FM April 4 – SWANA-LA / Boyle Heights Girls / Legal Resistance


THIS WEEK on Feminist Magazine with co-hosts Lynn Harris Ballen & Karina Elias  : FIRST – we hear all about SWANA-LA – an organization founded in 2014 to advocate for the South West Asian and North Afrikan community on both a local and global scale. We’re joined by three guests from varied ethnic and religious backgrounds: Pouneh Behin was raised in the diaspora to Iranian immigrant parents, Natalie Kamajian identifies as a transnational Armenian woman, and Iklil Bouhmouch is Amazigh from Morocco. We learn all about their advocacy both in the US and the SWANA Region – from their work in Greece to their activism in airports.
AND … G.E.M.S. is a high school club at the Math, Science and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights that aims to empower girls in modern society. We are joined by proud Filipino-American teacher, G.E.M.S. club sponsor and co-founder Aileen Gendrano Adao and current club president Kim Palma. We learn about the club’s actions – ranging from marching in the International Women’s Day March, to their fundraising efforts to provide high school girls with self care support and their topical feminist lunch meetings. High school activists changing their school and the world!
PLUS … The resistance looks like lawyers camped out on the floor at LAX during Trump’s first immigration ban, or a library full of volunteers learning how to prepare paperwork to help undocumented immigrant parents protect their rights and take care of their children in case the worst happens and they’re deported. This is kind of work LA’s Legal Aid Pop Up Clinic is doing – building a community of activists, and working to empower and protect vulnerable communities. The clinic pairs volunteer lawyers and community members with local organizations and schools to bring targeted legal services to communities threatened by the current administration – from immigrant, to Muslim to transgender folks. And we hear from Legal Aid Pop Up Clinic founder Teri Stein – a lawyer and community advocate.
ALL this this Tuesday at 2pm PT on Feminist Magazine on KPFK. WHAT Feminism Sounds Like!

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