27 December 2012

Beth E. Ritchie and Kathy Kron Today on WSR

Today,  Thursday, December 27th, on Woman-Stirred Radio
interviews with  Beth E. Ritchie  (4:15)  and Kathy Kron (5:00)

Beth E. Ritchie is the Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy,  and Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This interview was recorded on Thursday December 20th.

beth E. Ritchie
"Black women in marginalized communities are uniquely at risk of battering, rape, sexual harassment, stalking, and incest. Through the compelling stories of Black women, who have been most affected by racism, persistent poverty, class inequality, limited access to support resources or institutions, Beth E. Ritchie shows that the threat of violence to Black women has never been more serious, demonstrating how conservative legal, social, political and economic policies have impacted activism in the US-based movement to end violence against women.

Ritchie argue that Black women face particular peril because of the ways that race and culture have not figured centrally enough in the analysis of the causes and consequences of gender violence. As a result, the extent of physical, sexual and other forms of violence in the lives of Black women, the various forms it takes, and the contexts within which it occurs are minimized--at best--and frequently ignored" (GLW). Another disturbing consequence is the significant rise in the number of Black women who are incarcerated.

Joanne Belknap, Professor of Sociology at The  University of Colorado, says that "Ritchie expertly and chillingly documents the convergence of individual and structural racism, economic exploitation, and political disenfranchisement in the devastating gendered violence against the most disadvantaged Black women."

Beth Richie is engaged in several research projects designed to explore the relationship between violence against women in low-income African American communities and violence. The specific focus of one study is girls who are both violent and perpetrators of violence. Another project is looking at the factors that influence recidivism and re-arrest rates for women and young people being released from a large urban jail. A third project is concerned with the public policy and social factors that lead to the rise in incarceration rates of women and conditions of confinement once they are sentenced. Currently Dr. Richie is leading a multi-million dollar research sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation researching women and youth issues at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. She was the recepient of three major awards: the National Advocacy Award by the Department of Health and Health and Human Serivces, Office of Violence Prevention; the Audre Lorde Legacy Award of the Union Institute stemming from her work with the National Network for Women in Prison; and the Visionary Award Of the Violence Intervention Project.

Beth E. Ritchie. 4:15. Today on Woman-stirred Radio.

Then at 5:00 p.m. I welcome Kathy A. Kron, ex-soldier and now a lawyer practicing in Pennsylvania. Her debut novel, Don''t Tell, was published in 2011.
K A Kron

Gray Edwards is finally back on duty, this time assigned to a training unit that does a lot more than training... and is in fact a virtual world that tests the boundaries of reality. Gray finds herself flying once again with Dani Brown, and on the 4th of July they find themselves under attack during what is supposed to be a routine training exercise on downrange Fort Carson. With help from friends old and new, Gray does what she can to save the survivors while keeping one step ahead of who is responsible.

Kron's narrative voice is terse and direct, effectively projecting tension and suspense and offering an interesting glimpse into the lives of military women and the challenges they face.

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