Category: mass incarceration

Kite Line- September 6, 2019: The Business of Incarceration- A Conversation with Craig Gilmore

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we speak on the phone with writer and prison abolitionist Craig Gilmore, who begins by discussing his recent piece in Commune Magazine. The article, “The Business of Incarceration” is a review of American Prison, a critically acclaimed 2018 book by Shane Bauer. In his conversation with… Read more »

Kite Line- August 30, 2019: Three Years of Prison Insurgency

This post was originally published on this siteIt’s been one year since the August 2018 National Prison Strike. This week, we feature a talk from Ben Turk and Amani Sawari- both of whom were important outside supporters of last year’s national Prison Strike. This talk took place at Bend the Bars 2019, a prison abolitionist… Read more »

Kite Line- August 9, 2019: Retaliation Against E-Carceration

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share a statement from former political prisoner Ray Luc Levassuer about the recent death of his comrade, Tom Manning. Then, we speak with Micol Seigel about e-carceration, otherwise known as electronic monitoring. Seigel works with the group Indiana Against E-Carceration, who have a series of… Read more »

Kite Line- August 2, 2019: Retaliation 101

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we hear from two people- Faith, who talks to us about the practice of inmate lending- and Jason Renard Walker, who speaks on the retaliation he is facing inside. We spoke to Faith at the Fight Toxic Prisons convergence recently, and she told us about the… Read more »

Kite Line- July 12, 2019: Prison in the Climate Crisis

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share an interview with Julie, a researcher who studies the effects of climate change on prisoners.  The conversation was held at last month’s Fight Toxic Prisons conference, and focused on her work on how intensifying extremes of heat and cold impacts prisoners’ health. As this… Read more »

Kite Line- July 5, 2019: Close Dekalb County Jail

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we spoke with participants in the struggle to close Dekalb County jail in Atlanta, Georgia. They walked us through the launch of the movement there, when prisoners smuggled out photos of horrendous conditions inside, which were posted on social media by family members. Since then, a… Read more »

Kite Line- June 28, 2019: The Case and Current Life of Leonard Peltier

This post was originally published on this siteOver the past year, the political prisoner support movement has won an exciting number of releases, with long-term political prisoners from MOVE and the Black Panthers finally gaining their freedom.  But many other political prisoners remain behind bars, and their supporters are not slowing down.  Leonard Peltier is… Read more »

Kite Line- June 21, 2019: Participating in Strikes on the Inside and Out

This post was originally published on this siteKevin Steel speaks to us about being sentenced to twelve years in prison at the age of 17.  Speaking to us from the 4th annual Fight Toxic Prisons conference- which you can hear at points in the background- Kevin touches on a lot of different topics, including the… Read more »

Kite Line- April 26, 2019: Impacts of the Prisoners’ Movement, Part Three

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we finish our conversation between Toussaint Losier and Micol Seigel. This is part three of a series in which we hear Losier, author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement, speak to Seigel about his research while writing his book, in which he builds a cohesive picture of… Read more »