As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make in-person meetings and events a potential public health risk, many meetings and events are switching to webinars and other online meetings. Here are some webinars organized by Oregon PSR's community partner organizations that you might find useful and informative (please note that these online events are not organized by Oregon PSR).
*Please note: In order to limit our staff members' and volunteers' exposure and potential transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), events organized and co-sponsored by Oregon PSR are subject to change and/or cancellation. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding an upcoming event.
Later this month, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force and become international law. We hope that you will join us and our partners at Washington PSR on Thursday, January 21st from 5:00 until 6:00 PM (PST) (PLEASE NOTE UPDATED TIME) for an online celebration to mark the Treaty’s entry into force and explore how it advances nuclear justice. We’ll share a toast (please have a beverage of your choice on hand), hear from a few speakers working for nuclear justice, answer your questions, and connect with each other and celebrate together.
This event is free of charge and open to the public. Our guest speakers will include:
- Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer
- Dr. Vincent Intondi, Director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College and author of African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement
- Kianna Juda-Angelo, Pacific Islander advocate, founder of Living Islands, and co-founder of COFA Alliance National Network
- Stan Shikuma, President of the Japanese American Citizens League (Seattle Chapter)
- Dr. Hideko Tamura Snider, hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor), anti-nuclear activist, and One Sunny Day Initiatives founder
Our event host will be performing artist, educator, community organizer, and Oregon PSR Advisory Board member Chisao Hata.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for this event will be provided by Fingers Crossed Interpreting.
Please RSVP at the link above so that we know that you’ll be joining us, and help us spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues to celebrate with us!
This is an historic milestone for this landmark treaty. Prior to its adoption, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not banned under international law, despite their catastrophic humanitarian consequences. Now, with the Treaty’s entry into force on January 22nd, we can call nuclear weapons what they are: prohibited weapons of mass destruction, just like chemical weapons and biological weapons.
This is the first nuclear weapons treaty to call out the disproportionate impacts of nuclear weapons on Indigenous people and women and to address the need for survivors assistance and environmental remediation, and it provides a legal framework for lasting nuclear disarmament.
The US is not yet a signatory to the Treaty, and instead of joining with the majority of countries in the world in support, it is doing its best to undermine it, so we have more work to do here to follow the lead of countries in Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere that have helped negotiate this landmark treaty.
In addition to joining us online on January 21st at 5 PM, please sign our petition to Oregon State University. OSU recently received a $4.3 million federal grant to model safety and security of the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile. We are asking them to consider dismantling the stockpile in their simulations, as the safest way to secure nuclear weapons is to dismantle and dispose of them altogether. And, if you live in or have plans to visit Washington State, please join our colleagues for a cross-border photo action on the Salish Sea to show your support for the Treaty.
Thank you for your support for nuclear justice. We hope to see you online on January 21st from 5 until 6 PM as we celebrate the historic achievement of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entering into force, so please RSVP today.
Celebrate the new year and a new Oregon with a virtual concert to celebrate shared culture and collective resilience. The Chúush Fund (for clean water for Warm Springs) and Black Resilience Fund present A New Oregon, a virtual event of songs, stories, and solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities across Oregon. This event and fundraiser will be held online on January 21st at 6:00 PM. Oregon PSR supports these efforts in solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities across our state.
Join Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and Oregon Justice Resource Center as we continue our discussion on Mass Incarceration and Public Health with regard to Oregon state prisons and adults in custody in Oregon.
Oregon PSR and OJRC are entering into our second year of working together to both better understand and better advocate for the health and well-being of adults in custody in Oregon state prisons. We will share updates on our work together concerning Oregon state prisons, COVID-19, vaccines, and more. We hope to see you then.
For questions, please contact Lluvia Merello, Oregon PSR Energy Justice Organizer.
Oregon PSR is excited to announce the 2021 Greenfield Peace Scholarship, which is now open for submissions. The theme of this year’s scholarship is Art & Creation: Self Expression, Activism, and Social Change. Now in its 13th consecutive year, this has historically been a writing scholarship open to all Oregon 11th and 12th grade students. This year, though, Oregon PSR is asking young Oregonians who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and who are high school juniors or seniors or the equivalent to respond to the prompt by creating a work of visual art. The scholarship’s goal is to illuminate the perspectives of Oregon's youth on issues of peace, health, justice, and safety in our world.
The prompt this year includes a reflection piece on the events of the past year. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, worsening climate chaos and environmental crises, and protests for racial justice and police accountability, visual art has remained an integral part of communication, memorialization, and catalyzation into action. Our hope is that Oregon’s youth create works of art that reflect upon and uplift their understanding and experiences of the events of the past year.
Applications are being accepted from now through March 12th, 2021. To read the full prompt, guidelines, and judging criteria, please visit our website, or visit this page for a Spanish-language version. We have also compiled resources to provide background and inspiration for applicants to use and reference if they so desire. The scholarship award winners will receive cash prizes, with $1,000.00 for the top entry.
Please help us in spreading the word about our 2021 Greenfield Peace Scholarship to any educators and BIPOC youth in Oregon that you may know. Email us if you have questions about the 2021 Greenfield Peace Scholarship.