The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A National Call for a Moral Revival

Read my latest op-ed, published on the Common Dreams website and the Baystate Banner.  The mass meeting at Boston’s historic Trinity Church on October 19 was packed with men, women, and children, rich and poor, of all races and ethnicities. The jazz band warmed up, a piano, bass guitar, and drums. And we sang, call and response: Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on … Continue reading The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A National Call for a Moral Revival

Global Health: What’s in It for Us?

I enjoyed Satish Gopal’s new essay in JAMA, entitled “Global Health: What’s in It for Us?” In the essay, he explores why we do the international work we do, in the context of his daughter’s bout with cerebral malaria. This is the nightmare of many of us with children and who do global health work. Thankfully, his daughter was cured of malaria and did fine, … Continue reading Global Health: What’s in It for Us?

Ira Helfand’s Letter in the New York Times

‘Living on Borrowed Time’: Eliminate Nuclear Arms To the Editor: Re “Don’t Ban the Bomb” (column, Oct. 7): Bret Stephens repeats the tired refrain that nuclear weapons are necessary for our security and that the call for their elimination is dangerous and unrealistic. He writes as if these weapons have some magical quality that keeps them from ever being used, and he omits any discussion … Continue reading Ira Helfand’s Letter in the New York Times

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons awarded 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

WASHINGTON, DC (October 6, 2017) – Today, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work bringing forward the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)’s international federation, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), founded ICAN in 2007. ICAN mobilized more than 400 NGOs across 100 countries to … Continue reading International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons awarded 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Professors, physicians and activists call for anti-nuke action

HADLEY — A global political landscape destabilized by climate change would increase the risk of a nuclear war, activist Dr. Ira Helfand said at the “Climate Change and the Growing Risk of Nuclear War” symposium on Saturday. More than 130 people attended the daylong event at the Hadley Farms conference center. It was sponsored by the local chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a national … Continue reading Professors, physicians and activists call for anti-nuke action