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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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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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

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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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9th Annual Peace and Justice Action Conference
Feb
23
to Feb 24

9th Annual Peace and Justice Action Conference

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane (map)
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Join the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane for their 9th Annual Peace & Justice Action Conference: Building Beyond the Moment. 

Friday, Feb. 23 6-8:30 pm Building Beyond the Moment! Opening Reception
Join us for tasty nosh, wine & more, and performances from local musical & spoken word artists.

Saturday, Feb. 24 9am-5pm All Day Action Conference Join us for a full day with three workshop sessions, a fantastic keynote, breakfast, lunch, and lots of opportunities to connect with like-minded folks who are putting their values into action!

WPSR's Lilly Adams will be presenting a workshop on Nuclear Weapons and Social Justice: Building an Interconnected Movement. 

Register Today!  

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Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

46th Legislative District Democrats Climate Action Meeting

How can we get engaged in climate legislation and action this year? At this meeting of the 46th District Democrats in Seattle, members and climate leaders will talk and share strategy of ways we can forward meaningful policy on climate in Washington State. WPSR Vice President Ken Lans will present on a panel of climate activists moderated by Jesse Piedfort, Director of the Sierra Club. 

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Lunch and Learn: Public Comment Workshop
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Lunch and Learn: Public Comment Workshop

  • Columbia Branch Seattle Public Library (map)
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If you don't have a chance to go to the No Methanol Comment Workshops on February 7th or 10th, join South Seattle Climate Action Network at their next monthly meeting on February 15th at the Columbia City Library. Our Climate Organizer, Sarah Cornett, will lead an informative workshop about how to write effective public testimony and comments. Learn how you can help stop the world's largest fracked gas to methanol refinery!

We currently have a huge opportunity to stop this refinery. Permitting agencies will be accepting public comments soon! Join us for a comment writing workshop at our regularly scheduled monthly meeting, and submit as many comments as possible!

Fossil fuel companies are still trying to build the world’s largest fracked gas to methanol refinery, right here in Washington. The refinery would produce more than 6 million tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to 1.3 million cars. It’s enormous demand for fracked gas would likely create the rationale to build even more dangerous gas pipeline capacity up and down the I-5 corridor, allowing more fracked gas projects in our communities.

Last year, this project came dangerously close to becoming fully permitted, until the Sierra Club and our partners won a major legal victory, forcing project backers to complete a supplemental environmental impact statement that includes the impacts of fracking, gas transportation, and consumption. Permitting agencies are currently accepting public comment to determine the scope of this supplemental impact statement.

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Upstream Health Leadership Training: Restoring Health to Healthcare
Jan
26
to Jan 27

Upstream Health Leadership Training: Restoring Health to Healthcare

"Right now many people, in their thinking about health in our country, think about individual behaviors as the core of it. Eat less meat, don’t smoke, and that kind of thing. I think that we have to ask: Why are people behaving in certain ways? And so you have to enlarge the circle to think about the context in which those individual behaviors arise. And then you have to even go beyond that to ask: Why are there certain people in certain contexts? And why do we have the range of contexts that we have? And then outside of that: What creates different neighborhoods? What creates different classes?"    - Dr Camara Jones MD, PhD, MPH Morehouse School of Medicine

Despite spending more on healthcare than the rest of the world combined, the United States lags behind 30-60 countries in various health outcomes. Much of this can be attributed to the social determinants of society that are disadvantageous to the majority.

WHO: anyone who cares about our health as a society and is curious as to why our health outcomes are so much worse than other westernised countries, and how we can work to improve them.

WHY:  to develop a community of like-minded people and facilitate working groups with the aim of improving health and well-being for our communities.

WHAT: this is a series of community-building and population health production courses conceived by the Upstream Health Leadership Training team.  This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Stephen Bezruchka from the UW School of Public Health, as well as other community leaders and co-sponsored by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

We ALL need to re-focus our efforts on creating a healthy society.

WHEN:

  • Friday, Jan. 26, 2018: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Workshop & dinner
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018: 8:30 - 4.30pm Workshop & lunch

TO REGISTER (space is limited to 30 participants): 

  1. Please pay a non-refundable fee of $25 indicating your full name & "UHLTreg"to our PayPal account: https://paypal.me/unitedweprosper
  2. Send us an email with your bio to setoj@uw.edu & include:
    1. What you do
    2. What you hope to accomplish by attending
    3. What resources/ groups you hope to share

Tuition (includes registration fee) is sliding scale based on your income percentile, and is priced to cover costs.  Here is a link to a income percentile calculator https://dqydj.com/income-percentile-calculator/ :

  1. Top 10%ile income: $100
  2. 80-90%ile: $60
  3. 50-80%ile: $40
  4. 0-50%ile: $25

For those with limited ability to pay, write to: setoj@uw.edu to apply for a scholarship.  Donations for scholarships welcome.  Payments can be sent to https://paypal.me/unitedweprosper  and please add "scholarship fund."

The UHLT Team: Stephen Bezruchka, Setsuko Hosoda, Jordan Seto, Etch Haring, Maritza Farrant & Yousself Azami

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