Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 21, 2014: Palestinian Women Take Aim with Cameras

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.



Palestinian women in the occupied West Bank who use video cameras as a means of non violent activism.

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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.

Judith Montell and Emmy Scharlatt
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



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).

Listen now or Get MP3 24:01 min.





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

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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.

Listen now or get MP3. 21:01 min.





Click here for the entire show. 59:49 min.

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



July 14, 2014: Stories from Chicago Public Housing

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 CenterUS Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and The Electronic Intifada.



To order this book:
  http://voiceofwitness.org/high-rise-stories/

VOICE OF WITNESS EXPLORES CHICAGO PUBLIC HOUSING


Global Val Ibarra of Mutiny Radio speaks with Mimi Lok and Audrey Petty of Voice of Witness about their book, High-Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing.

Voice of Witness is a San Francisco-based nonprofit using oral history to illuminate human rights crises of our time. Voice of Witness was started in 2004 by author Dave Eggers and physician/human rights scholar Lola Vollen. In 2008 Mimi Lok came on board as Executive Director and Editor. The Voice of Witness Book Series depicts human rights injustices through the stories of the men and women who experience them. The Voice of Witness Education Program connects thousands of students and educators each year with these stories and issues through common core-aligned, oral history-based curricula and holistic educator support. All of the teaching tools are free or at a very low price.

In High-Rise Stories, they use the stories of people displaced by the destruction of Chicago's high-rise public housing to illustrate the consequences of gentrification, redlining, privatization, and new approaches to urban policy. This Chicago specific book resonates on a national level.

Listen now or get MP3. 32:09 min.





Hear the entire program in the KPFA archives. 59:49 min.


Also on today's show:
Tomboy, the Art of Nancy Cato

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 7, 2014: Idle No More's Refinery Tour

Idle No More


“OUR PEOPLE AND OUR MOTHER EARTH CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO BE ECONOMIC HOSTAGES IN THE RACE TO INDUSTRIALISE OUR HOMELANDS.

IT’S TIME FOR OUR PEOPLE TO RISE UP AND TAKE BACK OUR ROLE AS CARETAKERS AND STEWARDS OF THE LAND.”
— Eriel Deranger
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations

Imagine your own community beyond fossil fuels.

Today we speak with Pennie Opal Plant and Paula Szoboda of the Native American-led environmental movement Idle No More, about the Connect the Dots healing walks, which wrap up this weekend.  The walks have connected local struggles and climate justice organizations around the East Bay, focusing on oil and gas refining industry sites. It's time to transition to a fossil free future and stop the potentially explosive Bakken crude oil trains.

Idle No More is an affinity group in the SF Bay Area and further. It was started by women and focuses on safer alternatives to fuel, food sovereignty, and a future we want to create. The healing walks end this week on July 12th. The walk starts at Long Tree Park in Rodeo, CA at 8 AM. For more information go to: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/connect-the-dots/ or call 510-619-8279.

Get MP3 or listen now: 24:48 min.




July 7, 2014: Eleanor Roosevelt's lesbian lover

Terry Baum's play about Eleanor's lover, Hick


"I ache to hold you close." -Eleanor Roosevelt in a letter Lorena Hickock


Did you know Eleanor Roosevelt had a long-term lesbian relationship with journalist Lorena Hickock?  If you don't, you're in good company - despite being disclosed in a biography in the late seventies, it's one of the best kept secrets in recent history.  We talk with playwright and actor Terry Baum about her play, "Hick" which opens on Thursday at the Eureka Theater in San Francisco. For tickets go to crackpotcrones.com or call
800-838-3006.

Lorena Hickock was the AP jounalist who suggested that the press follow President Roosevelt's wife, Eleanor. So she ended up covering Eleanor and they fell in love. Evidence of this affair survives in 2336 letters that Eleanor wrote to Hick archived at the FDR library. Terry Baum weaves excerpts from the letters with a part of an earlier play about the affair written by Pat Bond.

Get MP3 or listen now: 29:32 min.




Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June 30, 2014: Lesbians Changing the World

Our Lesbian She-roes, Our Fore Mothers

Lorraine Hansberry
On this week's show, we'll listen to part of a herstory event organized by Old Lesbians Organizing for Change honoring lesbian she-roes of the past. Everyone knows about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, but how many of us knew social welfare activist Jane Addams and playwright Lorraine Hansberry were members of the club? And many people may not even know the name Frances Perkins at all, even though we have her to thank for Medicare and Social Security.

Get MP3 or listen below. 24:59 min.




Also on this show: Clinic Buffer zones Are Not the Answer and Susan Chacin and Elana Dykewomon discuss the upcoming OLOC national gathering, "Lesbian Activism Changing the World."


Click here to listen to the entire show. 59:49 min.