The Cancer Party II

UPDATE FOR 9/9/10: UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, DO NOT TAKE BREAST CANCER ACTION AT ITS WORD. AS OF THIS MORNING, I HAVE HAD A HORRID ENCOUNTER — ACTUALLY A SET OF ENCOUNTERS — WITH THEM WHICH SEEMS TO INDICATE THAT THEY ARE INVOLVED IN SOME VERSION OF GREENWASHING. THIS IS A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT, TO SAY THE LEAST. I WILL DELETE THIS IF I RECEIVE ANY FURTHER CONTACT FROM THEM WHICH WARRANTS A REVISION OF MY THINKING.

Note: This is an archived site. All articles and sections were written for specific audiences, for particular purposes. Without the proper context, a given piece can be puzzling or off-putting. Please only read what is directly recommended to you. What’s below is UNEDITED. This is written primarily for members of BCA. The opening quote centers on children, but is really about a dilemma that faces us all… hinting at what The Cancer Party would address. The “retired nobody” came from an arrogant local politician who laughed at me when I suggested that a gubernatorial coalition with heart, head and soul in a healthy place could replace a career politician in the Sacred Seat of Sacramento by 2014. The degree to which our regulatory agencies are shams demands that. Something grand must happen for many reasons.

The Cancer Party II
by Richard Martin Oxman

“Government isn’t protecting our children very well…. There are lots of really good people grinding away at the problem, but the political level puts limits on what you can do.”
– from Eric Schaeffer, former head of EPA’s enforcement office, who resigned in protest from the agency and now runs the Environmental Integrity Project… whose colleague, Starsh Khandeshi has promised (9/8/10) to send me information that might help me to determine whether or not Chevron’s refinery in Richmond, California is honoring state and federal laws [Why does a "retired nobody" like me have to go through such contortions to secure such basic info? Why hasn't any Governor of California taken care of that sort of thing already -- like he/she could unilaterally -- with the snap of a finger?]

This is NOT about celebrating midst cancer crises. [So common with the Pink crowd.]

Also, this is NOT about trying to corral non-profit organizations into the electoral arena… in violation of the legal parameters imposed upon them by the powers that be.

Furthermore, this is NOT about draining any heartbeats or funds away from any activist organization… NOT about distracting such groups from their primary priorities, NOT about adding additional burdens to their busy agendas.

I could go on and on addressing “issues” which invariably come up from activist quarters which I approach when I propose a new paradigm for action. But I won’t. In the name of saving heartbeats. In the name of dealing immediately with our horrid momentum. From a new angle.

This IS about meeting the challenge of CANCER. Not just breast cancer. Not just about what comes from abnormal and uncontrolled cell division in various parts of the body. For there is carcinogenic growth of a sort which confronts us ‘cross the spectrum of our lives. I’m after the whole shebang.

But before I can move in solidarity with anyone respecting the above, whoever I am addressing has to STOP for a moment. Has to STOP to allow for more than sound bites. For what I have to propose begs for deep dialogue, extensive back and forth. Like any new idea deserves in a democratic setting.

Since EVERYONE I encounter — and I’ve been working at this particular schtick 24×8 for over 18 months now — is understandably concerned with fund raising and recruitment if they’re part of an organization, for purposes of motivation I should underscore that what I’m proposing should bring in lots of money and new recruits effortlessly*… as a byproduct of engagement on a new macroscopic scale.

*My primary concern is not to keep organizations afloat, but this new paradigm for action will inevitably secure additional money and people along the way to… winning. I use that term because I am absolutely not in this whole shebang to simply fight the good fight. And I am only concerned with the health of a given organization to the extent that their soul resides in the desire to win in the Big Picture, not win within the narrow confines of their mission (exclusively). I meet many groups which — when all is said and done — are essentially about spotlighting themselves.

Before I go any further, I want to emphasize that THIS is a sound bite. This is only being penned in the hope that someone out there will invite me for a rendezvous. So that decent discussion can take place.

As things stand, the very best activist non-profits are only working in little quarters. Some are working at an arthritic snail’s pace, and some of working ’round the clock, but ALL are falling short in terms of the deadlines looming. With regard to the carcinogenic momentum hinted at above, for… for all the great, necessary work… we are planting seeds which will never bloom. Meaning, we will all be overcome by the horrid momentum which envelops us at present if we don’t do something fresh.

I intend to help Breast Cancer Action — if they simply give me a HUGE HUG — with their three primary priorities.

Their interest in decreasing “involuntary environmental exposures that put people at risk for breast cancer” is so aligned with concerns of my soul that I cannot do justice to what resonates with me… with words. I can only honor what I feel by taking action in solidarity with BCA. Fresh action.

And what am I talking about when I speak of “a new paradigm” and I invoke the word fresh?

It will be a supreme honor to be given the BCA ear for a few precious moments… in person. [Pause.] For we all know that some things cannot — should not — be expressed at a distance.

I can tell you this now though: I can clearly see that BCA’s agenda will be talked about by millions more in very short order. That what BCA wants to accomplish will be advanced immeasurably within a year. By simply continuing on its present track and (ALSO) taking over some significant reins of power, beginning in the State of California. Getting off of its knees in submitting petitions to disingenuous politicians exclusively, refusing to exhaust itself with incessant documentation and demonstrations exclusively, and helping the public to self-educate along traditional lines exclusively.

Enter The Cancer Party… which BCA people can get behind as individual citizens. To be elaborated on, upon request.

[Pause.]

When I was barely seven-years-old I stood beside Paul Robeson in Peekskill, New York, and… so… it’s very easy for me to relate to what BCA is addressing with its third priority: “Create awareness that it is not just genes, but social injustices-political, economic, and racial inequities-that lead to disparities in breast cancer outcomes.”

About a year after the Peekskill riots, I ended up at Steepletop… at the foot of life-changer Edna St. Vincent Millay. Among other things, she recited a few lines from her Renascence to me:

“The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky,—
No higher than the soul is high.
The heart can push the sea and land
Farther away on either hand;
The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.”

The soul of BCA is capable of creating a watershed in history.

At any hour the reader is welcome to contact the author at 831-688-8038 in the Vienna Woods of Aptos, California. Email to aptosnews@gmail.com will work too.