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?

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 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., 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

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.

Wed., Feb. 12: Custody, Child Abuse and the trope of “A Woman Scorned”–an elaboration of issues raised by Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter

AS PART OF OUR FEBRUARY WINTER FUND DRIVE…:
Wednesday, February 12, 9-9:30 PM (EST), tune in to WBAI, 99.5 FM as Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio or stream live at wbai.org

Dylan Farrow‘s February 1st “Open Letter” in the New York Times, detailing her story of sexual abuse by her father Woody Allen, when she was seven, has become the center of enormous controversy over the last 10 days. Allen has responded to the letter by denying that any abuse took place and blaming the allegation on a “vengeful lover”–ex-partner Mia Farrow–whom, he says “implanted false memories” in the then-seven-year-old Dylan (who is now 28).

In this program we will will be looking at some common themes between this set of events and other custody cases where abuse is alleged. Fran Luck will be in discussion with our guest Attorney Lisa Wolovick, who has practiced family and matrimonial law for 25 years, specializing in representing battered women in custody cases. Wolovick is also a practicing Social Worker and teaches at the Fordham Graduate School of Social Work.

We’ll be looking at a number of questions raised by the Farrow/Allen controversy, including: traumatic memories and how they work; whether and when memories can be “implanted”; the history of the use of the stereotypic trope: “hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned” to explain female motivation; the pseudo science of “Parental Alienation Syndrome” (P.A.S.)–a theory which assumes allegations of abuse to be attempts at “alienating the child from the other parent” and often results in the awarding of custody to abusers–and much more…

If time allows, we will be taking phone calls.

The show can also be streamed live at wbai.org (where it will also be archived for 90 days). Joy of Resistance will be airing every Wednesday in February, 9-9:30 PM.

In our next show on February 19, we will examine the leadership of the Civil Rights Movement by Black women, with Professor Carol Giardina, author of “Freedom for Women: Forging the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1953-1970.”

WBAI is a 54 year old alternative, non-commercial radio station, part of the Pacifica Network. We are in the midst of a critical fund drive and need your support to continue to bring you programs that are not dependent on–and therefore limited by–the dictates of corporate funding. So please give generously by going to give2wbai.org or calling (212) 209-2950, Thank you!

Wed., Jan. 15, 9-10 pm–Then and Now: New Hope for Childcare in New York City–plus: Reclaiming our Feminist History

Joy of Resistance airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9-10 pm (EST) at 99.5 FM in the tri-state area & streams live at wbai.org. JOR tweets at @joyofresistance

We’ll start the show by touching on some of the major issues for women’s rights in 2013 and what we are facing in the new legislative session–as well as announcing events for the upcoming 41st Anniversary of Roe v.Wade on January 22.

There is new hope in New York City for progress on a longstanding feminist demandaffordable and accessible childcare (including Pre-K and After-school programs) for all–now that we have a new Mayor who has pledged to prioritize this issue.

Our first interview will be with Neal Tepel, who was an organizer with DC 1707 (the Union of daycare workers) which led the fight against former Mayor Bloomberg‘s decimation of the city’s daycare system. Neal will help us assess the state of these critical facilities today, catch us up on recent history and try to see the shape of daycare’s immediate future in NYC. We’ll also play a portion of our 2010 interview with Professor Rosalyn Baxandall, who was part of the original feminist direct action movement that won for New York City a daycare system that was a model for the rest of the country.

In the 2nd half of the show, we’ll speak with Jennifer Lee, director and creator of the new film Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation–which just  won the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival as “Best in the Festival for Documentary”–but which, more importantly, has the approval of many of the movement pioneers–approval difficult to come by, as this group was actually there  and has had to see its history distorted many times over.The documentary chronicles the story of the women’s liberation movement from 1963 to 1970. Beginning in 2005, Lee traveled the country interviewing many of the women who created modern feminism.

Lee introduces the film by telling her audience that she was motivated to go on this quest because she couldn’t figure out why the word “feminist”, when it came up in the conversations of her generation, was whispered, as if it were a scary and somehow shameful word. She felt that being a feminist was a good thing–but didn’t have the information whe needed in order to convince the whisperers of why she felt that way. She wondered why her feminist history had been so hidden from her and became determined to go in search of it.  

Lee interviewed, among others, Betty Friedan (Lee holds the rights to her last video interview before she passed), Aileen Hernandez (first head of the EEOC), Kathie Sarachild, (a member of Redstockings and a SNCC worker), Frances Beal (SNCC Women’s Liberation Committee and author of Triple Jeopardy), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton–and many others. 

Punctuated by an astonishing amount of period footage and an energetic sound-track; the film touches on women in the U.S. before the feminist movement (starting with their having been ousted from well paying jobs after WWll); Betty Friedan‘s publication of the The Feminine Mystique; the President’s Council on the Status of Women; the struggles within the movement over lesbianism as well as class and race; the influence of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Civil Rights Movement; the fight to get women included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, leading to the founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW); the Miss America Beauty Pageant Protest–and up to the Ladies Home Journal sit-in and the Women’s Strike for Equality. Many of the issues you see being raised in the film by are still being struggled for today–such as full access to reproductive rights and childcare–some 50 years later! Joy of Resistance hopes to offer DVD’s of this film as a premium during WBAI’s Winter Fund Drive in February.

Campus rape and rape culture on JOR November 6

On Wednesday, November 6, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will present “Rape and Rape Culture on Campus—And the New Feminist Fight-Back” featuring interviews with student and faculty activists, as well as Soraya Chemaly and Gloria Allred.

WBAI is heard at 99.5 FM in the New York City area and streams live at www.wbai.org. Programs are archived for 90 days.

Across the country colleges and universities are under investigation by the Federal government for their sexual assault policies because of complaints brought under Title IX—the part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act dealing with the right of women to equal educational opportunity. According to statistics, between 20 and 28% of female college students will experience rape by a male student while at college—making going to college a high risk activity for rape. All women (and all men) on campus will encounter some variant of campus culture that features the promotion of rape as a “sport” and “fun activity” for college men—also known as “campus rape culture.”

Last but not least is a widespread pattern of colleges and universities, in the interest of maintaining their schools’ reputations, enrollment and funding base—downplaying and covering up assaults of women students, discouraging women from filing complaints, blaming them for their attacks and allowing even admitted rapists back on campus—all activities and omissions that have fueled the newest wave of Title IX complaints. A partial list of colleges that have recently come under Federal investigation and/or have had private civil lawsuits filed against them, include: Yale University; University of Southern California; University of California at Berkeley; University of North Carolina; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Dartmouth College; Swarthmore College; Occidental College and the University of Connecticut.

On Wednesday, November 6th at 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will present: Rape and Rape Culture on Campus—and the New Feminist Fightback. In this program we will examine these intertwining issues and the future of the fight-back.

Our guests will be: Dana Daniels, a New York University student whose recent article on rape culture at NYU sparked internet retaliation; Soraya Chemaly, activist-blogger on rape culture who will describe in detail its manifestations on a number of campuses; Mia Ferguson, student activist and a founder of End Rape on Campus, who will talk about the growing fightback movement by students; Gloria Allred, noted Civil Rights Attorney, who recently led a suit against Occidental College and has just announced another against the University of Connecticut; and outspoken faculty activists Professor Danielle Dirks and Professor Caroline Heldman, who were instrumental in organizing women students at Occidental College as well as the national movement.

This program will include worldwide feminist news headlines and information on legal resources for campus sexual assault survivors. It was produced by Executive Producer Fran Luck and Associate Producers Karen Anton and Lorena Ambrosio.

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 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 at twitter.com/joyofresistance and follow/read our blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com. Programs stream live at wbai.org, where they are also archived for 90 days.

WBAI NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!!!

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—the station has been facing extremely hard times since Hurricane Sandy and needs your financial support to continue broadcasting. We cannot afford to lose this legendary 53-year old non-commercial progressive radio station! Please consider going to http://www.wbai.org and contributing whatever amount you can to help keep alternative radio alive. If you join as a “WBAI Buddy” at $10 or more a month, you can help sustain the station permanently (and be entitled to a range of gifts).

Joining the WBAI “Buddy Program” in the name of Joy of Resistance will also be a vote for the continuation of feminist programming at WBAI and will entitle you to Joy of Resistance’ latest feminist premium “The Real History of the Feminist Movement.” You can click on this link to order it separately: The Real History of the Feminist Movement  flash drive and and scroll further down on this blog  for a complete description of what the premium contains. Thank you for your support!

Why it is critical that you support WBAI and Joy of Resistance in the October Fund Drive

From October 1-25, WBAI will be in fund-drive mode, in what is considered to be a make-or-break fund-raiser for the beloved 53 year old radio station that is responsible for the very political and cultural ground on which so many of us walk! A caller to a recent WBAI Report to the Listener, summarized WBAI when he described his travels across country this summer, while listening to his car radio: “BAI is so unique…there is nothing out there that compares with it.”

Reports of WBAI’s death “have been greatly exaggerated.” Despite a terrible year financially that saw us perilously close to losing our transmitter signal and included a move to a much smaller space–WBAI is beginning to recover. We have a new home in Brooklyn and are starting to catch up with bills. Yet the the future remains uncertain and there are some on the Pacifica National Board (Pacifica is WBAI’s parent network and owns its license) who want to take WBAI off the air (through “leasing it out”) in order to cover expenses. The best way to make sure this does not happen and that WBAI will not only survive but thrive, is for the October fund drive to be a success. So I am asking you to pledge as if the fate of the station depended on it–because it does.

I am also writing to you about the feminist program I have produced on WBAI for 11 years–the only “terrestrial radio” program devoted to feminist issues in the tri-state area: Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio at WBAI, which will be fund-raising between 9 and 11 pm this coming Wednesday night (Oct. 2). For 11 years we have brought you in-depth coverage of every feminist issue you can imagine–from the long and winding history of women slowly winning the right to control our reproduction, and the attacks against this basic freedom coming from the Right wing in so many forms–to the ongoing fights for equal pay, equal opportunity at work, affordable daycare–the right to walk freely in the world without fear of sexual assault… Joy of Resistance brings these issues and so many related ones and it gives you not only the immediacy of breaking stories, but the whole history of struggle behind those stories, the time-lines of emancipation, often speaking with the women who originally took the lead in these battles– as well as women on the front lines today.–and letting you know the ways that YOU can join the action and help create the tomorrows of our history.

Women need this kind of in-depth coverage–and men need to hear it also. Joy of Resistance covers the ongoing and worldwide struggle for full equality of women that is being waged in every country and culture on the planet. We need WBAI to survive and thrive–and we need Joy of Resistance to continue to bring you the highest and deepest level of feminist coverage.

But the Pacifica/WBAI management–in its effort to survive–is currently re-evaluating all of the station’s programming. Our program–as well as all others–will, no doubt be under scrutiny in this fund drive–and it is imperative that we show station management that there IS a feminist audience that will financially support Joy of Resistance! I am asking you to show that feminist support during this coming Wednesday between 9 and 11 pm.

If you pledge to WBAI this Wednesday, October 2, 9-11 pm, or on October 16, 9-11 pm (when we will again be doing a fund-raising show), you will make a very important contribution to keeping feminist radio on the air. The pledge number will be (516) 620-3602, You can hear the program in most of New York State, New Jersey & Connecticutt at 99.5 FM and you can stream it from anywhere in the world at wbai.org.

We are also offering those who pledge some great premiums–some of the best radio and the most in-depth feminism that you will ever hear:

THE MAIN WBAI PREMIUM:

WBAI is offering all listeners who pledge, a thumb-sized flash drive–black with a silver Pacifica/WBAI logo–that is loaded with amazing high quality recordings of The 100 best Speakers on Pacifica over the last 10 years. Speakers include: Alice Walker, Amy Goodman, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff, Cornell West, Eduardo Galleano, Russell Simmons, Eve Ensler, Studs Terkes, Angela Davis, Rachel Maddow, Robert Reich, Edward Said and many many more. There will also be a flash-drive titled “Best of WBAI”–a 30-item collection of some of the highlights of this alternative non-commercial radio’s output.

…and a special JOY OF RESISTANCE’ PREMIUM…”THE REAL HISTORY OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT”

I have gone out on a limb to get permission from our new Program Director to offer a strong feminist premium. Joy of Resistance will be one of the few shows in the fund-drive to have its own premium–in addition to the station-wide ones. I need you to back me up by pledging your support for the fabulous and important collection I have assembled.

“THE REAL HISTORY OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT” is a collection on a flash drive (with the WBAI-Pacifica logo), containing some of the best work of Joy of Resistance over the past 11 years.You will not be able to get this kind of collection anywhere else. Below is a partial list of what will be included-

“THE REAL HISTORY OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT” contains:

**The Civil Rights Movement and the Roots of Women’s Liberation–A 70 minute classic in which seven women–Black and White–who worked within the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) tell the little known story of how the second wave of feminism was birthed from within SNCC! There is no other radio treatment of this material!

**Connections between the Civil Rights March of 1963–and the founding of the National Organization for Women. Another untold story! An investigation & conversation with Zoharah Simmons, Maretta Short and Fran Luck featuring readings from the works of Pauli Murray, Betty Friedan and William P. Jones.

**Promise and Betrayal: Voices from the Struggle for Women’s Emancipation, 1776-1920: A play by Carol Hanisch. The complete recording of the Joy or Resistance production, with original music by Carol Hanisch, arranged by Carol Hanish and Bev Grant; based on the actual speeches and writings of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others active in the struggle for the vote.

**A Critique of “Makers”–Original Radical Feminists Kathie Sarachild, Carol Hanisch along with Kathy Scarbrough critique the PBS series that purports to be the last word on “the women’s movement.”

**The Real History of the Miss America Pageant Protest of 1968 The protest in Atlantic City that put the Women’s Liberation Movement on the map.

**Recordings from the first Abortion Speak Out–organized by Redstockings in 1969 Abortion was illegal in the U.S. when these women risked arrest to admit publicly that they’d had one.

**Abortion as a Human Right: An original production covering the history of reproductive rights. .

**Remembering Shulie–Two interviews with peers of movement pioneer Shulamith Firestone who died last August. Kathie Sarachild and Jo Freeman, who both worked with Firestone in the early days of the movement, contribute both moving tributes and stories of the real history of the birth of the movement–that you’ve never heard before!

**A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz. An interview with the author examining the situation of women just before the beginning of the Second Wave–and what changed.

**The Feminist Music Extravaganza!: A feminist history trip through MUSIC. Folk, pop, rock, reggae, punk, rap (and more) feminist music hits over the decades!

**Occupy Wall Street and the fight against sexism A 10 minute feature, chosen to represent WBAI as part of the Pacifica National Broadcast of 2011: Women of OWS share their experiences.

**Feminist Comedy: Comics Wanda Sykes, Elaine Boosler and Lisa Koch make us laugh our butts off (I threw this in just for fun!)

SO NOW THAT YOU’VE SEEN WHAT WE’RE OFFERING–HERE’S HOW TO PLEDGE

The #1 priority of this drive is to gain 3000 sustaining members (“WBAI Buddies”) so that WBAI will have a secure source of income and will interrupt regular programming less often to raise funds.You can become a Buddy for as little as $10. a month–through an automatic, painless and totally secure monthly payment from your checking account or credit card. If  you  become a Buddy during a Joy of Resistance program (Oct. 2 & 16th) you will receive ALL of the Above premiums (The 100 Speakers Collection, The Best of WBAI PLUS The Real History of the Feminist Movement.) You will also receive a WBAI tote bag, a subscription to the Nation Magazine and discounts on local events.

These premiums can also be ordered separately at the following pledge levels:
$180. for the 100 Speakers Collection
$50. for Best of WBAI
$75. for the Real History of the Feminist Movement

But ANY amount you can contribute will be appreciated and is important!!

The Pledge Phone Number is (516) 620-3602
To contribute online, go to: give2wbai.org

And the best premium of all is keeping WBAI alive–and along with the Joy of Resistance! Thank you so much!

FRAN

Fran Luck,
Executive Producer,
Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI,
99.5 FM, NYC, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 9-10 pm
(broadcasting to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

& worldwide on the web)

And here are more details on the WBAI 100 SPEAKERS COLLECTION

We have assembled an incredible collection of the best speakers on Pacifica over the past 10 years – we call it The Pacifica Speaker Collection.
This is a collection of over 100 speeches, totaling over 200 hours of material – and it’s yours on one jump-drive the size of your thumb for a pledge of $180 or whatever you can afford.
The Pacifica Speaker Collection includes people like:  Alice Walker, Amy Goodman, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff, Cornell West, Eduardo Galeano, Russell Simmons. Paul Krugman, Eve Ensler, Studs Terkel. Van Jones with Angela Davis. Rachel Maddow, Robert Reich, Robert Scheer, Edward Said, and many many more.

Here’s how the jump drive works: you plug the drive into your computer, then you can move all those speeches wherever you want: put them on you phone or your iPod; listen over your computer at home or at work; feed them into your home stereo system; take them on the road; upload them into the cloud and give as a gift of course.

Normally, during fund drives, we ask you to pledge $60 per speech for a CD. Now, we’re offering you over 100 speeches. If you do the math, that’s $6,000 dollars worth of speeches. And you get them all on one compact hard drive the size of your thumb.

Wed., September 18, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance presents: The New Delhi rape convictions — what they mean and don’t mean for India — and why men say they rape. Guests: Rita Banerji, Soraya Chemaly

WBAI can be heard at 99.5 FM in the Tri-State area and streams at wbai.org. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/joyofresistance
On Wednesday, September 18, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will look at the recent rape convictions in India for  which four men, found guilty of fatally gang raping a woman on a New Delhi bus last December, have been sentenced to hanging. The attack sparked outrage and huge street protests at the time, and prompted India to introduce supposedly stringent anti-rape laws which can include the death penalty for rape-murders. While many in India and elsewhere have proclaimed that the problem of epidemic levels of rape in India is either solved or on its way to being solved,

Rita Banerji, an Indian feminist activist and originator of the “50 Million Women Missing” campaign, who will be our first guest, vehemently disagrees. She paints a picture of an India in which women’s lives and safety have little or no value, women are routinely used as pawns in dowry-wealth building schemes and politicians protect the status quo.

Meanwhile, an unprecedented UN study of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific, has found that, on average, half of those interviewed reported using physical and/or sexual violence against a female partner and that the major reason given by men for their actions was “male entitlement.” We will be discussing this study and other background conditions of the normalization of rape globally with Huffington Post commentator Soraya Chemaly, an activist and frequent blogger on these issues.

Our Feminist News Segment will include domestic stories & links to: a new study by the Guttmacher Institute on abortion and women’s mental health; a court-case on “medication-abortion” that will likely go to the Supreme Court: the benefits to women of “Obama-Care“: American Association of University Women proposes improving the gender wage-gap through a new “data-collection tool” and 100 women, including Terry O’Neill, President of National Organization for Women, were arrested in a sit-in in Washington, D.C. to protest the lack of progress on immigration reform. International stories/links will include: four men sentenced to hanging for last December’s New Delhi rape/murder; study of 10,000 Asian and Pacific Men reveals “male entitlement” to be the reason most often cited for rape; head of U.N. Women says that worldwide, women are losing ground; Australian state debates fetal “personhood” law; U.N. Women condemns targeted killing of women police officers in Afghanistan.

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 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 at twitter.com/joyofresistance and follow/read our blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com . Programs stream live @ wbai.org where they are also archived for 90 days.

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Wed. 9-4-13, 9-10 PM, JOR presents: 1) Connecting the 1963 March on Washington’s exclusion of women speakers & the founding of N.O.W.; 2) Ultra Violet’s demo protesting Macy’s attack on equal pay: 3) Report-back from this summer’s Abortion Rights Freedom Ride

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Along with renewed attention to the 1963 Great Civil Rights March on Washington on its 50th Anniversary, on August 28, the spotlight has fallen on the fact that  women Civil Rights leaders were virtually absent from the speakers list– appearing only as singers or as non-speakers adorning the stage. Women such as Dorothy I. Height (President of the National Council of Negro Women), noted attorney Pauli Murray and Anna Arnold Hedgeman (the only woman on the “Executive Committee” organizing the program), fought fiercely with male leaders of the March for greater women’s representation–but were repeatedly given excuses such as “women are already represented because hey are members of organizations that will have (make) speakers”.

Less known is the story of how the frustration engendered by that experience, later became part of the mix that led to the the founding of the National Organization for Women, three years later in 1966.

On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will present, as its featured segment, a discussion of this remarkable chain of events. Hosted by Fran Luck, guests will be noted SNCC activist Zoharah Simmons and former NOW-NJ President Maretta Short and will include readings from Dorothy Height’s essay “We wanted the Voice of Woman to Be Heard: Black Women and the 1963 March on Washington.”* in which Height describes what went on behind the scenes of the March, –and includes an excerpt from the Pauli Murray speech at The National Council of Negro Women, which made a great impression on Betty Friedan.

Macy’s involved in quashing Texas Equal Pay Bill–we’ll cover Ultra Violet’s demo at Herald Square:

We’ll also cover a demonstration that took place last Thursday in front of Macy’s department store at Herald Square, organized by the online activist group Ultra Violet. Feminists presented a Macy’s staff-person, with 90,000 petition signatures demanding that Macy’s apologize for helping to quash a state-level version of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in Texas. They also demanded that Macy’s pledge to fully support equal pay for women in the future. We’ll speak with Kat Barr, Chief of Staff for Ultra Violet about the the campaign, which started after it was revealed (in The Houston Chronicle) that Governor Rick Perry had vetoed the bill after receiving letters against the measure from the Texas Retailers Association--including mega-retailers Macy’s and Kroger. The vetoed bill would have allowed victims of wage discrimination sue in state court–considered a much more convenient and affordable a procedure for working people, than suing in Federal Court. Forty-two states have passed similar state-level bills. There is also an ongoing online boycott of Macy’s, called by the group Progress Texas “until Macy’s supports equal pay for equal work.” Macy’s is considered particularly vulnerable to a women’s boycott, as the holiday season approaches.**

Interview with participants in Abortion Rights Freedom Ride

Our final segment will be an interview with participants in the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, which started on July 24 and continued through much of August and traveled to key areas where access to abortion is under extreme assault, including Fargo, North Dakota; Wichita, Kansas and Jackson, Mississippi. Vans left from the east and west coasts, converged in Fargo and held protests, press conferences, public outings, and presented “Abortion providers are heroes!” awards to clinics and providers. The Ride, organized by Stop Patriarchy, is a response to the dire emergency posed by the worsening erosion of the right to abortion in this country. Joy of Resistance will speak live in-studio with Sunsara Taylor and some of the young activists who participated in the ride .

More on the Civil Rights March / NOW connection!

Depending on which testimony one consults, Betty Friedan has written, both in her 1983 introduction to “The Feminine Mystique” and in an interview she gave to Cynthia Fuchs Epstein in Dissent magazine (1999), that she was approached by Pauli Murray and Sonia Pressman Fuentes, both involved with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, with the idea of starting an NAACP for women” and that the idea of starting N.O.W. came from them and not from her. Friedan also says in “It Changed My Life” that she had heard of the rousing speech that Murray had given at The National Council of Negro Women, in which Murray had railed against the exclusion of women speakers at the 1963 March. Murray had said that women were not going to get anywhere unless they themselves marched on Washington. Friedan, herself had been reluctantly coming to the conclusion that Title 7, of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which had included discrimination based on gender, only as an afterthought–and as a possible attempt to derail the anti-racist legislation), would not be enforced as it applied to women, unless an organization was formed that would mobilize “public pressure”. The National Organization for Women was the answer to that need.

*Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement, ed. By Betty Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin, NY University Press.

**http://fashionista.com/2013/08/macys-under-fire-for-blocking-womens-equal-pay-act-in-texas/

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 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 at twitter.com/joyofresistance and follow/read our blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com . Programs stream live @ wbai.org where they are also archived for 90 days.

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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–the station has been facing extremely hard times since Hurricane Sandy and needs your financial support at this time to continue broadcasting. We cannot afford to lose this legendary 53-year old non-commercial progressive radio station! Please consider going to http://www.wbai.org and contributing whatever amount you can to help keep alternative radio alive. If you join as a “WBAI Buddy” at $10. or more a month (the WBAI “Buddy Program”), you can help sustain the station permanently (and be entitled to a range of gifts). Joining the WBAI “Buddy Program” in the name of Joy of Resistance will also be a vote for feminist radio at WBAI.Thank you for your support!.

Wed., July 17, 9-10 PM: Interviews with Terry O’Neill, newly re-elected President of N.O.W.; Sunsara Taylor of Stop Patriarchy, on upcoming Abortion Rights Freedom Ride; poet Staceyann Chin, who led a fight for equal time for women at Sunday’s Justice for Trayvon rally in New York City.

Follow JOR @ twitter.com/joyofresistance & blog @ joyofresistance.wordpress.com We can be heard at 99.5 FM in the tri-state area of the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S @WBAI and streamed at wbai.org, where our shows are archived for 90 days.

On Wednesday, July 17, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will present a look at the critical issues confronting U.S. women in 2013/14 with a live interview with Terry O’Neill, the newly re-elected President of The National Organization for Women–the nation’s largest grassroots women’s rights organization.

We’ll also present a segment recorded this past Sunday at the huge and passionate march in New York City to demand justice for the murder of Trayvon Martin. This great outpouring of anger and skilled out-maneuvering of police attempts to shut it down, was marred by an unexpected confrontation within the ranks of protesters, as women who tried to speak at an impromptu rally at Times Square at the end of the march, found they had to fight for that right with the men controlling the bullhorn–eliciting shouts from the crowd of “let her speak!” and “more female voices!”  We were on the scene and recorded it along with an interview with poet Staceyann Chin, who took part in this unexpected ‘protest within the protest.’

Lastly, Sunsara Taylor of Stop Patriarchy will be live in our studio to discuss the upcoming Abortion Rights Freedom Ride. Leaving from both coasts, and traveling down the middle of the country from North Dakota to Mississippi, where attacks on abortion rights are most severe. Modeled on the freedom rides of the Civil Rights Movement, it comes in the wake of the epic fight against anti-abortion legislation in Texas, Ohio, North Dakota and the defeat of the Women’s Equality Act in New York State over its inclusion of an abortion rights plank! Stop Patriarchy states that “Reproductive Rights are in a State of Emergency” and we concur!

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 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 at twitter.com/joyofresistance Programs stream live @ wbai.org where they are also archived for 90 days.

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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–the station has been facing extremely hard times since Hurricane Sandy and needs your financial support at this time to continue broadcasting. We cannot afford to lose this legendary 53-year old non-commercial progressive radio station! Please consider going to www.wbai.org and contributing whatever amount you can to help keep alternative radio alive. If you join as a “WBAI Buddy” at $10. or more a month (the WBAI “Buddy Program”), you can help sustain the station permanently (and be entitled to a range of gifts). Joining the WBAI “Buddy Program” in the name of Joy of Resistance will also be a vote for feminist radio at WBAI. Thank you for your support!.