China, the U.S. and the Risk of Nuclear War
Hosted by PSR Pioneer Valley & Back from the Brink Western Massachusetts
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, online
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PT (7:00 – 8:30pm ET)
REGISTER HERE: FREE
Join experts Rachel Esplin Odell, Tong Zhao, and Zia Mian for an important conversation on China, the U.S. and the risk of nuclear war.
Rachel Esplin Odell: Research Fellow in the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Washington, D.C. An expert on U.S. strategy in Asia, Chinese foreign policy, and the intersection of international law and maritime security.
Tong Zhao: Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, based in Beijing at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Research focuses on strategic security issues, such as nuclear weapons policy, arms control, and China’s security and foreign policy.
Zia Mian: physicist and Co-Director of the Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University. Research focuses on aspects of nuclear weapons, arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament. Board Member, Arms Control Association, and Steering Committee, Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction.
Michael Klare (moderator): Professor Emeritus of Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College. Senior Visiting Fellow, Arms Control Association and co-founder, Committee for a SANE U.S.-China Policy.
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Toward an Evidence-Based Nuclear Energy Policy
Hosted by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute
On March 30, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held an online briefing exploring the faulty economics of the U.S. nuclear power industry, and how to thoughtfully approach decommissioning as more civilian reactors are shut down due to health, safety and other concerns. Issues include dealing responsibly with enormous amounts of legacy high-level radioactive waste, and not shipping it to, and potentially poisoning poor communities, largely of color, as has been promoted by the nuclear industry and regulatory bodies it holds great sway over.
The briefing also provided a trenchant critique of the current promotion of nuclear power to fight global warming, including the hyping of “advanced reactors,” and dangerous plans to extend the licenses of old and increasingly brittle plants. In contrast, speakers provided compelling evidence that renewable and sustainable energy options are increasingly available worldwide to provide the far cheaper and quicker decarbonization that we urgently need, without the risks of catastrophic leaks, accidents or weapons proliferation.
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Nuclear Mixer conversation series
Thursday, April 8, 1:30 – 2:30pm PT (4:30 – 5:30 pm ET)
REGISTRATION REQUIRED by April 7, at 5pm PT: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nuclear Mixers are interactive events, so come prepared to participate and do tune-in with a drink/snack of your choice.
Climate change and the potential for nuclear catastrophe, either intentional or accidental, are two of the greatest threats to human survival. Exploring the linkages between these existential threats has the potential to foster co-operative strategies necessary to address both. Our featured speakers have dedicated their careers to a safer and more sustainable world in the context of nuclear risk reduction and climate change. Their candid insights will guide an interactive discussion on the benefits of exploring these threats in a more integrated manner.
Dr. Emma Belcher, president, Ploughshares Fund
David Gelber, co-founder and chairman of The Years Project
The World Future Council: Report on the linkages between climate change and nuclear security
The Nation: When talking about climate change, we can’t forget about nuclear weapons
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: We need a Green New Deal for Nuclear Weapons
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The course below has already started but you could still join.
UCSF’s Medicare for All Elective
Hosted by UCSF Medical Students
March 30 – June 8, 2021, at Noon, online
All are welcome, but you may only receive credit if you are a UCSF student. It is completely free, so please forward widely!
Interested in health policy? Think everyone deserve access to healthcare? Want to hear from thought leaders across multiple fields from all around the country? The incredible roster of speakers from different backgrounds (physicians, nurses, politicians, economists, journalists) will speak to the prudence and urgency of a single-payer health system in the United States. If you are interested in single-payer or even curious about what Medicare for All means, please come to this exciting new elective lecture series!
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Uprooting Racism in Medicine: Where do we go from here?
Aired on March 22, 2021, on KPFA.org
with Dr. Jeff Ritterman, SF Bay PSR board member, and Dr. Nadia Gaber, post-doctoral fellow with the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment
In the US, Black and other ethnic minority groups are hit the hardest by Covid-19, creating a renewed focus on racism in healthcare. There are so many false beliefs that many doctors and other healthcare providers still work from. When doctors are blind to their racist beliefs and attitudes it can lead to less effective treatments, more pain, humiliation, and even death. It’s time that doctors, medical students, and other health care professionals take anti-racist study seriously and get support to see bias in themselves and in others.