FM April 12: Berta Caceres / Woman Rock / Poetry in Lights


THIS WEEK on Feminist Magazine with hosts Lynn Harris Ballen & Karina Elias:
… FIRST … Activists around the world have been devastated by the assassination of Berta Cáceres leader of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH) — best known for her battle against the mega hydroelectric project of Agua Zarca, which threatened to displace people and monopolize river and water resources. But Berta was also an unapologetic Indigenous feminist who saw her struggle as inseparable from that for land, water and other environmental rights. She embodied an intersectional belief system that transcended the stereotype of Indigenous women as victims, and she was known for standing up for justice and truth about the 2009 coup d’état in Honduras. We hear from local activist and academic Suyapa Portillo – who met and interviewed Berta – about the impact of Berta’s death and how it connects to issues of resource extraction, state violence and their effect on the future of indigenous and environmental rights activism in Honduras.
… AND … When she’s on stage, local singer-songwriter Solvej Schou “doesn’t feel confined by gender, circumstance, or size while singing.”   She’s been singing since she was a kid, and joins us to tell us about her debut solo album and inspiration from female rock icons she interviewed as a journalist.  Solvej is currently performing around the LA area with her band, and her rock-Americana vocal strut with guitar inspired by the likes of Janis Joplin, PJ Harvey, Pretenders, X and Patti Smith.
…PLUS … How does poetry transform a local community? Poetry is showing up in new public locations over the past few years – and West Hollywood is making poetry visible and celebrating April as Poetry Month with lamppost banners and electronic billboards quoting living poets, and a calendar of events. We’re joined in studio by West Hollywood’s own City Poet Steven Reigns and spoken word artist Jasmine Williams, Uncabaret creatrix and poet Beth Lapides & award-winning poet Marie Chambers.

All this on Tuesday at 3 on KPFK 90.7FM, plus Livestream and Podcast. THIS is What Feminism Sounds Like!

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