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.

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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.

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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,

AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

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, March 12, 9-10 PM, Yanar Mohammed, reknowned Iraqi feminist will be guest on Joy of Resistance

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Reknowned Iraqi Women’s Rights activist Yanar Mohammed will be a guest on Joy of Resistance on Thursday, March 12 between 9 & 10 pm (EST). The show will also contain excerpts from one of the many forums surrounding the Beijing +20 Commission on the Status of Women, which is meeting at the UN this March.

About Yanar Mohammed: Yanar Mohammed was born in Baghdad. She is a co-founder and the director of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, and serves as the editor of the newspaper Al-Mousawat (Equality). She is one of the most prominent women’s rights campaigners in Iraq, and received the Gruber Foundation Women’s Rights Prize in 2008. Her organization has set up shelters–now five of them–for women in Iraq fleeing honor killings, gay men and women threatened with murder, and, recently, women who are survivors of ISIS.

While not being anti-religion, she is a strong believer in secular government and claims that women’s equality ‘can only be achieved through secular government because an Islamic government would hurt women’s rights.’ She cites the 2008 Human Rights Watch Report states that women have been ‘attacked on the street for what they consider “immoral” or “un-Islamic” behavior including not wearing a headscarf’, and that ‘the threat of these attacks keeps many Iraqi women at home.’

As a result of her work on women’s rights that essentially attacks what could be called ‘hard line’ interpretations of Islam, Yanar has had to receive personal security as a result of having received death threats. Jaish al Sahaba, part of the Iraqi Islamist group the Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation, sent two death threats to Yanar Mohammed in 2004. These were quoted as being directly related to Yanar’s efforts to achieve gender equality in Iraqi law. As a result she has now been provided with armed protection. Yanar has been strongly critical of the US invasion of Iraq, suggesting that the ‘US occupation turned the streets of Iraq into a ‘no-women zone’.

She has also talked of a false choice existing between occupation and ‘political Islam’ (religion taking on State functions, i.e., theocracy) clearly preferring a third way between these two. The ‘choice’ in Iraq is between: ‘..the American occupation that is willing to do genocide, or..political Islam, that will make us live in a completely inhuman and unliberated way of life’. Speaking in an interview in 2007, she outlined her views in the US invasion and the effect it is having on Iraq:

‘..the suggestion is that the US troops should leave immediately, because we, the people of Iraq, do not agree that all the jihadists from around the world are coming to Iraq to fight this so-called US evil, and our cities are turning into an arena of fight, and all our lives are being devastated. The US troops need to leave immediately, with no conditions. And we do not accept the debate that there will be a bloodbath afterwards, because nothing is worse than the sectarian war that we are living right now, that is also a consequence of this war’.

Yanar believes that the US occupation of Iraq is fuelling the insurgency and violence prevalent in post-2003 Iraq, which is having a detrimental effect on women’s rights.

Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Thurs, Feb 26, 10 AM-noon

WBAI is heard at 99.5 FM in the tri-state area of the U.S. and streams live here On Twitter, follow JOR at @joyofresistance To contribute / order Black Women Leadership premium offered below, call 212 209-2950 or go to give2wbai.org

This Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 AM to noon (EST),  join Nellie Hester Bailey, of Behind the News: The World and Fran Luck of Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio, for a  Black History Month Special on Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Find out what Gloria Richardson, Daisy Bates, Ella Baker, Diane Nashand many others, actually DID, that changed the course of history!

We’ll offer listeners 3 award-winning DVDs plus an interview with activist-scholar Professor Carol Giardinaauthor of Freedom for Women: Forging the Women’s Liberation Movement 1953-1970 who, along with Maretta Short, lays out the meaning of leadership and why this word is rarely applied to women–even when women do the same things as the men who are called leaders!

The three DVDs being offered are:1) Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker**–the historic film by Joanne Grant about the life and achievement of Ella Baker, the founder of SNCC and grand strategist of the Civil Rights Movement; 2) Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders–the moving story of Mississippi women and their leadership in the struggle for the Black vote, and 3) Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights*–a new film by Nevline Nnanji, with rare footage of Black women in political struggle–both with men, within in the Civil Rights Movement and in the majority-white feminist movement.

The entire package of 3 DVD’s plus the audio CD interview, will be available to listeners for a pledge to WBAI of $150.00. The DVDs can also be ordered separately for $50. apiece and the CD can be ordered separately for $25. (That’s a savings of $25. if you order the whole Women’s Leadership package).

That’s Thursday, 10:00 AM to noon, on February 26. Fill in the missing pieces of the narrative and learn the WHOLE story. Call (212) 209-2950 to order the premiums or go to give2wbai.org .

WBAI is an iconic listener supported radio station that has been bringing you non-commercial free speech radio for 54 years. It is part of the 5-station Pacifica Radio Network. WBAI is able to bring you truth that commercial media cannot, precisely because it is not dependent on any form of corporate funding. Help keep it free by contributing. Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI has been a center of media feminism in the Northeast U.S. and internationally for almost 13 years. Help keep Feminist Radio and Community Radio STRONG!

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