EVENTS

You’re invited! Please see below for more details and a calendar of events.

Seventy-five years after the first nuclear weapons were used, the weapons are still here. So are the survivors.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, PSR has joined the #stillhere global movement. The Livermore Lab rally at 8am Pacific Time will kick off two days of nationally broadcast programming organized by more than 160 organizations working together through the Hiroshima Nagasaki 75 collaboration/ #stillhere.

SF Bay PSR is a proud partner in this coalition. We welcome you to participate in a variety of events hosted by PSR National, NGO partners, and SF Bay PSR.

FIND more information below and at PSR National, and the #stillhere website.
WATCH the nationwide #stillHere live-streamed events on August 6 and 9 on our SF Bay PSR Facebook page or at the links provided below.

SF Bay Area Hiroshima Day Event

From Hiroshima to a Healthy Tomorrow: Embracing Our Common Humanity

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 8:00 am — 9:30 am PT / 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
August 6  broadcast link
The full 2-day schedule

Every year, SF Bay PSR, Tri-Valley Cares, Western State Legal Foundation and other local organizations host an inspiring event commemorating Hiroshima Day, including a special focus on the nuclear weapons work at Lawrence Livermore Lab. Rally, speakers, and music: Livermore rally speakers include noted historian and author Gar Alperovitz, Pentagon planner and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, and Nagasaki A-bomb survivor Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, Marylia Kelley of Tri-Valley CAREs, singer Betsy Rose and more.

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#stillhere National Virtual Events on August 6 and 9, 2020

Sunday, August 9, 2020, 11:05 am PT / 2:05 pm ET.
August 9  broadcast link
The full 2-day schedule

Dr. Tova Fuller, Vice President of the SF Bay PSR Board and Chair of the SF Bay PSR Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee will speak as part of the series of talks from 11am PT/2pm ET — 6pm PT/ 9PM ET.

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The Bomb: Understanding Its History and the Hope for a Nuclear-Free Future

Sunday, August 9, 2020, 3:00 pm PT | 6:00 pm ET, on Zoom.
FREE | Registration required

A collaboration between San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility and City Lights Booksellers.

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombings that killed over 200,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, we are co-hosting a reading and discussion with Fred Kaplan, James L. Nolan Jr., Dr. Tova Fuller, and Dr. Robert Gould. Click on calendar below for more details.

 

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Water crisis caused by the war in the city of Taiz South Yemen. Yemen / Taiz City. 11/02/2018, By anasalhajj

Crisis in Yemen: Opportunities for Advocacy & Action

Wednesday, August 12, 6:00 pm PT | 9:00 pm ET, on Zoom.
Zoom info coming soon

Yemen was declared the world’s largest humanitarian disaster by the United Nations in 2017, yet we have seen little media coverage and global outcry. Organized by Sarah Bakir as part of her summer internship with SF Bay PSR, this presentation provides an opportunity for members, supporters, and guests to learn about the armed conflict in Yemen and its devastating social, economic, and health consequences. Click on calendar below for more details.

Aug
9
Sun
Dr. Tova Fuller Speaks at #stillhere National Virtual Events on August 6 and 9, 2020 @ YouTube
Aug 9 @ 11:05 am – 11:15 am

Dr. Tova Fuller, Vice President of the SF Bay PSR Board and Chair of the SF Bay PSR Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee will speak as part of the series of talks from 11am PT/2pm ET — 6pm PT/ 9PM ET.

August 9 broadcast link

The full 2-day schedule

THE BOMB: Understanding Its History and the Hope for a Nuclear-Free Future @ Online via Zoom
Aug 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

FREE | Registration required

This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.

San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility in collaboration with City Lights Booksellers & Publishers present: A discussion with Fred Kaplan, James L Nolan Jr., Dr. Tova Fuller, and Dr. Robert Gould commemorating the 75th anniversary of the bombings that killed over 200,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

City Lights founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti has a special connection to these events. He was a naval commander serving during World War II, and one of few American soldiers to walk on Nagasaki shortly after the bombs were dropped. His experience changed his life and inspired him to start a bookstore with the motto, “Books Not Bombs.”

During this afternoon of discussion, we hope to assess the events of that time, their impact on the world, and where we stand now, facing the dawn of a new global nuclear arms race that compounds the climate and pandemic threats to human survival. At a time when the Nuclear Weapons States possess more than 13,000 nuclear weapons, we will focus on the manifold threats posed by new global programs to expand and modernize nuclear weapons arsenals, the rejection of arms control treaties, as well as the heightened great-power confrontation now accelerating in the Pacific region.

While we face our unfolding planetary emergencies, the profound “opportunity costs” of our government planning to spend more than $4 million an hour over the next 30 years to potentially annihilate countless millions of people is unfathomable.

Our speakers will also present alternative visions offered by the global movement to abolish nuclear weapons epitomized by the 2017 United Nations’ Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons, and the prospects for connecting this with wider popular movements seeking to transform our global priorities in the direction of climate, environmental, and social justice necessary for global survival.

PARTICIPANTS

Fred Kaplan is the national-security columnist for Slate and the author of five previous books, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber WarThe Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestseller), 1959, Daydream Believers, and The Wizards of Armageddon. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Brooke Gladstone.

James L. Nolan, Jr., is Washington Gladden 1859 Professor of Sociology at William’s College. His previous books include What They Saw in America: Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G. K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb, and Reinventing Justice: The American Drug Court Movement.

Tova Fuller MD, PhD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Fuller serves as Vice President of the San Francisco Bay chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF Bay PSR) and has served on the national, Los Angeles chapter, and Washington PSR chapter boards. She was a member of PSR-LA’s nuclear ambassadors program and WPSR’s nuclear activism committee. Her primary area of interest is the interface between public health and militarism as it relates to nuclear weapons. She is the recipient of the Lown-Alexander-Sidel Award for Medical Advocacy.

Robert Gould, MD, is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine where he is a Collaborator with the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). Until 2012, Dr. Gould worked as a pathologist at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, California. He has been President of San Francisco Bay PSR since 1989, and has been on the Board of National PSR since 1993, serving as President in 2003 and 2014. Dr. Gould is Chairperson of the American Public Health Association’s Peace Caucus, and also a leading member of the Environmental Committee of the Santa Clara County chapter of the California Medical Association (CMA). Dr. Gould has authored numerous book chapters on the health impacts of nuclear weapons, including War and Public Health (2007, Oxford University Press) and Terrorism and Public Health (2011, Oxford University Press), and was the co-author (with Thomas Bodenheimer) of Rollback! Right-wing Power in U.S. Foreign Policy (1989, South End Press).

BOOKS

Books will be available on the City Lights website and at Bookshop.org. Please support your neighborhood bookstore.

Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age

by James L. Nolan Jr. – published by Belknap/Harvard Press

A vital and vivid account of a largely unknown chapter in atomic history, Atomic Doctors is a profound meditation on the moral dilemmas that ordinary people face in extraordinary times. Atomic Doctors follows physicians as they sought to maximize the health and safety of those exposed to nuclear radiation, all the while serving leaders determined to minimize delays and maintain secrecy.

The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War

by Fred Kaplan – published by Simon & Schuster

From the author the classic The Wizards of Armageddon and Pulitzer Prize finalist comes the definitive history of American policy on nuclear war—and Presidents’ actions in nuclear crises—from Truman to Trump.

For more events please visit: PSR National, and #stillhere website.

Aug
12
Wed
Crisis in Yemen: Opportunities for Advocacy & Action @ Zoom info coming soon
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

ZOOM information coming soon

Yemen was declared the world’s largest humanitarian disaster by the United Nations in 2017, yet we have seen little media coverage and global outcry. Please join SF Bay PSR to learn more about this crisis from the perspective of physicians and public health experts.

According to recent reports more than 100,000 men, women, and children have been killed in the ongoing armed conflicts taking place in Yemen, including more than 12,000 civilian fatalities, and 85,000 deaths from starvation and disease during this six-year civil war because armed combatants on all sides refused to allow international aid organizations to deliver much needed food, water, medicine, and other relief supplies.

In 2018, with public sentiment turning against involvement in yet another foreign war, the U.S. Congress passed, and President Trump ultimately vetoed, a resolution that would have cut off continued military assistance to Saudi-led bombing campaigns in Northern Yemen. Unfortunately, since that time, other pressing events, including the onset of COVID-19, have pushed the crisis in Yemen out of the spotlight.

This 75-minute panel presentation, organized by Sarah Bakir as part of her summer internship with SF Bay PSR, provides an opportunity for members, supporters, and guests to learn about the armed conflict in Yemen and its devastating social, economic, and health consequences.

PARTICIPANTS

Sarah Bakir, First-Year MPH Student UC Berkeley

Sarah Bakir is an MPH student studying Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health. She is a summer intern at the San Francisco Bay chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (SF Bay PSR) and will continue her internship in the fall. She is also an advisor to all the student chapters of California Physicians Alliance across California. Within public health, she is most interested in humanitarian health and infectious disease.

 

 

Robert M. Gould, MD, SF Bay PSR Board President

Dr. Gould is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine where he is a Collaborator with the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). Until 2012, Dr. Gould worked as a pathologist at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, California. He has been President of San Francisco Bay PSR since 1989, and has been on the Board of National PSR since 1993, serving as President in 2003 and 2014. Dr. Gould is Chairperson of the American Public Health Association’s Peace Caucus, and also a leading member of the Environmental Committee of the Santa Clara County chapter of the California Medical Association (CMA). Dr. Gould has authored numerous book chapters on the health impacts of nuclear weapons, including War and Public Health (2007, Oxford University Press) and Terrorism and Public Health (2011, Oxford University Press), and was the co-author (with Thomas Bodenheimer) of Rollback! Right-wing Power in U.S. Foreign Policy (1989, South End Press).

 

Aug
19
Wed
Environmental Health Committee Meeting
Aug 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

To join our Environmental Health Committee please contact info@sfbaypsr.org

Meeting links will be emailed to committee members.

For more info visit our Environmental Health Committee page.

Sep
15
Tue
Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee Meeting
Sep 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

To join our Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee please contact info@sfbaypsr.org.

Meeting links will be emailed to committee members.

For more information please visit our Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee page.