Susan G. Komen for the Cure's CEO and Board Must Resign
  • Petitioned Elyse Gellerman

This petition was delivered to:

Board Member, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Elyse Gellerman
Board Member, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Connie O'Neill
Board Member, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Brenda Lauderback
Board Member, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Linda Custard
Board Member, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Eric Brinker
CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy Brinker
Board Member, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Linda Law
Chairman of the Board, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Robert C. Taylor
Board Member. Komen for the Cure
John D. Raffaelli
Board Member
Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure's CEO and Board Must Resign

    1. Jeff Campagna
    2. Petition by

      Jeff Campagna

      New York, NY

Dear Susan G. Komen for the Cure:

For 30 years Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been the largest funder of breast cancer research and screenings. Its work has had an impact on every family in America. Its success has been based on the public's trust and belief that it always puts women's health above partisan politics. When the organization's CEO announced on January 31st that it would defund Planned Parenthood's breast cancer screening program based on a partisan Congressional investigation, she destroyed the public trust, without which the organization can not survive. Though Karen Handel, the woman most associated with the decision has resigned, this episode has brought to light other abuses of the public trust and failures of corporate governance that make it impossible for the organization to survive with the current leadership. Among the failures attributable to the Board of Directors and CEO Nancy Brinker are:

1. Hiring Karen Handel to be Vice President of Public Affairs knowing that she had run for Governor of Georgia promising to defund Planned Parenthood.

2. Deceiving the public about the decision making process that led to the defunding of Planned Parenthood, including stating on national television that Karen Handel was not part of the decision even as she asserts that she was.

3. Representing to the public that reaction to the defunding decision was being received positively in spite of massive negative reaction, thus failing to disclose the true condition of the organization.

4. Raising doubts about the organization's commitment to keeping politics out of women's healthcare by pledging only to continue Planned Parenthood's grants this year without articulating a credible policy to insure an incident like this does not happen again.

5. Using right-wing political operatives such as Ari Fleischer, to vet candidates for senior leadership positions in the organization.

Therefore, to restore the integrity of the organization and in order to preserve its unparalleled grassroots fundraising infrastructure and its leadership in the fight against breast cancer, we the undersigned call on CEO Nancy Brinker and the entire Board of Directors, including Robert Taylor, Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., Eric Brinker, Linda Custard, Elyse Gellerman, Brenda Lauderback, Linda Law, Connie O'Neill, and John D. Raffaelli to resign immediately, and for nominations for their replacements to be ratified by the 120 affiliate organizations.

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    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. NOW President Terry O'Neil Joins Call for Nancy Brinker to Resign

      Jeff Campagna
      Petition Organizer

      On Friday's The Ed Show, Terry O'Neil, the President of the National Organization for Women said that Komen will only survive if Nancy Brinker and the rest of the leadership resign. We're builiding momentum!

    3. Rachel Maddow Features Petition in Segment on Komen Resignations

      Jeff Campagna
      Petition Organizer

      In a segment on the GOP's increasing use of women's health as a wedge issue, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported on the resignations at Komen today and cited this petition. You are having an impact. Share this news and continue to reform this organization. We can prevail against those who would wage a war on women's health.

    4. NY Times Cites Petition in "Calls Grow for Leader of Komen to Step Down"

      Jeff Campagna
      Petition Organizer

      In an article titled "Calls Grow for Leader of Komen to Step Down" featured on the front page of the digital edition of the New York Times, the paper reports that pressure is building on Nancy Komen to resign, citing this petition which you have signed. The Chairman of the Board resigned today amidst news of leaders of chapters in New York, Oregon, and Maryland resigning and a sharp drop in fundraising. Share this story in your networks and keep the pressure on by encouraging your friends and family to sign.

    5. The Chairman of the Board of Susang G. Komen for the Cure Resigns!

      Jeff Campagna
      Petition Organizer

      Your demands are being heard. NBC Nightly News Reports that Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. resigned from his position as Chairman of the Board of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. But we must continue to ask our friends and colleagues to sign the petition to push Nancy Brinker to resign. And Lefall's replacement, attorney Robert C. Taylor, must also resign. Another member of Nancy Komen's Dallas society clique, his appointment demonstrates that the board is still not indepedent of Nancy Brinker and can not be trusted to put what is best for the organization and best for women's health ahead of what is best for Nancy Brinker and her personal biases. So the petition is amended to call for his resignation as well.

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. For Komen To Survive, Brinker Family Must Give Up Control

      Jeff Campagna
      Petition Organizer

      Petition creator Jeff Campagna writes in the Huffinton Post that ex-Sr. VP of PolicyKaren Handel was only a symptom. The real problem at Komen is the board and CEO that hired her in the first place. The public expects Komen's leadership to fight for women's health without discrimination or partisanship. But only a board dominated by conservative Republicans willing to put their politics before the organization's mission with utter impunity could have hired a woman like Handel.

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Komen's Brinker Must Go

      Jeff Campagna
      Petition Organizer

      Paul Clolery, the editor-in-chief of The Non-Profit Times, "the leading business publication for nonprofit management," joins the call for Nancy Brinker to resign from Komen and for an independent board to chart a new course for the organization.

    10. Turns Out Komen Vice Pres. Karen Handel is Anti-Gay Everything

      Jeff Campagna
      Petition Organizer

      Karen Handel is so anti-gay she would deny domestic-partner health benefits to to same-sex couples, i.e. she would deny women access to healthcare if they were lesbians. Though she has resigned as Sr. VP of Policy, a board directors that would hire a woman with her views for that position has no business running a women's health organization.

    11. Komen Founder Nancy Brinker’s Mysterious Expense Report

      Jeff Campagna
      Petition Organizer

      The Daily Beast reports that unlike almost every other public charity, Komen founder and CEO Nancy Brinker flies first class and stays in five-star hotels on the Foundation's dime and receives more that $100K more in salary than the prior CEO, simply because she is the founder. Additionally, she received over $100K in expense reimbursements from Komen while working for the federal government.

      Though she has done great works, Nancy Komen's identity and personal lifestyle have become too enmeshed with the organization she founded. In order to restore faith and accountability to the institution, she should resign.

    12. Komen should clean house after Planned Parenthood flap, fundraiser says

      Jeff Campagna
      Petition Organizer

      Politico reported on a former Komen NYC board member's call for Nancy Brinker and the rest of the Komen board to resign. From Politico:

      "For top Susan G. Komen for the Cure fundraiser Eve Ellis, Karen Handel’s resignation is only a start — she’s calling for the CEO and entire board to go.

      Ellis, a former Komen New York City board member who wrote in a letter that the foundation has received its last dollar from her in the wake of the Planned Parenthood fiasco, said in an interview Thursday that Komen needs to clean house before she supports the organization again. She says she has raised more than $250,000 for the group in the past six years.

      Ellis — who on Monday called for Komen founder and CEO Nancy Brinker to resign, Handel to be terminated and the nine-member board to be replaced — said it’s absolutely necessary that those responsible for the Planned Parenthood decision leave the foundation."

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72682

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. Inside The Komen Foundation

      Jeff Campagna
      Petition Organizer

      Appearing on Lawrence O'Donnell's The Last Word on MSNBC, Eve Ellis, a former Komen NYC board member told O'Donnell that in order for her to return to Komen, the leadership has to change and that in one way to help make that happen was for people to sign this petition.

    15. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Diane Janis ROANOKE, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Susan G Komen should be above politics!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • E W FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have had BC Double Mas. Trip Neg 16 rounds chemo Work for Hospice pitiful what options women have and if there is that much SGK pink sold then I should not have to see women suffer with tumors so large they cannot sit up, or not being able to pay their bills, or the best diagnostics being used. I pray I am cured but having to work thru 16 rounds of chemo is pitiful, but would do it again to never hear of a woman who could not afford a Dr. to remove a aggressive tomor to give them quality of life or give them the best DX tests availble. PIT-E-FUL and SHAME on PINK! not a cure just a color. Sherry

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    • Sue Swisher DAVENPORT, IA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Komen has completely lost it's mission-focus under Brinker's recent leadership. As a not for profit CEO myself, I fully understand that a time comes when even founders must move on. It's way past time for Brinker. No organizational leader or member of the board is bigger than the core mission.

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    • Sherri Swiman WEST ROXBURY, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Caring for women before, during, and after breast cancer MUST be a non-partisan act. To bring politics in denigrates the validity of the Komen in particular, and of

      non-profits in general. Those responsible should and must resign.

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    • Joan Bertels PAWLING, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have a very dear friend who has been fighting breast cancer for several years. She deserves the best care available and a good life cancer-free.

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