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#GivingTuesday – Your Gift Will Be Matched!

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By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

giving-tuesday-sidebarToday is #GivingTuesday, and thanks to some very generous members, every dollar you donate to Breast Cancer Action will be matched up to $20,000. Donate now to double the impact of your gift.  Read More »

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!

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By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

giving-tuesday-save-the-date-2016Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, and several our committed and generous members will match every dollar you donate to Breast Cancer Action up to $20,000.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back during the consumerism of the holiday season. We are a small organization and we raise a large portion of our funding during this time of the year. This is a great opportunity to double the impact of your donation. Read More »

Thank YOU for a Powerful Pinktober

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Karuna-Jaggar-2015 smallBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

A lot has happened in the last week. If you haven’t read my take on the presidential election, you can do so here. We are going to need you more than ever, and I want to show you what you accomplished just last month because you stood up for what’s right.  Read More »

5 DAYS LEFT to say “Toxic Isn’t Tasty”

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There are only 5 days left in Pinktober to tell Bee Sweet Citrus and Wonderful Citrus that “Toxic Isn’t Tasty.” Thousands of people have been calling on these citrus companies to stop pinkwashing and stop using oil wastewater to irrigate their citrus. Read More »

As a Young Person with Cancer, I Urge Bee Sweet and Wonderful to Stop Using Oil Wastewater to Irrigate their Citrus

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hannah_lyon_headshotBy Hannah Lyon, cervical cancer thriver, co-founder of CancerFam.org, BCAction California Cancer Fracktivist

I’m just shy of 30, and I have advanced cervical cancer. Last year, I lost a 23-year-old friend to cancer.

My friends are living with and dying from cancer as our generation stands up to protect our environment. Young adult cancer rates are at an all-time high and correlate to the rise of chemicals in our surroundings. Oil extraction pollutes the air, water and soil. And now, agricultural companies are allowing it to potentially pollute our food? Read More »

Unappetizing New Report About Chemicals Used in Oil Operations

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By Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator

Halos boxWhile we’ve been calling on Bee Sweet Citrus and Wonderful Citrus to stop pinkwashing – using oil wastewater to irrigate their oranges while running pink ribbon promotions – a group of independent scientists has been taking a closer look at the chemicals used in the oil operations that supply this wastewater. And their findings are quite unappetizing.
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I Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Wonderful Halos®

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alma-busby-williams-head-shotBy Alma Busby-Williams, BCAction Community Leader for Change

There are a lot of things I worry about daily. I am the parent of a 20-year-old black man, who attends college in Olympia, WA, where two unarmed young black men were recently shot by the police for stealing beer from Safeway. I am also the mother of a 29-year-old black woman, who happens to be a popular blogger about racism and has been on the receiving end of a lot of vicious cyber-threats. And I often worry about the environment, and what we’re eating, and breathing. And lastly, I worry that if I worry, my breast cancer will return. Read More »

Pinkwashers are feeling squeezed

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By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

200pxedited-bee-sweet-bagYour voices are being heard!
You’ve been telling Bee Sweet Citrus and Wonderful Citrus to stop watering their citrus with oil wastewater, and they’ve been feeling your pressure! Read More »

Wonderful Citrus Writes Wonderfully Misleading Email to our Members, While Bee Sweet Citrus Blocks Them

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Alyssa Figueroa 2015 for EALERTBy Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator

We’re just four days into “Toxic Isn’t Tasty,” our 2016 Think Before You Pink® campaign, and already our corporate targets are feeling the pressure. Since Tuesday, hundreds of you have sent letters to Wonderful Citrus and Bee Sweet Citrus demanding that they stop pinkwashing and stop watering our food with oil wastewater.

After just one day, Bee Sweet Citrus blocked our members from sending them emails. Even though Bee Sweet uses a pink ribbon on their products and claims to care about women affected by breast cancer, they apparently have no desire to actually hear from them. But that won’t stop us from standing up to this pinkwasher. Rest assured, we will still be delivering your letters to Bee Sweet, so make sure to take action! Read More »

Tell These Pinkwashers: “Toxic Isn’t Tasty!”

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Oily OrangesBee Sweet Citrus and Wonderful Citrus, the U.S.’s largest citrus grower and the company behind Halos® mandarins, are using leftover wastewater from oil corporations to irrigate their citrus—while also using pink ribbons to sell them. Read More »

How to Prep for #Pinktober

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Alyssa Figueroa 2015 for EALERTBy Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator

In just 5 days, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or as we like to call it, Breast Cancer Industry Month will be upon us. Store shelves are already filling up with pink ribbon products, and it will only get worse come October 1st. Companies will be trying to gain customer loyalty and increase their sales by pinkifying their merchandise.

We need your help this Pinktober to make the breast cancer movement more accountable to women by exposing companies that are pinkwashing—and the organizations that are enabling them. Pinkwashing is a term we coined back in 2002 as part of our Think Before You Pink® campaign to describe when a company claims to care about women with breast cancer but is selling products that can increase our risk of the disease. Read More »

“Don’t Pink for Me!”

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By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Dont Pink for Me logoBreast Cancer Industry Month (aka October) is around the corner; soon store shelves will be loaded with pink ribbon products, from bread loaves to nail clippers.

Too often, pink ribbon promotions do more for corporations’ bottom line than women living with breast cancer. We hear from a lot of our members that they’re sick of this hypocrisy, and don’t want their friends and family to buy pink stuff for them – but they still want to do something. Read More »

Foodies & activists – don’t miss this great event!

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IAnnWheat&Crewsmallerf you like to eat delicious food and mingle with fierce women’s health activists, you don’t want to miss our 6th annual Action Speaks Louder Than Pink – Food for Thought event. Get your ticket today! Read More »

Free Webinar: A Closer Look at Breast Cancer Walks

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Alyssa Figueroa 2015 for EALERTBy Alyssa Figueroa, Breast Cancer Action Campaigns Coordinator

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come together to participate in breast cancer walks and runs in cities across the U.S.

Some of these walks have become huge affairs that are hosted by multi-million dollar charities and sponsored by multi-billion dollar corporations that raise millions to “end breast cancer.” And yet each year in the U.S., 250,000 women still get diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 women still die of this disease. Given the huge amounts of money being raised from these events, why weren’t we making more progress on breast cancer? Read More »

4 Questions to Ask Before You Walk for Breast Cancer

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Karuna Jaggar 2015 croppedBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Action

In a few weeks, breast cancer industry giants like Komen and Avon will kick off their annual breast cancer walks and runs. But before you lace up your sneakers or pull out your checkbook, be sure to exercise your mind by asking these 4 questions. Read More »

Celebrating the Publication of “So Much to be Done: The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner”

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So Much to Be Done Book CoverIt’s almost here! We’re celebrating that So Much to Be Done: The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner will be released on May 1st by University of Minnesota Press.

Barbara Brenner was a hell-raiser of the first order. As Breast Cancer Action’s executive director for 15 years, she was a powerful advocate for women living with and at risk of breast cancer. Her wit, clarity, and courage put BCAction on the map as a radical women’s health activist organization. Read More »

Honor your loved one with a monthly gift

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By Ellen Schwerin, BCAction member and daughter of former Board member Susan Stone

Susan Stone Circle sidebar smallMy family is too familiar with breast cancer. My mom, Susan Stone, died of the disease in 2002 when I was 31, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer five years later. I was devastated by mom’s death, and I hated that I had to go through my own diagnosis without her.

In the years before my mom died, she was a passionate member of Breast Cancer Action’s Board of Directors. In BCAction, she found a community and a cause that was deeply important to her. To honor my mom’s leadership and activism, after she died, BCAction established a monthly giving circle in her honor: the Susan Stone Circle. Read More »

Where does the pink ribbon $$ go?

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By Marie Bautista, Development Officer

Marie Bautista donation sidebar smallWhen my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, I felt helpless and confused.  Her sister had died from the disease just nine months before, which made my mom’s diagnosis that much scarier. Instead of just worrying, I wanted to do something. So like many others, I began to purchase pink ribbon products and participated in a pink ribbon run. Read More »

#GivingTuesday – Your Donation Will Be Doubled!

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Giving Tuesday 2015I’m Susan, a fellow Breast Cancer Action member, and I will match your donation to Breast Cancer Action if you donate between now and midnight tomorrow. Give today so I can double your impact! Read More »

Thank You For Helping Change the Status Quo in Breast Cancer

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thank you 2015 emailFrom all of us here at Breast Cancer Action, THANK YOU.

Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for your fierce, passionate, committed activism. Thank you for the big and small ways you work to address and end the breast cancer epidemic. Read More »

Heads Up – Dec. 1st is Giving Tuesday!

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Karuna-Jaggar-2015 smallBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Get ready – on #GivingTuesday, a generous donor will match every dollar you donate to Breast Cancer Action up to $25,000, in honor of our 25th anniversary year.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back during the consumerism of the holiday season and this is a great opportunity to double your donation. Read More »

A Powerful Pinktober—Not Stopping Until Our Work Is Done!

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Karuna Jaggar 2015 croppedBy Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

This Pinktober, you helped expose the American Cancer Society and the Personal Care Products Council as pinkwashers for giving cancer patients toxic cosmetics. Your powerful voices, actions and stories said loud and clear that “Poison Isn’t Pretty” and you revealed the truth about their hallmark Look Good, Feel Better® program. Read More »

3 DAYS LEFT to Take Action this Pinktober!

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By BCAction staff

For more than two decades, the American Cancer Society and the Personal Care Products Council have been bombarding cancer patients with toxic cosmetics through their Look Good, Feel Better program.

Now, it’s time to bombard the inboxes of these industry giants and tell them to change their toxic ways. Read More »

“I’m Outraged I Was Given Toxic Cosmetics”

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By Katy Skahill, Breast Cancer Action member

In December 2014, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and had a bilateral mastectomy that same month.

During my chemotherapy treatment afterward, I saw posters at my hospital advertising the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better® program.

During the Look Good, Feel Better class I attended, patients in cancer treatment who had lost their hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, etc., learned how to wear wigs, tie scarves, and apply makeup. We were also each given a bag of cosmetics products. Read More »

Our Pressure Is Working—Pinkwashers Feel the Heat!

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Alyssa Figueroa 2015 for EALERTBy Alyssa Figueroa, Campaigns Coordinator

Your letters, your stories and your voices are being heard! You’ve been telling the American Cancer Society and the Personal Care Products Council to clean up their Look Good, Feel Better® program, and they’ve been forced to listen. Read More »

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