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.

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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).

Panelists:

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Wednesday, March 5, @ 8-10 PM, Joy of Resistance is proud to present: “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation” a film by Jennifer Lee, with clips from the film and a discussion with the Director

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As part of the WBAI Winter Fund Drive and to kick off Women’s History Month, Joy of Resistance 70) that we have yet come across: Jennifer Lee’s marvelous new film “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation.” Just out, and having already garnered two awards–the “Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival: Best of Festival Documentary” and “Official Selection of the Cincinnati Film Festival”, this film has not yet been shown in theaters and, at present, is only available to the general public through WBAI.
 
In her introduction to the film, Lee shares with us that she was motivated to go on the quest that became the film, because she couldn’t figure out why the word “feminist,” when it came up among members of her generation, was whispered as if it were scary and somehow shameful. This led her to question why she didn’t know more stories from the feminist movement so that she could pass them on to those of later generations for whom this history was a blank. She decided to fly around the country and interview as many of the movement’s originators as she could find (“they are all around us”) and reclaim feminist history for her generation, by listening to “their stories”.    
 
Lee interviewed, among others, Betty Friedan (Friedan’s last video interview before she passed), Aileen Hernandez, the first head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Kathie Sarachild, a founder of Redstockings and a worker in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); Frances Beal, founder of the SNCC Black Women’s Liberation Committee; and author of Triple Jeopardy; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton–and many others.
 
Punctuated by an astonishing amount of period footage and an energetic sound-track, as well as wit and humor, the film begins with a glimpse of what life was like for women in the U.S. before the feminist movement (starting with women having been ousted from well paying factory/munitions jobs after WWll); the “happy housewife” propaganda of the 1950’s and Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking book: The Feminine Mystique; John F. Kennedy’s 1963 President’s Council on the Status of Women; the influence of SNCC and the Civil Rights Movement; the fight  to get women included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964–and how it led to the founding of theNational Organization for Women (NOW); the Miss America Beauty Pageant Protest; the Ladies’ Home Journal sit-in and the Women’s Strike for Equality that included placing a banner saying WOMEN OF THE WORLD UNITE! on the Statue of Liberty. Many of the feminist goals raised in the film are still being fought for today, some 50 years later–such as full access to reproductive rights and universal childcare–and the film provides a useful underpinning for understanding our movements today.
 
A DVD of Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation will be sent as a thank you gift to those who contribute $50. to WBAI.
 
WBAI IS A 54 YEAR OLD ALTERNATIVE, NON-COMMERCIAL RADIO STATION, PART OF THE PACIFICA NETWORK. We are in the midst of a critical fund drive and need your support to continue to bring you programs that are not dependent on–and therefore limited by–the dictates of corporate funding. SO PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY by going to give2wbai.org or calling (212) 209-2950.
 
If you call and contribute (any amount is welcome) during our fund drive show on March 5, your contribution will also count as a vote for the continuation and expansion of Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI. Thank you!
 
 

Wed., Jan. 15, 9-10 pm–Then and Now: New Hope for Childcare in New York City–plus: Reclaiming our Feminist History

Joy of Resistance airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9-10 pm (EST) at 99.5 FM in the tri-state area & streams live at wbai.org. JOR tweets at @joyofresistance

We’ll start the show by touching on some of the major issues for women’s rights in 2013 and what we are facing in the new legislative session–as well as announcing events for the upcoming 41st Anniversary of Roe v.Wade on January 22.

There is new hope in New York City for progress on a longstanding feminist demandaffordable and accessible childcare (including Pre-K and After-school programs) for all–now that we have a new Mayor who has pledged to prioritize this issue.

Our first interview will be with Neal Tepel, who was an organizer with DC 1707 (the Union of daycare workers) which led the fight against former Mayor Bloomberg‘s decimation of the city’s daycare system. Neal will help us assess the state of these critical facilities today, catch us up on recent history and try to see the shape of daycare’s immediate future in NYC. We’ll also play a portion of our 2010 interview with Professor Rosalyn Baxandall, who was part of the original feminist direct action movement that won for New York City a daycare system that was a model for the rest of the country.

In the 2nd half of the show, we’ll speak with Jennifer Lee, director and creator of the new film Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation–which just  won the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival as “Best in the Festival for Documentary”–but which, more importantly, has the approval of many of the movement pioneers–approval difficult to come by, as this group was actually there  and has had to see its history distorted many times over.The documentary chronicles the story of the women’s liberation movement from 1963 to 1970. Beginning in 2005, Lee traveled the country interviewing many of the women who created modern feminism.

Lee introduces the film by telling her audience that she was motivated to go on this quest because she couldn’t figure out why the word “feminist”, when it came up in the conversations of her generation, was whispered, as if it were a scary and somehow shameful word. She felt that being a feminist was a good thing–but didn’t have the information whe needed in order to convince the whisperers of why she felt that way. She wondered why her feminist history had been so hidden from her and became determined to go in search of it.  

Lee interviewed, among others, Betty Friedan (Lee holds the rights to her last video interview before she passed), Aileen Hernandez (first head of the EEOC), Kathie Sarachild, (a member of Redstockings and a SNCC worker), Frances Beal (SNCC Women’s Liberation Committee and author of Triple Jeopardy), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton–and many others. 

Punctuated by an astonishing amount of period footage and an energetic sound-track; the film touches on women in the U.S. before the feminist movement (starting with their having been ousted from well paying jobs after WWll); Betty Friedan‘s publication of the The Feminine Mystique; the President’s Council on the Status of Women; the struggles within the movement over lesbianism as well as class and race; the influence of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Civil Rights Movement; the fight to get women included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, leading to the founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW); the Miss America Beauty Pageant Protest–and up to the Ladies Home Journal sit-in and the Women’s Strike for Equality. Many of the issues you see being raised in the film by are still being struggled for today–such as full access to reproductive rights and childcare–some 50 years later! Joy of Resistance hopes to offer DVD’s of this film as a premium during WBAI’s Winter Fund Drive in February.

Campus rape and rape culture on JOR November 6

On Wednesday, November 6, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will present “Rape and Rape Culture on Campus—And the New Feminist Fight-Back” featuring interviews with student and faculty activists, as well as Soraya Chemaly and Gloria Allred.

WBAI is heard at 99.5 FM in the New York City area and streams live at www.wbai.org. Programs are archived for 90 days.

Across the country colleges and universities are under investigation by the Federal government for their sexual assault policies because of complaints brought under Title IX—the part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act dealing with the right of women to equal educational opportunity. According to statistics, between 20 and 28% of female college students will experience rape by a male student while at college—making going to college a high risk activity for rape. All women (and all men) on campus will encounter some variant of campus culture that features the promotion of rape as a “sport” and “fun activity” for college men—also known as “campus rape culture.”

Last but not least is a widespread pattern of colleges and universities, in the interest of maintaining their schools’ reputations, enrollment and funding base—downplaying and covering up assaults of women students, discouraging women from filing complaints, blaming them for their attacks and allowing even admitted rapists back on campus—all activities and omissions that have fueled the newest wave of Title IX complaints. A partial list of colleges that have recently come under Federal investigation and/or have had private civil lawsuits filed against them, include: Yale University; University of Southern California; University of California at Berkeley; University of North Carolina; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Dartmouth College; Swarthmore College; Occidental College and the University of Connecticut.

On Wednesday, November 6th at 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance will present: Rape and Rape Culture on Campus—and the New Feminist Fightback. In this program we will examine these intertwining issues and the future of the fight-back.

Our guests will be: Dana Daniels, a New York University student whose recent article on rape culture at NYU sparked internet retaliation; Soraya Chemaly, activist-blogger on rape culture who will describe in detail its manifestations on a number of campuses; Mia Ferguson, student activist and a founder of End Rape on Campus, who will talk about the growing fightback movement by students; Gloria Allred, noted Civil Rights Attorney, who recently led a suit against Occidental College and has just announced another against the University of Connecticut; and outspoken faculty activists Professor Danielle Dirks and Professor Caroline Heldman, who were instrumental in organizing women students at Occidental College as well as the national movement.

This program will include worldwide feminist news headlines and information on legal resources for campus sexual assault survivors. It was produced by Executive Producer Fran Luck and Associate Producers Karen Anton and Lorena Ambrosio.

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 at 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 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, 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 the continuation of feminist programming at WBAI and will entitle you to Joy of Resistance’ latest feminist premium “The Real History of the Feminist Movement.” You can click on this link to order it separately: The Real History of the Feminist Movement  flash drive and and scroll further down on this blog  for a complete description of what the premium contains. Thank you for your support!

Why it is critical that you support WBAI and Joy of Resistance in the October Fund Drive

From October 1-25, WBAI will be in fund-drive mode, in what is considered to be a make-or-break fund-raiser for the beloved 53 year old radio station that is responsible for the very political and cultural ground on which so many of us walk! A caller to a recent WBAI Report to the Listener, summarized WBAI when he described his travels across country this summer, while listening to his car radio: “BAI is so unique…there is nothing out there that compares with it.”

Reports of WBAI’s death “have been greatly exaggerated.” Despite a terrible year financially that saw us perilously close to losing our transmitter signal and included a move to a much smaller space–WBAI is beginning to recover. We have a new home in Brooklyn and are starting to catch up with bills. Yet the the future remains uncertain and there are some on the Pacifica National Board (Pacifica is WBAI’s parent network and owns its license) who want to take WBAI off the air (through “leasing it out”) in order to cover expenses. The best way to make sure this does not happen and that WBAI will not only survive but thrive, is for the October fund drive to be a success. So I am asking you to pledge as if the fate of the station depended on it–because it does.

I am also writing to you about the feminist program I have produced on WBAI for 11 years–the only “terrestrial radio” program devoted to feminist issues in the tri-state area: Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio at WBAI, which will be fund-raising between 9 and 11 pm this coming Wednesday night (Oct. 2). For 11 years we have brought you in-depth coverage of every feminist issue you can imagine–from the long and winding history of women slowly winning the right to control our reproduction, and the attacks against this basic freedom coming from the Right wing in so many forms–to the ongoing fights for equal pay, equal opportunity at work, affordable daycare–the right to walk freely in the world without fear of sexual assault… Joy of Resistance brings these issues and so many related ones and it gives you not only the immediacy of breaking stories, but the whole history of struggle behind those stories, the time-lines of emancipation, often speaking with the women who originally took the lead in these battles– as well as women on the front lines today.–and letting you know the ways that YOU can join the action and help create the tomorrows of our history.

Women need this kind of in-depth coverage–and men need to hear it also. Joy of Resistance covers the ongoing and worldwide struggle for full equality of women that is being waged in every country and culture on the planet. We need WBAI to survive and thrive–and we need Joy of Resistance to continue to bring you the highest and deepest level of feminist coverage.

But the Pacifica/WBAI management–in its effort to survive–is currently re-evaluating all of the station’s programming. Our program–as well as all others–will, no doubt be under scrutiny in this fund drive–and it is imperative that we show station management that there IS a feminist audience that will financially support Joy of Resistance! I am asking you to show that feminist support during this coming Wednesday between 9 and 11 pm.

If you pledge to WBAI this Wednesday, October 2, 9-11 pm, or on October 16, 9-11 pm (when we will again be doing a fund-raising show), you will make a very important contribution to keeping feminist radio on the air. The pledge number will be (516) 620-3602, You can hear the program in most of New York State, New Jersey & Connecticutt at 99.5 FM and you can stream it from anywhere in the world at wbai.org.

We are also offering those who pledge some great premiums–some of the best radio and the most in-depth feminism that you will ever hear:

THE MAIN WBAI PREMIUM:

WBAI is offering all listeners who pledge, a thumb-sized flash drive–black with a silver Pacifica/WBAI logo–that is loaded with amazing high quality recordings of The 100 best Speakers on Pacifica over the last 10 years. Speakers include: Alice Walker, Amy Goodman, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff, Cornell West, Eduardo Galleano, Russell Simmons, Eve Ensler, Studs Terkes, Angela Davis, Rachel Maddow, Robert Reich, Edward Said and many many more. There will also be a flash-drive titled “Best of WBAI”–a 30-item collection of some of the highlights of this alternative non-commercial radio’s output.

…and a special JOY OF RESISTANCE’ PREMIUM…”THE REAL HISTORY OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT”

I have gone out on a limb to get permission from our new Program Director to offer a strong feminist premium. Joy of Resistance will be one of the few shows in the fund-drive to have its own premium–in addition to the station-wide ones. I need you to back me up by pledging your support for the fabulous and important collection I have assembled.

“THE REAL HISTORY OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT” is a collection on a flash drive (with the WBAI-Pacifica logo), containing some of the best work of Joy of Resistance over the past 11 years.You will not be able to get this kind of collection anywhere else. Below is a partial list of what will be included

“THE REAL HISTORY OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT” contains:

**The Civil Rights Movement and the Roots of Women’s Liberation–A 70 minute classic in which seven women–Black and White–who worked within the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) tell the little known story of how the second wave of feminism was birthed from within SNCC! There is no other radio treatment of this material!

**Connections between the Civil Rights March of 1963–and the founding of the National Organization for Women. Another untold story! An investigation & conversation with Zoharah Simmons, Maretta Short and Fran Luck featuring readings from the works of Pauli Murray, Betty Friedan and William P. Jones.

**Promise and Betrayal: Voices from the Struggle for Women’s Emancipation, 1776-1920: A play by Carol Hanisch. The complete recording of the Joy or Resistance production, with original music by Carol Hanisch, arranged by Carol Hanish and Bev Grant; based on the actual speeches and writings of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others active in the struggle for the vote.

**A Critique of “Makers”–Original Radical Feminists Kathie Sarachild, Carol Hanisch along with Kathy Scarbrough critique the PBS series that purports to be the last word on “the women’s movement.”

**The Real History of the Miss America Pageant Protest of 1968 The protest in Atlantic City that put the Women’s Liberation Movement on the map.

**Recordings from the first Abortion Speak Out–organized by Redstockings in 1969 Abortion was illegal in the U.S. when these women risked arrest to admit publicly that they’d had one.

**Abortion as a Human Right: An original production covering the history of reproductive rights. .

**Remembering Shulie–Two interviews with peers of movement pioneer Shulamith Firestone who died last August. Kathie Sarachild and Jo Freeman, who both worked with Firestone in the early days of the movement, contribute both moving tributes and stories of the real history of the birth of the movement–that you’ve never heard before!

**A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz. An interview with the author examining the situation of women just before the beginning of the Second Wave–and what changed.

**The Feminist Music Extravaganza!: A feminist history trip through MUSIC. Folk, pop, rock, reggae, punk, rap (and more) feminist music hits over the decades!

**Occupy Wall Street and the fight against sexism A 10 minute feature, chosen to represent WBAI as part of the Pacifica National Broadcast of 2011: Women of OWS share their experiences.

**Feminist Comedy: Comics Wanda Sykes, Elaine Boosler and Lisa Koch make us laugh our butts off (I threw this in just for fun!)

SO NOW THAT YOU’VE SEEN WHAT WE’RE OFFERING–HERE’S HOW TO PLEDGE

The #1 priority of this drive is to gain 3000 sustaining members (“WBAI Buddies”) so that WBAI will have a secure source of income and will interrupt regular programming less often to raise funds.You can become a Buddy for as little as $10. a month–through an automatic, painless and totally secure monthly payment from your checking account or credit card. If  you  become a Buddy during a Joy of Resistance program (Oct. 2 & 16th) you will receive ALL of the Above premiums (The 100 Speakers Collection, The Best of WBAI PLUS The Real History of the Feminist Movement.) You will also receive a WBAI tote bag, a subscription to the Nation Magazine and discounts on local events.

These premiums can also be ordered separately at the following pledge levels:
$180. for the 100 Speakers Collection
$50. for Best of WBAI
$75. for the Real History of the Feminist Movement

But ANY amount you can contribute will be appreciated and is important!!

The Pledge Phone Number is (516) 620-3602
To contribute online, go to: give2wbai.org

And the best premium of all is keeping WBAI alive–and along with the Joy of Resistance! Thank you so much!

FRAN

Fran Luck,
Executive Producer,
Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI,
99.5 FM, NYC, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 9-10 pm
(broadcasting to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

& worldwide on the web)

And here are more details on the WBAI 100 SPEAKERS COLLECTION

We have assembled an incredible collection of the best speakers on Pacifica over the past 10 years – we call it The Pacifica Speaker Collection.
This is a collection of over 100 speeches, totaling over 200 hours of material – and it’s yours on one jump-drive the size of your thumb for a pledge of $180 or whatever you can afford.
The Pacifica Speaker Collection includes people like:  Alice Walker, Amy Goodman, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff, Cornell West, Eduardo Galeano, Russell Simmons. Paul Krugman, Eve Ensler, Studs Terkel. Van Jones with Angela Davis. Rachel Maddow, Robert Reich, Robert Scheer, Edward Said, and many many more.

Here’s how the jump drive works: you plug the drive into your computer, then you can move all those speeches wherever you want: put them on you phone or your iPod; listen over your computer at home or at work; feed them into your home stereo system; take them on the road; upload them into the cloud and give as a gift of course.

Normally, during fund drives, we ask you to pledge $60 per speech for a CD. Now, we’re offering you over 100 speeches. If you do the math, that’s $6,000 dollars worth of speeches. And you get them all on one compact hard drive the size of your thumb.

Our December 19 show: A conversation with Rita Banerji on gendercide

Wednesday, December19, 9-10 pm Joy of Resistance presents a conversation with Rita Banerji, founder of the 50 Million Missing Women campaign

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On Wednesday, December 19, between 9 and 10 pm, Joy of Resistance, Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI proudly presents an interview with Indian Feminist Rita Banerji*: activist, researcher, testifier at the United Nations Symposium on Femicide and initiator of the “50 Million Missing Women” campaign.

Banerji documents and explains the systemic murders of women and girls in India, in numbers amounting to GENDERCIDE. She traces the killings to an active, ongoing and spreading patriarchal wealth-building system that features Dowry as the prize sought by husbands and their families. The name of the game is to raise sons who will collect dowries–and avoid raising daughters on whom the family must spend dowry money; this is accomplished by forcing the abortion of female fetuses (on daughters in law) and often the actual murders of young girls from birth to six years!

It is also accompanied by the ongoing practice of Sati (the burning of widows) and the growing phenomenon of “witch lynchings” in India–which are reminiscent of the witch burnings that took place in Europe and America–and like those, are a way of acquiring the property of women.

This interview is shocking and frightening–but terribly important, as it helps us to understand that the oppression of women (and other oppressed groups) is not “an accident” or a vestige from another era, but is an active process from which someone/someones are benefitting now!

The show will also feature our international feminist newscast, with stories on: the Violence Against Women Act; the Michigan anti-abortion “superbill”; the attempt of the “council” of an Indian village to ban women from using cell phones; Egyptian and Yemeni women losing rights after last year’s uprisings; Italian women fighting back against male violence; an important advance for reproductive rights in the Philippines and a commemoration of the Montreal Massacre.

*Find out more about Rita Banerji’s work at 50millionmissing.info and 50millionmissing.wordpress.com

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 “tweet” us at http://www.twitter.com/joyofresistnace and follow read our blog at http://www.joyofresistance.wordpress.com Programs stream live at http://www.wbai.org where they are also archived for 90 days.

WBAI 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–but it needs your financial support to continue broadcasting. Please consider going to http://www.wbai.org and contributing whatever amount you can to help keep alternative radio alive. AND PLEASE SUPPORT US DURING FUND DRIVES. When you support WBAI during Joy of Resistance fund-drive programs you are also supporting the continuation of feminist programming at the station.Thank you for your support.