Category: Incarceration

Kite Line- August 21, 2020: George Jackson and the Legacy of Revolt

This post was originally published on this siteToday, August 21st, is the 49th anniversary of George Jackson’s murder by San Quentin guards.  Jackson was a leading theorist and militant in the prisoners’ movement which had emerged over the previous decade in close relationship to the rise of Black Power.  His books, Soledad Brother and Blood… Read more »

Kite Line- July 17, 2020: What’s Going on is Nothing New- Prisoners on State Violence and the Rebellion

This post was originally published on this siteWe will continue the final installment of the interview between Kristina Byers and Anastazia Schmid next week, as they talk about barriers to education while incarcerated. This week, though, we received urgent calls. Faheem Shabazz is a longtime whistleblower and militant inside the Indiana prison system, who was… Read more »

Kite Line- July 3, 2020: From Watts to Minneapolis, The Arc of Anti-Police Protest

This post was originally published on this siteIn this episode, we have two updates from prisoners in California on their conditions amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Afterwards, we speak with Max Felker-Kantor, historian and professor at Ball State University. Felker-Kantor’s particular focus of study is policing and anti-police violence post WWII. He’s been on Kite Line… Read more »

Kite Line- June 26, 2020: The High Stakes of Institutional Racism During COVID-19

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share a phone conversation between Kijana Tashiri Askari and C, one of their outside supporters. Askari is incarcerated in the California Medical Facility- a male-only state carceral medical institution.The recorded this conversation earlier this week, about the conditions Kijana and others are facing, including improper… Read more »

Between Exploitation and Exposure: Little Village Solidarity Network on the Fight Against Child Detention in Chicago

This post was originally published on this siteThe post Between Exploitation and Exposure: Little Village Solidarity Network on the Fight Against Child Detention in Chicago appeared first on It’s Going Down. On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we caught up with two members of the Little Village Solidarity Network (LVSN), to speak… Read more »

Kite Line- May 8, 2020: COVID-19 Kites

This post was originally published on this siteThe country might be locked down, but struggles inside prisons and out continue to develop chaotically and unexpectedly intersect with the COVID-19 crisis.  Prisoners in Stateville in Illinois report that they continue to suffer from a full lockdown, restricting their programming and access to phones.  Yet, guards are… Read more »

Kite Line- May 8, 2020: COVID-19 Kites

This post was originally published on this siteThe country might be locked down, but struggles inside prisons and out continue to develop chaotically and unexpectedly intersect with the COVID-19 crisis.  Prisoners in Stateville in Illinois report that they continue to suffer from a full lockdown, restricting their programming and access to phones.  Yet, guards are… Read more »