Equity and Justice

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) recognizes that diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice are crucial to healthy individuals, vibrant communities, and thriving organizations. We acknowledge that our society has, deeply rooted within it, centuries of white supremacy and dominance typified by the massacre and dispossession of native peoples, economies built on enslavement, the disproportionate imprisonment of people of color and poor people, the violation of human and civil rights, and the concentration of extreme wealth into the hands of a small, mostly white, elite power structure.

Long-term, structural racial and economic oppression are major factors in the disproportionate impact of health and environmental ills on people of color and those living in poverty. They fuel public health crises and epidemics and contribute to negative health exposures and outcomes for frontline communities such as higher exposure to environmental toxins in the air and water, lower cancer survival rates, increased cardiac disease, and lower life expectancy.

Oregon PSR is fully committed to working internally as well as with frontline communities and organizations to change these historical and systemic inequalities which are dehumanizing and powerful barriers to better health and a healthier environment. Human health is at the core of Oregon PSR’s mission and is our area of expertise. Medical science and social and environmental epidemiology underline the reality that racism, poverty, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia drive concrete, quantifiable harm. These ubiquitous social issues are verifiable public health problems. Because of the strong role societal injustices play as determinants of health, they must be righted if we are to achieve durable improvements in public and environmental health.

Oregon PSR’s vision statement reads: “We seek a healthy, just, and peaceful world for present and future generations.” We work to achieve our goals — including demilitarization, nuclear disarmament, and environmental and climate health through means that benefit people and communities who experience structural injustice the most. Acknowledging our privilege as health professionals, we seek to utilize our particular skills and perspectives to value, support, and advance the voices and roles of communities systematically marginalized and disproportionately impacted by health and environmental degradation. We feel strongly that the interests and perspectives of low-income communities and communities of color should be lifted up and brought to the forefront because they are essential to achieving a just, healthy, and peaceful world. We work to establish and sustain authentic relationships with organizations, institutions, and individuals who are representative of these communities, recognizing that our involvement must be responsive to the needs and leadership of each group with which we work.

Oregon PSR’s work on diversity, equity, and inclusion includes listening, learning, incorporating a social and environmental justice lens in all of our activity, recruiting a more diverse membership, Board, and staff, and supporting community-of-color and other justice-based organizations by providing accurate information and analyses, assisting with testimony and other issue advocacy, supporting equity-oriented coalitions led by such groups, and publicizing relevant issues and events to our members. We acknowledge that our work on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice is ever-evolving. Our actions will contribute to unified efforts to make our society more just.

This is a living document and we invite your feedback on it.


Oregon PSR Land Acknowledgment Statement

Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing (adopted by Oregon PSR's Board of Directors 5/19/18)

Oregon PSR Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

One element of Oregon PSR's justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion process involves regular discussions of readings, films, exercises, and other resources addressing these issues at our staff, Board, and volunteer work group meetings. Below are some resources that we have found helpful in this ongoing exploration.

White Allies, Let’s Be Honest About Decolonization (Kyle Powys Whyte for YES! Magazine)

Oregon PSR's Deportation and Public Health Factsheet

Racial Justice Assessment Tool (Western States Center)

Racial Justice Dominoes (Western States Center)

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism (Robin DiAngelo)

Broken Treaties (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

A Guide to Gender Identity & Affirmation in the Workplace (Yale University)

How the Women’s March’s “genital based” Feminism Isolated the Transgender Community (Marie Solis)

Principles of Environmental Justice (First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit)

13th (Ava DuVernay)

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (Peggy McIntosh)

Against White Supremacy, Militarism, and False Solutions (OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon)

Portland Isn’t as Liberal as you Think (Zahir Janmohamed)

The Time is Now (Pete Shaw)

Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice (Derald Wing Sue et al)

Public Health and Social Justice Website (Martin Donohoe, MD)

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck)

Scientists Start to Tease Out the Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health  (NPR)

Strategic Framework for a Just Transition (Movement Generation)

Responding to Everyday Bigotry (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Our Town (This American Life)

Un-gentrifying Portland (The Guardian)

How Racism Make Us Sick (David R. Williams)

African Americans Against the Bomb (radio interview with Vincent Intondi)

Detour-Spotting for White Anti‐Racists (Joan Olsson)

100 Ways to Make the World Better for Non-Binary People (AC Dumlao)

White People Assume Niceness is the Answer to Racial Inequality. It's Not. (Robin DiAngelo)

Beauty Is About Looking Like Yourself (ALOK)

Our Hiring Practices are Inequitable and Need to Change (Vu Le)

Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement (USDAC)

Climate Change Ain’t the First Existential Threat: People of Color Know about Building Movements, about Courage, about Survival (Mary Annaïse Heglar)

How to Make Your Social Justice Events Accessible to the Disability Community: A Checklist (S.E. Smith)

I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System (Bobby Constantino)

Invisible Victims (Holly Hunter)

In the Atomic Age, Gender Matters (Gender + Radiation Impact Project)

Nuclear War: Uranium Mining and Nuclear Tests on Indigenous Lands (Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine)

Are You Planning to Do a Land Acknowledgement? (Dr. Debbe Reece)

The Impact of Racism on Children's Health (Perri Klass, MD)

Slavery in America: The 1619 Project (The New York Times)

For Native Americans, Tribal Casinos Help and Hurt (Michelle Tyrene Johnson)

How ICE Picks Its Targets in the Surveillance Age (McKenzie Funk)

The Road to Zero Waste: Lessons and Successes from Around the World (GAIA)

Principles of Working Together (People of Color Environmental Justice Network)

Portland Police More Likely to Arrest, Search Black People than White, Analysis Shows (The Oregonian)

How Racism Could Drive Support for War with Iran (The Nation)

Resources on Allyship and Solidarity (Unist'ot'en Resources on Allyship and Solidarity)

Please Admit You Don't Like Poor People So We Can Move On (Hanna Brooks Olsen, Medium)

White Supremacy Culture (Tema Okun, Dismantling Racism)

Humans Are Not The Virus - Don't Be An Eco-Fascist (Sherronda J. Brown)

Leaning Into Insecurity and Ugliness as an Essential Politic (Da'Shaun Harrison)

When Science and Race Intersect, Beware Scientific Racism (Pallavi Juneja)

There’s Never Been a More Urgent Moment to Build Black Americans’ Trust in the Medical System (Jamilah King)

Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue (American Public Health Association)

Racism and Public Health (American Public Health Association)

Racism Is Killing the Planet (Hop Hopson, Sierra Magazine)

Fossil Fuel Industry Pollutes Black & Brown Communities While Propping Up Racist Policing (Gin Armstrong and Derek Seidman, Eyes on the Ties)

Want to Eliminate Waste? Then Let’s Eliminate Prisons, Too. (Aditi Varshneya)

The Importance of Black Doctors (NPR/OPB)

A Northern Family Confronts Its Slaveholding Past (Katie June-Friesen, Smithsonian Magazine)

Black August Celebrates the History of Black Resistance in the US (Maya Finoh, Teen Vogue)

A Teacher Mispronouncing a Student’s Name Can Have a Lasting Impact (Corey Mitchell,  PBS Newshour)

On Witness and Respair: A Personal Tragedy Followed by Pandemic (Jesmyn Ward, Vanity Fair)

Liberal, progressive — and racist? The Sierra Club faces its white-supremacist history (Daryl Fears and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post)

Albina, Portland, Oregon (1870 - ) (Black Past)

Portland protests: How a 'hyper-liberal' city's racist past is resurfacing (Ashitha Nagesh, BBC News)

The Connection Between Mass Incarceration and Environmental Justice (Nicole Greenfield, NRDC)

Is It Time To Say R.I.P. To 'POC'? (Shereen Marisol Meraji & Natalie Escobar, NPR's Code Switch)

Salmon People: A tribe’s decades-long fight to take down the Lower Snake River dams and restore a way of life (lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times)

On Life Support: Public Health in the Age of Mass Incarceration (David Cloud, Vera Institute of Justice)

Confronting Disproportionate Impacts and Systemic Racism in Environmental Policy (Charles Lee, Environmental Law Institute)

Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality (Johnny Miller, The Guardian)

We Still Don't Know Who the Coronavirus Victims Were (Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic)

The History of Juneteenth (NPR's Fresh Air)

The West Can End the Water Wars Now (Emma Marris, The Atlantic)

Racial bias makes white Americans more likely to support wars in nonwhite foreign countries (Vladimir Enrique Medenica and David Ebner, The Conversation)

Memorial Days: The racial underpinnings of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings (Elaine Scarry, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Between Juneteenth and the Fourth of July (Annette Gordon-Reed, The New York Times)

What do at-risk communities in the Pacific Northwest need to survive the changing climate? (Ray Levi Uyeda, Prism)

Empowering Oregon's Black Farmers (Black Oregon Land Trust, Atmos)

A cool idea for low-income urban areas hard hit by warming climate: More trees (Alex Brown, The Washington Post)

What Will Be the Future of Our Digital Language? (Nanjala Nyabola, The Nation)

How Community Organizing Promotes Health Equity, and How Health Equity Affects Organizing (Manuel Pastor, Veronica Terriquez, & May Lin, Health Affairs)

MLK Was a Radical Who Hated Not Only Racial Subordination But Class Exploitation (Sylvie Laurent, Jacobin Magazine)

New Research Shows How Health Risks to Children Mount as Temperatures Rise (Winston Choi-Schagrin, The New York Times)

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Extreme Heat, Fires, and Floods (The Intercept)

How Ukraine Changed My Advocacy (Christopher Cruz, Inkstick Media)

Integrating a Reproductive Justice Framework in Climate Research (Osub Ahmed, Center for American Progress)

Poor countries are developing a new paradigm of mental health care. America is taking note  (

Native Nations: Voices of Survival (First Nation Frontlines and Al Jazeera)

The Red Nation Podcast Tour 2022: Combatting nuclear colonialism from Tewa Territory (The Red Nation, Red Media, Al Jazeera, Black Leaf Films. Hosted by Justine Teba and Kyon)

Oregon Water Justice Framework (Oregon Water Futures Collective)

Oregon Lawmakers Aim to Expand Voting Rights to Incarcerated Oregonians -- For the Third Time (Abe Asher, Portland Mercury) 

Upstream: Decolonizing Medicine with Rupa Marya and Raj Patel (In Conversation) (Upstream Podcast)

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice (Rupa Marya and Raj Patel)

Did you know that "No Trespassing signs in the U.S. are actually linked to slavery? (AJ+, TikTok)

Green Wave Continues' Across Latin America as Mexican Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion (Common Dreams, Julia Conley)

‎You're Wrong About: What Even Is Justice? with Amanda Knox on Apple Podcasts (You're Wrong About Podcast, Sarah Marshall, and Amanda Knox)

How climate change is fueling alcohol-related hospitalizations (Star Local Media, Zoya Teirstein)

EPA says fire burning inside an L.A. County landfill poses imminent danger, orders action (LA Times, Tony Briscoe)

Puerto Rico declares an emergency as cases of dengue fever spike (Grist, )

Building Resilient Organizations (NYTimes Opinion, Maurice Mitchell)

Building Resilient Organizations (Convergence Magazine, Maurice Mitchell)

The 'Colorblindess' Trap: How a civil rights ideal got hijacked (NYTimes, Nikole Hannah-Jones) 

Native Youth Learn To Heal Their Communities through Mycelium (Civil Eats, Kate Nelson)