Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monday, August 18th, 2014: Paula Giddings on the life and work of Ida B. Wells

The Life and Work of Ida B. Wells


As we reflect on the last week's horrific events in Ferguson, Missouri, it's hard to imagine that anyone in this country cannot be moved by images of Black people with their hands up shouting, "Hands up. Don't shoot" as police with long guns stare down at them from armoured trucks. USA Today notes that local police killed an average of 2 Black people every week from 2005 to 2012. Even more upsetting are the accounts of Black women and girls who have been killed by police as recounted by Khadijah Costley White in her excellent piece entitled Black and Unarmed: Women and Girls Without Weapons Killed by Law Enforcement. We need to stop talking about these killings as police misconduct and begin recognizing them as state sponsored lynchings, not a justice system gone awry but disturbed deep inner workings. Until we do there will be no justice, no democracy and no peace.

Black feminist Ida B. Wells started the nation's most prominent anti-lynching campaign in 1893. Ida B. Wells knew and worked with white feminist Susan B. Anthony but was unsucessful in getting her to work on anti-lynching. Wells advocated a panoply of direct and indirect action strategies including boycott, moral suasion, advocacy journalism, immigration, and armed self-defense. She talked about gender and sexuality.

Today we listen to part of a talk by Professor Paula Giddings. Historian Paula Giddings is author of Ida: A Sword Among Lions. This talk was first aired on Against the Grain on KPFA in 2006. To hear the entire talk by Professor Giddings click here.

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Monday, August 18th, 2014: New film about Dorothea Lange

Photographer Dorothea Lange


Filmmaker Dyanna Taylor discusses her new film about her grandmother, photographer Dorothea Lange. Grab a Hunk of Lightning documents Lange's preparation for a one-woman show at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Lange, who helped the nation see poverty, is one of the best-known photographers of her generation.

This beautiful film premieres at the Oakland Museum in Oakland on Saturday, August 23 at 2 PM, and airs on "American Masters" on August 29th at 9 PM (check local PBS listings).

Check out the PBS site that features film excerpts, outtakes and additional information on Lange: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/dorothea-lange/about-the-film/3096/

Grab a Hunk of Lightning will stream for free at the above link after the Aug. 29 broadcast premiere.

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Also on today's show:
Paula Giddings on Ida B. Wells

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014: Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler


This week on Women's Magazine, Kate Raphael is in conversation with Karen Joy Fowler, whose novel WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES has won the Pen Faulkner Prize for 2013 and has recently been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  Fowler cofounded the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for speculative fiction which challenges or expands our concepts of gender.

Karen Joy talks about her writing process, genre vs. literary fiction, where she finds ideas for her writings and why she writes. Ultimately she strives to write books that are fun to read and entertaining.

Read below what other writers are saying about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.

“You know how people say something is incredible or unbelievable when they mean it’s excellent? Well, Karen Joy Fowler’s new book is excellent: utterly believable and completely credible – a funny, moving, entertaining novel that is also an important and unblinking review of a shameful chapter in the history of science.”

—Dr. Mary Doria Russell, biological anthropologist and author of The Sparrow and Doc

“It’s been years since I’ve felt so passionate about a book. When I finished at 3 a.m., I wept, then I woke up the next morning, reread the ending, and cried all over again.”

—Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being

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Also on this show:
Breastfeeding Awareness Month


Monday, August 11, 2014: August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

West Coast Blockade of the Israeli Zim Ship

Port of Oakland

Saturday, August 16th

5am

Meet at West Oakland Bart and march to Berth 57
Those planning to participate: subscribe to text-alerts and receive live updates about the 8/16 Block the Boat, text “join” to (510) 346-5951.

For more information go to ArabOrganizing.org and Block the Boat on Facebook.

STOP THE SIEGE ON GAZA!
END THE COLONIAL OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE!
RIGHT OF RETURN FOR ALL PALESTINIAN REFUGEES!
FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
BOYCOTT, DIVEST, SANCTION!

Breastfeeding Awareness Month


https://www.facebook.com/UrbanLactationProject

We talk with Jazmin Morelos, coordinator of the Urban Lactation Project, about public breastfeeding and some upcoming events in San Francisco.  August is Breast Feeding Awareness month. In celebration Two Nights of Art, Music and Poetry, a two day event will be held on August 16th and August 23rd from 6-9 PM at the Eric Quezada Center on 518 Valencia St in San Francisco, CA. Speakers on both nights will discuss the benefits of breastfeeding, myths about breastfeeding, and local resourses.

The goal of Urban Lactation Project is to promote nursing in public through art & creating comfortable and welcoming public environments.

Jazmin Morelos' favorite nursing mom and kid friendly restaurant is Espetus at 1686 Market St. at Gough in San Francisco.

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Also on today's program:
Interview with Karen Joy Fowler

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 21, 2014: Palestinian Women Take Aim with Cameras

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We speak with filmmakers Judith Montell and Emmy Scharlatt about their film, "In The Image," which features footage shot by half a dozen young Palestinian women working with the Israeli human rights group, "Btselem" to document daily life under occupation. Not just human rights violations but also graduation parties, shopping, falling in love, resisting by existing - they tell it like it is.

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In the Image is showing at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival on Wednesday, July 30 at 1:50 PM at the Castro Theatre, and on Sunday, August 3 at 4:45 PM at the California Theatre. For tickets and more information go to SFJFF.org.

We are two Jewish women filmmakers interested in women’s rights, non-violent activism and social issues throughout the globe. We are excited to be telling a different story about the relationships between Jews and Arabs.

Judith Montell has produced and directed documentaries dealing with issues of social justice, history, and education. Among them are Forever Activists: Stories from the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, nominated for an Academy Award; A Home On The Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma with Bonnie Burt; Timbrels and Torahs: Celebrating Women’s Wisdom with Miriam Chaya., Professional Revolutionaary: The Life of Saul Wellman and First Amendment On Trial: the Case of the Detroit Six. She directed and edited a series of 16 half hour dramatic programs in Esperanto, “Pasporto al la Tuta Mondo” for the purpose of teaching the language to aspiring Esperantists around the world. In The Image: Capturing the Struggle for Human Rights is in the spirit of these films, encouraging and teaching activism and featuring “ordinary” individuals working for a common good.

Emmy Scharlatt, started her film career as an assistant editor in Hollywood. Her feature film credits include: Year of The Dragon; Karate Kid II; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; Steel Magnolias. She has worked as an editor, researcher, writer, and producer on documentaries and feature films since 1982. She edited Taino Maida’s Peace is Every Step, The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hahn, and was Consultanting Editor and Associate Producer on Mark Eisner’s film on the life of Pablo Neruda, The Poets Calling. Emmy co-produced Four Questions For A Rabbi by Stacey Ross and Jay Rosenblatt, an 11-minute film that won the Directors Cut award at the 2008 Black Maria film festival. In the Image is her directorial debut. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Francisco State University.

Click here to listen to the entire Women's Magazine show from today. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:
The Life of Valerie Solanas

California Coalition of Women Prisoners is sponsoring a caravan and rally on July 31st to protest the re-opening of McFarland prison, to be run by the GEO Group, a private company with an abysmal reputation. Low level women offenders qualified for release are being transferred to McFarland for a brutal program falsely entitled Enhanced Rehabilitation and Recidivism Reduction Campaign. The caravan will meet at MacArthur BART at 11 AM and link up with Trail for Humanity. A rally at 5 PM will be held at McFarland Park. For more information contact CCWP at 415-255-7036 ext 4 or email notomcfarlandgeo@gmail.com. To find out more about Trail for Humanity you can find them on Facebook.

July 21, 2014: The Life of Valerie Solanas

California Coalition of Women Prisoners is sponsoring a caravan and rally on July 31st to protest the re-opening of McFarland prison, to be run by the GEO Group, a private company with an abysmal reputation. Low level women offenders qualified for release are being transferred to McFarland for a brutal program falsely entitled Enhanced Rehabilitation and Recidivism Reduction Campaign. The caravan will meet at MacArthur BART at 11 AM and link up with Trail for Humanity. A rally at 5 PM will be held at McFarland Park. For more information contact CCWP at 415-255-7036 ext 4 or email notomcfarlandgeo@gmail.com. To find out more about Trail for Humanity you can find them on Facebook.


Life and Work of Valerie Solanas


To buy: http://www.feministpress.org/books/breanne-fahs/valerie-solanas
Breanne Fahs, professor of women's and gender studies at Arizona State University, discusses the controversial but important life and work of Valerie Solanas. Fahs is author of the new book, Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol).

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Breanne Fahs
Breanne Fahs is an associate professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University, where she specializes in studying women's sexuality, critical embodiment studies, radical feminism, and political activism.  She has a B.A. in women's studies/gender studies and psychology from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in women's studies and clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.  She has published widely in feminist, social science, and humanities journals and has authored three books: Performing Sex (SUNY Press, 2011), an analysis of the paradoxes of women's "sexual liberation," The Moral Panics of Sexuality (Palgrave, 2013), an edited collection that examines cultural anxieties of "scary sex," and Valerie Solanas (Feminist Press, 2014), a biography about the controversial and politically significant life of author/would-be assassin Valerie Solanas. She is the director of the Feminist Research on Gender and Sexuality Group at Arizona State University, and she also works as a private practice clinical psychologist specializing in sexuality, couples work, and trauma recovery.

To read S.C.U.M. Manifesto go to: http://www.womynkind.org/scum.htm

To hear the entire program of Women's Magazine click here. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 14, 2014: Tomboy, the Art of Nancy Cato

First up: Grief in Palestine

The death toll in Gaza climbs daily. More than 200 Palestinians have died; 1 in 4 are children. The US gives Israel $14 million a day most of which is spent by the military. One can be assured that every kid that has been killed has been with weapons we paid for. Call or write your Congress people. To find out what is currently happening the following websites are excellent sources: Arab Resource and Organizing Center, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and The Electronic Intifada.


TOMBOY

http://qcc2.org/tomboy/

In this segment we talk with artist Nancy Cato, whose show "Tomboy" is on display now through September 18th at the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco.  Nancy talks about the evolution of her work, growing up as a tomboy in New Haven, raising a son, and crafting a Black lesbian identity.

Words from Nancy: "In my catholic grade school, I recall walking up the steps with one of the sisters and decided to make the journey back to my class a little faster by taking 2 steps at a time. Sister Rita said, 'Nancy!  That’s not ladylike.' Why? I thought, but inside I knew."

With the use of pen and ink illustrations, Nancy Cato will unleash a good chunk of her thoughts of what it meant for her growing up as a Tomboy. The good, the bad, and the attempt to find self-love in a world full of dollies, dresses and tea parties. The solo show is at 762 Fulton Street in San Francisco and is open everyday from noon to 5PM through September 18th.

Nancy Cato, born and raised in New Haven, has been creating whimsical and socially conscious illustrations for the past 10 yrs. In 2000 she started her own company, Cato Creations designing t-shirts, greeting cards and logos for local businesses. In most of her work you will find that Cato’s illustrations primarily center on the individual. The issue being addressed may affect the community at large, but for her the individual creates the community. This invites the viewer into an environment that hopefully becomes theirs.

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Also on today's show:
Stories from Chicago Public Housing