Sunday, August 2 through the end of congressional debate concerning the Iran Nuclear Deal: Join in Making 1,000 Phone Calls to Help Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons
At the August Peace Event in Sacramento on August 2, the story of Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes was retold. Sadako was a Japanese child who developed leukemia after being exposed to the radiation from the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack. According to Japanese legend, one's wish will be granted if he or she folds 1,000 cranes. Sadako's wish to live was not granted, but her story lives on, and Origami cranes have become an international symbol of the hope for a world free of nuclear weapons. At the August Peace Event, PSR/Sacramento President Dr. Bill Durston issued a challenge to Sacramento area peace activists to collectively make 1,000 phone calls to the President and other elected leaders to demand the abolition of nuclear weapons. Please help write the story of Sacramento and the 1,000 Calls by calling the President, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, and your U.S. Representative to tell them that you:
Support the Iran Nuclear Deal
Demand no more spending on “modernizing” U.S. nuclear weapons
Demand that we honor the commitment that President Obama made in his speech in Prague in 2009 and that the U.S. made in signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1970 to rid the world completely of nuclear weapons, including getting rid of our own nuclear arsenal
Thursday, October 8, 12 Noon-1:30 PM: "The Power of Norms: The Impact of the Nobel Peace Prize on Global Politics," a talk by David Andersen-Rodgers, PhD, in the Hinde Auditorium of the CSUS University Union
Who do you think will the recipient of this year's Nobel Peace Prize will be? Come hear a talk on the political history of the prize and its impact on how we think about globabl politics. On the eve of the Nobel Peace Prize Announcement, Dr. Andersen-Rodgers, who is the coordinator of Sacramento State's Peace and Conflict Resolution minor and a past judge in the PSR/Sacramento High School Scholarship Essay Contest, will make his prediction regarding the new Nobel laureate. Dr. Andersen-Rodgers will include in his talk the significance of the fact that International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), of which PSR is the U.S. affiliate, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. The talk is free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 8, 3:00 PM: Talk by Latin American Scholar, Dr. Miguel Tiner, on "Venezuela: What everyone needs to know," at Sacramento City College Awareness Center, 3835 Freeport Blvd, in Sacramento
Is Venezuela really "an extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States," as President Obama has stated, or just the latest boogeyman since the thawing of relations with Cuba. Dr. Tiner will discuss the realities of U.S. relations with Venezuela in this talk sponsored by Sacramento Action for Latin America.
Note: Dr. Tiner will also be speaking about Venezuela later the same evening at 7 PM at the Sierra II Garden Room, 2791 24th Street, in Sacramento, and the next day, October 9, from 12 noon-1:30 PM in the Andrews Conference Room, room 2203, in the UC Davis Social Sciences and Humanities Building on the UC Davis Campus.
Tuesday, October 23, 4:30-7:30 PM: Environmentalist of the Year Award, hosted by the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS), Bannon Island Room, Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Highway, Sacramento
This 43rd annual event is a time to savor the company of like-minded progressives who are united in the struggle for a sustainable planet, a green economy, and environmental and social justice. It is also a time to reflect on the good work that ECOS, of which PSR/Sacramento is a member organization, has done and to reflect on the challenges ahead of us. The main focus of the event, as its name implies, is to recognize leaders among us on environmental issues. Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased in advance via the ECOS website.
Sunday, October 25, 5-9 PM: Joint Annual Dinner of the Sacramento Chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the United Nations Association at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way, in Sacramento
Make your reservations now for the joint annual dinner of PSR/Sacramento and the UNA. We've lined up an extraordinary keynote speaker for this year's annual dinner in Rebecca Peters from Australia, who will be talking about gun violence from an international perspective. Ms. Peters has worked for more than 20 years on arms control, women's rights, public health, and social justice. She is a lawyer and a journalist, and she was the founding director of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). She spoke last year on behalf of IANSA at the United Nations 5th Biennial Meeting of States on progress toward eradicating the illicit international small arms trade. She was invited to be a member of a panel of international experts on gun violence prevention at a summit held at Johns Hopkins after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, and she is the author of a chapter in the book, Reducing Gun Violence in America, which came out of that summit. In the 1990's, she led a grass roots gun control campaign in Australia. Following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Australia, thanks to the groundwork of Rebecca and her colleagues, it took the Australian government just 13 days to ban all semi-automatic rifles in the country.For her work on gun violence prevention, she received the Australian Human Rights Medal, the Australian equivalent of the U.S. Presidental Medal of Freedom. Rebecca is currently working on a gun violence prevention project in Guatemala. She is a dynamic and charismatic speaker, and she is also a delightful and remarkably humble person with a great sense of humor.
This year's annual dinner will be held at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton at 2001 Point West Way, opposite the Arden Fair Mall. In addition to the keynote address by Rebecca Peters, the evening will feature a delicious three course meal with a choice of salmon, chicken, or vegetarian entrees; background music by the Millington Strings Quintet during the social your and a sampler of songs by the acclaimed a cappella group RSVP at the start of the program; and as always, plenty of good company. Social hour and sign-in will begin at 5 PM, dinner will begin at 6, and the program will run from about 7-8:30. This is an event you won't want to miss. The cost of the dinner is $40 per person ($20 for students and residents in training). Make your reservations now for this exciting event.
Disclaimer: Events are listed based on their potential interest to PSR/Sacramento members, but the listing of an event that is not directly sponsored or organized by PSR/Sacramento does not necessarily represent endorsement of that event.