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Huge grassroots opposition to pink drill bits “for the cure”

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 By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Pinkwashing petition delivery

I delivered your petition signatures to Susan G. Komen along with Dana Dolney of Friends of the Harmed (left) and La’Tasha D. Mayes of New Voices Pittsburgh.

What a month! A few weeks ago, we learned that the world’s largest breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen is in partnership with Baker Hughes, a leading global fracking corporation. Baker Hughes is distributing 1,000 pink drill bits “for the cure” and donating $100,000 to Komen. Read More »

Rally against pinkwashing in Pittsburgh – 10/26

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By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Baker Hughes Pink Drill Bit GraphicI’m headed to Pittsburgh this weekend. Can you join me to take a stand against pinkwashing? Read More »

Pink Drill Bits? Tell Komen to Stop Pinkwashing

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By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Pink drill bits for the cure: unfortunately, not satire.

Pink drill bits for the cure: unfortunately, not satire.

File this under “you can’t make this sh*t up”: Susan G. Komen has partnered with Baker Hughes, a leading global fracking corporation, to distribute 1,000 pink drill bits “for the cure.” This “Doing Our Bit for the Cure” partnership is a classic – and egregious – example of pinkwashing. Read More »

Take Action: Tell Susan G. Komen to Stop Fracking With Our Health

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Pink drill bits for the cure: unfortunately, not satire.

Pink drill bits for the cure: unfortunately, not satire.

By Caitlin Carmody, Online Communications Coordinator

Since news broke yesterday about Susan G. Komen’s partnership with global fracking corporation Baker Hughes, the response has been swift, furious, and huge. Many people have wondered whether these pink drill bits are satire and whether The Onion came up with it. Unfortunately, no and no. Read More »

Susan G. Komen Partners With Global Fracking Corporation to Launch “Benzene and Formaldehyde for the Cure®”

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For immediate release
October 8th, 2014
Contact:  Angela Wall, Communications Director (415) 243-9301 x16 awall@bcaction.org

baker hughes pink drill bitSan Francisco, CA – Breast Cancer Action today thanked Susan G. Komen and Baker Hughes for partnering on the most ludicrous piece of pink sh*t they’ve seen all year – 1,000 shiny pink drill bits. BCAction hailed this partnership as the most egregious example of “pinkwashing” they’ve ever seen and heartily lauded Komen and Baker Hughes for doing their bit to increase women’s risk of breast cancer with their toxic fracking chemicals. Read More »

NFL’s “Crucial Catch” Campaign = Fumble

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Karuna Jaggar headshotThis op-ed was originally published in The Guardian on October 5, 2014.

By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director 

Like many other large brand names, the National Football League has long tried to use its alleged commitment to breast cancer to distract the public from its misdeeds around this time of year – particularly concerning women. Don’t look at the unchecked domestic and sexual violence, the extraordinarily high rates of brain disease that ruin careers and families, or the poor pay and working conditions for cheerleaders. Look over here at this enormous pink ribbon on the field! Look at the players wearing pink helmets and gloves and shoes! You can even buy your own! See how much we care about women?! Read More »

We don’t need more empty awareness – we need action

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Christie AllenBy Christie Allen, Breast Cancer Action member

My name is Christie Allen. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at the age of 32. I was going to skip October this year – I’ve had enough pink. But instead, I’m taking a stand against the pink ribbon distraction and I want you to join me. Read More »

Think Before You Pink® – Stop the Distraction

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Karuna Jaggar headshotBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

It’s Breast Cancer Industry Month and the pink floodgates have opened. And again we ask: what have all these pink ribbon products and promotions done for women living with and at risk of breast cancer?

Together, over the years, we’ve changed the landscape of pink ribbon marketing. Pinkwashing is now a household word. People understand that you always have to “follow the money” in pink ribbon marketing. We’ve exposed the hypocrisy in pink ribbon fundraising and achieved some momentous wins against corporations. Read More »

Register for our free “Think Before You Pink®” webinar

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thinkbeforeyoupinklogoBy Annie Sartor, Policy and Campaigns Coordinator

Have you been angry and frustrated for years about pink ribbon promotions? Have you just started to feel uncomfortable about pink ribbon products but you’re not quite sure why? Are you looking for a positive outlet for your frustration with pink in October? Read More »

Pinktober is coming

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Karuna Jaggar headshotBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

We are one week and counting until the floodgates open on Pinktober. Get ready for a month of slick corporate profiteering, meaningless pink ribbon products and “awareness.” Read More »

The next five years at Breast Cancer Action

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Huff Post headshot. nov 2013By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

As we head into our 25th anniversary year at Breast Cancer Action and the 12th year of our Think Before You Pink® campaign, I’m excited to share our new strategic plan with you.  Read More »

“How Fracking Impacts Public Health” with Dr. Sandra Steingraber

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Don't Frack With Our Health LogoIf you have ever wondered what all the fuss and opposition to fracking is about, then mark your calendar. On Wednesday, July 23rd Dr. Sandra Steingraber is coming to San Francisco, CA. Read More »

The truth about breast cancer

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There is nothing comforting, secure, soft or reassuring about breast cancer. The reality is doctor’s visits, radiation appointments, chemo infusions and their aftermath. And there’s always the uncertainty of recurrence.

Breast Cancer Action is NOT like most mainstream breast cancer organizations. We aren’t afraid to stand up and speak out about the uncomfortable realities of this disease and we don’t cover up the hard issues with pretty pink ribbons.  Read More »

Get Your ticket to “Acting Out” on May 1st

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You’re in luck!

We still have a few tickets to our 2nd annual Acting Out – For The Health of It variety show and benefit event on Thursday, May 1st in San Francisco. If you don’t live in the Bay Area or can’t join us this time, you can still participate. Share this information with your friends via email, Facebook or Twitter and make a tax-deductible donation in lieu of a ticket to support our work.

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No Gold Stars for Avon this Time

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annie sartorBy Annie Sartor, Policy and Campaigns Coordinator

Earlier this month, Avon announced that they plan to remove the chemical triclosan from their line of beauty and personal care products. Sounds like good news, right? Avon’s announcement, at first glance, represents progress for those of us who care about the many synthetic chemicals in cosmetics and other daily use items that are linked to increased risk for health harms. Not so fast – I’m withholding my gold star for Avon and here’s why. Read More »

Get tickets for our “Acting Out” variety show – May 1st in San Francisco

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Our 2nd annual Acting Out – For The Health of It event is on Thursday, May 1st. Join the local BCAction community at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco to enjoy a variety show featuring great performances from comedians, authors, musicians, and dance troupes, all of whom share your commitment to women’s health.  Read More »

Join Us at “Seeing Red: The Truth About Pink Ribbons” in Boston

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PinkRibbonsIncPosterIf you live in the Boston area, join us for an excerpt screening of the hard-hitting documentary, Pink Ribbons, Inc., followed by a panel discussion on the current politics of breast cancer and how to take action to make a real impact on the breast cancer epidemic. This lively and interactive evening will be facilitated by WGBH radio and TV host, Callie Crossley. Read More »

We need your input!

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As we develop our new strategic plan for the next five years, we really want to hear from YOU.

We know that breast cancer impacts all of us. So please, whether you are caring for or have lost a loved one, are living with breast cancer, are a healthcare professional, if you care about healthy environments, social justice, improved healthcare, if you are concerned in any way about how the breast cancer movement is working to address and end this epidemic, we want to hear from YOU. Please, tell us what you think!

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Make your year-end donation today!

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We cannot be bought. We will always put patients before corporate profits. And we depend on you. Make your year-end donation now.

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Donate today to put patients before corporate profits

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With your support, Breast Cancer Action has been leading the call for accountability and transparency in the breast cancer movement for 23 years. After decades of awareness campaigns and billions of dollars, we still have an epidemic on our hands. Too many women are still being diagnosed with and dying from breast cancer.  Read More »

$20 in the Pink Pumpkin for Breast Cancer

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By Jodi Burton, BCAction member

I flew on Delta Airlines this October and the airline was ALL about breast cancer and pink ribbons. I arrived in Minneapolis to change planes. Before passengers boarded onto their connecting flight, flight attendants brought out a shellacked pink pumpkin, got on the public address system, and asked people to donate $10′s and $20′s (preferably), “just stick it in the pumpkin.” It felt like a shakedown. Read More »

Toxic Time is Up! We Delivered Nearly 32,000 Signatures Demanding an End to Pinkwashing

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By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

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BCAction staff and members deliver nearly 32,000 signatures to Senator Barbara Boxer. Thank you for joining us in demanding strong regulation of toxic chemicals that harm our health.

In just one month nearly 32,000 people from across the country signed our Toxic Time is Up petition. That’s more than 1,000 people per day during October who joined together to demand an end to pinkwashing by removing cancer-causing chemicals from our daily lives. Read More »

We Can’t Waste Another October: End Pinkwashing and Stop Cancer Before It Starts

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karuna2By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

We are more than halfway through October and pink ribbon products abound. Even the bottle cap for a non-breast cancer prescription from Walgreens comes with a pink ribbon on it. Each year, my outrage grows over companies that put pink ribbons on absolutely anything in the name of breast cancer, and this year here they are again: cleaning agents, groceries, toilet paper, office supplies, beauty products, apparel, alcohol. You name it; odds are you can find a pink ribbon option. Read More »

Would You Like Some Breast Cancer With Your Purchase?

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Tania KatanBy Tania Katan, Author of My One Night Stand With Cancer, comedic performer, and proud BCAction member

“Would you like a dose of breast cancer with your purchase ma’am?”

This sounds like an absurd question, but that’s exactly what we’re being asked every time we buy perfume, plastic water bottles, fried chicken, and other pink products stamped with the iconic pink ribbon.

My name is Tania Katan, and this October, I signed the Toxic Time Is Up petition because I believe eliminating toxins from our daily lives will make a huge difference to stop cancer before it starts.

As someone who has endured breast cancer two times, I am outraged that all too often, the pink products sold to us under the guise of “finding a cure,” or “raising awareness,” or “research” contain the very chemicals that can CAUSE cancer in the first place! Read More »

An end to pinkwashing, once and for all

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annie sartorBy Annie Sartor
Policy and Campaigns Coordinator, Breast Cancer Action

Why is the breast cancer epidemic still raging after 30 years of “awareness” and pink ribbon products?

Each year, corporations pack the shelves with pink ribbon products, surrounding us with “breast cancer awareness” messages. These products help to raise billions of dollars in the name of breast cancer, and yet more than 40,000 women in the U.S. still die of the disease every year. And many corporations sell pink ribbon products in the name of breast cancer that actually contain chemicals linked to an increased risk of the disease. At Breast Cancer Action, we call this blatant hypocrisy “pinkwashing.” Read More »

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