Published: Thu. Jun 7, 2012 at 11:32 am | Updated: Thu. Jun 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Comments: 0
From the President's Desk:
Breast Cancer and African-American Women
Scientists have known for some time that, although breast cancer is less common in African American women than white women, African American women are more likely to die from it. This week, researchers presented research involving DNA markers that begins to explain the differences in how women of different ethnicities experience breast cancer.
Because breast cancer presents a particular threat to the health of African American women, the National Urban League has partnered with Susan G. Komen For The Cure®, which is helping move women from awareness to understanding to action. Not only does Komen encourage women to take action and get screened, they are helping provide the resources to do so. Almost every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 30 years has been impacted by a Komen grant.
You can unite with us in the partnership by joining the Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise today! Circle of Promise is a movement designed to further engage black women around the globe in the fight against breast cancer. Here you can also find out how to connect with Komen in your community as well as find resources for screening and treatment. Log on to www.circleofpromise.org today!
To Be Equal:
Floridians Win Twin Victories in the Fight Against Voter Suppression
“We must fight voter suppression, we must educate citizens so that new laws won’t catch them unaware on Election Day, and we must empower them to get to the polls.”
- National Urban League 2012 State of Black America – Occupy the Vote
Recent attempts to prevent voters of color in Florida from fully exercising their constitutional right to vote suffered twin blows last week. First, on Thursday, the Federal District Court in Miami granted a preliminary injunction effectively blocking several key provisions of Florida’s new and restrictive voter registration laws. Calling the new registration requirements “onerous,” the judge sided with the National Urban League, our Florida affiliates and a coalition of civil rights and voting rights groups who believe that these illegitimate and burdensome restrictions have only one purpose – to suppress the votes of millions of Floridians.
The 2012 Annual Conference continues the National Urban League tradition of service with a “Volunteer Zone” during the conference July 25 to 28. Attendees and the general public visiting the free Expo Hall can participate in “portable projects” like back-to-school kits for children and Christmas in July gifts for needy families and individuals. Click here to learn more.
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