Monday, September 15, 2014

March for Elephants & Rhinos - before it's too late! - KPFA 94.1 Women's Magazine - September 22, 2014, 1-2pm

Join me on Monday, September 22, 2014, 1-2pm on Women's Magazine, KPFA 94.1 &

The African elephant is scheduled to be extinct within the next ten years.

...a matriarchal society, carrying ancient knowledge
...a keystone species, supporting entire ecosystems, and help mitigate climate change!
...being ILLEGALLY poached for ivory trinkets, that are still LEGALLY manufactured in China and SOLD IN CALIFORNIA
...funding terrorist groups throughout Africa

Join me on Monday, September 22, 2014, 1-2pm on Women's Magazine, KPFA 94.1 &

March for Elephants & Rhinos - before it's too late!

October 4th is World Animal Day, and in 85 cities around the world - including San Francisco - groups will be participating in the March for Elephants and Rhinos. Why? Because poaching illegal ivory and legal ivory manufacturing have put African elephants in danger of extinction within a decade! Join Global Val Ibarra of as she talks to some of the prime organizers of the March for Elephants, Rosemary Alles and Tamara Birdsall, who tell us the story of the Elephant, and why we need to & how we can save this keystone species and magnificent matriarchy. and

Sign the petition to Governor Brown and other representatives.
Join the March on October 4th: 10:30am St. Mary's Square/ China Town > ending in UN Plaza / Civic Center

Monday, September 22, 2014, 1-2pm on Women's Magazine, KPFA 94.1 &

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Peace and Thank you!
Global Val

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mutiny Radio STATS are off the charts!

It's been a ripe spring and summer at Mutiny Radio!

Things are always evolving at Mutiny Radio, but what remains is a tight collective of DJs and supporters who continuously put out eclectic content & promote free speech in the form of 47 weekly shows, streaming around the planet on the internet at

As the nature of radio expands, live listenership is not the mode of the day. It's all about the downloads. So, whether you and your family sit around the fireside and listen to your favorite podcasts, I know not. What I do know, is that PEOPLE ARE LISTENING, thanks to our fantastic volunteer statistician.

The monthly numbers are in for both the shows I run on Fridays at
1. The Common Thread Collective, with Diamond Dave. Our weekly open mic, community building extravaganza. Friday 3-6pm
2. Women's Magazine with Global Val, in conjunction with KPFA 94.1, this is my weekly radio workshop highlighting women who are changing the world & issues that affect everyone. Fridays 2-3pm.

MARCH 2014
Common Thread Collective was #20 with 4,120 downloads
Women's Magazine was #32 with 3,261 downloads

APRIL 2014
CTC #3 - 9,614 dwnls
WM #18 - 4,004 dwnls

MAY 2014
CTC #14 - 4,865 dwnls
WM #20 - 4,233 dwnls

JUNE 2014
CTC #8 - 5,925 dwnls
WM #17 - 5,370 dwnls

UPDATE!!! JULY 2014:
6370 downloads/ DiamondDave
6144 downloads/ WomensMagazine
= 12,514 for the month of JULY!!!

So, THANK YOU to the folks who downloaded our shows 53,896 TIMES in the past five months!

Also, thanks to everyone who contributed to our June fundraiser.


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- Common Thread Collective
- Women's Magazine with Global Val
- Mutiny Radio

In the words of Diamond Dave, "We be doin' it!"

Peace & Thank you,
Global Val

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Voice of Witness on Women's Magazine KPFA 94.1 - July 14th, 2014, 1-2pm

Pleased to be back on KPFA 94.1 "Women's Magazine" on Monday, July 14th 2014, 1-2pm.

Voice of Witness, a non-profit book series and education program that shares the oral histories of those involved in ongoing human rights and social justice issues. Join me as Diamond Dave and I talk to the Executive Director, Mimi Lok, who, along with VoW co-founder Dave Eggers, won the 2013 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for Social Progress, for their work with Voice of Witness. We'll also speak with Audrey Petty, the Editor and Compiler of High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing, which shares the stories of people who used to live in the high rise projects that were torn down in the early 2000s as part of Chicago's Plan for Transformation. Sharing inspiration and the power of the personal story to tell otherwise untold perspectives that are so often hidden in conventional history and media.

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Peace & Thank You!
Global Val

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Global Val MCs for EarthDaySF

I'm pleased to announce that I've been asked to MC for Earth Day SF on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, at Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco. 10am-6pm. FREE/all ages!

I'll be in the Speakers Tent 12-2:30pm
-Starting at NOON with a panel discussion about "Positive & Healthy Consumer Solutions" with me, environmental attorney Mona Lisa Wallace, Stacy Malkan of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and Pamm Larry of the Label GMO campaign.
*Tune in to Women's Magazine on on Friday 4/18, 2-3pm for a preview of the panel.
- Other speakers on 4/19 include:
Katie Cantrell of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition
Kevin Connelly of the Earth Island Institute
Rosemary Alles of March for Elephants
David Braun of Americans Against Fracking
Representatives from Friends of the Urban Forest
Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange
Leila Salazar Lopez, Program Director of Amazon Watch
Osprey Orielle Lake of We Can International & President/Founder of the Women's Earth & Climate Caucus
Dr. Meg Lowman, the "real life Lorax" or "Einstein of the treetops", pioneer of canopy ecology, joining us from the California Academy of Sciences
Bob Linden of the nationally syndicated, non-profit, weekly show Go Vegan with Bob Linden

And then I'll be on the Earth Mother main stage 3-6pm with MUSIC & even more speakers, including:
Pamm Larry of the Label GMO campaign
Bill McKibbin of, who will also be part of the march from the Embarcadero (starting at 11am) to Civic Center, against the Keystone XL Pipeline

There'll be music & dancing, education, workshops & lots of inspiration for all ages. Join us at this FREE event, 10am - 6pm on Saturday, April 19th, 2014. Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

9th Annual Poems Under the Dome at San Francisco City Hall

- Poster by Chad Xavier -

Poems Under the Dome - 9th Annual Celebration of National Poetry Month at San Francisco City Hall


An open mic celebration of National Poetry Month. The 9th Annual Poems Under the Dome welcomes you to read a poem inside beautiful San Francisco City Hall in the North Light Court. Enter the free lottery at the event to read ONE poem in THREE minutes or less. FREE & open to all ages! Thursday, April 24th, 5:30-8pm.

Notes & Thanks:

"April is the cruelest month. " -T.S Eliot

Nine years ago, Diamond Dave Whitaker was sitting at Alamo Square, looking down at the freshly gilded dome of City Hall glistening in the sun, and declared, "What a great place for poetry!" After his epiphany, he called in the help of a few local poets, namely EK Keith & Charlie Getter, to help him realize this dream. They got on the task, and with the support of various Supervisors and the Mayor, were able to put together the 1st Poems Under the Dome in 2006.

Since then, with the dedication of EK, the primary organizer, and a group of volunteers, this special event hasn't skipped a beat (so to speak) and we're thrilled to invited ALL AGES to attend this FREE event on Thursday, April 24th, 5:30-8pm in the North Light Court inside San Francisco City Hall. It's the only event of its kind at City Hall - in that it is a free event for the public, welcoming participation.

Readers are selected by lottery at the event and at a handful of poetry open mics around town during the month of April. So come and put your name in the hat for one of the coveted 3-minute spots to read ONE poem of your choosing (an original or a favorite). The shorter your poem is, the more opportunity there is for others to get to read. Either way, it's a great chance to experience live poetry and the thriving poetic community of San Francisco!

This year, our current Poet Laureate of San Francisco, Alejandro Murguia, will read the first poem. We also have a small group of local youth who will help start off the evening. Names for the open mic will be drawn at various points throughout the evening, so we encourage you stick around, be patient and enjoy the show!

For more information go to

We want to thank John Avalos & the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor and the Sheriff's Office, and the SF Public Library for their continued support of this one-of-a-kind event, the mother of all open mics, inside City Hall, in celebration of National Poetry Month.


Friday, December 13, 2013

"Why Photographs and Images of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela are So Important" by Sylvia Frain

Global Val welcomes her first guest blogger & international correspondent, Sylvia C. Frain, PhD Student at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Why Photographs and Images of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela are So Important

by Sylvia C. Frain

While President Barack Obama’s ‘selfie’ picture with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt at the memorial of Rolihlahla ‘Nelson’ Mandela now dominates the international media’s attention, I would like to offer a more in-depth analysis regarding photographs and images within the coverage of Mandela’s passing.

A reflection and exploration of this past week’s vast amounts of photographs and images has demonstrated a parallel struggle for freedom. Photographs of Mandela that we are sharing and reposting were once banned from the media and outlawed from the public under apartheid. However, this past week they have flowed freely across online media galleries and slideshows unlike ever before.

A review of online news outlets and blogs from the day of his death and until his memorial service has produced numerous titles for Mandela. Depending on the source, he has been branded as a revolutionary, a protestor, a president, a trouble maker, a terrorist, a freedom fighter, a political activist, a rebel, a leader, a prisoner, world’s best negotiator, a peacemaker, and a legend. While these titles are descriptive and expressive, a photograph or image of him communicates much more.

“On the day Nelson Mandela died, like millions of other people around the world, my 14-year-old updated his Facebook page with a picture of Mandela… I have been mesmerized by pictures of him, soaking in gallery after gallery of photographs of his remarkable life.”

Nearly all online media and blogs relating to the coverage included at least one photograph or image, producing an inclusive visual language. Each feature included a range of visual components: a slideshow, visual timeline, or an interactive photo essay with photographs by professionals as well amateurs. “Photography is the starting point of mass media and communication, and is the most common language of our civilization.” Since its invention, photography has been examined and critiqued, regarding its powerful role to revisit history, examine politics, and to understand international affairs visually.

History has demonstrated that photography’s power can be used for ‘good and evil’, as a propaganda tool, for political manipulation, and as a method to control the representation of conflict and war. It has the power to “deaden [the audience] to political horrors and condition them to accept racism, sexism and deepening class divisions as natural, necessary conditions of existence.”

We can come to understand history through the images of the era, or even the absence of images. “Prohibitions against photographs always indicate a healthy respect for their power.” According to the BBC, during the 1970s and 1980s, “carrying the image of Mandela or being overheard saying his name could result in torture and a prison sentence.” Not only was his photograph illegal, the apartheid state banned Mandela posters and “imposed stiff sentences on anyone caught smuggling posters across the border.” See The New York Times for apartheid posters from the 1980s and 1990s. This censorship and control further helped to elevate visual representation of him as a symbol against oppression and defiance of unjust leadership. The more the regime tried to hide, suppress and control his image, the greater the drive was to expose it.

“As you can imagine, there was intense competition to get the first picture of Mandela. A day before his release, the South African government reversed its policy and published a picture of Mandela.” Once released in 1990, and thanks to contemporary technology, live images of a ‘free Mandela’ were transmitted via satellite to audiences around the world. This photograph of a free man, a man who had spent so many years in prison, and endured institutionalised racism, now could be seen in full light, and his image became an international icon.

Photographs and images of Mandela are a symbol for common experiences of the struggle against oppression, as well as a figure of forgiveness, strength, and democracy. His image represents more than a resilient and tolerant man, but also a resistance ideology, one that works towards freedom and against repression worldwide. Through this past weeks' ‘Life in Pictures’ online slideshows and galleries, photographs have communicated and visually expressed the universal struggle against domination as well as creating the image of common humanity.

Mandela’s passing is unlike any other magnitude of global grievance, mourning or loss. Photography shapes public memory, assists with making sense of a shared experience and can relay emotions better than any written text. His actions, words and practices have reached people all over the world, and people want to celebrate his vision. The photography of the global reaction, as well as pictorial tributes, which are featured on nearly every media site, show people from all walks of life, speaking different languages, across borders and spanning generations around the world gathered to pay respect, and join together in remembrance and collectively mourn Mandela.

The Wall Street Journal developed a live interactive obituary platform, with global user content, Twitter posts and quotes embedded within the article. The Australian ABC featured a video timeline of his life and major events also a tribute page with mix-media including user content and Instagram photographs. These sites provide a shared pace to instantly and visually collaborate and memorialize Mandela globally.

Mandela’s image now “adorns everything from expensive cotton pillowslips, to fridge magnets, to dusty township tavern walls.” The pictures of Mandela were once outlawed, and now have become one of the most shared images online. I believe it will continue to influence people struggling and resisting oppression world-wide for generations to come, much longer than any number of world leader ‘selfies’.

December 2013

Sylvia C. Frain
PhD Student
National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Otago
520 Castle Street
Dunedin 9054, New Zealand


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Friday, November 15, 2013

KPFA Women's Magazine - Monday, November 18, 2013: Poetry as an Agent of Change

Monday, November 18th, 1-2pm
Women's Magazine with Global Val
2nd Women's Poetry Showcase: Poetry as an Agent of Change
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Poetry as an Agent of Change

When I started producing shows for Women's Magazine on KPFA 94.1, my intention was and remains to be highlighting women who are changing the world. I've brought it back to poetry this month because Poetry is an underdog of change. In this show, we'll hear from two poets who are using their words & work to inspire and activate others toward personal growth and creative community-based solutions for some of the world's most daunting challenges.


Alicia Zakon is an educator and spoken word poet in & from Berkeley, CA. She's written a poetic memoir called "Laundry and Love Notes", a collection of poems she wrote from age 10-25 that reveal her own choices in love & dating and gives readers a raw examination of how she has grown as a young woman. She plans to teach a series of free poetry workshops in 15 cities around the country so other young women can receive the gift of poetry as a means to deal with life's transgressions and gain a better sense of self-worth. You can contribute to her workshop tour by purchasing her book on her website,

Alexandria 'Rain' is an ambassador of peace and positivity who came into our lives at The Common Thread Collective (Fridays 3-6pm) at Mutiny Radio this past summer. She has her feet, hands and heart planted in the grass roots as she shares her vision about how the creative collective can help us reinvigorate and inspire each other.
- She's currently involved with CAJA-3, standing up to feminicide by lobbying for a better distribution of US funds allotted for the drug war in Mexico, and by empowering a group of women in Mexico, who are suffering domestic violence, to grow and sell local delicacies to gain independence.
- She was also selected to participate in a retreat with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom as it looks ahead into the next 100 years of the organization. See the WILPF website to sign the petition to ratify CEDAW and let the 113th Congress know - on the day they're sworn in - that Americans want the US to join 185 other countries who have signed on to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.


The Necatarian Collective from the Big Island of Hawaii consists of three goddesses: Mary Isis, Sea Star and Parmita, accompanied by their friends, Lotus Moon. Today's show features:

"Cosmic Mind" and "Earth's Child" by Mary Isis from her album Nectarian
"The Wellspring" by Sea Star from her album Sacred Red
and a special live track of "Only Love Can Heal Us" by Parmita

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Thank you for your participation!

Global Val