‘Net Lessons: Planned Parenthood Saved Me

If you logged in to Facebook anytime over the last few weeks, you probably saw the above viral snapshot in your ‘feed.  If you shared the photo, you were a part of the social media response to the controversy surrounding the Susan G Komen Foundation’s decision — and quick alleged reversal — to pull grant funding that covered cancer screening for low income women  from the very essential and much-esteemed Planned Parenthood program (click here for more info).

For an intensive, fair, and really informative look at the Susan G Komen/Planned Parenthood catastrophe, check out author (Share This!) Deanna Zandt‘s site and her post, Lessons from the Susan G Komen Foundation Firestorm: What Other Non-Profits Can — and Can’t — Take Away.

From the site:

I also started wondering what kind of activism could be done with women who don’t have any money to withdraw or re-donate–those who would be most affected by a lack of services at Planned Parenthood. It was with that impetus that I created the Tumblr blog, Planned Parenthood Saved Me, as a storytelling vehicle. Numbers and statistics don’t tell stories; people do. That’s how we relate to one another. Collecting these stories in one place became a powerful messaging tool: for Planned Parenthood itself, if they wanted to use it; for journalists looking for the human side of this story; and, of course, for the women who have lived through horrific healthcare experiences, who were saved by PP, as a tool of catharsis and support.

You can visit Zandt’s Tumblr, Planned Parenthood Saved Me, to read stories about how Planned Parenthood has affected so many lives, or you can share your own story.  Zandt’s tumblr site is a wonderful social media repository that connects people who need to be heard and understood when they feel powerless and betrayed by large institutions.  It’s a form of therapy, “cathartic,” as Zandt calls it, but it’s also a powerful way to present a united front, a national support group and a place for people to connect-and-effect via i-grassroots storytelling.  The site has picked up thousands of very personal Planned Parenthood stories since its inception just a few weeks ago.


This is a video interview from Wired about the social media response to the Komen decision/reversal:

The above video talks about how social media can effect change, keep us all informed, connected, and alert to injustice.  From the video:

… what’s happening is the information is so rapid, so accelerated, so available to everyone… there’s no doubt what’s going on in the psyche of civilization anymore, and you have more pure information to decide what to do… and it gives everyone the power to effect their organizations.

You can also watch this video from the Mashable article, “How Social Media Made Susan G. Komen Cave.”

For more information, check out this article in The Daily Kos about “The Komen Foundation’s Corporate Approach to Philanthropy on Film.”

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