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Sunday, July 29, 2018

7/30/18 from our KUCI 88.9fm studios - Host Janeane Bernstein spoke with Bay Area author Lise Pearlman, who recently wrote a stunning new biography about prisoner rights activist Fay Stender called Call Me Phaedra



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Bay Area author, Lise Pearlman, has recently written a stunning new biography of prisoner rights activist Fay Stender entitled, Call Me Phaedra (Regent Press, June 5). 


Fay’s story as a fighter for the rights of black prisoners is especially relevant in today’s political turmoil, and Lise is an award-winning author, accomplished lecturer, trail-blazing lawyer, and nationally recognized civil rights historian. 



Call Me Phaedra: The Life and Times of Movement Lawyer Fay Stender provides an inside view of activism during the McCarthy Era, the Civil Rights Movement, Free Speech Era, the rise of
black power, and the Women’s Rights Movement. It chronicles the extraordinary life and career of Fay Stender, focused particularly on her work as a rare female criminal defense lawyer and
ground-breaking prisoners’ rights advocate. The book focuses on Stender’s achievements and challenges representing two black revolutionary clients. 


Her work both won her international acclaim as a top Movement lawyer and propelled her to a tragic end. The saga of this feminine icon will fascinate those who lived through these eras as well as young adults today interested in the history of American activism and, particularly, women who challenged white-male monopoly power. Those who are working to change American society for the better today can draw valuable lessons from this important new biography and history book which reflects years of research, including access to several unpublished private collections and scores of exclusive interviews.

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