Sun, Jan 15, 6-7 PM: What women lose if ACA is repealed; “Pizzagate,” Clinton, misogyny & fake news

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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).

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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.

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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.

Sun, Nov 20, 6-7PM: Gloria Allred, lawyer for Trump accuser who won’t bow to threats; Marc Fliedner on prosecuting gropers; Jodeen Olguin-Tayler on letter by 100 Woman-of-Color Leaders.

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

Donald Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women–but said it was “just talk”. Then, 12 women came forth and said he’d done it to them–sparking a national conversation about men who grope–with over a million tweets by women who said it had happened to them also. It suddenly seemed hard to find a woman who didn’t have her own story about being groped by a stranger.

The mainstream media has moved on, but Joy of Resistance is staying on the case and continuing to make visible the usually invisible and normalized groping of women by men.

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This Sunday, Nov. 20, 6-7 pm, we will interview noted attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing Summer Zervos, one of the “Trump 12”, who, despite threats and harassment, says she will not be intimidated into silence. Allred and Zervos held a press conference on November 11 and announced that Zervos will not be intimidated by Trump’s threats to sue her and other women who have spoken out about his assaultive behavior toward them.

We’ll also speak with former ADA Marc Fliedner, who has prosecuted sex crimes and wrote a story in the Daily News entitled “How to prosecute Donald Trump or another alleged groper: A former sex-crimes prosecutor points the way” on the legal options available for women who experience this form of sexual assault.

Our last guest: Jodeen Olguin-Tayler, an organizer of the #GOPhandsoffme demonstrations last month, will speak about the just-released “Letter to the Nation by 100 Woman of Color Leaders” in which, post election, the signers pledge to “open a new chapter in our country’s long, difficult journey towards the promise of liberty and justice for all.”

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In our feminist news segment, we’ll talk about a meeting on November 15 called to “organize the resistance” by National Women’s Liberation–to which 700  women showed up and overflowed a hall booked for 200–as well as other feminist news stories.

 

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.

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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.”

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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.

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

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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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April 23, 9-10 PM: The Feminist Stake in SYRIZA & the rebellion against austerity; Hillary Clinton’s real record on abortion

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THERE IS A LOT AT STAKE FOR WOMEN around the world, as the new leftist Greek government, known as SYRIZA, challenges the European Union (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) on the austerity policies it has imposed on the debtor countries of Europe. Under austerity policies, women take the biggest hit, as social services on which they and their children depend, are cut–and they are forced to compensate with additional unpaid labor.

On Thursday, April 23, 9-10 PM, we will speak with Elena Psarea, a member of the National Parliament of Greece as well as a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, and chair of the Secretariat of the Department of Feminist and Gender Politics of SYRIZA. We’ll be talking about The Feminist stake in SYRIZAespecially in light of possibility of the rebellion against the European Union spreading to countries, such as Spain, Ireland and Portugaland having an influence in the United States– and why “social wage” benefits are a necessary pre-requisite for women’s liberation.

We will discuss the points in SYRIZA’s Plan of Action that relate specifically to women, including women’s startling female unemployment rate (65%), women’s lack of health insurance, the history of the Greek feminist movement, the representation of women in the Greek Parliament and traditional sexist attitudes in Greek society.

In our second segment we’ll be speaking with Erin Matson, author of a popular feminist blog and former Action Vice President of the National Organization for Women, about Hillary Clinton’s actual record on reproductive rights.

The show will also include our Worldwide Feminist News Headlines.