Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020: "What is the role of the artist in Revolutionary Socio-Political Movements?"

This week on Women's Mag, we ask:

"What is the role of the artist in Revolutionary Socio-Political Movements?"

hosted by Kendall Crakow.

We'll be in conversation with 3 very talented artists about their respective journeys in the time of Covid. They are Bay Area Native and PhilipinX Muralist, Sami See (@Samiseeart); Hawaiian Native, Reiki Master, and Mixed Media Artist, Dennise Aciao (find Dennise's soaps, bath salts and candles); and, LatinX Chef and Mixologist, Abril Ramirez.

Sami See
Dennise Aciao

Abril Ramirez
We'll be discussing how they are using their mediums to support radical change and how they are coping with the challenges presented by the Pandemic. We'll be exploring alternative ways of being and creating in this new world shift we are all experiencing...


"Boloko" by Fatoumata Diawara

"Rise Up" by Low Leaf

"Kahalu'nyuhe" by Joanne Shenandoah

"Clean Living" by RJD2 

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020: Quality Teaching and Distance Learning - School Days in the Time of COVID-19



Emma's Revolution sing From a (Social) Distance during the musical break:

Vylma shares the words of John Lewis who wrote this essay a few days before his death on July 17th:
   Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation by John Lewis

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020: Suffering from Three Viruses: Occupation, Corona, and Traditional Patriarchal Culture with Margo Okazawa-Rey

Today I continue what has turned out to be a series on colonization, militarism, and their impacts on women. Today also marks the 67th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war on the Korean Peninsula so let’s keep that in our hearts.

On past shows, my guests discussed Memorial Day, and US colonization and occupation of Okinawa and the Pacific. In our show titled Suffering from Three Viruses: Occupation, Corona, and Patriarchal Culture, we broaden the earlier discussions by shifting to Afghanistan and Palestine. In interviews recorded on July 22, my guests Sima Samar and Faiha Abdulhadi shared what’s happening in Afghanistan and Palestine respectively. Next month, we’ll hear about Sudan.

As you are listening, please ask yourselves these questions: How has it been possible to forget about Afghanistan and Afghan women? What do you know about Palestine and Palestinian women? And again, I am urging you to make the connections between “here” and “there”, the relationships between domestic policy and foreign policy, and ultimately to imagine what real security--all the way from in your lives and communities, to the entire country, and the world-- would look and feel like. Especially for women.

The latest in Afghanistan and Palestine, reported by wonderful feminist activists, women and human-rights defenders, visionaries, and my dear friends, Sima Samar and Faiha Abdulhadi. Given what you heard, as US-based feminists, what is the “common context of struggle,” as Chandra Mohanty asks, with Afghani and Palestinian women? How are our destinies bound up with theirs?

Dr. Faiha Abdulhadi has extensive experience as a writer, poet, oral-historian, researcher and research-consultant, community activist, and lecturer, and has been working on gender and other issues of human interest. She is the founder and director of Al Rowat for Studies and Research, which seeks to rewrite social history by documenting stories of marginalized groups and of witnesses to key historic events. She is a member of the Palestinian National Council, the Palestinian Central Council, the deputy Commissioner General for the Independent Commission for Human Rights in Palestine.

Dr. Sima Samar is a medical doctor for poor people by profession, and a women’s and human rights activist. She was the first Minister for Women’s Affair after the fall of the Taliban. Since 2004, she is the Chairperson of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, the first established in the country, which holds human rights violators accountable, a commitment that has put her own life at great risk. She has established and nurtured the Shuhada Organization that, in 2012, operated more than one hundred schools and 15 clinics and hospitals dedicated to providing education and healthcare, particularly focusing on women and girls. She was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award in 2012.


Free Women Writers https://www.freewomenwriters.org/2016/09/14/afghan-women-history-post-taliban/

Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling www.wclac.org

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

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020: Violence against Black Women and Girls

Today at 1-2 pm on KPFA Radio’s Women’s Magazine we discuss violence against black women and girls and in addition violence against black women by police with Janelle White, Executive Director of San Francisco Women Against Rape and author and police misconduct attorney Andrea J. Ritchie.  And we will also talk to Regina Y. Evans who is creating art installations on Oakland’s International Blvd in response to the enormous amount of sex trafficking that proliferates there.

Andrea J. Ritchie
Andrea J.Ritchie is a Black lesbian, immigrant/police misconduct attorney, and organizer whose writing, litigation, and advocacy has focused on policing and criminalization of women and LGBT people of color for the past two decades. She is currently Researcher in Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, where she recently launched the Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action initiative. She is the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color  

Janelle White

Janelle White has been the executive director for San Francisco Women Against Rape for over a decade.  SFWAR  is a community-based, anti-sexual assault, social justice, women of color-led organization. Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, SFWAR has been serving the residents of San Francisco City & County for over 46 years. SFWAR provides support to sexual assault survivors, their families, and communities, and uses education and community mobilization as tools of rape prevention. And at SFWAR, they believe that ending all forms of oppression is integral to ending sexual assault.

Regina Y Evans
Regina Y Evans who is  a native of Oakland, California, is a Poet, Playwright, Actor, Entrepreneur, Modern Day Abolitionist and a Survivor Leader in the fight against sex trafficking. She is the Owner of Regina's Door, a vintage boutique located in Oakland, Ca. Regina's Door is an artistic safe haven and healing sanctuary for at-risk youth, homeless youth, young Oakland Creatives and survivors of human trafficking. As a Modern Day Abolitionist, Ms. Evans volunteers with Love Never Fails, a Bay Area Anti-Trafficking organization founded by Vanessa Marie Johnson Russell.  She is also a member of the S.H.A.D.E. Movement (Survivors Healing, Advising and Dedicated to Empowerment), a survivor run consulting/advocacy organization. For more info and to be involved contact Regina at Evans.Regina@gmail.com.

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020: Defund? Defund. Defund!

Calls to defund the police have moved from the margins to the mainstream. NYC reportedly just cut one BILLION dollars from its police department. Can this happen in the Bay Area, specifically in Berkeley? What does it mean to defund the police? How can this happen in Berkeley and how would it affect women?

Join 1st Monday host Vylma V and her guest, educator and activist Andrea Pritchett  co-founder of Berkeley Copwatch for an elucidating conversation about this timely issue. Typical for Vylma V, your questions and comments are welcome during the last half of the show.

If you missed this show on Monday click here to listen now. 59:50 min

Resources for all sorts of info and free downloads:
Anti Police Terror Project
Reclaim the Block
Black Visions Collective
Berkeley Copwatch

Ask yourself these questions before calling the police

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Monday, June 22, 2020: Paradise Militarized hosted by Margo Okazawa-Rey

We begin with special tribute to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, and Eleanor Bumpurs dating back to the 1980s, all killed by the police. ABSOLUTELY Black Lives Matter! I hope y’all are taking part in the massive organizing and activism that we are seeing. Special shout-out to my friends Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Carissa Lewis, Charlene Carruthers, Alicia Garza, and all the other Black women leading the struggle on the ground.

The International Women's Network against Militarism

Today’s show is titled “Paradise Militarized.” In my show on Memorial Day, my guests discussed the importance of remembering all the unrecognized and unknown casualties of US wars and militarism. We talked about the lands that the US military is currently occupying and devastation to both human and natural life as a direct result. Today we deepen that discussion by sharing more details about three sets of islands in the Pacific Ocean. Okinawa was first colonized by Japan in the 19th Century and now is home to 75% of US military presence in Japan. Guahan, known by most people outside as Guam, is a current colony of the US, and Hawai’i was colonized by US also in the 19th century and was annexed as the 50th state in 1959. 

As you are listening, please ask yourselves these questions: What do Guahan, Hawai'i, and Okinawa have to do with colonization and imperialism, with anti-Blackness and liberation of  Black and other people and communities of color in the US?  We’ll be asking you to rethink the various aspects of the military apparatus in the US, from the war-based economy and military spending, to environmental impacts of wars and military operations, and the systems, tactics, and cities’ budgets for policing. Most important, we’ll  be urging you make the connections between “here” and “there”, the relationships between domestic policy and foreign policy, and ultimately to imagine what real security, all the way from in your lives and communities to the entire country and the world, would look and feel like. Especially for women.

I am in conversation today with long-time feminist activists and professors Lisa Natividad speaking to us from Guahan, and Kim Compoc who is in Honolulu. We will also listen to a recorded interview with professor Kozue Akibayashi in Japan. They are all members of the International Women’s Network against Militarism along with their respective organizations.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Kim Compoc is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, University of Hawaiʻi at West Oahu. Her research focuses on U.S. empire in the Philippines, Hawaiʻi and Oceania; Asian/American Studies /literatures, as well as diasporic Filipinx Studies with an emphasis on Indigenous, Feminist, and Queer critique.

Dr. Lisa Linda Natividad is Professor in the Division of Social Work at the University of Guam. She is also the President of the Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice. She has delivered interventions to the United Nations on issues of militarization, colonization, and indigenous peoples’ rights.

All three guests are members of the International Women’s Network against Militarism.

Watch as Thousands Protest in Downtown Honolulu in Support of Black Lives Matter

Nihi! KIDS TALK about Self-Determination| KIDS TALK | Nihi! on YouTube 

Where will you be? Why Black Lives Matter in the Hawaiian Kingdom by Joy Enomoto

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020: The Space Between Us hosted by Jovelyn Richards

The Space Between Us looks at:  Who Do We Want to Be?

Jovelyn Richards discusses the protest in Hawaii for Black Lives Matter with Hawaii native Di'one Di and Jovelyn reads excerpts of her own writings on the rebuilding relationships post-civil war.

"The one thing that is breaking our humanity is racism." -Jovelyn Richards

"...we're not standing for the inequality that's happening and we are here for change..." -Desiree Burton, youth organizer in Hawaii speaking at the Ala Moana Beach protest for Black Lives Matter. Find them on Instagram at @hawaiiforblacklives.

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