Last month, we talked about the unique role our government plays in regulating toxins and chemicals so they don’t make it into our food chain, our water, the air we breathe and the beauty and cleaning products we use all day, every day. This month, we invite you to participate in our free webinar, featuring two of our partners—the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and the Environmental Working Group, to present “Toxic Cosmetics Part II: Demanding Stronger Regulation.” Read More
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Thank you to the thousands of Breast Cancer Action members who took action during this year’s Think Before You Pink ® campaign, “It’s an Epidemic, Stupid!” You are awesome.
Activists like you across the country asked elected officials in all 50 states (as well as DC and Puerto Rico) to support our 2012 Breast Cancer Action Mandate for Government Action. Read More »
By Britta Reida, Breast Cancer Action member
Ah, October. The month I, and most other breast cancer survivors I know, dread. Why can’t October be about beautiful foliage, pumpkins, and cozy sweaters in the crisp, autumn air? Why does October have to be a time when we’re all drowning in a sea of pink ribbons?
There are multiple things that bother me about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One is that not only are we supposed to think that shopping is the best way to fight breast cancer (it’s really not), but many of the pink ribbon products actually contain chemicals that could give us cancer. What?! Read More »
Last week New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced, to great fanfare, guidelines for best practices in breast cancer cause marketing (finally!).
And in equally great fanfare, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation touted their ‘sign-on’ with the Attorney General. These “best practices” came after a yearlong review of pink ribbon campaigns found that consumers often don’t have sufficient information to understand where the money from their purchases is really going. We could have told them that 10 years ago—and we did! Read More »
Ever since I was diagnosed with stage II invasive breast cancer three years ago, it seems I’ve become quite popular. I’ve never had a shortage of party invitations, but since my breast was removed and all my hair fell out,the invitations just haven’t stopped coming.
October seems to be a particularly popular month for festivities. Just last week I was asked if I wanted to be a model in a fashion show for an event benefitting local breast cancer non-profits. Music! Food! Drinks! Dancing! And a few weeks ago, I was invited to come celebrate my survivorship aboard a cruise ship docked in Seattle. The party promised to be oodles of fun, complete with pink balloons and pink frosted cupcakes. Read More »
During the second presidential debate on Tuesday, we saw Ann Romney and Michelle Obama sporting almost identical pepto pink outfits. No one said “breast cancer,” but everyone got the tacit pink nod to Breast Cancer Industry Month. Read More »
We’re excited to celebrate a decade of Think Before You Pink® campaigns with you at our second annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink – Food for Thought dinner.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, please join us next Thursday, October 25th for an evening of culinary delight, fantastic silent auction prizes and inspiring company.
If you live outside the area, make sure to tell local friends and family about it. And please let us know if you’d like to help host a similar event in your area. Read More »
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Nancy’s blog, Nancy’s Point. Thank you, Nancy, for letting us reprint it here.
What’s wrong with the pink ribbon anyway?
I’ve been asked this question more than a few times. It seems like a fair question, so I thought I’d share some thoughts about why the pink ribbon has lost its appeal to many, including me.
There’s nothing wrong with pink. There’s nothing wrong with ribbons.
Pink is just a color and ribbons are just ribbons… Read More »
Having trouble swallowing all the pink ribbon BS again this year? Well, I can promise you that our delicious Food for Thought dinner is guaranteed pink ribbon free and between the food and the program line-up, we’ll whet your appetite in more ways than one. Read More »
By Yvonne Watterson
Editor’s Note: A similar version of this post was originally published on Yvonne’s blog, Time to Consider the Lilies.
It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. President Obama proclaimed it so on October 1, 2012. For added emphasis, the North Portico of the White House was illuminated pink for one evening. Basking in a ubiquitous pink glow, America’s most famous house reconfirms the power of the organization that bears the name of Nancy Brinker’s dead sister, Susan G. Komen, to deliver what Brinker once described as “conventional messages in unconventional ways in unexpected environments.” Given this logic, perhaps the presidential debate was “too conventional” a venue to raise the issue of women’s health. Read More »
I caught Ellen last Monday afternoon rather accidentally. I was immediately struck by how the entire episode had been doused in the baby pink popularly associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am not being exceptionally observant here. If you had your head in the sand and you were living under a rock, you could not miss it! If you visit the show’s website this month, you will see the ribbon encircling the brand name, equating Ellen with awareness. If you tune into the show, you will also see the pink-themed activities designed to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s “research.” [Note: information regarding how much of the show’s proceeds will go to Komen and exactly how they will use these funds is not readily available on the show or its website]. One such activity consists of a glass dunk tank decorated with a pink background and a huge Shutterfly logo where Ellen will convince various celebrity guests to be soaked in order to raise money for breast cancer research. Read More »
There were a lot of words we didn’t hear during the presidential debate last night, “breast cancer” being two of them. “Women” was also conspicuously absent, as was “women’s health.” “Environment” “poverty” “immigration” ”affordable housing” and “inequality” also took a backseat to lengthy lectures on tax plans and market-based healthcare solutions.
Were we naïve to have expected breast cancer be discussed in last night’s presidential debate? If you consider asking three men to make a women’s health issue a priority, perhaps; however, it’s not naïve if you face the stark reality that breast cancer is a public health epidemic for which the leading risk factor in the U.S. is being a woman. Read More »
By Angela Wall, Communications Manager
Today marks the official launch of this year’s Think Before You Pink ® campaign “It’s an Epidemic, Stupid!” As we head into November’s election, we urge everyone concerned about breast cancer to demand representatives from every state support the 2012 Breast Cancer Action Mandate for Government Action. We need to move beyond “awareness” and pink ribbons to demand candidates and elected officials take real action on breast cancer, by initiating and supporting independent research and strong regulation to turn the tide on this epidemic. Read More »
Tickets are going fast for our sneak peek benefit screening of Pink Ribbons, Inc. next Thursday, May 31st, in San Francisco. Critics are calling this hard-hitting documentary “powerful” and “subversive”. Join us! Bring your friends. We promise you’ll never see a pink ribbon the same way again. Read More »
What’s in that ice cream you’re eating? Or the cheese that’s on your sandwich? In fact, what’s in your milk? Ironically it’s not just milk, and that may surprise you. All over the country, we’re being exposed to recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), an artificial growth hormone given to dairy cows to stimulate milk production. All this exposure despite the fact that rBGH has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer. Read More »
Does the name Charlotte Haley sound familiar to you? Until recently, I had no idea who she was, despite being a former oncology nurse. I’ve spent my life alongside women diagnosed with breast cancer. And yet Charlotte’s story was completely unknown to me.
Charlotte Haley should be one of the most famous women in the world. Everyone touched by breast cancer should know her story. Read More »
By Karuna Jaggar, BCAction Executive Director
How do you turn a tide? How do you change a whole movement? How do you convince multitudes of people that to do great good, we need to make great change? Read More »
By Kellea Miller, BCAction Board of Directors
“There is a thin line between raising money for a good cause and using a good cause to raise money.”
On February 1st, many of us lost our faith in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Komen had just pulled its funding for Planned Parenthood, one of the few places for women to receive low-cost breast cancer screenings. Women across the country spoke out in surprise and disbelief. One of my aunts wrote on her Facebook page, “If this is true I am shocked!” Read More »
Billions of dollars have been raised through the tireless efforts of women and men devoted to putting an end to breast cancer. Yet, breast cancer rates in North America have risen to 1 in 8. “What’s going on?” asks our former Executive Director Barbara Brenner in Pink Ribbons, Inc. a new film now playing across Canada and debuting in the U.S. this year. Read More »
Beverly Canin, breast cancer activist and member of BCAction Board of Directors, recently co-authored a great opinion piece on Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood. Read More »
Over the last few weeks people like you, from all walks of life issued a wake up call to the world: women’s health comes before political and corporate agendas. If we’re taking a serious look at the motives behind breast cancer fundraising let’s be honest: pink ribbon vodka and pink buckets of fried chicken won’t end this epidemic.
And, every time a company slaps a pink ribbon on a product that increases our risk of breast cancer, corporate profits come before women’s health. Contributing to and then profiting from a disease that kills 40,000 women a year is wrong and it’s time we put an end to it! Read More »
Komen’s Planned Parenthood Decision a Victory, But a Small One: Challenging the Status Quo of Breast Cancer
Women’s healthcare is under assault once again. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is pulling all funding for Planned Parenthood, an outrageous decision that threatens women’s access to vital health services. But what’s particularly concerning is this funding cut will impact underserved communities most. Read More »
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director
I’ve been closely watching the Occupy movement both locally and as it’s spread across the nation over the past few months. I’m inspired by the coming together of all these people to make systemic changes and I am repeatedly struck by the parallels between Occupy’s mission and Breast Cancer Action’s work to challenge polluters and pinkwashersand our actions to put patients before profit. Read More »