FM Jan 16: Farmworker Women inspire #TimesUp / Fannie Lou Hamer

THIS WEEK on Feminist Magazine with co-hosts Lynn Harris Ballen & Kiyana Williams : FIRST up … The #TimesUp movement has expanded the focus of sexual assault and harassment from movie stars to all working women. Hollywood may only be a two-hour car ride from some of California’s largest agricultural sites, but actors on the big screen and farmworkers who feed the nation rarely get mentioned in the same sentence.
Last November, 700,000 female farmworkers with the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas stood in solidarity with Hollywood actors against sexual assault. In an open letter of support for women confronting predators in Hollywood, ANdeC wrote, “We wish that we could say we’re shocked to learn that this is such a pervasive problem in your industry. Sadly, we’re not surprised because it’s a reality we know far too well.” Farmworker women have been standing up and speaking out against sexual violence in the workplace for decades, fighting the same power dynamics that silenced survivors in Hollywood for years.
We talk to Mily Treviño-Sauceda, co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, about their work and programs.

AND … Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer fought and organized for the right to vote – suffering beatings and losing her home and job – and she spoke words that are all too relevant today. Rev. Martin Luther King wrote: “Her testimony educated a nation and brought the political powers to their knees …” Hear all about this incredible civil and voting rights hero in a special from ‘Making Contact’ radio. With archival recordings and excerpts from a powerful film featuring Fannie Lou Hamer’s contemporaries– themselves now elders. You’ll hear about the context of her life, and the lives of other sharecroppers in Mississippi from a seldom heard film produced for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Feminist Magazine on KPFK 90.7 FM. Tuesday at 2P.
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