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Physicians for Social Responsibility

April 19, 2011

Rx for Survival Conference a Success

The halls of the George Washington’s Media and Arts Building were buzzing with ideas and energy when students from across the nation gathered for Student Physicians for Social Responsibility’s biennial conference “Rx for Survival: Social Justice and Medical Advocacy” in early April. Over 80 students attended two and half days of workshops, presentations, and strategy sessions to listen, experience and share their thoughts on urgent issues such as nuclear power, health and radiation, and climate change. View pictures from the conference

Safe Energy Plenary: Empowering health professionals to speak up!

David B. Richardson, PhD, MSPH
Students gathered at the Safe Energy plenary at the SPSR conference were left with one main message: Speak up! The panel, which dealt with the Fukushima nuclear crisis and covered radiation and health and the consequences of such an event in the US, was led by Dr. David Richardson and PSR board member Dr. Andy Kanter. The two doctors encouraged the students to use their unique perspective as health professionals to advocate for public health and safety protections in the wake of this disaster. View the PowerPoint presentation

PSR Joins with International Partners to Speak Out on Military Spending

To mark this year's tax day, PSR participated with a new emerging coalition taking action on excessive military spending. The first Global Day of Action on Military Spending was an impressive success with more than 100 endorsing organizations and events in over 35 countries around the world.

This is of particular importance to those in the US, where our nation outspends all others on military spending. We must raise our voices now while the debate on federal spending priorities heats up. PSR’s message is clear -- to fund our pressing human and environmental needs, we must cut our bloated military budget. For more information on the Global Day of Action including reports from the events, please visit

50th Anniversary Kick-Off Dinner

On April 9, PSR members attended a private dinner in Washington, D.C. to kick off a year-long celebration of PSR’s 50th anniversary and launch a $1 million fundraising campaign. The many contributions and accomplishments of members, staff and volunteers were recognized. Some long-time leaders and founders who were unable to attend sent messages of reminiscence and encouragement, which were read at the dinner. Read their messages and view photos from the dinner

In This Issue

Rx for Survival Conference a Success

Safe Energy Plenary: Empowering health professionals to speak up!

PSR Joins with International Partners to Speak Out on Military Spending

50th Anniversary Kick-Off Dinner

April 26: Radiation and the Risks to Public Health: Chernobyl, Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear

On the 25-year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, PSR physicians issue a warning about health and safety risks associated with U.S. nuclear reactors. Learn more

PSR Actions

Act now to reduce birth defects, infant deaths, asthma and stroke

Speak out on tax priorities -- for human needs

In the News

Cleaner air regulations too important to scrap

Muscatine, Iowa: Pretty setting, but dirty air

Of accidents that never happen

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