I-1631 Volunteer Appreciation Party
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

I-1631 Volunteer Appreciation Party

I-1631 is headed to the ballot! We hope you'll join us for a night of celebrating and gratitude for the efforts of volunteers (including WPSR advocates who gathered over 8,000 signatures). A night of food, drink, music, dancing, toasts, and community with our partners in the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy Coalition is in store.

Click here for RSVP, and here for the Facebook event. 

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Protecting Health: Climate, Environment, and Action
Aug
25
9:30 AM09:30

Protecting Health: Climate, Environment, and Action

Event is free, and please RSVP here! wpsr.org/tacoma

Are you a health professional or health advocate concerned about fossil fuel expansion, climate change, and impacts on your family and patients? Do you want to learn more about the impacts our region faces, solutions, and opportunities for action?

If you answered YES, please join us at our upcoming workshop! Sightline Institute ranks Tacoma as one of the most targeted locations in the Pacific Northwest for fossil fuel expansion projects. These proposals could put our health and the safety of our communities and patients at risk. Join members of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Protect Tacoma's Tideflats Coalition, and others as we work to protect the health of our communities using our powerful voices as health advocates.

This workshop will include presentations on climate change and health, local impacts in Tacoma, background on the Tideflats Subarea Planning process, and free speaking and written advocacy and communications tools training. 

Speakers include:
Kenra Brewer, RN
Dr. Mark Vossler, cardiologist at EvergreenHealth and Chair of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility's Climate & Health Task Force
More to be announced

This workshop is free, and light refreshments are provided. Please RSVP here: wpsr.org/tacoma

Photo credit: KNHX

 

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I-1631 Signature Turn-in Celebration
Jul
2
10:30 AM10:30

I-1631 Signature Turn-in Celebration

  • 520 Union Avenue Southeast Olympia, WA, 98501 United States (map)
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 I-1631, which WPSR helped draft, will clean our air, create good paying jobs across our state, and take critical actions needed to reduce health-harming climate change. After months of signature gathering, we're gearing up to celebrate by turning in our signatures to the Washington Secretary of State to qualify I-1631 for the ballot in November! 

What: I-1631 Signature Turn in Rally and Celebration
When: Monday, July 2nd at 10:30 AM
Where: 520 Union Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

WPSR members and supporters, including many of you, have helped gather thousands of signatures to get us here. Join us (in your white coats, or other health garb!) as we celebrate and launch the next phase of this incredible campaign.

We'd love to have you with us! Let Sarah know if you can make it: sarah@wpsr.org, 206-547-2630

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AMA Divestment Resolution Celebration
Jun
27
11:30 AM11:30

AMA Divestment Resolution Celebration

On June 13th, The American Medical Association (AMA) approved a resolution to divest from fossil fuels and support health professionals in incorporating health impacts of climate change into health care services, public education, and policy advocacy. AMA acknowledges that climate change is a threat to human health and the power of the medical voice in advocating for climate action.

Join 350 Tacoma’s "Climate & Health Work Group" and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility in thanking our health professionals! We'll gather in Wright Park, outside of MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, and share treats, flyers with the resolution, and information about how Tacoma health professionals can get involved in local climate action.

Read the full resolution here: https://www.psr.org/blog/2018/06/13/ama-passes-resolution-on-divesting-from-fossil-fuels/

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Health Professionals for Climate Action
Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Health Professionals for Climate Action

Concerned about climate change and its impacts on your patients, your family, and our communities? Join us for a free climate advocacy workshop! Learn more about the connections between climate change and health, and build your skills as a communicator and advocate.

Event is free, with lunch provided.

Click here for more information and to RSVP! 

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Poor People's Campaign Rally
May
28
2:00 PM14:00

Poor People's Campaign Rally

Join members of WPSR's Nuclear Weapons Abolition Task Force and Washington Against Nuclear Weapons, in Olympia for a rally and nonviolent moral resistance as part of the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. This week's theme is "The War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence".

Sign up to attend and coordinate carpooling with WPSR folks here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdY519f0YK9zOMIGEoCyMY9fkchAt2inLW8QvTAjs3cZzE0ZA/viewform

More about the Poor People's Campaign:
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements across the nation. We are united together to fight systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy, and to shift the nation’s distorted moral narrative. The Campaign aims to build a broad and deep moral movement – rooted in the leadership of poor people and moral leaders, and reflecting our deepest constitutional and faith traditions – to put before the nation a moral agenda.

50 years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America, inviting people who had been divided to stand together against the “triplets of evil”--militarism, racism, and economic injustice--to insist that people need not die from poverty in the richest nation to ever exist. Together with poor people in communities across America--black, white, brown and Native--they responded by building a Poor People’s Campaign. We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign and take as our task reigniting that campaign to unite the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized to take action together and become what Dr. King called “a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.”

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will necessarily be a multi-year undertaking. In the spring of 2018 the Campaign will launch by engaging in 40 Days of Moral Action across the nation. By engaging in highly publicized, non-violent moral fusion direct action, over a 6-week period in at least 30 states and the District of Columbia between May 13 and June 23, the Campaign will force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy during a key election year while strengthening and connecting informed and committed grassroots leadership in every state, increasing their power to continue this fight long after June 2018. During these 40 days of Moral Action, the Campaign will push forward a concrete moral agenda, and draw on art, music, popular education and religious traditions to challenge the nation’s distorted moral narrative.

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Seattle Stop - Totem Pole Journey
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Seattle Stop - Totem Pole Journey

For over 40 years, Tokitae has suffered apart from her family. It’s time to bring her home. Join us as we stand in solidarity with the Lummi tribe to bring her home.

In 2017, the Lummi Nation agreed to work with others to return the blackfish Tokitae (aka “Lolita”) back to her natal L-Pod that lives in the Salish Sea. In the late spring of 2019, the Lummi Nation will undertake a 24-day, 9,000 mile totem pole journey to Miami. We seek to bring her home. 

This journey is part of the Lummi Nation’s campaign to secure her release from the Miami Seaquarium, and, in her reunion, allow her to both embody and inspire on-going efforts to restore and protect the Salish Sea. 

Join us in our resistance. Let’s bring her home.

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Nuclear Weapons and Social Justice: Building an Interconnected Movement
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Nuclear Weapons and Social Justice: Building an Interconnected Movement

Whatcom Peace & Justice Center will host a presentation on the connections between nuclear weapons and social and racial justice, including how diverse groups in Washington are uniquely affected by nuclear issues and how we can build a broader anti-nuclear weapons movement in Washington State.

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Earth Week to Action: Climate Justice and Health
May
8
4:00 PM16:00

Earth Week to Action: Climate Justice and Health

  • Suzzallo Library, Red "A" Room in Researchs Commons (map)
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After Earth Week, what’s next? Join us for a conversation about ways to take action and advocate for climate justice and health, even with a busy student schedule. This event is held in conjunction with the University of Washington Health and Sciences Common Book Program.

We will be meeting in the "Red A" room in the Research Commons area, which is located on Allen South ground floor. 

Snacks and sweets provided! 
Questions? Email sarah@wpsr.org or Emily emily@ourclimate.us

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Communicating Health: Building your Advocacy Toolbox
Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Communicating Health: Building your Advocacy Toolbox

WSU Spokane Health Sciences Building
Room 110A

Click here to RSVP. 

As we saw last summer, wildfires and extreme temperatures exacerbated by climate change pose serious harm to our safety and well-being. Speaking up for our patients and communities is more important than ever. Join Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, WSU Health Sciences faculty, 350 Spokane, the Lands Council, and others for an interactive discussion on building our toolbox of strategies to advocate for the health of our communities in the face of a changing climate.

Dinner provided! Program begins at 5:30pm.

Metered parking available in the lot directly to the east of the Health Sciences Building, accessed from Riverpoint Boulevard. Campus can also be accessed via Spokane Transit (STA) bus service: spokanetransit.com

Questions? Contact Sarah Cornett (sarah@wpsr.org) or 206-547-2630

Photo credit to the Spokesman Review. 

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Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era

The threat of nuclear catastrophe has grown under the current Administration, and we’re now on a path to spend $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years rebuilding our entire nuclear weapons arsenal. At the same time, desperately needed social programs are being cut, and communities of color and low-income communities are hurt the most. Racial justice and nuclear weapons issues have been closely tied since the beginning of the nuclear era, but their connections are often lost.
Join us for an important discussion with Dr. Vincent Intondi, author of African Americans Against the Bomb, on the intersection of US nuclear weapons policy and the fight for racial equity.

Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era
Monday, April 2nd, 6pm-7:30pm, Doors at 5:30pm
University of Washington, Bagley hall, Room 131, Seattle, WA 98195

RSVP HERE

This discussion will explore how African American activists have been involved in the fight against nuclear weapons, how racism, colonialism, and inequity have shaped our nuclear policy, and how this is playing out under our current Administration. You’ll also learn what’s happening locally, and how you can take action.

The event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP.
This event is sponsored by WPSR, Health Alliance International, Ploughshares Fund, the
University of Washington Global Health Department, and Town Hall is a promotional partner.

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9th Annual Peace and Justice Action Conference
Feb
23
to Feb 24

9th Annual Peace and Justice Action Conference

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane (map)
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Join the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane for their 9th Annual Peace & Justice Action Conference: Building Beyond the Moment. 

Friday, Feb. 23 6-8:30 pm Building Beyond the Moment! Opening Reception
Join us for tasty nosh, wine & more, and performances from local musical & spoken word artists.

Saturday, Feb. 24 9am-5pm All Day Action Conference Join us for a full day with three workshop sessions, a fantastic keynote, breakfast, lunch, and lots of opportunities to connect with like-minded folks who are putting their values into action!

WPSR's Lilly Adams will be presenting a workshop on Nuclear Weapons and Social Justice: Building an Interconnected Movement. 

Register Today!  

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Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

46th Legislative District Democrats Climate Action Meeting

How can we get engaged in climate legislation and action this year? At this meeting of the 46th District Democrats in Seattle, members and climate leaders will talk and share strategy of ways we can forward meaningful policy on climate in Washington State. WPSR Vice President Ken Lans will present on a panel of climate activists moderated by Jesse Piedfort, Director of the Sierra Club. 

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