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.
2018 update: Chesapeake PSR's board enthusiastically supports national Physicians for Social Responsibility's (PSR) Back from the Brink resolution, a call to prevent nuclear war demanding a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons. The resolution calls on the United States to lead in preventing nuclear war by renouncing the first strike nuclear option, ending the sole authority for a U.S. president to launch a nuclear attack, removing nuclear weapons from hair-trigger alert, cancelling plans to enhance the U.S. nuclear arsenal and pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate nuclear weapons. Many local and national organizations have endorsed the "Back from the Brink" resolution. Are you associated with a group that might support this? Introduce this resolution at your church, synagogue, civic group, medical association, university or municipality, and if your group adopts it, please notify Tim Whitehouse at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign the resolution as an individual or sign the resolution as an organization.
Over the years, our members have also been involved in a number of important issues, such as supporting paid family medical leave, raising the minimum wage, marriage equality, addressing gun violence, and reducing defense expenditures in order to reinvest those savings in our communities.
Nuclear war and annihilation are imminent in a way not seen for decades. Chesapeake PSR supports PSR's Back from the Brink resolution, a call to prevent nuclear war.
Chesapeake PSR's President Gwen DuBois, MD MPH, offers some thoughts on the significance of the ICAN's Nobel Peace Prize and renews our call for the United States to ratify the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons.
Why Chesapeake PSR continues to advocate for the end of nuclear weapons. Even a limited nuclear weapons strike could have cataclysmic consequences.
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?