Race For The Cure

Few events in South Florida match the energy of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. An army of thousands clad in pink turn out in support of breast cancer survivors in an event that feels like a hopeful celebration for the future. While most of the friends, family and survivors participate in the 5k fun run, others join the competitive 5k. This posed a conundrum for the Fordistas team. While we are “competitive” we’re not exactly “joiners.” The solution: compete in the fun run. People marched down Flagler street carrying banners and cheering while we sprinted through the crowd in the ultimate display of athletic prowess. We crossed the finish line after about 35 minutes feeling pretty proud of ourselves. That pride quickly turned into humility once they began announcing the race results. The speakers rang out with the name, age and completion time of breast cancer survivors. “Jane Doe, age 75, 24 minutes. Joan Smith, age 64, 23 minutes.” These women are athletes, fighters and survivors. That’s what the Komen race is all about.
What Komen just did

Before the weekend, Komen issued a statement to its affiliates, some of whom had already declared that they were ignoring the injunction to sever ties with Planned Parenthood.

The statement. I’d link directly to Komen, but they’ve taken the statement down. Such is their courage.

This is the worst possible decisions Komen could have made. First, they abandon their motivated donors and besieged partner, exposing conservative convictions. Which is fine – donors respect convictions. That’s why they donate. This trail could have been blazed. It would have necessarily created a rift between liberal and conservative donors, but there is plenty of money on the conservative side.

But now Komen has rescinded its decision, the organization looks like it lacks the courage of its convictions.

If a non-profit can’t be counted on to have the courage of its convictions, why would anyone give them money?

If you worked for or with Komen, would you now trust them?

The Decemberists are deeply troubled by Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s recent decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, a vital resource in the battle against breast cancer. Providing cancer screenings to low income women is integral to the prevention and defeat of breast cancer and it is unconscionable that Komen should politicize this very important issue by bowing to the fear campaign being waged against PP by the right. We’ve decided to redirect the proceeds of the Team Jenny t-shirts and buttons away from Komen for the Cure. 100% of the net profits of these items will be instead donated to Planned Parenthood’s Breast Health Emergency Fund

Please help to support this essential institution. And, if you’ve supported the Team Jenny effort in the past, please write to Komen for the Cure via their site (http://ww5.komen.org/contact.aspx) or via twitter (@komenforthecure) and let them know that undermining women’s health for political reasons is unacceptable.

By: The Decemberists

[NB: decisions like this affect more than just people who identify as “women”.]