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Truth to Tell: Women's Cancer Action


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Women's Cancer Action (WCA) is focused on exploring the link between cancer and the environment, connecting those in need with support, and encouraging bold action to address the political, personal, and societal challenges of cancer prevention.

Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM | MN

For years, we have known of the environment's assault on our breathing and other health issues, but not every neighborhood is afflicted with tar companies, toxic run-offs from factories old and new whose owners have ignored health concerns of employees and neighboring communities - more often than not, low wealth communities and people of color, depending on the state and locale - in the pursuit of cheaply earned profits. Minneapolis-St. Paul is ranked 5th for the greatest number of contaminated sites across the country (65,969 - one for every 48 people – plus 4,444 leaking storage tanks) with a mere 54 corrective action reports. We could go on about how the MPCA ignores the reality of polluting facilities, especially in this Metro Area.  It's enough to know that our air and groundwater, foods, drugs, etc., are likely killing us before our time.

But this is an even larger system issue our policymakers and regulators and health care providers, especially pharmaceutical corporations, fail to address adequately to protect our children as well as our adults and stop the record number of cancer cases growing out of these toxic cities.

Although breast cancer runs rampant through the ranks of women for any number of reasons, environmental catalysts are certainly a clear cause of the majority of them. What else could yield such an epidemic as women have experience over the last 40-50 years? Other cancers in both men and women, not to mention children’s leukemia cases, are decimating our ranks. These are preventable cancers.

Toxicity and contamination from negligent corporations is not limited to leaking tanks and  factories sites, power plants and farmlands. It can be found in our foods and cleaning products, our packaging and commercial operations at all retail levels, to mention but a few.

But few organizations have been successful in addressing those real causes, and why? Often co-opted by those corporations or needing to survive as institutions rather than working themselves out of jobs as cancer “preventers” and cure developers, they accept contributions from and come to rely on major corporate interests for their sustenance and, in the process, dispense with the soul of their existence. Has this happened with the pink movement? Some claim it has in the usurpation ofBreast Cancer Awareness Month.

Back in April, Women's Cancer Action, formerly Women's Cancer Resource Center, launched a non-profit organization and website, womenscanceraction.org, focused on cancer prevention and support. A new frontier in cancer resources and advocacy,WCA emerges uniquely grassroots and independent.

With the website as its communication and organizing hub, WCA is focused on exploring the link between cancer and the environment, connecting those in need with support, and encouraging bold action to address the political, personal, and societal challenges of cancer prevention.
Several women who have lived with cancer are the root of this movement and organization and are prepared to pour resources and energy into getting into the fight to install policies and processes to prevent cancer, especially in women, but anything done for women will surely ripple into all segments of the society.

TTT’s Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen talk with the founders, supporters and professionals involved in Women’s Cancer Action and how and why they came into being in the midst of a plethora of other groups claiming to do the same.

Guests:

Barbara Wiener: Chair of the Board, Women's Cancer Action; Founder, Women's Cancer Resource Center (has lived with cancer)
Rep. Karen Clark, RN: State Representative and Volunteer Executive Director, Women's Environmental Institute (has lived with cancer)
Karen Einesman: Program Director, Women's Cancer Action

Broadcast: in Minneapolis/St. Paul KFAI-FM, 90.3/106.7/Streamed @ KFAI.org 9-10AM, Monday, October 18

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From the Archives | Pope Francis Focuses on the American Environmental Movement.

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  • Part 1: Pope Francis is actually bringing America’s environmentalism movement to its religious and moral roots.
    • Opponents of selfish greed and avarice, the common enemies of nature and mankind, would welcome Francis’s powerful words.
  • Part 2: 10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment
    • Here are some of the key passages people will read closely, everything from climate change and global warming to abortion and population control.

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Part 1: Pope Francis is actually bringing America’s environmentalism movement to its religious and moral roots.

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Opponents of selfish greed and avarice, the common enemies of nature and mankind, would welcome Francis’s powerful words.

Mark Stoll, Washington (DC) Post

June 17, 2015 | Pope Francis is set to publish “Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home” on Thursday, the first encyclical on the environment by any pope. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and many others have expressed hopes the encyclical will put the moral weight of a popular pope and the world’s largest Christian church behind meaningful action on environmental problems, such as global warming.

Mark Stoll, associate professor of history and director of the Environmental Studies program at Texas Tech. He is author of “Inherit the Holy Mountain.”

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Part 2: 10 key excerpts from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment

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Here are some of the key passages people will read closely, everything from climate change and global warming to abortion and population control.

Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington (DC) Post

June 18, 2015 | Pope Francis is calling for an “ecological conversion” for the faithful in his sweeping new encyclical on the environment. In “Laudato Si,” or “Be Praised” (or “Praised Be,”) he warns of harming birds and industrial waste and calls for renewable fuel subsidies and energy efficiency.

Here are some of the key passages people will read closely, everything from climate change and global warming to abortion and population control.

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks in South Dakota, Spilling Over 200,000 Gallons of Oil

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The leak comes as Nebraska is trying to decide if it should issue permits to TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Newsy / screenshot

"Enough is enough. Pipelines leak - it's not a question of 'if', but 'when.'"

Alexandra Jacobo, Nation of Change / Portside

November 17, 2017 | Approximately 210,000 (or 5,000 barrels) of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota. The leak, which is the largest spill to date in South Dakota, happened near Amherst, South Dakota.

This is bad timing for TransCanada, which owns the pipeline, because in a few days Nebraska regulators will decide whether or not to give the green light to a sister project, the Keystone XL pipeline.

Alexandra Jacobo is a progressive writer, activist, and mother who began her political involvement in earnest passing out blankets to occupiers in Zuccotti Park in 2011. She is concerned with educating the public and inspiring them to take action on progressive issues that promote positive change at home and abroad.

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With New Directive, Pruitt Bars Scientists Who Aren't 'In the Pocket of Corporate Polluters' From EPA Advisory Boards, Jake Johnson, Common Dreams 

Critics slammed the move as a "hostile takeover of science-based policymaking" by the Trump administration.

Don’t Leave Health Care to a Free Market

Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, at the Capitol last month. Credit Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency

Republicans, and many Democrats, need to be honest with themselves and the public: If they want medicine to be truly free-market, then they have to be willing to let the next man or woman they find lying unconscious in the street remain there and die.

Farzon A. Nahvi, New York (NY) Times

July 10, 2017 | When it comes to health care coverage, House Speaker Paul Ryan says, “We’re going to have a free market, and you buy what you want to buy,” and if people don’t want it, “then they won’t buy it.” In this model of health care, the patient is consumer, and he must decide whether the goods and services he wants to protect his life are worth the cost.

But this is often impossible. And what Republicans, and many Democrats, forget to stress, is that in a totally free market health care system, you must be willing to let some patients die.

Farzon A. Nahvi, New York (NY) Times Op-Ed Contributor,  is an emergency medicine physician and an instructor of emergency medicine in New York City.

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How Single-Payer Will Be Achieved, Antonio Balmer, the Socialist Revolution

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How Single-Payer Will Be Achieved

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Though such reforms are now considered common sense, the Democrats can't and won't deliver. Only a mass independent political force—with single payer placed at the top of its agenda—is capable of winning this fight. 

Antonio Balmer, the Socialist Revolution

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October 19, 2017 | “A political struggle is in its essence a struggle of interests and forces, not of arguments.” —Trotsky, Revolution Betrayed

Firing the opening shot in his new offensive in the battle for single-payer, Bernie Sanders presented his open-and-shut case in a New York Times Op-Ed piece:


“Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive healthcare to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers?”

Although every sector of the capitalist economy without exception can be described as “enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and designed to maximize profits for big [companies and] Wall Street,” the US healthcare crisis is unrivalled in its glaring absurdity as an expression of capitalism’s historical impasse. With annual revenues of $3.3 trillion, the healthcare industry accounts for nearly a fifth of US GDP.

Antonio Balmer writes for the Socialist Revolution the publication of the International Marxist Tendency in the United States.

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How Big Medicine can ruin Medicare for all, Phillip Longman, the Guardian

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The pursuit of a ‘single-payer’ healthcare system in the United States will degenerate into corporate welfare unless America takes on healthcare monopolies.
 

 

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How Big Medicine can ruin Medicare for all

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The pursuit of a ‘single-payer’ healthcare system in the United States will degenerate into corporate welfare unless America takes on healthcare monopolies.

Phillip Longman, the Guardian

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Saturday 20 October 2017 | In 2013, Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” couldn’t find a single co-sponsor for his healthcare plan, which would replace private insurance with Medicare-like coverage for all Americans regardless of age or income.

Today, the roll call of supporters for his latest version includes the leading lights of the Democratic party, including many with plausible presidential aspirations. It’s enough to make an exasperated Dana Milbank publish a column in the Washington Post under the headline ‘The Democrats have become socialists’.

But have they? Actually, no.

Phillip Longman is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, and the policy director at the Open Markets Institute. He is also a senior editor at the Washington Monthly.

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Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Sanders' health care bill: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump
    • The Sanders “Medicare for all” legislation is an attempt to disguise reactionary maneuvers, each of them aimed at subordinating the health care of millions of people to the profit interests of big business, behind pie-in-the-sky promises that neither Sanders nor any of his co-sponsors take seriously.
  • Part 2: Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal
    • The working class must organize politically to take the drug companies, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical technology firms away from the current owners and place the industry under the control of a workers' government, establishing truly socialized medicine in America.

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