EVENTS

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

APRIL AUCTION coming soon online! ENDS on EARTH DAY! MORE info HERE!

EVENTS listed below:

  • April 15: NorCal Symposium on Climate, Health, and Equity
  • April 17: ECHO: Environmental Exposures & Nuclear Superfund Sites
  • April 22: Earth Day! And last day of our Auction!
  • April 27: SF Climate Equity Hub Launch!

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, April 11: Nuclear Weapons Abolition committee
Wednesday, July 10: Environmental Health committee (No meeting in May)

2024 NorCal Mini-Symposium on Climate, Health, and Equity

An annual collaboration between Stanford, UCSF, and UC Davis
With PSR Los Angeles Executive Director, Martha Dina Argüello!

Monday, April 15, from 12:30-1:30 pm PT on Zoom
REGISTER HERE 

This year’s theme is Drilling for Disease: Unearthing the Health Harms and Injustice of Oil and Gas Drilling. Learn how this impacts YOUR patients, YOUR clinics and YOUR communities!

The symposium will feature expert climate and health policy activists and personally affected community leaders who will share how all California residents’ health is negatively affected by oil drilling and fossil fuels.

All students, trainees, and health professionals are welcome to attend. Learn how oil drilling and fossil fuels are directly impacting health and how to take action! Participants will leave with concrete advocacy strategies for both you and your patients.

Have questions? Reach out to ncs.cprhc@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

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)

March – May 15, 2024
First and third Wednesdays of the month
11:00am – NOON PT / NOON – 1:00pm MT / 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET
Free online, CME credits available

REGISTER HERE

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

With SF Bay PSR Board President Dr. Robert M. Gould!

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

Happy Earth Day! April 22!

Find events near you and read about the history of Earth Day here!

The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans from all walks of life to birth the modern environmental movement. Since then, Earth Day has evolved into the largest civic event on Earth, activating billions across 192 countries to safeguard our planet and fight for a brighter future.

San Francisco’s Climate Equity Hub Launch!
And the Ecocenter’s 14th Anniversary Celebration!

Saturday, April 27, 10am-2pm, in-person
The Ecocenter at Heron’s Head Park
32 Jennings Street, San Francisco, CA

Together with Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates, SF Bay PSR, and other community partners, San Francisco Environment is launching SF’s Climate Equity Hub during the Ecocenter’s 14th Anniversary Celebration at Heron’s Head Eco Park!

The Ecocenter will be converted into an electric home showcase featuring heat pump equipment and portable induction stoves to demonstrate the benefits of zero-emission equipment and appliances. In addition, a local chef will host an induction cooking demo complete with vegetarian samples. And we, Physicians for Social Responsibility, will be providing resources on the health impacts of gas appliances; while QuitCarbon will help residents develop a plan to electrify their homes. Audience members who visit every info station will be eligible to participate in the induction cooktop giveaway. Eligible participants will also have the chance to sign up for a water heater installation directly at the event.

Aside from the Climate Equity Hub launch, the anniversary event includes outdoor activities organized by SF Rec & Park staff, including a climbing wall, tree planting, food trucks, and tabling by community partners.

We hope to see you there!

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Racial Equity Reading Group Discussions

In 2023, we will be hosting four discussions in February, April, September, and November with authors and leaders in racial equity.

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 Tyre Nichols’ family and friends, and 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.
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, April 11, 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

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