EVENTS

You’re invited! The events below are open to everyone (not just physicians).

SAVE the DATE! SF Bay PSR’s 2024 Virtual Gala will be on Wednesday, September 25, 6pm PT!
VISIT our GALA page HERE!

EVENTS listed below:

  • WATCH the recording: Global Nuclear & Environmental Threats
  • WATCH the recording: Toxic City: Redevelopment and Environmental Justice in SF
  • JUNE 12: Vot-ER: MyChart, My Vote: Epic’s Nonpartisan Voter Registration Build
  • JUNE 20: EcoEcho: ClimateMusic Project

Movie Night: THREE films that share the horrors left out of Oppenheimer—First We Bombed New Mexico; Dark Circle; and Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island, and more!

Committee meeting dates:
Thursday, June 13: Nuclear Weapons Abolition committee
Wednesday, July 10: Environmental Health committee

Global Nuclear and Environmental Threats Critical to Climate Change and Human Health

Hosted by Climate Change and Human Health ECHO Program, University of New Mexico (UNM)

WATCH the recording, click here, of the first session on MARCH 6 with Dr. Robert Gould here. It is outstanding!

Missed some of this amazing series? Don’t worry! We will be posting all the recordings online soon!

Given the decades-long global threats of nuclear weapons and power, environmental health exposures from chemical solvents and superfund sites, and resulting environmental injustice, our bi-weekly sessions will be a primer for health professionals, public health officers, first responders, and community-based educators interested in learning from nationally and internationally known experts.

FIND the FULL SCHEDULE HERE

Toxic City: Redevelopment and Environmental Justice in San Francisco

Hosted by City Lights Bookstore in conjunction with SF Bay PSR

Did you miss this event?
WATCH the RECORDING HERE

Lindsey Dillon discussed her new book!

With comments by Karen Pierce of the Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates, SF’s oldest environmental justice nonprofit.

Toxic City: Redevelopment and Environmental Justice in San Francisco
Published by University of California Press

Toxic City presents a novel critique of postindustrial green gentrification through a study of Bayview Hunters Point, a historically Black neighborhood in San Francisco. As cities across the United States clean up and transform contaminated waterfronts and abandoned factories into inviting spaces of urban nature and green living, working-class residents—who previously lived with the effects of state abandonment, corporate divestment, and industrial pollution—are threatened with displacement at the very moment these neighborhoods are cleaned, greened, and revitalized. Lindsey Dillon details how residents of Bayview Hunters Point have fought for years for toxic cleanup and urban redevelopment to be a reparative process and how their efforts are linked to long-standing struggles for Black community control and self-determination. She argues that environmental racism is part of a long history of harm linked to slavery and its afterlives and concludes that environmental justice can be conceived within a larger project of reparations.

MyChart, My Vote: Epic’s Nonpartisan Voter Registration Build

Hosted by Vot-ER

Wednesday, June 12, noon-1:15pm PT / 3pm-4:15pm ET

REGISTER and READ MORE

An exclusive event tailored for healthcare professional who use Epic EHR! Vot-ER has some EPIC news for you! This is your opportunity to delve into the world of nonpartisan voter registration builds within the Epic system, gaining invaluable insights and resources to supercharge your voter engagement efforts.

Vot-ER is bridging a gap in care with a groundbreaking prescription: civic engagement. Our mission is to empower patients and healthcare professionals to address the root causes of health disparities through civic participation. By doing so, we’re not just treating symptoms — we’re fostering a healthier, more equitable society.

EcoEcho
By the ClimateMusic Project

A series of Compelling Concerts for Climate Action

The first concert in the series will take place:

Thursday June 20, at 5pm PT / 8pm ET
REGISTER:
Attend IN-PERSON

Clarion Performing Arts Center
2 Waverly Place San Francisco, CA 94108

Attend ONLINE

Engage your community in a unique series of concerts, with music made at the intersection of science and climate activism.

The event on June 20, will feature “Climate” by composer Erik Ian Walker. “Climate” explores the physical science underlying climate change, taking us on a musical and a visual journey from the deep past to the year 2250 before returning us to the present in time to consider the future that is–still–ours to choose. The program will also include an introduction and audience Q&A with climate scientist Dr. Andy Jones.

Each concert in the series will include a live streamed performance and synced visuals, each offering a science-guided exploration of a different aspect of the climate emergency. In addition to the music, there will be appearances by eminent scientists and artists, as well as an opportunity to engage as a community.

MOVIE NIGHT!!!

At the Oscars in March, the star of Oppenheimer, Cillian Murphy, dedicated his award to “peacemakers everywhere.” That is US! You and SF Bay PSR, and all our affiliated partners in the peace movement!

Here are resources for you to host your own Movie Night and discussion about nuclear weapons abolition! Check out the three movies below that so eloquently tell the horror stories that were left out of Oppenheimer.

For your discussion:

  1. Find resources here about Oppenheimer and what was left out.

  2. Find here a recent New York Times interactive piece that sounds the alarm about the rising risks of nuclear war.

Oppenheimer the film!

Watch at your local movie theater or eventually, online at streaming services.

Oppenheimer is focused on the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American physicist who was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb. It debuts just one week after the 78th anniversary of the Trinity explosion, the first-ever detonation of a nuclear bomb over Alamogordo, New Mexico.

The film provides a valuable opportunity to educate the public about the dangers nuclear weapons pose to health and humanity, from the environmental health impacts of nuclear weapons production and testing to the growing threat of nuclear war.

What horrors did Oppenheimer leave out? Watch these award-winning movies!

First We Bombed New Mexico

An award-winning, anti-nuclear film by Lois Lipman, featuring PSR Awardee Tina Cordova, Leader Tularosa Basin Downwinders

WATCH the TRAILER HERE
LEARN MORE and FIND a SCREENING HERE

First We Bombed New Mexico is the untold story of Trinity, the world’s first nuclear bomb detonated in New Mexico one month before the bombing of Hiroshima.

It is a story of government betrayal with tragic consequences.

Thousands of New Mexicans – mostly Hispanic and Native American – were exposed to catastrophic levels of radioactive fallout, never warned, never acknowledged and never helped afterwards. Generations of cancers followed.

Inspiring New Mexico Hispanic cancer survivor, Tina Cordova has catalyzed a movement seeking compensation for families – mostly Hispanic and Native – who suffer multigenerational cancers tied to that bomb – and who continue to be ignored.

This documentary is witness to the people’s narrative for voices not heard.

* * *

Dark Circle

An award-winning, anti-nuclear film by SF Bay PSR member Judy Irving, and Christopher Beaver and Ruth Landy

WATCH HERE
READ MORE
MORE STREAMING OPTIONS HERE

It’s been 75 years since the start of the Atomic Age, with the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, but its trail of destruction has never ended.

Dark Circle covers both the period’s beginnings and its aftermath, providing a scientific primer on the catastrophic power of nuclear energy while also relating tragic human stories detailing the devastating toll radioactive toxicity has taken on people and livestock—focusing in large part on Rocky Flats, Colorado, whose plutonium processing facility infamously contaminated the surrounding area.

Documentary Grand Prize winner at Sundance, Academy shortlisted for Best Documentary, and Emmy winner, Dark Circle is no less potent today than it was 40 years ago. The new 2K HD Restoration done at FotoKem was assisted by AMPAS and supervised by co-director Judy Irving.

Dark Circle is one of the most horrifying films I’ve seen, and also sometimes one of the funniest (if you can laugh at the same things in real life that you found amusing in Dr. Strangelove). Using powers granted by the Freedom of Information Act, and sleuthing that turned up government film the government didn’t even know it had, the producers of this film have created a mosaic of the Atomic Age. It is a tribute to the power of the material, and to the relentless digging of the filmmakers, that the movie is completely riveting. Four Stars!” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

* * *

In the Dark of the Valley

A film featuring PSR-LA’s Dr. Bob Dodge and Denise Duffield!

SCREENED on MSNBC
LEARN MORE at In the Dark of the Valley WEBSITE

READ MORE at MSNBC

In the Dark of the Valley is the first feature film to focus on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a former nuclear and rocket-engine testing site near Los Angeles. The film is an exploration into the site’s long history of cover-ups and negligence by site owners Boeing, NASA, and the Department of Energy. It also tells the harrowing story of how a community of mothers have dealt with the struggles of childhood cancer and their new found life of environmental advocacy.

* * *

Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island

Another award-winning, anti-nuclear film!

Starting March 12, 2024
Available to stream on Apple+ and Amazon
READ MORE and WATCH TRAILER

text for space

March 28, 2024, marks the 45th Anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown—the worst commercial nuclear power accident in U.S. history.

A resonant story about a battle of wills, hubris, and energy – atomic, maternal, moral, and feminist. At the prompting of an ecofeminism professor turned visual journalist, the four original “concerned” mothers, a two-woman legal team and a reporter, now all much older, wiser, and bolder, break open years of corporate silencing and nuclear industry doublespeak, and tell their stories about the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident, the worst commercial nuclear reactor meltdown in U.S. history. And though this disaster took place in 1979, the life and death implications continue in the spiritual, physical, and political DNA of the community, its residents, and their descendants.

Save-Our-Climate Movies!

YOUTH v. GOV

An independent, award-winning documentary about Juliana v. United States

WATCH on Netflix

Climate Psychiatry Alliance co-founder, Lise Van Susteren has been the forensic psychiatric consultant on this historically significant, groundbreaking constitutional CLIMATE case brought by 21 youth plaintiffs.

For over 10 years, Our Children’s Trust’s legal actions seek systemic, science-based climate mitigation actions by governments, demanding that our leaders tackle the roots of the climate crisis rather than just the branches of its impacts.

OCT has represented and supported youth plaintiffs in climate litigation around the globe–including Juliana v. United States, Held v. Montana, & La Rose v. Her Majesty the Queen–as they advocate for their right to a stable climate.

* * *

Big Oil’s Last Lifeline

A 3-part docuseries sounding the alarm on the petrochemical industry’s impact on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.

WATCH HERE

Everyday, the oil, gas and petrochemical industry writes off Black, Brown and Indigenous communities as “sacrifice zones.” The industry violates laws with impunity and rationalizes the unconscionable – they dump cancer-causing pollution into communities of color and try to cover it up.

Big Oil’s Last Lifeline takes us to the frontlines of the U.S.’s epicenters for petrochemical production: West Virginia, Houston, and along the Mississippi River in Louisiana.

* * *

The Power of Big Oil, a PBS Frontline Special

WATCH on KQED HERE

We highly recommend PBS’s Frontline show, “The Power of Big Oil.” This in-depth, three-part series examines the fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change. It traces decades of missed opportunities and the ongoing attempts to hold Big Oil to account.

* * *

Racial Equity Reading Group Discussions

You’re invited to learn more about issues of racial equity, particularly as they relate to the fields of public health and medicine. The discussions are open to anyone (not just health professionals) seeking to deepen their personal understanding of issues related to systemic racism and strengthen their commitment toward creating a more just, equitable, and healthy world.

Our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones by gun and police violence. This discussion series is also part of our ongoing commitment to address the public health emergencies of gun and police violence, particularly toward African-Americans who are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people.

NEXT DISCUSSION & READINGS, TBA

SF Bay PSR Committee Meetings

Environmental Health Committee

NEXT meeting will be on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (No meeting in May.)
7:00 pm, via Zoom
Meetings are held on Wednesdays, every other month.

EHC members continue to work energetically during the pandemic on wide-ranging collaborative efforts to engage health professional students and institutions to address the unceasing threats of our climate to our health. READ MORE.

Divestment/Investment Task Force

Next meeting: email intern@sfbaypsr.org to receive meeting info
7:00pm, via Zoom
Meeting are usually held on the fourth Monday, every other month
Meeting ID: 864 2653 3538
Passcode: 410416

SF Bay PSR has joined forces with other NGOs and institutions to support a broad movement pushing for individual and institutional divestment from the fossil-fuel industry and investment in the alternative energy sector. READ MORE.

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee

Next meeting will be on Thursday, June 13, 2024.
7:00 pm PT, via Zoom
Meetings are held on the second Thursday, every other month.

NWAC is composed of health professionals and others working locally to influence public awareness, civic engagement, and national policy to build a nuclear weapons free world. Toward the latter, we frame our work through our Back from the Brink campaign and its policy platforms. READ MORE.

To join a committee please email info@sfbaypsr.org

Watch ARCHIVED Events HERE

Check out PSR National’s EVENTS listing HERE!

Like our NEWS, EVENTS, and ACTION ALERTS?

Your gifts help us to keep you informed!

PLEASE GIVE HERE! Thank you!!!