Thurs, March 3, 8-10pm, Joy of Resistance will offer “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” plus tickets to a private screening with panel/cocktail party on Int’l Women’s Day–and the book: “Who is Hillary Clinton?”

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As the WBAI Winter Fund drive winds down and Women’s History Month begins, on March 3, Joy of Resistance is proud to offer the newly released DVD of perhaps the best film so far made about the birth of the modern women’s movement: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, directed by Mary Dore. We will also be offering tickets to a private screening, with a panel and cocktail party, to be held on March 8, International Women’s Day, to celebrate the long awaited release of the DVD of the film.

Twenty one years in the making by film maker Mary Dore, who has been taking it on a national and worldwide tour–to great acclaim–the film has won awards and rave reviews (see below). Here is a typical review: “One of the year’s best films, Mary Dore’s She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is an urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism, the movement that — no matter what its detractors insist — has given us the world in which we live.”–Alan Scherstuhl, Phoenix New Times

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We’ll play clips from the film and interview two of the panelists: Nona Willis Aronowitz and Indira Cesarine, both of whom will be panelists at the DVD Release Party/screening on March 8th. Tickets are a bargain at $30. apiece–but there are only 8 of them, so call in early during the show. The newly released DVD of the film will be offered for a pledge of $50.

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 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 of $75. This segment will also feature an interview with Dr. Sherry Pagoto, author of the Salon piece: “I’m voting for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman–but it’s not as simple as that”.

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We’ll also present an abbreviated version of our regular feminist news segment.

Complete list of panelists at March 8 event for the film:

Moderator: Liz Winstead–Writer, Comedian, Producer Co-founder: Lady Parts Justice

Mary Dore–Award winning Documentary Film Maker

Nona Willis Aronowitz–Writer, Editor, Author

Dr. Patricia T. Morris–President: Women Thrive Worldwide

Indira Cesarine–Editor-in-Chief: “Untitled Magazine”

Jennifer Merin–Journalist, President: Alliance of Women Film Journalists

 

More about “SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY” and Reviews

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, when ladies wore hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!

“I loved it. I watched it with my daughter. Thank you so much for this film because it manages to do all the history but also be fun. Provides historical context for today’s push for gender equality.”–Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC

****1/2. STIRRING. Celebrates feminist history with GUSTO.”-Anita Katz, SF Examiner

“One of the year’s best films. An urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism. Wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny. That defiant sisterhood changed the workplace, our sexual politics, our language. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is the best filmed account of how that happened you could ever expect to see.”–Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“A rousing, overdue summation of the US women’s liberation movement. Celebratory in tone, capturing the exhilaration felt by a generation of women who challenged and shed age-old gender role limitations in a surge of rebellious energy.”–Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Mary Dore’s documentary is powerful proof that the past is prologue…. not only a tribute to past bravery and determination, but also a warning and urgent rallying cry to the next wave.”–Nathalie Atkinson, The Globe and Mail

“Nothing if not timely. It’s touring the country just as the concept of the grassroots movement as the spark for social change is having a moment.”–Dani McClain, The Nation

“Leaves you wanting more. This ILLUMINATING effort packs a wealth of archival footage and current interviews with many vital figures of the movement into its brief running time. A hugely informational effort.”–Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“Explores some of the second-wave movement’s lesser-known moments. […] Hones in on the complex and sometimes wild history of the women’s struggle between 1966 and 1971, using archival footage and interviews with a diverse cast of activists.”–Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” captures the excitement, electricity, humor and power of women realizing that they are not crazy, the system is crazy. By showing women as they take this great leap forward in consciousness and activism in the 1960s and early 1970s, Mary Dore makes revolution contagious for the far greater numbers of younger women who are making new leaps of consciousness and activism now. Seeing is believing. To see this documentary will help all women believe in ourselves and each other.”–Gloria Steinem, founder, Ms. Magazine

“Reminds us, feminists didn’t just feel as if they were changing the world – THEY CHANGED IT. Makes clear: the fight isn’t over.”–Rachel Saltz, The New York Timespng

“EXCEPTIONAL Bristling with the energy and insight of one of the most important social movements of the 20th century. INCISIVE. NIMBLE. Sharply edited.”–Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“Celebratory but clear-eyed. Dore’s film should be seen. Take your daughters. And your sons.”–Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“Superbly researched and edited.”–Tirdad Derkhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer

“*** ½ Should be mandatory viewing for every American citizen, both girls and boys who should know where men’s and women’s political relationships now are, and how they got there. More than an honest work of journalism, this cautionary doc hears thunder in the distance, the legal storm threatening to rescind the progress made by a generation of women of all colors who fought and sacrificed for the freedoms women — including my two daughters — experience today.” Dann Gire, Daily Herald (Chicago)

“Pick of the Week. FASCINATING. Captures the excitement of that era, the growing sense of solidarity as more and more women discovered that their dissatisfaction was not an individual matter. Whatever mistakes have been made along the path and however the movement has been stereotyped, THE ESSENTIAL PROJECT OF FEMINISM HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PROJECT OF HUMAN FREEDOM.”–Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

“I was transfixed. Funny, poignant and fast-moving but most of all open-hearted and smart, this visually intense 90 minutes brought back the sounds, scenes and voices that had made it so exciting to be alive during the years of hope, dreams and passion of the 1960s and early 70s. What brought soft tears to well in my eyes, She’s Beautiful tells the much larger story of how all our lives have been transformed and reinvented, not merely to bring women into high-tech boardrooms but releasing men to change diapers and bake cookies without shame and to push toddler strollers down the sidewalk without having to apologize. The convulsive, painful, contradictory — and yet still threatened — movement to see women as full partners in the human dance has, we too often forget, also enabled those of us with Y chromosomes to re-imagine who we can be as well, which is why Mary Dore’s film is much more than a simple documentary.”–Frank Browning, Huffington Post

“From employment discrimination and affordable childcare to reproductive health and sexuality, the film parses through many of the movement’s battles without ignoring deep internal factions regarding race, class and sexuality. Like the movement it depicts and the women it honors, She’s Beautiful is complex.”–Lauren Walker, Newsweek

“A feminist film MASTERPIECE. Offers an INSPIRING account of the women’s liberation movement of the late 1960s.”–Kitty Lindsay, Ms. Magazine

Chosen as No. 5 in Ms. Magazine’s The Year of the Fighter: The Top 10 Feminist Films of 2014–Kitty Lindsay, Ms. Magazine

“Within the first minutes, I felt my own history with feminism…link arms with the present. To see myself as part of the continuum was HEARTBREAKING and ELECTRIFYING.”–Samantha Updegrave, Bitch Media

“It’s a useful documentary, and it needed to be made now…Most of the women interviewed here are in their 70s, and it’s about time a director like Mary Dore came along to record their recollections….As the title would suggest, director Dore has a sense of humor, and so do Rita Mae Brown, Alix Kates Shulman, Heather Booth and the various other women interviewed here….To think of how people thought and acted just 45 years ago is to realize that the women in this film were the advance guard of the modern era. That makes them important, and they make this documentary important.”–Nick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Exhaustively researched, “She’s Beautiful” is a whirlwind tour through the movement’s marches, protests, poetry readings, consciousness-raising groups and the spirited discussions — that we’re still having — about work, child care, compensation and rape.–Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the year’s best films, Mary Dore’s She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is an urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism, the movement that — no matter what its detractors insist — has given us the world in which we live.”–Alan Scherstuhl, Phoenix New Times

A bubbling cauldron of newfound freedom and energy coming to life, an inspiring reminder of what people of a like mind and heart can accomplish. “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is a thing of beauty indeed.–Tom Long, Detroit News

“Profoundly necessary. Inspiring. A powerful reminder that feminist is not a dirty word.”–Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper

“A fascinating look at how feminism changed the world. Timely and engaging.”-Steve Murray, Arts ATL

“When reviewing documentaries, I have a practice of taking a note any time the film teaches me something I didn’t know before. I learned more while watching She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Mary Dore’s doc about the early days of the women’s liberation movement, than I have from any other movie. “–Thomas Paskho, The Uniter (Winnipeg)

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a great reminder that feminism is not just for straight, white women, and this documentary is proof.”–Trish Bendix, After Ellen

“Documentaries about social movements must walk a difficult line: how to champion the triumphs of activists who worked hard for triumphant social change without venturing into hagiography. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry expertly walks that line…From start to finish, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry captures the energy– sometimes angry, sometimes joyful– of young feminists then and now… This is the best film yet about the women’s movement, and it will be invaluable as a teaching resource.”–Sarah B. Rowley, The American Historian

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry would be useful in undergraduate courses in women’s history, feminism, women’s studies, U.S. history, and protest and reform movements. Secondary school libraries and public libraries would also benefit from adding She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry to their collections.–Kathleen Spring, Educational Media Reviews Online (Highly Recommended)

Highly recommended for all school, university, and public libraries.–School Library Journal, Starred Review

“The kick-ass women’s movement film we’ve been waiting for. With outrage and humor, brings back the revolution in living color and black-and-white, with torrents of music from the ‘60s and ‘70s.”–Amy Stone, The Lilith Blog

“She’s Beautiful is rambunctious, joyful, provocative, earnest, profound–and utterly mesmerizing–just like the women who made the movement. I hope every young woman, and every young man, will see this movie. Mary Dore’s gift for inspiring activism shines through every frame.”–Dominique Browning, slowlovelife.com

“An insightful, inspiring, and gripping look at the historical underpinnings of contemporary feminism. The headiness of the era is palpable.”–Eleanor Bader, RH Reality Check

“The film is truly entertaining, thought-provoking, shocking, witty and sassy, managing to keep a sense of humour, whilst also keeping an honesty and sensitivity to the seriousness of the cause.”–New Zealand Herald

“ASTONISHING in reminding us of the ‘liberties’ we take for granted today. Almost 50 years since the second wave began, I couldn’t help but nod along with the crowd in the dark theater. Right on, sister. Right on.”–Jaclyn Trop, Good Magazine

“She’s Beautiful takes us on a radical journey through the trenches of our fight and struggle in a male-dominated society.”–Lisa Tedesco, Curve

“This film should be shown in every school, because on top of celebrating the amazing women who changed the world, and educating those of us ignorant of their accomplishments, this documentary serves as a cautionary tale. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry returns, in the end, to the angering fact that there are those who would roll back the rights extended and disempower women—which hurts everyone. The burden lies on feminists, who must always stand vigilant, ready to fight back.”–Michael Lyons, Plentitude Magazine

“Thrives on is authenticity [and] instills a very potent sense of empowerment and appreciation in its audience. Excellent!”–Emily Mae Czachor, Annenberg Digital News

“Watching the film and the struggles of the woman I suddenly connected again with my mom and what she was going through during that same period. Mom was suddenly there sitting next to me in the theater. This is a damn fine film. It’s a triumph where we understand where we were, how we got to now, and where we may be heading tomorrow – and why the fight still has to be fought. It’s a film that should be shown to every little girl or anyone who doesn’t think that causes and movements and political action can change the world-because it can. AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE.”–Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

“Intensely relevant and timeless.”–Ife Blount, Milwaukee Examiner

“Brilliant!!! She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is the most powerful and definitive documentary of the modern women’s movement.”–Ruth Rosen, author of The World Split Open

“The film is an archival treasure — a history of the many strands of the Women’s Movement, its multiple struggles and voices — and activism that marries the past to what needs to be done today. She’s Beautiful is rousing, funny and self-critical. As provocative, colorful and lighthearted as its title, this is an important film about serious women doing the serious work of feminism, but also having fun — the time of their lives, in fact, while changing the world.”–Eleanor Pam, President, Veteran Feminists of America

“She’s Beautiful When She is Angry is such a terrific documentary and so skillfully introduces the core ideas, struggles, and successes/failures of the women’s movement during the late 60s and early 70s. What I especially love about this film is the way it underscores the key role of those in the “trenches” – the many local organizers in cities like Boston, NY, Chicago, LA, and SF/Berkeley. They are pictured “back then” as well as now, in recent interviews that allow for the rare kind of reflection that a younger audience so greatly appreciates. And these interviews make clear that it was the superb organizing work of “unsung heroes” (in addition to the important leadership of people like Friedan, Abzug, and Steinem) that catapulted this movement to become one of the key social justice forces of the past century.”–Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies, Ourselves

“Thank you for bringing this empowering, riveting and emotional story back to the forefront of our minds and hearts. As a 25 year old woman, when the credits rolled, I was overcome with so much emotion — relief, frustration, inspiration, hope, despair. There’s much ground to cover, but we can do it. This certainly has awoken something in me, and I want to help. I want to carry on the legacy!”–Boston viewer

“I want everyone I know to see the film, I want us to gather groups of women together in our living rooms and watch it and talk. I want to watch it with my mother and sister. I want women to get together across generations and have consciousness-raising sessions. Vibrant, graceful, complex, and very respectful of the viewer, it really tugged at me, making me ask myself hard questions. Yes, that’s the power of the movement itself — it asked people to ask themselves questions.”–Sarasota viewer

“Thank you for putting your efforts and heart behind this project. As a woman who grew up in a patriarchal family, never had a women’s studies course, and shied away from embracing the word “feminism,” my eyes were totally opened seeing your film! Now, it’s my duty to share that so others can learn if they don’t already know.”–Canadian Viewer

“To me it was amazing how Mary and her team put together a documentary that so wonderfully covered such a huge scope in an exceedingly watchable and enjoyable manner. The thing I really loved is the way she drew in the actual people who were personally involved with archival material and current conversations with the very same folks. But more than that, and so current for today, it is much of a tutorial about “How do you start a movement?” “-

 

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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.

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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.

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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, Nov 5, 8-10 PM: Joy of Resistance to offer DVD “I Had an Abortion” & CD of best-of repro rts coverage + LIVE interview with Loretta Ross

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 at jor@wbai.org Donate to WBAI at give2wbai.org

A woman’s right to choose to be pregnant–or not–has has never been as threatened. A bogus investigation of Planned Parenthood is taking place in Congress and clinics across the country are being shuttered on any and every pretext.

On Thursday, November 5, 9-11 PM, Joy of Resistance will help to part the curtain of lies with the award-winning DVD “I Had an Abortion” by Gillian Aldritch and Jennifer Baumgartner. Cutting across race, age, class and religion, ten women face the camera and talk about their experiences of having an abortion during different eras and in different places and circumstances.

The film begins with Florence Rice, a Harlem, New York City woman who had an abortion in 1938 when both abortion and birth control were illegal. After the abortion she was pressured by nurses at Harlem Hospital to divulge the name of the doctor who had performed the abortion so that he could be prosecuted for his “crime” (which she would not do), under threat that she might, herself, have to face criminal charges.

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We then hear women who had abortions in the 60’s, 70’s, 90’s and 2000’s speak about them. They include well known feminists such as Gloria Steinem and Loretta Ross, as well as less famous women, like Alex Cobarrubia, a Mexican American woman from a heavily Catholic background who could not tell her mother, A’yen Tran (pictured above) who, after her abortion became a pro-choice activist; Jenny Egan, from a Mormon family, who found that by speaking out she could heal her pain and isolation (a common experience for those who speak about their abortions). The film ends with a quite large group of women who all state that they have had an abortion. More than 1.3 million women have an abortion each year in the U.S. For most of them it’s still a secret.

We’ll also offer listeners an audio CD of gems from the collection of Joy of Resistance’s coverage on this issue. These will include: clips from the very first speak-out on abortion, organized by Redstockings, in 1969, when abortion was illegal and women risked arrest to claim their experience publicly; Loretta Ross co-founder of SisterSong: A Woman of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, on family-planning in the Black community from the Civil War until today; an interview with RHrealitycheck investigative reporter Teddy Wilson on the backgrounds of those who put together the doctored video later used as a basis to investigate Planned Parenthood–and the late great radical feminist Ros Baxandall comparing guilt and shame about abortion in the 1970’s and now. Plus music of the abortion rights movement.

Last but not least, this program we will include a live interview with Loretta Ross, speaking on abortion within the framework of Reproductive Justice and anti abortion terrorism in relation to the rest of the far right.

The DVD “I Had an Abortion” will be offered as a “thank you” gift to those pledging $50. to WBAI to keep listener-supported non-commercial radio on the air. The CD of Joy of Resistance “best of” abortion-rights coverage will be offered to listeners for a pledge of $25.

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