FDL Movie Night: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

By: Monday June 11, 2012 5:00 pm

Breast cancer. We all know at least one person affected by it, often many more. And while breast cancer rates are increasing and billions of dollars have been raised by the Susan G Komen Foundation and other mega- and mini-charities, the treatment hasn’t changed much over the decades; it’s still as Dr. Susan Love says: “slash, burn and poison.”

Pink Ribbons, Inc., in theaters now, explores the fluffy, pink, feel-good phenomenon of breast cancer marketing and culture, how it is being exported as part of globalization, and used as political propaganda — the pinkwashing — not only of companies, but also the United States. Our guests are producer Ravida Din; health care advocate Barbara Brenner, the former executive director of Breast Cancer Action; and Dr. Samantha King, author of the book Pink Ribbons, Inc., Breast Cancer and Politics of Philanthropy.

 

Komen DC Run Hurting, Fundraising Down Overall

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 5:00 pm

The Komen Race for the Cure in the District of Columbia is one of the nation’s largest, with as many as 60,000 runners in past years. This year, in the wake of the Komen Foundation’s disastrous attack on Planned Parenthood following their hiring of a failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate and Palin acolyte, registration for the run is down 40%.

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