A former fundraiser and board member of Komen NYC, Eve Ellis who left the Komen Foundation last week during the controversial defunding of Planned Parenthood appeared on The Last Word to discuss her departure and what actually occurred in the boardroom. Ellis calls for the immediate resignation of Komen’s CEO, Nancy Brinker as well as the entire board of directors including; Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., Eric Brinker, Linda Custard, Elyse Gellerman, Brenda Lauderback, Linda Law, Connie O’Neill and John D. Raffaelli.
As AmericaBlog points out, “Brinker is also a right-wing Republican since Reagan and a loyal Bushie. She’s a long-time big dollar donor to Republican causes and election campaigns, along with her then-husband Norman Brinker, whom she met in 1983.”
The above would not be problematic, except politics is now commingling with breast cancer awareness.
In Harper’s Magazine, November 2001, the great Barbara Ehrenreich writes (my emphasis and paragraphing):
Today [breast cancer is] the biggest disease on the cultural map, bigger than AIDS, cystic fibrosis, or spinal injury, bigger even than those more prolific killers of women — heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke. There are roughly hundreds of websites devoted to it, not to mention newsletters, support groups, a whole genre of first-person breast-cancer books; even a glossy, upper-middle-brow, monthly magazine, Mamm.
There are four major national breast-cancer organizations, of which the mightiest, in financial terms, is The Susan G. Komen Foundation, headed by breast-cancer veteran and Bush’s nominee for ambassador to Hungary Nancy Brinker. Komen organizes the annual Race for the Cure©, which attracts about a million people — mostly survivors, friends, and family members. Its website provides a microcosm of the new breast-cancer culture, offering news of the races, message boards for accounts of individuals’ struggles with the disease, and a “marketplace” of breast-cancer-related products to buy.
Yet, they defunded Planned Parenthood, whose outreach to rural areas is dire because there is no access for the lower and middle classes to obtain breast cancer screening. Again, breast cancer is the biggest disease on the cultural map. This is possibly the only way to return Komen to its former glory. The resignation of Karen Handel seems to be just a deflection from far larger problems in the organization.
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