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

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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.



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