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FDL Movie Night Preview: Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Tonight on FDL Movie Night  we’re discussing Pink Ribbons, Inc., a documentary finished before the Susan G. Komens/Planned Parenthood gaffe, which explores the marketing of breast cancer  awareness  and where  the billions of dollars that is raised by Avon, Revlon, Susan G. Komen Foundation  and other campaigns actually goes. (Hint: Most of it does not go towards prevention!) Our guests are health care advocate Barbara Brenner, the film’s producer Ravida Din, and Dr. Samantha King, author of the book Pink Ribbons, Inc., on which the film is based.

In less than one year I lost two friends two friends to breast cancer. One committed suicide when the cancer came back–fiercely independent, she couldn’t face anymore  financial, emotional or physical devastation. The other died after eleven years and over 180 rounds of chemotherapy. Both never saw age 50. Members of the Firedoglake community have faced breast cancer firsthand, and FDL went up against the Susan G. Komens Foundation for their hiring of Haddassah Lieberman and Komen’s action against Planned Parenthood, so this is a film that impacts FDL directly.

Please join us tonight at 5pm west coast/8pm east. You need to be logged in if you wish to ask questions or comment–if you aren’t registered on, just sign up (it’s free) and your password will be emailed to you. To participate, log in at 5pm, and  we’ll be in the front page (refresh your screen if you don’t see us right away), and type your questions and comments in the comment box, hitting “send” when done. Refresh your browser every minute or so to see new comments, questions and answers in the discussion.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.