ACTION ALERTS

Below please find actions you can take on the local, state, and federal levels, including anti-nuclear weapons policy advocacy. SUBSCRIBE to our Action Alert Emails at the SIGN UP button above.

BAY AREA

BIG NEWS!

We won a HUGE victory step toward reducing air pollution and protecting community health in the Bay Area!

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Board of Directors voted on July 21 to further reduce particulate matter emissions from petroleum refineries with a yes vote for Regulation 6, Rule 5: Particulate Emissions from Refinery Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Units.

The rule is now the most health-protective and stringent regulation of its kind in the country. It is a huge environmental justice win! A million mostly people of color who live near the East Bay refineries have for years disproportionately suffered from respiratory, circulatory and heart disorders, cancer, asthma, and early death.

“I know that in all my years of practice, what I have done has saved lives,” 35-year medical oncologist Dr. Janice Kirsch [SF Bay Board Member] told the board. “But what you can do today will save more lives from cancer than two or three of my careers.” Reuters

THANK YOU to everyone who helped organize, wrote emails, gave testimony at the hearings, and more!

CONGRATS to Communities for a Better Environment, Sunflower Alliance, 350 Bay Area and more that have been leading this struggle for many years.

BRAVO to Dr. Amanda Millstein of Climate Health Now for organizing health professionals and community press conferences, and to SF Bay PSR Board Members Drs. Janice Kirsch, Tom Newman, Jeff Ritterman, Marjaneh Moini, and Bob Gould, and to all other SF Bay PSR members who pitched in!

READING

Reuters: Northern California requires oil refineries to slash air pollution
BAAQMD: Press Release
Communities for a Better Environment: Fact vs Myth Rule 6-5
San Jose Mercury: Bay Area Refinery Rules Would Improve Environment and Health
East Bay Times: Refinery rules would improve Bay Area health

CALIFORNIA

PROTECT SOLAR ROOFTOPS

PG&E, So Cal Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric are lobbying the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to make consumer solar twice as expensive than it is today. This would put solar out of reach for the working and middle class, just when it is taking off.

DEADLINE: The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to rule on the future of net metering in the state near the end of 2021.

ACTION

SIGN Solar Rights Alliance’s letter

At issue is a proposal for the CPUC to use a new method to calculate the value of rooftop solar. The method was developed for the CPUC by a consulting firm that is also routinely hired by utilities to produce reports slanted against local solar and in favor of large solar and wind farms.

These new calculations would make it look like rooftop solar provides just a fraction of the benefits that it actually provides. This would justify the utilities’ proposal to slap solar users with new monthly fees and slash the credit for sharing extra solar energy with the neighborhood.

Expect more of these kinds of alerts throughout the year. We defeated AB 1139, but the Utility Profit Grab is alive and well at the CPUC. It will take constant vigilance to stop it.

READING

Frontier Group and Environment America Research & Policy Center Report: Block Rooftop Solar: The Companies, Lobbyists and Front Groups Undermining Local Green Energy
PV Magazine: The Electric Utility Anti-Rooftop Solar Playbook
Save California Solar: Fact sheet explaining the entire situation at the CPUC

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Help to Advance CA Policy Proposals through the CA Legislature

Sadly, many of the bills we have been supporting died in committee. See list in the POLICY WATCH section of our April Newsletter. As opportunities for advocacy arise, we will send out Action Alerts and let you know key times and representatives to contact.

READING

SF Chronicle: For environmentalists, California’s Legislature has been ‘a bloodbath’ this year

Thank you to VISION-CA for their community-led leadership on Senate Bill 467  that did not pass committee. We remain committed to passing legislation that will create setbacks from oil wells and protect the communities living near them.

Thank you to everyone who called senators to support SB467 to protect health and climate in California.

Anti-Nuclear Weapons Actions

Nuclear weapons are a local issue. Urge your local and state reps to speak out!

 Demonstrating strong support for nuclear weapons abolition is especially important now, as the Biden Administration begins to prepare its Nuclear Posture Review, which determines the role of nuclear weapons in our security strategy. Unfortunately, the Administration’s 2022 budget fully funds the new nuclear warheads the Trump Administration sought, squandering billions of our tax dollars on weapons that threaten our health and the environment while doing nothing to address current community needs and security issues.

This is the moment to build upon PSR’s leadership in the Back from the Brink campaign that helped California cities and the State of California adopt resolutions supporting nuclear weapons abolition and a fundamental change in U.S. nuclear weapons policy. To date 50 municipalities and 6 state legislative bodies have adopted similar resolutions.

ACTIONS

MAKE CALLS: join the Back from the Brink VIRTUAL PHONE BANK
Thursday, July 15 at 10 am Pacific  (12 noon Central, 11 am Mountain, 1 pm Eastern)

REGISTER HERE

Help make phone calls to urge U.S. elected officials to sign the Back from the Brink open letter to President Biden and Members of Congress urging bold action on nuclear weapons. This time we’ll be calling state legislators, many of whom have already been contacted by PSR members via our recent email and action page. All phone registrants will receive sample script and info prior to the Action Hour. An as added incentive, participants in the phone bank will receive a very cool Back from the Brink t-shirt!

WRITE LETTERS to your elected officials

DEADLINE: July 26, 2021 (The Back from the Brink letter will be delivered to the Biden Administration in August 2021.)

CLICK HERE to urge your local and state elected officials to sign the Back from the Brink campaign letter to express their support for nuclear abolition, eliminating wasteful nuclear weapons spending, and other common-sense policies to reduce the threat of nuclear war. Over 100 elected officials have signed the letter so far, and we know many more support our policy solutions–but we need your help to reach them all.

We’re approaching 150 signers on the letter, from 29 states, and are confident that many more will sign with more dedicated outreach and follow up efforts.

Right now, California representatives are significantly underrepresented on the letter. Your advocacy as a constituent will help demonstrate strong coast to coast support for nuclear abolition and safer nuclear policies. We’ve seen that sometimes all it takes is a constituent asking for support for an elected official to pay attention and sign on to the letter.

Thank you to PSR-LA and Denise Duffield for her leadership organizing this letter campaign.

READING

New York Times: Support for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Is Growing within NATO, an Advocacy Group Says

Investing in Cures Before Missiles Act (ICBM) (Senate: S.982. House: H.R.2227)

Representative Ro Khanna and Senator Ed Markey are working together to introduce this new ICBM Act, which aligns with our Back from the Brink campaign’s call to “cancel enhanced nuclear weapons.” The legislation would essentially redirect funds from destabilizing new weapons systems (such as the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent [GBSD] replacement for aging Minuteman III ICBMs and new W87-1 warhead) toward conducting research for the development of a universal coronavirus vaccine, and methods to combat emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases that pose the potential for future pandemics.

ACTION

THANK YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. Alongside Ro Khanna, CA Representatives Barbara Lee and Jared Huffman are co-sponsors. If one of them is your representative, please thank them. Otherwise, please call and/or write your member of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. Additional co-sponsors of H.R.2227 to date are Reps. James McGovern, Mark Pocan, Pramila Jayapal, Earl Blumenauer, Steve Cohen, Raul Grijalva, Jesus Garcia, Sheila Jackson Lee, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. More information at www.congress.gov

READINGS

One-page ICBM Act factsheet from Representative Ro Khanna and Senator Ed Markey. Thank you Tri-Valley Cares!
Text of the ICBM Act. The text is the same for S.982 and H.R.2227.

PSR Supports “NO FIRST USE”

Physicians for Social Responsibility salutes Senator Warren and Representative Smith for their leadership on this issue. Statement by Jeff Carter, PSR National Executive Director: “On April 15, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Adam Smith reintroduced a simple, but profoundly important piece of legislation that, if passed, would make the world a much safer place, by making it the official policy of the United States that it will never, ever use a nuclear weapon first in any conflict. It remains shocking to us — and no doubt a surprise to many — that this is not U.S. policy already. Until we abolish these weapons altogether — which we must do — this is the only rational, humane approach for any country that maintains a nuclear weapons arsenal. Warren serves on Senate Armed Services Committee. Smith is Chair of House Armed Services Committee. Any attack using nuclear weapons would be a humanitarian catastrophe, and there is no conceivable circumstance that would justify the U.S. unleashing these doomsday weapons first. It’s also worth noting that the Biden administration doesn’t have to wait for action on this bill — they could and should direct the armed forces to adopt a ‘no first use’ policy immediately.”

ACTION

CALL OR EMAIL to thank Senate co-sponsors Feinstein (D-Calif.), Leahy (D-Vt.), Merkley (D-Ore.), and Markey (D-Mass.).

READINGS

Aude Bouagnon at BVHP Rally

SF Bay PSR Board Member Dr. Aude Bouagnon spoke at a rally on Earth Day 2021 to support Bayview Hunters Point community efforts to advocate for the clean up of toxic wastes harming the health of residents. Photo by Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai.

ONGOING

Contact San Francisco Mayor Breed & Board of Supervisors to ask them to ACT NOW:

● Declare a Public Health Emergency in Bayview Hunters Point and Treasure Island!
● Declare a moratorium on shipyard development and Lennar’s unsafe soil excavation!
● Conduct full retesting, safe cleanup and removal of all radioactive and toxic contamination at Hunters Point Shipyard Superfund Site & Treasure Island!

The San Francisco Hunters Point Naval Shipyard site was home to a Naval shipyard repair facility from 1945 to 1974 and the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory (NRDL) from 1948 to 1960. These facilities contaminated soil, dust, sediments, surface water and groundwater with toxic chemicals, heavy metals, PCBs, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and radionuclides.

We are honored to support the Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates in their efforts to fight for environmental justice.
READINGS & RESOURCES can be found HERE.

Help Limit Building Emissions in the Bay Area

In conjunction with our April 28 event on electrification of buildings, please take action!

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.

Statement on Public Health Threat of Policing

We at SF Bay PSR are deeply saddened and outraged by the recent killing by police of Duante Wright, 13-year-old Adam Toledo, and the daily killings of people, particularly people of color, by police in the US. It must stop. Our hearts go out to their families and communities. Please WATCH the recording of our event and discussion, The Public Health Threat of Policing and Mass Incarceration with Zach Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center, and Dr. Jennifer James, professor and researcher at University of California, San Francisco.

Racism is a public health crisis and we are committed to exposing the interconnections of racism in climate, environmental, health equity, and anti-nuclear issues.

Statement on Violence Against Asian American Pacific Islander Communities

All of us at SF Bay PSR are saddened and appalled by the recent alarming rise in attacks on Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities. We stand in solidarity with Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in San Francisco, Oakland, California, and across the country who have been and are being targeted.

Report incidents to Stop AAPI Hate
American Journal of Public Health: Critical Race Theory, Race Equity, and Public Health: Toward Antiracism Praxis
CNBC: How to support Asian American colleagues amid the recent wave of anti-Asian violence
NPR: Anti-Asian Attacks Rise During Pandemic

BEYOND the FIRST 100 DAYS

Let’s keep the pressure on the Biden-Harris administration and your congressional representatives. Tell them you want to see in a “Green New Deal” that justly transitions us to a green economy.

To read more about President-Elect Biden’s positions on “Green New Deal” polices please see our recent newsletters.

Support the Thrive Agenda and contact your representatives. Supported by 200 grassroots organizations and 83 members of Congress, the Thrive Agenda is a roadmap to a just recovery from our climate crisis, the global pandemic, and the intertwining of persistent racial injustice, Make your voice heard!

Also, please support the Third Reconstruction resolution, introduced on May 24, 2021, by Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Pramila Jayapal, in collaboration with the Poor People’s Campaign, “Realizing a Third Reconstruction: A Moral and Political Commitment to Fully Address Poverty and Low-Wealth in America by Building Up from the Bottom.”

Tell Congress to invest in clean energy: Tell Congress to Invest in a Clean Energy Future
President Joe Biden has proposed the American Jobs Plan, which can put people back to work, rebuild our aging infrastructure, accelerate our shift to clean energy, and improve our resilience to the climate impacts we can no longer avoid.
READ MORE at PSR National.

VISIT the MEMORIAL to Healthcare workers lost to the pandemic

“Lost on the Frontline,” an online memorial launched by the Guardian and Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Health News to honor and memorialize all of the frontline health-care workers who have died because of COVID-19.

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The National Academy of Medicine offers Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During COVID-19

NurseJournal.org: How Nurses Can Combat Compassion Fatigue