Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017: Radical Hope: Letters of Love & Dissent in Dangerous Times

Jewelle Gomez reads from her letter as editor Carolina de Robertis listens.

Thanks so much to all of you who gave last week during our show.  You rock!

This week on Women's Magazine we will hear from six of the contributors to the new anthology RADICAL HOPE: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times.

At the book launch at Laurel Bookstore on May 3, editor Carolina de Robertis (The Invisible Mountain) was joined by contributors Jewelle Gomez (The Gilda Stories), Aya de Leon (Uptown Thief), Faith Adiele (The Nigerian-Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems), Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us) and Kate Schatz (Rad Women Worldwide) for an evening of inspiring and challenging words and heart-healing community.

Thanks to our friends from Making Contact for this audio. We are offering the book as a thank you gift for your donation of $80 or more to KPFA . If you missed the show on Monday you can still donate securely at KPFA.org and request a copy of Radical Hope. Thanks for your support.

Click here to listen to the show. 59:50 min

-Reel Resistance presents Trapped
Wednesday, May 24
6:30 PM-Reception and Hearty Food, graciously provided by our hosts, TD and Barbara Daniell
7:00 PM -Program
A benefit for the Dr. Willie Parker Fund for Abortion Access in the South.

Free admission; donations will be requested

Contact DaniellsDin@gmail.com or 510-277-6669 for a reservation, and location information.

-La Colectiva de Mujeres
Celebrating Quinceañera/15th Anniversary
Wednesday, May 24th, 6 - 9:30 PM
at San Francisco War Memorial Building

Ageing with Dignity Campaign Fund Benefit

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017: L.A. Kauffman about Direct Action

Hi, everyone, if you missed Kate's interview with L.A. Kauffman, author of Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism, on May Day, this is your chance to hear this lively conversation about the nearly forgotten movements of the last forty years.

And even if you heard it, you'll want to tune in because this is a much fuller version of the interview, which went on for over an hour.  We're both deeply steeped in this history and also use it to reflect on the current situation and where to go from here.

"The government won't stop the war. The people will stop the government."

-May Day Action slogan, 1971

This is a fundraising show for Women's Magazine - the first of two this drive, so if you haven't donated in a while, please consider making a donation of any size.  We will be offering L.A. Kauffman's book, Direct Action, for a donation of $90, the interview for $75 and the book and interview combo for $150.  And most importantly, you'll be helping us keep doing programming like this, which is desperately needed in these times (and all times).

Click here to listen to the entire show. 59:50 min

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LA KAUFFMAN and CAT BROOKS will be speaking at the 
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017
Chamber of Commerce at 3:30 PM

Susan Griffin is the author of the feminist classics Woman and Nature and A Chorus of Stones
Sunday, May 21st, 3-5pm
at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley (@ Ashby BART Station)
All are welcome, wheelchair accessible, refreshments.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017: Activist & former political prisoner Bo Brown

This week on KPFA Women's Magazine, we talk with Bo (Rita D.) Brown, who spent eight years in prison for her work as part of the revolutionary George Jackson Brigade.  A white working-class butch from rural Oregon, Brown was known as the "Gentleman Bank Robber," for a number of years in Seattle.  In this interview with Kate Raphael, she talks about coming out, becoming politicized and her relationship with Black Panther Assata Shakur. Bo Brown is now dealing with Lewy-Body dementia; a benefit for her expenses will be held on May 13 in Oakland.  (If you can't make it but want to contribute, you can do so here.)

Sparks Fly for BO! May 13th, 2017
First Unitarian Church
685 14th Street Oakland Ca. 94612
Doors Open at 6pm 

Event will include: 
- First screening from documentary "The Gentleman Bank Robber"
- Live Music: 
-Public Cry
- Mama's Boyz
- Rashida
- Speakers 
- Food. 
- Live screen printing of Vintage queer T-shirts!
- Prints, Posters & Art for Sale: 
-Just Seeds 
- Doug Minkler
- Terry Forman 
- Miranda Bergman & more 

All funds raised will go directly to Bo Brown

The Gentleman Bank Robber (sample) from Julie Perini on Vimeo.

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50

Also on today's show:
Author Ellen Meeropol
Author Susan Griffin

Monday, May 8, 2017: Author Ellen Meeropol

Joining us here is Ellen Meeropol, author of House Arrest and On Hurricane Island, whose newest book, Kinship of Clover weaves mental illness and climate activism.

Kate Raphael talks with Ellen about writing and fighting for social change.

"Activism and resistance can be a way for people to connect with each other in a more human way as well as a more earth friendly manner."

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50

Also on today's show:
Activist and former political prisoner Bo Brown
Author Susan Griffin

Monday, May 8, 2017: Author Susan Griffin

Photo: Irene Young

Next we are joined by activist-author who has written books about many disparate subjects: Susan Griffin is author of 20 books over 50 years, including the classic Woman and Nature. Her latest work (in progress) is The Ice Dancer's Tale, her first novel about global warming and the creative process.

"We've lost an understanding of what democracy is."

Susan Griffin and Kate Raphael will be in conversation on May 21 at the second of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom's Peace Talks, from 3-5 pm at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley.  Susan will be talking about How War Erodes and Destroys Democracies, which we also touch on in today's interview.

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50

Also on today's show:
Activist and former political prisoner Bo Brown
Author Ellen Meeropol

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May Day 2017 on Women's Magazine: Dissent, Love, Hope Through Writing and Action

L.A. Kauffman Discusses Direct Action

As protests shut down ICE offices, corporations and federal buildings around the country, L.A. Kauffman talks about the history of radical action in the U.S. beginning May Day 1971, when an audacious collection of radical announced that "If the government won't stop the war, we'll stop the government."  The extraordinary story of a nearly forgotten action in Washington, D.C. leads into a discussion of movements from the anti-nuclear power protests of the 1970s and 80s to the AIDS action movement and the 1999 Battle of Seattle, all woven together through a set of organizing structures and tactics heavily influenced by the feminist and radical queer movements.

Kauffman, the author of the new book, DIRECT ACTION: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism, challenges the idea that the effectiveness of protests should be judged either by their size or their ability to directly accomplish their stated objectives.

A longer version of this interview will air in two weeks at the next KPFA fund drive. Tune in to Women's Magazine on May 15th.

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min

Also on today's show:
Carolina de Robertis

May Day 2017 on Women's Magazine: Dissent, Love, Hope Through Writing and Action, Part II

Carolina de Robertis Talks about Radical Hope

Carolina de Robertis shares excerpts from and the ideas behind the new anthology RADICAL HOPE: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times.  The book, which is released on Tuesday, compiles letters by 33 prominent writers including Junot Diaz, Karen Joy Fowler, Jewelle Gomez, Mona Eltahawy, Achy Obejas, Alicia Garza, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Christina Garcia.

Photo credit: Nye' Lyn Tho 
De Robertis reads excerpts from this exceptional and important book. "Hope is a form of food...hope is a form of daring,...power and a form of resistance."

Carolina and a number of the contributors will celebrate the book launch with the following events:

May 3, 2017
Launch party for Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
Featuring Radical Hope contributors Aya de León, Jewelle Gomez, Reyna Grande, Faith Adiele, Kate Schatz, and Carolina De Robertis
Laurel Bookstore
1423 Broadway
Oakland, CA
7 pm

May 10, 2017
Radical Hope — reading, signing, and celebration
Featuring Radical Hope contributors Jewelle Gomez, Elmaz Abinader, Aya de León, Kate Schatz, and Carolina De Robertis
Bookshop West Portal
80 West Portal Avenue
San Francisco, CA
7 pm

June 3, 2017
Bay Area Book Festival
Berkeley, CA
Radical Hope: Staying Sane, Awake, and Engaged in Dangerous Times
Featuring Radical Hope contributors Jeff Chang, Aya de León, Carolina De Robertis, Parnaz Foroutan, Karen Joy Fowler, Francisco Goldman, Cherríe Moraga, Achy Obejas, and Meredith Russo.
Freight and Salvage
Alta Stage
Berkeley, CA
7 pm

For tickets or more information, please visit The Bay Area Book Festival.

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min

Also on today's show:
L.A. Kauffman