Archives: PsySR News

  • In light of new evidence, PsySR has issued a statement condemning APA-CIA collusion on ethics policies and has called for an independent investigation of the APA. Read the Statement »

  • PsySR has become an official partner of the People's Climate March and mobilization taking place in New York City and around the world on September 20th and 21st, 2014. More information is available here.

  • PsySR has signed on to a statement to the UN Human Rights Council calling for a ban on the use of prolonged solitary confinement in the United States. Read the Statement »

  • In response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza, PsySR has issued a call for support for the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. Read Our Statement »

  • PsySR has sent letters to President Obama and Defense Secretary Hagel calling for an end to ongoing abusive interrogation practices permitted by the Army Field Manual. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR has submitted a letter highlighting the severe psychological effects of solitary confinement to the California Joint Legislative Committee Hearing on Solitary Confinement. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR has sent a letter to the Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons urging that former CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou be allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house rather than federal prison. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR has sent a letter to the Ethics Office of the American Psychological Association expressing serious concerns about the decision to close the ethics complaint against former Guantanamo psychologist John Leso. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR has joined other organizations and over 400 health professionals and human rights advocates in urging President Obama to end the force-feeding of hunger-strikers at Guantanamo. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR has joined the ACLU and other organizations in a coalition letter urging Defense Secretary Hagel to end the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR has sent an open letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging him to address the worsening hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay in a manner that respects the concerns and autonomy of the detainees. Read the Letter »

  • In the midst of great sadness over the Newtown shootings and the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in the United States, PsySR’s Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Program has provided the White House’s gun violence task force with three specific recommendations. Read the Letter »

  • Following the December 2012 tragic shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, PsySR has issued a statement calling for determined efforts to address the widespread violence that harms so many children in the U.S. and around the world. Read the Statement »

  • PsySR has issued a statement calling for budget priorities that recognize the critical importance of working together to reduce poverty and inequality in the U.S. Read the Statement »

  • PsySR has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi calling for further investigation into the tragic killing of teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR has issued a statement highlighting the urgent challenges faced by professionals and the public in more broadly advancing psychological health and well-being during this time of growing economic, social, and environmental crisis. Read the Statement »

  • PsySR has issued a statement expressing strong support for the Occupy movements, which serve as a source of inspiration, hope, and unity for millions of citizens while highlighting the deep problems facing our society and illuminating possible ways to address them. Read the Statement »

  • PsySR has issued a statement highlighting the need to limit the excessive protections provided by “corporate personhood” in order to better promote human welfare. Read the Statement »

  • PsySR has joined other organizations in a letter urging President Obama to halt hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), a highly controversial and dangerous method of "natural" gas exploration, until and unless the environmental and health impacts of this process are well understood and the public is adequately protected. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR has joined the Campaign for Peace and Democracy in a statement calling for an end to U.S. support for governmental repression in Bahrain, which has included the arrest of health professionals for providing care to wounded protesters. Read the Statement »

  • PsySR has joined a coalition of 23 organizations in sending a memorandum to the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services opposing language in a bill that would dramatically expand the President's war-making powers. Read the Memo »

  • PsySR has sent a letter (signed by 166 PsySR members) to members of the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, and President Obama expressing deep concern over the impact of proposed budget cuts on the millions of U.S. families and children living in poverty. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR has written a follow-up letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates about the worsening pretrial detention conditions of alleged Wikileaks source PFC Bradley Manning, which now includes the humiliation of forced nudity in addition to solitary confinement for over seven months.Read the Letter »

  • PsySR and Friends of the Earth have released a new report of a joint workshop. It explores the role that psychology -- especially the psychology of human identity -- can play in environmental and social campaigns and communications for transformative change. Read the Report »

  • PsySR has joined other human rights groups in expressing support for Spanish courts considering cases to bring American officials to justice for the crime of torture. Read the Letter »

  • In light of unfolding events in Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and beyond, PsySR has issued a statement calling on U.S. leaders to stand firmly in support of democratic change. Read Our Statement »

  • PsySR has written an open letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates expressing deep concern over the pretrial detention conditions of alleged Wikileaks source PFC Bradley Manning, including solitary confinement, a forced lack of exercise, and possible sleep deprivation. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR has issued a statement, developed by members of the Poverty and Inequality Project, on the urgent need to address poverty and inequality. Read the Statement »

  • In advance of the direct peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Washington, PsySR issued a statement calling on the Government of Israel to end the siege of Gaza and urging health and mental health professionals to join our call. Read Our Statement »

  • PsySR held its 2010 conference "Toward a More Socially Responsible Psychology" in mid-July in Brookline, MA. Videos of Nathaniel Raymond's keynote address and John Crigler's musical performances are available for viewing, as is the conference schedule.

  • From psychological and social justice perspectives, PsySR strongly opposes Arizona's SB 1070, the new state immigration law that allows enforcement officers with “reasonable suspicion” to demand proof of legal residency. Read Our Statement »

  • PsySR has written to the Governor of Puerto Rico and to key officials of the University of Puerto Rico calling for dialogue, negotiations, and non-violence during the ongoing student-led strikes there.

  • PsySR has issued a statement emphasizing the need for dialogue and justice in response to growing revelations about child abuse within the Catholic Church. Read Our Statement »

  • PsySR opposes the proposed U.S. military escalation in Afghanistan. Highlighting key psychological and human rights considerations, we instead call for a heightened focus on development and diplomacy. Read Our Statement »

  • PsySR has joined other human rights groups in a letter to President Obama calling for an investigation of all former U.S. officials allegedly complicit in incidents or policies of torture of detainees housed at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR is honored to have received an award this month from the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) for “Significant Contributions in Advocating Against Torture, and for Working to Change Institutional Policies and Practices That Perpetuate State-Sponsored Torture and Abuses.” Read the Announcement »

  • PsySR urges the American Psychological Association to change course and not hold events at the Manchester Grand Hyatt during the 2010 annual convention in San Diego. Read Our Statement »

  • PsySR has written a letter to Congress calling for strong action on climate change to prevent severe mental health harms. The letter will also be shared with key members of the Obama Administration. Read the Letter »

  • PsySR condemns the prominent participation of psychologists in planning and carrying out the systematic abuse of U.S. detainees in national security settings. We have issued three recent statements calling for an independent commission of inquiry, including an investigation of the American Psychological Association. Learn More »