Below please find events hosted by SF Bay PSR and other PSR chapters, as well as important events of interest to members. Please click the sign-up button above to receive our monthly events email. Our events are open to everyone (not just physicians).

Racial Equity Reading Group

NEXT MEETING will be Wednesday, January 27, 2021, online
To join please email  Non-physicians are welcome!

You’re invited! SF Bay PSR has launched an informal reading and discussion group to learn more about issues of racial equity, particularly as they relate to the fields of public health and medicine. We read a different book every 4-6 weeks, followed by a 90-minute discussion on Zoom. This online, drop-in group is open to anyone (not just physicians) 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.

Click here for more info and our list of past and future readings.

SF Bay PSR Committee Meetings

Environmental Health Committee

NEXT meeting will be on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:00 pm, via Zoom.
Meetings are held on Wednesdays in Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct, Dec

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.

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee

NEXT meeting will be on Thursday, January 14, 2021, 7:00 pm, via Zoom
Meetings are held on Thursdays in Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov

Founded in June 2020, the NWAC is composed of health professionals and others working locally to influence public awareness, civic engagement, and national policy via California Members of Congress toward a nuclear weapons free world. Toward the latter, we endorse the Back from the Brink campaign and its policy platforms.

To join a committee please email

Read more about our committees on the EHC and NWAC pages.

United Nation’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force

Friday, January 22, 2021

On October 24, 2020 the 50th country ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and now this historic treaty will enter into force on January 22, 2021—a momentous step forward in the global denuclearization effort! This treaty was led by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their work. While the number of countries ratifying the TPNW is increasing (as of January 9, 2021, there were 86 signatories), the United States has conspicuously refused to adopt it. To commemorate this historic moment, here are some events and actions to participate in on January 22.

Below are events to celebrate the treaty and learn more about nuclear weapons abolition efforts.

Celebrating the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Entry into Force

Hosted by Washington State and Oregon PSR, and Washington Against Nuclear Weapons

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 5:00 pm (PT)

Join for an online celebration to mark the Treaty’s entry into force and explore how it advances nuclear justice. We will share a toast, hear from a few speakers working for nuclear justice, answer your questions, and connect with each other and celebrate together.

Global Health Webinar

Hosted by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Thursday, January 21, 2021, this event is early at 6:00 am PT (2:00 pm GT), online

The Global Health Webinar will explore the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in the context of a global pandemic and climate crisis, with a focus on the role of health professionals in advancing the eradication of nuclear weapons through evidence-based policy-making. Panelists will highlight practical actions that attendees can take in their own organizations and related health fields.

Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: Invest in Minds Not Missiles: A National Conference

Hosted by Massachusetts Peace Action, co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility–Greater Boston, and many others

Saturday, January 23, this event starts early at 6:30 am – 2:00 pm PT (9:30 am – 5:00 pm ET), online

Though the Coronavirus has devastated the economy, it has not had any braking effect on the Presidential and Congressional push for spending more of our tax dollars on military and nuclear weapons development programs. Thus, we will have to find ways to continue to collaborate and cooperate in the development of a social movement strong enough to reverse the new nuclear arms race. This Conference is focused on that task.

Speakers include Alan Robock, Sen. Ed Markey, Rep. Ayana Pressley, Rev. Liz Theoharis, Elaine Scarry, Subrata Goshroy, Lindsay Koshgarian, and many others.

Biden and China: Challenges & Opportunities?

Hosted by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security (CPDCS)

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1:00 pm PT (4:00 pm ET)

This webinar will launch CPDCS’s Committee for a SANE U.S. – China Policy a  new citizens’ initiative to promote peaceful, mutually beneficial solutions to divisive issues in Sino-American relations. This event also marks the release of the committee’s signature statement, “Averting a New Cold War Between the United States and China.”

Presentations by: Prof. Michael Klare, Committee Co-founder; Rachel Esplin Odell, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft; and Prof. Zhiqun Zhu, Bucknell University

Other Events of Interest

Town Hall meeting with Rep. Kathy Castor, Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Co-sponsored by National PSR

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 1:00 pm PT (4:00 pm ET), online


Rep. Castor will examine the climate crisis and the opportunities for action with a new Congress and a new administration in 2021 and the Select Committee’s agenda for 2021. She will also respond to questions that have been submitted before the event.

BEFORE the event, send questions to Barbara Gottlieb, Director of Environment & Health, PSR,

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Film Screening: Hunger Ward: The Last Hope Against War and Starvation (in Yemen)

By Oscar & Emmy nominated director Skye Fitzgerald

Saturday, January 16, 11:00 am PT (2:00 pm ET), online

This must-see film expands upon the information provided at our SF Bay PSR talk on Yemen last year. Following the film will be a panel discussion with U.S. Rep Ro Khanna (D-CA) and RT HON Andrew Mitchell (U.K. Member of Parliament) as well as other experts on the Yemen crisis.

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