Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday September 8, 2014: Exploring the experience of older homeless women

Kate Raphael interviews Jo Kreiter of Flyaway Productions. Jo's new aerial dance piece, Multiple Mary and Invisible Jane, explores the experience of older homeless women.Kate and Jo talk about some of the stories about homeless women in San Francisco from a different, on the street perspective.Jo pushes through "compassion fatigue" with her incredible production.

In collaboration with journalist Rose Aguilar, Episcopal Community Services of SF, UC Hastings College of the Law, and composer Pamela Z, Flyaway will instigate the piece  on the border between the Tenderloin and Central Market Neighborhoods of downtown SF, where the city’s extremes of privilege and deprivation crash into each other. We will illuminate the experience of homeless women in San Francisco, whose population has grown dramatically in the last 20 years.  Flyaway will capture the sorrow faced by an increasing number of these women, as well as the dignity with which they are facing their new American reality. Featuring Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, Alayna Stroud, Marystarr Hope, Becca Dean, Laura Ellis, and Esther Wrobel.

A new site specific dance in the Tenderloin Neighborhood of SF, bringing attention to the older homeless women who inhabit our streets, seeking refuge
UC Hastings School of the Law/ 333 Golden Gate Ave SF, between Larkin and Hyde
Look for the outdoor wall on the back side of the Larkin Street Parking Garage
Premiering September 12-20, 2014:
Friday-Saturday, Sept 12‐13@8pm and 9pm
Wednesday‐Thursday, Sept 17‐18@ Noon and 8pm
Friday‐Saturday, Sept 19‐20@8pm and 9pm

Click here to listen to KPFA Women's Magazine 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:
Daisy Hernandez talks about her new writings.

Monday, September 8, 2014: Daisy Hernandez talks about her new memoir

Lisa Detmer talks with Daisy Hernandez about her life and her new memoir, A Cup of Water Under My Bed. She reads excerpts from her book.

Daisy grew up in a Latina women centric family with her parents and aunties. She writes about her childhood and spiritual background in a mixed Latino family and community. Daisy says about her new book:

I grew up in New Jersey. That’s where I heard the best stories about Cuba and Colombia and this lady who knows how to eat an avocado so you won’t get pregnant. It’s also where I first learned about feminism, queer identity, and race in the Americas. You can read these stories in my new book, A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir. It’s in bookstores September 9.

Daisy will be reading from her new memoir tonight at Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 PM and at Book Passage at Corte Madera on Wednesday, September 10th at 7 PM.

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

Also on today's show:
Exploring the experience of older homeless women

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Monday September 1, 2014: Drop the Charges on Rasmea Odeh

Rasmea Odeh, Chicago feminist community leader and torture survivor, faces prison.

Rasmea Odeh was arrested and sexually tortured by the Israeli military in 1969, eventually confessing to a crime she didn't commit.  After ten years in Israeli prison, Rasmea created a new life in the U.S., helping to found the Arab Women's Committee, a 600-member organization that helps immigrant Arab women learn English, find their voices, and support one another.  Now the U.S. government is threatening to strip her of her citizenship and send her to prison for another ten years because of her past as a political prisoner.  We talk about the case with Professor Nadine Naber, author of Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics and Activism.

Call Tuesday, September 2nd to stop the deportation of Rasmea. Go to for phone numbers. Click here to sign petition to drop the charges against Rasmea.

Rally for Rasmea on September 8th.

Listen now or Get MP3: 32:21 min.

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

Also on today's show:
Domestic Workers Organize in the US

September 1, 2014: Domestic Workers Organize in the US

Author Sheila Bapat on domestic worker organizing in the U.S.

When U.S. labor protections were being created in the 1930s, domestic workers, who were overwhelmingly African American, were specifically excluded as a concession to southern Democrats. Today, the women who do domestic worker are largely immigrants, and while they have won some rights, still face harsh conditions with little recourse.  But in recent years, domestic worker organizing has been one of the most successful labor movements in the country. Sheila Bapat, author of Part of the Family? Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers, and the Battle for Domestic Workers’ Rights, talks with Preeti Shekar.

Sheila Bapat is an attorney and writer covering economic and gender justice. Her work has appeared in Jacobin, Salon, Reuters, Slate, Alternet, Truthout, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law, PolicyMatters, and the Center for Women Policy Studies' series, "Reproductive Laws for the 21st Century." Sheila holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Listen now or Get MP3. 20:48 min.

Sunday September 7, 2014, 3-5p
Claiming our Voice: South Asian Domestic Worker Organizing
Held at Oakstop Coworking, 1721 Broadway, Suite 201, Oakland, CA 94612

Hosted by ASATA (Alliance of South Asians Taking Action) and Re-imagine RPE
Special Guest: Sheila Bapat, author of "Part of the Family?," a book about domestic workers' rights, Panel moderated by Preeti Mangala Shekar. For tickets and more info go to Claiming Our Voice.

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

Also on today's show:
Drop the Charges on Rasmea Odeh

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 25, 2014: Black Feminists Examine Police Violence, Gender and Racism then and now.

As the nation has been shocked by the images of overwhelming police violence in Ferguson, Missouri and the epidemic of murders by police of Black men around the country we have also been inspired by the organic uprisings in response. This Monday August 25th KPFA radio's Women's Magazine looks at how police violence is not only racialized but is also gendered. Lisa Dettmer talks to journalist and author Thandisizwe Chimurenga about the racial and patriarchal aspects of police violence, and to UCLA Law Professor Kimberle Crenshaw about how an intersectional feminist perspective is missing from the mainstream and left analysis in these post racial times.

Thandisizwe Chimurenga is author of No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant. Kimberle Crenshaw is co-founder of the African American Policy Forum and author of New York Times op-ed The Girls Obama Forgot, why My Brother’s Keeper ignores young Black women.

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

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.

Listen now or Get MP3. 34:01 min.