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 25, 9-10pm: Caroline Fredrickson, author: “Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over”; Stephanie Huffaker (National Women’s Liberation): “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN”–the 1969 vintage Redstockings sticker makes a comeback

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According to Caroline Fredrickson, author of the newly released “Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over , the majority of the lowest paid and insecure jobs in the U.S. today are held by women–especially women of color. As income inequality grows, this ‘service sector’ is growing even faster. And while labor protection laws, such as overtime pay and equal pay for equal work, have been passed in the U.S. for over 100 years, they have been purposely crafted to not include these many women and minority workers.

During The New Deal, FDR traded away rights of domestic workers, farm workers and others in order to secure votes of southern Democrats for labor benefits that would accrue to white males. Today as a result, women holding low wage jobs, such as home health care aides, nannies, manicurists, housekeepers, waitresses, domestic workers, ‘independent contractors’, and ‘temps’, have zero worker protections and struggle in abject poverty and insecurity.

Women are 63% of minimum wage workers, 73% of tipped empoyees, 86% of personal care aides and 63% of part time workers. These sectors are predicted to grow, as jobs are further outsourced and the U.S. industrial base is further hollowed out.

While Cheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO has written in her much sensationalized book on women and work: Lean In that women just have to “lean in” and be more aggressive about “asking for that raise” if they want to get ahead, Fredrickson provides poignant examples of another world in which a nanny or Walmart worker who asks for a raise–or day off to care for a sick child–is likely to be summarily fired.

In her last chapter, “Leaning Together”, Fredrickson recommends some of the reforms of a universal (not piecemeal) nature that need to be made to fix this shameful situation: getting rid of the exclusions to the New Deal that left so many out; extending benefits to workers in small businesses, temps and part time jobs; indexing the minimum wage to the cost of living; professionalizing the care industry; providing childcare and family leave–for starters.

The show will also feature an interview with Stephanie Huffaker, a member of National Women’s Liberation, the group behind the re-emergence of the vintage Redstockings 1969 sticker: “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN” which has been making its appearance over the last week on sexist ads in New York City. One place it has appeared (see picture) is a breast augmentation/plastic surgery ad in subway cars that presents a woman looking unhappy with her “small breasts,” holding two tiny tomatoes over her chest and looking glum, next to a happy grinning version of herself holding two large melons to her chest; the ad announces that for just $3900, you can, apparently, cure this depressed condition (caused by ads like this!).

See below for THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN plastered on offensive NYC subway ad.

stickered breast implant ad

stickered breast implant ad

The show will also include feminist music and a wrap up of feminist news, including the latest attacks on abortion rights and legislation passed in New York State that will make it easier for women to report rapes on campus.

LINKS TO ARTICLES ABOUT “THIS OPPRESSES WOMEN” STICKERS:

http://www.cambio.com/2015/06/23/feminist-stickers-this-oppresses-women/

http://magazine.good.is/articles/feminist-sticker-bombs-sexist-subway-ads

http://collegecandy.com/2015/06/23/sexist-ads-nyc-stickers-feminist-group/

https://www.distractify.com/this-oppresses-women-1212771168.html

http://www.theboredmind.com/lifestyle/someone-in-nyc-is-defacing-subway-ads-in-the-best-possible-way/

http://www.rantchic.com/2015/06/24/vintage-womens-rights-stickers-come-back-in-the-coolest-way/?utm_campaign=RantChicTW&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

http://www.mtv.com/news/2194563/this-oppresses-women-stickers/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/22/this-oppresses-women-stickers-shut-down-sexist-nyc-ads_n_7637564.html

http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/reports/news/a36686/nyc-protein-world-sexist-adverts/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3136515/This-Oppresses-Women-Feminists-post-vintage-women-s-rights-stickers-body-shaming-ads-billboards-effort-fight-unhealthy-beauty-standards.html

http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/06/23/this-oppresses-women-stickers-placed-on-sexist-ads-around-nyc/

http://idiva.com/news-work-life/thisopresseswomen-here-is-why-we-all-need-to-get-our-hands-on-this-sticker/15062424

Thursday, April 30, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance rebroadcasts: “The Wealth Gap–Have We Really Come a Long Way?”

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At the 2013 Left Forum in New York City, the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) sponsored a panel on wealth and women, with a focus on how women’s lives are changing for the worse under austerity and neo-liberal policies–and how these policies threaten to push the progress of women back to times when we were completely dependent on men. Organized by Peg Rapp, the panel was titled: “The Wealth Gap–Have We Really Come a Long Way?” On July 3, 2013, we proudly presented a radio version of this groundbreaking Left Forum Panel. Panelists included:

Veteran Feminist URPE Economist Peg Rapp on The Wealth Gap vs The Wage Gap, who spoke on the “Wealth Gap” between men and women, and why looking at wealth accumulation over a lifetime–taking into account women’s discontinuous paid-work due to family care–provides a better lens for understanding economic disparities between men and women, than the more simplistic, but commonly referenced “Wage Gap.”

Educator and Latina Rights Activist Diana Zavala will speak from her personal experience as a newly divorced single mother who turned to the U.S. “safety net” for help in supporting herself and her children while finishing her education–only to find herself facing the same dire conditions as her mother who had emigrated from Honduras a generation earlier. She also spoke of the attack on public schools as an attack on women, as well as  the intersections of race, class and immigrant status as they affect the economics of women’s lives.

London-based Economist Susan Pashkoff discussed her research on Austerity as an Attack on Women: why and how austerity policies in Britain and Europe (with a U.S. version rapidly developing) are taking their biggest toll on women–who are both more dependent on “The Welfare State” and hold the majority of public sector jobs (with good benefits)–and how “benefit caps,” shrinking of “childcare tax credits” and other “austerity” measures, are threatening the very survival of women and their families.

Playright/Author Barbara Garson spoke on women as the “scroungers” of the world who hold their families together when times are the toughest–and the loss of power to men as family wealth increases.

The panel was moderated by Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance and followed by a discussion of what can be done to reverse these effects and move forward.

On April 30, 2015, the day before May 1st–Mayday–the holiday of the working class, as the people of Greece fight a spirited battle against austerity policies imposed on them by the European Union, this program is especially relevant.

 

Wed, January 16, 9-10 pm Joy of Resistance. “From New Delhi to Steubenville”–Soraya Chemaly on her article: “Rape Has A Purpose” plus: women talk about how the prevalence of rape affects the decisions they make every day

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From New Delhi, India to Steubenville, Ohio, horrifying rapes have been dominating the news recently, sparking international outrage–including marches and demonstrations throughout India and calls for justice from around the world. But we know that such much-publicized  rapes are only the tip of the iceberg: that the vast majority of rapes will go unreported; that U.S. statistics vary from one in four, to one in six women raped in their lifetimes.

On Wednesday, January 16, 9-10 PM, join the Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI, as we speak with Soraya Chemaly, author of the recent Huffington Post article “Rape Has A Purpose” (tinyurl.com/bkzy5fd). Chemaly says in her article: “Women are not free to live without the constant threat of assault and violence or without being treated like objects and property.  When I last checked there were at least four “Rape Capitals” of the world. You know what that makes the rest of us? “Rape Suburbs.”

We’ll be looking at why rape is tolerated cross-culturally–and we’ll be asking women in our studio–and, in our listening audience–to tell us how the prevalence of rape affects the everyday decisions they make as they move around in the world. We will be taking listener phone calls in the latter part of the show at (917) 580-6020.

The show will also feature the Joy of Resistance Worldwide Feminist News segment, including an array of current stories, from a just-released January 15 Guttmacher Institute study on how “personhood amendments” are being used to destroy the constitutional rights of pregnant women (tinyurl.com/cdkk387), to a call by Mormon women for women to wear pants to church (currently forbidden) to call attention to their unequal roles–and which has generated death threats (tinyurl.com/c63vsxj ).

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 9-10 PM. We cover the ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full equality and human rights. You can leave a phone message at (212) 209-2987, “tweet” 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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