Feb 11, 8 to 10 PM: Winter Fund Drive Special–Women of the Young Lords Party; Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement; Unbowed–a feminist novel by Lestine

As part of WBAI’s Winter Fund Drive, Joy of Resistance is proud to present 3 unique offerings to our listeners. In this program we will play excerpts from them, read from the novel, and have as our special guest, Lestine, author of Unbowed: A Novel.


Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement–ONE CD containing TWO different programs:

1) Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement–an Interview/conversation with activist Professor Carol Giardina, Fran Luck and Maretta Short. Discusses why the great women Civil Rights Movement leaders are not acknowledged as “leaders” although they did the same activities as male “leaders” did. Describes in detail the activism and accomplishments of: Ella Baker, Diane Nash, Fannie Lou Hamer, Daisy Bates, Gloria Richardson, Patricia Stevens Due and Joann Robinson. A must-have for complete knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement.

2) Women left out of the 1963 March on Washington influenced the founding of the National Organization for Women! Little known story of how the struggle to get ONE woman speaker onto the stage of the 1963 Civil Rights March (where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech), led, indirectly, to the formation of the National Organization for Women, 3 years later. Features interviews with Gloria Richardson and Myrlie Evers. Focuses on Dr. Pauli Murray and her fierce fight for women that led Betty Friedan to refer to her as “The African American woman who first triggered me.”


Gloria Richardson, 1963, Cambridge (MA) protests

Pledge amount: $25.00


Unbowed: A Novel by Lestine

Beautifully written, this feminist “page turner”, is mostly about one woman’s journey from a timid and obedient child bride to a confident fighter for justice; but it weaves together 3 plot lines, with important Yemeni, Indian, African American, and British women protagonists. It takes place in Yemen, New York, Paris and London and includes the formation and activation of an “International Women’s Liberation Army”!

Pledge amount: $50.00


Women of the Young Lords Party Reunion Panel

CD, 78 minutes, recorded live at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, July 23, 2015. Seven women who were members of the Young Lords Party look back, after 40+ years, to remember and testify about how women fought “machismo” in the Young Lords Party–without role models and before there was a feminist movement. Presents the achievements of the Lords and what can be learnt for their movement that gives us hope today. An historic evening–both moving and informative for the standing room only audience (who cheered throughout).


Denise Oliver (center) and other Young Lords Party women

Pledge amount: $50.00 


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Thurs, Jan 14, 9-10pm: Three feminist activists–Soraya Chemaly on internet misogyny; “Luna” on wearing “bloody pants” to college class; Sisters Uncut of the UK

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On Thursday, January 14, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will interview 3 activists– each one fighting on a different front line in the pitched worldwide struggle of women to participate fully and equally in the world.

FIRST–We’ll speak with Soraya Chemaly, blogger, activist, and recent author, along with Catherine Buni, of an article that appeared in The Atlantic, entitled: The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women. The article is subtitled:

“Under the banner of free speech, companies like facebook, twitter and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn–which makes female users feel anything but free.”

The authors cite an exponential rise in rape and murder threats against women on the internet, usually couched in openly misogynist language, with women often called whores, bitches, sluts–and worse. Such posts are sometimes accompanied by the actual physical addresses of the women who are being threatened. As a result of experiencing massive barrages of such internet threats, a number of feminist bloggers and posters–the major targets of these “mob attacks”–have felt that for their safety, they would have to leave their homes and/or stop participating in all social media. This has had–and is having–the effect of silencing women on the internet.


However, internet feminist-activists, including the author, have been leading a fight to get internet service providers to monitor sites for anti-woman hate speech/threats. After much organizing and petitioning, there were some positive responses from companies running social media platforms, but progress has been slow. A lack of good law, as well as male domination of the tech field (those who monitor hate speech on the net are most often young men, with no experience of what such threats mean in the context of women’s lives), has made it difficult to get this issue taken seriously. For instance, threats have been dismissed as “controversial humor” by some of the “moderators.” But there have also been victories; the author will report on these–as well as the future of the campaign.


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SECOND–We’ll speak with “Luna”, a Senior at Pace College, who has been wearing “bloody pants” (white hospital pants stained with red paint), as if bleeding from her crotch/reproductive organs–to her college classes for a month and a half–as well as getting up in classes and in the school cafeteria to make announcements and give talks on the emergency lack of women’s access to abortion in this country. The “bloody pants” have become the signature visual statement of Stop Patriarchy over the past year, since that group’s disruption of last year’s ‘March for Life’ in Washington on last January 22, the anniversary of Roe v Wade. This January 22, 2016, they plan to do it again and are urging all to “get on the bus”. We’ll have Luna in person in our studio to speak about her brave action.



THIRD–Our long-promised interview with Sisters Uncut–the UK feminist group that disrupted the London premiere of the film Suffragette in October. On October 8, at the premiere of the film “Suffragette” in London, Sisters Uncut, a group of feminist activists did a “die-in” on the red carpet that the stars of a film traverse at a premiere, in protest of funds for women’s shelters being cut by the government. They followed up on November 28, by an action that turned the water of Trafalgar Fountain red, to symbolize the blood of women killed by domestic violence, as government defunds the shelters/refuges where women might seek safety.

Sisters-Uncut-Trafalgar fountain



Planned Parenthood suit

Planned Parenthood filed a racketeering suit on Thursday against the anti-abortion group responsible for taping the hidden camera videos that sparked last year’s political firestorm and funding showdown. The suit filed in U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California accuses the activists of a conspiracy to “demonize Planned Parenthood, harass and intimidate its dedicated staff, and interrupt its operations, all with the ultimate goal of interfering with women’s access to legal abortion.


Repairs for sex in Public Housing

In Baltimore, women living in Gilmore Homes, a public housing complex, have won a suit in which they alleged that, maintenance men demanded sex from women living in public hosing before they would make repairs to their “deplorable conditions,” which included rodent and insect infestations, lack of heat, mold, and electrocution risks.

On Friday, lawyers for the 19 women who filed the suit announced a settlement for all victims of sexual harassment in public housing. “The practice of demanding sex for repairs is so widespread that it is a pattern of practice by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City,” the complaint says, “whose housing officials have repeatedly turned their backs on the most vulnerable city residents.”

Besides a financial award between $6 million and $7.5 million, the settlement required Baltimore to fire and ban all the abusers from Housing Authority property, move the plaintiffs into livable homes. However, Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano, whom the group ultraviolet alleges knew of this situation and did nothing to stop it, has not been fired. 30,000 people have signed a petition addressed to mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake demanding his resignation. We have a link to it on our blog. You can also find it by putting into a search engine Paul Graziano and Ultra Violet.




Cologne Attacks

Germany has announced plans to make it easier to throw out foreign criminals and strip sex attackers of refugee status. The decision follows hundreds of sexual assaults and robberies on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve by men of mainly Arab and North African origin. Thousands of far-right protesters on Monday blamed the Cologne attacks on Germany’s influx of refugees.

Laurie Penny asks: Why can’t we always take sexual assault as seriously as we do when migrants and Muslims are involved as perpetrators? Adding: It’s a miracle–the right wing has discovered rape culture.

Making clear that sexual attacks on women are never acceptable and no cultural religious or economic rationale can justify these kinds of attacks.





Adam Purple story

And on NY’s Lower East Side, people who had worked with and supported the legendary gardener known as Adam Purple, who in the 1980’s created the world reknowned Garden of Eden, a garden of concentric circles of plants on 5 city lots on Eldridge Street–were stunned to learn that Purple had systematically molested his two daughters and two step-daughters during their childhoods. The news came to light after Purple’s death in September, when, backed by the testimony of other siblings, as well as letters and court documents, his eldest daughter, Jenean, spoke with Lincoln Anderson, editor of the East Villager, who subsequently published the story. Describing her childhood, Jenean said: “I was indoctrinated and taught to be a sex slave”, to be the “entertainment at parties and orgies” and “how to give pleasure to a man–that was what it was about.” She also described her 30 year battle to recover from “complex post traumatic stress disorder” caused by her childhood. Anderson, in his article, writes of coming under pressure from “local journalists” to suppress the story. You can find the full story by googling The Villager, Adam Purple–and we also have a link to it on our blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com.



Jan 7, 9-10 PM: The radical heritage of the #shoutyourabortion hashtag*

2015 saw the birth of the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag, a twitter trend that resulted in women sharing over 250,000 stories of their abortions–many for the first time. But this viral internet speakout had its roots in the early feminist speakouts on abortion that got the movement off the ground when abortion was still illegal. Speakouts counter the shaming, silencing and guilt tripping of women by the Right–which have always worked to keep us divided so that we cannot recognize our true numbers and build the movement we need.


On Thursday, January 7, 9-10 PM Joy of Resistance is proud to start off the year with an intergenerational meeting on the air of veteran and newer practitioners of the “Speakout” as a means of fighting back. We’ll hear from both today’s young internet organizers today and a veteran activist who led the disruption of an abortion hearing in 1969 which resulted in a chain of events leading to the passage, in 1970, of the New York State law legalizing abortion–one of the first in the country.


Guests wil be: Amelia Bonow, co-founder of the #shoutyourabortion hashtag; Ashley Tucker, Attorney, President of the New York Chapter of #shoutyourabortion and member of National Womens Liberation; Rebecca Grant, jounalist/author of the recent article The Radical Heritage of the Shout Your Abortion Hashtag; and Kathie Sarachild, reknowned women’s liberation pioneer, who, in 1969, led off the disruption of an abortion hearing that made all the papers and led to the first historic Redstockings-organized Abortion Speakout a few months later.

In 2015, almost 400 anti-abortion bills were introduced and 47 passed–on top of the record-setting 231 abortion restrictions passed from 2011 through 2014. Attacks on Planned Parenthood and independent providers ran the gamut from shootings to arson to an “investigation” of Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill–based on a doctored videotape produced by the far right. Meanwhile the Supreme court has announced that it will consider Whole Woman’s Health vs. Cole–a major case involving restrictions that can or cannot be placed on abortion clinics. This case could come before the court as early as February.

*Title taken from Rebecca Grant’s article of the same name

 Audio of show (from WBAI website)



Thurs, Dec 31, 2015, 9-10 PM: Joy of Resistance presents “A Feminist Music Extravaganza”

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New Year’s Feminist Music Extravaganza–A Tour of Feminist History Through Music

Every movement worth its salt has produced music that expresses its consciousness and aspirations. The modern feminist movement is no exception.

Joy of Resistance proudly presents a tour of the second wave of feminism through a sampling of the music it engendered. The eclectic mix presented includes pop, folk, punk, calypso, rhythm and blues–as well as groups and artists who defy easy classification, such as Sweet Honey in the Rock, The New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Band, Nina Simone and Jolie Rickman. It’s a toe-tapping tour, by turns serious and humorous. First presented on New Year’s Day, 2009, the program is co-hosted by Fran Luck and Maretta Short, who will act as musical tour guides.


Rutha Harris and the SNCC Freedom Singers “We Shall Not Be Moved”–music from the Civil Rights Movement, which inspired the beginnings of the Women’s Liberation Movement

Early 60’s “proto-feminist” hits: Leslie Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” (1963); Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (1967);

Early Radical Feminist music: The New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Band’s “Abortion Song” (1972), written when abortion was still illegal in the U.S

Sandy Rapp‘s raging folk ballad “Remember Rose” (c 1989), about Rosie Jimenez, the first woman to die of an illegal abortion after the Hyde Amendment cut off Medicaid Funding for abortions

Dore Previn’s hilarious sendup of patriarchal religion: “Did Jesus Have a Baby Sister?” (1974);

Jolie Rickman‘s rock’n’roll parody on looks-ism: “Suffer to be Beautiful” (2000)

Rebel Voices’ “Daycare” (2003): Clever new lyrics to the Calypso tune Day-O–from a working mother’s perspective

Queen Latifah‘s classic rap song “U.N.I.T.Y.” (1993) takes on street harassment and violence against women

“FYR” (Fifty Years of Ridicule) (2003) by Le Tigre; blistering grrrrllllpunk spits out the truth about the state of women

Nina Simone: Kurt Weill’s “Pirate Jenny” (1964); terrifying revenge fantasy of the downtrodden woman

“Sound-Bite from Beijing” (The Women are Rising) (1998); Sweet Honey in the Rock’s visionary paean to rising of women, inspired by the 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference

On Christmas Eve, Thurs, Dec 24, 9-10 PM, join Joy of Resistance for an Irreverent Feminist Christmas Special

Joy of Resistance  is heard on Thursdays* 9-10 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streaming at wbai.org Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance Email us atjor@wbai.org Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

On the night before Christmas, Joy of Resistance will take a feminist look at various aspects of Christmas and some of its mythology and practices.

Through music, comedy interviews and commentary, we’ll explore such topics as:

Who, actually, does the WORK of the holidays? (hint: it’s NOT the elves!) We’ll air some spontaneous interviews we did with holiday shoppers at Macy’s Department store, in which participants were asked to describe the work-breakup between the genders at their holiday celebrations.

What happened when a Dutch TV crew read some particularly bloodthirsty and sexist passages from the Christian Bible to people whom they stopped in the street–but disguised this bible to look like the Koran? An exercise in revealing prejudice!How Hobby Lobby is trying to teach us hobbyists who no longer have access to birth control (because of them!), how to construct our own IUD’s out of pipe cleaners and glitter!

How did the Three Wise Men react to being told “It’s a Girl!” ?

It's a girl!

It’s a girl!

PLUS Special Guest: Therese Schechter, Director of “How to Lose Your Virginity” We’ll talk about the Cult of the Virgin (Mary) and virginity today–and how the two connect–and continue to affect our lives.
We also may tell jokes and have surprise funny songs!

That’s Thursday, Christmas Eve, 9-10 PM–Joy of Resistance. Tune in.
WARNING: Christmas traditionalists might want to tune away–or–have their complaint forms at the ready!

Dec 3, 9-10pm: Vicki Saporta, President of National Abortion Federation; Sunsara Taylor of Stop Patriarchy; Sisters Uncut talk about their Direct Action at the premiere of SuffragetteTonight

Joy of Resistance will speak with Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). NAF has been tracking the marked increase in violence against clinics performing abortion, since the “investigation” of Planned Parenthood by a Congressional Committee, after a doctored video was released, aimed at falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of “selling baby parts.” We will be putting the recent murders at the abortion clinic in Colorado Springs–after which the shooter was heard to say “no more baby parts” in a historical perspective. We’ll also speak with Sunsara Taylor of Stop Patriarchy, which immediately called a demonstration after the Colorado Springs attack and is planning an action in Washington DC on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v Wade, to defend the right to abortion.

In the second half of the show we will play a recently conducted interview with a member of Sisters Uncut, whose Direct Action disruption of the premiere in London of the film Suffragette, in order to call attention to the cuts in domestic violence shelters under Britains Austerity government, went viral on the internet.

We’ll also have a feminist news roundup.