First steps for 2012 Making Strides

Yes, it’s still summer but folks at the American Cancer Society are already thinking about fall as they host Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfasts across the state this month. NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira oversees NYSUT’s partnership with the American Cancer. She notes that, while union members across the state have long supported the American Cancer Society (and here’s a handy link to how the national ACS honored NYSUT for it’s amazing support), it is more important than ever to strengthen that support in a year when women’s health care rights have been under attack. You may recall these blog posts about NYSUT’s work with ACS and its efforts to support health care for men and women.

There’s quite a movement across the nation of legislation restricting women’s access to birth control and other health care. Here’s one editorial about itHere’s a link specific to what’s going on in Pennsylvania. Here’s a link to what’s going on in Michigan.

Eileen Healey of the Jamestown TA reported their kickoff breakfast went well, with two dozen members attending. “We’re still babies as this is only our fifth year,” Healey said. “But each year, we get better and bigger.” Other areas already meeting were Binghamton, Buffalo, Corning, Syracuse and Rochester. There were also two meetings on Long Island to plan for the fall.

This week, Waterloo meets on Tuesday and then on Wednesday there’s a bonanza of breakfasts to beat breast cancer — from Albany and Albion, to Utica and Watertown. And on Thursday, there are similar breakfasts in Brooklyn, Central Park and Queens in New York City, as well as one at Anthony’s Pier 9 in the Hudson Valley. On Aug. 22, there’s one in the Bronx.

Most of these breakfasts are already at capacity, but here’s a link to the ACS events calendar for you to check in your area.

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