Peace and Social Justice
Chesapeake PSR's history is rooted in peace and social justice activism of individuals working to influence social, political and environmental change.
Chesapeake PSR's work on peace and social justice in Maryland and Virginia extends beyond climate change and energy, and toxic pollution. Our members have been involved in a number of important issues, such as preventing the use or spread of nuclear weapons and nuclear power, ending the death penalty in Maryland, addressing gun violence and reducing defense expenditures in order to reinvest those savings in our communities.
Currently, we are pushing to make Maryland's government more transparent, to address issues related to income inequality and to support national Physicians for Social Responsibility's (PSR) efforts to work toward the elimination of nuclear weapons and to stop the spread of nuclear power. Please sign our petition to Maryland's congressional delegation urging them to take steps toward the elimination of nuclear weapons.
A nuclear weapons ban is more critical than ever. Read about our work to educate health professionals, policymakers and the public on the danger of nuclear weapons - and why there is a ray of hope.
The U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty was adopted June 7, 2017 - but the U.S. and other nuclear-armed nations boycotted the talks. Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Gwen DuBois and IPPNW's Ira Helfand, MD, speak to why the world must ban nuclear weapons.
After decades of deadlock over disarmament, the United Nations is developing a treaty to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons. Chesapeake PSR spent the week in New York showing support for the ban effort.
Join 500,000 signers of PSR's petition to support the Markey-Lieu bill that would limit the president's ability to launch a nuclear first strike.
The U.S. boycotted the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty negotiations that began March 27, 2017 at the U.N. More than 115 nations participated on the first day, but, as expected, the U.S. and other nuclear-armed states boycotted.
The federal budget is not just a financial ledger, it is a statement about the values that drive our country. It helps define who we are as a society, and the direction we want to take as a country. That is why we are appalled at the budget plan proposed by President Trump.
Nuclear weapons and false choices: What do we do when President Trump tweets that the United States "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability” or that the United States “should be at the top of the pack” with nuclear weapons? How can we bring common sense to our government?
Twenty-one Nobel Peace laureates held a summit and called for a global nuclear weapons ban. PSR's Ira Helfand was there representing the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
Nuclear weapons must be taken off hair trigger alert. Please sign a petition to Congress to prohibit the president from conducting a first-strike nuclear attack unless authorized by Congress.
The U.S. is set to spend a trillion dollars on "modernizing" our nuclear weapons arsenal, putting all humans on Earth at risk of nuclear war. Chesapeake PSR supports efforts to enact a nuclear weapons ban and invest in rebuilding safe and healthy communities.