Apr 21 on FM: Girls on The Wall, Native American Women’s Outreach & Feminist Intersections

Hosted by Lynn H. Ballen and Celina Alvarez

The teenage girls of Warrenville Prison get a shot at redemption in a most unlikely form – a musical based on their lives. We hear from filmmaker Heather Ross, & from Meade Palidofsky of Chicago’s Storycatchers Theatre, about Girls On The Wall– the documentary that follows three female inmates as they write, rap, and rehearse the harrowing events leading up to their crimes. In the process, they’re challenged to find their own voices, and take a first step toward breaking free of the prison system.

Jaclyn Bissonette is Oglala Lakota and Paiute/shoshone with a deep passion for making a difference in the lives of those whose path she crosses. As the Medical Outreach Coordinator for the United American Indian Involvement Inc. (UAII), she understands the need for services for women and children, victims of domestic violence and interventions for those same women struggling with alcoholism and/or addiction. She’ll be in studio to share some of the efforts that are being made to enhance the quality of life for the women that the UAII serves.

What do intersections have to do with feminism? Or with our lives as women and girls? Cal State LA Philosophy Professor Anna Carasthasis gives us her overview of “Intersectionality” as a language for identity & how it can be used as a strategy to reveal the real connections between apparently unrelated experiences that women have of oppression and privilege – a strategy to make feminism a movement that speaks for all of us.

(left: Girls On The Wall; middle: Jaclyn Bissonette; right: Anna Carasthasis)042110

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