251156 Global tsunamis 2011: Japan, Egypt, Wisconsin, Libya and US Immigration. From nuclear reactor breach to breaching workers rights; from breathtaking people's revolution to a revolting third US military front; from guaranteeing liberties for corporate “persons” to persecuting immigrant families. Truth and consequences in our inter-dependent lives; lessons learned and to be learned for public health

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:50 PM

Hillel W. Cohen, MPH, DrPH , Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
C. Lanny Smith, MD, MPH, DTM&H , Depts of Medicine and Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Eyewitness presenters from Japan, Egypt Wisconsin , Varried, Varied, Bronx, NY
Instant electronic communications and a globalized economy underscore the interconnectedness of events all over the planet. The leaking reactors in Japan were made by General Electric and the danger of radioactive contamination threatens the whole world's atmosphere and oceans. Students and workers in Madison took inspiration from protestors in Cairo in the struggle against military and corporate power for democratic and economic rights. Corporations have been given the rights of “persons” to use enormous wealth to buy elections while some conspire to repeal the 14th Amendment that gives rights of persons to real people born in the U.S. even if their parents are undocumented immigrants. The same corporations demand the right to do business without regulation anywhere in the globe but would restrict rights of workers to come here seeking a livelihood. And while the federal, state and city governments claim that lack of money necessitates cutbacks in health, education, food aid and necessary social services, the Pentagon has launched another multi-billion dollar military adventure in Libya to add to the trillions wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan while more civilians will be killed in the name of “saving civilians.” The seemingly disparate crises of 2011 have a common connection. In each, the interests of corporate power and concentrated wealth are arrayed on one side against the health and welfare of the great majority of people on the other. Whether meaningful advances in public health for the world's peoples can be achieved will depend on which side prevails.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
After the session, learners will be able identify the connections between the nuclear crisis in Japan, the resistance to tyranny in Egypt and the resistance to attacks on immigrants' rights and on workers rights in Wisconsin. Learners will be able to differentiate between the aid given by the U.S. to the Egyptian regime and the U.S. military intervention in the civil war in Libya. Further, learners will be able to assess the impact of these crises on public health in the U.S. and around the world.

Keywords: Environmental Justice, Immigrants

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have researched the topic and have been an active participant in the issues
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.