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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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British Columbia’s Copper Mining Disaster of 2014 at Mt. Polley, with Partial Timeline

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  • Part 1: British Columbia’s Copper Mining Disaster of 2014 at Mt. Polley
    • “ALL tailings "ponds" are problems."
  • Part 2: A Partial Timeline of the Aftermath of the Mount Polley disaster
    • Read this and weep – and then go to the streets!

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Part 1: British Columbia’s Copper Mining Disaster of 2014 at Mt. Polley

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The birds-eye view of the mouth of Hazeltine Creek (now 120-150 feet wide) as it enters into Quesnel Lake, the previously deepest, purest lake in British Columbia and a famous trout and salmon fishery that was irretrevably damaged on August 5, 2014, when 24,000,000 cubic meters of toxic sludge breached the upstream Mt Polley mine’s tailings dam and exploded downstream. The tan material in the photo represents millions of floating dead trees that were swept away in the massive flood.

  • Northern Minnesota’s Equally Flawed PolyMet Tailings Lagoon and the Lethal Risks to the St Louis River Watershed (and Lake Superior)
  • ”Environment Canada reported that the metallic contaminants that had been dumped in the Mt Polley tailings pond included these hazardous metals: Lead, Arsenic, Nickel, Zinc, Cadmium, Vanadium, Antimony, Manganese and Mercury.” 
  • “ALL tailings "ponds" are problems. If they don't breach and spill massive amounts of toxic sludge into the environment like at Mount Polley, they leach that contamination slowly, poisoning the waters and lands around them.” 

Gary Kohls, Duty to Warn

1-31-17 | Last year, the Duluth News-Tribune published a Local News article with the title “EPA signals its support for final PolyMet review”.
 
The article ended with what I regard as an intentionally deceptive and woefully insufficient sentence from the DNT journalist: “Critics say the project is likely to taint downstream waters with acidic runoff.”

Gary Kohls writes a weekly column, Duty to Warn,  for the Duluth Reader, the area’s alternative newsweekly magazine. His columns deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, Big Pharma’s psychiatric drugging and over-vaccination regimens, and other movements that threaten the environment, prosperity, democracy, civility and the health and longevity of the populace.

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Part 2: A Partial Timeline of the Aftermath of the Mount Polley disaster

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Read this and weep – and then go to the streets!

Gary Kohls, Duty to Warn

Feb 11, 2018 | Before reading the timeline of the aftermath of the Mt Polley disaster, please go to the following site where there are a number of photos of the consequences of the breach of the lagoon dam (which was 130 feet tall) when a portion of it dissolved and failed.
 
The remains of the state-of-the-art tailings ”pond” at Mount Polley still holds 80% of the original toxic waste from the massive, adjacent open pit copper mine. “Only” 24 million cubic meters of the sludge (only 20%) was discharged over the few hours of the dam failure.
 
Gary Kohls writes a weekly column, Duty to Warn,  for the Duluth Reader, the area’s alternative newsweekly magazine. His columns deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, Big Pharma’s psychiatric drugging and over-vaccination regimens, and other movements that threaten the environment, prosperity, democracy, civility and the health and longevity of the populace.

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Trashing the Planet For Profit by William Bowles

 

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  • We refuse to accept responsibility for the state of the planet. Yes, ultimately, it’s the economic system, capitalism,  that’s doing the damage but surely it’s time we also accept responsibility for our role in maintaining an unsustainable economic system, a system that in the short term we all benefit from.
  • Related: Climate Denial Will Kill Us

William Bowles, Investigating Imperialism / Dandelion Salad

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08 Jan 2018 | Before I began this essay I read through some of my past forays that mentioned climate change and capitalism, the first I think, being in 2006 where I opined in a piece on the ‘War on Terror’:

"Perhaps the impending climate catastrophe as well as the genocidal actions of the US will force us to finally start thinking and acting ‘outside of the box’ but without a clear idea of where we are heading or how to get there, currently the situation looks dire. — WOT is to be done?" 2 November, 2006

William Bowles, Writer, Dandelion Salad https://www.truthdig.com

 

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Climate Denial Will Kill Us, Paul Street, Truthdig 

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  • It’s not too late to avert environmental catastrophe, but we must act fast or risk human extinction.
  • Related: 'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People'
     

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Climate Denial Will Kill Us

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  • It’s not too late to avert environmental catastrophe, but we must act fast or risk human extinction.
  • Related: 'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People'

Paul Street, Truthdig

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January 10, 2018 | The Trump administration’s recent move to permit oil and gas drilling in 90 percent of the federal government’s offshore land presents an opportunity. With vast protected areas of the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic under threat, now is a good time to challenge some of the myths working against Americans’ willingness and ability to stem the ruinous warming of the planet that is resulting from humanity’s excessive burning of fossil fuels.

Let’s start with the wild winter weather that has struck the eastern United States. Led by Trump, climate-change deniers clucked as a hurricane-strength blizzard pulverized the Northeast, followed by subzero wind chills. This came after the great winter “bomb cyclone” hit the Southeast, bringing coastal Georgia its first “mix of snow and palm trees” since the late 1980s.

Paul Street holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Binghamton University. He is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books, including “Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis” (2007), “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power” (2010), and “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy” (2014), and a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Z Magazine/ZNet, Black Agenda Report and teleSUR English.

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'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People', Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • Climate change represents the first time in human history that we’ve had, as all of humanity, one problem that we need to face together, because it affects everyone on Earth.
  • Related: From the Archives | Pope Francis Focuses on the American Environmental Movement

 

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Response to Nation Article on Single Payer: Improved Medicare for All is the Solution

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  • Liberals Provide Fraudulent Cover for Saying 'No' To Single Payer

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

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Margaret Flowers, Health Over Profit

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7 August 2017 | On August 2, 2017, The Nation published an article by Joshua Holland, “Medicare for All isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care,” chastising Improved Medicare for All supporters because, in his view, the single payer movement has “failed to grapple with the difficulties of transitioning to a single-payer system.” The article, which doesn’t quote anyone involved in the movement for Improved Medicare for All, begs a response because it shows what liberals opposed to single payer believe. Holland dredges up the same arguments used to keep single payer off the table during the creation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He even dusted off a few that were used to try to stop Medicare from coming into existence in the 1960s. And then he attempts to distract single payer supporters away from supporting Improved Medicare for All and settling for something less, as was done successfully in 2009.

The first error that Holland makes is confusing the term “Medicare for All” as meaning that advocates would simply take the current Medicare system, with both traditional and ‘Advantage’ plans, and expand that. This is why it is important to use the phrase “Improved Medicare for All.” As outlined in HR 676: The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, the new system would be based on the current Medicare system, which is already national, but it would be a single public plan that is comprehensive in coverage and does not have out-of-pocket costs or caps. It would ban investor-owned facilities and ban private insurers from selling policies that duplicate what the system covers. A single system is the simplest for patients and health professionals because there is one transparent set of rules.

Margaret Flowers is director of the Health Over Profit for Everyone campaign and co-director of Popular Resistance.

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

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'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People'

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Polar bears used as a symbol of a climate disruption by the Boston Globe (5/31/17).

  • Climate change represents the first time in human history that we’ve had, as all of humanity, one problem that we need to face together, because it affects everyone on Earth.
  • Related: From the Archives | Pope Francis Focuses on the American Environmental Movement

Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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June 30, 2017 | Janine Jackson: Enough with the stranded polar bears! A recent letter writer to the Boston Globe took issue with the use of the iconic image of a polar bear stranded on floating ice to accompany a story on climate change. Besides being lazy, said Frederick Hewett of Cambridge, the image just sends an inaccurate message about climate disruption, which is happening everywhere—not just in the faraway Arctic—and the effects of which take myriad forms.

Getting reporters to pay attention to all of the stories of climate change is an urgent and ongoing effort. Our next guest is a contributor to that work. Dan Zukowski is an environmental writer. His work appears in EnviroNews as well as other outlets. He joins us now by phone from Maine. Welcome to CounterSpin, Dan Zukowski.

Janine Jackson <> is the program director of FAIR, and the co-host and co-producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin—a weekly program of media criticism airing on more than 150 stations around the country.

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From the Archives | Pope Francis Focuses on the American Environmental Movement, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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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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