About joyofresistance

Joy of Resistance, Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI covers the ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full equality and human rights, unfolding in every country and culture on the planet. We air on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 9 to 10 PM at 99.5 FM in the New York City region and stream live @ www.wbai.org. You can follow us on twitter.com/joyofresistance or https://joyofresistance.wordpress.com, and phone us at (212) 209-2987.

Sun, March 5, 6-7 PM: WBAI fund drive show offers DVD “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” (the birth of the modern feminist movement) & the WBAI Feminist Film Festival (March 11)

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streaming at wbai.org Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance Email us at jor@wbai.org. Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

On Sunday, March 5, 6-7PM, as a tribute to Women’s History Month, we’ll be playing clips from and offering our listeners the DVD of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” by Mary Dore and talking about the early days of the modern feminist movement. We’ll also be building for this Saturday’s Joy of Resistance event at the Brooklyn Commons: The Feminist Film Festival (see below)



On Saturday March 11 at 7 pm, the WBAI Feminist Film Festival will present the landmark feminist film: “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” followed by a discussion with the Director, Mary Dore, invited guests and the audience. The film is arguably the best film made to date on the birth of the modern women’s movement.

With multiple interviews and amazing archival footage, Dore presents the excitement, the issues (still relevant today), the actions, the humor, the internal conflicts–and more–of that time, in a breathtaking and energizing mix. One reviewer called it “blistering, informative, and wildly entertaining.” (Bernard Boo, Way Too Indie).

Perfect for Women’s History Monthwe are showing this film in the context of the recent feminist outpouring of 5 million+ people who marched globally in the January 21 “Women’s March on Washington.” In the discussion following the film, the audience and guests will address the question of “where do we go from here?”–using the film as a jumping off point.

Please come and be part of it and bring your friends, networks and family.With delicious food and drink available at the Commons Cafe available, you can make this into a Women’s History Month party. The Brooklyn Commons is at 388 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

To make sure you get a seat, you can purchase a ticket at (see link below) but can also show up at the door. This is a benefit for WBAI. There is a $20.00 suggested admission, but no one will be turned away.

Link for tickets: http://tinyurl.com/z2lv5rf

Link to facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/254746451647993/

Link to film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F86-nHKt2R0Here


More reviews:


Rachel Saltz, New York Times http://tinyurl.com/zd2gasx

Ms. Dore’s movie packs a lot in, taking us on a whirlwind tour of those early years, roughly 1966 to 1971. Here are consciousness-raising groups; the birth of the National Organization for Women; protests at the 1968 Miss America Pageant; marches; poetry readings; “Our Bodies, Ourselves”; snippets of “The David Frost Show” (“Why are you so sensitive?” he asks his feminist guests); schisms in the movement (race, class, the lesbian “Lavender Menace”); and discussions of abortion, child care, sex, work and motherhood.


Bernard Boo, Way Too Indie http://tinyurl.com/j6yymzk

Mary Dore’s portrait of the Women’s Liberation Movement, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, is blistering, informative, and wildly entertaining.


Richard Brody, The New Yorker http://tinyurl.com/jqgjmqn

This stirring and informative documentary about the rise of the women’s movement in the United States, between 1966 and 1971, is an enticing blend of historical clips (most of them too brief) and interviews with many of the movement’s leaders. There’s a warm, wise, passionate glow to this look at what the director, Mary Dore, depicts as a great political success story.






Sun, Feb 5, 6-7 PM: Judge Neil Gorsuch & the right to abortion under a Trump Supreme Court; recorded historical pieces from the abortion rights movement

We’ll speak with reporters Jessica Mason Pieklo and Christine Cauterucci on the record of Judge Neil Gorsuch, just nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump, on women’s rights; we’ll hear a clip of Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women, speaking at a demo on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 31, in response to the nomination.

We’ll intersperse our reports on the nomination and record of Neil Gorsuch with recorded pieces on the history of the struggle for abortion rights and women’s bodily autonomy. These will include:

1. The short play “Letters to Blackmun” from the larger play Words of Choice. Harry A. Blackman was the author or the historic Roe v Wade decision making abortion legal in 1973.

2. The recorded piece produced and narrated by Fran Luck: “A brief history of reproductive rights” produced for the Freedom Files series of WBAI

3. Voices from the Redstockings 1969 Speakout on abortion, when women risked arrest to tell of their abortions when abortion was illegal.

4. Sounds of the 1989 March on Washington for abortion rights, featuring Loretta Ross and others and ending with the voice of Flo Kennedy riffing on what she called the “fetus fetishists”


Sunday, Jan 29, 6-7 PM: Attacking women’s rights is high priority in 1st week of Trump Administration–Guests: Amanda Marcotte, RaeAnn Roca Pickett

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streaming at wbai.org Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance Email us at jor@wbai.org. Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

In its first week in office, the Trump Administration has made it a priority to attack women’s reproductive rights, with the president reinstating the Global Gag Rule on Monday, January 23. On Tuesday, the House passed HR-7, which would make permanent and expand the Hyde Amendment, which denies Medicaid funding to poor women seeking abortions. Trump also signed an Executive Order instructing all Federal Agencies to “ease the impact” of the Affordable Care Act (AFA) –i.e., encouraging Congress to “switfly repeal” the ACA. An earlier move by the new Congress had begun its dismantling –in the guise of a budget bill that included banning coverage of contraception without a co-pay and defunding Planned Parenthood.

We’ll be discussing these (and other) attacks on women’s reproductive freedom, with guests: RaeAnn Roca Pickett, of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), serves as its Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs in the DC office; Amanda Marcotte, well known blogger on women’s rights, who writes for: AlterNet, Salon, Raw Story and the Guardian, among other media outlets.

The show will also include the Feminist News Roundup and topical music.

After the March: Where do we go from here? Guests: Terry O’Neill, Loretta Ross, Jenny Brown, Farah Diaz-Tello; Roe v Wade Anniversary

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streaming at wbai.org Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance Email us at jor@wbai.org. Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

Seasoned Activists will discuss continuing to organize to maintain–and expand–rights under a Trump administration and a right wing Congress, with a focus on women’s rights. Guests: Terry O’Neill, Loretta Ross, Jenny Brown, Farah Diaz-Tello

Today, January 22, 2017 is the 44th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Decision Roe v Wade, that legalized abortion in the U.S. We’ll look at the state of that hard-earned constitutional right in the U.S. today and also at the roots of the movement for legalized abortion and what we can learn from it today.

The program will feature recorded pieces relevant to the Roe Anniversary: including actual sound of the 1969 Redstockings Abortion Speakout, where women publicly admitted they’d had abortions, when it was still illegal.

News stories will include: New Republican Congress tries to outlaw abortion through a “Fetal Heartbeat Bill” and goes after defunding Violence Against Women Shelters as well as Planned Parenthood.


Sun, Jan 15, 6-7 PM: What women lose if ACA is repealed; “Pizzagate,” Clinton, misogyny & fake news

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streaming at wbai.org Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance Email us at jor@wbai.org. Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

The dismantling of the ACA (“Obamacare”) begun Friday by the Reprublican Congress, will, if carried to its conclusion, result in 20 million people losing health insurance. It will also undo critical gains for women that were built in to ACA, including:

Guaranteed prenatal and maternity care; laws against women being charged more than men for insurance; contraception availability without a co-pay (ie, free of charge); screening for domestic violence; HIV/STD screening; “well woman” preventative health screenings; the rule prohibiting people being turned down for insurance because of “pre-existing conditions”, which, if overturned, will impact pregnant women, women who have had caesarians, have been victims of domestic violence or had cancer (as well as any other pre-existing conditions).


Our guest will be Christine Grimaldi, author of the January 11 Rewire story: “Senate Republicans Vote to Kill Popular Obamacare Benefits in “Vote-a-Rama”She is a reporter and writer based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Rewire, she covered Congress for Bloomberg BNA. Her journalism and essays have appeared in Slate, Washingtonian.com, The Morning News, and elsewhere.


Part two of our program will examine the fake scandal known as “pizzagate” from a number of feminist angles, including: the misogyny of right wing conspiracy theory and its expression in the “alt. rt.” campaign against Hillary Clinton; “dark internet” (alt rt) accusations of “Satanism” and “witchcraft” routinely directed against powerful women and people of color (Hillary Clinton, Beyonce, Oprah, Michael Jackson); an examination of the actual elements of the “pizzagate” accusations, including the use of the work of artist Marina Abramovic to brand her a “Satanist” and “witch” as part its “proof”; how this and other fake news stories spread on the internet (a chronology of pizzagate), and more.


Our guest will be Fruszina Erdough, author of the article: “With Pizzagate, is Cybersteria the New Normal?” which appeared in Forbes Magazine. She is a reporter covering digital news, technology and culture, has written for outlets such as Vice, the Christian Science Monitor, the Guardian, Variety, Slate, Forbes Magazine and the Daily Dot, among others.

We’ll also have an update actions planned around the inauguration on January 21.

Sunday, Jan 8, 6-7 PM: Reports on 3 major anti-Trump inauguration actions for women & allies–plus live music

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streaming at wbai.org Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance Email us at jor@wbai.org. Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org


Joy of Resistance will be interviewing the organizers of three upcoming major women’s resistance actions against the incoming Trump Administration and providing you with the information you’ll need to know more about and plug into these and other events.

We’ll also feature, live-in-studio, original resistance music by Judy Gorman to get us into the resistance mood!


The major actions we’ll be covering in depth, are:


Our new Associate Producer Farah Diaz-Tello will host a special segment with organizers of the January 21 Women’s March on Washington. The segment will include the evolution of the march from its somewhat troubled beginning until now; comparisons with the 2004 March for Women’s Lives and recorded listener messages in which people talk about why they will be marching.

We’ve set up a hotline number for you to call and record your message. The number is: (347) 829-4226. We’ll play some of your messages on the show on Sunday!



We’ll have guests from National Women’s Liberation, the group organizing the Women’s Strike. They’ll discuss the reasons they called the strike, what the demands are, and why they think women should strike–against both paid and upaid labor–during January 20 and 21 over the weekend of the inauguration.



We’ll have Sunsara Taylor of refusefascism.org in the studio to talk about the month of resistance to STOP Trump and Pence BEFORE they can take power; the full page ads they have published in newspapers around the country (including the New York Times), upcoming actions of the campaign, the response so far and how you can be part of and support this campaign.


Throughout the show we’ll be giving you information on how you can plug into these–as well as other– events.

That’s Sunday, January 8, 6-7 PM. Joy of Resistance–“Women’s Resistance Central.”




Sunday, January 1, 2017, 6-7 PM: And encore presentation of “The Feminist Music Extravaganza!”

Joy of Resistance is heard on Sundays, 6-7 PM on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM (EST), streaming at wbai.org Follow us on twitter at @joyofresistance Email us at jor@wbai.org. Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

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. Hosted by Fran Luck and Maretta Short.


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