Tuesday, November 23, 2021

This Bridge Called My Back with Host Julia Hutton


This year is the 40th Anniversary of the publication of This Bridge Called My Back! On Monday's show listen to the prerecorded show by producer Julia Hutton. This was originally broadcasted for KPFA's International Women's Day 2021 special programming. You will have a chance to listen to clips from the original event--SF Bay Area book launch 40 years ago. Can you recognize the "baby voices" of the contributors?

To listen, click here 58mins.
The 40 Anniversary virtual celebration will take place at 5p CA time til around 7:30p.  December 3rd.  To register for the event, which you all will need to do in order to witness the event, go to:  https://www.lasmaestrascenter.ucsb.edu/bridge-40th-rsvp   (if you register in advance, you will receive all notices by email of how to get onto the live stream.). Please pass this link on to your peoples and those interested.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Indigenous Health is Global Health

 Kendall Crakow, Host

In this hour, we create space for the resilient stories and reflections of three Indigenous, Women healthcare workers and leaders who are deeply committed to advocating for health equity and health justice in the Navajo Communities they serve and call home.

All our guests are affiliated with The UCSF HEAL Initiative (Health, Equity, Action, Leadership), a global health fellowship and community of health professionals striving to bridge barriers to care in deeply marginalized, resource denied communities around the world.

While all of our guests are dedicated to improving the health of their patients and their communities, as well as supporting one another, they come to this work with different backgrounds, specialties, and relationships to the communities they serve. Here to share their experiences and insights with us are Dr. Adriann Begay, MD, Cristina Rivera Carpenter, PhD, MSN, RN-BC and Denee Bex, MPH, RD, LD, CDCES.

Join us, as they share where they draw their strengths from, how they are bridging Indigenous Knowledge Systems with the Conventional Biomedical models they are moving through, and, as they share their visions for what a future centering the needs of Navajo Communities looks like, as well as reflections on how we think about growing Native Leadership in Health.

“I think so many things are relational, and I think wellness is relational. And, if in our area, if we have family that aren’t well, if we have our living world that is not well, if we have part of our community that is not well, then how can we really be well? To me, this is Collective Wellness for all of Us.” -Cristina Rivera Carpenter, PhD

Click here to listen 58 minutes

About Our Guests

Dr. Begay was raised on the Navajo Reservation and is the Daughter of a strong Navajo Woman, the Mother of three, and the Grandmother of nine beautiful grandchildren. Now retired from the Indian Health Service after 21 years of service in Family Medicine and Urgent Care, she currently works with HEAL as a Senior Officer advocating for policy and programs to further Native American Health Care Equity. A long time mentor in and advocate for her community, she has dedicated her career to elevating healthcare for American Indians and Alaskan Natives and increasing the pipeline of AI/AN students who can come home and care for their people. 

Cristina Rivera Carpenter is the Granddaughter of Lipan Apache and Indigenous Grandmothers from the state of San Luis Potosi in Mexico on her Matrilineal side and is the Mother of five. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, and recently finished her PhD in Nursing with a Minor in American Indian Studies. She continues to work clinically, as well as with HEAL, and teaches a class in Sociology at the University of Arizona. She is passionate about addressing health inequities in local and global settings with foci on community, solidarity, and supporting current and future health professionals in pursuing equity-focused careers.

Denee Bex was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation and is currently a registered Dietician employed with Tsehootsooi Medical Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a Master of Public Health with a focus on Community Health Education. She is an advocate for healthy traditional Navajo diets and believes that Nutrition Education in the Navajo Community must include the customs, values, and beliefs of Navajo people for it to be impactful. Denee also writes gardening articles for a local Native newspaper and works with community organizations to encourage families to start growing their own food.


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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Okinawan People’s Long Courageous Struggle to Stop New US Base Construction and End Militarism





On today’s show the subject was the situation of another colonized 

people across the Pacific Ocean. 

I was in conversation with Takazato Suzuyo, Ishikawa Hideki, 

and Akibayashi Kozue  organizing in

Okinawa to stop the construction of the new US Marine Corp Air Station 

in Henoko. Like all colonized people, the will and 

self-determination of the people of Okinawa are disregarded 

by the central government dominated by the LDP, the ruling party. 

Today’s show is also in solidarity with the people of Guahan, 

a country known mostly as Guam, 

the people of Hawaii, South Korea, and Philippines,

 living under the dominant presence of the US 

military, directly and indirectly.

Their main message to US listeners: please reach out to 

our Congresspersons and senators to stop 

the construction. What’s at stake are the lives of the 

current generation and generations of Okinawan 


 the fragile ecosystem being destroyed due to construction, 

and the lives of young people in the 

US facing the poverty draft . 


Military security will never yield genuine security. 

It is a culture of death and destruction, and 

will create only deep insecurity and harm all life.


To listen click here 58 mins.


Learn more here about the history and the struggle!



Monday, October 11, 2021

Looking at Healing and Community

 Today on KPFA Radio's Women's Magazine Lisa Dettmer looks at healing and community. First she talks with Amber Sue Field about their workshops that provide healing through voice and music. Then she is in coversation with Claire Ryan about how healing it is to live on Women's Land. 


Click her To listen. 58 mins



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Monday, October 4, 2021

Transnational Feminist Solidarity For and With Afghanistan, Its People, and Beyond


There is never enough coverage of the world’s people persevering, as they face the horrific conditions brought on them, with courage, dignity, and hope.  Among those are the Afghan people whose lives and land have been devastated by decades and decades of imperial occupation, by the British, the Soviet Union, and most recently by the US. How else, though, can we, and should we, think about a peoples whom most of us know only through dire statistics? Ratings on UN development scales? Images of pain and suffering?


In today’s pre-recorded interview with Dr Mariam Popal, you will hear other kinds of stories, get different understandings of Afghan history and people, and about transnational feminism. I have only inadequate words to describe my conversation with Mariam Popal,  a feminist Afghan activist scholar living in Germany. She is currently mobilizing global support for Afghan women, and all Afghan people, in this time of profound destruction and suffering. 


During September, Mariam, her Afghan people’s movement folks, and supporters circulated the "Appeal with Regard to the Situation in Afghanistan-September 2021" to gather supporters from around the world for the people of Afghanistan:


"We call on the political responsible to allow the Afghan society, WITHOUT ANY EXEPTIONS, to participate in the political process and by considering the INTERSECTIONALLY formed social conditions, to support, strengthen, and PROTECT the rights of ALL Afghan citizens in ALL places of the country. The diverse, marvellous Afghan people are on the one hand tired of the constant war and misery; on the other hand, its recent history of near perpetual war and the accompanying experiences of suffering have strengthened the foundation for an open, creative society to flourish. Despite a long and difficult mourning process, the Afghan people have been working to create a beautiful future and a becoming as part of the world community."


Click here To listen 45 mins.

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Our Guest

Dr. Mariam Popal,  a feminist Afghan activist scholar in Germany, is organising global support for Afghan women, and all Afghan people. Her doctoral research  concerned the meanings of ‘law’/’sharia’ within a comparative analysis and from a feminist postcolonial studies’ approach. organising currently working on her habilitation project (second thesis) in Comparative Literature at the University of Bayreuth/Germany. In this work she takes up the meaning of ‘touch’ and discusses ‘humor’ as a multilayered affect in literary theory and in contemporary (diasporic, postcolonial) novels.

Her PhD was awarded summa cum laude. It is a work on the meanings of ‘law’/’sharia’ within a comparative analysis and from a feminist postcolonial studies’ approach. Her research covers literary theory, contemporary literatures, film & photography studies, philosophy literature, (queer & feminist) Decolonial & Postcolonial Studies, Intersectionality Studies, Diaspora Studies, Modern Afghan Literatures and neo-Orientalisms. And in her freed-up time, she sometimes writes.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Transnational Feminist Activist Voices from Berlin: Race, Gender, and Diaspora Margo Okazawa-Rey, Producer



Today I am broadcasting two prerecorded interviews with transnational feminist activists in Berlin. I met them during a workshop for feminists of color and their allies on 11 of September. There, I had the honor of listening to their personal stories and stories of struggle.  In the first segment, please listen to my living-room conversation with Makda Isak, Kochob Mihretaab, Oihane Roach, and Hana Sato, young feminists of color who share their experiences living in Berlin and their vision of a future world they are organizing to create.


In the second segment, Isidora Randjelovic, Estera Iordan, and Magdalena Lovric, converse with Vanessa Thompson about the Romani rights movement and connections to Black history and life.


Click here  To listen  45 minutes 


Part 1

Makda Isak grew up in Frankfurt, Germany, where she studied Sociology. In her master’s thesis she focused on African Feminist epistemologies. Makda is a Black Feminist who has been involved in antiracist and feminist grassroots organizing for the past seven years. Currently, she works for the Berlin based African, Afrodiasporic & Black empowerment community project Each One Teach One as a civic educator. 

Kochob Mihretaab (27) is a black feminist who lives in Berlin. Her political work focusses around the connection between African diasporic topics in Europe and the struggle in the Global South. In her work with youth at a community theater she connects aspects of hip hop culture with political topics. She enjoys dancing, good food and connecting with people of different ages and histories.


Oihane Roach is a 30 year old Berlin based singer, songwriter, composer, and former social worker interested in Black feminism and collective healing practises.


Hana Sato (31) works in care, studied Philosophy in Berlin and is now starting a BA in Physiotherapy. Currently involved in building a community space on the outskirts of Berlin for experimenting with utopian communitarian living, learning and creating. Feels strongly about questions of building feminist, loving comradeship and communal health (care). Loves rice, music, learning all kinds of new things and spending time around the kitchen table with her flat mates.


Part 2

Estera Iordan is 20 years old and a Romanian romani. She is working at the RomaniPhen Archive in Berlin and is an activist for Rom*nja Rights.

Magdalena Lovrić is an empowerment educator. She creates positive spaces for Romani youth, including the first self-organized romani youth theater group So keres? - What are you doing? which was founded in Berlin in 2014.

Isidora Randjelović is co-initiator of the romani feminist archive RomaniPhen in Berlin. She works, learns, and teaches on social justice and romani related history and movements.

Vanessa Thompson is an activist scholar engaged in critical race and racism studies, black studies (with a focus on Black Europe), gender and queer studies, post- and decolonial feminist theories and methodologies, critical security studies, and transformative justice.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

"What We Learned from Beitita" Tribute to Elizabeth "Betita Martinez Part 3 Margo Okazawa-Rey, Host


Leading, historicizing, challenging contradictions, infusing joy, living and being powerful as a romantic, challenging “oppression Olympics,” surrounding herself with beauty, and taking care of herself. These are the ways my guests described Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez today.


This is the final segment of the 3-part tribute to our Beloved activist scholar, organizer, visionary troublemaker with exquisite flair, the late Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez who passed away on June 29 at the age of 95. During her life journey, she crossed and re-drew borders, envisaged and worked to realize a future where everyone is not only liberated, but thriving. She authored the ground-breaking 500 Years of Chicano History and 500 Years of Chicano Women’s History, was an intellectual and political foundation of Chicana Studies, founded the Institute for Multiracial Justice, and did and was much more.  Betita also was anti-imperialist and a mother.

Click To listen 58 mins.


About the Guests

Sofia Martinez is a New Mexican activist, organizer, and educator. She is Co-founder of Los Jardines Institute based in Albuquerque, NM. Los Jardines’ work focuses on environmental and food justice and intergenerational anti-racist, sharing and education. She is also a Co-founder and co-producer of Voces Feministas, a women-of-color radio show of politics, art, culture, news and information highlighting women of color on KUNM FM in Albuquerque.


(Ana) Clarissa Rojas Durazo grew up in the border cities Mexicali, Baja California and Calexico, California. She practices transformative mama pedagogies by day while decolonizing chicanx studies pedagogies by trade. She teaches at UC Davis where she is affiliated with Cultural Studies and Gender Studies. She is an internationally published poet who believes the creative spirit will end violence. Clarissa co-edited Color of Violence: the INCITE Anthology and Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence. Her writing appears most recently in Truthout, Sinister Wisdom Journal and Basta Anthology: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women.


Tessa Koning-Martinez is Betita's Beloved Daughter.