By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director
Ever since the election radically altered the political landscape, we’ve been evaluating how we do our work. The big question is: how can we use our organizational skills and resources to be most effective in demanding health justice for women affected by breast cancer, and supporting a broader progressive movement for social justice?
- We’ll be more proactive about defending and improving the Affordable Care Act, which is an imperfect but critical piece of legislation that helped millions of people access healthcare. And, realizing our unique role as a patient advocacy group that doesn’t take pharma funding, we’ll be doing more to help bring down the unconscionably high cost of cancer drugs, while continuing to demand drugs are safe and effective before the Food & Drug Administration approves them.
- On the flip side, some of our work will be more defensive. For example, we’ve been pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to do more to protect us from toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer; now we’ll also be working to ensure we don’t lose basic protections from toxic chemicals already in place!
- We recently asked you to oppose the nominations of Scott Pruitt and Tom Price to Trump’s cabinet, and you did, along with thousands of people across the country. Even though the Senate confirmed them both, our resistance was far from fruitless. Our ongoing resistance builds our collective power to demand quality healthcare and protection from toxic chemicals, and to put this administration on notice that we will not stand silently by as they harm women’s health.
And there are some things that won’t ever change about our work. We will always be a fiercely independent voice for women’s health. We will always refuse corporate funding from any company that profits from or contributes to the breast cancer epidemic. We will always get to the roots of the breast cancer epidemic and demand true system changes that will benefit all our health.
We need your support now more than ever. As we face the difficult year(s) ahead, now’s the time to step up your support to Breast Cancer Action and join our circle of monthly donors. Your monthly donation to Breast Cancer Action is an investment in social change, and an important form of grassroots activism.