Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020: Escalating Interpersonal and State Violence in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic

This Monday March 30th at 1pm on KPFA Radio's Women's Magazine, Margo Okazawa-Rey  talks to four young feminist leaders in the anti-violence and anti-sexual assault movement who are present or former Brown University students,  to look at the less visible and less talked about aspects of the Coronavirus.  They look at what is happening interpersonally and in the home, and how the Shelter in Place Policy affects women and other folks in precarious and already-vulnerable positions, especially people with disabilities and incarcerated persons.   And they look at what happens when you consider race and class as critical aspects of their experiences.  They discuss the emerging data and observations regarding the increasing violence in various forms that are resulting from or exacerbated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Camila Pelsinger, senior at Brown University, is a leader sexual violence prevention on campus, including as a coordinator for the Brown University Sexual Assault Peer Education program.  As Vice President of Brown’s student government, she developed a transformative justice program to support community-based approaches to addressing harm that prioritizes the needs of victims and survivors.

Rose Houglet, sophomore at Brown, covers gender issues and campus activism for campus publications and volunteers as a Sexual Assault Peer Educator. She also conducts gender-based violence research that examines community intervention methods at Rhode Island middle and high schools.

Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu (pronounced: tim-koo-loo), a graduate of Brown, is the Founder and Executive Director of Project LETS, a national grassroots organization led by and for folks with lived experience of mental illness/madness, Disability, trauma, and neurodivergence. Their work and community-organizing specialize in building radical peer support collectives and community mental health care structures outside of state-sanctioned systems of “care,” grounded in principles of anti-racism and Disability, Transformative, and Healing Justice.

Xochi Cartland is a junior at Brown University. With a background in Disability Justice, she  is a staff member at Project LETS and is Student Coordinator, alongside Camila, of the Transformative Justice Program. Her primary interest resides in building grassroot infrastructures for responding to harm and violence that operate outside of institutions.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020: Intersectional and Transnational Feminism

This Monday March 23rd at 1pm on KPFA Radio's Women's Magazine Lisa Dettmer speaks with three pre-eminent Feminist activist scholars: Margo Okazawa-Rey, Paola Bacchetta, and Gwyn Kirk who provide an overview of contemporary intersectional and transnational feminism with a special attention to issues of race, class, sexuality and coloniality. They discuss feminism’s importance in their lives and work, the importance of having an analysis of power, and they also address some of the myths and stereotypes prevalent among many about what feminism looks like.

Paola Bacchetta is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at University of California at Berkeley, and a globally renowned feminist, lesbian and Queer of Color scholar and activist. She has published six books and over 60 professional articles in English and many different languages. She has been active in decolonial, anti-capitalist, pro-immigration, anti-racism feminist and Queer of color movements in the U.S., India, France and Italy.

Margo Okazawa-Rey is an activist and educator working on issues of militarism, armed conflict, and violence against Women examined intersectionally. She has long-standing activist commitments in South Korea and has been associated with the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling in Palestine.

Gwyn Kirk is a scholar-activist concerned with genuine security and creating a sustainable world. She has taught Women’s and gender studies at U.S. colleges and universities for 30 years. She publishes a textbook/anthology, Gendered Lives: Intersectional Perspectives co-edited with Margo Okazawa-Rey and has written widely on eco-feminism, militarism, and women’s peace organizing.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

February 10, 2020 - Meet the Honduran Water Protectors

environmental justice activism in Honduras
courtesy: Pablo Ibáñez AraInfo

Most people have heard of the late Berta Caceres, the Indigenous environmental activist and movement leader assassinated for her activism in Honduras. What do you know, more generally, about feminist movements and women’s activism in Honduras? What do you know about Black Honduran women’s struggles?

In the first half of today's show, host Margo Okazawa-Rey speaks with Juana Esquivel, a feminist human rights defender who is one of 12 water-protectors jailed by the Honduran government as she and others struggle to protect natural resources in  Guapinol Honduras. Esquivel was among four activists who toured the US in October 2019 to expose US audiences to current events in their region. 

In the second half of the show, African-American feminist scholar and activist Kia Melchor Hall discusses the situation of Black Garifuna women in Honduras and the connections between their activism with the struggle in Gaupinol and other locations facing the destruction of the land, water, and human life caused by government-supported extractivist industries. Melchor Hall is Melchor Hall is a faculty member in Fielding Graduate University’s School of Leadership Studies in Human and Organizational Development programs. the author of the new book, Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Writing in Darkness, just released by Routledge Press.

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019 - The Invisible Knapsack of Race, Gender and Class Privilege

Sharon Sobotta speaks with Peggy McIntosh, the anti-racist feminist activist and scholar author of the seminal 1989 article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Years before the idea of "checking your privilege" became ubiquitous on college campuses, McIntosh's own experience of unconscious oppressive behavior by "very nice" men led her to examine how her own "unearned assets" her African American colleagues' experience in working with her. McIntosh is adamant that her concept of privilege is not meant to shame or blame, but simply to make us conscious of things we take for granted which get in the way of the changes we want to make in society.

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In the first half hour of today's show, Dr. Ella Henry on restoring Maori land and cultural autonomy

Monday, December 23, 2019 - Restoring Maori Land and Cultural Autonomy

As part of her Indigenous Women and the Land series, Women's Magazine host Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu talks to Dr. Ella Henry, a Maori scholar and community leader from New Zealand, about her work with her tribe to get the New Zealand government to return their ancestral homelands. Dr. Henry also discusses the grief and losses that colonial violence created for the Maori and how women are working to promote Maori cultural revitalization and self determination in New Zealand. 
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In the second part of today's show: Peggy McIntosh on the Invisible Knapsack of Privilege

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019: Holistic Approach to Women's Health Care

Tarita Thomas

Tanya Leake
Health care in the U.S.is unfortunately both sexist and racist. As a result Women have struggled and suffered with health issues,  often unnecessarily,  because of the bias in health care that understudies women’s health issues, especially sexual and reproductive health issues  and then  ignores, dismisses  and shames women when they need help.  Today we talk to Wellness experts Tanya Leake and Tarita Thomas who have been offering a holistic alternative to women’s health for over a decade, that they created after struggling with their own health issues, and now are co creating a revolutionary peer-centered information platform to address the misinformation and dismissal of  women’s health issue by providing a space called WeKnow (Women embracing the Knowledge Necessary for Our Wellness) where women can share their own stories with Cramps, Fibroids & Endometriosis.  This is revolutionary because we know sharing our stories and supporting each other is the way we take control of our own bodies and create a new notion of health based in our own intuitive and shared knowledge as women.

Tarita Thomas was diagnosed with Endometriosis at the age of 12. None of the options her doctors offered helped, so she spent the next 30 years suffering, researching answers and seeking relief.  Her passion for Women’s Wellness is rooted in the impact that journey has had on her schooling, career and financial life.  She is the author of First Blood: Women’s Stories of their First Period, Founder of The pms Telethon designed to eradicate cramps, fibroids & endometriosis, and Founder of Pussy the Seminar: Creating Safe Space Dialogue About Our Most Sacred and Controversial Body Part.  A credentialed coach, facilitator, participatory researcher, data scientist and 20-year veteran of Human Resources and Diversity Consulting, Tarita is invested in driving authentic, vulnerable, critical conversations. Tarita is co-facilitator of #coochieconversations and co-founder and Chief Evangelist of WeKNOW.

A Black girl transplanted from Harlem, NY and now living in Atlanta, GA, Tanya Leake is a holistic wellness coach, consultant and educator who specializes in holistic nutrition, self-care, dance and fitness. Founder of her own brand of holistic wellness under EmBODY WELL, Tanya is a certified ACE (American Council on Exercise) health coach and group fitness instructor. She holds specialty certifications in behavior change, women’s health, natural health, sports and exercise nutrition and nutrition therapy. Tanya is a former senior consultant with Accenture’s Information Management Services group, with a background in computer programming, systems and data architecture. Tanya is co-facilitator of #coochieconversations and co-founder and CEO of WeKNOW.

WeKNOWus is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019: Excavating Uruguayan Lesbian Herstory

courtesy Carolina de Robertis
Kate Raphael speaks with novelist Carolina de Robertis about her stunning new book, Cantoras, a story based on the real experiences of Uruguyan lesbians making a place for themselves and each other amidst the secrets and terror of the military dictatorship. The New York Times calls the book "brazenly hopeful ... a revolutionary fable, ideal for this moment." Carolina and I met over empanadas at Oakland's Cafe Santana; so you'll also learn the difference between Platense empanadas (those from the Rio de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay) and those from Chile, Peru and the Philippines.

Event: Meet the Authors, 20th Anniversary of NANOWRIMO at the SF Main Library, Wed, Nov 13 at 6 PM. Carolina will participate with a panel of writers to talk about their writing process and what it is like to write 50,000 words in a month.

Note from Kate Raphael:
This will likely be the last time I will host Women's Magazine. Tune in to find out about what I'll be doing instead! Thanks to all of you for all your support over these many years, and I hope you will continue to be avid listeners and supporters of Women's Magazine. (Keep in touch with Kate at www.kateraphael.com. Click on contact and sign up for Kate's newsletter.)

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