Washington Coalition to Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race
Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

Washington Coalition to Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race

The Olympic Peninsula Progressives are hosting a meeting of the Washington Coalition to Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race

When: Friday, September 28, 2018 2-4 pm

Where: Port Angeles Library – Carver Room 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles, WA

GUEST SPEAKER Lilly Adams, with the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, based in Seattle.

Meeting will be videotaped, for viewing on Peninsula Area Public Access TV (PAPA TV)

All Are Welcome!

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Voices of Environmental Justice: A Citizens Forum
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Voices of Environmental Justice: A Citizens Forum

  • Evergreen State College, Lyceum Hall Tacoma Campus (map)
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Join WPSR, Tarika Powell of Sightline Institute, the Sierra Club, Advocates for a Cleaner Tacoma, and others for an evening discussion of the Tacoma LNG project hosted by local social justice group The Conversation.

Don’t miss “Folly of Frack”, a play about fracked gas projects proposed in the Pacific Northwest hosted by Bonnie McKinley and Stopped Fracked Gas PDX at 6:00 PM! Panel discussion begins at 6:30 PM.

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The Folly of Frack
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

The Folly of Frack

Join the Sierra Club, WPSR, and other climate advocates for an exciting night about local fracked gas threats in our region and ways to get involved!

There will be a free viewing of the Folly of Frack, a play about fracked gas in the Pacific Northwest, and an informational presentation by WPSR Climate & Health Task Force member Dr. Rejean Idzerda.

We’re working to stopped fracked gas expansion in Washington and public input is invited this fall on two big projects in Kalama and Tacoma. Now’s our time to say “Yes” to clean, renewable energy, and “no” to these climate-disastorous projects!

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Film Screening: "Reinventing Power"
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: "Reinventing Power"

Join WPSR and Wallingford Meaningful Movies for a screening of “Reinventing Power!"

Following the film, WPSR Climate & Health Task Force member Dr. Jim Little will moderate a panel on renewable energy in Washington State, and Dr. Chris Covert-Bowlds will share WPSR’s work to support climate action from a health perspective.

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Climate Change, Human Health, and Nutrition
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Climate Change, Human Health, and Nutrition

  • Hildebrand Hall at Plymouth Church (map)
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Dr. Mark Vossler, Co-Chair of WPSR's Climate & Health Task Force, will be presenting on the human health impacts of climate change during this Town Hall seminar panel hosted by the Sustainable Path Foundation. 

Other panelists include Dr. Kris Ebie,  director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), and Rohm and Haas Endowed Professor in Public Health Sciences at the University of Washington, and  Stephen Jones, a wheat breeder and the Director of The WSU Bread Lab in Skagit Valley.

Tickets are $5

Register: HERE

Picture Credit: Pexels

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Olympia Healthcare Professionals for Climate
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Olympia Healthcare Professionals for Climate

Dr. Lisa Johnson and WPSR invite you to join us in Olympia to meet other healthcare professionals and learn about Initiative 1631!

Join us to get to know WPSR and hear about physicians’ advocacy for clean air and clean energy. Learn how you can get involved in climate advocacy using your powerful voice as a healthcare provider. Click here to view the event invitation and share with others!

Appetizers and wine provided. Please RSVP to Sarah (sarah@wpsr.org) before October 16th.

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Economic Inequity and Health Training
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Economic Inequity and Health Training

Prescription for Inequity:

Strategies for Addressing Economic Inequity and Improving Health

Health outcomes in the United States are worse than most other developed nations, despite the soaring amount of money we spend on healthcare. One root cause? Economic inequity – or the extreme disparity in wealth between the richest and poorest in our society.

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility is working to change that, and we invite you to join us! We are hosting an advocacy workshop where attendees can learn more about how inequity affects health, as well as strategies for reducing inequity and mitigating its negative consequences. Participants will not only learn about the causes and consequences of inequity, but will also gain tools for effective advocacy to address these issues locally.

By attending this workshop, you will learn more about:

- Inequity in US and WA, and our health status compared to other countries

- Persuasive communication and advocacy skills

- Progressive taxation and other wealth distribution opportunities in WA

- Local efforts to address homelessness, with an emphasis on strategies for greater Seattle

- Harm reduction strategies, with a focus on reducing opioid overdose and death

Topics covered will include:

  • US and WA inequity and health status

  • Communication and advocacy skills

  • Presentations on:

    • Progressive taxation/wealth distribution opportunities in WA

    • Housing and homelessness, with an emphasis on strategies for greater Seattle

    • Harm reduction, with a focus on reducing opioid overdose and death

Speakers will include:

  • Lee Hochberg: communications lecturer at UW; former PBS NewsHour correspondent; former KCTS producer

  • Dr. Stephen Bezruchka: senior lecturer at UW, Health Services and Global Health

  • Aaron Katz: lecturer at UW, Health Services and Global Health; founding board member of Washington State Budget & Policy Center

  • Alex Brennan: senior planner at Capitol Hill Housing

  • Drs. Alicia Ashby, Ashlin Mountjoy, Atoosa Kourosh

When: Saturday, October 20th, 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Where: New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118

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This workshop is free, and open to the public. A light lunch and snacks will be served. Attendees who are able are encouraged to join or donate to WPSR.

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Rise for Climate Global Day of Action
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Rise for Climate Global Day of Action

Join members of WPSR, 350 Tacoma, 350 Seattle, and many others for a day of action for immigrant and climate justice. Can you attend and join our WPSR contingent? Email Sarah! (sarah@wpsr.org) 

In thousands of cities and towns around the world, events are being planned for September 8 to demand that our local leaders end fossil fuel dependence, take action towards 100% renewable energy and start putting people over profits to ensure a just transition. These events are taking place just ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, where mayors, governors and business leaders are being challenged to set more ambitious and equitable climate goals. Learn more at riseforclimate.org.

What: Tacoma Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice

When: Saturday, September 8th, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: Tollefson Plaza, 1538 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402 - Ancestral lands of the Puyallup Nation

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Protecting Health: Climate, Environment, and Action
Aug
25
9:30 AM09:30

Protecting Health: Climate, Environment, and Action

Event is free, and please RSVP here! wpsr.org/tacoma

Are you a health professional or health advocate concerned about fossil fuel expansion, climate change, and impacts on your family and patients? Do you want to learn more about the impacts our region faces, solutions, and opportunities for action?

If you answered YES, please join us at our upcoming workshop! Sightline Institute ranks Tacoma as one of the most targeted locations in the Pacific Northwest for fossil fuel expansion projects. These proposals could put our health and the safety of our communities and patients at risk. Join members of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Protect Tacoma's Tideflats Coalition, and others as we work to protect the health of our communities using our powerful voices as health advocates.

This workshop will include presentations on climate change and health, local impacts in Tacoma, background on the Tideflats Subarea Planning process, and free speaking and written advocacy and communications tools training. 

Speakers include:
Kenra Brewer, RN
Dr. Mark Vossler, cardiologist at EvergreenHealth and Chair of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility's Climate & Health Task Force
More to be announced

This workshop is free, and light refreshments are provided. Please RSVP here: wpsr.org/tacoma

Photo credit: KNHX

 

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Fracked Gas in Washington: Pre-Show for Climatopian Spectacle
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Fracked Gas in Washington: Pre-Show for Climatopian Spectacle

Dr. Margaret Kitchell of WPSR's Climate & Health Task Force will speak at 7:00 PM in Gas Works Park about the threats to health and safety posed by the proposed Kalama Methanol Refinery. 

Sierra Club and Puget Soundkeeper are partnering with the Tempest, a ship that tour with a climate change themed cirque du soleil-esque show! The show is preformed from the boat and is an engaging theatrical performance that brings visibility to many of the issues we work on.

The boat will be docked at Gas Works Park in Seattle August 18-25 with shows every night except the 20th. Get your ticket to the Climatopian Spectacle here, but Margaret's talk will be free and open to the public before the event officially begins!

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I-1631 Volunteer Appreciation Party
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

I-1631 Volunteer Appreciation Party

I-1631 is headed to the ballot! We hope you'll join us for a night of celebrating and gratitude for the efforts of volunteers (including WPSR advocates who gathered over 8,000 signatures). A night of food, drink, music, dancing, toasts, and community with our partners in the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy Coalition is in store.

Click here for RSVP, and here for the Facebook event. 

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I-1631 Signature Turn-in Celebration
Jul
2
10:30 AM10:30

I-1631 Signature Turn-in Celebration

  • 520 Union Avenue Southeast Olympia, WA, 98501 United States (map)
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 I-1631, which WPSR helped draft, will clean our air, create good paying jobs across our state, and take critical actions needed to reduce health-harming climate change. After months of signature gathering, we're gearing up to celebrate by turning in our signatures to the Washington Secretary of State to qualify I-1631 for the ballot in November! 

What: I-1631 Signature Turn in Rally and Celebration
When: Monday, July 2nd at 10:30 AM
Where: 520 Union Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

WPSR members and supporters, including many of you, have helped gather thousands of signatures to get us here. Join us (in your white coats, or other health garb!) as we celebrate and launch the next phase of this incredible campaign.

We'd love to have you with us! Let Sarah know if you can make it: sarah@wpsr.org, 206-547-2630

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AMA Divestment Resolution Celebration
Jun
27
11:30 AM11:30

AMA Divestment Resolution Celebration

On June 13th, The American Medical Association (AMA) approved a resolution to divest from fossil fuels and support health professionals in incorporating health impacts of climate change into health care services, public education, and policy advocacy. AMA acknowledges that climate change is a threat to human health and the power of the medical voice in advocating for climate action.

Join 350 Tacoma’s "Climate & Health Work Group" and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility in thanking our health professionals! We'll gather in Wright Park, outside of MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, and share treats, flyers with the resolution, and information about how Tacoma health professionals can get involved in local climate action.

Read the full resolution here: https://www.psr.org/blog/2018/06/13/ama-passes-resolution-on-divesting-from-fossil-fuels/

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Health Professionals for Climate Action
Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Health Professionals for Climate Action

Concerned about climate change and its impacts on your patients, your family, and our communities? Join us for a free climate advocacy workshop! Learn more about the connections between climate change and health, and build your skills as a communicator and advocate.

Event is free, with lunch provided.

Click here for more information and to RSVP! 

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Poor People's Campaign Rally
May
28
2:00 PM14:00

Poor People's Campaign Rally

Join members of WPSR's Nuclear Weapons Abolition Task Force and Washington Against Nuclear Weapons, in Olympia for a rally and nonviolent moral resistance as part of the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. This week's theme is "The War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence".

Sign up to attend and coordinate carpooling with WPSR folks here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdY519f0YK9zOMIGEoCyMY9fkchAt2inLW8QvTAjs3cZzE0ZA/viewform

More about the Poor People's Campaign:
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements across the nation. We are united together to fight systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy, and to shift the nation’s distorted moral narrative. The Campaign aims to build a broad and deep moral movement – rooted in the leadership of poor people and moral leaders, and reflecting our deepest constitutional and faith traditions – to put before the nation a moral agenda.

50 years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America, inviting people who had been divided to stand together against the “triplets of evil”--militarism, racism, and economic injustice--to insist that people need not die from poverty in the richest nation to ever exist. Together with poor people in communities across America--black, white, brown and Native--they responded by building a Poor People’s Campaign. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign and take as our task reigniting that campaign to unite the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized to take action together and become what Dr. King called “a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.”

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. In the spring of 2018 the Campaign will launch by engaging in 40 Days of Moral Action across the nation. By engaging in highly publicized, non-violent moral fusion direct action, over a 6-week period in at least 30 states and the District of Columbia between May 13 and June 23, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018. During these 40 days of Moral Action, the Campaign will push forward a concrete moral agenda, and draw on art, music, popular education and religious traditions to challenge the nation’s distorted moral narrative.

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Seattle Stop - Totem Pole Journey
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Seattle Stop - Totem Pole Journey

For over 40 years, Tokitae has suffered apart from her family. It’s time to bring her home. Join us as we stand in solidarity with the Lummi tribe to bring her home.

In 2017, the Lummi Nation agreed to work with others to return the blackfish Tokitae (aka “Lolita”) back to her natal L-Pod that lives in the Salish Sea. In the late spring of 2019, the Lummi Nation will undertake a 24-day, 9,000 mile totem pole journey to Miami. We seek to bring her home. 

This journey is part of the Lummi Nation’s campaign to secure her release from the Miami Seaquarium, and, in her reunion, allow her to both embody and inspire on-going efforts to restore and protect the Salish Sea. 

Join us in our resistance. Let’s bring her home.

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Nuclear Weapons and Social Justice: Building an Interconnected Movement
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Nuclear Weapons and Social Justice: Building an Interconnected Movement

Whatcom Peace & Justice Center will host a presentation on the connections between nuclear weapons and social and racial justice, including how diverse groups in Washington are uniquely affected by nuclear issues and how we can build a broader anti-nuclear weapons movement in Washington State.

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Earth Week to Action: Climate Justice and Health
May
8
4:00 PM16:00

Earth Week to Action: Climate Justice and Health

  • Suzzallo Library, Red "A" Room in Researchs Commons (map)
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After Earth Week, what’s next? Join us for a conversation about ways to take action and advocate for climate justice and health, even with a busy student schedule. This event is held in conjunction with the University of Washington Health and Sciences Common Book Program.

We will be meeting in the "Red A" room in the Research Commons area, which is located on Allen South ground floor. 

Snacks and sweets provided! 
Questions? Email sarah@wpsr.org or Emily emily@ourclimate.us

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Communicating Health: Building your Advocacy Toolbox
Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Communicating Health: Building your Advocacy Toolbox

WSU Spokane Health Sciences Building
Room 110A

Click here to RSVP. 

As we saw last summer, wildfires and extreme temperatures exacerbated by climate change pose serious harm to our safety and well-being. Speaking up for our patients and communities is more important than ever. Join Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, WSU Health Sciences faculty, 350 Spokane, the Lands Council, and others for an interactive discussion on building our toolbox of strategies to advocate for the health of our communities in the face of a changing climate.

Dinner provided! Program begins at 5:30pm.

Metered parking available in the lot directly to the east of the Health Sciences Building, accessed from Riverpoint Boulevard. Campus can also be accessed via Spokane Transit (STA) bus service: spokanetransit.com

Questions? Contact Sarah Cornett (sarah@wpsr.org) or 206-547-2630

Photo credit to the Spokesman Review. 

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Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era

The threat of nuclear catastrophe has grown under the current Administration, and we’re now on a path to spend $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years rebuilding our entire nuclear weapons arsenal. At the same time, desperately needed social programs are being cut, and communities of color and low-income communities are hurt the most. Racial justice and nuclear weapons issues have been closely tied since the beginning of the nuclear era, but their connections are often lost.
Join us for an important discussion with Dr. Vincent Intondi, author of African Americans Against the Bomb, on the intersection of US nuclear weapons policy and the fight for racial equity.

Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era
Monday, April 2nd, 6pm-7:30pm, Doors at 5:30pm
University of Washington, Bagley hall, Room 131, Seattle, WA 98195

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This discussion will explore how African American activists have been involved in the fight against nuclear weapons, how racism, colonialism, and inequity have shaped our nuclear policy, and how this is playing out under our current Administration. You’ll also learn what’s happening locally, and how you can take action.

The event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP.
This event is sponsored by WPSR, Health Alliance International, Ploughshares Fund, the
University of Washington Global Health Department, and Town Hall is a promotional partner.

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