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Women’s resistance in prison

Our feature today is an interview with activist, author and mother, Vikki Law.

Law was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Edmonton Anarchist Bookfair. Her book, Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women, tells the stories of women organizing in prisons. She publishes the zine, Tenacious: Art and Writing from Women in Prison.

We spoke with Law late last year about another project, Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind, which works to teach non-parent activists how to be allies.

To learn more about the GELA Prison Project, check out the blog!

Please note, while the project is grateful for donations, the library is very small. Please let the Wish List guide  any donations.

The Prisoner Correspondence Project coordinates communication between inmates who are gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer and other members of those communities in Canada and the United States.

The list of facts on incarcerated women in Canada was complied from information from the Elizabeth Fry Society of Canada.

Feminism in Italy and Riot Grrrls

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Melanie interviewed Dr. William Anselmi about a recent wave of feminism in Italy that started because of sexist remarks made by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi directed towards female democratic opponent Rosy Bindi. They talked about Berlusconi’s government and the role that Italian woman play in politics.


Laura played an excerpt of a Laura Flander’s interview with Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre for GRITtv.  Hanna she talks about learning from mistakes, what’s gotten better and how bad it was, and the power of zines. Check out Laura Flander’s GRITtv for the rest of the interview.

Kathleen Hanna has recently donated her papers, including zines and correspondence to New York University for it’s new Riot Grrrl collection. She has also created a blog to archive memories of Bikini Kill. We’re so excited that this piece of feminist history is being celebrated and preserved.

On Radio Eve we played Trapped in a Box, an old song from No Doubt.

Also on the show today, the following announcement for those in the Garneau area:

There is a person (or people) looking in windows at night in this neighbourhood and photographing/videotaping women in the privacy of their own homes. This person (or people) will trespass on property and will use hard to reach windows. This has been happening for several months and continues to be a problem. This is unacceptable, criminal behaviour.

This notice is being distributed to increase awareness in the neighbourhood and keep you informed. Please keep your eyes open for any such activity and spread the word. If you have any information on the issue please contact the police or email a.safe.garneau@gmail.com.

Police Phone Number: 780-423-4567

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Live Show Links!

We had a live show tonight with Laura, Sam, Melanie and Kelsey.

Laura interviewed Julie Springer of YouNeverReallyKnow.com about the importance of getting tested for STIs. If you live in Edmonton, you can get tested at AHS STD Clinic. Here’s what you need to know:

Edmonton General Hospital Site
11111-Jasper Avenue, Room 3B20
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0L4
Tel: (780) 413-5156.
Hours of operation: Mon. – Friday. 8:30 – 5 pm
The clinic works by appointment, but drop-in patients will also be seen.

Melanie told us about the Pink Chaddi Campaign. This is a valentine’s day protest led by a group of women in India who are calling themselves Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women. It began after a group of women were beaten in the street for the crime of being at a pub. The women refuse to back down and are calling attention to what happened with this campaign. For more information, check out their facebook page.

The Superbowl was last week. The game has become almost as known for its commercials as it is for the game. This year, there was a striking theme of sexism. Kelsey tells us, not only did they play an anti-choice ad, the ads for products relied on the idea that simple things that any person would do actually emasculate men. In response to the anti-choice ad, Planned Parenthood created a spot featuring a former NFL player Sean James and Olympic gold medalist Al Joyner. In response to another ad, which suggests masculinity is very fragile indeed, MacKenzie Fegan created Woman’s Last Stand.

Sam let us know that there is a problem with peepers in the Garneau area. Several woman have experienced being looked at, photographed and filmed by people outside their windows. The peepers are going in to yards to get to hard to access windows. This is very disturbing and if you have experienced this, we stand in solidarity with you. You can share your story at a.safe.garneau@gmail.com, an email address which has been set up as part of an effort to raise awareness about this in the community.  You can contact EPS at 780-423-4567 and report it. You can also contact the Garneau Sisterhood by emailing them at garneau.sisterhood@gmail.com. They can put you in contact with other women who have experienced this and offer you solidarity and support.

Laura had some information about events going on. You find a blog post about them here. She also talked about sexual assault. You can find more information in this blog post, but we want to make very clear that it was not your fault. Only assailants can be held responsible for assault, no one ever deserves it or causes it. If you have been assaulted, you can contact the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton or the Sexual Assault Centre of the University of Alberta. If it has been less than 7 days, you can also see the Sexual Assault Response Team at a number of Edmonton and area emergency rooms. Read the blog post for more information about SART and about third-party reporting.

This week’s Radio Eve, was “Horn Blower” by Ndidi Onukwulu

Girl Power!

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Sam was our host on today’s Adamant Eve and she brought us an update on the court case brought forth by women ski jumpers wanting to take part in the 2010 Olympics.

In the news, Malaika talked about a recent study that found college students, both victims and perpetrators, reported increased incidents of sexual assault when the questions did not explicitly define the behaviour as assault.

Laura C. talked to Jessalynn Keller, a freelance journalist and PhD student in Film and Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Laura read a piece Jessalynn wrote for TheTyee.ca called “Sorry, Can’t Do Raunch Today” on our August live show and was thrilled when Jessalynn agreed to an interview. They talked about real power for girls, Twilight and teen magazines.

We also mentioned two events: the screenings of Polytechnique at the Metro this weekend, and the Love Letters to Feminism exhibit at the U of A. Follow the links for more info!

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Wisewoman’s Cookery: Food, Sex, Magic & Merriment

Laura was at the Taboo Sex Show in Calgary this weekend and had the pleasure of meeting Shannon and Mary, authors of a fantastic new book called Wisewoman’s Cookery: Food, Sex, Magic & Merriment. The book is “a guide to aphrodisiac cooking, sensual simples and folklore erotica” and encourages women to embrace their power and revel in the sensous pleasures of food and sex. Wisewoman’s Cookery is full of tantilizing recipes, including:

Aphrodisiac Cooking: These quick and easy food recipes will transport you and your lover from the dinner table to your most sensual imagining.

Sensual Simples: Make natural elixirs, lotions and potions from herbs and spices in your kitchen.

Folklore Erotica: Secrets of Seduction are revealed through the intoxicating tales of the most infamous women in history.

This book is a labour of love, Shannon and Mary grew most of the plants, tested all of the recipes, and took the pictures themselves.

You can meet Shannon and Mary and pick up a copy of Wisewoman’s Cookery on Thursday from 7-9 pm at Greenwoods Book Shoppe, 7925 – 104 Street and over the weekend at the Naughty but Nice Taboo Sex Show at Rexall.

Tune in to Adamant Eve on CJSR 88.5 FM this Friday at 5:30 to hear our interview!