FM March 7: Women Strike / Navajo Grandmothers / Lesbian Writers

3-7-collageTHIS WEEK on Feminist Magazinewith co-hosts Lynn Harris Ballen and Karina Elias : FIRST … For the first time in over a decade, a delegation of Diné (Navajo) Grandmothers are traveling from Black Mesa / Big Mountain, Arizona to Los Angeles to build solidarity. We’re joined live in studio by Salina Begay, a Diné Grandmother, to hear about how these grandmothers are on the front line of the resistance to coal and uranium mining, and have resisted cultural genocide and the destruction of their ancestral homeland for over forty years.
THEN … Wednesday March 8th is International Women’s Day and all kinds of actions are planned forA Day Without a Woman and the International Women’s Strike. More than a traditional walkout over wages and working conditions – the day connects diverse groups from many political traditions, in defense of reproductive rights and against violence – economic, institutional, and interpersonal. The strike will take place in over fifty countries, and suggested actions range from joining marches, to taking the day off from paid and unpaid labor, to avoiding shopping, to wearing red in solidarity. We hear from international coordinator Tithi Bhattacharya, and local organizer Ivy Quicho.
AND … The First Annual Lambda LitFest – A Queer Festival of Writing And Reading – is taking over LA this week with about twenty five community-curated events all over the city.   And on March 11th, LitFest Saturday will be a full day of discussions, readings, entertainment, and community at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood. The day features four powerful panels, and we hear from Claudia Rodriguez, Robin Podolsky & Melissa Chadburn – three of the lesbian & queer writers who’ll be discussing what defines the queer literary landscape of LA, and the importance of queer nonfiction & journalism in a post-truth world.
All this on Feminist Magazine on KPFK – at 2pm this week.

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