Thurs, March 31, 9-10pm–a Mini-CR on-the-air, with National Women’s Liberation: What goes into women’s decisions to have or not have children? If we do have children, does our society support us?

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In February and March of 2016The New York Chapter of National Women’s Liberation held CR (Consciousness Raising) meetings, where women testified, from their own experience, on what factors have determined–or will determine–whether or not they have children. Those who have had children testified on whether/how that experience changed their views.

Some of the testifiers will be live in the studio and some on the phone, for a “mini-CR on-the-air”–as well as talk about the conclusions they reached through looking at these questions in depth.

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We’ll also look at how our society supports or does not support these parenting decisions and the “Social Wage” programs that women in many other countries have, such as (Single Payer National Healthcare, free or low-cost Childcare and Paid Parental Leave).

Lastly, we’ll discuss the Zika virus and current instructions being given to women by governments, the U.N. and healthcare workers, about whether/when to become pregnant .

Here is the complete list of questions that were brought to these meetings and will be addressed on this show:

1. What are our reasons for wanting children, if/when we wanted them. (Whether we had them, didn’t, or are still planning to.) Reasons for not wanting them?

If we had them, did our thinking about this change after we had them? If we didn’t have them, did our thinking change?

2. Additional question for those who have done parenting work: When does this work feel like an individual responsibility? When does it feel like a collective (community, society wide,national) responsibility?

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In the latter part of the show, we will be taking listener phone calls on these topics at (718) 780-8888.

We’ll also present our worldwide feminist news headlines and topical music.

 

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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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