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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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The ADHD Overdiagnosis Epidemic Is a Schooling Problem, Not a Child One

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  • Freeing young people from restrictive schooling and allowing them to learn and grow through their own self-directed curiosity can lead to happier and healthier families and children.
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Kerry McDonald, Intellectual Takeout

April 25, 2019 | Childhood exuberance is now a liability. Behaviors that were once accepted as normal, even if mildly irritating to adults, are increasingly viewed as unacceptable and cause for medical intervention. High energy, lack of impulse control, inability to sit still and listen, lack of organizational skills, fidgeting, talking incessantly—these typical childhood qualities were widely tolerated until relatively recently. Today, children with these characteristics are being diagnosed with, and often medicated for, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at an astonishing rate.



The ADHD Fallacy
Marilyn Wedge, author of A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became An American Epidemic, sounds the alarm on ADHD overdiagnosis.



While ADHD may be a real and debilitating ailment for some, the startling upsurge in school-age children being labeled with and medicated for this disorder suggests that something else could be to blame. More research points to schooling, particularly early schooling, as a primary culprit in the ADHD diagnosis epidemic.

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How America Outlawed Adolescence, Amanda Ripley, the Atlantic

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  • At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. Why did this happen?
  • Related: From the Archives | Where Do We Draw the Line When It Comes to Zero Tolerance in Schools?

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The Value of a Self-Directed Summer for Kids, Kerry McDonald, Intellectual Takeout

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/sidewalkchalk.jpgKids are feeling more pressure to achieve, more pressure in school, and are more worried about making a living than in previous years.
  • Related: What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski


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Special Report | US Banks Still Foster Fossil Fuel Projects, Renege on Renewable Energy.

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Part 1: US Banks Pledged to Fund Renewable Energy, But They Still Spend Way More on Fossil Fuels.
In the years since the Paris climate agreement, banks have paid $1.9 trillion to finance fossil fuels.
Part 2: 'Radical Agents of Physical and Social Chaos': Campaigners Target Big Banks Over Destructive Fossil Fuel Projects
"It is simply nuts for banks to keep financing the ongoing destruction of the planet's climate."

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Part 1: US Banks Pledged to Fund Renewable Energy, But They Still Spend Way More on Fossil Fuels.
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A new study shows that in the years since the Paris climate agreement, banks have paid $1.9 trillion to finance fossil fuels.

Marisa Endicott, Mother Jones

March 28, 2019 | Each year since the Paris climate agreement, major world banks have increased their financing of fossil fuels, pouring $1.9 trillion into the industry from 2016 through 2018. And, it turns out, US banks are the worst offenders, according to a recent report published by a group of environmental organizations.

“The sad reality is that the fossil fuel sector has only grown since Paris,” says Patrick McCully, climate and energy director for the Rainforest Action Network and one of the report’s authors. “The banks are following what the industry is doing, and the industry’s able to expand because it’s able to keep getting capital from the banks…It’s just this really alarming, really terrifying dynamic going on worldwide.”

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Part 2: 'Radical Agents of Physical and Social Chaos': Campaigners Target Big Banks Over Destructive Fossil Fuel Projects

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"It is simply nuts for banks to keep financing the ongoing destruction of the planet's climate."

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 | Environmental campaigners this week are pressuring a pair of big banks to stop pouring billions of dollars per year into destructive fossil fuel projects that drive the global climate crisis.



"Bankers are acting as radical agents of physical and social chaos; it's time for them to pull back and pay attention to science and society." —Bill McKibben, 350.org



A coalition of more than 100 groups sent a letter (pdf) to Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan on Tuesday urging him "to refrain from any further financing of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and to urge other financiers to do the same."

Jessica Corbett is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity. Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazine

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.


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Chris Hedges and Vandana Shiva: The Fight for Life VS Monsanto/Bayer AG

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  • In this conversation with Chris Hedges, environmental activist and author, Vandana Shiva, talks about Monsanto/Bayer AG and other big AG players interests in India and her fight to protect life forms, seed varieties and farmers.
  • Related: It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity.

Chris Hedges, RT America / Dandelion Salad


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30 Mar 2019 | This week Monsanto/Bayer AG was ordered by a California federal court to pay $80 million to Edwin Hardeman after a jury found its weed killer, Roundup, caused his cancer. The case is just one of thousands of lawsuits filed against the company over plaintiff’s use of the glyphosate-based herbicide.

In 2015, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans. The Food and Drug Administration has concluded the herbicide is not likely carcinogenic to humans. In August 2018, a jury in California state court awarded a school’s groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, nearly $289 million in damages. The verdict was later reduced to $78 million and is on appeal.

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity. Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazine

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.

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How women and minorities are claiming their right to rage

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Why do many think it acceptable for the white judge Brett Kavanaugh to lose his cool in public, but not the black tennis champion Serena Williams?

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Soraya Chemaly, the Guardian

Sat 11 May 2019 | Anger is typically defined as a strong feeling of displeasure, hostility or aggression. Mainly, we think of it in terms of individual feelings, and we associate those feelings with isolating behaviours that cause discomfort or fear in ourselves or in others.

Anger is, however, also a critically useful and positive emotion – one that is, contrary to being isolating, deeply social and socially constructed. Anger warns us, as humans, that something is wrong and needs to change. Anger is the human response to being threatened with indignity, physical harm, humiliation and unfairness. Anger drives us to demand accountability, a powerful force for political good. As such, it is often what drives us to form creative, joyous and politically vibrant communities. 

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Soil has a story to tell us, and we are all a part of it.

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  • Part 1: “The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us.”
  • Soil as a solution to one of our biggest environmental problems
  • Part 2: The Gift of Soil: How Composting Builds Community
  • The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.

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Part 1: “The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us.”

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Annie Leonard and Tom Newmark on how they came to see soil as a solution to one of our biggest environmental problems—and as a tool to build more resilient communities.

Annie Leonard & Tom Newmark, Yes! Magazine

https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/dirt/image / Apr 22, 2019 | Wendell Berry called it “the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.” Ninety-five percent of our food is grown in it, it stores and filters our water and provides a home for the majority of life on the planet, and yet most of us rarely pay much attention to it. We dump poisonous chemicals on it, inject it with synthetic nutrients, slash it with plows, strip it of its natural diversity, and bury our trash in it.

But soil has a story to tell us, and we are all a part of it.

Annie Leonard is the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA.

Tom Newmark is the founder of Semillas Sagradas, one of the New World’s largest and most comprehensive sanctuaries for endangered plant species.

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Part 2: The Gift of Soil: How Composting Builds Community


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The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.

Liz Brazile, Yes! Magazine

Apr 22, 2019 | It took more than two decades for Kevin Holtham, 49, to formulate what he reckons is the perfect soil mixture. And he’s working just as hard at giving it away.

Holtham comes from a farmer lineage in Niagara County, western New York, but his home for the past 15 years has been Charlotte, North Carolina. There, he collects compostable waste that people are happy to get rid of and uses it to cultivate his land.

Liz Brazile is a former solutions reporting intern for YES! Magazine. She now reports for Crosscut and KCTS 9 as Cascade Public Media’s Emerging Journalist Fellow.

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.

Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazin


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02.05.2019 | The fossil-fuel industry is lawyering up.

To date, nine cities have sued the fossil industry for climate damages. California fisherman are going after oil companies for their role in warming the Pacific Ocean, a process that soaks the Dungeness crabs they harvest with a dangerous neurotoxin. Former acting New York state attorney general Barbara Underwood has opened an investigation into whether ExxonMobil has misled its shareholders about the risks it faces from climate change, a push current Attorney General Leticia James has said she is eager to keep up. Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey opened an earlier investigation into whether Exxon defrauded the public by spreading disinformation about climate change, which various courts — including the Supreme Court — have refused to block despite the company’s pleas. And in Juliana vs. U.S., young people have filed suit against the government for violating their constitutional rights by pursuing policies that intensify global warming, hitting the dense ties between Big Oil and the state.

Kate Aronoff is a fellow at the Type Media Center and a contributing writer to the Intercept.

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Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived. Dahr Jamail,  Truthout

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  • The human race is too stupid to survive, as amply proven by the people it chooses to lead (into oblivion).  We'll just all go on our merry way, uninvolved... .
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

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