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?”

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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”.


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,

“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,

“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?” “-


Joy of Resistance, 7-2, 9-10 pm: The Marriage Show. Guests: Kamy Wikoff, author of “I Do but I Don’t” turns a feminist eye on the wedding industry; Nancy Polikoff’s “Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage” decouples benefits & marriage

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Spurred by the legalization of gay marriage, Joy of Resistance will be re-running our classic show on Marriage-as-an-institution, first aired on June 29, 2008. Guests, in order of appearance:

Kamy Wicoff, at 27, wrote the book: “I Do But I Don’t“–a story of her own attempt to have a meaningful wedding–only to run into the wedding industry’s plans for what an acceptable (and hugely expensive) big wedding is supposed to be in the U.S. today. By training her feminist eye and research skills on every part of this experience, she has produced a fresh re-examination of the creepy sexist rituals that have always been a part of heterosexual marriage–and that are making a big come-back. In chapters with headings such as: “the proposal”, “the ring”, “the dress”, the “prettiest day of your life”–as well as through noting that women do the bulk of the work of wedding planning–she shows how the rituals embedded in today’s big weddings function as a training ground for a woman to assume her “traditional wifely role”–thereby becoming an important site of male supremacy reproducing itself.

Nancy Polikoff is interviewed by Kathy Miriam about her book: “Beyond Gay and Straight Marriage“. Polikoff argues that married people should not be given special benefits (as is the case in the U.S. now) but rather that all individuals, married or single, should have access to all social benefits (such as is the case in Canada). She also theorizes that the Gay movement was influenced in deciding to emphasize marriage as its main goal, by the conservatizing of U.S. society since the 70’s (including attacks on reproductive rights and the pushing of marriage as the answer to all social problems).

The show includes testimonies by four feminists on how they feel and think about marriage. They are: Maretta Short, Erin Mahoney, Therese Lee and Nicole Whelan. It also includes a summary of the history of marriage in the West.

The live introduction by Fran Luck, will feature a recent news story on the ending of “domestic partnership” coverage by some insurance companies–as a result of the legalization of gay marriage–thus putting more pressure on those who do not wish to wed, to do so.

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.

Joy of Resistance moves to Thursdays, 9-10 PM. First show on Jan 8, to feature Terry O’Neill and Holly Kearl plus live performance

We are very excited to announce that starting this Thursday, January 8, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will be airing in a new and expanded time slot on WBAI radio, 99.5 FM in NYC (streaming live at Instead of broadcasting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, we will air every Thursday (but one) between 9 and 10 pm. On the 3rd Thursday, The Rape Declaration Forum will continue to be heard. Joy of Resistance will broadcast on all remaining Thursdays (the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th).

This represents an important milestone for our program; with more shows we can create more programming that brings to a broad audience our coverage of the worldwide and ongoing struggle of women for full equality and human rights, that is proceeding in every country and culture on the planet. We will continue to bring you interviews, group raps, feminist news, information on current activism as well as new segments, such as panels of diverse feminist voices, “woman-in-the-street” segments and recordings of important feminist events. As the new 2015 congress  convenes, and Republicans take over both houses of Congress, we can expect many more attacks on women’s gains–so the expansion of WBAI’s only program dedicated solely to this struggle in all of its many forms, could not have come at a more needed time.

This Thursday, January 8th, 9-10 PM, we’ll present the first program in our new time slot! Guests will include: Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women, with whom we’ll talk about what the new Congress, in which both the Senate and House of Representatives will be controlled by Republicans, has in store for women. Then we’ll speak with Holly Kearl, Founder-Director of Stop Street Harassment, about progress made around the world during 2014 on getting street harassment to be taken seriously (so that women can, eventually, walk un-harassed in the world!). As part of that segment, we’ll have a live performance by Lorena Ambrosio (a spoken word piece she developed for Mahina Movement) that features her experiences with street harassment. Included in the show will be the Worldwide Feminist News and topical feminist music–plus listener phone calls at (212) 209-2900.

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Daniel Holtzclaw and the routine sexual assault of Black women by police

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI will look at the case of the Oklahoma police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, accused of assaulting 8 Black women by using using his power as an officer of the law to threaten and coerce women into sexual compliance with his wishes. He chose victims who were vulnerable and who often had police records, threatening legal retaliation if they did not comply and knowing that their word would not be believed over his if they spoke out.  The women knew this also. Holtzclaw faces 32 criminal counts including rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and indecent exposure.

Those who work closely with poor black communities say that this case only hints at what is a vast underbelly of routine and systemic police sexaul assults on Black women. They are demanding that this issue be included in current demands for justice for Black communities, being made in the wake of the spate of recent murders of black men by police.

The Black Feminist group Black Women’s Blueprint decided to take this case and issue of police violence against Black women to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva this past November.

Our guests will be: 1) Andrea Ritchie a police misconduct attorney whose legal practice, and advocacy work focuses on the profiling and policing of girls, women, and transgender people of color. She coordinates Streetwise and Safe (SAS) and is on the steering committee of Communities United for Police Reform and 2) Netsanet Tesfay, a human rights attorney at Black Women’s Blueprint, where she provides legal assistance and is also working on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which focuses on black women in the U.S. and their experiences with rape and sexual assault. She recently was part of a delgation to the U. N. Committee Against Torture, in Geneva Switzerland, where she and other members of BWB presented a report entitled: INVISIBLE BETRAYAL: POLICE VIOLENCE AND THE RAPES OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES to the Committee.

We will be discussing the extent and character of police sexualized violence against Black women in the United States, its invisibility and its “routine” nature as well as why Black Women’s Blueprint found it necessary to take their “case” to the U.N. in November. We will start with the Daniel Holtzclaw case and move outward to its significance, its historical precursors and the future of justice for women victims of police violence.

We will be taking listener phone calls at (212) 209-2900 in the latter part of the show. If you have experienced sexual harassment by police, we would be particularly interested in hearing your story.

The show will also include feminist news stories and music. Host: Fran Luck

Wed., May 28, 8-10 PM, Joy of Resistance proudly presents “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker”

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When one digs beneath the surface of many of the major initiatives of the Civil Rights Movement, one finds a woman known as “Miss Ella Baker.” This self effacing but much-revered woman has been called “one of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement.”

On Wednesday, May 28, 8-10 PM, Joy of Resistance proudly presents as its WBAI fund drive premium: Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker, a film by Joanne Grant. With an introduction by Harry Belafonte and a theme song especially written for this film by Bernice Johnson Reagon (founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock), the famous and beloved “Ella’s Song,Fundi has won more than five film awards including the 2005 National Women’s Studies Association Film Festival Film of the Year, the London Film Festival Best of Category, the1981 San Francisco Film Festival First Prize Winner, the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and the CINE Golden Eagle. (Fundi is a Swahili word, meaning one who passes on skills from one generation to the next.)

Over an hour long and in beautiful color, this is the only film about the extraordinary woman who founded both the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)–among many other achievements–and who was a major strategist of the Civil Rights Movement over decades. It covers Baker’s childhood, her early organizing for the NAACP in the 1940’s, her work for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in the 1950’s and her great influence on the younger generation of the 1960’s, primarily through her guidance of SNCC, which she was instrumental in organizing to break away from the older, minister-led SCLC, and which she helped to become its own dynamic youth-led organization. We also see her work for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and learn about her philosophy of participatory democracy, which influenced a generation–not only through SNCC, but whose ripple effects spread to other movements and organizations of the 1960’s and beyond, including Students for a Democratic Society and the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Among its highlights, the film contains exclusive interviews with Baker in her later years, and a reunion of SNCC workers who discuss the influence she had on them. These include Bob Moses, Marion Barry and Eleanor Holmes Norton–who comments that Baker has never gotten her due because she was a woman in the male-led Civil Rights Movement, because she was a woman. The film ends with Baker making the speech in which she declares: “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it’s won” (which provided the words for the powerful refrain of “Ella’s Song”). But perhaps the greatest highlight of the film is getting to see the rarely photographed Miss Baker at length and in action–and seeing her face lit up with the deep inspiration of her political vision.

Harry Belafonte has said of this film: “FUNDI fills a gap for those who know little of the history of the black struggle [and] is a compelling portrait of an extraordinary woman who has devoted her life to struggle and to the people who take part in it.”

Pat Aufderheide, of In These Times has said: “FUNDI restores Ella Baker, the ‘godmother of the SNCC,’ to her place in the history of the civil rights movement. Precisely and elegantly executed… there’s no pomposity, no false reverence — at least none that Baker herself can’t cut right through.”

Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker can only be obtained through this limited WBAI offer –although institutions can purchase it from the Icarus Films website for $348.00! per DVD, it is not at this time available for individual purchase. However, it will be available through WBAI for a pledge to support the station of $75.00. Please don’t miss this rare opportunity obtain a unique piece of Civil Rights history and get to know one of its most inspiring and not-well-enough known leaders. This is an important film to share with people you know of different generations; your community; your students–and have permanently in your film library. AND IN THE PROCESS, YOU WILL BE HELPING TO SUPPORT LISTENER SPONSORED NON-COMMERCIAL WBAI–ANOTHER BELOVED PIECE OF OUR COMMUNITY (AND ONE THAT VERY MUCH NEEDS YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT AT THIS TIME!)

*The availability to WBAI listeners of Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker has been made possible through the generosity of Icarus Films

Wed., Feb. 12: Custody, Child Abuse and the trope of “A Woman Scorned”–an elaboration of issues raised by Dylan Farrow’s Open Letter

Wednesday, February 12, 9-9:30 PM (EST), tune in to WBAI, 99.5 FM as Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio or stream live at

Dylan Farrow‘s February 1st “Open Letter” in the New York Times, detailing her story of sexual abuse by her father Woody Allen, when she was seven, has become the center of enormous controversy over the last 10 days. Allen has responded to the letter by denying that any abuse took place and blaming the allegation on a “vengeful lover”–ex-partner Mia Farrow–whom, he says “implanted false memories” in the then-seven-year-old Dylan (who is now 28).

In this program we will will be looking at some common themes between this set of events and other custody cases where abuse is alleged. Fran Luck will be in discussion with our guest Attorney Lisa Wolovick, who has practiced family and matrimonial law for 25 years, specializing in representing battered women in custody cases. Wolovick is also a practicing Social Worker and teaches at the Fordham Graduate School of Social Work.

We’ll be looking at a number of questions raised by the Farrow/Allen controversy, including: traumatic memories and how they work; whether and when memories can be “implanted”; the history of the use of the stereotypic trope: “hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned” to explain female motivation; the pseudo science of “Parental Alienation Syndrome” (P.A.S.)–a theory which assumes allegations of abuse to be attempts at “alienating the child from the other parent” and often results in the awarding of custody to abusers–and much more…

If time allows, we will be taking phone calls.

The show can also be streamed live at (where it will also be archived for 90 days). Joy of Resistance will be airing every Wednesday in February, 9-9:30 PM.

In our next show on February 19, we will examine the leadership of the Civil Rights Movement by Black women, with Professor Carol Giardina, author of “Freedom for Women: Forging the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1953-1970.”

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