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The Public Health Threat of Policing and Mass Incarceration

Wednesday, May 26, 7:00-8:30pm, PT, online

WATCH THE RECORDING HERE

On April 11, 2021, Duante Wright, a Black man, was killed by a white police officer, just miles from where George Floyd was murdered. In 2020, an average of three people were killed by the police every day of the year.

The highly respected medical journal, The Lancet, and the CDC both state that racism is a serious threat to public health. As healthcare professionals we know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We need to direct more funds and efforts toward improving preventative systems, supporting communities, and advancing antiracism efforts, and away from policing and incarceration. Policing is supposed to protect, not threaten lives, and yet Black people are killed by police at 2.6 times the rate of white people. The constant stress and fear this causes as well as the trauma every time another person of color is killed, creates long-term health harms. Mass incarceration adds to this burden by harming more than rehabilitating. We must reimagine and reform our social systems so that they protect public health.

We will explore these issues and more with expert guest speakers Zach Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center and Dr. Jennifer James, bioethics researcher, professor, and Black feminist scholar at UCSF. Please join us.

Dr. Jennifer James

Jennifer James, PhD, MSW, MSSP is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health and Aging, the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Bioethics program at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. James is a qualitative researcher and Black Feminist scholar whose research lies at the intersection of race, gender, and health. Her current work is focused on experiences of aging, health, and illness for people who are or have been incarcerated.

Dr. James will give a very brief history of carceral health and healthcare, talk about the current moment of COVID-19 and what that has shown us about health and healthcare for those living and working in prisons and jails. We will discuss what role physicians and other healthcare workers/researchers can play, ethical questions surrounding expanding healthcare for those who are incarcerated, and the pros and cons of incrementalist vs abolitionist approaches.

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Zach Norris

Zach Norris is the executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, author of Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment, and co-founder of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center that will empower Bay Area community members to transform local economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families. Zach is also a co-founder of Justice for Families, a national alliance of family-driven organizations working to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic.

Norris contends that we can’t take care of public safety if we haven’t taken care of the public. He will discuss how we move public policy toward an understanding of safety that is grounded in public health, including organizing strategies to shift elected officials’ perception of who is considered part of the public in the first place.

READINGS & RESOURCES

Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment, by Zach Norris, has been praised by Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, and Kirkus Reviews.

Please support Marcus Bookstore, the nation’s oldest Black-owned independent bookstore based in Oakland, CA, or your local bookstore by purchasing this book from them, or Bookshop.org, click here.

The Guardian: Police killings of Black Americans amount to crimes against humanity, international inquiry finds
International Commission of Inquiry: REPORT on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the U.S.
The Lancet: Racism is a Public Health Crisis
CDC: Racism is a Serious Threat to the Public’s Health
NEJM: How Structural Racism Works—Racist Policies as Root Cause of U.S. Racial Health Inequities
NY Times: Throughout Trial Over George Floyd’s Death, Killings by Police Mount
Berkeley News: After a blitz of police killings, reformers focus on the power of their unions
Obama.org: Community policing Tool Kit
Washington Post: Police Shooting Database
1 A Radio Show: How Policing Works in the Suburbs
Black Feminisms: Are Prisons Obsolete? Angela Davis on Mass Incarceration
Harvard Gazette: Fatal Encounters with Police: How Their Names Project is humanizing the statistics
UCSF: The Repair Project

Links from Dr. Jennifer James’ talk:

“Prisons Make Us Safer” And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration

Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Chronicle Exclusive: Amid virus outbreaks, majority of medically high-risk prisoners were not considered for release

UCB Public Health Memo: Outbreak: San Quentin Prison

The Lancet: Mass incarceration, public health, and widening inequality in the USA

Journal of Women’s Health: Preventive healthcare for underserved women: results of a prison survey

Bandage, Sort, and Hustle: Ambulance Crews on the Front Lines of Urban Suffering

Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition

Redistributing the Poor: Jails, Hospitals, and the Crisis of Law and Fiscal Austerity

Golden Gulag Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California

Electrification of Buildings: Climate, Health, Justice

Wednesday, April 28, 7:00-8:30pm, PT

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After industry and transportation, buildings are a top emitter of green-house gases. Electrification of buildings is a critical step toward decarbonization, improved health, and health equity. Natural gas appliances and heaters are proven to increase indoor air pollution and exacerbate conditions such as asthma. The health harms from indoor pollution are compounded by the high outdoor air pollution levels in California, per the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2020 report. Also, while 98% of Californians live in counties with a failing grade for at least one air pollution measurement, a person of color is three times more likely to live in a county with failing grades in all measurements.

California is at a critical turning point with several ground-breaking transportation and building decarbonization bills moving through the legislature that we are amplifying and supporting with our health professional voice. In addition, we need to continue our coalition efforts toward pushing the California Energy Commission (CEC) to demonstrate climate health leadership by developing a 2022 building energy code cycle to require all-electric new construction statewide.

Diane Bailey is executive director of Menlo Spark, a community nonprofit aiming to help the City of Menlo Park and the region become carbon neutral. She also leads the Campaign for Fossil Free Buildings in Silicon Valley. Previously, Diane worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Citizens for a Better Environment in Chicago, and a local transportation planning agency in Houston. She is a certified Climate Change Professional (CC-P), and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Washington University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Rice University.

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Brady Seals is a manager in RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings program where she works at the junction of air quality, buildings, and human health. She engages stakeholders in rapidly transitioning to clean energy solutions that deliver environmental, health, and economic benefits. She is a lead author, in partnership with PSR and other organizations, of a recent report on the health effects from gas stoves. Prior to this role, Brady spent 11 years working in over 16 countries to accelerate the transition from highly polluting wood stoves to cleaner, more efficient cookstoves that are also more protective of human health.

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Antonio Díaz is the organizational director at PODER—People Organizing to Demand Economic and Environmental Rights, a grassroots environmental justice organization based in San Francisco. Antonio has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing policies and programs that address a range of climate and environmental issues. PODER organizes with Latinx immigrant families and youth to put into practice people-powered solutions that are locally based, community-led and environmentally just. Originally from Texas, Antonio was a founder of People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER), a grassroots environmental justice organization in Austin, Texas, and the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, a bi-national environmental justice movement alliance. Antonio served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. In an effort to successfully create an environmentally sustainable city, Antonio has connected the success of PODER’s local work to regional, state, national and international alliances, including through San Francisco Rising, Bay Rising, California Environmental Justice Alliance, and the Climate Justice Alliance. www.podersf.org

READINGS & RESOURCES

Menlo Spark: Ten Truths about Natural Gas
UCLA School of Public Health Study: Effects of residential Gas Appliances on Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality and Public Health in California
Scientific American: California is Closing the Door to Gas in New Homes
PODER: Climate Equity & Community Engagement in Building Electrification Toolkit
Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing
The Spectrum of Community Engagement

Rocky Mountain Institute: Why Is Indoor Air Pollution Largely Unregulated?
Rocky Mountain Institute: Three Key Takeaways from California’s First Workshop on Health Impacts of Gas Stoves
Rocky Mountain Institute: California Can’t Wait on All-Electric New Building Code

The Costs and Savings of going All-Electric Infographic
Find more resources about decarbonizing your home and buildings at fossilfreebuildings.org

ACTION

Help limit building emissions in the Bay Area: Gas appliance pollution is damaging our climate, health, and air quality. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) already has rules limiting nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from home water heaters and furnaces, but the current standards allow pollution to persist. On April 19, staff announced its plan to work with stakeholders to develop zero-NOx emissions standards for residential furnaces and water heaters. Sometime in July 2021, staff will host a public workshop to discuss equity, affordability, and rule implementation timeline. If you are interested in joining the discussion, please fill out this form and RMI and our partners will send you more information later this summer and alert you to future advocacy opportunities.


SF Bay PSR worked in collaboration with UCSF’s EaRTH Center on another Mini Med School for the Public series! This series expands upon previous series organized by SF Bay PSR members Drs. Robin Cooper and Katherine Gundling.

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UCSF Mini Med School
Environmental Justice and Human Health:
Creating Systemic Solutions

February 23 – March 30, 2021
WATCH RECORDED SESSIONS HERE : Open to the general public

  • Co-chairs include Annemarie Charlesworth, MA, Director of the UCSF EaRTH Center Community Engagement Core, Nadia Gaber, PhD, UCSF Postdoctoral Fellow and medical student, and SF Bay PSR leaders Patrice Sutton, MPH, and Robert Gould, MD.
  • Speakers include many SF Bay PSR members.
  • Co-sponsors include the UCSF EaRTH Center, Climate Health Center, and Student Advisory Group, and San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility.

SERIES OVERVIEW

This series will explore a range of environmental contributors to human health and disease through the lens of our most vulnerable populations, and seek to identify and advocate for systemic solutions by health professionals and community members.

Human health is inseparable from environmental health. Our exposure to toxic environmental chemicals through air, water, food, and consumer products is contributing to a surge in chronic disease (cancer, asthma, diabetes, COPD, etc.), developmental delay, neurodegenerative disease, and infertility. Our climate emergency’s concomitant catastrophic events (hurricanes, wildfires, floods, famine, etc.) are driving massive human displacement as populations flee climate-fueled war, conflict, and environmental degradation. In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how the web of life connects human health to other species and global health, and the importance of systemic solutions.

Environmental threats to human health are not experienced equally among populations. Structural and institutional racism, and other economic and public policy choices underlie the fact that some communities suffer more and die earlier from environmental health harms. While healthcare professionals work to mitigate the suffering of individuals, the etiology and enduring solutions to these problems are systemic, and as such, require solutions that address the upstream influences on health at a society-wide level.


WATCH recordings of previous UCSF Mini Med School series organized by SF Bay PSR members Drs. Katherine Gundling and Robin Cooper, with talks by many SF Bay PSR members.

Part 1: The Health Emergency of Climate Change
Part 2: The Health Emergency of Our Changing Climate: Evolving Public Health Strategies in the 21st Century

California Legislative Review 2021

February 24, 2021, 7:00-8:15 pm PT, via Zoom
WATCH recording HERE

Wondering what proposals to watch and support in the 2021 session of the California legislature? We will review legislative efforts related to environmental health and the climate crisis, and explore opportunities to advocate strategically.

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PARTICIPANTS

Avinash Kar, senior attorney and director, State Health Policy, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Kar’s legal advocacy is focused on reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock and the presence of pesticides and toxic chemicals in consumer products and the environment. He also served on the California Air Resources Board’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and advised the board on AB 32, California’s historic law slashing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Kathy Dervin is currently co-founder and holds several leadership positions with 350.org Bay Area and has served on Sierra Club committees including their international committee delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, 2015. She has held positions as senior policy analyst at the Center for Climate Change and Health/Public Health Institute (Oakland) and with the California Department of Public Health, Center for Climate Change and Health. She coordinated and co-authored the state’s plan Preparing California for Extreme Heat and Integrating Public Health in Climate Action Planning (for city planners).

RESOURCES

Fact Sheet – SB 467 (End Fracking and Dangerous Drilling)-2-1 copy

Resources on new rule to update health and safety protections from oil and gas, CA GEM

Independent Scientific Assessment of Well Stimulation in California, Vol. 1 (SB4)

Will Barrett is director of Advocacy and Clean Air at the American Lung Association. He leads their work on clean air and climate change policy in California, focusing on vehicle emission standards, smart growth and clean fuels policies. Also, he represents the American Lung Association before the California Legislature and federal, state, regional and local agencies. He also serves on the steering committee of Climate Plan and the board of directors for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies.

RESOURCES

Tell President Biden: Act on Climate for Healthier Lungs

Sign Our Petition to Support the Transition to Electric Vehicles

Sign Up for Health Professionals for Clean Air and Climate Action newsletter

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Climate Change, Health, and Healthcare: Policy Implications for 2021

Hosted by NorCal: Mini Symposium for Climate and Pandemic Resilience, sponsored jointly by Stanford and UCSF.

Thursday, February 18, 2021, Noon-1:30 pm PT, online
WATCH Recording HERE

Dr. Renee Salas will discuss how to apply a climate lens to health policy as we consider opportunities to green clinics and hospitals and train a climate-ready workforce.
 
Dr. Salas is an Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also a practicing emergency medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
 
Dr. Salas has served as the lead author for the 2018-2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018 and founded and leads its Working Group of over 70 U.S. organizations working at the nexus of climate change and health. Dr. Salas was a co-director for the first Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium and co-leads the broader initiative in partnership with The New England Journal of Medicine. She also serves on the planning committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Human Health Initiative and has testified before Congress for the full House Committee on Oversight and Reform on how climate change is harming health.

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Anti-Nuclear Events

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)
WATCH RECORDING HERE

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

WATCH RECORDING HERE

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.

Uprooting Racism in Medicine: Where do we go from here?

Aired on March 22, 2021, on KPFA.org

READ MORE and LISTEN HERE

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.

The Fire Next Time

The Devastating Effects of Climate Change, Racism, and Health Inequities on Black and Brown Communities

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 9:00-10:15 am PT / noon-1:15 pm ET, on Zoom
WATCH Recording
Passcode: hjHJP#2Q

Co-sponsored by Climate Health Now and San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The subtle and deadly change of heart that might occur in you would be involved with the realization that a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless. – James Baldwin, author of The Fire Next Time

You can’t have climate change without sacrifice zones, and you can’t have sacrifice zones without disposable people, and you can’t have disposable people without racism. — Hop Hopkins, The Sierra Club

Too often climate change, systemic racism, and health inequities are seen as siloed and disconnected from one another. This webinar will examine how these important issues and concerns intersect and compound each other—often with devastating consequences for communities of color. We look forward to discussing a more holistic and integrative approach to addressing the host of challenges facing Black and Brown people. Our hope is that after viewing this webinar, participants will leave with a renewed sense of urgency and more determination to be strong advocates and allies for hard-hit and marginalized communities.

PARTICIPANTS

We are thrilled to announce our key speakers.

Dr. Linda Rae Murray has been a voice for social justice and health as a basic human right for over 50 years. Currently she is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health and she serves on many local and national boards including the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She remains passionate about increasing the number of Black and Latino health professionals. Read more.

Lindsay Harper is the Arm in Arm National Core Support Team Coordinator, working to organize  communities to ignite a transformational era that ends the climate crisis centering racial and economic justice. Lindsay began her work in environmental, economic and social justice in 2013 with the launch of her flagship global initiative GreenGoingForward. She believes that in seeking economic development, utilizing a community-lead approach to business education can facilitate strong #InKind economies, create multi-generational wealth, and build leadership and capacity.  Applying these principles will directly address the systemic economic issues perpetuating the climate crisis. Learn more about Lindsay Harper’s work with the US Climate Network.

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Advocacy in Action

Environmental Injustice in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point: Addressing the Enduring Health Harms of Nuclear Weapons in Our Own Backyard

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 6:30-8:00 pm, Pacific Time, on Zoom
WATCH Recording
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READ article about this event in the Mission Local!

San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) residents have spent decades resiliently advocating  for public health policies and environmental justice for their community. The BVHP community, a predominately African-American community, is located close to a USEPA-designated Superfund site, the Hunters Point Navy Shipyard (HPNS) and the historical site of the US Navy Radiological Defense Laboratory (NRDL). The US Navy brought scores of ships contaminated with radioactivity from nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific to HPNS, where the ships’ radioactive paint was sandblasted off into the open air. The contamination from nuclear weapons-related activities has been amplified by dozens of other pollution sites along the waterfront and throughout the community. The state’s CalEnviroScreen ranks BVHP as one of the communities in the state most at risk from pollution. This webinar will explore the history of contamination at BVHP, the health harms disproportionately suffered by community members, and the current collaboration between community members, academics, scientists, and health professionals to address these environmental injustices in our own backyard.

PARTICIPANTS

Michelle Pierce is the Executive Director of Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates. Read an interview with Ms. Pierce on Public Knowledge.

Dr. Kim Rhoads is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Director of the Office of Community Engagement at the University of California, San Francisco’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has partnered with San Francisco Bayview Hunter’s Point residents to conduct research and develop community-driven solutions to address the hazardous exposures and health inequities faced by residents.

Annemarie Charlesworth is the Director of the UCSF EaRTH Center Community Engagement Core (CEC). Prior to the founding of the EaRTH Center, she was the Associate Director of the UCSF Environmental Health Initiative and Associate Director of the Clinical Outreach and Engagement Core of the UCSF Pregnancy Exposures to Environmental Chemicals (PEEC) Children’s Center.

Daniel Hirsch is the President of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a nuclear policy NGO, which he founded nearly half a century ago. He retired in 2017 as Director of the Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Randall Miller, Executive Director of SF Bay PSR, will moderate the panel. He has a PhD in Ethics and Social Theory and more than 25 years of leadership experience in a variety of progressive, nonprofit settings, including advocacy, political, philanthropic, and academic institutions.
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CA Legislative Roundup 2020

September 10, 2020

Watch Recording
Passcode: JG&?20Zz

Wondering what policy proposals were attempted, passed, or died in the California legislative session that will end on August 31? We will roundup and review legislative efforts related to environmental health and the climate crisis. Also, we will explore how to position environmental health in the upcoming legislative session. SF Bay PSR has just joined the Green California Coalition and the discussion will help us, our members, and allies to think about how to advocate strategically.

PARTICIPANTS

We are honored to announce our key speaker, Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney and Director, State Health Policy, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, at National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Crisis in Yemen: Opportunities for Advocacy & Action

August 12, 2020

WATCH Recording
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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.

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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.

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Jehan Hakim, Founder and Chair of Yemeni Alliance Committee

Jehan Hakim is a San Francisco native with a degree in Political Science. She now lives in the East Bay with her four children. Her family is originally from Yemen. She is the founder and chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, a social advocacy group working to resist anti-Yemeni policies. Jehan is also on the board of Just Foreign Policy.

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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).

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THE BOMB: Understanding Its History and the Hope for a Nuclear-Free Future

August 9, 2020

WATCH Recording

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.