Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Thurs, Feb 26, 10 AM-noon

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This Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 AM to noon (EST),  join Nellie Hester Bailey, of Behind the News: The World and Fran Luck of Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio, for a  Black History Month Special on Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Find out what Gloria Richardson, Daisy Bates, Ella Baker, Diane Nashand many others, actually DID, that changed the course of history!

We’ll offer listeners 3 award-winning DVDs plus an interview with activist-scholar Professor Carol Giardinaauthor of Freedom for Women: Forging the Women’s Liberation Movement 1953-1970 who, along with Maretta Short, lays out the meaning of leadership and why this word is rarely applied to women–even when women do the same things as the men who are called leaders!

The three DVDs being offered are:1) Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker**–the historic film by Joanne Grant about the life and achievement of Ella Baker, the founder of SNCC and grand strategist of the Civil Rights Movement; 2) Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders–the moving story of Mississippi women and their leadership in the struggle for the Black vote, and 3) Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights*–a new film by Nevline Nnanji, with rare footage of Black women in political struggle–both with men, within in the Civil Rights Movement and in the majority-white feminist movement.

The entire package of 3 DVD’s plus the audio CD interview, will be available to listeners for a pledge to WBAI of $150.00. The DVDs can also be ordered separately for $50. apiece and the CD can be ordered separately for $25. (That’s a savings of $25. if you order the whole Women’s Leadership package).

That’s Thursday, 10:00 AM to noon, on February 26. Fill in the missing pieces of the narrative and learn the WHOLE story. Call (212) 209-2950 to order the premiums or go to .

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January 29, 9-10pm–How does street harassment intersect with race? Plus LIVE music/spoken word by Mahina Movement

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On Thursday, January 29, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will celebrate the end of the first month of the new year with a special treat–LIVE music and spoken word by the phenomenal 3-woman trio Mahina Movement –much of it relating to women’s experiences of street harassment. Allison Guttu, founder of the Women of Color Caucus of National Women’s Liberation and a former member of the pioneer anti-street harassment group: the Street Harassment Project (SHP) will also be live-in-the-studio and we’ll be talking about intersections of street harassment of women, and race.

The topic of race and street harassment recently got much attention, when hollaback, a group that fights street harassment, produced a video that purported to show a “day in the life” of a woman harassed on city streets by men–and all of the harassers shown in the video were Black men or other men of color! We’ll give concrete examples of how The Street Harassment Project tackled issues around racism that arose in the in the course of fighting street harassment.

We’ll also have feminist news headlines and announcements of feminist actions.

*On 3rd Thursdays, The Rape Declaration Forum airs 9-10PM.

News Stories and Links for Feminist News Round-up, January 29 Show

“March for Life” held up for 30 minutes by Stop Patriarchy on Roe Anniversary! Links with great pics of confrontation

Last Thursday, Jan 22, the 42nd anniversary of Roe v Wade, a day when Christian fundamentalists march, unopposed, by the 100’s of thousands in Washington DC–Stop Patriarchy, and others, blocked the “March for Life”, and surrounded by police, held it up for 30 minutes while holding huge signs of women who have died of illegal abortions. There were 7 arrests. You can see pictures of the confrontation, which was NOT picked up by mainstream media– through link below.

Mandatory Ultrasounds Proposed in Republican Congress

Shortly after House Republicans had to cancel a vote on Jan. 22, of an anti-abortion bill that some Republican women senators found to be too extreme, GOP congressmen introduced three new abortion restrictions, including one that would require women to receive an ultrasound procedure before an abortion.

The mandatory ultrasound bill, compels women to “receive an ultrasound and the opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion.”

One of the other bills prohibits federal education funds from going to schools with access to an abortion provider on campus, and the other requires states to report information on Medicaid payments to abortion providers.

Nearly half of U.S. states have passed some kind of mandatory ultrasound bill, but political backlash in some of those states has been significant. For instance in Pennsylvania, where former Gov. Tom Corbett sparked national outrage when he defended the state’s mandatory ultrasound bill by telling women, “You just have to close your eyes.” Corbett was not re-elected.

Among Women in Unions, Gender Gap Narrows Significantly

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has released an analysis of statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that the gender wage gap, that discriminates against women–among union members–is 40 percent smaller than for non-union workers.

According to Joan Entmacher, VP for Family Economic Security (NWLC): “Today’s data show that union membership boosts wages for all workers—but especially for women,” “But last year the rate of union membership for women was flat. To promote equal pay for women, it’s time for lawmakers to stop the attacks on unions—and strengthen workers’ rights to organize.”

Among union women, Latinas experience particularly high financial benefits, making 46 % more than Latina non-union workers. African American women union members typically make 34 percent more than they would if they were non-union workers

SYRIZA Win in Greece, Significant for Feminists

SYRIZA, a coalition of left parties in Greece that is opposed to the austerity policies of the European Union–under which Greece has been plunged into poverty with a 25% unemployment rate and social services discontinued–has come to power in Greece. Although it will be an uphill battle to get all of their program implemented in the face of possible economic retaliation from the European Central Bank, their 40 point plan includes much that would, if implemented, improve the lives of women. Points include: support for single family households, increasing the public sector (unions, etc) and equal salaries for men and women. It is known that under austerity policies, women suffer the most, including, but not limited to: losing what gains they have made in public sector jobs, such as teaching and losing childcare services.

Marissa Alexander out of jail; Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Works Against Women Who Defend Themselves

Supporters of Marissa Alexander in the U.S. and all around the world are overjoyed that she has been released from jail after serving 3 years behind bars for defending her life. In 2010, Alexander, a black mother of three from Jacksonville, Florida, was forced to defend her life from a life-threatening attack by her estranged husband by firing a single warning shot that caused no injuries. State Prosecutor Angela Corey prosecuted Alexander, pursuing a 60 year mandatory minimum sentence. In November, Alexander accepted a plea deal that included time served of nearly 3 yearsand 2 years of probation while under home detention. Her time behind bars is now over.

In California, a prison study found that 93 percent of women who had killed their significant others had been abused by them. and that 67 percent reported that they had been attempting to protect themselves or their children when they wound up killing their partner. According to Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: “Most battered women who kill in self-defense end up in prison. There is a well-documented bias against women [in these cases]. Black wmn more likely to do real time–white wmn to get probation.

Mandatory minimum sentences, under which Marissa Alexander was sentenced, mandate that particular situations of women defending themselves against abuse not be taken into account in sentencing.–criminalization.html

Femicide in Argentina and Around the World is Growing Phenomenon

On average, 21 adolescent girls in Argentina are victims of femicides every year, a growing phenomenon linked to domestic violence on the part of current or ex-boyfriends and husbands. But in the case of Argentina, some independent reports, such as one by the local non-governmental organisation La Casa del Encuentro, have begun to make it clear that not only are there more gender-motivated killings, but the number of victims under 18 is increasing. The local statistics are in line with a global tendency. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that three out of 10 adolescent girls suffer violence at the hands of their boyfriends. On her Facebook page, “Acción Respeto: por una calle sin acoso” (Operation Respect: for harassment-free streets), Veronica Lemi talked about an aggressive, sexist culture” whose worst expression is femicide.

And that is part of a much longer story that we urge you to follow on the links provided on our blog site (repeat)

TV Show in Peru Shows Men Sexually Harassing Their Own Mothers-in-Disguise–and the Mothers’ Response!

A TV show in Peru has captured the moment unwitting men have been caught wolf-whistling their own mothers.

The experiment took two mothers, whose sons were identified as repeat cat-callers, and disguised them using make-up, wigs and clothes. The women then women walked past their sons to gauge their reaction.

In the video, one of the mothers gets so angry, she tells off her son and hits him with her pocketbook.

In the second case, the mother, wearing a green dress, walks past her son, who calls her ‘piggy’. She then calls his name before taking off her wig and confronting her son, hitting him with her hairpiece.

She tells her son to he should be ashamed of himself, as he pleads with his mother to quiet down, as he is working. He then tries to claim he didn’t make the remark and it was a man in a nearby car, but he eventually apologizes, before his mother walks off.

The video ends with a warning saying men should start respecting women before they unwittingly harass their own mothers!

It comes after the video claims that seven in 10 women say they have experienced sexual harassment on the streets of the Peruvian capital Lima

Thursday, January 22, 9-10 PM: The State of Abortion Rights on the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v Wade

This Thursday, Jan. 22 is the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court Decision that legalized abortion in the United States after a passionate grassroots struggle. At noon Thursday, women’s rights activists will gather in front of the Supreme Court–to picket and stage dramatic actions, in protest of the severe undermining of the legal right to abortion that has gone on for decades and markedly increased over the past few years. In 90% of U.S. counties today, there are no abortion providers, due to a combination of laws aimed at shutting down clinics and outright terrorist attacks on them, including the murder of abortion providers. A host of obstacles have been placed in the way of finding and paying for an abortion, starting with the Hyde Amendment and including parental notification laws, mandated waiting periods, forced ultrasounds and denial of insurance coverage.

At 9-10 pm on Thursday, Jan. 22, Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI, will air a live discussion with a broad spectrum of reproductive rights and justice activists on the state of reproductive rights as we enter 2015.

Panel guests will be: Loretta Ross, a founder of SisterSong: A Woman of Color Reproductive Justice Collective; Merle Hoffman, founder and CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center and a frontline activist for decades; Julianna Gonen, Director of Federal Policy and Advocacy for the Center for Reproductive Rights and Sunsara Taylor of Stop Patriarchy, who will also give us a report on the protest actions that will have taken place earlier in the day in front of the Supreme Court.

The program will include a recording from the first abortion speak-out, organized by the group Redstockings, in 1969, at which women risked arrest to publicly testify about their then-illegal abortions–and a discussion of the real history of how that struggle was won. There will also be a roundup of feminist world news headlines and period music from the abortion rights struggle. Be sure to tune in; you won’t find as rich a discussion of our history and the present status of our reproductive rights anywhere else.

Feminist Stories and Links for 1/22/15

Abortion news, U.S.

Today, on the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v Wade, the House of Representatives passed HR-7, the ‘No Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Bill’ that will cut off any funding for abortion from government, even indirectly, including tax credits for payment through the Affordable Care Act–and codifies the 1976 Hyde Amendment that prohibits Medicare funds for abortions.It was one of 5 anti-abortion bills proposed in the 1st week of the newly Republican controlled Congress. House Speaker John Boehner had announced a vote on a 20-week abortion ban–but a rebellion by Republican women Senators, after a flood of negative responses made him pull it off the table. Determined to pass an anti-abortion law on this day, HR7 was substituted.

5 anti-abortion bills Republicans have introduced in first few days of new Congress

information on abortion state by state

NYS Republicans refuse inclusion of abortion provision in “Women’s Equality Act”

Republican leadership in NYS has announced that the New York State Senate will take up the Women’s Equality Act, an Omnibus bill proposed by Governor Cuomo, but minus the provision that affirms the state’s commitment to its own abortion law.

Woman in El Salvador must serve 30 years in prison for a miscarriage

A young woman in El Salvador has been refused a pardon and must finish her 30 year sentence for having had a miscarriage. All forms of abortion are illegal in El Salvador, and dozens of Salvadoran women are behind bars for “fetal homicide.’ Though there was no indication that she had intentionally terminated her pregnancy, according to Tim Rogers at Fusion .net “The Doctors snitched her out to save themselves from criminal liability.” The Daily Kos points out that 38 states in the U.S. have Fetal Homicide Laws and women here have been arrested for miscarriages under those laws.

UPDATE!! On the next day after reporting this story, I found out that on Wednesday, this woman’s pardon was re-voted and this time it was granted–So glad to have been wrong on this outcome!! (Though 16 other women are still imprisoned in El Salvador on abortion-related charges.)

Mt. Hoyoke cancels production of Vagina Monologues

The Theater Board of the all-women’s college, Mount Holyoke has cancelled its annual production of the feminist classic “The Vagina Monologues” because it is “not inclusive enough” of those who identify as women but do not have vaginas. Eve Ensler, the play’s author, said in her response: “I think we have to be able to live in a world where talking about vaginas is legitimate, due to the fact that 3-1/2 billion women have them.” In February, around Valentine’s Day, there are thousands of performances of the play around the world, often to raise money for women’s issues.

Petition asks for equal representation for women in Britain’s House of Commons

There is a petition circulating to increase the proportion of women to men in Britain’s House of Commons. Stating that 77% of MPs are men, it asks PM Camerom to move immediatley toward a 50/50 goal and is asking for people around the world to sign. you can find this petition at

Armed women repel Boko Haram attack

Several Nigerian media outlets have been reporting on local women in the villages of Attagara and Kawuri in Borno State who recently disarmed nearly a dozen Boko Haram terrorists who tried to attack the Attagara and Kawuri communities over the weekend but the insurgents were instantly repelled by a group of armed women. Other villagers later caught some of the attackers and executed them. Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria
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Joy of Resistance moves to Thursdays, 9-10 PM. First show on Jan 8, to feature Terry O’Neill and Holly Kearl plus live performance

We are very excited to announce that starting this Thursday, January 8, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will be airing in a new and expanded time slot on WBAI radio, 99.5 FM in NYC (streaming live at Instead of broadcasting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, we will air every Thursday (but one) between 9 and 10 pm. On the 3rd Thursday, The Rape Declaration Forum will continue to be heard. Joy of Resistance will broadcast on all remaining Thursdays (the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th).

This represents an important milestone for our program; with more shows we can create more programming that brings to a broad audience our coverage of the worldwide and ongoing struggle of women for full equality and human rights, that is proceeding in every country and culture on the planet. We will continue to bring you interviews, group raps, feminist news, information on current activism as well as new segments, such as panels of diverse feminist voices, “woman-in-the-street” segments and recordings of important feminist events. As the new 2015 congress  convenes, and Republicans take over both houses of Congress, we can expect many more attacks on women’s gains–so the expansion of WBAI’s only program dedicated solely to this struggle in all of its many forms, could not have come at a more needed time.

This Thursday, January 8th, 9-10 PM, we’ll present the first program in our new time slot! Guests will include: Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women, with whom we’ll talk about what the new Congress, in which both the Senate and House of Representatives will be controlled by Republicans, has in store for women. Then we’ll speak with Holly Kearl, Founder-Director of Stop Street Harassment, about progress made around the world during 2014 on getting street harassment to be taken seriously (so that women can, eventually, walk un-harassed in the world!). As part of that segment, we’ll have a live performance by Lorena Ambrosio (a spoken word piece she developed for Mahina Movement) that features her experiences with street harassment. Included in the show will be the Worldwide Feminist News and topical feminist music–plus listener phone calls at (212) 209-2900.

You can email Joy of Resistance at, and follow us on twitter at or @joyofresistance.

Daniel Holtzclaw and the routine sexual assault of Black women by police

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI will look at the case of the Oklahoma police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, accused of assaulting 8 Black women by using using his power as an officer of the law to threaten and coerce women into sexual compliance with his wishes. He chose victims who were vulnerable and who often had police records, threatening legal retaliation if they did not comply and knowing that their word would not be believed over his if they spoke out.  The women knew this also. Holtzclaw faces 32 criminal counts including rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and indecent exposure.

Those who work closely with poor black communities say that this case only hints at what is a vast underbelly of routine and systemic police sexaul assults on Black women. They are demanding that this issue be included in current demands for justice for Black communities, being made in the wake of the spate of recent murders of black men by police.

The Black Feminist group Black Women’s Blueprint decided to take this case and issue of police violence against Black women to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva this past November.

Our guests will be: 1) Andrea Ritchie a police misconduct attorney whose legal practice, and advocacy work focuses on the profiling and policing of girls, women, and transgender people of color. She coordinates Streetwise and Safe (SAS) and is on the steering committee of Communities United for Police Reform and 2) Netsanet Tesfay, a human rights attorney at Black Women’s Blueprint, where she provides legal assistance and is also working on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which focuses on black women in the U.S. and their experiences with rape and sexual assault. She recently was part of a delgation to the U. N. Committee Against Torture, in Geneva Switzerland, where she and other members of BWB presented a report entitled: INVISIBLE BETRAYAL: POLICE VIOLENCE AND THE RAPES OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES to the Committee.

We will be discussing the extent and character of police sexualized violence against Black women in the United States, its invisibility and its “routine” nature as well as why Black Women’s Blueprint found it necessary to take their “case” to the U.N. in November. We will start with the Daniel Holtzclaw case and move outward to its significance, its historical precursors and the future of justice for women victims of police violence.

We will be taking listener phone calls at (212) 209-2900 in the latter part of the show. If you have experienced sexual harassment by police, we would be particularly interested in hearing your story.

The show will also include feminist news stories and music. Host: Fran Luck

FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL NYC: Five Fridays in the Fall, Sept. 26 to Oct. 24

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio is thrilled to announce that we will be presenting the FIRST EVER Feminist Film Festival at WBAI! It will take place on five consecutive Fridays this Fall, starting on September 26 and running through October 24 (Sept. 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24).

We’ll present “feminist classics”–the defining feminist films of many eras–and some of the directors will be present in person or via Skype. We’ll also show rare documentary shorts, feminist comedy, and have some live performance.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (check for updates):

Sept. 26. Jennifer Lee‘s 2013 release “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation” , getting rave reviews as it is shown across the country; Jennifer Lee set out to tell her generation the story of the feminist movement by interviewing its pioneers–includes Betty Friedan‘s last interview; covers the 1940’s, 50’s, the fight to get women into the Civil Rights Act of 1964; how women’s liberationists put a “Women of the World Unite” banner on the Statue of Liberty (1970)–The Civil Rights Movement and feminism–and much more. The director will speak with us via Skype. Bev Grant‘s ‘Up Against the Wall, Miss America!’, a documentary short of the Miss America Pageant Protest of 1968 (where women are rumored to have burnt their bras!). Bev Grant will join us in person to introduce the film.


October 3. “With a Vengeance: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom” by Lori Hiris (1989)–a gutsy fast-moving film influenced by 60’s Avant-Garde director Emile D’Antonio, it shows the history of abortion in this country, jump-cutting between movement activist-theorists,street clashes with the Right, early meetings of Black women formulating what would become “The Reproductive Justice movementand much more. Cameo appearance by the great Flo Kennedy. Followed by: “I Had an Abortion” by Jennifer Baumgardner and Jillian Aldrich. From a “celebrity feminist” to an 85-year-old Harlem woman who describes conditions in the 1930’s, women of many ages and communities tell their personal stories of having had an abortion.

PLUS: LIVE THEATER PERFORMANCE! Stacey Linnartz, a NYC actor who has worked on Off Broadway and TV, will perform a piece about the harassment, by the far right, of abortion provider Dr. Susan Wicklund, entitled “The Siege.” She will also do a comedy piece: “Laws We Want.” Stacey is part of the Reproductive Justice Players of Words of Choice.

Short films, from 6-7:30 PM, will include: We Always Resist/Trust Black WomenSusan Brownmiller on her three illegal abortions, The Reproductive Justice Walking Tour; and video from the recent Abortion Rights Freedom Ride (organized by Stop Patriarchy) .

October 10th. An evening in Celebration of Indigenous People’s Day (aka Columbus Day) consisting of films and live performances, with a focus on women.

6:15: “Chicana” by Sylvia Morales (23 minutes) traces the history of Chicana and Mexican women from pre-Columbian times to the present

6:40La Operacion” by Ana Maria Garcia–the historically important documentary that broke open the scandal of one third of Puerto Rican women having been sterilized in the 1950s/60’s because of U.S. population control policies–it covers the implementation of these policies from Puerto Rico to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx

7:20 Live performance by Mahkame Theatre, featuring veteran native American actresses of stage and screen, Hortencia and Elvira Colorado.

7:40: “Salt of the Earth”  (classic, feature length film) 1954 movie that was banned by the House of Un-American Activities Committee, about a strike by Mexican workers, within which women rebel against their husbands in order to be able to participate. The film will be introduced by feminist activist/history Professor Carol Giardina of Queens College.

Live performance by acclaimed singing/spoken word group Mahina Movement (Gabriella Callender, vaimoana litia makakaufake niumeitolo and Lorena Ambrosio)

If time permits, audience discussion.

On the walls: Photos by Bev Grant of: The 1968 Miss America Pageant Protest; W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) and  a demonstration for The New Haven Panther 14.

October 17. Films of transgressive/militant/direct action feminism

Lizzie Borden‘s cult classic “Born in Flames”, a sci-fi journey into a post-revolutionary New York City where a Women’s Army, led by Black women, has formed to fully bring women into the revolution. With Flo Kennedy in a featured role! Must see!

“Left on Pearl” A documentary by Susie Rivo and Rochelle Ruthchild about the 1971 takeover of a Harvard building by women’s liberationists, who declared it a Women’s Center! Cuts across many issues (how women were treated on the Left; Harvard as a landlord in a Black community; police treatment of protesters–and more), with tons of great blow-by-blow footage of the occupation–it gives a real sense of the excitement of the period. Must see!

Plus video of the ‘pharmacy invasions’ by the ‘Morning After Pill Conspiracy’, that took place over the last two years


October 24. Fundi: The Story of Ella BakerJoanne Grant‘s brilliant film on the not-well-enough-known woman who formulated and led many of the great campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Features Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Ella’s Song,” Also Sweet Honey in the Rock/Raise Your Voice Stanley Nelson‘s award-winning exploration of the world-acclaimed a capella singing group; it will have you singing as you leave! (Plus films TBA.)

All screenings will take place at “The Commons,” at 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 1st Floor (between Hoyt and Bond streets–A, C or G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn/#2 or 3 to Hoyt Street). Doors will open at 6:00 PM for short films, with main features starting at 7:30 PM. This is a benefit for WBAI: Suggested donation is $20, but a sliding scale of $10-20. will be in effect (larger donations, of course, appreciated). Wine and popcorn will be available.

For further information and updates check our Facebook Events, or To get on our email list and receive updates on the Feminist Film Festival, go to

October 17: Lizzie Borden‘s cult classic Born in Flames“. A sci-fi journey into a post-revolutionary New York City where a Women’s Army, led by Black women, has formed to fully bring women into the revolution. With Flo Kennedy in a featured role! Must see!

October 24:Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker,” Joanne Grant‘s brilliant film on the not-well-enough-known woman who formulated and led many of the great campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Features Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Ella’s Song,” Also “Sweet Honey in the Rock/Raise Your VoiceStanley Nelson‘s award-winning exploration of the world-acclaimed a capella singing group; it will have you singing as you leave! (Plus films TBA.)

All screenings will take place at “The Commons,” at 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 1st Floor (between Hoyt and Bond streets–A, C or G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn/#2 or 3 to Hoyt Street). Doors will open at 6:00 PM for short films, with main features starting at 7:30 PM. This is a benefit for WBAI: Suggested donation is $20, but a sliding scale of $10-20. will be in effect (larger donations, of course, appreciated). Wine and popcorn will be available.

For further information and updates on additional films to be shown each night of the festival, check, or To get on our email list and be sent updates, go to And also check out our Facebook Events page!

Wed., Sept. 3, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance presents: Sterilization and Police Abuse–The Faces of State Violence Against Women of Color

 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 and is archived for 90 days at Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance. To pledge support for WBAI:

With all eyes on the tragic murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, some activists are, in addition, calling attention to the fact that Black women are also the targets of police violence–yet their names are not often at the center of the conversation. What are the names of the Black women who have been murdered by police? And how do the kinds of daily attacks on Black women–for instance being stopped by police while driving and then being sexually harassed, including being “policed” for gender-role conformity–differ as well as converge with the way Black men are harassed and attacked? Fran Luck speaks with Andrea Ritchie, author of Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color (from the INCITE Anthology: The Color of Violence) and who works with Streetwise and Safe.

After a long campaign by grassroots groups, California recently passed SB1135--a law that sets new standards of consent before women prisoners in that state can undergo sterilization. But why did such a law need to be passed? Lorena Ambrosio will speak with Misty Rojo of Justice Now and look at the history of sterilization of Women of Color in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. We’ll also play clips from the landmark film on the subject of the sterilization of Puerto Rican women: La Operacion.

The show will include our Feminist News Roundup and music.

JOY OF RESISTANCE ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL @ WBAI! Five Fridays in the Fall, from September 26 through October 24. You can find out more about what will be shown, at and email to get on the mailing list for updated schedules.