Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015 – Transgender Native Hawaiians

Sharon Sobotta talks with Kumu Hina, subject of an award-winning PBS documentary, about gender and sexuality in native Hawaiian culture. A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE is the true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula group at her school, and a teacher who empowers her through traditional culture. This kid-friendly educational film is a great way to get students thinking and talking about the values of diversity and inclusion, the power of knowing your heritage, and how to prevent bullying by creating a school climate of aloha – from their own point of view! More information can be found at the links above.

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

Also on today's show:
A Murder (Mystery) in Palestine
Singing to Stop Climate Change

Monday, November 16, 2015 – A Murder (Mystery) in Palestine

"...they both have a very keen sense of justice..." Kate Raphael talks about her novel, Murder Under the Bridge

Nina Serrano interviews Women’s Magazine producer and Palestine solidarity activist Kate Raphael about her debut novel, Murder Under the Bridge.

Kate Raphael is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, activist, journalist, and clerical worker. She spent eighteen months as a peace worker in Palestine and spent six weeks in Israeli immigration prison because of her activism. She has won a residency at Hedgebrook writer’s colony and was once elected grand marshal of the San Francisco LGBT Freedom Day Parade.

You can find the book at many local bookstores, including Diesel and Laurel in Oakland, Books Inc. (Castro and Opera Plaza), Borderlands, Dog Eared, Modern Times, and Book Passage in San Francisco. Friends have found it at feminist bookstores in Atlanta and Tuscon, so it well might be at one in your city.  You can also buy the print or ebook through any online retailer: Indiebound, Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes & Noble.

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

Also on today's show:
Transgender Native Hawaiians
Singing to Stop Climate Change

This Thursday 
 Nov. 19, 7:30 pm
Book Celebration for
 Kate Raphael's Murder Under the Bridge
 La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
 With special appearances by political comedian Karinda Dobbins
 and radio host Malihe Razzazan
Cupcakes from Angel Cakes
 Book sales benefit for Middle East Children's Alliance  

Friday, Nov. 20, 6:00 pm
 Post-work happy hour
 Book Passage
 San Francisco Ferry Building
 Reading, Discussion
 and schmoozing
View event on their website  

For more readings by Kate look for her calendar on www.KateRaphael.com

Monday, November 16, 2015 – Singing to Stop Climate Change

"Most of the farming around the world is done by women...taking care of each other in a just and compassionate way."

Singer/songwriter Bonnie Lockhart, founder of the activist singing troupe Occupella and climate justice organizer, sings original songs to promote the Northern California Climate Mobilization, which will be held Saturday, November 21 at Lake Merritt Amphitheater in Oakland.

Bonnie also talks about Climate mobilization happening around the world. For information, schedule of participants, maps, etc: http://www.norcalclimatemob.net/

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

Monday, November 9, 2015: Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities

In 2008 artist Maya Gonzalez talked to U.C Berkeley Professor Laura E Perez about her 2007  book “Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities.” One of the only books of its kind dedicated to Chicana feminist artists, Perez looks at over 40 local and national artists who challenge biased notions of gender, sexuality and politics. For example, in the work of Alma Lopez, Perez looks at how Lopez symbolically claims a place for same-sex desire within Mexican and Chicano/a religious and popular cultures. And in Ester Hernandez’s 1976 etching Libertad/Liberty Hernandez depicts a female artist chiseling away at the Statue of Liberty, freeing from within it a regal Mayan woman and, in the process, creating a culturally composite Lady Liberty descended from indigenous and mixed bloodlines.

These Chicana artists make use of, and often radically rework, pre-Columbian Mesoamerican and other non-Western notions of art and art-making, and create liberating versions of traditional iconography such as the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Sacred Heart. Filled with representations of spirituality and allusions to non-Western visual and cultural traditions, the work of these Chicana artists is a vital contribution to a more inclusive canon of American arts. Providing a rich interpretive framework, Pérez describes how Chicana artists invoke a culturally hybrid spirituality that challenges racism, bigotry, patriarchy, and homophobia.

Click here to listen now. 59:50 min.

Rituals + Remembrance, Oakland Museum: now thru January 3,2016
Celebrating the theme of memorial across cultures, the  21st annual Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) exhibition, Rituals + Remembrance, explores how Latin American, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese and other communities view death, memory, and healing. The exhibition includes new and existing work by artists Nancy Hom, Lilli Lanier, Yvonne Escalante, Charles Valoroso, Bryan Keith Thomas, Safety First ©, Paco Garcia, Melanie Cervantes, and Jesus Barraza, as well as installations created by MetWest High School, Sankofa Academy, and the Alameda County Public Health Department.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015: Conversation with Palestinian Feminists

Nadera Shalhoub Kevorkian and the Jerusalemite Women's Coalition

From Jerusalem, we speak with Nadera Shalhoub Kevorkian, professor of criminology at the Hebrew University, and a member of the Jerusalemite Women’s Coalition.  The coalition issued a call for protection to the international community last week.


Listen now or Get MP3. 26:37 min

A Palestinian woman and child pass through an Israeli checkpoint in
Issawiyeh, a neighborhood in Jerusalem, on 15 October.
(Oren Ziv / ActiveStills) electronicintifada

"We, the women of occupied East Jerusalem, are politically orphaned. We are victims without protection, as the Palestinian Authority has no right to protect us in our city, and the Israeli state treats us as terrorists that should be humiliated, attacked, violated, and controlled. The guerrilla state style tactics used in occupied East Jerusalem, be it the attacks on Palestinians in the streets, the beating of the young and old, the attacks on children going to and from school, the invasion of violent settlers to our neighborhoods and homes, the control of our life, water, cell phones, internet, mobility, health, economy, and accessibility to other resources, have situated us in human cages—segregated, restrained by Israeli laws and security theology, unable to know what to anticipate and what will come next." From the Jerusalemite Women's Coalition Call for Protection.

Rabab Abdulhadi and the Commemoration of the Edward Said Palestine Cultural Mural

"You can't be for justice somewhere and not be for justice everywhere."

"...part of the college education is learning how are you going to be part of a better world, part of a better community..."

Rabab Abdulhadi, professor of Ethnic Studies and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University talks about the commemoration of the Edward Said Palestine Cultural Mural, the only one of its kind on a U.S. college campus.  The mural was held up for several years due to fierce opposition from Zionist organizations and campus administrators, but was unveiled in November 2007.

Listen now or Get MP3. 21:34 min

The annual commemoration celebration and banquet on Wednesday, November 5th, 6 to 9 PM will feature a performance of the one-woman show, “Palestine,” by Najla Said, daughter of Edward Said. The event will be held at Jack Adams Hall, 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco.

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


SCREENING: A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone
Wednesday, November 4, 7-9 PM
Impact Hub Oakland
2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Director Mo Morris and Artist Edythe Boone along with Muralists Miranda Bergman and Cece Carpio will be engaging dialogue around art and activism following the film screening.

Doors open at 6:30 pm 

Learn more at anewcolordocumentary.com
Editor: Maureen Gosling
Executive Producer: Jed Riffe

Cinematographer: Peggy Peralta

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015: Racism and Islamophobia in France

Over the last year uprisings against police violence have erupted around the U.S. spearheaded by victims of violence and their families and the newly organized Black Lives Matter, an organization lead almost entirely by Black women. Internationally women of color are also organizing against state violence. And this October 31st women of color in France are organizing a massive March for Dignity and Against Racism, in Paris, to demonstrate against police brutality and structural racism (in racial segregation, unemployment, the outlawing of the Islamic veil in schools, and daily humiliation). This March is being called on the 10th year anniversary of the 2005 uprisings in France’s racialized, working class suburbs sparked by the deaths of two adolescent boys of color escaping a stop and frisk.

"There is collective urgency to talk about racism and police violence in France...We have to organize because we are in danger..."

This Monday on KPFA Radio’s Women’s Magazine UC Berkeley Professor Paola Bacchetta talks about racism in France and also talks with Amal Bentounsi, the woman who brought together the collective of women of color organizing the March. They discuss the March, conditions of people of color in France and Amal Bentounsi’s personal experiences with police violence, racism and Islamophobia.

Click here to go to SoundCloud today's show. 53:38 min

To learn more and contribute to this March in France on October 31st click on March for Dignity.

The Middle East Children’s Alliance is thrilled to invite you to the
Activist/Journalist/Author KATE RAPHAEL’s brand new book
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – 7:30pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
(near Ashby Bart)
Tickets $5, no one turned away
Bay Area activist extraordinaire Kate Raphael’s first novel, Murder Under the Bridge, is a fast-paced and intricately-plotted mystery offering an intimate look at the lives of women in the Middle East. Hear Kate read from and discuss her book – and buy your own copy for her to sign!
**Featuring Special Guest: Political comedian KARINDA DOBBINS
For info: www.mecaforpeace.org, 510-548-0542. Benefit for Palestinian women and children, wheelchair accessible.
Cosponsored by Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism, Jewish Voice for Peace/Bay Area, Art Forces and more!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015:Adrienne Lauby on Fighting Homelessness in Sonoma County (and everywhere)

Women's Magazine talks with Adrienne Lauby, host and producer of Pushing Limits on KPFA, about her work with Homeless Action in Sonoma County.  Adrienne was recently honored for her activism by the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless.  We talk about gender dynamics in homeless communities and about creative solutions to the exploding housing crisis in our area.

"Rent control is the first line of defense."

Listen now or Get MP3. 31:13 min

Adrienne with tenant organizer Christine Webster at a rally in Healdsburg

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

Also on today's show: