Multiple news post time!
First, we finally have the dates and times for our next two Southern California clinics:
- Saturday, February 25th from 10-2 @ Running Skirts flagship store, 676 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
- Sunday, February 26th (morning, exact time to be announced) @ Pt. Magu State Park as part of the Malibu Day and Midnight Madness event (I think we’re doing a course preview). I’ve heard multiple people say the half marathon course is one of the most beautiful in the world.
Anyone plan on attending either event?
Susan G. Komen Debacle
I don’t normally comment on something like this, but it is one of the most laughable PR blunders in recent history. The story goes something like this- The Susan G. Komen beast cancer awareness outfit historically donated money to Planned Parenthood for free breast exams for women. SGK abruptly cut the funding. From what I understand, only a partial explanation was given, something along the lines of funding was cut due to PP performing abortions. SGK was immediately lambasted by pro-choice advocates, which as a group are major supporters of SGK. SGK was immediately branded as a pro-life organization. Shortly after, SGK released a statement explaining they cut funding because PP was under congressional investigation (started by pro-life Congressmen), which is the official SGK policy.
Unfortunately for SGK, their explanation was too late. The lines had already been drawn. The pro-lifers have already declared SGK a pro-life supporter; the pro-choice crowd has already vilified the organization. Apparently people are digging into SGK’s finances and discovering they rarely if ever actually support cancer research. Instead they focus almost exclusively on promoting cancer awareness (think of all the pink products you see… that’s SGK). They also run the “Race for the Cure.” You know, those local races the midpackers cherry-pick to win because competition is light. I don’t recall SGK ever claiming to support cancer research, but it will still give the organization more negative press.
It will be interesting to see what happens to SGK in the coming months. It’s safe to assume they managed to alienate pretty much all of their pro-choice supporters, and those that remain will probably be turned off at the disclosure that they spend huge chunks of change on administration. This very well could be the end of SGK.
I don’t really have an opinion about the abortion aspect of the story, but I do have pretty strong opinions about all major “charities” (Yes, I’m talking to you, United Way). I’m curious about your opinions. What do you think of this situation?
I’ve finally gotten around to working on the aesthetics (and hopefully load speed) of the site. I’ll probably play around with it tonight or tomorrow. If you visit and see everything f-ed up, don’t fret. I should have it up and running shortly.