Thurs, May 12, 8-10pm–“Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed”; “Who is Hillary Clinton?”; sexism and the Clinton campaign

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Before there was Hillary Clinton… before there was Barack Obama… there was Shirley Chisholm…

On Thursday, May 12, 8-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will feature, as part of the WBAI Spring Fund Drive, the award winning DVD: Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed, by Sola Lynch. Well discuss the film with Denise Oliver-Velez, a former member of both the Young Lords and Black Panther Parties , who, now, as a professor at SUNY, has taught and written about Chisholm’s life and times. Also commenting will be Barbara Winslow, founder and director of The Shirley Chisolm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism from 1945 to the Present.

Recalling a watershed event in US politics–Chisholm’s historic 1972 run for the U.S. presidency, as the first Black and the first woman to run a serious campaign for the nation’s highest office–this compelling documentary takes an in-depth look at the campaign and reactions to it at the time and now–and documents Chisholm’s life story.


We see Chisholm announcing her run; giving interviews, the political maneuvering within the Democratic Party and we hear/see commentary of many involved at that time, including Amiri Baraka, Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, Octavia Butler, Rep. Barbara Lee, Ron Dellums and others.

Though many backed her run with great enthusiasm, she was shunned by the Democratic political establishment, including the all-male Congressional Black Caucus (with the exception of Ron Dellums) as well as the media; she asked for support from people of color, women, gays, and young people newly empowered to vote at age 18. Chisholm’s bid for an equal place on the presidential dais generated strong, racist and sexist opposition. Yet her challenge to the status quo and her message about exercising the right to vote struck many as progressive and positive.

She was born in NYC but spent much of her childhood in Barbados. Her father was a Garveyite and her family was political. She became a professional educator in NYC and in 1968, she became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress, and represented New York’s 12th Congressional District–the very poor district of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn– for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. As the first Black woman in the U.S. Congress, she was sometimes treated with disrespect by other Congress members–particularly southern white men.

The men in the Black Congressional Caucus did not support her bid for President and she famously said that she had run into more political obstacles because she was a woman than because she was Black. Some feminists did support her, but did not follow through. Ron Dellums supported her but ultimately gave his support to George McGovern, the eventual Democratic party nominee. Jesse Jackson ignored her. She didn’t play by either Democratic succession or ethnic turf rules.

“Nobody was “ready” for me”, she said. “But somebody has to be the first. After me, they’ll be more “ready”. In an interview at the end of the film that took place late in her life, Chisholm says “I want to be remembered as someone who was a catalyst for change.” And so she was.

In the second part of the show, we’ll offer the book: “Who is Hillary Clinton?” featuring two decades of writing from the Left on the woman who may very well be our next president. Authors include Erica Jong, Barbara Ehrenreich and Doug Henwood, with an introduction by Katha Pollitt of The Nation. 350 pages. For a pledge to WBAI of $75.


This segment will also feature a discussion with Amanda Marcotte, Peg Rapp and Fran Luck on the sexism directed at Clinton so far in the campaign–sexism that would be directed at any woman getting really close to power. We’ll be asking the questions: where you draw the line between legitimate political criticism and sexism?–and what are the different manifestations of sexism by men on the right and men on the left?

Chisholm ’72 – Unbought and Unbossed

A film by Shola Lynch

Available for a pledge to WBAI for $75.

Chisolm ’72 and “Who is Hillary Clinton?” available, both together, for a pledge of $125.

US, 2004, 77 minutes, Color, DVD,


Peabody Award

Sundance Film Festival

International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA)

Los Angeles Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival

London Film Festival

South By Southwest Film Festival

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Saratoga Springs Film Festival

Dallas Video Festival

Northern Lights Film Festival

Tallgrass Film Festival

Black Harvest Film Festival

American Black Film Festival

Lake Placid Film Festival

Nantucket Film Festival

Women With Vision Film Festival



Thurs, April 28, 9-10 pm: Deeper than the Wage Gap: Economics and Women under neo-liberal capitalism

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At the end of April–the month in which “Equal Pay Day” calls calls attention to the gender wage gap–Joy of Resistance will take an even deeper look into the overall economic situation of women–by rebroadcasting a program based on a Left Forum panel (2013) entitled “The Wealth Gap: Have we really come a long way?”


Four great guests examine how the current attacks on social services in the U.S. and Europe (“austerity policies”), plus attacks on union jobs where women predominate, are combining with a women’s wealth gap that is the result of centuries of discrimination, to produce a growing economic crisis for the majority of women.


Veteran Feminist URPE Economist Peg Rapp, feminist activist and organizer of the Left Forum Panel on The Wealth Gap vs The Wage Gap.

Educator and Latina Rights Activist Diana Zavala on her personal experience as a newly divorced single mother who turned to the U.S. “safety net”–and the intersections of race, class and immigrant status on the economics of women’s lives.

London-based Economist Susan Pashkoff on her paper: Austerity is an Attack on Women: why and how austerity policies in Britain, Europe and the U.S. are taking their biggest toll on women.

Playright/Author Barbara Garson on women as the “scroungers” of the world who hold their families together when times are toughest but then lose power and authority to men as family wealth increases.

The panel was moderated by Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance and followed by a discussion of what can be done to reverse these effects and move forward.

Thurs, 9-10 PM, Women in Poland–and internationally–protest total ban on abortion; what would happen if Roe were overturned?; behind the wage gap

Segment 1

Guests: Beatta Schulman and Malgorzata Bakalarz-Duverger, two Polish women living in New York City, who, in only 2 weeks, used the internet to organize a demonstration that will take place on Sunday, April 17, across from the U.N. at Ralphe Bunche Park at 1 pm to protest a proposed complete ban on abortion in Poland.

Thousands of women have taken to the streets in 15 Polish cities, the largest in Warsaw with 7,000 people. Demonstrations are also planned to take place in Prague and Paris, as well as New York City.

The proposed complete and total ban on abortion in Poland would contain no exceptions for incest, rape of the life of the mother . On Sunday, April 3, thousands walked out of Church in protest as the Bishop’s letter telling Cathoics they must support the total ban on abortion was read in churches around the country.

In New York City there is a demonstration planned for this Sunday, April 17  at Ralph Bunche Park, across from the U.N. at 42 E 43rd St, New York, New York 10017.

The ban came about amid the toxic mix of nationalism, catholic fundamentalism, whipped up anti-immigrant sentiment and rhetoric about returning to the “normal family relations between men and women”, that characterize the newly elected rightwing conservative Law and Justice party.

The total ban would replace Poland’s already very restrictive abortion law, which allows abortion up to the 25th week of pregnancy and only if a woman’s life is in danger, if the pregnancy resulted from a criminally proven rape or incest, or if the foetus is seriously malformed. The Prime Minister, Beatta Szydlo, has said she approves of the ban  but critics are calling her a puppet of the government and saying that the ban has come about as a condition for Church support of the Law and Justice party in the recent election.

Segment 2

Jessica Mason Pieklo, Staff Attorney for RH Reality Check and author of “What Would Change if Roe were Overturned?”  spells out what we could expect if, under a Republican Administration, Roe v Wade were overturned under newly appointed Supreme Court Justices–and how, in many ways, we are well on that path already.

Segment 3

Behind the Wage Gap. Guest: Catherine Hill, PhD,  the vice president for research at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the author of The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, 2016

We’ll be looking at what the gender pay gap is, why it exists, how to prove its existence to deniers, why “leaning in” won’t fix it and what leverage women as a group have in fighting it (including looking at the Paycheck Fairness Act, and public relations pressure).

Thurs, April 7, 9-10pm–Catholics For Choice on the current Supreme Court Case pitting “religious freedom” against birth control

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We’ll speak with Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe, Domestic Policy Advisor for Catholics for Choice (CFC) about the current Supreme Court Case, Zubik vs Burwell, which argues for allowing non-profit and for-profit companies that claim to have religious scruples against birth control to refuse to provide it in their employee insurance plans. The plaintiffs are claiming this an issue of their “religious freedom.”


According to CFC, the Catholic hierarchy (Conference of Catholic Bishops) has “drawn a line in the sand” with this case, in which even the “work-around” compromise (the government’s position that prevailed in related “Hobby Lobby” decision of 2014 and which allows objecting companies to simply fill out a form if they don’t want to provide birth control), is now being characterized as “too much of an undue burden” on “religious freedom.”

CFC believes that this is really about the Bishops’ control over the vast wealth of not-for-profits that are part of the U.S. social services “safety net.” These include a large network of Catholic hospitals as well as government-funded grants for Medicare, Medicaid, adoption and other services. The funding comes from everyone’s collective tax money–which is then used to take away rights in the name of religion.

The current anti birth-control position of the Church and its related organizations, does not even represent the Catholic laity; 98 percent of Catholic women ages 15-44 who have had sex have used contraceptives.

We’ll look at the recent history of the Church’s birth control prohibition, focusing especially on the struggle that took place within the Catholic hierarchy in the 1960’s, when the Church ALMOST changed its stance. During that time Pope Paul appointed a commission on birth control to advise him–it voted by a large majority to change the doctrine and anticipation ran high that the Church would lift the ban.

At that time, Scottish songwriter Matt McGinn wrote a tune called The Pill which was  recorded by Pete Seeger, about a woman with a house full of children waiting for the Pope to “bless the pill.” She buys  a package of birth control pills so she will be ready when the Pope acquiesces. In the final stanza she hopes to hear the Pope’s approval “before my man comes in.” But more conservative voices prevailed and the ban remained, becoming one of the greatest sources of alienation of Catholics from the church. We will be playing this historic song: “The Pill,” on this show.

We will also have our feminist news roundup and other music and will take listener phone calls if time allows.

Thurs, March 31, 9-10pm–a Mini-CR on-the-air, with National Women’s Liberation: What goes into women’s decisions to have or not have children? If we do have children, does our society support us?

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In February and March of 2016The New York Chapter of National Women’s Liberation held CR (Consciousness Raising) meetings, where women testified, from their own experience, on what factors have determined–or will determine–whether or not they have children. Those who have had children testified on whether/how that experience changed their views.

Some of the testifiers will be live in the studio and some on the phone, for a “mini-CR on-the-air”–as well as talk about the conclusions they reached through looking at these questions in depth.


We’ll also look at how our society supports or does not support these parenting decisions and the “Social Wage” programs that women in many other countries have, such as (Single Payer National Healthcare, free or low-cost Childcare and Paid Parental Leave).

Lastly, we’ll discuss the Zika virus and current instructions being given to women by governments, the U.N. and healthcare workers, about whether/when to become pregnant .

Here is the complete list of questions that were brought to these meetings and will be addressed on this show:

1. What are our reasons for wanting children, if/when we wanted them. (Whether we had them, didn’t, or are still planning to.) Reasons for not wanting them?

If we had them, did our thinking about this change after we had them? If we didn’t have them, did our thinking change?

2. Additional question for those who have done parenting work: When does this work feel like an individual responsibility? When does it feel like a collective (community, society wide,national) responsibility?

Hilary Wainwright

In the latter part of the show, we will be taking listener phone calls on these topics at (718) 780-8888.

We’ll also present our worldwide feminist news headlines and topical music.


March 24, 9-10pm: Wanting a woman president/wishing we had more choices–Lauren Besser: “If Bernie had been Bernadette”; Heidi Hartmann: “campaigning while female”; & female-friendly Parliaments around the world

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Guests: Lauren Besser, author of the much read blogpost “If Bernie Had Been Bernadette; Heidi Hartmann, President and Founder of IWPR (Institute for Women’s Policy Research) on “campaigning while female” in the U.S.

After 227 years+ of male-exclusive presidency, many in the U.S. would like to see, at long last, a woman president. At the same time there are valid reasons to criticize the woman who, for the first time in history, has a good chance of attaining that presidency (as well as many reasons to praise her)–Hillary Rodham Clinton. This places feminists in a terrible bind–should we publicly criticize the first possibly successful woman presidential candidate–and thereby discourage people from voting for her–when we don’t know when/if another woman will  have a shot at this highest office within our lifetimes? In many other countries we would not have to be in this bind because we would have more choices of female candidates at all levels.

Woman heads-of-state: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), Angela Merkel (Germany)

In many other countries we would have more choices of women candidates for all offices. The U.S ranks 33rd when it comes to women in national legislatures and has never had a woman head-of-state. Countries with higher proportions of women’s representation–at all levels–tend to have certain characteristics in their electoral systems: by and large these are parliamentary systems, with proportional representation, where there is money set aside for the promotion of women –and many have quotas for women candidates (and other politically disadvantaged groups).

In the first part of our show, we’ll discuss the bind that many left-of-center women find themselves in,  with Lauren Besser, whose recent article “If Bernie Had Been Bernadette” has been causing quite a stir.

Our next guest will be Heidi HartmannPresident and Founder of IWPR (Institute for Women’s Policy Research) on “campaigning while female” in the U.S. We’ll discuss how our own 2-party, winner-take-all system places many obstacles in the paths of women candidates.

If time permits, we’ll play an excerpt from a debate that took place in Jamaica, when Senator Imani Duncan Price of the Jamaican Senate has proposed quotas for female candidates to promote parity with men.

We’ll also have our Feminist News Headlines Roundup, and, if time permits, listener phone calls at 718 780 8888, toward the end of the show.



Thursday, March 10, 9-10 PM: Behind the most important Supreme Court Case since Roe–with Jessica Pieklo of RH Reality Check; Judy Gorman to sing live in-studio

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On Thursday, March 15, Joy of Resistance will explore in-depth, the legal history behind the most important case on abortion since Roe v Wade: Whole Women’s Health vs Herenstedtwhich is currently before the Supreme Court.

Our guest will be Jessica Mason Pieklo, legal analyst for analyst for RH Reality Check  . We’ll trace back the history of TRAP (Targeted Regulations Against Abortion Providers) Laws, which require abortion clinics to meet often-impossible “medical” requirements. These laws, which emerged in the 90’s and picked up steam after 2010, have been passed in 24 states and have caused hundreds of clinics across the country to close. The ground for them was prepared by two earlier Supreme Court decisions–the Webster Decision in 1989 and the Casey Decision in 1992.


Both decisions eroded the “undue burden” standard written into Roe v Wade  –which mandates that a woman seeking an abortion should not have to endure an “undue burden” in finding and procuring one. What constitutes an “undue burden” is what will be decided in Whole Women’s Health, and is at the heart of the case. The decision may render TRAP laws unconstitutional–and will affect subsequent attempts to restrict abortion access in the U.S.

In-studio, we’ll have folksinger/songwriter Judy Gorman, who will play throughout the show, bringing us music inspired by the great movements of our time. Pete Seeger  summed up Judy Gorman like this: “She came, she sang, she conquered. No two programs that she gives are the same. She is always thinking how to find the right phrase, the right song to hit the nail right on the head, to shoot the arrow straight to the heart of the matter. I hope she lives to be 100 and is able to bring her songs to every nook and cranny of this suffering world.”


We’ll also have a special International Feminist News roundup that will feature worldwide trends in Parental Leave legislation, “menstruation activism” and the necessity of women’s full reproductive rights if the Zika virus is to be stopped –along with a surprise comedic parody piece.