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Source: www.prochoiceamerica.org/get-involved/2011-the-war-on-women.html

"I wish they [corporations] could also hear from all the women who have been through breast cancer and resent the effort to make it pretty and feminine and normal. It's not normal. It's horrible."
-author Barbara Ehrenreich, in a publicity clip about the new film, "Pink Ribbons, Inc."

Source: www.nfb.ca

'Pink Ribbons, Inc.'
On the heels of the recent Susan G. Komen Foundation/Planned Parenthood controversy, the new Canadian film "Pink Ribbons, Inc." is opening in the U.S. this spring. It's based on the book with the same name by Samantha King, associate professor at Queens University in Ontario, who was interviewed for the January issue of Minnesota Women's Press. Go to www.womenspress.com to see the story.

King and the film examine where corporate fund-raising dollars for a breast cancer cure really go, and advocate that more of that money needs to be directed toward prevention of the disease.

"The problem with [corporate relationships] is that it does cause foundations to lose sight of their core vision if they're putting so much energy into chasing these sponsorships," King told National Public Radio. She cited Komen's 2010 "Buckets for the Cure" campaign with Kentucky Fried Chicken. Some studies have linked fatty foods to a higher risk of cancer.

Sources: www.npr.org, www.nfb.ca

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34 domestic violence victims in 2011
The numbers are rising. At least 34 Minnesotans, including four children and one man, were murdered in 2011 as a result of domestic violence, according to the annual report from the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. This compares with at least 29 murdered in 2010 and 25 in 2009.

"We document these brutal murders to direct attention to the dangerous reality of domestic violence and the urgency to do more to protect the victims," said Liz Richards of the coalition, which has published the Femicide Report every year since 1989.

See the full report at www.mcbw.org/femicides

Source: www.twincities.com

Buy LOTS of GS cookies!
When Bobby in Colorado wanted to join the Girl Scouts last fall, the youngster was at first denied permission by a troop leader "because [he] has boy parts," even though the child identifies as a girl. The Girl Scouts of Colorado blamed this initial decision on ignorance of the scouts' policy. The state scouts said Bobby was welcome to join Girl Scouts. "If a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout," they said.

Some protested, including a teen girl wearing a Girl Scout sash in a YouTube video calling for a cookie boycott, but even more people around the country embraced the Colorado Girl Scouts' decision and vowed to buy up ALL the cookies this selling season.

"I've decided to purchase as many boxes as my modest budget will allow and donate them to the local LGBTQ community center," said Mara Morken, a lesbian stay-at-home mom in Fargo, N.D.

Sources: www.bust.com; www.cnn.com

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