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
 
 

Thurs, March 26, 9-10pm: Terry O’Neill on the Republican budget & women–Kathie Sarachild on studying Women’s Liberation history to move forward

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Part 1: The Republican-controlled Congress is on a tear to tear up what little there is of the American safety net and their budget proposal directly attacks many of the programs on which women depend.

Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women will join us to talk about the Republican Budget and Women.

Part 2: Women’s History itself is the subject of the 2nd part of our last show during Women’s History Month: An interview with legendary feminist pioneer Kathie Sarachild. From her 1975 landmark essay The Power of History (Feminist Revolution), which focused on the erasure from history of the pioneers of the early-second-wave Women’s Liberation Movement and their replacement by liberal media-chosen ‘stars’–to current examples of how the knowledge of authentic women’s history and the strategies developed by early radical feminist groups are helping today’s young activists of National Women’s Liberation achieve important victories. A “DON’T MISS!” interview!

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 wbai.org). 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.

You can email Joy of Resistance at jorwbai@gmail.com, and follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/joyofresistance or @joyofresistance.

On the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Joy of Resistance presents: Why were women included in the Civil Rights Act–and how did they make it real?

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The category of “sex” almost didn’t make it into the Civil Rights Act of 1964–and its inclusion was thought of by many as a “fluke,” a “joke”–a way to derail the entire bill. Yet despite the lack of a women’s movement at the time, it prevailed and became a critical step in the birth of a new women’s movement.

On Wednesday, July 2, 9-10 PM, we will explore the complex history leading up to, and emerging from, the inclusion of women in the 1964 Civil Rights Act: not only the relatively uneventful Congressional vote that got “sex” included as a category of discrimination in Title Vll (which dealt with employment discrimination), but the decades-long back-story that was behind this landmark step for women.

We’ll interview activist-historian Jo Freeman, who will take us back to important women’s rights activism that took place between the winning of suffrage in 1920–and what was to become a new women’s movement in the 1960’s. We’ll explore how, after suffrage was won, the movement split into two camps: those favoring “protective” labor legislation and those wanting an Equal Rights Amendment (which would have made such legislation illegal).

Using Freeman’s article: “How “Sex” Got Into Title Vll” as a reference, we’ll trace how the National Woman’s Party (NWP), formerly a militant suffrage organization, lobbied relentlessly for passage of the ERA, while their opponents–centered on the successive Women’s Bureaus of a number of presidential administrations since the Roosevelt Administration–worked just as tirelessly to pre-empt any possibility of ERA passage. Freeman will also make a compelling argument against the popular myth that women were included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in order to derail it

Then we’ll look at what happened after women won this fragile foothold in Title Vll–only to be met with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)–the agency created to enforce Title Vll–which ignored the 37% of complaints that were coming to them from women. We’ll speak with Sonia Pressman Fuentes, the first woman Attorney hired by the Office of the General Counsel of the EEOC, about the struggle within and without the agency that then ensued–and led to the founding of the National Organization for Women, which was created as an activist organization to pressure the EEOC to do its job, when it came to women!

We’ll also be playing clips from Jennifer Lee‘s powerful film: “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation” and in it we’ll hear voices of others who were part of these events, such as that of EEOC commissioner Aileen Hernandez, as well as Betty Friedan.

 

Wed. 9-4-13, 9-10 PM, JOR presents: 1) Connecting the 1963 March on Washington’s exclusion of women speakers & the founding of N.O.W.; 2) Ultra Violet’s demo protesting Macy’s attack on equal pay: 3) Report-back from this summer’s Abortion Rights Freedom Ride

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Along with renewed attention to the 1963 Great Civil Rights March on Washington on its 50th Anniversary, on August 28, the spotlight has fallen on the fact that  women Civil Rights leaders were virtually absent from the speakers list– appearing only as singers or as non-speakers adorning the stage. Women such as Dorothy I. Height (President of the National Council of Negro Women), noted attorney Pauli Murray and Anna Arnold Hedgeman (the only woman on the “Executive Committee” organizing the program), fought fiercely with male leaders of the March for greater women’s representation–but were repeatedly given excuses such as “women are already represented because hey are members of organizations that will have (make) speakers”.

Less known is the story of how the frustration engendered by that experience, later became part of the mix that led to the the founding of the National Organization for Women, three years later in 1966.

On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will present, as its featured segment, a discussion of this remarkable chain of events. Hosted by Fran Luck, guests will be noted SNCC activist Zoharah Simmons and former NOW-NJ President Maretta Short and will include readings from Dorothy Height’s essay “We wanted the Voice of Woman to Be Heard: Black Women and the 1963 March on Washington.”* in which Height describes what went on behind the scenes of the March, –and includes an excerpt from the Pauli Murray speech at The National Council of Negro Women, which made a great impression on Betty Friedan.

Macy’s involved in quashing Texas Equal Pay Bill–we’ll cover Ultra Violet’s demo at Herald Square:

We’ll also cover a demonstration that took place last Thursday in front of Macy’s department store at Herald Square, organized by the online activist group Ultra Violet. Feminists presented a Macy’s staff-person, with 90,000 petition signatures demanding that Macy’s apologize for helping to quash a state-level version of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in Texas. They also demanded that Macy’s pledge to fully support equal pay for women in the future. We’ll speak with Kat Barr, Chief of Staff for Ultra Violet about the the campaign, which started after it was revealed (in The Houston Chronicle) that Governor Rick Perry had vetoed the bill after receiving letters against the measure from the Texas Retailers Association-including mega-retailers Macy’s and Kroger. The vetoed bill would have allowed victims of wage discrimination sue in state court–considered a much more convenient and affordable a procedure for working people, than suing in Federal Court. Forty-two states have passed similar state-level bills. There is also an ongoing online boycott of Macy’s, called by the group Progress Texas “until Macy’s supports equal pay for equal work.” Macy’s is considered particularly vulnerable to a women’s boycott, as the holiday season approaches.**

Interview with participants in Abortion Rights Freedom Ride

Our final segment will be an interview with participants in the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, which started on July 24 and continued through much of August and traveled to key areas where access to abortion is under extreme assault, including Fargo, North Dakota; Wichita, Kansas and Jackson, Mississippi. Vans left from the east and west coasts, converged in Fargo and held protests, press conferences, public outings, and presented “Abortion providers are heroes!” awards to clinics and providers. The Ride, organized by Stop Patriarchy, is a response to the dire emergency posed by the worsening erosion of the right to abortion in this country. Joy of Resistance will speak live in-studio with Sunsara Taylor and some of the young activists who participated in the ride .

More on the Civil Rights March / NOW connection!

Depending on which testimony one consults, Betty Friedan has written, both in her 1983 introduction to “The Feminine Mystique” and in an interview she gave to Cynthia Fuchs Epstein in Dissent magazine (1999), that she was approached by Pauli Murray and Sonia Pressman Fuentes, both involved with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, with the idea of starting an NAACP for women” and that the idea of starting N.O.W. came from them and not from her. Friedan also says in “It Changed My Life” that she had heard of the rousing speech that Murray had given at The National Council of Negro Women, in which Murray had railed against the exclusion of women speakers at the 1963 March. Murray had said that women were not going to get anywhere unless they themselves marched on Washington. Friedan, herself had been reluctantly coming to the conclusion that Title 7, of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which had included discrimination based on gender, only as an afterthought–and as a possible attempt to derail the anti-racist legislation), would not be enforced as it applied to women, unless an organization was formed that would mobilize “public pressure”. The National Organization for Women was the answer to that need.

*Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement, ed. By Betty Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin, NY University Press.

**http://fashionista.com/2013/08/macys-under-fire-for-blocking-womens-equal-pay-act-in-texas/

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, at 9-10 PM. We cover the ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full equality and human rights. You can follow us at twitter.com/joyofresistance and follow/read our blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com . Programs stream live @ wbai.org where they are also archived for 90 days.

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WBAI @ 99.5 FM broadcasts to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and is part of the Pacifica Radio Network, one of the few alternatives to the corporate-controlled media that dominate the airwaves–the station has been facing extremely hard times since Hurricane Sandy and needs your financial support at this time to continue broadcasting. We cannot afford to lose this legendary 53-year old non-commercial progressive radio station! Please consider going to http://www.wbai.org and contributing whatever amount you can to help keep alternative radio alive. If you join as a “WBAI Buddy” at $10. or more a month (the WBAI “Buddy Program”), you can help sustain the station permanently (and be entitled to a range of gifts). Joining the WBAI “Buddy Program” in the name of Joy of Resistance will also be a vote for feminist radio at WBAI.Thank you for your support!.

Wed., July 17, 9-10 PM: Interviews with Terry O’Neill, newly re-elected President of N.O.W.; Sunsara Taylor of Stop Patriarchy, on upcoming Abortion Rights Freedom Ride; poet Staceyann Chin, who led a fight for equal time for women at Sunday’s Justice for Trayvon rally in New York City.

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On Wednesday, July 17, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will present a look at the critical issues confronting U.S. women in 2013/14 with a live interview with Terry O’Neill, the newly re-elected President of The National Organization for Women–the nation’s largest grassroots women’s rights organization.

We’ll also present a segment recorded this past Sunday at the huge and passionate march in New York City to demand justice for the murder of Trayvon Martin. This great outpouring of anger and skilled out-maneuvering of police attempts to shut it down, was marred by an unexpected confrontation within the ranks of protesters, as women who tried to speak at an impromptu rally at Times Square at the end of the march, found they had to fight for that right with the men controlling the bullhorn–eliciting shouts from the crowd of “let her speak!” and “more female voices!”  We were on the scene and recorded it along with an interview with poet Staceyann Chin, who took part in this unexpected ‘protest within the protest.’

Lastly, Sunsara Taylor of Stop Patriarchy will be live in our studio to discuss the upcoming Abortion Rights Freedom Ride. Leaving from both coasts, and traveling down the middle of the country from North Dakota to Mississippi, where attacks on abortion rights are most severe. Modeled on the freedom rides of the Civil Rights Movement, it comes in the wake of the epic fight against anti-abortion legislation in Texas, Ohio, North Dakota and the defeat of the Women’s Equality Act in New York State over its inclusion of an abortion rights plank! Stop Patriarchy states that “Reproductive Rights are in a State of Emergency” and we concur!

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, at 9-10 PM. We cover the ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full equality and human rights. You can follow us at twitter.com/joyofresistance Programs stream live @ wbai.org where they are also archived for 90 days.

WBAI NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!!!

WBAI @ 99.5 FM broadcasts to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and is part of the Pacifica Radio Network, one of the few alternatives to the corporate-controlled media that dominate the airwaves–the station has been facing extremely hard times since Hurricane Sandy and needs your financial support at this time to continue broadcasting. We cannot afford to lose this legendary 53-year old non-commercial progressive radio station! Please consider going to www.wbai.org and contributing whatever amount you can to help keep alternative radio alive. If you join as a “WBAI Buddy” at $10. or more a month (the WBAI “Buddy Program”), you can help sustain the station permanently (and be entitled to a range of gifts). Joining the WBAI “Buddy Program” in the name of Joy of Resistance will also be a vote for feminist radio at WBAI. Thank you for your support!.

Wednesday, September 19, 9-10pm, 99.5fm Joy of Resistance Feminist Radio: Terry O’Neill and elections; Kathie Sarachild and Erin Mahoney on Shulamith Firestone; Amanda Marcotte on the Chris Brown Tatoo; Everyday Sexism (the blog) founder Laura Bates

On Wednesday, September 19, 9-10 pm, join Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI (WBAI_radio –livestreaming @ http://www.wbai.org) for a many dimensional feminist program, as we speak with Terry O’Neill, President of the National Organization for Women (www.now.org), about the Republican and Democratic conventions, Republican rhetoric on women and what’s at stake for women in the November election.

We’ll also look at what goes on daily in womens’ lives that doesn’t make the headlines with Laura Bates, founder of the popular blog “Everyday Sexism” (www.everydaysexism.com) in which women from all over the world simply report sexism they experience on a daily basis.

Amanda Marcotte will talk about her recent www.rawstrory.com article on her take on what the new Chris Rock tattoo has in common with the advice televangelist Pat Robertson recently gave to a man whose wife wouldn’t “behave.”

And we’ll examine the roots of our movement by exploring the ongoing legacy of feminist pioneer Shulamith Firestone who passed away in late August. We’ll speak about her with another feminist pioneer, Redstockings (www.redstockings.org) member Kathie Sarachild, who worked with Firestone in the early days of the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM)  and Erin Mahoney of National Women’s Liberation (www.womensliberation.org), will read NWL’s statement-in- progress, which includes a description of how Firestone’s work inspired a younger generation. Firestone’s was a co-founder of pivotal groups The Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, New York Radical Women and Redstockings, Her major written work, Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution was published in 1970 and quickly became a best-seller at a time when the rebirth of feminism was gaining great popularity..

The show will also include Worldwide Feminist News headlines and music

Joy of Resistance airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, between 9 & 10 pm. The Executive Producer and host is Fran Luck. You can follow us on twitter @ http://www.twitter.com/joyofresistance