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.

 

Thurs, Sept 8, 9-10pm–Changing “sex” to “gender”: Maya Dillard Smith on her resignation as Georgia’s ACLU Director; Kara Dansky on Title IX legal suit against the DOE

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Maya Dillard Smith is an African American woman who was the head of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia until she resigned under pressure –she says she was ‘pushed out’–in June, because of her questioning of her organization’s stance on the Obama Administration directive that public bathrooms henceforth be open to all genders based on the self-declaration of gender identity.

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Dillard Smith says that the ACLU has not allowed a “robust discussion” on all of the implications of the issue, particularly for women and girls–and therefore has not done its job, which is to balance the rights of ALL parties affected by public policy.

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Her resignation was covered in national news, from “The View” to Fox news and may have changed allowable public discourse on this issue. After resigning, Smith set up a website entitled “Finding Middle Ground–a safe space to communicate about finding civil rights for all.”

Our second guest will be Attorney Kara Dansky, who is on the Board of  the organization Women’s Liberation Front (WOLF) which on August 11th filed a suit against the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Education, challenging their recent actions, which the suit claims have caused the dissolution of Title IX, violating the rights of women and girls, including the fifth and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution.

Here is the official legal complaint:

WoLF v. United States Department of Justice complaint as filed

The swift and enthusiastic push for transgender rights in America is having dire consequences that severely threaten the privacy, dignity, safety, and equality of women and girls.

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) have abruptly enacted a new policy, defining the category of “sex” in Title IX to include “gender identity.” This effectively renders Title IX meaningless, as females can no longer be recognized as distinct from males…

The reinterpretation of “sex” to include “gender identity” also means that girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms must be opened up to any male who “identifies” as female. Girls’ rights to personal privacy and freedom from male sexual harassment, forced exposure to male nudity, and voyeurism have been eliminated with the stroke of a pen. Schools that do not comply with the demands of any male student to access to protected female spaces will now lose federal funding.

The President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, has told teenage girls that they are now required to get over their “discomfort” at boys in their locker room.

Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) has decided this cannot stand.

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This Thursday’s show will also feature the Worldwide Feminist News segment, including our obituary on Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative anti-feminist who died this past Monday, September 5 at the age of 92.

This will be the last Joy of Resistance show in this timeslot. Starting on September 18, Joy of Resistance will be airing on Sundays at 6:00 PM.

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 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.

 

March 24, 9-10pm: Wanting a woman president/wishing we had more choices–Lauren Besser: “If Bernie had been Bernadette”; Heidi Hartmann: “campaigning while female”; & female-friendly Parliaments around the world

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Guests: Lauren Besser, author of the much read blogpost “If Bernie Had Been Bernadette; Heidi Hartmann, President and Founder of IWPR (Institute for Women’s Policy Research) on “campaigning while female” in the U.S.

After 227 years+ of male-exclusive presidency, many in the U.S. would like to see, at long last, a woman president. At the same time there are valid reasons to criticize the woman who, for the first time in history, has a good chance of attaining that presidency (as well as many reasons to praise her)–Hillary Rodham Clinton. This places feminists in a terrible bind–should we publicly criticize the first possibly successful woman presidential candidate–and thereby discourage people from voting for her–when we don’t know when/if another woman will  have a shot at this highest office within our lifetimes? In many other countries we would not have to be in this bind because we would have more choices of female candidates at all levels.

Woman heads-of-state: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), Angela Merkel (Germany)

In many other countries we would have more choices of women candidates for all offices. The U.S ranks 33rd when it comes to women in national legislatures and has never had a woman head-of-state. Countries with higher proportions of women’s representation–at all levels–tend to have certain characteristics in their electoral systems: by and large these are parliamentary systems, with proportional representation, where there is money set aside for the promotion of women –and many have quotas for women candidates (and other politically disadvantaged groups).

In the first part of our show, we’ll discuss the bind that many left-of-center women find themselves in,  with Lauren Besser, whose recent article “If Bernie Had Been Bernadette” has been causing quite a stir.

Our next guest will be Heidi HartmannPresident and Founder of IWPR (Institute for Women’s Policy Research) on “campaigning while female” in the U.S. We’ll discuss how our own 2-party, winner-take-all system places many obstacles in the paths of women candidates.

If time permits, we’ll play an excerpt from a debate that took place in Jamaica, when Senator Imani Duncan Price of the Jamaican Senate has proposed quotas for female candidates to promote parity with men.

We’ll also have our Feminist News Headlines Roundup, and, if time permits, listener phone calls at 718 780 8888, toward the end of the show.