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

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PLUG INTO THE RESISTANCE! 3 MAJOR ACTIONS +LIVE MUSIC

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!

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

1) THE JANUARY 21 WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON

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!

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2) THE JANUARY 20/21 WOMEN’S STRIKE DURING INAUGURATION WEEKEND

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.

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3) THE “REFUSE FASCISM” CAMPAIGN TO STOP TRUMP-PENCE

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.

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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.”

TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG

 

 

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Sunday, Dec 4, 6-7 PM: “Identity Politics”, Feminism & the Election–guest: Susan Cox; excerpts from National Women’s Liberation post-election speak-out

 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

The above is a quote form an article by our guest, Susan Cox, from and article in feministcurrent.com, entitled: Women’s Issues Aren’t Just “Identity Politics.”

She will be our guest on Joy of Resistance this Sunday, in a far ranging discussion that will encompass the history and meanings of the term “identity politics”; how it has been used to belittle and trivialize women’s issues, including related historical incarnations such as the Communist movement’s labeling of feminism “bourgeois”–to the current left’s use of the tem “identity politics”–and why the structural nature of womnen’s oppression is much deeper than “identity.”

We will also be playing excerpts from the huge women’s meeting that took place in response to the election, on November 15 in answer to the call from National Women’s Liberation: “Women, let’s meet to organize the Resistance.”

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Our show will also include feminist news and music

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.

 

Sunday, Oct 2, 6-7 pm: Hyde Amendment at 40; US women react to Trump’s misogyny; Equal Means Equal–a new feminist film

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

~The Hyde Amendment–which cut off Medicaid funding for abortion in 1976–is 40 years old this week and a fierce campaign is revving up to finally overturn it. We’ll speak with Imani Gandy, Senior Legal Analyst at Rewire (a major reproductive justice resource blog) and and co-host at This Week in Blackness Prime, about the history of Hyde and how it impacts poor women, young women and women of color.

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We’ll also look at how the exposure of Donald Trump’s fat-shaming of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado reveals another despicable chapter of his misogyny–one that may precipitate his loss to Hillary Clinton, as women across the country react and turn against him.trump9-640x460

Lastly, we’ll speak with Kamala Lopez, director of a new film that examines the status of women in the U.S.–“Equal Means Equal“–and makes the case for the need for the Equal Rights Amendment to be ratified.

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We’ll also present the Feminist News Roundup and great feminist music!

 

 

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.

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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 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?”

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

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?” “-

 

Thursday, September 3, 9-10 pm, A Consciousness-raising session on “femininity training”

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On Thursday, September 3, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance proudly presents a Consciousness Raising (CR) session. Five women, ranging in age from 22 through 70, and from family backgrounds as varied as Equadorian, Mexican, Colombian and East European/Jewish, answered, from their own experience, the question “How were you trained into “femininity” and “how to be a woman” in your familiy of origin?”

Recorded live at the studios of WBAI this past July, this presentation is part of JOR’s attempt to bring this critical practice in building the feminist movement, to a new generation.

About Consciousness Raising…

Consciousness-raising is a practice that built the feminist movement in the late 60’s and 70’s, when women formed CR groups throughout the country to share the truth of their lives, and often build actions on what they learned. Consciousnes- raising sessions were also broadcast live on the air on WBAI during this time.

Quoting Carol Hanisch, writing in On the Issues ( http://tinyurl.com/puzspmt ): “It (CR) has its roots in the 1930’s practice in China of “speak pains to recall pains” or speaking bitterness to get to the root of collective problems. This practice was used in Chinese movements including the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. CR also takes off fro an adaptation of the Civil Rights Movement‘s “Tell it like it is,” a practice of Blacks testifying as to their specific experiences with racism, in churches or other organizing spots, to get sharper and deeper on the conditions they faced as well as the aim they should take in making change.

CR is a way to study our own lives as women, to use our experiences as data. We compare and contrast our experiences and draw conclusions so we can get closer to the truth about what is making us feel the way we do and act the way we do.”

The way it works…

According to Allison Guttu, who has led CR groups with the Women of Color Caucus of National Women’s Liberation: “The way it works is that participating women answer one question, each speaking from her own experience as a woman. After all who want to have a chance to speak, we draw conclusions, sum up and investigate what we’ve all testified about. Conclusions are the most important part – the scientific part. Often there will be commonalities between our experiences. We will think about those commonalities and ask “who benefits from this? Who is gaining? Who is suffering?” And in this way we use these conclusions to get a deeper understanding of our oppression as a group and in turn how best to fight this oppression.”

And from the Carol Hanisch article quoted above: “Consciousness-raising as a deliberate program was sparked in a New York Radical Women meeting early in 1968…In the autumn of 1968, Kathie Sarachild (a member of NYRW), wrote up A Program for Feminist Consciousness-Raising (which can be found at Redstockings.org) to distribute at the first national women’s liberation conference at Lake Villa near Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend. It initially received a mixed reception, but before long, even groups that had previously disparaged consciousness-raising as “therapy” or “navel-gazing” began to take it up. Consciousness-Raising swept the country, with groups in every major city and many smaller towns.

Conclusions drawn in these groups were used to write such insightful and influential papers as Pat Mainardi’s The Politics of Housework,Irene Peslikis’ Resistances to Consciousness, Shulamith Firestone’s Women Rap about Sex, Anne Koedt’s The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm, Ellen Willis’s Women and the Myth of Consumerism, and my article,The Personal Is Political—to mention only a very few. Such theory did not spring up in isolation. It came from months of weekly meetings where both strong feelings of unity from shared experience and lively, sometime heated, disagreements abounded. Actions—large and small—also resulted from these discussions. For example, I got the idea for the 1968 Miss America Protest in a consciousness-raising group.”

CR is not a thing of the past and is being practiced today by such groups as National Women’s Liberation, Women of Color Caucus (of National Women’s Liberation) and Gainesville Women’s Liberation. Most recently (2012-14) it was used by National Women’s Liberation in their fight to get the Morning After Pill (MAP) available over the counter and without a prescription, as women shared experiences of needing the morning after pill and not being able to easily access it. This led to many of the actions that contributed to the victory of MAP now being accessible without a prescription and over the counter in pharmacies n the U.S.

This program will also include a Feminist News Roundup.