FM March 13: Free Alejandra / FeministFuture / Talking About Race

THIS WEEK on Feminist Magazine with co-hosts Lynn Harris Ballen & Kiyana Williams … FIRST … Reproductive justice & immigrant rights activist Alejandra Pablos was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week – during a routine visit with her immigration officer. It’s just the latest in a series of detentions of high-profile activist leaders under the Trump administration. Alejandra was targeted by ICE after leading chants at a January protest in Virginia outside the Department of Homeland Security. Margie Del Castillo, from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) – where Alejandra is a field coordinator – joins us to tell us about the efforts to highlight this story and get Alejandra released on bond.
AND … The recent International Women’s Day March and Rally, convened by AF3IRM Los Angeles brought a fierce crowd of activists into the streets of Downtown Los Angeles. With the theme “Uprising: Forward to a Feminist Future” and led by transnational/women of color, the march featured speakers, poets, and musicians. Alma de Jesus of AF3IRM joins us to talk about how IWDLA marchers can use the inspiration and energy from the event to fuel their activism for a Feminist Future and how to do that via everyday organizing, working collectively.
THEN … Valecia Phillips talks with Seattle-based writer, speaker and internet yeller Ijeoma Oluo about her new book “So You Want to Talk About Race”, which recently made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal’s bestsellers lists. Ijeoma is also editor-at-large at The Establishment – a media platform run and funded by women. Her book is a contemporary and accessible exploration of a range of hot button topics –  privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions and cultural appropriation. It’s a call to action and offers practical tools for navigating the racial landscape. The interview also touches on the #Me Too/Time’s Up movement and the significance of Michelle Obama’s portrait and Black Panther. (Music Credit: Zilo, “Keep Up Wimmi”)

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