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‘For The Cure’ Controversy Over Pink Trademarking

Transcript by BY JENNIFER MECKLES You’re watching multisource business news analysis from Newsy The mother of all breast cancer charities — The Susan G. Komen foundation — is the top matriarch in the fundraising world, but the organization is now taking legal action against smaller charities for copyright violations. Komen wants to protect its pink logo and “For the Cure” slogan against what some call “pinkwashing” — when smaller charities use the logo and slogan for their own cancer fundraisers. “Mush for a Cure” and “Kites for a Cure” are just two charities who were asked to change their names — or face legal action. (Video KSDK) The organization has come under fire for using administrative funds — money donated for cancer research — to pay for legal fees. NBC hears both sides of the story: SUE PROM (Mush For a Cure): “We’re all supposed to be fighting against breast cancer. And here, another organization opposed to breast cancer will cost us all the money we want to give to the cause.” KATRINA MCGHEE (Susan G. Komen): “If we have been overzealous in our quest to protect our name or the names that our donors come up with, its because we feel such a huge responsibility to the Komen family and donors who volunteer so hard in our mission.” Komen isn’t getting much sympathy from the media — being called a “trademark bully.” A writer for Statesman Journal uses a few “pink washes” of her own to deliver a firey response: “It has left a taste far less
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New Website Stirs National Controversy on Felon Voting Issue

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) May 2, 2007 launched its 9th website today, Felon Voting ( , on the heels of Florida and Maryland making historic changes to their felon voting laws.

Disenfranchised felon populations (an estimated 5.26 million people in 2004 who may not vote due to criminal convictions) may be large enough to sway close elections, if those individuals had the legal ability to vote. With the 2008 national election only twenty months away, felon voting laws, which vary from state to state (from lifetime voting bans to no restrictions at all, not even while in prison in Maine and Vermont), are under scrutiny. With few organizations exploring this controversy, built a one-stop website so the issue could be widely debated in a nonpartisan manner for the public’s benefit.

Felon Voting features over 80 diverse sources from former U.S. Senator George Allen and MSNBC newsman Tucker Carlson on the CON felon voting side to former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and the American Civil Liberties Union on the PRO felon voting side.

The 150 pro, con, and general reference statements focus around the core question: Should felons be allowed to vote? Some featured content areas include:

    1-Minute Overview (including why this topic was selected)
    Top 10 Pros and Cons on Felon Voting
    State-by-State Laws on Felon Voting
    Breakdown of Disenfranchised Populations by Type of Crime Committed
    Comparison of U.S. Felon Voting Laws to 44 Other Countries

Managing Editor, Kamy Akhavan, commented on the project:

“Tackling the issue of felon voting was not an easy decision for us. The fact that few people were talking about it made it appealing and unappealing at the same time. We felt the issue was so important considering its impact in prior elections and possibly in the 2008 election. If we didn’t cover the issue, then no one else would. We decided to build the Felon Voting website so people would have an easy way to figure out the basic pros and cons of the felon voting issue. Our website should help inform legislators, educators, lawyers, students, and the general public so they can feel good about making informed decisions on the felon voting issue.”

For more information visit Felon Voting or contact the Managing Editor.

About is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation whose purpose is to inform the public about controversial issues using facts, news, and hundreds of diverse opinions in a pro-con format.

Prior pro-con topics include medical marijuana, the war in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, electronic voting machines, euthanasia, and others.

Upcoming pro-con topics in 2007 (and their launch dates) include prostitution (May 15), milk (Sept. 17), 2008 presidential candidates (Oct. 22), and immigration (Nov. 1).

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Kamy Akhavan (kamy @

Managing Editor,

233 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tel: 310-587-1407

Fax: 310-393-2471


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