PSR-LA’s Martha Dina Argüello rallies the crowd at March for Science in Los Angeles on April 22, 2017.
PSR-LA Board President Dr. Bob Dodge participated in U.N. negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons in June 2017, as well as the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb held in New York City during the negotiations.
The PSR-LA team thanks you for your support this year. Together we can create a safer, healthier world.
2017 was a momentous year for PSR-LA’s nuclear threats program. The dangerous saber-rattling of the Trump Administration re-awakened the public to the catastrophic threat of nuclear war, a clear and present danger that can only be eradicated by the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. PSR played a central role in moving forward the landmark U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was adopted in July and for which our partner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, won the Nobel Peace Prize. PSR-LA advocated for legislation to prohibit the President from having sole authority to launch the first nuclear strike, and worked to engage new and diverse communities in nuclear abolition, included hosting a Youth Disarmament Conference in South LA that drew over 120 participants.
PSR-LA Associate Director Denise Duffield presented Rep. Ted Lieu with an award from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability on May 23 for introducing the Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act.
PSR-LA co-hosted a Youth Disarmament Conference with Dr. Olga Mohan High School in South Los Angeles on Nov. 4, 2017. Speakers included representatives from PSR-LA, the Arms Control Association, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and the William J. Perry Project. Shikego Sasmori spoke of her experiences during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and a youth panel composed of high school and college students discussed the role of youth in creating a nuclear weapons-free world.
Dr. Jimmy Hara discusses concerns about pediatric cancers near the Santa Susana Field Lab on Nov. 30 as local parents demand that the DTSC uphold its cleanup commitments.
On Nov. 28, physicians, nurses and public health experts submitted a letter with over 300 health professional signatures to the LA City Council, calling for oil operations to be phased out within a 2,500 feet of homes, schools, hospitals, and other sensitive land uses.
PSR-LA Executive director Martha Dina Argüello gives a rallying speech on October 4 in front of the offices of the LA Catholic Archdiocese calling on the Archdiocese to terminate its land lease with the oil operator AllenCo Energy.
PSR-LA’s Land Use and Health program has had an exciting and busy year! We made significant strides both in our policy advocacy projects and place-based work, all aimed at addressing long-standing environmental injustices in Los Angeles and restoring our built environment from the Soil to the Soul.
We successfully increased awareness of and engagement with the intersecting issues of industrial land use and contamination, toxic exposures and health. These intersecting issues were primarily addressed through our seminal project – the 500 Feet Initiative – which aims to address the existence of hazardous land uses residing in close proximity to sensitive uses in the South and Southeast Community Plans. In 2017, PSR-LA launched an online interactive hazard-mapping tool, allowing interested stakeholders to see what industrial uses existed in close proximity to their homes, schools and places of work and worship. We hit the streets of South Central LA with community residents and our base-building organization partners to ground-truth five census tracts. Finally, we assembled a policy-working group comprised of community partners, health professionals and academic experts to identify viable policy interventions. Next year, we will release a report that outlines the work to date and our community-vetted policy recommendations. We hope to build support for the initiative by engaging political stakeholders, city allies and the broader South Central advocacy community.
Jordan Downs community leaders are awarded certificates of appreciation at the June 3 Health Summit from Assembly Member Mike Gipson for their environmental justice work.
Community members with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation play a land use game as part of their training in the 500 Feet Ground Truthing workshop.
Jordan Downs resident leaders analyze and discuss the preliminary data from the Jordan Downs Health Needs Assessment.
PSR-LA physicians and staff participate in the California Environmental Justice Alliance’s Congreso “Reimagining Resistance” in Sacramento on August 29 to advocate for environmental justice policies and practices in California.
PSR-LA organized two water quality workshops in Watts aimed at educating the community about the quality of their water and engaging residents in solutions oriented dialogue with political and regulatory stakeholders.