Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 17, 2014: Dhaya and Karinda Take on the World

Stand Up Sit Down

Preeti Shekar sits down with comics Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Karinda Dobbins to talk about their upcoming show, Stand Up Sit Down.

Socio-political comedians Karinda Dobbins and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan present the third “Stand Up Sit Down,” a daring new show with innovative comedians and special guest Chinaka Hodge on November 21st at 8PM at La Peña Cultural Center. Also featured is standup comic Matt Lieb.

November 17, 2014: Whole Foods Workers in For the Fight

Workers and supporters at November 6th rally

We'll also talk with three of the women involved in the unionization campaign at the SOMA Whole Foods. The grocery chain offers a pre-cooked organic turkey dinner for 8 for $160. CEO John Mackey claims that Whole Foods has the highest profits as a percentage of sales of the Fortune 500 businesses but their employees are still paid under market wages.

Two weeks ago workers and supporters in San Francisco approached the south of Market Whole Foods to demand raises and the right to unionize with the IWW. Here is their story of what happened on November 6th.

For more information and to support the workers of Whole Foods go to their website at Whole Foods Market Workers Unite.

Listen now or get MP3. 17:37 min.

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

Also on today's show:
Radical Feminism and Sustainability
Dhaya and Karinda Take on the World

November 17, 2014: Radical Feminism and Sustainability

Earth at Risk 2014 Conference November 22nd and 23rd

This week on Women's Magazine, we hear from radical feminist Saba Malik of the Fertile Ground Institute, an organizer of Earth At Risk, a conference on sustainability and social justice, along with aboriginal women's rights activist Cherry Smiley and anti-trafficking and economic justice organizer Yuly Chan.  Yuly and Cherry will both be speaking on the Confronting Misogyny panel at Earth At Risk next Sunday. They talk about the interrelationship of rape culture, prostitution, environmental destruction, capitalism, land rights and patriarchy.

Earth at Risk Conference is in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014: Black Women Surviving Social Trauma

Today's program begins a new format for Women's Magazine. Once a month new hosts Vylma V and Lisa Marie Rollins will bring us voices from global women of color and multiple diasporas. At the end our live show the phone lines will open for callers to share their knowledge, work and stories.

Vylma V and Lisa Marie Rollins

Surviving Global Social Trauma

In the last 25 years we have begun recognize that the experiences of war can cause PTSD.  But feminists and activists have long recognized that there is another kind of war occurring in the U.S upon women, people of color, activists and poor people by our unhealthy society, which causes social trauma for all but especially for those in targeted groups.  This Monday on KPFA's Women's Magazine we talk to two African American women about how they have been affected in their lives and bodies by the racism, sexism, homophobia and imperialism of our society and how they have found ways to heal.  
Nell Myhand is a Berkeley based organizer, author and speaker whose work brings people together across age, race, class and other differences forming alliances to create powerful, effective solutions to common problems that leave no one out and no one behind. She is writing children’s books that highlight solidarity and collective action for social justice towards creating the other world we know is possible.

Cara Page is a Black queer feminist from a long ancestral legacy of organizers and cultural workers. Cara works on Queer and trans liberation, reproductive justice and racial and economic justice and is currently the Executive Director of the Audre Lorde Project in NYC.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014: Power In Our Hands: Artists Surviving Gentrification

We meet three of the women artists showing at SF Open Studios this weekend: Carmen Melendez-Lugo, Sawyer Rose and emiko oye, and hear about their influences, their art and the challenges for artists trying to survive the gentrification of San Francisco.

emiko oye makes jewelry of gems, recycled materials and repurposed plastic Legos. Check out her website: REWARE. On November 8th and 9th see Lego Haute Couture at 1830 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA.

Sawyer Rose is a mixed-media and electronics artists. Her work include metalworks, sculpture, and lightboxes. On November 8th and 9th Rose's Native Plant Inspired Installations will be on exhibit at Fort Mason, Building A, in the Golden Gate Room, San Francisco, CA.

Carmen Melendez-Lugo works on paper use bold lines and colors to describe and express.She comes from a long tradition of socially conscious artists. You can see her art November 8th and 9th at 1659 26th Ave at Lawton, San Francisco, CA. 

For a complete guide to Open Studios go to

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Monday, November 3, 2014: The Power in Our Hands: Nora Barrows-Friedman discusses her new book.

In Our Power

Journalist and author Nora Barrows-Friedman talks about her new book IN OUR POWER: Students Organize for Justice in Palestine, which compiles interviews with 70 young activists from 30 universities around the country who are finding their collective strength. Nora Barrows-Friedman discusses the meteoric rise of the national campus organization, Students for Justice in Palestine, its successes and challenges, and its relationship to other movements including feminist and queer movements on campus.

Nora Barrows-Friedman is a journalist, staff editor at The Electronic Intifada and the author of In Our Power: US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine. She has also contributed to Al-Jazeera English, Inter Press Service,, Left Turn magazine, and various other international media outlets. From 2003-2010, she was the Senior Producer and co-host of Flashpoints, an award-winning investigative newsmagazine operating out of KPFA/Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, California. Nora has been regularly reporting from Palestine since 2004.

In the years following Israel’s 2008–9 “Operation Cast Lead” assault on the Palestinians of Gaza, a new kind of student movement emerged on US campuses, in support of the idea that Palestinians should gain the full exercise of their human and political rights within their historic homeland. This new movement of students for justice in Palestine has helped to put “BDS,” the worldwide campaign supporting the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel until it abides by international law, firmly onto the national map.

In 2013 and early 2014, journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman crisscrossed the United States interviewing the young activists who form the core of this movement, and their voices ring out strongly from every page of her new book. In Our Power reveals the rich political legacy these students are building. This new student movement in support of Palestinian rights faces many challenges from on and off-campus opponents. But the strength and intelligence of the voices revealed in the pages of In Our Power show us that truth, justice, and “people power” are capable of withstanding such attacks and continuing forward to victory.

Nora Barrows-Friedman book launch events:

Thursday, November 6th, 7 to 9 PM

Friday, November 7th, 7 to 8:30 PM
at Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco, CA

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Monday, November 3, 2014: Power In Our Hands: Dohee Lee talks about MAGO

Movements Grow From Art

In this half hour, we speak with multimedia shamanistic performer Dohee Lee, whose new work MAGO, explores the devastating history of Jeju Island, and honors the women of her grandmother's generation, a matriarchy of free divers who spent half their lives under water.We delve into the power of art to keep hope alive in tough times.

Inspired by a dream, Lee researched the Korean goddess Mago who she describes at the mother of humanity and created this artistic expression of her homeland and memories of her grandparents in 1947 after the Japanese occupation. She looks at the importance of the present's connection to the past.

Dohee Lee's World Premier performance of MAGO is at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA on November 14th and 15th at 8 PM

Listen to entire show. 59:50 min.

Also on this show:
Nora Barrows-Friedman discusses her new book.
Artists: Carmen Melendez-Lugo, Sawyer Rose and emiko oye