Sun, Jan 15, 6-7 PM: What women lose if ACA is repealed; “Pizzagate,” Clinton, misogyny & fake news

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The dismantling of the ACA (“Obamacare”) begun Friday by the Reprublican Congress, will, if carried to its conclusion, result in 20 million people losing health insurance. It will also undo critical gains for women that were built in to ACA, including:

Guaranteed prenatal and maternity care; laws against women being charged more than men for insurance; contraception availability without a co-pay (ie, free of charge); screening for domestic violence; HIV/STD screening; “well woman” preventative health screenings; the rule prohibiting people being turned down for insurance because of “pre-existing conditions”, which, if overturned, will impact pregnant women, women who have had caesarians, have been victims of domestic violence or had cancer (as well as any other pre-existing conditions).


Our guest will be Christine Grimaldi, author of the January 11 Rewire story: “Senate Republicans Vote to Kill Popular Obamacare Benefits in “Vote-a-Rama”She is a reporter and writer based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Rewire, she covered Congress for Bloomberg BNA. Her journalism and essays have appeared in Slate,, The Morning News, and elsewhere.


Part two of our program will examine the fake scandal known as “pizzagate” from a number of feminist angles, including: the misogyny of right wing conspiracy theory and its expression in the “alt. rt.” campaign against Hillary Clinton; “dark internet” (alt rt) accusations of “Satanism” and “witchcraft” routinely directed against powerful women and people of color (Hillary Clinton, Beyonce, Oprah, Michael Jackson); an examination of the actual elements of the “pizzagate” accusations, including the use of the work of artist Marina Abramovic to brand her a “Satanist” and “witch” as part its “proof”; how this and other fake news stories spread on the internet (a chronology of pizzagate), and more.


Our guest will be Fruszina Erdough, author of the article: “With Pizzagate, is Cybersteria the New Normal?” which appeared in Forbes Magazine. She is a reporter covering digital news, technology and culture, has written for outlets such as Vice, the Christian Science Monitor, the Guardian, Variety, Slate, Forbes Magazine and the Daily Dot, among others.

We’ll also have an update actions planned around the inauguration on January 21.


On Wed., June 19, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance presents: “Two partial feminist victories as the backlash continues to dig in its heels!”

A conversation with Soraya Chemaly on the epidemic of internet rape and death threats being made against women–especially outspoken feminists–and the feminist campaign to get Facebook to re-evaluate its hate-speech policy.

Lydia Devine (National Women’s Liberation) on the Obama Administration‘s decision to drop its Appeal of Federal Judge Korman‘s decision to make the Morning After Pill (MAP) available over-the-counter and without a prescription or ID requirement, to women and girls of all ages! Now that we’ve won this victory after 10 years of organizing–there’s still a way to go; MAP is unaffordable for many women–so for them it remains out of reach. What’s next in this campaign?

Plus –the Joy of Resistance Feminist News Wrap-up including these stories: The Franks abortion-ban Bill passes in the House of Representatives; The New York State Women’s Equality Act may go down; Ohio passes one of the worst abortion bills yet; Turkish Feminists make demands at Taksim Square; Saudi women sentenced to jail for “undermining husbands’ authority.”

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