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CHANGE FOR GOOD
The killing of George Floyd
With the killing of George Floyd and repeated acts violence against people of color, PSR Maine stands with the American Medical Association, other leading medical associations, and PSR National and PSR chapters denouncing police brutality and racism in all forms.
We believe that in order to protect the health of all Mainers and to achieve health, economic, and social equity we must raise our voices and stand together by voting and sharing these messages with policy makers and others.
“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.” – Kofi Annan
Be well and stay in touch
As you may be aware, while we are grappling with the pandemic, efforts by the Trump Administration are moving forward to gut environmental protections, promote fossil fuel production, and continue building and deploying new nuclear weapons.
These rollbacks further endanger human health and will worsen the existing health disparities experienced by communities of color who are now suffering higher rates of Covid-19 infections.
When we stand together, we can protect our families and friends no matter where they work, live, learn, or play. You can keep in touch by signing up for our action alerts (at top of this page) or by following us on www.facebook.com/PSRMaine/ or Twitter @PSRMaine.
Stay safe and be well.
PSR Maine releases new report
Maine voters overwhelmingly are worried about
pesticide exposures to children and pets and want action
The new report released in early February 2020, finds that a strong majority of Maine voters (72%) are worried about their children’s and pets’ health from exposures to pesticides. An equally strong majority (71%) say they support bans on pesticides that are applied only for cosmetic purposes. Only a very small percentage of those surveyed (9%) believe that pesticides should be used without restrictions.
We know that dangerous exposures to pesticides are associated with childhood cancers like leukemia, learning disabilities and behavioral problems associated with medical conditions like ADHD. And the only way forward is to prevent exposures especially to children who are most vulnerable because their bodies and brains are still developing.