Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021: Fuifuilupe Nieumeitolu and Indigenous Women and the Land, and Lisa Fithian and strategies for activism

  Today we talk to  Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu to celebrate the inauguration of her new podcast that will be featured on women’s magazine starting next month and will also be available online. It is called  "From Moana Nui to California Indigenous stories of the Land" which will explore the importance of the land to all indigenous people to resist and over come colonization and to find healing.

Fui is a Tongan/ Pacific Islander scholar and community organizer. She has a PHD from UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and her dissertation work was on  “The Mana of the Tongan Everyday.’ 

 Fui is on the founding committee of the Moana Nui Pacific Islander Climate Justice Project and (OCNC) Oceania Coalition of Northern California, a community organization working for Pacific Islander self determination through facilitating groups and Ceremony with Indigenous  prisoners here in California as well as organizing teach-ins and protests to protect Indigenous Sacred spaces in the Pacific and here in California. Fui is currently working with the Sogorea Te Land Trust an Urban Indigenous women’s land trust located in Oakland, California.

A 2000 article in Mother Jones called her “Professor Occupy” and recently a radio host suggested that if you looked up protester in the dictionary, you would likely find her picture.Then Kate Raphael speaks to Lisa Fithian author of the new book "Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance”. Lisa Fithian who has been an organizer, trainer and strategist for dozens of creative action campaign, she of the people responsible for the  continuity of resistance methods that  were passed down from the anti-militarist movements of the 1980s through the global justice movements of the early 2000s to Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. 

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

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Monday, January 4, 2021: What are your deepest yearnings for 2021?


Margo Okazawa-Rey aka DJ MOR Love and Joy (HAHA) broadcasts a LIVE CALL-IN show on Women's Magazine, substituting for Vylma V. Friends CALL the KPFA Call-in Number: +1800-958-9008 

Margo says: "What are you hoping for in 2021? More deeply, what are your yearnings—“things” that flow from the deepest parts of your being and existence. Today's your chance to share some of what’s in your heart. I want us to speak together about our dreams, hopes, and visions. Join me in my first call-in broadcast 1:00-2:00PM KPFA Radio 94.1FM.  +1800-958-9008.  Don't leave me hangin'. "

Hear great music and what KPFA listeners had to say about their hopes for the coming year.

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Monday, December 28, 2020: India, Farmers, and Democracy

 As we are broadcasting today, and despite the threat of COVID, hundreds of thousands of Sikh and other Indian farmers are protesting in the nation’s capital New Delhi. In this largest organized protest in world history, over 250 million farmers, workers, and their allies are demanding the government to rescind the neoliberal “reform” laws that will basically hand over farming to agribusinesses, thereby destroying the livelihoods of more than half of 1.3 billion Indian people who depend on agriculture. 

Women protesting against farm bills

The so-called reform is aimed at workers in general as well. The protesters are also demanding that Prime Minister Modi rescind a diabolical new law that basically criminalizes dissent and opposition to the government. Yet another threat to democracy in India and worldwide. The violation of Sikh people’s land, rights, and dignity is part of the Indian caste system and has a long history.


Margo Okazawa-Rey produced today’s show with Jagmit Kaur Dhami, one of the youth leaders in the Sikh Indian diaspora organizing to support the farmers movement. She is a second-generation Punjabi American from Bellingham, WA and a recent graduate of Occidental College.  Her roots as a Punjabi and Sikh make her incredibly passionate about the Kisaan Ekta movement. Her parents were farmers in Punjab and she has family currently in India who would be directly affected by the new laws. Jagmit sees social justice, identity, and storytelling as avenues to uplift voice and create change. I agree!

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

Further Information:

Video overview of protest in India: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CIjDeIrp_xN/?igshid=1dq84ev8lx7uk

Thread describing more in detail the situation: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIQagMrBhJj/

Actions to take:

Email US Congress members to condemn the human rights violations in India: bit.ly/farmers-protest

Text to send emails:


Instagrams to follow with more info:

@sikhexpo

@sikhcoalition

@himmatco

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020: Examining the crisis of the child care system in the US

This Monday December 14th on KPFA Radio’s  "Women’s Magazine" we look at how racial Capitalism and Patriarchy have created a punitive underfunded child care system in the U.S. where the  the average hourly wage of child care workers is $10.72 per hour,  many of the women in need of child care are black and brown women and few get any government support in accessing child care.  This system is informed by the history of slavery in the U.S. where women’s job to reproduce the work force is required but never supported.  And the reality in our neoliberal economy is that many women especially women of color are the essential workers during covid and are working 2-3 jobs just to survive and yet rarely getting any government support for child care.

Today we talk to Marcy Whitebook from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley, Clarissa Douthard with Parent Voices Oakland and Loira Limbal director of the award winning documentary about child care “Through the Night” that shows how caregivers balance the demands of “women’s work” while navigating systemic racism, sexism and classism in the U.S. today. This beautiful film is available online at https://www.throughthenightfilm.com/ and is also showing at the Roxy Theater locally.

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

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Thank you 

Lisa Dettmer 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020: Imagining a Post-“45” US and the World with Vylma V, Jovelyn Richards, and Margo Okazawa-Rey

Welcome everyone to Women’s Magazine!  I’m Margo Okazawa-Rey, your host. Today is the 5th Monday so three of us hosts of WM Jovelyn Richards, Vylma Ortiz, and I decided to team up.  


We’re here to discuss our observations about the incoming administration and most important, share our vision of a feminist future under Harris and Biden. We will be answering three questions during the show. At the end, we will invite you to share your thoughts via email to Women’s Magazine. In the meantime, think along with us your answers to the questions.

  • What are our reactions to the  presidential transition and, based on what you see, what can we expect from the incoming administration?
  • What do we want the Biden-Harris administration to create that will ensure women will  thrive? 
  • What signs will show us we are on the right road to our vision? What should be our underlying values?

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


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Monday, November 23, 2020: Abolition Feminism - A Conversation with Angela Davis and Gina Dent

"The term Abolition Feminism has come into popular usage, especially within feminist circles in the past several years. What is it? What is its genealogy? Why is it important to frame the current debates about the prison industrial complex, the massive incarceration of, and the state violence perpetrated against Black and Brown people in the US? What does intersectional feminism have to do with it?" -Margo Okazawa-Rey


I am very pleased to broadcast a segment of the lecture by Angela Davis and Gina Dent who are leading among the leaders in the abolition feminism movement and were the Distinguished Guest Lecturers at the UCB Center for Race and Gender in October. The conversation was Moderated by Leti Volpp, Director of CRG.

Gina Dent and Angela Davis, in conversation with Leti Volpp, argue for the critical role that abolition feminism can play in creating a genuinely secure future for us all. I think abolition feminism must include abolishing the entire military system and values at the core of the US state.

For the full recording of the conversation with Angela Davis, Gina Dent, and Leti Volpp, go to UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender Media Archives on the web.

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


Very special thanks Angela Davis, Gina Dent, and CRG for giving us permission to broadcast the conversation.  Thanks to Jose and Blue our techies. Stand steadily in your purpose; love even more deeply; and find your joy! Check us out on Facebook and listen to recordings of past shows in our archives. I'm Margo Okazawa-Rey.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020: Feminists across the globe talk about the US election.

Welcome everyone to Women’s Magazine!  I’m Margo Okazawa-Rey, filling in for Jovelyn Richards, who usually hosts the “Space Between Us” Program.  I’m on the air from Berkeley California, on occupied Ohlone territory. Thanking all the Ohlone ancestors and mine  for another day.


We in the US have no question that the processes and the results of the 2020 presidential election reflect the history, the current political climate, and the future of this country. More than 150 million voters turned out—breaking records. Though not surprising, one very noteworthy development always to keep in mind is that the organizers and voters of colour—African American, Asian American, Latinx, and Native American-all played critical roles in this year’s election. They saved America. Special kudos and appreciations to the Black, and queer women-led Movement for Black lives, and all allies, that constitute the biggest movement in US History. In other words, the seriousness of this election has not been understated.

As we think and learn about the implications for the US, let’s also consider the global implications. As the saying goes, “when the US sneezes, the rest of the world catches pneumonia.”


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


I am delighted to have this extra show today, just after the elections, to give us a more global perspective.  I interviewed feminists from various parts of the world and asked them two questions:

·      What is your reactions to the outcome of the US presidential elections?

·      What difference will the Biden-Harris administration make on the lives of the women in your country?

Most KPFA listeners will probably not be surprised to hear what my guests have to say. Still, it’s important that we hear their voices as they tell us. You will get to listen to feminists in Europe and various parts of Asia.

As with my regular shows, my intention is for us in the Bay Area and the US to connect the dots—between geographies of “there” and “here” and between their lives and ours, so we feminists across the globe  can stand together in ethical solidarity to imagine and be part of creating a genuinely secure and sustainable world.

We featured the following people:

Ruth-Gaby Vermot, former Swiss Parliamentarisn of the Socialist Party, Bern, Switzerland. 15 years ago, Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold together with an international team nominated 1000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize. In an unprecedented initiative, they searched the world for women working for peace and justice. She is the initiator and co-president of PeaceWomen Across the Globe.

Randa Siniora is a Palestinian human rights and women’s rights defender with over 30 years of professional experience in the field of international human rights and humanitarian law. Since 2015, she has been the General Director of the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC). WCLAC provides Legal Aid and Counseling for women's victims of Gender Based Violence and works towards gender equality and non-discrimination against women in all aspects of Palestinian life.  Prior to joining WCLAC, Ms. Siniora was the Senior Executive Director of the Palestinian National Human Rights Institution the “Independent Commission for Human Rights” and the General Director of Al-Haq/Law in the Service of Man one of the most prominent NGOs in Palestine with a consultative status with UN ECOSOC. She was also a Human Rights Specialist with the Secretariat for the support of human rights and good governance organizations in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

Kunthea Chan  Just Associates Southeast Asia (SEA) Regional Program Coordinator, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She is a feminist activist and co-author of Diving Deep, Going Far: Stories of the Women Leaders Forming Cambodia's Future

Kozue Akibayashi is a feminist researcher/activist and has worked on issues of gender and peace. She is a professor at Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and a member of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Corazon Valdez Fabros, Philippines feminist activist,  is currently Vice President of International Peace Bureau and a core member of thematic circle on Peace and Security both at the civil society process at Asia-Europe Peoples Forum and the ASEAN Civil Society Conference- ASEAN Peoples Forum. She is Lead convenor of the STOP the War Coalition Philippines and Nuclear Free Pilipinas. Currently the focal person for the Philippines at the No Nukes Asia Forum (A network that focuses on campaigns against nuclear power plants in Asia and the promotion of alternative renewable energy sources as an option to dirty and destructive energy)

Kamla Bhasin, who lives in New Delhi, is an Indian feminist activist, poet, and author. Kamla's work  focuses on gender, education, human development and the media. She is a founding member and adviser of Sangat - A Feminist Network. She is also the co-chair of PeaceWomen across the Globe in Bern Switzerland and South Asia coordinator of One Billion Rising. She practices advocacy that combines feminist theory and community action, often using posters, plays, and other non-literary methods to mobilize communities with limited literacy skills.

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