Daniel Ellsberg and the Doomsday Machine
Jan
9
7:30 PM19:30

Daniel Ellsberg and the Doomsday Machine

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 SciencesInternational SecurityThe 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

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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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South King Campaign Kickoff: Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

South King Campaign Kickoff: Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy

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. 

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Open Planning Meeting: Economic Inequality
Sep
30
9:30 AM09:30

Open Planning Meeting: Economic Inequality

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 wpsr@wpsr.org.
 
 

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Seattle WA: AJCE Event "Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy"
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Seattle WA: AJCE Event "Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy"

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.

RSVP here

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Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

Seattle Pension Fund Divestment Hearing

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!

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Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour for Jobs and Clean Energy

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!

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Jul
7
7:00 PM19:00

Meaningful Movies Film+Discussion: Sustainable

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.

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Jun
7
1:00 PM13:00

Public Hearing on Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Air Permit

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.

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Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

WPSR Reception in Spokane

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 laura@wpsr.org, or (206)547-2630.

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May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Rally and Petition Drop at the State Capitol: No to Coal and Oil! Yes to Clean Energy!

  • On the steps of the WA Capitol Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!).

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Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Forum on Natural Gas/Methanol

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. 

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