Digging In

Komen Stops Funding Planned Parenthood

February 1, 2012

Susan G. Komen for the Cure (SGK), the Dallas-based organization founded by Georgetowner Nancy G. Brinker after her only sister died from breast cancer in 1980, has decided to stop funding Planned Parenthood. A breast cancer survivor, Brinker has used her experience to heighten understanding of the disease, served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and Chief of Protocol of the U.S. from 2007 to the end of the George W. Bush administration. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2009.

Nancy G. Brinker (Photo by: Wikipedia) Nancy G. Brinker

Shortly before announcing the decision to defund Planned Parenthood, SGK unveiled the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon campaign aimed at improving breast and cervical screenings for women in developing nations in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

But as the Washington Post reports, " the truth is that Komen founder Nancy Brinker has strong Republican ties and Cecile Richards, who leads Planned Parenthood, is daughter of late Texas Gov. Ann Richards and has longtime Democratic Party ties. Also worth noting: This is an election year."

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Stephen R. Brown photography in Annapolis starting January 27

January 10, 2012

Washington, D.C. photographer and Georgetown resident, Stephen R. Brown will exhibit images from his new book, Tidewater: The Chesapeake Bay in Photographs, at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, January 27, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will run through the month of February. Admission to the reception is free. The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission to the Museum is also free, though donations are gratefully accepted.

Brown's images and articles on photography have appeared in Smithsonian, Life, Newsweek, Time, Fortune, The New York Times, National Geographic books, Broadcasting & Cable, American Photo, Photo Techniques, and other publications. His photographs have been exhibited in solo shows throughout the world. Most notably, they were featured in “Indelible Images: 100 Years of War Photography” and “Odyssey: 100 Years of NGS Photography,” both of which were initiated at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and traveled around the world.


In recent years, Brown has produced three books: WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall, DC Photo Book: An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C  and Tidewater: The Chesapeake Bay in Photographs.


Brown will deliver an illustrated talk on his work as part of the Museum’s Winter Maritime Lecture Series on Thursday, January 26, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. There will be an admission for the lecture. For more information, call 410.295.0104 or visit www.amaritime.org

 


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Give the gift of time this holiday season

December 21, 2011

Whether it's helping to prepare or serve meals, wrapping packages or visiting the sick or elderly, there are many ways and places to make a real difference this holiday season. About.com has a list of organizations to contact for Holiday Volunteering in the Washington, D.C area.

 


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