The Loft Cinema: (Theater 3)
3233 East Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ
Sunday, January 5, 2020
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
First film [short] Justin Clifton’s “Unnecessary Evil”
Featured film: Circle of Poison
Short Q & A Afterwards
PSR-Arizona [Physicians for Social Responsibility] is sponsoring two films: a short [9.5 min] “Unnecessary Evil” by Justin Clifton, about uranium mines tailings pollution in the Colorado River affecting the Havasupai First Nations peoples in Arizona. Followed by “Circle of Poison”, a 71 minute documentary about agro-pesticide pollution in international lands in India, Argentina and Mexico. Film is narrated by David Weir, RPCV [Returned Peace Corps Volunteer] from Afghanistan. This also effects US food consumption and First Nation lands.
PSR-AZ and IITC [International Indian Treaty Council] co-sponsor these films for a free screening, Sunday, January 5th, at 4pm at The LOFT in Tucson. The proximity of pesticide use in Yaqui communities in Sonora Mexico near to Tucson, as well as other international locales make this a poignant film for Tucson audiences.
The films illustrate corporate malfeasance, circular lobbying rotations in DC, and health effects of unjust environmental practices. PSR-AZ links the environmental and nuclear industries as significant polluters.
A powerful exposé in the January 21 Rolling Stone magazine has found that wastewater from many oil and gas wells is dangerously radioactive. Nearby residents, the local environment, and especially oil and gas industry employees may be exposed to toxic levels of radiation—but most people are totally unaware.
Please join us for a PSR webinar with Justin Nobel, the reporter whose two-year investigation culminated in these explosive revelations.
Mr. Nobel found, through hundreds of interviews with scientists, environmentalists, regulators, and workers, “a sweeping arc of [radioactive] contamination—oil-and-gas waste spilled, spread, and dumped across America…”
Radium is typically the most abundant radioactive substance in oil and gas wastewater, and it is so dangerous that it is subject to tight restrictions even at hazardous-waste sites. Yet today, radium-bearing wastewater, as Mr. Nobel writes, is transported along America’s highways in unmarked trucks; handled by workers who are often misinformed and under protected; leaked into waterways; and stored in dumps that are not equipped to contain the toxicity. [It] has even been used in commercial products sold at hardware stores and is spread on local roads as a de-icer.
Learn more about this shocking public health threat at our webinar:
“Radioactive Fracking Wastewater: A Chilling Threat to Health”
Featuring Justin Nobel, investigative journalist
Wednesday, February 19
8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern
I look forward to you joining us.
Director, Environment & Health