On the moral necessity of love in action: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


28 Aug 1963, Washington, DC, USA — Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. waves to participants in the Civil Rights Movement’s March on Washington from the Lincoln Memorial. It was from this spot that he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a reverend and scholar committed to social justice and nonviolent action, viewing love itself as a potent social force. King wrote six books and numerous . . . → Read More: On the moral necessity of love in action: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Context is Everything — Framing the Film Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Today on Pink Ribbon Blues, Barbara Brenner shares a speech she gave at Smith College about the new film, Pink Ribbons, Inc. Barbara Brenner, former executive director of Breast Cancer Action, spent the last 15 years of her life as a breast cancer activist and now faces a different illness, ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”). A leader in the breast cancer movement, Barbara Brenner recently received a Smith College Medal for her exceptional professional accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the . . . → Read More: Context is Everything — Framing the Film Pink Ribbons, Inc.

A Satirical Comment: Has Komen 'Lost the Brand'?

Ronnie Hughes

Pink Ribbon Blues is pleased to share an essay by friend and filmmaker, Ronnie Hughes. Ronnie is the partner of Sarah Horton, author of ‘Being Sarah’ and a contributor to the Pink Ribbon Blues Blog. Together, in Britain, Ronnie and Sarah have run their social enterprise ‘a sense of place’ for nearly seventeen years. They’ve also spent the past five years in cancerland, as Ronnie has cared for Sarah throughout her treatments for breast cancer.

Ronnie graduated from Liverpool University with a degree . . . → Read More: Has Komen ‘Lost the Brand’?

27. March, Run, or Streak to a Different Drummer!

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure tagline about “imagining a world without breast cancer” does not resonate for everyone. For those who will never finish treatment, and for whom the survival rate has barely budged in decades, the future is too close at hand. This is the scenario for the 150 to 250 thousand people living with breast cancer metastasis (BC Mets). What’s more, the future will continue to be bleak for this group if BC Mets continues to be the least funded area of research. To . . . → Read More: 27. March, Run, or Streak to a Different Drummer!

26. “Daring to be Powerful”

Kathleen Kolb is a home care physical therapist, artist, and writer. She was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) in May of 2008 and began writing a blog about breast cancer about six months later called The Accidental Amazon. Kolb’s blog received the 2011 Royal Purple MAAM Award, in which her nominator wrote that, “The Queen of Snark is ‘informative, funny beyond words and just the most beautiful person, evah!’” Sure enough. Kathi Kolb’s motto: “A little skepticism is healthier than a lot of disillusionment.” Pink Ribbon Blues echoes . . . → Read More: 26. “Daring to be Powerful”

14. The Cancer Show: A Cast of Thousands

This summer I wrote an essay on the Pink Ribbon Blues Blog called, “Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud.” It was one of the few times I revealed how much cancer influences my life both as a researcher and as a person. Breast cancer is my primary topic of study, but sometimes I am overwhelmed by the fact that so many people in my life are dealing with the ongoing drudgery of the disease.

Of course, many people continue to thrive after a cancer . . . → Read More: 14. The Cancer Show: A Cast of Thousands

Status Update: Cancer Is Not a Ribbon

The Cancer Show turned part of one of my blog posts into a status update:

“Cancer is not a ribbon, a screening test, or a leisure activity. It is not a sassy t-shirt, a proclamation of survivorship, or a gift worth giving. It is a disease. For 65 percent of those who are diagnosed, it will be the eventual cause of death. When we ignore reality in exchange for feel-good fund-raising activities, we alienate and forsake those for whom cancer is a major cause . . . → Read More: Status Update: Cancer Is Not a Ribbon

Enter the Komen Bandits -- Racing With A Message for BC Mets

This weekend marks the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure® 5K at the National Mall in Washington, DC. Nearly 40,000 people participated and the event raised more than $5 million. Reports of the race festivities are awash with celebrity, festivity, performance, and unbridled enthusiasm.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s founder, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, “charged up the crowd, noting that the sea of pink making their way up the National Mall was a bold statement by this community that we will not rest . . . → Read More: Enter the Komen Bandits — Racing With A Message for BC Mets

The Cancer Show Interview, Part 2

The Cancer Show runs part 2 of  “Thinking Before Pinking” With Gayle Sulik, which focuses on the dream of eradication and what decades of trends in incidence and mortality suggest about where society stands in the search for a cure. Here is an excerpt:

“Every year people walk, run, volunteer, and consume products with the cure in mind, raising billions of dollars to support the cause and the dream. The dream fuels hope and expectation that society is progressing toward . . . → Read More: The Cancer Show Interview, Part 2

“The Cancer Show” Interview

THE CANCER SHOW is a documentary project that takes a “light-hearted look at how U.S. health policy politics and profit-driven healthcare drive common misperceptions about cancer to the general public at large – while ignoring the possible causes.” No doubt breast cancer is a leading character in this tale of carcinogenic proportions along with environmental cancer risks, blind consumption, and the cancer industry. The creators of the show hope to inspire, entertain, and illuminate as they encourage public participation in one of the most critical . . . → Read More: “The Cancer Show” Interview

“Pink Ribbon Blues,” Book

Paperback includes new Introduction on fundraising controversies and color insert with images of, and reactions to, the pinking of breast cancer (2012).

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Recent Sulik Interviews

A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard NPR, All Things Considered

Canadian Mammogram Study KCRW, NPR Affiliate

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & Pinkwashing NPR Charlotte

Buying Pink Al Jazeera's The Stream Watch »

The Pink Backlash Orlando Sentinel

Preventative Mastectomies: Disease and Deception Listen to BlogTalkRadio »

Angelina Jolie and the 'Breast Cancer Gene' Listen to KCRW »

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer. The New York Times Magazine.

The Story Behind the Pink Ribbon Campaign Sisters Talk Radio

WISH Interview Women's International Summit for Health

Making Cancer About The Patient, Not The Body Part CBS Pittsburgh

Sexy breast cancer campaigns anger many patients USA Today

The perils of pink The Daily

Komen pink campaign creates breast-cancer blues for some Dallas Morning News

A yellow flag for the NFL's pink New York Daily

Gayle Sulik named #7 in SharecareNow’s Top 10 Online Influencers in Breast Cancer

"Breast cancer cancer causes so easily derailed" Philly Inquirer

"Komen Charity Under Microscope for Funding, Science" Reuters

"The Fight Against Cancer - And Abortion? Salon.com

"Susan G. Komen For the Cure defunds Planned Parenthood." In Deep with Angie Coiro

"Amid Breast Cancer Month, Is there Pink Fatigue?" NPR's All Things Considered

"How is Breast Cancer Culture Undermining Women's Health?" America’s Radio News Network

"Pink Ribbon Culture and Breast Cancer" The Kojo Nnamdi Show

"The Big Business of Breast Cancer" 
Marie Claire

"Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Crowd Out Other Diseases?" Slate

"Pink Inc. Has Many Starting to See Red" The Sacramento Bee

"Get Your Pink Off" Ottawa Citizen

"Komen Pink Ribbons Raise Green and Questions" USA Today