FM April 19: Human Trafficking / Idle No More / Wangari Maathai

4-19-collageThis week on Feminist Magazine, with host Lynn Harris Ballen : FIRST … Women Rising Radio profiles women fighting slavery, trafficking and forced labor globally. Featuring: Ima Matul who was trafficked to Los Angeles, and rescued by the Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking in Los Angeles / CASTLA.  She now heads CAST’s leadership program.  Joanna Ewart-James is the executive director of Walk Free, an online and on-the-ground network battling trafficking, forced labor, and servitude worldwide. Elena Uraleva is an independent human rights monitor in her home country of Uzbekistan. She works with Walk Free to document forced labor and human rights abuses there. And, Supriya Awasthi works on children’s rights and on freeing bonded slaves in India. She is a staff member of Free The Slaves.
… THEN we talk about Environmental Justice thanks  to Bitch Media’s Popoganda podcast … First we hear about Idle No More - a grassroots movement that brings together environmental justice and indigenous rights. Spreading across Canada, the organization was founded in 2012 by four women—three First Nations Women and a Non-Native ally. Their original goal was to push back against a sweeping federal bill called C-45 that weakened environmental protections and threatened native rights. Since then, thousands of people have joined in their protests. Reporter George Lavender of Making Contact radio talked with one of Idle No More’s co-founders Sylvia McAdam. In this interview, she talks about how indigenous rights and environmental protection are intrinsically inter-linked.
… PLUS … Wangari Maathai was herself a force of nature. Born in 1940 in rural Kenya, she became an advocate for environmental protection, democracy, and women’s rights. Her work mattered so much that in 2004, she became the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She passed in 2011, from ovarian cancer, but her words and work still resonate today. In 2009, Sea Change radio got the chance to talk to Wangari Mathai when she was on tour in the US & we’re still able to hear from Wangari in her own words.
All this on Tuesday at 3 on KPFK 90.7FM, plus Livestream and Podcast. THIS is What Feminism Sounds Like!


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