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P h y s i c i a n s   f o r   S o c i a l   R e s p o n s i b i l i t y Vol. 31 NO. 2
F all 2009

From the President

International Leaders Call for Steps


Toward Nuclear Disarmament
I had the privilege of representing
PSR in Mexico City in September
at a United Nations’ disarmament
In his opening address, U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon de-
livered a stirring speech that was, point
conference for organizations from by point, aligned with PSR’s goals and
around the world to discuss plans priorities, in particular the need to
for achieving peace, development bring the Comprehensive Test Ban
and disarmament. It was an oppor- Treaty into force. Ban also urged NPT
tunity for PSR and other nongov- parties to negotiate for verifiable dis-
ernmental organizations that have armament, called on nuclear weapons
consultative status with the U.N. to states to lead the way in fulfilling their
develop cooperative working strat- disarmament commitments by being
egies and re-affirm our common more accountable and transparent,
goals in advance of the 2010 Nuclear and cautioned non-nuclear countries
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) not to pursue these weapons.
Review Conference. The NGO leaders were poised to
take advantage of the global shift in
thinking away from the old notion
From the Executive that nuclear weapons make us safe
to instead recognize the danger of
Director maintaining the nuclear status quo.
At a high-level breakfast I attended
PSR’s with Mexico’s U.N. Ambassador
Claude Heller, this new thinking was Evan Kanter, M.D. and Khagendra Dahal, M.D., member IPPNW
Strength: evident as the ambassador made clear
Continued on page 4
board of directors, at the 62nd annual U.N. Department of Public
­Information and Non-governmental Organizations Conference.
Our Active
Members PSR to Push for Senate
O ne of PSR’s strengths—
and in fact a characteristic ­Ratification of Nuclear
that distinguishes us from many
other advocacy organizations—is
the integration of our nationally
Test Ban Treaty
coordinated work in the nation’s
capital with that of our broad
chapter network. The state and
local presence of our chapters
O ne of the essential steps to
achieving our vision of a safer
future—and a disarmament agenda
that the test ban treaty is a neces-
sary step in reducing the threat from
nuclear weapons. The scientific
fosters innovative programs, cornerstone for which PSR mem- community has greatly enhanced its
promotes the active participa- bers have worked for many years—is ability to verify compliance with a
tion of PSR members, and en- U.S. Senate ratification of the Com- test ban, as well as to ensure the reli-
gages physicians and other health prehensive Test Ban Treaty. In the ability of our current nuclear stock-
professionals from many set- coming months, PSR will be heav- piles—two of the concerns raised
tings and fields of expertise. It ily engaged in this effort—using its when the treaty was debated in 1999.
is a pleasure for me, as a former ­medical voice to educate the public When the test ban enters into Inside this issue
Continued on page 8 and policy makers about the impor- force, it will further global under-
tance of a verifiable, enforceable test standing that nuclear weapons are
ban. Together with our chapters and unnecessary—and indeed a danger to 2 Student PSR Conference
our allies, we are launching strategic all. The only realistic path to a secure Brings Activists Together
campaigns in states across the coun- future is one that moves us closer to
try, educating key legislators on the
need to focus on reducing nuclear
the elimination of these weapons.
At the United Nations in
3 PSR’s Health Objectives
for Climate Bill
weapons and getting to zero. September, President Obama said,
The world has changed dramati- “We harbor no illusions about the
cally since 1999, when the Senate last difficulty of bringing about a world 5 PSR Chapters Working
considered CTBT ratification. The without nuclear weapons. We know for a Safer, Healthier
coalition of allied national and local there are plenty of cynics, and that World
Peter Wilk, M.D. and Joe Circincione, disarmament organizations is more there will be setbacks to prove their
president of the Ploughshares Fund at the
Maine Medical Center for “The Future
focused, more politically astute, and point. But there will also be days like 6 Lobby Day Brings
broader than when nuclear weapons today that push us forward—days that PSR Members to DC with
of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy,” a joint last received significant attention. tell a different story.” In this new Climate Message
address sponsored by PSR/Maine and the Although it will be challenging to environment, significant and last-
World Affairs Council. secure the 67 votes needed, there is ing change on one of our core issues
now a strong bipartisan consensus Continued on page 2
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Medical Student Activists


Talk Policy, Enhance Skills
at New York Conference
M ore than 100 medical stu-
dents and health professionals
from the U.S. and around the world
Scenes from the conference include (right)
student conference organizers (from left)
PSR/National staff member Laicie Olson
gathered in New York City for the with medical student representatives Lauren
Student Physicians for Social Re- ­Zajac and Tova Fuller, and (below)
sponsibility (SPSR) 2009 National other ­participants.
Conference, “Prescription for a
Healthy and Secure Planet.” Medi-
cal, public health, environment and
security experts addressed such topics
as the public health impact of global
warming, how to “green” hospitals
and health care, combating environ-
mental toxins, and preventing the
use of nuclear weapons through their
global elimination. Various sessions
focused on what it means to be a
medical activist.
Featured speakers at the confer-
ence included Dr. Paul Epstein, as-
sociate director of the Center for
Health and the Global Environment
at Harvard Medical School, and
Joseph Cirincione, president of
Ploughshares Fund. In addition
to several exciting keynote speak-
ers, plenary sessions and interactive
PSR Reports workshops, the conference included
(ISSN‑0894-6264) is the a performance of Damaged Care—The
newsletter of Physicians for Musical Comedy about Health Care in America
Social ­Responsibility, and a screening of the film Scarred
a nonprofit organization. Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental
Guided by the values and ex‑ Footprint of War, followed by a discus-
pertise of medicine and public sion with the filmmakers, Lincoln
health, Physicians for Social
Responsibility works to protect
and Alice Day.
human life from the gravest Alicia Pointer from the University
threats to health and survival. of New England and Jessie Duvall
from the University of Washington
To receive PSR Reports regularly, remarked that,“The speakers were
we invite you to join PSR and very impressive, obviously extremely
support our work. Write to PSR, knowledgeable and well-respected in v­ aried enough to offer something for weekend, we didn’t notice it. We were
1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, everyone. The food was delicious. And both inspired to work harder, learn
their fields, as well as eloquent and
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educational. The workshops were if there was a single glitch the entire more and share what we know.” PSR
at www.psr.org.
 Test Ban Ratification
President: Continued from page 1 Meet Security Program Director David Hart
Evan Kanter, M.D.
Executive Director
Peter Wilk, M.D.
is now possible, and victory on the
CTBT, though far from inevitable, is
finally within our grasp.
I am pleased to introduce myself as PSR’s new director
of security programs. My primary focus will be on
nuclear weapons and disarmament. I will also work to pro-
Environment and Health mote constructive non-military solutions to international
Program Director:
conflict and ways to cut excessive military spending in or-
Kristen Welker-Hood What You Can Do der to fund pressing human and environmental needs.
Security Program Director:
In coalition with partner organizations, PSR I have worked as a mediator, conflict resolution specialist and peace ac-
David Hart
has deployed specially trained organizers to tivist for decades, serving as executive director of local, state and national
National Field Director: nonprofit organizations, including Peace Action Maine and Veterans
educate communities in key states about the
Ira Shorr
importance of the CTBT. The test ban has been for Peace, and as CEO of the Association for Conflict Resolution from
Safe Energy Program Director: 2001 to 2006. Most recently, I worked for a U.S. Department of Justice
a central goal of PSR ever since the organi-
Michele Boyd contractor, mediating civil rights cases filed under the Americans with
zation’s founding in 1961, but to make this
Development Director and dream a reality we need your active involve- Disabilities Act. My undergraduate studies were in peace and conflict
Executive Editor: studies at Oberlin College, and I hold a master’s in political science
ment. To participate in this historic moment:
Mary Dillon Kerwin
 Write personal letters to your senators from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, where I earned certificates
Editor: Sally James, urging their active and vocal support of achievement from the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of
  Cutting Edge Design Conflict (PARC) and the Institute on Creative Conflict Management.
for the CTBT.
 Recruit two new PSR members to this I am thrilled to be working alongside dedicated colleagues who are
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Social Responsibility issue. striving to save our precious planet from environmental destruction.
 Reactivate or help build a new chapter Over the years, as I have focused my academic and professional work on
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in your area. peace building, creative conflict resolution and community organizing, I
vegetable-based inks.
 Help identify supporters who can help have been both inspired and sustained by my personal connection to the
finance this vital work. earth. At PSR I get to concentrate on what I do best, yet stand in close
partnership with staff and volunteers working on related issues of vital
For more information or to increase your importance to me personally. I consider this a great blessing.
­active involvement, e-mail at dhart@psr.org.
 
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PSR Articulates Health Objectives


for U.S. Climate Legislation
W ith global temperatures threat-
ening to rise to dangerous
levels, the climate change debate in
subsidies for the construction of new
reactors. PSR opposes reprocessing
spent fuel or moving this waste to
Congress has huge health implica- “interim” storage sites.
tions. Global warming’s deadly threats
to human health include heat stroke, Offsets: Compliance “offsets”
food scarcity, water contamination, (which allow entities to finance re-
the spread of contagious and vector- newable energy or energy-efficient
borne diseases, and increased mental projects in place of reducing their
health effects. own emissions) in cap and trade
PSR board members, chapter programs must be real, additional,
leaders and staff have identified the permanent, quantifiable, and en-
“must-achieve” U.S. climate policy forceable. Offsets must be limited
measures that are needed to scale back to less than 10 ­percent of annual
the worst threats from global warming: ­emissions cuts.
Carbon Emission Targets: ­Climate Black Carbon Emission Targets:
legislation should set a goal of re- To ensure rapid reductions in black
turning atmospheric greenhouse carbon emissions (a particulate pol-
gases to 350 parts per million carbon lution that diminishes the reflective
dioxide equivalent, the safe upper capacity of snow-covered regions),
limit to keep global temperatures PSR supports banning oil explora-
within 2°C of preindustrial levels. tion and commercial shipping routes
in the Arctic and improving forestry
EPA Authority: Legislation should management practices to help prevent What You Can Do PSR is making the case that
preserve the U.S. Environmental forest fires. increased U.S. reliance on
Protection Agency’s authority to Call on your senators to support these clean, renewable energy
regulate carbon emissions under the Renewable Energy Standards: steps, which are necessary for a climate will improve the health of
Clean Air Act. The Renewable Energy Standards policy that protects human health. Here the planet and its human
should be calculated without refer- are three things you can do today: ­inhabitants.
Coal: Legislation should bring all ex- ence to gains in energy efficiency and  Use the talking points above to write
isting (as well as proposed) coal plants should set a target for the nation’s your senators, urging them to support
under stringent regulation for toxic If you are a health
energy supply of 25 percent from strong climate legislation that will
emissions. PSR calls for a moratori- renewable sources by 2025. protect human health. Write to Office professional, please
um on construction of new coal-fired of Senator [name], United States Senate,
power plants and opposes subsidies Other vital issues, such as Washington, D.C. 20510. add your voice to
that continue our reliance on coal, ­increasing energy conservation and  Call your senators’ offices to raise your
including research and development our letters calling on
efficiency and expanding our supply concerns. The Capitol switchboard in
subsidies for carbon capture and of clean, renewable energy sources, Washington is (202) 224-3121. the Senate to con-
­sequestration. will be taken up in an energy bill. We  Contact your local PSR chapter to join
front global warming
Nuclear Power: PSR opposes un- anticipate that the energy bill will then in local advocacy in support of strong
limited loan guarantees or other be folded into the climate bill. PSR ­climate legislation. and build a healthy,
safe energy future.
Visit www.psr.org/
PSR Opposes Spent Fuel Reprocessing take-action/environ-

in Climate Bill ment-and-health/


health-professionals-

D
send-a-message.html.
P SR’s Safe Energy Program teamed
up with The Center for Arms
Control and Non-Proliferation this
The Obama administration has ter-
minated the domestic portion of the
Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
with the Senate climate bill, already
includes provisions that authorize the
design and evaluation of reprocessing
summer to brief members of Con- (GNEP), a Bush administration facilities. It also requires that DOE
gress on the proliferation, waste program to restart reprocessing in develop a waste-stream management
management and cost problems of the United States. Administration plan and cost estimates. Although it
spent fuel reprocessing. The brief- officials cited the fact that the non- would make sense to complete waste
ing generated widespread interest, proliferation problems caused by and cost analyses before launching
packing the room in the new Capitol reprocessing have yet to be resolved. a reprocessing program, all of these
Visitors Center. The panel discussion Congressional appropriators have provisions are premature because
featured Frank von Hippel, Ph.D., of zeroed out funding for GNEP, criti- so-called “advanced” reprocessing
Princeton University; Henry ­Sokolski cizing the Department of Energy for technologies are still in the early
of the Nonproliferation Policy failing to answer basic questions ­research stage. PSR
Education Center; and Ed Lyman, about total cost and how the multiple
Ph.D., of the Union of Concerned waste streams would be managed.
What You Can Do
Scientists, each of whom presented Yet some members of Congress
different aspects of the problem continue to push the false promise of Find out where your senators and repre-
of reprocessing. In short, not only reprocessing as the solution for our sentatives stand on this issue and urge
would reprocessing entail pollution, nation’s nuclear waste problem and them to keep reprocessing out of the cli-
proliferation, and extreme expense, want to include reprocessing provi- mate bill. For more information, contact
it would also fail to solve the nuclear sions in the upcoming climate bill. Michele Boyd mboyd@psr.org or Morgan
waste problem. The Senate energy bill (S. 1462), Pinnell at ­mpinnell@psr.org.
The briefing came at a critical which was passed out of committee in
time for the issue of reprocessing. June and is proposed to be combined

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 from the president
Continued from page 1 t­ oward that goal. The announcement the world safer and healthier. But we
prompted many of our members to also know how hard it is to achieve
Mexico’s intention to support the recall the day in lasting change.
commitment President Obama made 1985 when, in a
in Prague to work toward eliminating similar fashion, the Our final destina- Many of you
have been press-
nuclear weapons.
The Secretary-General’s speech
Nobel committee
awarded the prize
tion is a world free ing for these goals
for a long time.
at the U.N. conference was just a
prelude to several important de-
to International
Physicians for
of nuclear ­weapons. Never before have
we needed your
velopments this fall. In September, the Prevention of This is not an support more than
President Obama used his first Nuclear War and its right now. Our
appearance before the General affiliates for their­unrealistic goal. security program’s
Assembly to reiterate his commit- work on nuclear immediate goals
ment to a nuclear-weapons-free disarmament. But to get there, we are outlined in
world. And the following day—in PSR congratulates
what marked the first time a U.S. President Obama must act. this newsletter. I
am asking you to
president has chaired a U.N. Security on this prestigious redouble your ef-
Council meeting—the president took acknowledgement
— U.N. Secretary-General
forts. Engage your
a step toward realizing his vision by and urges him now Ban Ki-moon, colleagues and
presenting a resolution, which the to turn the mo- September 9, 2009 friends by sharing
council approved unanimously, ex- mentum from this your knowledge
pressing grave concern about the award into concrete action toward and helping to raise awareness of
threats posed by nuclear prolifera- the global elimination of these these issues. Reach out to medi-
tion and urging action to address it. ­treacherous weapons.   cal students, the next generation
President Obama declared that the PSR can be proud of the central of physician activists who will carry
United States will live up to its side role it has played in building national on PSR’s mission, by encouraging
of the bargain by negotiating with and international support for nuclear them to learn more at psr.org. And
Russia for deep cuts in the two na- disarmament for nearly 50 years. continue your generous support of
tions’ ­arsenals and by completing “a What started with a handful of young PSR at the national and local level to
Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that physicians in the 1960s, and grew to help us during this crucial window
opens the door to deeper cuts and include medical professionals from all of ­opportunity.
reduces the role of nuclear weapons” over the world, has helped inspire the Thank you for your commitment
in U.S. ­security policy.   world to draw back from the arms race over the years and for helping to keep
Shortly after President Obama’s ap- that raged through the 1980s. That PSR’s work vital.
pearance at the U.N., he was awarded legacy of physician activism continues
the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, in part to drive efforts against the nuclear
for his statements embracing a vi- status quo. We know that by raising
sion of a nuclear-weapons-free world our medical and public health voice
and the steps he is beginning to take to warn of these dangers, we can make Evan Kanter, M.D., Ph.D.

Leaders Gather in New York


top left: PSR/National board members Alan
Lockwood, M.D., and Victor W. Sidel, M.D., with
Ruth Sidel and PSR Safe Energy Director Michele Boyd

above right: Thelma Fellows and PSR Security


Committee Chair Ira Helfand, M.D.

left: PSR Executive Director Peter Wilk, M.D.;


Alexis Strongin, M.D.; Bob Haynes, M.D. and PSR/
National Board Chair Evan Kanter, M.D.

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PSR Chapters Working for a Safer,


Healthier World
P SR’s nationwide chapter network
is the heart and soul of our orga-
nization. From Maine to California
of the need to ratify the CTBT.
Knowing that PSR is strongest when
we mobilize our members and the
Greater Boston
Greater Boston PSR members Drs.
and from New York to Washington, public, they are organizing confer- Jill Stein and Ted Schettler, health
PSR chapters are mobilizing our ences, making presentations to com- advocacy experts and authors of
members to voice their concerns munity leaders and generating media Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging,
about the unacceptable medical and coverage, all with the goal of calling are speaking at forums across the
public health risks caused by nuclear attention to the unacceptable risk to country about their findings on the
weapons, nuclear reactors, climate public health that would be caused need to prevent exposure to envi-
change and ­environmental degradation. by the detonation of even one ronmental toxins. GBPSR is also
nuclear weapon. Continued on page 8
Kansas City
For people in Kansas City, nuclear
weapons are a backyard issue. PSR/
Kansas City, under the leadership of
Director Ann Suellentrop, M.S.R.N,
is taking “think globally, act locally” to
heart by leading the opposition to the
construction of a new, $600-­million
nuclear weapons production facil-
ity. The new plant would ostensibly
replace the Kansas City Honeywell
Plant, a facility responsible for the
manufacture and/or procurement
of 85 percent of all nuclear weapons
components.
In collaboration with local and na-
tional organizations, PSR/Kansas City
is educating the community about the
true costs and consequences of con-
tinued nuclear weapons production.
They are also raising concerns about
the contamination of the old site and
the former employees’ exposure to
environmental toxins. By speaking out
at public hearings, talking to the me-
dia, educating public officials—and by
joining with the Sierra Club and the Chapter leaders: (seated) Paul Santomenna, PSR/Maine; Trish O’Day, PSR/Austin; John Rachow, M.D., PSR/Iowa and national
Natural Resources Defense Council to board; Bob Gould, M.D., PSR/San Francisco and national board member; Rachel Larsen, PSR/Oregon; (standing) Ana Mascarenas,
file a lawsuit over government failure PSR/Los Angeles; Roberta Richardson, M.D., PSR/Colorado; Kate Ward, PSR/Harrisburg; Craig Tounget, PSR/Austin; Sarah Lovinger,
to prepare a comprehensive envi- M.D., PSR/Chicago; Cherie Eicholz, PSR/Washington; Paul Wengert, M.D., PSR/Harrisburg; Harry Wang, M.D., PSR/Sacramento;
ronmental impact statement for the ­Martha Dine Arguello, PSR/Los Angeles; Don Mellman, M.D., Tampa/PSR; Ira Helfand, M.D., national board member; Pam Kleiss,
proposed plant—PSR succeeded in PSR/Wisconsin; Maye Thompson, PSR/Oregon (partially obscured); Peter Wilk, M.D., PSR/National executive director; and Ira Shorr,
postponing final approval of the plant. PSR/National.

Arizona Mark your ­calendar


PSR physicians in Arizona, a key state
for the “War and
in the effort to ratify the Compre-
hensive Test Ban Treaty, are engaged Global Health
in a broad campaign to educate the
community on the importance of the Conference,”
treaty and the Senate ratification vote ­co-sponsored by  
anticipated next year. After an op-ed
by PSR member Dr. Barbara Warren PSR/Washington
appeared in the Arizona Daily Star, she
and the Global
was invited to present an editorial on
the local PBS television station. Dr. Health Resource
Warren used both opportunities to
emphasize the importance of the test Center at Univer-
ban as a crucial step toward nuclear sity of Washington,
disarmament and ask Arizona citi-
zens to urge their senators to support April 23–25, 2010,  
CTBT ratification. Dr. Warren also
in Seattle.
represents PSR on the city of Tucson’s
Climate Change Advisory Committee,
which is drafting a comprehensive plan
to reduce Tucson’s carbon footprint. Planting seeds for a more peaceful future, PSR/Sacramento garnered 144 essays from area high
school students, who were asked to reflect on Albert Einstein’s statement, “We shall require a new
manner of thinking if humankind is to survive,” as part of the annual PSR/Sacramento scholarship
Iowa and Maine
essay contest. Pictured are finalists Sarah Lightstone (first place), C.K. McClatchy High School,
PSR/Iowa and PSR/Maine are also Sacramento; Monika Robbins (second place), Mira Loma High School, Carmichael; and Noah
heavily engaged in raising ­awareness Muldavin (third place), C.K. McClatchy High School, Sacramento.

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PSR’s Leadership Circle
PSR is grateful to the many individuals Silver ($2,500 to $4,999) Benno Friedman A.A. Rockefeller and Lee Halperin
who provide generous and critical support Robert L. Gable and Allan Rosenfield, M.D. and
Anonymous (2)
for our programs. Our 2008 Leadership Mrs. Jeanne R. Gable Clare Rosenfield
Rodney J. Addison
Circle members are acknowledged Robert Furchgott, Ph.D. Soheila Rostami, M.D.
Jill Belasco
below. For information on joining PSR’s Marie L. Gaillard Susan Sarandon
Erma B. Bennett
Leadership Circle, please contact Mary Nancy E. Gibbs, M.D. Margaret E. Saunders
Kent J. Bransford, M.D.
Dillon Kerwin at (202) 587-5231 or Miriam Gingerich Jean E. Sayre
Cathey Falvo, M.D., M.P.H. and
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Kenneth Falvo, M.D.
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Vernon W. Berglund, M.D. Philip J. Landrigan, M.D. Madeleine Wachter
Rudolf A. Bergmann Marta J. Lawrence John A. Walker, M.D.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Berry, Ph.D. Phyllis L. Leaman, M.D. Curren Warf, M.D.
Contributions Grants Other Membership/Dues The BFK Foundation Harold Blondin Lenhart, M.D. Audrey W. Warfield
$851,221 $681,570 $136,229 $737,051 Margaret Biggar and Pamela Lenhart Blondin Barbara H. Warren, M.D., M.P.H.
35% 28% 6% 31% Henry R. Black, M.D. and John Mishel Leventhal, M.D. Felix E. Wassermann, Ph.D. and
Benita Black Stan M. Lindenfeld, M.D. Hannah D. Wassermann
Eugenie Bradford Lilli Lippmann Christopher Henry Wege
Christopher R. Brown and Susan Rosemary Luke, MA Peter Wilk, M.D. and Jan Wilk
Urquhart-Brown Thomas Madden, M.D. Nathaniel T. Winthrop
Earl Budin, M.D. Gerald Mandell, M.D. Martha Wright and Arthur Kuckes
Patricia A. Buffler, Ph.D., M.P.H Ann Magdalin Markin Elizabeth Zeller
Frank M. Castillo, M.D. Anne McCammon, M.D.
Noam Chomsky Maureen McCue, M.D.
Institutional Support
Richard Clapp, M.D. Robert A. McFarlane, M.D. and
Jane L. Coleman, M.D. and Betty H. McFarlane Centers for Disease Control
Barbara J. Meislin Colombe/Proteus Fund
Revenue Richard Whittington, M.D.
Manfred Menking, M.D. and Compton Foundation, Inc.
Charles L. Conlon, M.D. and
Rosemary M. Conlon, M.D. Susan Menking, M.D. Marisla Foundation
Charles N. Cornell, M.D. William C. Miller Energy Foundation
Irwin Cromwell and Morton Mintz and Anita Mintz Ford Foundation
Ms. Florence Cromwell Janet Neuburg, M.D., MPH Prospect Hill
The Jane and Worth B. Daniels Thomas B. Newman, M.D., Singing Field
Program Management Fundraising Scherman Foundation
Fund M.P.H.
$2,264,769 $224,345 $268,806 Hilltop Group Charitable
Jeffrey Dennis Carol J. Newman
82% 8% 10% Herbert and Virginia Oedel Foundation
Katherine B. Dickson and Mark
Dickson Else Pappenheim, M.D. and Gardner Grout Foundation
Leland W. Doan, M.D. Stephen H. Frishauf New York Community Trust-Lion
Linda Dow, M.D. and John O. Pastore, M.D. & Hare Fund
James Morgenstern, M.D. Philip Y. Paterson, M.D. Women Partners In Health
Gwen L. DuBois, M.D. and Jeffrey J. Patterson, D.O.
­Terrence T. Fitzgerald, M.D. Henry C. Pitot, M.D. and Bequests
Andrew D. Eastman Kika M. Dudiak, M.D.
Kirk Prindle, M.D. Dorothy Dimont
Julian Eligator, M.D. and Del Greenfield
Rhoda S. Eligator John Rachow, M.D.
Dr. Isabelle Rapin and Edward Gulick
Carol English and P. Black Jane A. Kamm, M.D.
Expenses Roy G. Farrell, M.D. and Harold Oaklander
John Oliver
Leigh Farrell Robert B. Ragland, M.D.
Robert M. Railey, M.D. Alfred Schroeder
Peter U. Feig, M.D. and Louise I. Thompson
Andrea Feig Irwin Redlener, M.D.
Karin Ringler, Ph.D. and E. Charles Uphoff
Evelyn R. Ferguson
Sue Fischlowitz and David Roberts Richard Ringler
Paul R. Fisher, M.D. William Ritter
John Fogarty, M.D, M.P.H, and Betsy Rivard
Lucy Boulanger, M.D. Newton Y. Robinson

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 Invest Yourself Physicians Take Urgent


PLEASE CONSIDER…INCLUDING
PSR IN YOUR WILL Climate Change Message
Leaving a bequest to PSR is a wonderful way to
help continue the work you believe in so strongly.
We suggest you check with an attorney or tax
to Capitol Hill
advisor to see how a bequest to PSR would fit
into your estate plans. PSR’s Tax ID number and
office address are listed below for your conve-
nience.  Please contact Jill Hertzler by phone at
P SR physicians from across the
country convened on Capitol
Hill in April to bring their concerns
who really “walk the talk” by power-
ing their homes with either wind or
solar energy.  PSR
(202) 587-5247 or by e-mail at jhertzler@psr.org
for more information.
about the negative health impacts of
PSR Tax ID #:  23-7059731 climate change to dozens of Senate
Full Legal Name: and House offices, including that
Physicians for Social Responsibility of Speaker Pelosi. In nearly 50 vis-
Address: 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, its with members and their staffs,
Suite 1012, Washington, DC 20009  the physicians pressed Congress to
take immediate action to encourage
…OR GIVING A GIFT OF STOCK clean, renewable energy; institute
A gift of stock is also an excellent way to sup- higher mandatory standards for
port PSR’s work. Listed below is PSR’s brokerage energy efficiency; and set specific
information. Please contact Jill Hertzler by carbon emissions targets. More than
phone at (202) 587-5247 or by e-mail at half the PSR/ National board mem-
jhertzler@psr.org for more information or to bers in the delegation are citizens
confirm receipt of your gift.
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PSR Acct #: 3106-0448
PSR Tax ID #: 23-7059731
Full Legal Name:
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Address:  1875 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Suite 1012, Washington, DC 20009 

 Match Your Gift In October, PSR


Many companies provide matching gifts for em-
ployee charitable contributions. Please check to
­released Hazardous
determine whether your gift to PSR will be met, Chemicals in Health
doubled or tripled by your employer. It’s a great
way to make your gift go further to support PSR. Care: A Snapshot  
Just include your company’s matching gift form
with your contribution, and we’ll complete it, of Chemicals in
send it in, and let you know when your gift has
been matched!
­Doctors and Nurses, a
report documenting

 Stay Active the chemical burden


Would you like to be more involved in PSR’s in a sampling of  
advocacy efforts? A great place to start is PSR’s
Activist Updates. Each of PSR’s program areas
doctors and nurses.
reaches out to members through Action Alerts It can be can be
and e-mail. To learn more about the Activist
Updates, contact us here (information below) found at http://www.
and be sure to mention what issues interest you
most. psr.org/assets/pdfs/
Coming to Washington, DC, and have an hour hazardous- 
to spare? How about visiting one of your elected
officials to talk about the issues of most concern
chemicals-in-health-
to you? Contact the PSR office at least a week in care.pdf
advance, and we’ll help schedule a meeting, pro-
vide you with background materials, and possibly
even accompany you on your ­lobbying call.

Contact your elected officials:


U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510
  ☎  (202) 224-3121
U.S. House of Representatives,
  Washington, DC 20515
  ☎  (202) 224-3121
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW top (left to right): Robert Haynes, M.D.; Gerri Haynes, R.N. and PSR/Washington
  Washington, DC 20500 Executive Director Cherie Eichholz visit Senator Maria Cantwell’s office. center: Alfred Meyer;
  ☎  (202)456-1414 Jeff Patterson, D.O., PSR/National board president-elect; PSR/Wisconsin Executive Director
Pam Kleiss and Mary Dougherty visit Senator Herb Kohl’s office. bottom: PSR’s Los Angeles
contingent pauses outside the Capitol. Shown are Ana Mascarenas; Jose Quiroga, M.D.; Curren
 Keep in touch Warf, M.D.; and Tom Newman, M.D. with PSR/National Executive Director Peter Wilk, M.D.
Contact PSR at:
1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1012
Washington, DC 20009
  ☎  (202) 667-4260
    (202) 667-4201 fax
    www.psr.org

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Fa l l 2 0 0 9
 from the director
Continued from page 1 Coal’s Assault on Human Health is a website and download them. Share
groundbreaking report that pro- them with colleagues. Use them to
long-time chapter leader in Maine, vides an assessment of the impact educate your patients. 
to have the opportunity now as execu- that our reliance on coal for energy None of this work would be pos-
tive director to work with chapters has on three major organ systems. sible without our generous sup-
across the country as they develop new The report exposes the cumulative porters. In this issue of PSR Reports,
programs and build organizational harm inflicted by coal emissions on we recognize our Leadership Circle
capacity.  the respiratory, cardiovascular, and members, major donors, founda-
In August PSR and
As I write this letter, I am return- nervous systems and concludes that tions, and bequest donors. If space
ing from Oregon, where I spent from a public health perspective, it is permitted, I would list all of the more
the National Wildlife several days with the PSR/Oregon imperative that we replace coal with than 20,000 donors who made con-
chapter, seeing first hand their out- clean, safe, renewable energy sources. tributions to PSR/National in 2008.
Federation released More standing work in the areas of nuclear We intend to make this report a point We owe our gratitude to all of you
Extreme Heat Waves: Global weapons, coal, safe foods, climate of reference for policy makers and the for providing the financial support
change and energy solutions. As al- public as the nation addresses global that sustains our work. On behalf of
Warming’s Wake Up Call, ways, the breadth and depth of the warming and crafts its energy future. the board and staff, please accept my
describing the health dangers
programs were impressive, as was the We know that the coal industry will heartfelt thanks.
talent of the staff and volunteer lead- continue to bring to bear consider-
that result from extreme ership. This year I’ve also  traveled able legal, lobbying and marketing
to Harrisburg, PA; Chicago; New resources, striving to maintain U.S.
heat and identifying the 30 York; Maine; and San Francisco.  dependency on coal. This report
U.S. cities whose populations Although each trip accomplished helps counter those efforts by docu- Peter Wilk, M.D.
different goals, there was a common menting the myriad ways that coal
are most vulnerable. The purpose: strengthening our collective combustion not only exacerbates cli-
report notes that shifts
efforts to advance PSR’s mission. It mate change, but also puts millions
came as no surprise on each visit that of people at increased risk for neu-
in U.S. demographics to I met dedicated leaders who are us- rological and developmental ­damage,
ing their medical and public health as well as life-threatening cancer  Chapters take action
an older and more urban expertise to prod local, national and and cardiovascular and ­respiratory Continued from page 5
population make efforts to international leaders to make our ­illnesses.
world a safer place.  A second report, Hazardous Chemicals developing an educational training
protect at-risk communities Throughout the PSR network, in Health Care: A Snapshot of Chemicals in package, “Environmental Drivers of
from heat waves—one of
chapters are doing exciting work Doctors and Nurses, documents the toxic Chronic Disease,” in conjunction
to address the serious health con- chemicals that acculumate in the bod- with PSR/Tampa and PSR/­Oregon,
the early manifestations of sequences that result from nuclear ies of health care providers. We are to ­encourage physicians, other health
weapons, climate change, toxic expo- issuing this report to increase aware- professionals and the public to
global warming—increasingly sure and environmental degradation.  ness of hazardous chemical exposures ­address this issue.
urgent. To view the complete I want to draw your attention in par- in healthcare settings, and promote
ticular to the article on page 1 de- effective exposure-reduction efforts
report, visit psr.org. Oregon
scribing the effective advocacy being and treatment. The authors provide
carried out nationally and by chapters guidance on identifying and reducing PSR/Oregon is hard at work on the
for ratification of the Comprehensive hazardous chemical exposures in the issues of plastics and human health,
Test Ban Treaty and a likely START healthcare sector and provide further air pollution dangers and the need
follow-on agreement to reduce U.S. evidence of the need for chemical for chemical policy reform. Through
and Russian arsenals. I also want to policy reform. 25 presentations, they have reached a
highlight two new resources from our These reports do no good sitting broad audience, including 225 health
environment and health program. on shelves in PSR’s office. Visit our professionals, over the past year. PSR

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