impacts of climate change and the importance of our policy.
Join us for Western Washington FOR's fall retreat to discuss climate change and nuclear weapons!
Public hearing on Millennium’s Shorelines permits & community appreciation dinner party (if you’ve attended a rally, signed a petition, or volunteered at a “no coal” event, this party is for YOU!). Remember to wear red and RSVP early!
Join us at the Faith Action Climate Team's annual conference.
Join WPSR and Thurston Climate Action Team as we kickoff the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy campaign in Olympia!
WPSR's Inequality Task Force is convening a half-day planning session in Seattle (exact location TBD). WPSR board members, Drs. Stephen Bezruchka, Mary Weiss, Adam Hoverman, and Noah Silver, will help facilitate this brainstorming and planning session. We will have other experts on hand to introduce us to potential new opportunities for WPSR to positively impact economic and health inequities in WA State.
For the last several years, WPSR has maintained a small but important program on economic inequality. Research suggests our nation’s growing inequality gap is one of several causes of diminished population health outcomes, contributing to higher mortality and shortened lifespans. To combat this, we have previously advocated for raising minimum wage and for implementing a statewide paid parental leave policy.
With the passage of a statewide paid leave policy by the Washington state legislature this year (we’re still celebrating!), we are now looking toward defining our next goals. Our Inequality Task Force is thinking big, and we want to include diverse voices in this conversation. That’s why we invite YOU to join us.
We don’t want to script the conversation too much, but issues and solutions discussed may include:
- building awareness of US and Washington's health status
- a statewide income tax
- early childhood support and interventions
- violence prevention
- substance abuse
Will you join us? If so, please register here. We will be in touch with additional details and background reading material to help you prepare.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Washington, social justice, labor, faith, environmental, and health advocates have used our collective experiences and values and built on existing policies to create what we believe is the most effective and equitable carbon reduction policy to date for transitioning to a clean energy economy.
Learn more about the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy’s campaign for a carbon tax that would fund investments in a clean-energy economy.
Light snacks will be served with coffee and tea. Free parking available.
After weeks of pressure from 350Seattle and other activists, the Board of Administration for Seattle's $2.5 billion pension fund agreed to analyze the case for fossil fuel divestment. They will be voting on whether or not to divest at the July 13th meeting of the Board. Please come along, bring you signs and demand that the City get out of dirty fossil fuels!
The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is gearing up to pass equitable climate action in 2018. We're getting ready to go to the ballot if that's what it takes to create jobs, cut carbon and clean our air!
Join us for a Happy Hour to learn more about the Alliance and their plan, meet the staff, partners and climate justice stewards, and get involved!
Meaningful Movies in Wallingford will show the documentary "Sustainable", about sustainable agriculture followed by a discussion with Dr. David Montgomery, UW Professor and author of the new book, Growing A Revolution. Revolutionizing away from industrial to regenerative agriculture has the potential to grow more food at less cost and to put carbon back into the soil.
At 360,000 barrels per day of crude oil, the terminal would pump toxic pollution into our air 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tesoro would release smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), diesel exhaust, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and other pollutants linked to increased cancer rates. Tesoro Savage tries to downplay this impact. Here’s where you come in: Tell EFSEC not to sacrifice the health of Vancouver’s residents, schoolchildren, and businesses for Tesoro’s massive oil-by-rail scheme.
Join us at the home of WPSR members Diana and Don Storey for an informal discussion of WPSR's current priorities, including nuclear weapons and climate change; the ways we and our partners are working to address these challenges; and how you can help.
If interested in attending, please RSVP to Laura Skelton at email@example.com, or (206)547-2630.
Join WPSR and the Stand Up to Oil Coalition on the WA State Capitol steps for a rally, press event, and hand delivery to the Governor of over 1 million petitions and comments from citizens saying "no" to Big Coal and Dirty Oil in the Evergreen State. Governor Inslee and our state agencies have significant input on several major coal and oil projects proposed in our state, and this is a critical time to tell him that we want a cleaner energy future!
After the rally and petition drop, you are invited to a post-rally lunch (it's on us!).
Meaningful Movies is showing COMMAND AND CONTROL, a minute-by-minute account of a near catastrophic nuclear explosion at a Titan ll Missile complex, followed by discussion and action.
Featured guest: Mary Hanson, with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility are forming a committee in Olympia to take action locally against the new nuclear arms race. Join us for our first meeting on May 4th!
We are partnering with the Sierra Club and Sightline Institute to present a forum on the Kalama Methanol Plant and natural gas/methanol usage in Washington State.
Eric DePlace of Sightline Institute and Dr. Mark Vossler, WPSR's Climate and Health Task Force Co-Chair, will present.
Come learn why anti-nuclear weapons activism is as important today as it was in 1945, and how you can make a difference on this critical issue. You'll have the opportunity to connect with numerous activist groups in the local Washington Coalition to Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race. Yukiyo Kawano's life-size soft sculpture of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Little Boy, will also be on display.