On Wednesday, July 16, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will present “Hobby Lobby: How Did We Get Here?”

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10 PM (EST) at WBAI, 99.5 FM (Tri-Sate area, East Coast, USA); streams at stream.wbai.org. Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance. Archived for 90 days at archive.wbai.org To pledge support for WBAI: give2wbai.org

The two Supreme Court that came down in early June, popularly known as the “Hobby Lobby” and “Buffer Zone” decisions, respectively, have shocked many by their blatant disregard of women’s reproductive rights–particularly “Hobby Lobby”, which not only grants religious rights to corporations, but allows these “rights” to infringe on the rights of others to a point unprecedented in Supreme Court History. Justice Alito‘s majority opinion also carves out a special exception for women, when it comes to whether there is a “compelling government interest” in women’s equality rights and reproductive choice (hint: there isn’t).

While there has been a lot of media attention given the bizarre aspects of Hobby Lobby and the shock of the removal of “buffer zones” from around clinics, there has been very little historical context provided by any of the media that explains the singling out of women in this way and connects these blatant anti-woman decisions to the history of reproductive rights that preceded them.

On Wednesday, July 16, Joy of Resistance will present: Hobby Lobby: How Did We Get Here?

Our guests will be: Lydia Devine, Attorney and Coordinator of the New York Chapter of National Women’s Liberation (the group that led in making the Morning After Pill available over-the-counter); Mary Lou Greenberg, who coordinates escorting patients (past the harassers) into Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens–and Sunsara Taylor, a convenor of Stop Patriarchy and the initiator of the Abortion Freedom Rides that toured the country last year and will travel to Texas this August. Guests will be interviewed by Lorena Ambrosio, Amanda Alcantara and Fran Luck.

The show will include our Feminist News Roundup; a special sound “collage” of recent creative responses by women to the Hobby Lobby decision and the attack on women’s reproductive rights–including the music of Lisa Koch, Nora Freeman and the hysterical youtube parody: “Hobby Lobby Crafts (Make Your Own IUD!)”

Guests and producers will share personal testimony about how the availability of birth control and abortion–or the lack of these same, has impacted their lives.

So please tune in to 99.5 FM this Wednesday, July 16, between 9 and 10 PMor stream us live on your computer at
www.wbai.org.

Joy of Resistance covers the ongoing worldwide struggle of women to for full equality and human rights. It broadcasts on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, between 9 and 10 PM. You can contact Joy of Resistance at joyofresistance@wbai.org or leave a phone message at (212) 209-2987.

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On the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Joy of Resistance presents: Why were women included in the Civil Rights Act–and how did they make it real?

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The category of “sex” almost didn’t make it into the Civil Rights Act of 1964–and its inclusion was thought of by many as a “fluke,” a “joke”–a way to derail the entire bill. Yet despite the lack of a women’s movement at the time, it prevailed and became a critical step in the birth of a new women’s movement.

On Wednesday, July 2, 9-10 PM, we will explore the complex history leading up to, and emerging from, the inclusion of women in the 1964 Civil Rights Act: not only the relatively uneventful Congressional vote that got “sex” included as a category of discrimination in Title Vll (which dealt with employment discrimination), but the decades-long back-story that was behind this landmark step for women.

We’ll interview activist-historian Jo Freeman, who will take us back to important women’s rights activism that took place between the winning of suffrage in 1920–and what was to become a new women’s movement in the 1960’s. We’ll explore how, after suffrage was won, the movement split into two camps: those favoring “protective” labor legislation and those wanting an Equal Rights Amendment (which would have made such legislation illegal).

Using Freeman’s article: “How “Sex” Got Into Title Vll” as a reference, we’ll trace how the National Woman’s Party (NWP), formerly a militant suffrage organization, lobbied relentlessly for passage of the ERA, while their opponents–centered on the successive Women’s Bureaus of a number of presidential administrations since the Roosevelt Administration–worked just as tirelessly to pre-empt any possibility of ERA passage. Freeman will also make a compelling argument against the popular myth that women were included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in order to derail it

Then we’ll look at what happened after women won this fragile foothold in Title Vll–only to be met with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)–the agency created to enforce Title Vll–which ignored the 37% of complaints that were coming to them from women. We’ll speak with Sonia Pressman Fuentes, the first woman Attorney hired by the Office of the General Counsel of the EEOC, about the struggle within and without the agency that then ensued–and led to the founding of the National Organization for Women, which was created as an activist organization to pressure the EEOC to do its job, when it came to women!

We’ll also be playing clips from Jennifer Lee‘s powerful film: “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation” and in it we’ll hear voices of others who were part of these events, such as that of EEOC commissioner Aileen Hernandez, as well as Betty Friedan.

 

Wed., June 18th, 9-10PM: What is Beyonce’s appeal to young women: is it power and fame or is it sexual agency which suggests that liberation can be achieved on an individual basis?

Joy of Resistance airs on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10 PM (EST) at WBAI, 99.5 FM (Tri-Sate area, East Coast, USA); streams at stream.wbai.org. Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance. Archived for 90 days at archive.wbai.org To pledge support for WBAI, (212) 209-2950 or give2wbai.org

Beyonce has written about striving for gender equality (The Shriver Report) and said that she identifies as a feminist. The song “Flawless” from her latest album also includes a recording of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s TED talk, We Should All Be Feminists . However, in another song on the same album, Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z seems to mock domestic violence by repeating: “Eat the Cake, Anna Mae”–referring to a scene from Tina Turner’s autobiographical film What’s Love Got to do with It? , where Ike Turner forces Tina to eat cake, in a show of male dominance.

On Wednesday, June 18th, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will explore the following questions: What are the images of African American women portrayed by the music industry–and does Beyonce conform to or break that mold? What constitutes being a feminist and does this description fit Beyonce?

The show will also tackle recent highly debated critiques of the singer, made by reknowned feminist scholar-activist bell hooks, as part of a forum on May 6 at The New School which included hooks calling Beyoncé a “terrorist” (in the context of how the media terrorizes women into conformity).

Guests will be: Christa Bell, a member of the Real Colored Girls blog, who co-authored “The Problem with Beyhive Bottom Bitch Feminism,” (a critique of Beyonce’s media role); and Nikeeta Slade, a women’s and queer rights activist, grad student in Pan-African Studies and an editor of Red Wedge Magazine who has written on Black women and intersectionality .

The segment will be co-hosted by Amanda Alcantara* and Lorena Ambrosio**, Joy of Resistance members who are making their debut producing a featured segment for this show. Fran Luck is the Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance.

The program will also contain our worldwide feminist news roundup, clips of the May 6 forum Are You Still a Slave: Liberating the Black Body and Beyoncé’s music.

Background

On May 6, “Ain’t I a Woman?” author Gloria Jean Watkins, who goes by pen name ‘bell hooks’, was at a New School Forum discussing the subject: ‘liberating the black female body’. There she tackled the subject of the famous singer and her effect on young girls. “Would we be at all interested in Beyonce if she wasn’t so rich? Because I don’t think you can separate her class, power, and the wealth from people’s fascination with her, that here is a young black woman who is so incredibly wealthy,” she said.

Then she added “wealthy is what so many young people fantasize, dream about, sexualize, eroticize, and one could argue that even more than her body, it’s what that body stands for…The body of desire fulfilled, that is, wealth, fame, celebrity, all the things that so many people in our culture are lusting for.”

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10 PM. We cover the ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full equality and human rights. You can follow us on twitter at twitter.com/joyofresistance or @joyofresistance. You can follow or read out blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com.

WBAI @ 99.5 FM broadcasts to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and worldwide on the web through wbai.org and is part of the Pacifica Radio Network, one of the few alternatives to the corporate-controlled media that dominate the airwaves–and it needs your financial support to continue broadcasting! Please consider going to wbai.org or give2wbai.org and contributing whatever amount you can to help keep alternative radio alive.

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Footnotes: bios of guests and producers

*Amanda Alcantara is a writer, a journalist, and a community organizer. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies and Political Science from Rutgers University where she helped relaunch the Latin American Womyn’s Organization. She writes at her personal blog RadicalLatina.com. Amanda grew up in the Dominican Republic and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

**Lorena Ambrosio is a former activist with Occupy Wall Street and was one of the organizers of its Feminist General Assemblies; she is a member of the radical singing/spoken word group Mahina Movement and has worked with National Women’s Liberation. She is an activist on Peruvian issues and lives in New Jersey.

***Fran Luck is Executive Producer of the Joy of Resistance radio show. She founded The Street Harassment Project in 2000 and the Joy of Resistance in 2002. She has worked with National Women’s Liberation and Redstockings Allies and Veterans. She is a lifelong feminist and a former housing activist on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

***Christa Bell is an award-winning spoken word poet, performance artist and feminist culture creator from Seattle,Washington. She is an MA candidate in Cultural Studies with a designation in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, a member of the Women Who Rock and Fembot collectives and a founding member of Real Colored Girls. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion and her work includes the one-woman show CoochieMagik: A Spoken Word Musical Comedy, commissioned by the National Performance Network, 1001 Holy Names for Coochie, a 24-hour endurance mantra and performance art installation, which premiered at the Seattle Art Museum as part of the opening events for Elles: Women Artists From The Centre Pompidou; and SHEism: The Woman Worship Workshop, a performance- lecture and workshop that explores the spiritual politics of female bodies. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, as a TEDx Talk, and on afterellen.com and she has performed, by invitation, at over 100 universities, colleges, festivals and performance venues internationally. Her performance work is primarily concerned with feminist imaginings of the divine as well as how women’s spiritual self-esteem impacts their participation in the political processes that govern their lives. Her research interests include black feminist theory and genealogies, feminist cultural production, performance studies and cultural intersections of race, gender, culture and theology. Her current performance work is scheduled to be included in the Whitney Museum of American Art: 2014 Biennial as part of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN, a global collective. Her essay “Shall We Begin, Then?” a meditation on future/present ancestral bodies, will be featured in the 2014 Biennial catalogue.
*****Nikeeta Slade attended the University of North Texas where she majored in Anthropology and minored in African-American Studies. She is a currently a graduate student in the Pan-African Studies Master’s program at Syracuse University where her research interests include neoliberalism, specifically de-industrialization’s impact on black queer communities in Syracuse. As an undergraduate student, Nikeeta was actively involved in environmental activism with Rising Tide against fracking in North Texas. As a graduate student she is involved in an array of struggles in the Syracuse area but her main areas are women’s rights and queer rights. Nikeeta is also an editor for Red Wedge Magazine.

On Wednesday, June 4, 9-11 pm, Joy of Resistance presents: What are the connections between the misogyny-motivated Santa Barbara slayings, the so-called “Men’s Rights Movement” and racist and sexist ideology of the far right?

Joy of Resistance airs on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10 PM (EST) at WBAI, 99.5 FM (Tri-Sate area, East Coast, USA); streams at stream.wbai.org. Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance. Archived for 90 days at archive.wbai.org To pledge support for WBAI, call (212) 209-2950 or go to give2wbai.org

Guests: Katharine Cross, blogger for Feministing, RHrealitycheck, Bitch Magazine), who has written on the often-ignored misogyny of the racist rightwing; Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks hate groups in the U.S. (including the ‘men’s rights movement”); Loretta Ross, co-founder of SisterSong: A Woman of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, who has studied the connections between anti-abortion and racist activism and Kate Tull, a co-host of the new viral tumblr site “When Women Refuse”,which, in the last week, has collected over 300 news stories of violence perpetrated against women by men who feel “refused” by them.

On Friday, May 23, a college student named Elliott Rodger went on a shooting rampage at the University of California, Santa Barbara, killing 7 people and injuring 13, later killing himself. His reason, as stated beforehand on a youtube 140 page “manifesto”: to get revenge on the women who wouldn’t have him as a sex partner. He vowed to “slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see”.

In an article in the Guardian UK, Jessica Valenti wrote that Rodger, “like most young American men, was taught that he was entitled to sex and female attention…He believed this so fully that he described women’s apathy toward him as an “injustice” and a “crime”. Rodger was reportedly involved with the online men’s rights movement: allegedly active on one forum and said to have been following several men’s rights channels on YouTube. The language he used in his videos against women – like referring to himself as an “alpha male” – is common rhetoric in such circles” Immediately after the shooting, the business-as-usual media spin-machine attributed what had happened to a combination of mental illness and the easy accessability of guns. Left out by most was Roger’s misogynist ideology.

Artist Molly Crabapple pointed out on Twitter: “White terrorism is always blamed on guns, mental health – never poisonous ideology.” and feminist blogger Melissa McEwan tweeted “Dismissing violent misogynists as ‘crazy’ is a neat way of saying that violent misogyny is an individual problem, not a cultural one,” Valenti wrote:”The truth is that there is no such thing as a lone misogynist – they are created by our culture, and by communities that tells them that their hatred is both commonplace and justified.” As blogger Katharine Cross has written in her brilliantly titled “When Words Become Bullets” (RHrealitycheck, date): It isn’t that Rodger’s murders were especially unique. Mass shootings have been committed before, often as a form of masculine protest—a terrifying symptom of what sociologists Rachel Kalish and Michael Kimmel call “aggrieved entitlement”—some have had explicitly racist dimensions, as we saw in Wisconsin with a neo-Nazi… targeting Sikhs, or in Kansas when one man (also a frequent forum ranter) killed three people at Jewish centers. Other killers wore their sexism on their sleeves, like Anders Bering Breivik‘s murderof 77 people—mostly teenagers—because he saw himself as an anti-feminist, anti-Islam, anti-immigrant crusader who would save Norway by slaughtering some of its brightest and most civic-minded youth.

This is not new.

But Rodger’s atrocity shook us from a torpor because of how unambiguous he was—a Southern Poverty Law Center research team was not necessary to draw the link between his online rants, so thoroughly indistinguishable from that of many other anonymous, faceless men, and the mass murder he ultimately perpetrated.” And because the constant rape and murder threats directed toward women bloggers–words infused with MRA rhetoric of violent hatred toward women and feminism, can no longer be dismissed as “just words”.

In this program we will try to connect some of these dots and put them in the context of the proliferation of hate groups of all kinds in the U.S.–and also in many parts of the world–but this time, we will not leave out the ever-present virulent misogyny that is an intrinsic part of rightwing ideology.

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10 PM. We cover the ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full equality and human rights. You can follow us on twitter at twitter.com/joyofresistance or @joyofresistance. You can follow or read out blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com.

WBAI @ 99.5 FM broadcasts to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and worldwide on the web through wbai.org and is part of the Pacifica Radio Network, one of the few alternatives to the corporate-controlled media that dominate the airwaves–and it needs your financial support to continue broadcasting! Please consider going to wbai.org or give2wbai.org and contributing whatever amount you can to help keep alternative radio alive.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR THIS SHOW: If you become a WBAI Buddy–a sustaining member, with $10.00 or more per month automatically securely deducted from your bank account or credit card, you will receive a free copy of the film: Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker (see post below for details). Call 212 209-2950 during the show. You can get the film by itself for a pledge of $75. 

And if you contribute during a Joy of Resistance fund drive show, you will also be “voting” for the continuation and expansion of feminist radio on WBAI.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Wed., May 28, 8-10 PM, Joy of Resistance proudly presents “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker”

Joy of Resistance airs on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 9-10 PM (EST) at WBAI, 99.5 FM in the Tri-state area (East Coast, U.S.A.), streams at stream.wbai.org Follow us on twitter @joyofresistance Archived 90 days at archive.wbai.org

When one digs beneath the surface of many of the major initiatives of the Civil Rights Movement, one finds a woman known as “Miss Ella Baker.” This self effacing but much-revered woman has been called “one of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement.”

On Wednesday, May 28, 8-10 PM, Joy of Resistance proudly presents as its WBAI fund drive premium: Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker, a film by Joanne Grant. With an introduction by Harry Belafonte and a theme song especially written for this film by Bernice Johnson Reagon (founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock), the famous and beloved “Ella’s Song,Fundi has won more than five film awards including the 2005 National Women’s Studies Association Film Festival Film of the Year, the London Film Festival Best of Category, the1981 San Francisco Film Festival First Prize Winner, the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and the CINE Golden Eagle. (Fundi is a Swahili word, meaning one who passes on skills from one generation to the next.)

Over an hour long and in beautiful color, this is the only film about the extraordinary woman who founded both the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)–among many other achievements–and who was a major strategist of the Civil Rights Movement over decades. It covers Baker’s childhood, her early organizing for the NAACP in the 1940’s, her work for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in the 1950’s and her great influence on the younger generation of the 1960’s, primarily through her guidance of SNCC, which she was instrumental in organizing to break away from the older, minister-led SCLC, and which she helped to become its own dynamic youth-led organization. We also see her work for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and learn about her philosophy of participatory democracy, which influenced a generation–not only through SNCC, but whose ripple effects spread to other movements and organizations of the 1960’s and beyond, including Students for a Democratic Society and the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Among its highlights, the film contains exclusive interviews with Baker in her later years, and a reunion of SNCC workers who discuss the influence she had on them. These include Bob Moses, Marion Barry and Eleanor Holmes Norton–who comments that Baker has never gotten her due because she was a woman in the male-led Civil Rights Movement, because she was a woman. The film ends with Baker making the speech in which she declares: “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it’s won” (which provided the words for the powerful refrain of “Ella’s Song”). But perhaps the greatest highlight of the film is getting to see the rarely photographed Miss Baker at length and in action–and seeing her face lit up with the deep inspiration of her political vision.

Harry Belafonte has said of this film: “FUNDI fills a gap for those who know little of the history of the black struggle [and] is a compelling portrait of an extraordinary woman who has devoted her life to struggle and to the people who take part in it.”

Pat Aufderheide, of In These Times has said: “FUNDI restores Ella Baker, the ‘godmother of the SNCC,’ to her place in the history of the civil rights movement. Precisely and elegantly executed… there’s no pomposity, no false reverence — at least none that Baker herself can’t cut right through.”

Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker can only be obtained through this limited WBAI offer –although institutions can purchase it from the Icarus Films website for $348.00! per DVD, it is not at this time available for individual purchase. However, it will be available through WBAI for a pledge to support the station of $75.00. Please don’t miss this rare opportunity obtain a unique piece of Civil Rights history and get to know one of its most inspiring and not-well-enough known leaders. This is an important film to share with people you know of different generations; your community; your students–and have permanently in your film library. AND IN THE PROCESS, YOU WILL BE HELPING TO SUPPORT LISTENER SPONSORED NON-COMMERCIAL WBAI–ANOTHER BELOVED PIECE OF OUR COMMUNITY (AND ONE THAT VERY MUCH NEEDS YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT AT THIS TIME!)

*The availability to WBAI listeners of Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker has been made possible through the generosity of Icarus Films

Wednesday, April 30, 9-10 pm: Stephanie Coontz, author of “A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960′s”

Posted on April 30, 2014

Joy of Resistance is heard on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month @WBAI, 99.5 fm in NYC (& the tri-state area) & streams at wbai.org. Follow JOR @twitter.com/joyofresistance

A re-airing of our classic feminist conversation between Stephanie Coontz, author of “A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960′s”  and Fran Luck (Joy of Resistance’ Executive Producer).

The discussion will center on how  Betty Friedan‘s watershed book “The Feminine Mystique” (1963) changed the conceptual landscape for American women–and will focus on the social conditions that prevailed for women in the 1940′s ’50′s & early 60′s, when“Help Wanted: Female” ads, “Head and Master” laws (which gave men legal control of marriage) and a Freudianism that diagnosed ambition in women as a neurosis –combined to proscribe women’s lives.

We’ll examine how the feminist history of the 1920′s was erased and images of earlier feminists were distorted so that women of the 1950′s were denied their feminist history–just as the backlash against the feminists of the 1960′s going on today is denying today’s generation of young women their real history. We’ll look at how women were pushed out of the good jobs they held in the 1940′s (which they were able to get because men were fighting World War ll), sold a bill of goods that the only path to “true womanhood”was through becoming stay-at-home wives and mothers–and how these images of American womanhood were then used as part of the “Cold War.”

We’ll look at how feminist periods run in “cycles”, with each feminist upsurge, followed by a period in which a “crisis in masculinity,” is declared–supposedly caused by“women going too far”--followed by attempts to take away gains achieved by women during the previous feminist period.

The show will be accompanied by period music from the 1950′s, including “Sincerely,”sung by The MacGuire Sisters“How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” sung byPatti Paige“Mr. Sandman,” sung by The Chordettes and the “I Love Lucy”themesong, sung by Desi Arnaz.

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 9-10 PM. We cover the “ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full liberation, equality and human rights.” You can tweet us attwitter.com/joyofresistance and follow/read our blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com and also communicate with us through the “comments” section on our blog. Programs stream live @ wbai.org where they are archived there for 90 days.

WBAI @ 99.5 FM broadcasts to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and is part of the Pacifica Radio Network, one of the few alternatives to the corporate-controlled media that dominate the airwaves–and it needs your financial support to continue broadcasting!

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On Wed., April 16, 9-10pm, Joy of Resistance presents: The Wage Gap, the Truth Gap and the Criminalization of Pregnancy

Heard at WBAI, 99.5 FM, 9-10 PM–1st & 3rd Wednesdays–Tweet: @joyofresistance

Guests: Farrah Diaz Tello, Staff Attorney with National Advocates for Pregnant Women; Joan Entmacher, Vice President, National Women’s Law Center. Plus a recorded testimony of poet/novelist/activist Marge Piercy speaking on her personal experience growing up when abortion was illegal in the U.S.

The wage gap between men and women has stubbornly refused to budge since the early 2000’s and, according to a new report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, has retreated a few % points since 2011. It remains at 77 cents, 64 and 54 cents for white women, African American and Latinas, respectively, as compared to each dollar earned by a white male. What are the factors behind the persistence of the wage gap–and how can we narrow, and, sooner rather than later, eliminate it? We’ll be speaking with Joan Entmacher, Vice President of the National Women’s Law Center on this and related questions.

A law just passed in Tennessee threatens to create a new class of crime that is only applicable to pregnant women. Under it, a woman who miscarries or gives birth to a baby with abnormalities, could be faced with charges of reckless endangerment or assault and up to 15 years in prison. Over the past decade there have been a number of arrests women of color in Southern States who have faced similar charges, usually over alleged drug use during pregnancy. A national coalition has formed to fight such cases, led by the National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). It is mounting a campaign to get the Governor of Tennessee to veto this bill before it becomes law. Our guest will be Farrah Diaz Tello, a staff attorney with NAPW.

We’ll also hear a moving testimony from poet/novelist/activist Marge Piercy, about her own abortion as a teenager and what life was like for women before abortion was legalized.

Hosted by Fran Luck and Lorena Ambrosio.