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MLK Day: Reclaiming Dr. King’s Radical Legacy; Plus: Special Report – Women and the War in Yemen: Actors or Victims?

0:08 – Reclaiming Martin Luther King’s Radical Legacy

  • Ash-lee Woodard Henderson is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center (@HighlanderCtr) based in Tennessee, which serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South.
  • Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCacis a community organizer and educator. She is founding National Director of the Black Youth Project 100, a preeminent organization of young activists for black liberation. She joins us today from Chicago.
  • Tur Ha Ak (@CRCPOCCis a co-founder of the Anti-Police Terror Project, dedicated to ending state sanctioned violence.Oakland March: APTP are calling the Bay Area into the streets for the 5th Annual People’s March to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy – Monday Jan 21 starting with a youth teach-in at 9am and a program and march at 11am at Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland.

1:08 – We hear excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech, Beyond Vietnam given on April 4, 1967 in New York City.

1:34 – Special Report: Women and the War in Yemen: Actors or Victims?

In a recent Sanaa Review article, journalist Sahar Abdo describes how the current war in Yemen introduced space for women that was frowned upon in the past. She talks about a subtle challenging of taboos, women being much more present in public spaces, or taking on jobs they did not do in the past.

In most wars, women are grouped with children, they are listed among the most vulnerable groups. This designation erases, in many cases, women who are engaged in the conflict, women who are actively relieving or caring for communities, or those who try to defy the war and go about their lives and activism regardless. In this audio documentary, KPFA’s Mira Nabulsi digs deeper into life under conflict through the stories and voices of five Yemeni women, based in Sana’a and Aden. All of them are involved in women activism in some form or another.  She asks them how they understand this war, whether they see it as a regression from the moment of the 2011 revolution and how they view their role as Yemeni women politically and socially.

Research & Interviews/Narration/ Sound by Mira Nabulsi.

Voice over: Malihe Razazan and Jeannine Etter

Special thanks to: Amal Abdul Rahman, Antelak Almutawakel, Arwa AlMuflehi, Nisma Mansoor, and Wameedh Shaker.

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