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  • October 24, 2014 - PSR/Sacramento Annual Dinner, held in conjunction with the United Nations Association of Sacramento.

    We'd like to the everyone who helped make the PSR/Sacramento Annual Dinner on October 24 an enormous success! The Dante Club was filled to capacity, with attendees including longtime PSR and UNA members, new supporters, and students, including High School students from Closing the Gap, college students from American River College and Sacramento State, and medical students from UC Davis, including volunteers from the student run Clinica Tepati. We appreciate the generosity of the many PSR supporters who made contributions beyond the cost of the dinner as well as supporters who were unable attend but who sent contributions to PSR in response to the dinner invitations.

    October 24 was the anniversary of the ratification of the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945. In honor of this event, we combined our PSR/Sacramento annual dinner this year with the annual dinner of the United Nations Association of Sacramento. We appreciate the cooperation and collegiality of the UNA in putting on the joint event. Our keynote speaker was Jerome Sauvage, the Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) office in Washington. DC . Mr. Sauvage gave an outstanding presentation concerning the focus areas of the UNDP, including reducing poverty, fostering social justice, protecting the environment, and promoting democracy, which are very much in line with PSR's principles of “SMART Security,” and he provided candid and motivating responses to members questions during the Q & A session after his presentation.


  • April 19, 2014 - PSR/Sacramento was a co-sponsor and tabled at Sacramento Earth Day 2014 presented by Environmental Council of Sacramento. Visitors learned how to be better stewards of the planet, commit to living sustainably, and how to act to reduce our impact on the environment.

  • December 14, 2013 - PSR/Sacramento holiday potluck social took place at the home of Diane and Bill Durston.

  • December 10, 2013 - Annual Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Justice was held on the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sponsored by Sacramento Area Peace Action, PSR/Sacramento was a co-sponsor.
  • October 6, 2013 - PSR/Sacramento tenth annual dinner. Keynote speaker Juliet Leftwich, Legal Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and special guests Nick and Amanda Wilcox of the Brady Campaign outlined steps we can to take to support sensible firearm regulations, including contacting Governor Brown urgently to encourage him to sign the package of 16 firearm-related bills on his desk before the pocket veto October 13 deadline.

  • August 4, 2013 - Fiscal sponsorship of Sacramento's 26th Annual August Peace Event held to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Keynote speaker was Marylia Kelley, co-founder and Executive Director of Tri-ValleyCAREs.   

  • May 19, 2013 - Palestine at the Capitol - Commemorating 65 years since the Nakba led to the displacement of millions of Palestinian people worldwide. There was Palestinian food, cultural exhibits, history displays, children's activities, and more. The event was at the North Steps of the State Capitol, 11th and L Street. PSR/Sacramento was a co-sponsor. 

  • May 10, 2013 - Mother's Day March on the National Rifle Association. Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation (1870) was read at the NRA office in Sacramento: "From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!" PSR/Sacramento joined Code Pink, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action, and Veterans for Peace in speaking for the silenced victims of gun violence in a march organized by Code Pink. Dr. Harry Wang was one of the speakers.

  • May 5, 2013 - 10th anniversary celebration of the State Capitol World Peace Rose Garden. PSR/Sacramento was a co-sponsor of the event.

  • April 28, 2013 - the PSR/Sacramento essay scholarship contest finals dinner was held at the Dante Club in Sacramento. The ten student finalists energized an audience of 170 people with their essays based on a position statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (April 2000): “Firearm regulations, to include bans of handguns and assault weapons, are the most effective way to reduce firearm-related injuries.View all ten finalists presenting their essays, courtesy of Media Edge. First place finalist Divya Bhaskar won $3000. Hear her interview (with Dr. Olivia Kasirye) on the 4/29/13 Capital Public Radio Insight program. Second place finalist Kyle Thielen won $2500 and third place finalist Lucas Brown won $2000. The other finalists each won $1000. Many thanks to our outstanding judges: former Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel, Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Julie Leftwich, former Sacramento mayor Anne Rudin, and Amanda Wilcox.

  • April 21, 2013 - Sacramento Earth Day at Southside Park, sponsored by Environmental Council of Sacramento. PSR/Sacramento tabled.

  • April 9, 2013 - “Peace Begins with a Home: Faith and Human Rights in Israel and Palestine.” Jeff Halper, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) gave a presentation at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento. Presented by Sabeel Sacramento. PSR/Sacramento was a co-sponsor of the event
  • January 17, 2013 - "The True Cost of Oil", a presentation by photojournalist Garth Lenz at St. John's Lutheran Church.  Mr. Lenz presented convincing evidence that "Canada's Tar Sands are perhaps the most visually compelling example of all that is wrong with our addition to fossil fuels and why we must change or face dire consequences for all life on Earth." Presented by 350 Sacramento and co-sponsors Lutheran Office of Public Policy, Sierra Club of California, and PSR/Sacramento.  

  • Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - Candlelight Vigil and Bell Tolling: Remembering the Victims of Newtown and Renewal of our Commitment to Reduce Gun Violence. The event was held at the front steps of St. John's Lutheran Church. Sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence with PSR/Sacramento as one of the co-sponsors.

  • December 1, 2012 - PSR/Sacramento holiday social was held at the home of Bill and Diane Durston. There was plenty of good food and good company at this event, with the traditional singalong with Harry at the piano.
  • December 11, 2012 - 30th annual Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Justice was held at 16th Street & J Street, Sacramento, followed by gathering at Luna's Cafe'. PSR/Sacramento is a co-sponsor.

  • October 30, 2013 - "Health Care as a Human Right in Occupied Palestine" featured Dr. Ruchama Marton, founder of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and 2010 winner of the Right Livelihood Award, and Dr. Allam Jarrar of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society. Speakers at the 2011 and 2012 annual meetings of the American Public Health Association, they described the current state of health care in the West Bank. View the presentations, courtesy of Media Edge. The event was at the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Sponsored by PSR/Sacramento and Jewish Voice for Peace/Sacramento. 
  • October 7, 2012 - PSR/Sacramento ninth annual fundraiser dinner at the California State University, Sacramento Alumni Center. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Claire Pomeroy, Dean, UC Davis School of Medicine, gave an inspiring talk "Creating a healthier world: Addressing the social determinants of health." Read her December 26, 2012 article "Fixing America's Health and Legal Services Safety Net" in Becker's Hospital Review. Thank you for supporting this event including major event sponsor UC Davis Health System and major underwriter Access Sacramento.

  • August 5, 2012 - Sacramento's 26th Annual August Peace Event was held to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This event was held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sacramento and was attended by 150 people. The program included former Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin recounting her work with Mayors for Peace and reading the peace declaration of the Mayor of Hiroshima; music by Small Difference, a Woman's Choral Ensemble singing for peace and justice; the story of Sadako and the Thousand Cranes read by Marielle Tsukamoto; and ideas for action presented by Harry Wang, MD, President, PSR/Sacramento. This event was dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons, a threat to all mankind. PSR/Sacramento was a cosponsor and fiscal sponsor. 

  • July 19, 2012 - Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing in Sacramento on proposed revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. Six PSR/Sacramento members and an invited local asthma specialist presented testimony at the hearing urging the EPA to choose strong standards to save lives and improve our health.
    Many thanks to those testified and who also came to the hearing: Rick Bettis; Bradley Chipps, MD (invited asthma specialist); Linda Copeland, MD; Robin Kristufek, RN (view her testimony; read her testimony); Michael Monasky, RRT (read his testimony); Janice Nakashima; Elaine Novak; Susan Regan, MD; Harry Wang, MD (read his testimony). Read Dr. Harry Wang's op-ed on soot pollution in the July 18 Sacramento Bee. He also spoke at a noon rally organized by the Sierra Club at Cesar Chavez Park.

  • May 3-5, 2012 - "Reclaiming the Sierra: Green $olutions to Abandoned Mines" conference in Nevada City was presented by The Sierra Fund and addressed the environmental impacts of historic mining in the Sierra Nevada. PSR/Sacramento member Tony DeRiggi, MD gave a May 3 presentation on the Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit. PSR/Sacramento and SF/Bay Area PSR were among the co-sponsors.

  • April 29, 2012 - PSR/Sacramento annual student scholarship essay contest dinner finals was held at the Dante Club in Sacramento. Submitted essays essays were based on the words of the 20th century U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." First Place winner Dylan Fitzwater received a $3000 scholarship, Second Place winner Moosa Zaidi a $2000 scholarship and Third Place winner Lark Trumbly a $2000 scholarship. The seven other finalists each received $1000 scholarships. Read an article about the event written in Elk Grove News.Net by Michael Monasky. Hear the ten finalists present their essays courtesy of Media Edge. We were honored to have the following judges this year: Zak Ford, Folsom Cordova School Board member; Dr. Rhonda Rios Kravitz, Dean of the Learning Resources Center at Sacramento City College; Justice Cruz Reynoso, former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court; Fred Teichert, Executive Director of the Teichert Foundation; and Reverend Faith Whitmore, Executive Director of Francis House.

  • April 11, 2012 - "The Deadly Connection: Endless War & Economic Crisis" at Colonial Heights Library, Sacramento. Bruce Cagnon, Co-founder and Coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, discussed the impact of rising U.S. militarism (including expansion in Asia and space) on the economic crisis here at home. Sponsored by Sacramento Area Peace Action with PSR/Sacramento as one of the co-sponsors.

  • March 19, 2012 - "Sacramento Climate Action Plan Programs & Overcoming Obstacles" at the SMUD Auditorium, 6201 S Street, Sacramento. Moderator will be Suzanne Phinney, PhD. Sponsors include: League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, UNA-Sacramento, SMUD, Sacramento 350, PSR/Sacramento, Sierra Club, Breathe California, Environmental Council of Sacramento, Sacramento Sustainability Forum, Therapists for Social Responsibility, Older Women’s League, Grey Panthers, California Interfaith Power & Light, Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento.

  • January 8, 2012 - Vigil—One Year After the Tucson Shootings, We Honor Loved Ones at the front steps of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sacramento. After Bell-tolling and a Program, there was a Memorial Procession and Candlelight Vigil at 15th and L Street. Hosts: Sacramento and Nevada County Brady Campaign Chapters, Lutheran Office of Public Policy, PSR/Sacramento.
    Read an article in the 1/9/12 Sacramento Bee and a report by Amanda Wilcox.

  • October 3, 2011 - Dr. Sidel gave a special seminar on the Davis campus for Public Health Sciences students and faculty on "War and Public Health: The Human, Ecological, and Economic Costs of Armed Conflict" at the invitation of Ellen Gold, PhD, Chair, UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences.

  • October 3, 2011 - Dr. Sidel spoke to UC Davis Health Systems faculty, medical and nursing students on "War and Public Health: The Role of Medical Students in Working for Peace" An enthusiastic introduction was given by Dr. Claire Pomeroy, Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Health System, UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences, and Dean, School of Medicine. Dr. Pomeroy hosted a reception following the presentation. View Dr. Sidel's presentation.

  • October 3, 2011 - Dr. Sidel was interviewed by Jeffrey Callison during the Capital Public Radio Insight program. Hear the interview which begins 14:24 minutes into the interview show.

  • October 2, 2011 - Victor Sidel, MD, Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine spoke on "PSR: Fifty Years of Concern for the Devastating Health Consequences of War" at the 8th Annual Physicians for Social Responsibility/Sacramento Dinner at California State University, Sacramento Alumni Center. Dr. Sidel inspired the 170 people who attended the event as he spoke about the health effects of war, his work for nuclear disarmament, and the 50-year history of Physicians of Social Responsibility. He encouraged everyone to continue their work for peace and justice. View Dr. Sidel's presentation courtesy of Media Edge. The evening also featured wonderful music by George Connor, Suzan Tobin, Chris Tomine, and Gary Yee; presentation of her 1st place essay by Shannan Takhar, with introduction by Vice President and Scholarship Chair Dr. Bill Durston; and a chapter update by President Dr. Harry Wang. Many thanks to California State University, Sacramento for their sponsorship of our annual dinner, to all who volunteered and came to the dinner, and to all table sponsors and donors. Special thanks to Ellen Gold, PhD and Dr. Claire Pomeroy for inviting Dr. Sidel to speak at UC Davis.

  • August 7, 2011- Fiscal sponsorship of the 25th annual August Peace Event with PSR participation in leading an action opposing increased Congressional funding for the nuclear weapons complex.
  • May 14, 2011 -- "Day of Peace" at Carmichael Park cosponsored by Inspired Medicine-Katherine Bisharat, MD and Carmichael Recreation and Parks District. Yoga classes, meditation, organic food, live music, dance, vendors, talks, art and bodywork were ongoing. PSR/Sacramento co-sponsored and tabled.

  • May 1, 2011 -- 7th annual PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest Finals Dinner
    The prompt for this year's contest was: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." -- President and World War II Supreme Allied Commander
    Dwight Eisenhower. 1st place winner was Shannan Takhar ($2,500 scholarship), 2nd place winner was Katie Tanner ($1500), and 3rd place winner was Ela Banerjee ($1000). The other seven finalists received $750 scholarships each. Read their essays.

  • April 26, 2011 -- "Justice/Brilliance" at CSUS. Two poets affirming life, demanding justice, and celebrating struggles: Remi Kanazi and Mark Gonzales. Presented by the CSUS Middle East Cultural Association. PSR/Sacramento co-sponsored.
  • April 23, 2011 -- Sacramento Earth Day 2011 at Southside Park, sponsored by Environmental Council of Sacramento. PSR/Sacramento tabled.

  • February 20, 2011 --  Showing of GATE-Return to Trinity, a joint fundraiser for Peace Crane Project and Global Nuclear Disrmament Fund at Grand Sacramento. Narrated in English by Martin Sheen and in Japanese by Nanako Matsushima, Producer Matt Taylor was at both showings. Co-sponspored by PSR/Sacramento.

  • November 7, 2010 -- PSR/Sacramento 7th Annual Dinner
    We enjoyed the music of Vox Musica, looked back at 30 years of chapter activities, and listened to Norman Solomon's heartfelt keynote “The Costs of War and the Prospects for Peace." If you missed his talk, you can listen to a November 7 interview with Ayad Al-Qazzaz on Focus on the Middle East and to his November 8 interview on the Capital Public Radio Insight program. Thanks to CSUS Sacramento for sponsorship of the dinner and to Media Edge for filming the dinner. View the dinner program courtesy of Media Edge.

  • October 24, 2010 -- United Nations Association/Sacramento chapter dinner at the HIlton Hotel, Sacramento. Bill Magavern, Director of the Siera Club California spoke on "Let's Stop Prop 23, the Dirty Energy Proposition." PSR/Sacramento was one of the co-sponsors and tabled.

  • September 20, 2010 -- An Evening with Robert Fisk--Lies, Misreporting and Catastrophe in the Middle East at the CSUS Student Union, Redwood Room. From Beirut, Robert Fisk is the renowned Middle East correspondent for The Independent in London, winner of countless journalism and human rights awards, and author of five books on the Middle East including The Great War for Civilisation and The Age of the Warrior. Sponsored by CSUS Middle East Cultural Association, Focus on the Middle East, and PSR/Sacramento.

  • August 6, 2010 -- Sacramento's August Peace Event hosted screenings of COUNTDOWN TO ZERO,a film by Lawrence Bender, the producer of An Inconvenient Truth. The film opened in Sacramento on Friday, August 6 at 5 pm and 7:30 pm at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. These showings were "sold out" and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO ran through August 12. Special thanks to the August Peace Event organizers for their work on these screenings and for securing the underwriting of Participant Media and obtaining a grant from Ploughshares Fund.
    PSR/Sacramento is fiscal sponsor and co-sponsor of the August Peace Event. Read an article on the opening night of COUNTDOWN TO ZERO.

  • May 22, 2010 -- Alice Rothchild, MD, author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience, now in 2nd edition, spoke at the Arden Dimick Library Community Room in Sacramento. Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace/Sacramento, PSR/Sacramento, and Peace in the Precincts.

  • May 2, 2010 -- 6th annual PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest Dinner Finals
    High school seniors from Sacramento and surrounding counties submitted 148 entries based on the Native American saying: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” Parinaz Fozouni was 1st place winner, Austin Lillywhite was the 2nd place winner, and Keaton Boyle was the 3rd place winner receiving $2500, $1500, and $1000 scholarships respectively. The other six finalists each received $750 scolarships. The top three finalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges: Environmental Council of Sacramento president Dr. Alex Kelter; Sacramento area educator Dr. Carl Mack; Pesticide Watch director Paul Towers; Sacramento County Public Health Director Dr. Glennah Trochet; and Grammy Award-winning Native American flutist Mary Youngblood, who also performed during the evening program.

  • December 8, 2009 -- Annual Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Justice, marking International Human Rights Day, 16th & J St, Sacramento, followed by dinner at Luna's Cafe, 1414 16th St, Sacramento. Sponsored by Sacramento Area Peace Action with PSR as one of the co-sponsors.

  • November 30, 2009-- Climate Change-Causes, Solutions. Will Copenhagen Give Hope?
    Deb Neimeier, PhD, UC Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento. Hosted by Sierra Club Sacramento with PSR as one of the co-sponsors.

  • October 18, 2009 -- PSR/Sacramento 6th Annual Fundraiser Dinner
    Mark Hertsgaard was keynote speaker at our 6th Annual Fundraiser Dinner at the California State University, Sacramento Alumni Center. Mr. Hertsgaard, an independent journalist, covers climate change for The Nation, Vanity Fair, Time and Die Zeit and has written for many of the world's leading newspapers and magazines. His forthcoming book is Living Through the Storm: Our Future Under Global Warming. "On the way to Copenhagen" was the title of his talk in which he
    discussed the December 2009 UN Climate Change Conference as, perhaps, the last, best chance to reverse the effects of global warming. The evening included a silent auction followed by dinner with food provided by Spendid Gourmet, Town and Country Catering, and music by Reggie Graham on the keyboard. A tribute was given to PSR member Leon Lefson and Essay Finalist Ryan Suleiman read his essay. Thanks to California State University, Sacramento and Access Sacramento for being sponsors of the dinner.
    View the dinner program courtesy of Access Sacramento and Media Edge.
    Hear Jeffrey Callison's October 19 Capital Public Radio Insight interview of Mark Hertsgaard.

  • September 9, 2009 -- Sacramento activist and PSR member Patricia Daugherty gave a talk "Living in Palestine: Witness to Occupation." She shared her recent experiences and showed slides from eight months in the Middle East, including six months in the West Bank and a week in Gaza. 

  • August 9, 2009 -- August Peace Event, "No more Hiroshimas, No More Nagasakis" on the 64th Annual Day of Rememberance and ACtion. The doors of the Alumni Center at California State University, Sacramento (6000 J Street) opened at 4 pm for viewing of displays and for light refreshments. The program began at 4:30 pm and featured the story of Sadako, presentation of origami cranes, presentation by PSR Steering Committee member Jimmy Spearow, PhD, essays read by PSR essay finalists Monika Robbins and Ryan Suleiman, music, and more. PSR/Sacramento was fiscal sponsor, again, this year.  

  • August 8, 2009 9:30 -- "Workshop for Single Payer Outreach Training & Fun", Hart Center, 915 27th Street, Sacramento. This forum (third of three) is sponsored by Health Care for All Sacramento and co-sponsored by PSR and other groups. 

  • July 23, 2009 -- Fremont Park celebration of the 1-year anniversary of Pesticide-Free Sacramento. Located at 1515 Q Street, Fremont Park is Sacramento's first pesticide-free park. Pesticide-Free Sacramento is a coalition supported by Biological Urban Gardening Services, the Environmental Council of Sacramento, Mother's Support Network, Organic Sacramento, Pesticide Watch Education Fund, PSR/Sacramento, and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op.

  • July 8, 2009 --Brian Sytsma and Mary Hall gave a presentation on the environmental cleanup program at the former McClellan Air Force Base. The former base was an aircraft repair depot from the 1930s through closure in 2001. The industrial facility relied heavily on the use of solvents, cleaners, paints and metals that have now contaminated the soil and groundwater. Contaminants include volatile organic compounds such as trichloroethylene, dichloromethane, vinyl chloride, and some fuels; and non-volatile organic compounds such as dioxins, metals and low-level radioactive contamination (primarily radium). Mr. Sytsma and Ms. Hall discussed the cleanup programs in place and areas for which cleanup decisions are still pending, as well as opportunities for public input and involvement in the cleanup process.

  • June 22, 2009 -- "Global Climate Change Forum: Adapting to the Uncertain Future", SMUD Auditorium, 6201 S Street, Sacramento. Presented by the League of Women Voters, SMUD, Access Sacramento, and co-sponsored by PSR and other groups. 
    Showing of the video-"Climate Change", introduced by Elissa Lynn, Sr. Meteorologist, Climate Change Program, CA Department Water Resource
    Global Climate Change Forum-featuring presentations by five community leaders: U.C. Davis Professor Deb Neimeier, Ph.D.-"Climate Change: Causes, Solutions & Adaptation"; Roger Dickinson, Supervisor, Sacramento County-"Local Community Response to Climate Change"; Genevieve Shiroma, SMUD Board of Directors-"Sacramento Region-Energy Conservation & Sustainable Power"; John Andrew, Climate Change Program, Dept Water Resources-"Impact of Climate Change on Water"; Christopher Flores, Congresswoman Doris Matsui's Office-"Climate Change Legislation-2009-H.R. 2454"
    Audience-Question and Answers

  • June 6, 2009 -- Health Care for All Sacramento sponsored a forum on Health Care Delivery and the Single Payer Plan. Over 75 community members attended the PSR co-sponsored event at the Hart Center in Sacramento. Speakers included Glennah Trochet, MD, Sacramento County Health Officer; Anthony Daniels, Capital Community Health Network; Sara Rogers, Health Consultant for Senator Mark Leno; and Harry Wang, president of PSR/Sacramento. Bruce Pomer was the moderator. Part II and III of the summer series will occur on July 18 and August 8.  

  • May 3, 2009 -- PSR Scholarship Essay Contest "Finals" Dinner
    The ten 2009 Scholarship Essay Contest finalists presented their essays at the Dante Club in Sacramento. The students were chosen from a field of 144 essays for their outstanding essays based on this year's prompt: "We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive."--Albert Einstein. Sarah LIghtshone received a $2,500 scholarship, Monika Robbins a $1,500 scholarship, and Noah Muldavin a $1,000 scholarship. The other seven finalists received $750 scholarships. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges: Sharon Chandler, educator, journalist, and author; Bob Dresser, Chair of Jewish Community Relations Council; Basim Elkarra, Executive Director of the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations; Heather Fargo, past mayor of the city of Sacramento; and Marielle Tsukamoto, president of the Florin Chaper of the Japanese American Citizens League. 

  • March 19, 2009 --Third Annual Peace Rally on the 6th anniversary of the Iraq war was hosted by UUSS PEACEMAKERS and co-sponsoring groups, including PSR/Sacramento, at the Unitarian Universalist Auditorium in Sacramento. There was a Rally at Howe Avenue and Fair Oaks Blvd 4:30-6 pm followed by a Candlelight Peace Vigil at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento 7-9 pm. 

  • March 11, 2009 -- Gus Nystrom gave a talk on Israel and the Occupied Territories at our monthly meeting at UC Davis Medical Center. Mr. Nystrom's main affiliation is with Pax Christi, the Catholic peace and justice movement. In August 2008, Gustavo and his wife Margaret spent two weeks in Israel/Palestine with an interfaith delegation. He shared observations regarding history, Zionist plans, the wall, home demolitions, and hopes for peace.
  • March 5, 2009 -- Organic Sounds – A Celebration and Fundraiser for Pesticide Watch at Sierra 2 Center in Sacramento. For over twenty years, Pesticide Watch and Pesticide Watch Education Fund have worked side-by-side with communities to clean up and prevent pesticide pollution and pesticide exposure. During the past year, PSR has joined Pesticide Watch in forming a local coalition to reduce the use of toxic pesticides in our community. There was lots of great organic and local food, drink, music by Rowdy Kate and Stars and Garters, and speakers included Sacramento Councilmember Rob Fong. PSR was on the host committee for the event.

  • February 11, 2009 -- Jim Whitaker spoke on "Iran and the Geopolitics of the Middle East". Mr. Whitaker, who has lived and worked in various parts of the Middle East, including Iran, as an international financier, explained and discussed Iran's geo-political and geo-strategic objectives and actions relative to the Middle East and Afghanistan and why there is no possibility of resolution of that region's issues without the active involvement and acquiesence of Iran.

  • January 14, 2009 – Screening of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
    PSR was a co-sponsor of The California Endowment screening of the film, Unnatural Causes, at the State Capitol. The groundbreaking film, a winner of the 2009 duPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism, goes beyond popular conceptions linking health to medical care, lifestyles and genes to explore evidence of other more powerful determinants: the social conditions in which we are born, live and work. Unnatural Causes was produced by California Newsreel with Vital Pictures, Inc. and the event was presented by The California Endowment and Government Action & Communication Institute (GACI).

  • November 12, 2008 -- Kenyan-trained physician Dr. Elizabeth Muhia spoke about health care in Kenya and about her work with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

  • October 25, 2008 -- Satsuki Ina, PhD introduced her award-winning film From a Silk Cocoon which tells her family's story of the tragic outcome resulting from World War II hysteria and racial profiling. A panel discussion with Q & A on "Your Civil Rights, Internment and Racism" followed the film with Dr. Ina, Harry Wang, MD, President of PSR/Sacramento and Basim Elkarra, Executive Director of the Sacramento Valley Council on American-Islamic Relations. Sponsored by Therapists for Social Responsibility. Co-sponsored by PSR/Sacramento, Unitarian Universalist Peacemakers, Grandmothers for Peace, Women's International League of Peace and Freedom, Multicultural Counseling and Consulting Associates, Gray Panthers, Asian Pacific Community Counseling and others.

  • October 4, 2008 -- 5th Annual PSR/Sacramento Annual Dinner
    Deb Niemeier, PhD was the keynote speaker at our Annual Fundraiser Dinner at the Sacramento State University Alumni Center. Dr. Niemeier is professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the John Muir Institute on the Environment at UC Davis and the UC Davis-Cal Trans Air Quality Project. We enjoyed the music of Midtown Jazz and a special tribute to long-time member Herbert Bauer, MD. Margaret Freiwald read her outstanding 2008 scholarship essay, and keynote speaker Deb Niemeier, PhD spoke on "Ought implies can: Five ways you can reduce the impact of climate change." View the dinner program courtesy of Media Edge. Dinner sponsors included Access Sacramento, Planning and Conservation League, Solar Cookers International, Curtiss DuRand, MD, Janice and Harry Wang and co-sponsors Environmental Council of Sacramento and Pesticide Watch

  • September 10, 2008 -- PSR Board member Curtiss DuRand, MD, recently returned from visiting Cuba, spoke about Cuba's health care system. His presentation included photos taken during his recent trip.

  • August 9, 2008 -- PSR was the fiscal sponsor for the August Peace Event at the Sacramento State University Alumni Center. Participants included Reverend Bob Oshita, past PSR president Dr. Bill Durston, Pamela Vergun, PhD, translator and author of A Dimly Burning Wick, 2008 PSR Essay Contest finalist Jennifer Kocsis, the Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan group from UC Davis, and Grammy Award winner Mary Youngblood. This annual event, which remembers the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nakasaki, was covered by the local Sacramento Fox 40 TV news station.  

  • July 9, 2008 -- Ms. Stella Levy, a long-time anti-death penalty activist, discussed the recently released report of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice. As reported in the July 1, 2008 Sacramento Bee, "capital punishment in California is too flawed to be effective and is crippled by an appeals backlog that delays punishment for crimes."  Ms. Levy focused on the economic costs of the death penalty, as detailed in the report.

  • June 14, 2008 2 - 4:30 pm: Reaching Out To Our Veterans And Their Families
    Dr. Judith Broder, Studio City psychiatrist and psychoanalyst spoke on the Los Angeles area The Soldiers Project which provides free, individualized therapy to Iraq and Afghanistan military/veterans and their families. Zohreh Whitaker, Military Families Speak Out, and PSR Board Member talked about the experience of her son's military service and deployment in Iraq.
    Sponsored by Therapists for Social Responsibility and co-sponsored by PSR/Sacramento and California Society for Clinical Social Work.

  • June 12, 2008 -- Cori Traub presented an "Update on Environmental Issues" and led a discussion about environmental issues our chapter may wish to address in the coming 18 months. Ms. Traub is currently a Development Officer at UC Davis School of Medicine and has previously been a development director for Clean Water Action, Pesticide Action Network, and Coalition for Clean Air.

  • March 12, 2008 -- Aashika Damodar spoke on "Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: Addressing the needs of Survivors Locally and Abroad." She discussed what sex trafficking is, where it occurs in the U.S. and the dynamics of victim identification and services. Ms. Damodar is a senior studying Anthropology & Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the Director of the 'STOP the Traffick' group at Berkeley.

  • January 9, 2008 -- Priscilla Abbott from the Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals (CCMP) spoke on health care access issues for low-income workers. CCMP assists workers in obtaining health care without losing their financial resources.

  • December 2, 2007 -- Alice Rothchild talk and book signing
    Obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Alice Rothchild read from her book Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience (Pluto Press, 2007) at the Belle Cooledge LIbrary Community Room in Sacramento in an event cosponsored with Jewish Voice for Peace. Hear her interview with Jeffrey Callison on the KXPR Insight program.

  • October 28, 2007 -- Joseph Cirincione, formerly Senior Fellow and Director for Nuclear Policy at Center for American Progress and now the president of Ploughshares Fund, was the keynote speaker at the 4th annual PSR/Sacramento Dinner. One of America's best known weapons experts, Mr. Cirincione is author of Bomb Scare: The History & Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, 2007). Between 1998 and 2006, Mr. Cirincione was the director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was featured in the award-winning documentary Why We Fight. Mr. Cirincione was interviewed on the October 25, 2007 Capital Public Radio Insight program. Access Sacramento and California State University, Sacramento were co-sponsors of the event.

  • June 29, 2007 -- Dr. Catherine Thomasson talk
    Dr. Catherine Thomasson, president of national PSR, was in Sacramento on June 29, was interviewed on three radio stations and gave an evening presentation on her recent trip to Iran and U.S.-Iran relations. Read the Sacramento News and Review article about her talk. Hear her interview with Jeffrey Callison on the KXPR Insight program.
    Read her article "Diplomacy: Best Solution to Impasse with Iran".


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