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Truth to Tell: Women's Cancer Action


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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Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

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We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan, Indivisible

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  • After weeks of total secrecy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a draft of the Senate TrumpCare bill. Senate Republicans don’t have the votes...not yet. We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.
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  • Yes, we’ve cut health care before. But the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and cuts to Medicaid would make history.
  • The current changes proposed by congressional Republicans are tremendously more consequential than anything we have previously experienced.

 

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Here’s what cutting Medicaid could mean for people with disabilities.

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The face of Republican evil: It’s not Donald Trump, Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Mitch McConnell's gruesome health care scam reveals the corrupt, antidemocratic character of the entire GOP.

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Money in Politics: Here’s how much health insurance companies paid Republicans to flip their vote on Trumpcare, Tom Cahill, Resistance Report

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GOP senators have concerns with Senate-drafted Health Care Bill, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?
  • We broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).
  • Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill
  • Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.
  • Related: No country for people with disabilities

 

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GOP senators have concerns with Senate-drafted Health Care Bill

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  • Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?
  • We broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).
  • Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill
  • Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.
  • Related: No country for people with disabilities
  • Related: Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

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Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?

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Senate Republicans released a draft of their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, Thursday (6/22/17) morning. While the 142 page text is subject to change before the Senate votes on it — given that it’s only a draft at this point — we broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).

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Eric Revell, Countable

June 22, 2017 |

What’s different

• States couldn’t allow insurers to increase a person’s health insurance premiums because of pre-existing conditions if they had a lapse in their coverage, as was permitted under the House bill.

• Etc.

What’s the same

• The individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance are repealed.

• Etc.

Eric Revell is a staff member of Countable

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Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill

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As of Thursday afternoon, 11 GOP senators have indicated they oppose or have concerns with the bill. If three vote against it, the bill would fail.

Amber Phillips, Reuben Fischer-Baum, Kevin Schaul, and Kevin Uhrmacher, Washington (DC) Post 

June 22, 2017 | Senate Republicans have pretty much no room for error as they try to rush through a health-care bill in the next week. Assuming no Democrats vote for this bill (a safe assumption because it attempts to unravel Obamacare), Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.

That’s one of the reasons this bill was kept secret until the very last minute. The less time the legislation is out there in the open, the less time there is for opposition groups to coalesce and pressure senators not to vote for it.

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No country for people with disabilities, Karen Dolan, the Hill <http://thehill.com>

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The depth and breadth of the harm that would come to the most vulnerable in our society, to those least able to take the hits — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles — would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome. The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities.

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We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.

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Our Living Sober section is a space where our writers share personal experiences, give guidance and advice or just rant about recovery. Here are some of the latest.

 

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SLIP// A Day by Any Other Number...

I tried smoking medical marijuana for my anxiety disorder but it made my symptoms worse and I stopped. The AA ideas came rushing back: "Does this mean I'm not sober anymore?"

By Deanna de Bara

 

ADAPTING// How I Stayed Sober When I Felt Unwelcome in 12-Step Meetings

I felt uncomfortable and alone in meetings in my new country. Here are 8 ways I supported my recovery.

By Olivia Pennelle

 

FOR SHAME// The Secret Power of Shame

As a child, I couldn't figure out a reason for my father's rage, so what my mind couldn't grasp, my soul embraced: I deserved it.

By RJ Handley

 

LOVE LOST// My First Sober Heartbreak

Didn’t he realize that nobody would ever love him the way I did? Was it because I was an addict? Didn’t he realize that it’s because I’m an addict that I love so hard?

By Amy Dresner

 

RISKS// Drinking as Self-Harm

When I can only see the world through foggy glasses, the urge to destroy myself by drinking again becomes an enticing option.

By Kristance Harlow

 

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Your drinking could be trying to tell you something about your life, something that needs to change, or a trauma that hasn’t healed.

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It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant (2)

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  • Part 1: No country for people with disabilities
  • The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles. (These cuts) would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome. 
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Disabled People to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant
  • If you’re wondering why I’m asking you to be these things, the answer is very simple: you are a real person, not an idea or concept. 
  • Related: Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: No country for people with disabilities

The depth and breadth of the harm that would come to the most vulnerable in our society, to those least able to take the hits — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles — would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome. The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities.

Karen Dolan, the Hill

06/02/17 | No president’s budget in the modern era has slashed more funds from those most in need than the budget proposal recently put forward by Donald Trump. Not since the end of World War II have we experienced an administration so ruthless in its approach to people with disabilities and people of low and moderate income.

While the budget pushes a massive hike in military spending, it entails enormous cuts to domestic spending. Of those proposed slashes, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculates, fully three-fifths are aimed at programs that help struggling families make ends meet — and, frankly, survive.

Karen Dolan, Opinion Contributor, the Hill, directs the Criminalization of Race and Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Part 2: It’s Time for Disabled People to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant

If you’re wondering why I’m asking you to be these things, the answer is very simple: you are a real person, not an idea or concept. I want you to show what disability looks like—because it looks like you and it looks like me. Let them know that the person before them is at risk, not some idea of a person.

Imani, crutches and spice

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June 6, 2017 | You heard me! Fight me. I want disabled people to be unapologetically selfish. I want you to bathe in hedonism and to move with the bravado of a mediocre man explaining to a woman her own expertise. I want to see you striving to love yourselves and in the moments you cannot, being patient with yourself, and if you can’t be patient, at least be kind. I want to see your selfies, I want to see how #DisabledandCute you are. I want to see you being sexy, vulnerable and yourselves. I want to see my Quips, my crips of color, my indigenous disabled, my hijabi disabled. I want to see you all in all your glory, your good days and your bad.

I want you to be intolerant. I want you to shut down the voices that question the necessity of your existence. I want you to block the discourse that portrays you as anything less than human. I want you to use all the four-letter words you know. Shut down the devil’s advocates and speak truth to power. How long are we expected to entertain the idea of our genocide? Be intolerant of the violence that seeks to rob you of your peace, and take self-care when you feel drained.

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Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America, Melissa Blake, New York (NY) Times

  • I’m a woman. I’m physically disabled. And I’ve never been more scared than I am right now.
  • Related: Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov.

 

 

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Series | A Living Earth Economy, Part 10: Let’s Help Trump Keep His Promises

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  • Has Trump served us all in breaking things open? Only if we use the moment for serious rethinking of policy.
  • Previously in this Series
  • Related: The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

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Apr 19, 2017 | Donald Trump’s presidency is off to a rocky start. Political promises are easier made than kept. He needs our help.

Take health care. During the campaign, Trump promised to replace Obamacare with a plan that would cover more people, improve benefits, and lower costs. People cheered. But Trump had no plan. House Republicans came up with a plan that would cover fewer people, provide fewer benefits, and significantly raise costs for most health care consumers. Opposed from all sides, it never came up for a vote.

Now the nation wonders. Which of Trump’s vague and conflicting promises regarding health care, jobs, tax reform, fiscal responsibility, infrastructure repair, and trade will he and the Republicans honor, and which will they abandon? No one seems to know, including the president. And that creates an opportunity for adults from both Republican and Democratic parties to respond.

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The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris AgreementSusan Matthews, Slate

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 "Misery Index"

  • Will America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?
  • Donald Trump is the only world leader who isn’t sure if climate change is real. 
  • Related: 4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose?

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The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

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  • Will America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?
  • Donald Trump is the only world leader who isn’t sure if climate change is real. 
  • Related: 4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose?

Susan Matthews, Slate

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The president’s failure to acknowledge or address climate change ranks high in the catastrophic-Trump-decisions Olympics. Failure to act—or worse, acting to exacerbate—climate change could have lasting implications for the entire planet. It’s true that the train may be out of the station when it comes to avoiding climate change altogether, but we can still attempt to mitigate and alleviate the worst of the effects. In that context, Trump’s almost-guaranteed decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, the most promising global initiative addressing climate change, seems like a big deal. 

Susan Matthews is Slate’s science editor.

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4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose? Nicole D'Alessandro, EcoWatch 

  • What would the future look like if we took drastic action to cut emissions—or no action at all?
  • We can choose our own ending to this story. Which way will it go?
  • Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters

 

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