Sun, Nov 13, 6-7PM: The future of abortion & birth control in Trump’s America; Merle Hoffman, Farah Diaz-Tello, Chrisine Grimaldi

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Joy of Resistance will try to parse out the likely future of abortion & birth control under a Trump Administration, with guests: Merle Hoffman, Farah Diaz-Tello and Christine Grimaldi

Within his first 100 days in office, Donald Trump has said that he intends to:

1) Appoint a Supreme Court Justice who will vote to overturn Roe v Wade (the federal law that made abortion legal in 1973) in a new rightwing-majority Court. He has said he would leave the legal status of abortion up to individual states.

2) Move to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare), which will leave 20 million people without health insurance and particularly affect women of childbearing age who rely on the ACA for no-copay (free) birth control, saving women about 1.4 billion dollars per year. Some women are advising others to get an IUD quickly and also to stock up on birth control pills and abortifacient pills!

3) Back the Republican Congress in making the Hyde Amendment (which forbids Medicaid to cover abortion) into permanent law (it is currently a “rider” that must be renewed each year).

Our guests in the discussion will be:

1) Merle Hoffman, founder and CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center on what it was like before 1973 when abortion legality was up to individual states. Merle, who opened her first abortion clinic in in New York State in 1971, when abortion was illegal in most of the country but legal in NYS, will talk about what that era was really like–and how she sees the future for reproductive rights.

2) Farah Diaz-Tello, an attorney who has worked with National Advocates for Pregnant Women and is now Senior Counsel for the Self Induced Abortion (SIA) Legal Team.

Two days ago she tweeted: “With Obama’s election, there was a run on guns. With Trump, there is a run on IUDs. The difference is sobering.”

3) Christine Grimaldi, who writes for Rewire, on her recent article: Democrats Ready Congressional Resistance to Looming Anti-Choice Attacks

We will also be playing topical feminist music throughout the show.


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Thurs, June 30, 9-10 pm: Celebrating the SCOTUS decision on Whole Womens Health and understanding what it means

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On Thursday, June 30, we’ll take and in-depth look at Monday’s landmark Supreme Court decision on Whole Womens Health v Hellerstedt, which threw out TRAP laws, as constituting an “undue burden” on a woman’s constitutional right to access an abortion. The Court, ruled 5 to 3, that both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements of Texas’ HB 2 law are unconstitutional. Twelve states currently have such laws.

TRAP laws impose medically unnecessary and exorbitantly expensive rules on clinics and have resulted in many closing, causing women seeking abortion to travel hundreds of miles.


The Court also threw out the part of HB-2 that demanded that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic–a requirement usually impossible to comply with and medically unnecessary, as hospitals will admit patients to emergency rooms with or without an admitting physician.

We’ll discuss what this case will mean for the future of the right to aborion with Attorney Jessica Mason Pieklo, Vice President for Law and the Courts at Rewire.

The significance of Monday’s landmark Supreme Court decision is already being felt across the nation, giving women’s health advocates reason to hope that the concerted right-wing assault on reproductive rights has been “stopped in its tracks.”

More from the Supreme Court on Reproductive Rights: On Tuesday, the Court rejected appeals from Mississippi and Wisconsin seeking to put in place admitting-privilege restrictions similar to those struck down in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Mississippi’s law would have closed the lone abortion clinic in the state.

We will discuss where these rules csme from–who is behind them and what has been their purpose, with guests from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and National Women’s Liberation.

We’ll also look at how much remains to be done to provide safe, legal, accessible and affordable abortion services for all women who seek them.

In addition, we’ll play clips of recent events relating to the Hellerstedt decision as well as from the history of the reproductive rights movement–along with music of the movement.

Our Feminist News Headlines will include:

Reports on Whole Womens Health v Hellerstedt and related decisions following from it on Tuesday.

Voisine v U.S. : In a 6-2 decision, the Court ruled that reckless domestic assaults can be considered misdemeanor crimes to restrict gun ownership. The decision comes as a major victory for women’s rights and domestic violence advocacy groups.

The New York City Council unanimously decided on June 22 to fund the provision of menstrual supplies in all city public schools, prisons, and homeless shelters.


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SCOTUS Abortion Decision coming down this week; Women of Color feminists against prostitution

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Whole Women’s Health vs Hellerstedt is being called the most important Supreme Court decision on abortion-access in 25 years; it is-expected to be announced this week. We’ll speak with Jessica Mason Pieklo, attorney and Vice President for Law and Courts at Rewire (reproductive rights blog) who will bring us up to date on the case and discuss its significance.

trapped-this-clinic-stays-open-1024x576We’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.

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.

Our Feminist News Headlines will include: Pro’s & cons of getting birth control through an app; Gun control as a femnist issue; Menstrual products now free in NYS public bathrooms; Pro-Trump t-shirts calling HRC “Bitch”; Judge Persky taken off rape case after massive protest

In the second half of the program we will continue to broadcast recordings in our series of three groundbreaking Gender and Sexuality panels presented at the recent Left Forum 2016.


Cherry Smiley, Founder, Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry

This week you’ll hear recorded excerpts of the panel: Feminists Against Prostitution as a Tool of Imperialism Promoting Sexualized Racism, which featured representatives of Asian, Black, and Aboriginal women’s organizations from both source and destination countries (of the global sex trade) including Canada, Asia, and the U.S. They presented a range of analyses and examples of prostitution as violence against women–rooted in historic and social contexts of globalization. The panel included a critique of the “total decriminalization” model favored by Amnesty International and an argument for the “Nordic Model” , which criminalizes pimps and johns but not prostitutes themselves (and helps them leave the sex trade).


Chair–Grace Balbutin: Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution

Sarah Mah: Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution

Charie Siddayao: Philippine Women Centre

Nicole Matthews: Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

Taina Bien-Aimé: Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)







Thurs, June 9, 9-10 pm: Three groundbreaking panels on gender and sexuality at Left Forum 2016; Sonia Pressman Fuentes on historic moment of first woman nominee for President

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At  Left Forum 2016  (May 28 & 29th), Joy of Resistance recorded 3 ground-breaking and controversial panels on gender & sexuality. We’ll be playing excerpts from these panels on tonight’s show and on our show on June 23.

We’ll begin with our Feminist News Headlines and a brief tribute to Nanette Rainone , who was pioneer feminist broadcaster at WBAI in the 1970’s, who died on May 23.

We’ll then speak with Sonia Pressman Fuentes , the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (starting in 1965) and who was instrumental in the founding of the National Organization for Women . She has been a feminist organizer for most of her 87 years and we’ll share her reaction to the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party–in the 240 year history of the United States!

After that, we’ll present excerpts from 3 Left Forum panels presented on May 28 & 29 at Left Forum 2016.

LEFT FORUM PANELS on Gender and Sexuality

1) Feminists Against Prostitution as a Tool of Imperialism Promoting Sexualized Racism

Women of Color–Asian, South Pacific and Indigenous–from a number of organizations including Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (ASWEP) and Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) weigh in on the fierce worldwide debate over “prostitution” vs “sex work” / decriminalization including of pimps and johns) –vs– “The Nordic Model” , which offers women “exit strategies” and criminalizes pimps/johns, while decriminalizing the women. The panel traces both the historical and current connections between today’s worldwide sex industry and the colonization of native peoples and shows that most women in the sex industry are women of color forced into prostitution for economic reasons (rejecting the “sex-work-as-women’s empowerment” model).


2) Warrior Sisters Self Defense

Warrior Sisters is a group dedicated to ending systemic male violence against women and draws inspiration from the “Gulabi Gang” , or “Pink Sari” women, a grassroots women-led movement fighting male violence against women in India. Through self defense lessons and discussion, Warrior Sisters works to “build a culture of resistance and empower women as a collective force”. They have chapters in many cities and are currently giving free self-defense/feminism classes in the Bronx.

3) Deconstructing Gender under Male Supremacy

A left critique of the Gender Identity Framework. The four panelists are: Kathy Scarbrough, a neuro-scientist  and feminist activist, Samantha Berg, a linguist and  anti-prostitution activist, Kara Dansky, an attorney and author-activist and Penny White, a psychologist and the mother of a shild who “almost transitioned”, offer a critique of current trans ideology and how it is affecting language, law, culture and feminist activism, as well as individuals, familes and women-as-a-group


“Pink” and “Blue” Brains Gotta Go!



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.


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?

Hilary Wainwright

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.


Thurs, Oct 1, 9-10 PM: Caroline Heldman on the backlash against the anti-rape-on-college-campus movement; Excerpts from memorial for Naomi Weisstein

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The national movement fighting rape on college campuses is building momentum, with 94 colleges/universities under investigation under Title 9 for negligent policies–and even a Presidential directive. But at the same time, a backlash against the progress of this movement is becoming evident.

On Thursday, October 1st, 9-10 pm, in Part 1 of our show, we will speak with Caroline Heldman, Professor at Occidental College and anti-rape activist, co-founder of the Oxy Sexual Assault Coalition, End Rape on Campus (EROC) and Faculty Against Rape (FAR)–about rape on college campuses and the recent appearance of a number of articles challenging confirmed stats on rape in college and blaming rapes on women’s behavior. These include the recent Sunday New York Post‘s The Myth of Rape Culture–as well as an article in the New York Times and one in the Nation Magazine. We’ll be discussing these, and other backlash examples, the history of the new movement, the campus sexual assault epidemic and current efforts to combat it.

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In part 2 of the show, we’ll play excerpts from the powerful memorial held on September 20 for feminist pioneer Naomi Weisstein–attended by many women’s movement pioneers and including Naomi’s comedy and music. We’ll hear from Naomi’s partner/husband Jesse Lemisch; Heather Booth, who, with Naomi and four others was a co-founder of the Chicago Women’s LIberation Union, one of the earliest radical feminist groups, fellow neuroscientist Patrick Cavanagh and Gloria Steinem on Naomi and feminist humor. We’ll play more of the music of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Rock Band, which Naomi co-founded, and sample some of her comedy.


We’ll also be presenting this week’s edition of the Feminist News Roundup.

NEWS HEADLINES  FOR 10-1-15 (with links)

Repro Justice activists go on offensive

Amid renewed attacks against Planned Parenthood by right-wing lawmakers, reproductive rights advocates took the offensive on Wednesday by calling for an end to the Hyde Amendment, which has prevented taxpayer money from contributing to abortion service–particularly through Medicaid–for nearly 40 years. On Wednesday, the 39th anniversary of its passage in 1976, progressive organzations urged congress to approve the EACH ACT. which would lift current federal restrictions on abortion coverage, ie, the Hyde–and help make it affordable to low income women. Women of color are significantly more likely to receive Medicaid than white women.

And addition to the legislative attacks in Congress and many state legislatures Last week right wing hackers brought down the websites of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) and the Abortion Care Network (ACN) using Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. NNAF is a network of grassroots funds that raise money for people who can’t afford abortions, and ACN is a network of independent abortion providers.

Resistances to attacks on Planned Parenthood

A federal district judge in Utah issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, preventing Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s administration from discontinuing funding to Planned Parenthood health-care facilities in the state

Resisting pressure from a Colorado Springs Republican congressman, the University of Colorado’s medical school and Denver campus will not ban the use of fetal tissue from two suppliers, nor will they halt any research using fetal tissue, according to the medical school’s vice chancellor for research.

A new UN report says urgent action is needed to combat online violence against women and girls,

New York, 24 September 2015 – A new report released today by the United Nations Broadband Commission reveals that almost three quarters of women online have been exposed to some form of cyber violence, and urges governments and industry to work harder and more effectively together to better protect the growing number of women and girls who are victims of online threats and harassment. – See more at:

Sexual Assault on Campus

The Association of American Universities published a huge survey of campus sexual assault on Sept. 21. Over 150,000 students at 27 institutions of higher education participated in the web survey, which, among many other things, seems to corroborate the often-cited”1 in 5″ statistic, which says that 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault in college. The percentage of female undergraduate participants in the AAU study who report “sexual contact involving physical force or incapacitation since enrolling in the college” is 23.1 percent

Thursday, Sept. 24, 9-10 PM: Terry O’Neill on the Republican attack on women; National Women’s Liberation on current street actions around their campaign to put THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN stickers on sexist ads–and the music of Naomi Weisstein

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This week, as Congress pushes for a government shutdown if legislation defunding Planned Parenthood is not passed, we will speak with Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the country’s largest grassroots feminist organization. NOW is joining with other progressive groups to fight these draconian moves on women’s rights under the slogan: NO funding cuts, NO shutdown, and NO compromises!

In our second segment we’ll have women working with National Women’s Liberation, live in our studio, to talk about their current campaign. Building on their success distributing “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN” stickers (which have now appeared on sexist ads throughout the world), they are taking it to the streets of New York City with video-booths in public spaces, where they are interviewing women on what oppresses them. They’ll report back on their action of this past Sunday, talk about their own reactions to sexist ads and announce an upcoming action on Tuesday, September 29*

Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band

Between segments we’ll be playing music of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Rock Band as a tribute to its founder, performer and feminist pioneer, Naomi Weisstein, who died in March and was memorialized this past Sunday–with many of the pioneers of the women’s movement in attendance. Weisstein was not only a feminist performer and comedian, but a founder, in 1969, of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, which was pivotal in the chain of events that led the Women’s Liberation Movement and the “second wave” of feminism. Weisstein was also an important nneuroscientist–much of whose feminist writing and comedy  was fueled by her struggle with the deeply sexist male-dominated scientific establishment that she encountered.

We’ll also be presenting our Feminist News Roundup.

*Tuesday Sept 29th, 5pm-7pm 
Meet at the Ghandi statue in the southwest corner of Union Square

Thursday, September 10, 9-10 PM: What is behind the latest round of attacks on Planned Parenthood?

On Thursday, September 10 between 9 and 10 PM, Joy of Resistance will answer the question “Who is behind that attacks on Planned Parenthood?” We’ll be speaking with RH realitycheck reporter Teddy Wilson, who has examined the background of those behind the sting operation that started the latest round ot right wing attacks on the nations largest health provider for women. We’ll also speak with Sunsara Taylor, who has been involved in analyzing and fighting the anti-abortion movement over the last 20 years. She recently returned from Mississippi, where she and others spoke with the women of that state about their experiences with abortion.


Planned Parenthood is a 100 year old women’s reproductive health organization, that operates over 700 clinics throughout the country. Only half of those clinics perform abortions: PP also provides pap smears, breast cancer screenings, contraception, tests for sexually transmitted diseases, and more. Last year it provided services to 2-1/2 million people–as well as Sex Education to 1-1/2 million people.. It is often the point of entry to healthcare services for low income people.


Panned Parenthood is currently under attack from every direction. Although the Senate defeated attempts to defund it in early August,  the attacks show no signs of abating. Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee started hearings to investigate PP, even though the videos that started this latest round, two months ago, have been shown to be heavily doctored and therefore not fit to use as evidence–according to Fusion GPS, a professional analyst of videos.

Five states have now voted to defund Planned Parenthood by revoking state Medicaid contracts that finance it. For instance, Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana has shut down Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding by his state. Also in LA, where PP is building a clinic, locals have greatly delayed it by pressuring local construction companies not to work on it. The clinic site has also been outright vandalized a few times. The PP website database has been hacked a number of times recently. And, of course, the rhetoric has been intense (“sale of body parts”, etc). Some state lawmakers have compared Planned Parenthood to “ISIS”, “the Nazis” and “crack dealers”.Ted Cruz has urged ministers to preach against PP from their pulpits.

Cecile Richards has repeatedly stated: “We have followed all guidelines”. Using human tissue in some kinds of necessary research has been done since the 1930’s–leading to advances in polio, rubella and varicella vaccines. Dr. Willie Parker, a doctor. performing abortions, says that often women say to him: “is there any way I can donate this tissue for research?” This research HAS gone to study Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimers, Muscular Dystrophy and many kinds of dementia. It used to have bipartisan approval, but now ihas been labeled by the right “an immoral practice”–however, Nancy Reagan broke w/ Republicans to defend stem cell research (which uses human tissue) as her husband dealt with advanced Alzheimers. The New England Journal of Medicine and other medical organizations have issued statements defending Planned Parenthood and saying that it did nothing wrong in terms of medical ethics.

This is all happening in a context in which 84% of clinics performing abortions have been subject to some kind of attacks and more state restrictions were enacted between 2011 and 2013 than in the previous 10 years.

August 13, 9-10 pm: A conversation with Meghan Murphy on the Amnesty International stand on decriminalization of “sex work” and Sunsara Taylor on women in Mississippi–a state with one remaining abortion clinic

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Joy of Resistance proudly presents two interviews with passionate feminists on some of the most important current issues facing women.

We will speak with Meghan Murphy, founder of Feminist Current, Canada’s most widely read feminist blog, on the recent decision by Amnesty International to work toward the decriminalization of “sex work”/prostitution.

We’ll also speak with Sunsara Taylor of Stop Patriarchy on her recent trip to Jackson, Mississippi, where she spoke with women who have had to travel hundreds of miles, escape abuse and endure anti-abortion shaming and harassment in order to assert their constitutional right to control their own bodies–in a state in which there is only one abortion clinic left.

We’ll also cover the feminist news, including stories on the abolition of genital mutilation in Nigeria, the end of “gendered toys” at Target, what Donald Trump’s public misogyny means for women and the African American women who was subjected to a public vaginal search in a parking lot.

Rosita Libre de Marulanda will be co-hosting with Fran Luck.

July 9, 9-10 pm: The campaign for free tampons in public toilets; Pope Francis on women; “No Platforming” campaigns within feminism

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After the feminist news roundup, a report by Rosita Libre de Marulanda on a campaign to have women’s sanitary products, such as tampons, available in all public toilets for free–in the same way that toilet paper, also a sanitary product, is now available free of charge.

Pope Francis has recently been getting high praise for his position on global warming–but his backward and sexist statements on women are being ignored.. A new poll shows that Catholic millenials–those aged 18 to 24– are in disagreement with major church positions on women, sexuality and gay marriage. We’ll discuss the poll with its author,  Jen Girdish of Catholics for Choice.


Lastly, an important and controversial piece on “No Platforming”, produced by Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS). “No platforming”, cuirrently rife in the feminist movement, refers to organized campaigns aimed at denying those with divergent viewpoints the opportunity to speak, work or be published.