Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015: SF International Film Festival

Fifty-nine Women Directors at the 2015 SF International Film Festival

The San Francisco International Film Festival is coming up.  We talk with program director Rachel Rosen and filmmaker Jenni Olson.

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Rachel Rosen is the director of programming for the San Francisco Film Society. She was director of programming for Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival for eight years. Previously, Rosen was associate director of programming for the San Francisco International Film Festival where she programmed for seven years.  She has worked in various capacities for the New York Film Festival, New York’s Film Forum, and Tri-Star Pictures. A graduate of Stanford University’s Master of Arts program in Documentary Film, Rosen directed Serious Weather, a short documentary that was shown at the Vancouver and San Francisco International Film Festivals, and the British Short Film Festival. She is an occasional contributor on the subject of documentary film to Film Comment magazine.

Jenni Olson talks with Kate about her film, The Royal Road. A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on Junipero Serra's Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo — all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner.

The Royal Road, all programs and festival films: http://www.sffs.org/sfiff58/program

Also on today's show:

Monday, April 20, 2015: Chinese feminist Feng Yuan on the Feminist Five

We speak with Chinese feminist Feng Yuan about the arrest and release of the Feminist Five – five young feminists held for over a month for planning International Women’s Day actions around the country.They are Li Tingting, age 25; Zheng Churan, age 25; Wei Tingting, age 26; Wu Rongrong, age 30; and Wang Man, age 33.The activists had begun their advocacy work on Valentine’s Day in 2012, when Li and Wei walked along a busy Beijing commercial area in wedding gowns stained with fake blood to attract attention. They chanted slogans like “Hitting is not intimacy; verbal abuse is not love.” They also distributed anti-domestic ­violence pamphlets and cards to passers­by. Many of the bystanders were sympathetic to their message and complimented them on their bravery.

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Soon after the “wounded brides” stunt, young feminist activists organized another attention-grabbing event, called “occupy the men’s room.” The Occupy Wall Street movement had inspired Li to design an activist project in Guangzhou together with Wang, Zheng, and others. They encouraged women waiting in long lines outside restrooms to “occupy” the less-used men’s rooms for 10 minutes, then return the stalls to men after the number of women waiting had been reduced. They called for an increase in the size of women’s public restrooms that would equalize wait times for men and women.

The monthlong ordeal of the Feminist Five began around 11 p.m. on March 6, when police in Beijing and the southern city of Guangzhou knocked on the respective doors of Zheng and Li, almost at the exact same moment. In Guangzhou, they held Zheng in a hotel room. In Beijing, police searched Li’s apartment. According to Li’s live-in girlfriend Xiaola (who asked to use a pseudonym), the police felt they had a “gotcha” moment when they found stickers that Li had prepared to use at an anti-sexual harassment rally on March 7, just ahead of International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8 of every year. They subsequently took Li and Xiaola to the police station for interrogation.

The “March 7 Stick-In” was a project Zheng and Li had worked on together; they had planned to distribute the stickers on buses to combat sexual harassment. They had recruited volunteers from different cities through social media platforms.

The Five Feminist were released on bail on April 13 and are still under watch by various authorities.

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

Also on today's show:
COMPAÑERAS: Zapatista Women
SF International Film Festival

Monday, April 20, 2015: COMPAÑERAS: Zapatista Women

"Making the world by walking...Building the world as we go."

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Hilary Klein discusses her new book, COMPAÑERAS: Zapatista Women’s Stories.  We talk about the origins of the EZLN, its evolution over 30 years of struggle and institution building, and how well it realizes its objectives of full gender equality.  Klein lived in Chiapas for six years and interviewed dozens of women, from military commanders to civilian leaders to cooperative members.

Prior to 1994, the indigenous women of Chiapas were often forced into arranged marriages and confined to the private sphere; they had little access to birth control, and domestic violence was widespread. But gender roles were radically redefined in the context of the Zapatista movement, as women became guerilla insurgents and political leaders, healers and educators, and members of economic cooperatives. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Zapatista women have played a key role not only in creating and maintaining indigenous autonomy, but also in making great strides towards the liberation and equality of indigenous women. Today the Zapatista autonomous justice system is recognized all over many parts of Mexico.

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Hilary will be reading from her new book Thursday, April 23 at the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia, San Francisco. And at the Anarchist Book Fair Saturday, April 25 at 1 PM. Go to http://hilaryklein.org/calendar-of-events/ for more information and events.

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

Also on today's show:
SF International Film Festival
Chinese feminist Feng Yuan on the Feminist Five

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015: Visionary Politics

The Catalyst Project Presents Another World is Possible--Visionary Politics

Lisa Dettmer talks to Issac Lev Szmonko from the Catalyst Project and Patty Berne from Sins Invalid about their talk on April 19th on Visionary politics to imagine and create a world organized and operated by values of cooperation, equity, interdependence, and liberation featuring three amazing women activists, PATTY BERNE, of Sins Invalid, CARLA MARIA PÉREZ, from Movement Generation and INGRID CHAPMAN, from Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice.

Another World is Possible: Visionary Politics
Sunday April 19th, 1-3pm
Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
Sliding Scale Donation: $0-$15
**Please read information on accessibility below.** 
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email Rachel at bradenintern@collectiveliberation.org.

Visionary politics invite us to imagine and create a world organized and operated by values of cooperation, equity, interdependence, and liberation. This panel will explore how different social movement organizers are experimenting with putting these visions into practice, and also visioning what we can't yet practice.

Please join us for a panel and Q & A with:

PATTY BERNE, Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid
CARLA MARIA PÉREZ, Movement Generation Collective Member & Healing Clinic Collective Lead Coordinator
INGRID CHAPMAN, Executive Director, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ)

Sliding scale donation of $0-$15 suggested.

Childcare requests should be made ASAP to Rachel bradenintern@collectiveliberation.org.

Requests for ASL or Spanish interpretation during the event must be made by April 9th to isaac@collectiveliberation.org.

This event's main room is wheelchair accessible. Please note that due to construction, the permanent wheelchair-accessible restroom is out of order. We are providing a portable toilet that is wheelchair-accessible. We know that scents and chemicals can be an issue with porta-potties, so please plan accordingly if needed. We’re so sorry for the inconvenience.

This will be a reduced-scent space and there will be fragrance-free seating area. Please join us in ensuring accessibility for beloved community members with chemical injuries and chronic illness by not bringing fragrances or scents on your clothes, hair, or skin from colognes and perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, “natural” products, and essential oils. You can prepare in advance by not using products with fragrance, or by using fragrance-free, non-toxic products. For more info on what this means, visit here.

Panelist Biographies:

PATTY BERNE, Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid

Berne's background includes advocacy for immigrants who seek asylum due to war and torture; community organizing within the Haitian diaspora; international support work for the Guatemalan democratic movement; work with incarcerated youth toward alternatives to the criminal legal system; advocating for LGBTQI community and disability rights perspectives within the field of reproductive and genetic technologies; offering mental health support to survivors of violence; and cultural activism to centralize marginalized voices, particularly those of people with disabilities.
CARLA MARIA PÉREZ, Movement Generation Collective Member & Healing Clinic Collective Lead Coordinator

CARLA M. PÉREZ is a dedicated mother and community organizer of Native Mezo American and Spanish heritage residing in Oakland, California. She has worked on issues of environmental justice, sustainable agriculture & resilience-based organizing with community groups from Yucatán, Mexico to Bay Area communities such as Richmond, East Oakland, Southeast San Francisco and more. Today, as a member of the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project (MG), Carla leads MG’s Resiliency and Permaculture work, including the Earth Skills Training Program. She is also the founder of the Healing Clinic Collective, an autonomous project housed within MG which offers free traditional, non-industrial healing to some of the most traumatized populations in the Bay Area. Carla’s hard work is done in dedication to her daughters, her ancestors and to the Spirit of Creation.
INGRID CHAPMAN, Executive Director, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ)

INGRID CHAPMAN came to Alabama in response to a call for organizing support in the wake of the worst anti-immigrant law in the country, Alabama’s HB 56. Prior to being the Director she worked as ACIJ’s Organizing Director for 2 years building up a strong statewide network of emerging immigrant leaders, grassroots community groups along with civil rights and advocacy organizations. Prior to moving to Alabama, Ingrid served as a dedicated organizer for 16 years in communities across the country. She is a former staff member of the Catalyst Project and co-founder of the Anne Braden Program. Ingrid has spent significant time working with people and building movements in areas hit by crises of institutional racism -- post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, SB 1070 Arizona and now, for the last 3.5 years, building up a movement for immigrant and human rights in Alabama. Ingrid is a carpenter by trade, lover of dancing, rock climbing and life’s beauty. Her commitment to struggle against injustice is driven by her working class roots, deep love and a vision of all people being able to live safe, fulfilling and dignified lives.

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Monday, April 13, 2015: Women of Impact

Mapping the New Earth: The Poetics of a New Geography

We talk to Ashara Ekundayo from the Impact Hub about their "Women of Impact" series event on April 17th featuring poet Nikky Finney and geographer Carolyn Finney.

Click here to listen to today's show. 59:50 min.



Our Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland partners up for the second “Women of Impact” event hosting an evening of creativity featuring storytelling, poetry, chartography and spirit with two of the most impactful women authors and educators of our time. This gathering is an opportunity to celebrate the feminine divine through creative arts practice by listening and speaking into and through our heart spaces.
moderated by Ashara Ekundayo

Friday, April 17, 2015
7:00 – 9:00 pm
at Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway – Oakland 94612
$5 Students
$7 Impact Hub Oak Members/Artivists
$10 Non-Impact Hub Oak Members
All-Ages Welcome.


Carolyn Finney, Ph.D. is a writer, performer and cultural geographer. As a professor in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, she explores how issues of difference impact participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. Although Carolyn pursed an acting career for eleven years, a backpacking trip around the world and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, she returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. Her first book, “Black Faces, White Spaces” she examines ways in which nature and the environment are racialized in America.

Nikky Finney, Ph. D. was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round(2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997) edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co- founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

Also on today's show:
Visionary Politics

More events this week:
April 17th at 7 PM Elana Dykewomon launches her new book, What Can I Ask at Laurel Books in Oakland.

April 18th at 6:30 PM and April 19th at 5 PM Yoni Ki Baat performs at the Women's Building in San Francisco. For tickets go to www.brownpapertickets.com

Monday, April 13, 2015: San Francisco Women Against Rape

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SFWAR Walk Against Rape, 2012
Preeti Shekar talks to Sandra Sandoval from San Francisco Women Against Rape about their annual "Walk Against Rape" event, a walk to empower survivors,  and their friends and family to break the silence and declare San Francisco as a  sexual violence free zone. SFWAR, founded 40 years ago, is a women of color led organization to help women in their own communities survive and end sexual violence.

"Walk Against Rape" 3.5 mile walk on Saturday, April 18th:
Walk Registration and Start Line @The Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco 

Registration starts in the Auditorium* 

Walkers Line up at Start Line on Lapidge Street

The Walk leaves the Women's Building. The Walk goes west down 18th Street, through the Castro and into the Mission District.

The Walk arrives at Potrero del Sol Park. At 'Potrero del Sol' park walkers will find food, drinks, chocolate, music, The Clothesline Project on display, community organizations offering resources and information, and shady places to sit and enjoy the day!

Program: Schedule of Performers TBA. The program is a dynamic set of performers consisting of the arts such as dance, spoken word, music, and speeches. This is a show you won't want to miss. So sit back in Potrero del Sol park, enjoy the sunshine and your accomplishments of the day and watch amazing performances!

3:00pm Clean Up
Thank you for Walking Against Rape!

Also on today's show:
Visionary Politics
Women of Impact

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015: Understanding Israel

Understanding the Role of Race, Class, and Gender in Israeli Jewish Society

Smadar Lavie works at The Beatrice Bain Research Group, Berkeley's feminist of color heaven. She is the author of WRAPPED IN THE FLAG OF ISRAEL: MIZRAHI SINGLE MOTHERS AND BUREAUCRATIC TORTURE, and cofounder of the Mizrahi Israeli feminist group Ahoti. Lavie explains the Israeli elections by looking at how race, class and gender function within Israeli society.

Listen now or Get MP3. 28:45 min.

Smadar Lavie received her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. She specializes in the anthropology of Egypt, Israel, and Palestine, with emphasis on issues of race, gender, and religion. She published her book The Poetics of Military Occupation (UC Press, 1990) on resistance theatre of the Mzeina Bedouin of the South Sinai, Egypt.  The book won the 1990 Honorable Mention of the Victor Turner Award for Ethnographic Writing. She co-edited Displacement, Diaspora and Geographies of Identity (Duke Univ. Press, 1996), and Creativity/Anthropology (Cornell Univ. Press, 1993). Lavie was awarded the 2009 Gloria Anzaldua Prize from the American Studies Association for her paper titled, Staying Put: Crossing the Palestine/Israel Border with Gloria Anzaldúa. Lavie's recent book is Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture (Berghahn 2014). She has served in several feminist and anti-racist social movements and NGOs in Israel-Palestine and the San Francisco Bay area. In 2013, Lavie won the “Heart at East” Honor Plaque for lifetime service to Mizraḥi communities in Israel-Palestine.

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

Also on today's show:
Purvi Patel

Upcoming Events:
KPFA Radio 94.1FM, co-sponsored by Middle East Children’s Alliance & Jewish Voice for Peace/East Bay, presents:
Hosted by Cecilie Surasky, Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace
$12 advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com : 800-838-3006 or at your local bookstore.
In Berkeley: Pegasus Books (3 locations), Moe’s, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore 
In S.F: Modern Times. $15 /door
3rd Annual Restorative Justice Conference | Justice That Heals: Confronting Gender Violence on Campus & in Communities
Sat, April 11, 10:00am – 4:30pm
MCC Events
Created by
hosted by OUTLAW

With campus and criminal justice policies under fire for ignoring the needs of survivors of gender-based violence, people are looking for alternatives. This conference brings together academics and activists to explore the possibilities and limitations of Restorative / Transformative Justice in response to sexual violence and misconduct on campus and in communities that experience structural oppression.

Keynote speaker Dr. Mary Koss is the co-founder and principal investigator of the RESTORE program in Arizona, which has designed Restorative processes that emphasize the needs of survivors and responsible parties. She is now applying her expertise to the question of sexual misconduct on college campuses. Workshops and panels will explain RJ / TJ processes and present critical analysis of their capacity to repair flawed or broken systems.

A Conference on the Work of Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua

Monday, April 6, 2015: Purvi Patel

Targeting Asian Women--Exploiting Asian women to criminalize all women.

Reproductive justice is a movement that envisions the complete
 physical and mental well-being of women and girls. Banner from www.napawf.org

Preeti Shekar talks with Shivana Jorawar, Reproductive Justice Program Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, about the strange case of Purvi Patel.  The 33-year-old Patel was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for "feticide" and "neglect of a dependent" after seeking medical care for a miscarriage.

Listen now or Get MP3: 13:17 min.

Four Things You Can Do Now:

1. Sign the petition at RhReality Check: Send a message to Indiana leaders about Purvi’s case and the feticide law. You can also sign a petition here (at whitehouse.gov) which asks for a full pardon for Purvi Patel.

2. Support Purvi Patel’s Family: Patel was the breadwinner and caregiver in her family. Donate to support her family.

3. Raise awareness:  Share articles and resources about the verdict with your own networks; write blogposts and opeds; and tweet using #Justice4Purvi to raise awareness about the implications of this case on the rights of all women.

4. Send a note of support to Purvi Patel: You can send cards to Purvi Patel c/o The Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice (IRCRC), PO Box 723, Lafayette, IN 47902. They will deliver them to Patel on their visits to her in prison.

More information about this case and others can be found at www.deepaiyer.me.

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

Also on today's show:
Understanding Israel

Monday, April 6, 2015: Blackademics

Iris Goodwin's West Coast Premiere

BLACKADEMICS, a satiric play about the challenges facing Black women academics, opens this Thursday, April 9th at The Thick House in San Francisco.  The play by Idris Goodwin is produced by Crowded Fire Theater.  Lisa Marie Rollins discusses the show with director Mina Morita and actor Safiya Fredericks.

For tickets and information go to http://www.crowdedfire.org/2015-blackademics/.

Listen now or Get MP3. 10:04 min.

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

Also on today's show:
Purvi Patel
Understanding Israel