Special Broadcast

International Women’s Day Special: Nuclear Hotseat on Gender and Radiation & Self Care for Activists- March 8, 2020

11:00pm-11:30pm The Nuclear Hotseat

Host Libbe HaLevy interviews Mary Olson on the disproportionate impact of nuclear radiation on the health of women and little girls.  Olson spent 28 years as a staff biologist and policy analyst at the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, working for the greater health and protection of people in communities impacted by nuclear activities.  Now, she is founder and Acting Director of the Gender and Radiation Impact Project.


11:30pm-12:00am  Self Care for Activists

Naomi Ortiz’s book, “Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice” doesn’t suggest spa days or tell you how to organize your To Do List.  Instead, she tackles questions like, how can I change the world when I’m too tired to change my socks?  Can I remain passionate about a cause without being consumed by it?  Why does self-care evoke such discomfort?

Naomi Ortiz is a writer, poet, visual artist and facilitator.  She does community anti-violence work, disability justice, and intersectional organizing within movements.  She’s nationally known for her workshops on self-care and diverse communities.  She has written for the Feminist Wire, VIDA and others.  Naomi Ortiz is a Disabled, Mestiza raised in Latinx culture, and she lives in the U.S./Mexico borderlands.  She’s interviewed by Adrienne Lauby for this International Women’s Day special.

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