July 13, 2010

Dear PSR member and supporter,

Sixty five years ago, the twin nuclear explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed approximately 210,000 people, and left those who survived the blasts vulnerable to numerous chronic health effects, including the development of cancer. Please join us and our community partners at the Hiroshima Day commemoration rally at Livermore on Friday August 6th. See the 65th Anniversary information in this blog.

As part of this year’s commemoration of this horrendous, world-altering event, PSR is joining community partners in sponsoring the SF-Bay Area premiere screening of Countdown to Zero, a compelling documentary about the escalating global nuclear arms crisis that recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival. It was produced by Academy Award winner Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth, Inglourious Basterds) and written and directed by Lucy Walker (The Devil’s Playground, Blind Sight).

The movie traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possess nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of failed diplomacy, terrorism, or a simple accident. Countdown to Zero makes a strong case for the abolition of nuclear weapons while creating an opportunity to bring this issue to households around the country.

We urge you not to miss this film, and to bring your friends to the local screenings sponsored by SF Bay Area PSR in San Francisco on Friday, July 30th, 7:30pm and in Berkeley on Saturday, July 31st, 7:30pm.  Purchase tickets directly at www.landmarktheatres.com.

After the film join us on our blog (http://psrblog.wordpress.com/) to discuss your reactions to the film, including any thoughts you have about how effectively and completely it addresses our common nuclear dangers, and how useful you think it is for raising awareness for the need to abolish nuclear weapons. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the screenings.

Sincerely yours,

Robert M. Gould, M.D.