Open Planning Meeting: Economic Inequality
Sep
30
9:30am 9:30am

Open Planning Meeting: Economic Inequality

WPSR's Inequality Task Force is convening a half-day planning session in Seattle (exact location TBD). WPSR board members, Drs. Stephen Bezruchka, Mary Weiss, Adam Hoverman, and Noah Silver, will help facilitate this brainstorming and planning session. We will have other experts on hand to introduce us to potential new opportunities for WPSR to positively impact economic and health inequities in WA State.

For the last several years, WPSR has maintained a small but important program on economic inequality. Research suggests our nation’s growing inequality gap is one of several causes of diminished population health outcomes, contributing to higher mortality and shortened lifespans. To combat this, we have previously advocated for raising minimum wage and for implementing a statewide paid parental leave policy.
 
With the passage of a statewide paid leave policy by the Washington state legislature this year (we’re still celebrating!), we are now looking toward defining our next goals. Our Inequality Task Force is thinking big, and we want to include diverse voices in this conversation. That’s why we invite YOU to join us. 

We don’t want to script the conversation too much, but issues and solutions discussed may include:

  • building awareness of US and Washington's health status
  • a statewide income tax
  • early childhood support and interventions
  • violence prevention
  • substance abuse

Will you join us? If so, please register here. We will be in touch with additional details and background reading material to help you prepare.

Questions? Email us at wpsr@wpsr.org.
 
 

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Seattle WA: AJCE Event "Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy"
Jul
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Seattle WA: AJCE Event "Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy"

In Washington, social justice, labor, faith, environmental, and health advocates have used our collective experiences and values and built on existing policies to create what we believe is the most effective and equitable carbon reduction policy to date for transitioning to a clean energy economy.

Learn more about the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy’s campaign for a carbon tax that would fund investments in a clean-energy economy.

Light snacks will be served with coffee and tea. Free parking available.

RSVP here

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Jul
13
9:00am 9:00am

Seattle Pension Fund Divestment Hearing

After weeks of pressure from 350Seattle and other activists, the Board of Administration for Seattle's $2.5 billion pension fund agreed to analyze the case for fossil fuel divestment. They will be voting on whether or not to divest at the July 13th meeting of the Board. Please come along, bring you signs and demand that the City get out of dirty fossil fuels!

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Jul
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Happy Hour for Jobs and Clean Energy

The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is gearing up to pass equitable climate action in 2018. We're getting ready to go to the ballot if that's what it takes to create jobs, cut carbon and clean our air!

Join us for a Happy Hour to learn more about the Alliance and their plan, meet the staff, partners and climate justice stewards, and get involved!

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Jul
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meaningful Movies Film+Discussion: Sustainable

Meaningful Movies in Wallingford will show the documentary "Sustainable", about sustainable agriculture followed by a discussion with Dr. David Montgomery, UW Professor and author of the new book, Growing A Revolution. Revolutionizing away from industrial to regenerative agriculture has the potential to grow more food at less cost and to put carbon back into the soil.

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Jun
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

Public Hearing on Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Air Permit

At 360,000 barrels per day of crude oil, the terminal would pump toxic pollution into our air 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tesoro would release smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), diesel exhaust, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and other pollutants linked to increased cancer rates. Tesoro Savage tries to downplay this impact. Here’s where you come in: Tell EFSEC not to sacrifice the health of Vancouver’s residents, schoolchildren, and businesses for Tesoro’s massive oil-by-rail scheme.

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Jun
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

WPSR Reception in Spokane

Join us at the home of WPSR members Diana and Don Storey for an informal discussion of WPSR's current priorities, including nuclear weapons and climate change; the ways we and our partners are working to address these challenges; and how you can help.

If interested in attending, please RSVP to Laura Skelton at laura@wpsr.org, or (206)547-2630.

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May
11
11:00am11:00am

Rally and Petition Drop at the State Capitol: No to Coal and Oil! Yes to Clean Energy!

  • On the steps of the WA Capitol Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join WPSR and the Stand Up to Oil Coalition on the WA State Capitol steps for a rally, press event, and hand delivery to the Governor of over 1 million petitions and comments from citizens saying "no" to Big Coal and Dirty Oil in the Evergreen State. Governor Inslee and our state agencies have significant input on several major coal and oil projects proposed in our state, and this is a critical time to tell him that we want a cleaner energy future!

After the rally and petition drop, you are invited to a post-rally lunch (it's on us!).

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Apr
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Forum on Natural Gas/Methanol

We are partnering with the Sierra Club and Sightline Institute to present a forum on the Kalama Methanol Plant and natural gas/methanol usage in Washington State. 

Eric DePlace of Sightline Institute and Dr. Mark Vossler, WPSR's Climate and Health Task Force Co-Chair, will present. 

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Apr
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Nuclear Insights: Survivor Stories and Action to Prevent Nuclear War

Come learn why anti-nuclear weapons activism is as important today as it was in 1945, and how you can make a difference on this critical issue. You'll have the opportunity to connect with numerous activist groups in the local Washington Coalition to Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race. Yukiyo Kawano's life-size soft sculpture of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Little Boy, will also be on display. 

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Feb
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

Pipelines Resistance Kickoff Event

WPSR is partnering with Sierra Club and 350 Seattle to kick off two campaigns against pipeline infrastructure that are affecting Washington State:

1. the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion in British Columbia, which would expand the current Pacific NW pipeline to be larger than the Keystone XL 

2. the "Sumas Express," a potential natural gas pipeline along the I-5 corridor that would double our state's natural gas capacity and feed a proposed methanol refinery in Kalama, WA 

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Jan
21
10:30am10:30am

Join WPSR at the Women's March on Seattle

WPSR is endorsing the Women's March on Seattle, in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. We're excited to support this event and join an international movement that celebrates diversity and human rights. We recognize that there are important intersections between climate justice, nuclear weapons, social justice, and women's rights, and we hope you'll join us by adding your voice to this fight. 

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Nov
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

Command and Control - Free Screening

On November 28th there will be a free showing of Tribeca Film Festival sensation Command and Control. Produced by American Experience Films | PBS, Command and Control chronicles the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, the chilling new documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us. 

The screening will be followed by a conversation with special guests:

  • Eric Schlosser, Writer and Producer of Command and Control 
  • Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund and nuclear policy expert
  • Dr. Bruce Amundson, President of WPSR
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Nov
12
9:30am 9:30am

Training: Health Professionals for Climate Action

Are you a health professional concerned about climate change and its impacts on your patients, your family, and on the well-being of everyone on the planet?

Do you want to learn more about the latest science, available solutions, and the important role health professionals can play in advancing those solutions?

Are you interested in being an advocate for addressing climate change using your unique voice?

If you answered YES, then please join our upcoming training! Our members have presented Grand Rounds to their peers, spoken at public forums, taught classes at the UW School of Medicine and School of Public Health, testified in front of the state legislature, met with advisors in the Governor’s office, spoken at rallies and public hearings, penned op-eds, brought resolutions to state professional medical organizations, and more. Join us as we work to protect public health by fighting climate change from our unique platform as health professionals!

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