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  •  I am fascinated to see what will happen ... (11+ / 0-)

    ... between now and next October (which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month).

    From Wikipedia:


    NBCAM was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, maker of several anti-breast cancer drugs). The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.

    In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol, though this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize breast cancer.  In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.

    SGK didn't invent NBCAM and doesn't own it but is strongly associated with it.

    The other participants and sponsors are gonna have to do some serious head-scratching about how they will handle SGK's fall from "grace."

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 10:20:42 AM PST

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      This is a website set up to track companies that hide behind pink ribbons. lists companies that "talk the talk" on breast cancer, but don't follow through on taking action that reduce carcinogens in products.

    •  Nothing yet, but old chatter is interesting (1+ / 0-)
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      If you click on the "talk" tab at the top, you see old discussion of the topic.  Even in 2006-7 you can see the storm beginning to brew:

      Under Controversy/Criticism
      From 2006

      I would like to see a section in the article containing any controversy or criticism against/about this organization if there is any. XXXXXX, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

      Why would you want the section if you don't know if any exists? XXX, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
      Some people can not grasp the concept of positive things and they insist on being a pessimist. If you find some controversy then post it, but I will not waste my time digging up trash.

      From 2007:

      One element of controversy might be the "efficiency" of this charitable organization relative to others. In the 2004 data from Forbes' "America's Most (and least) Efficient Charities" articles, the Komen organization is in the bottom quartile of the 200 charities compared vis-a-vis the percent of monies collected that are distributed to the charity's target, as opposed to fundraising expenses (i.e., 3/4 of the charities did better than Komen). This article is here:

      You can see PP reared its head in 2007 as well:

      One source of ongoing controversy for Komen is the fact that some of their community grants go to Planned Parenthood clinics. Those who are anti-abortion and anti-Planned Parenthood are often upset to learn that a breast cancer foundation provides funding to PP -- even if the grants are used to treat breast cancer. Unfortunately, the only source I have for this at the moment is original research. I will see if I can source this controvers. XXXXX, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
      The grants funded by Komen for the Cure and its Affiliates are specific to Komen’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer....  All community grants are restricted to provide vital breast health education, screening and treatment services for underserved women....

      Early detection through breast cancer screening is the key to surviving breast cancer. In many urban and rural areas, Planned Parenthood may be the only source of free or low-cost women’s health screening services ...

      The common thread to the individuals served is that they are at risk for breast cancer. Komen and its Affiliates do not provide any funding for abortions or for any activities outside the scope of their mission, and do not discriminate on age, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or decisions people have made in their lives.

      (I believe the 2nd indent is from the Komen for the Cure website directly, but can't tell from here.  I have tried to slice the comments above enough to not tread on copywrite violation.

      Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

      by lostboyjim on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 12:21:12 PM PST

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