This call was a discussion with the executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles (PSR-LA), Martha Arguello examines our broken chemical safety system and offers solutions to protect our health and the environment, including tools for building effective partnerships. Martha works at the intersections of health, the environment and social justice to advocate for effective policy change.
For the past 32 years, Martha has served in the non-profit sector as an advocate, community organizer, and coalition builder. She joined Physicians for Social Responsibility- Los Angeles (PSR-LA) in 1998 to launch the environmental health programs, and became Executive Director in November 2007. While working as a health educator in the 1990s, Martha had an epiphany — she realized that although early detection can prevent death from breast cancer, it does not prevent breast cancer, which has been increasingly linked to the exposure of environmental toxicants. Since that realization, Martha has dedicated her career to the environmental justice movement, and has lectured nationwide on the use of precautionary principle policies.