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?

On Sunday, October 26, fracking giant Baker Hughes will present a $100,000 check to Nancy Brinker, Komen’s founder and figurehead, at the Pittsburgh Steelers football game. I’ll be outside the stadium, rallying alongside other anti-fracking and health activists to demand Komen break their relationship with fracking companies like Baker Hughes and take a stand against this toxic process.

Event Details:
When: Sunday, October 26th at 2pm – 4pm ET  
 Meet at North Shore Riverfront Park at the Fred Rogers Memorial Statue.
What to Expect: This will be an organized rally and action, which will include the following speakers representing leading anti-fracking and women’s health organizations:

  • Karuna Jaggar, Breast Cancer Action
  • Bekezela Mguni, New Voices Pittsburgh
  • Dana Dolney, Co-founder, Friends of the Harmed
  • Doug Shields, former Pittsburgh City Council President
  • Additional speakers, to be announced

What to Bring: We are encouraging people to wear something red. And bring signs, banners and friends!
RSVP: Please let us know you’re coming by emailing Annie Sartor at asartor@bcaction.org.

Background Information: The world’s largest breast cancer charity has joined together with one of the world’s largest fracking companies: the Susan G. Komen Foundation is partnering with Baker Hughes, a leading global fracking corporation. Baker Hughes is distributing 1,000 pink drill bits, and donating $100,000 “for the cure” to Komen. This “Doing Our Bit for the Cure” partnership is pinkwashing. Fracking is a toxic process – at least 25% of the more than 700 chemicals used in fracking are linked to cancer.

This pinkwashing partnership makes Komen complicit in a practice that endangers women’s health. Komen and Baker Hughes have created a perfect profit cycle whereby Komen raises millions each year to try to cure a disease its funders are helping to cause. This is unacceptable. Over 150,000 people have already signed a petition to Komen demanding they break ties with the fracking industry and take a stand against this toxic process. Our health is not for sale, and we’ll be saying so loud and clear in Pittsburgh this weekend. I hope you can join me.

One Comment

  1. Mary W.
    Posted October 26, 2014 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    KOMEN continues its shameless, capitalist, corporate policies of promoting themselves to the detriment of patients and woman worldwide. Clearly we need to change the minds of MEN as to what these misguided branding efforts are all about. Demeaning women, diffusing hope, “cashing in” on PR – all these actions are abhorent to sentient beings. WE MUST FIND A WAY TO KEEP THE FOCUS ON PATIENTS FIRST, and fight conscientiously for affordable cures for breast cancer, as well as ending the disease entirely across the broad spectrum. Just think if this money were actually going to research?? (not likely)

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