Category: mass incarceration

January 22, 2021: Bare Essentials- Health Advocacy for Prisoners

This post was originally published on this site   On Kite Line this week, we share two interviews with advocates working on the physical well-being of those locked inside. The first conversation we hear is with Olivia, who is part of a group trying to get the word out about unsafe conditions at the California… Read more »

Kite Line- January 1, 2021: New Year’s Kites

This post was originally published on this siteHappy New Year! This week, we broadcast kites from Strawberry Hampton in Illinois and Daniel Dawson in Saskatchewan, who both called in this week to update us on their conditions. Strawberry Hampton, a Black transgender woman and niece of Fred Hampton, shares the horrific abuses she has suffered… Read more »

Kite Line- December 11, 2020: Like a Horror Movie- COVID’s Spread in the Prisons

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we hear from two people who explain the rapidly deteriorating COVID-19 situation in facilities in both Saskatchewan and Indiana. As we reported last week, prisoners at the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre in Saskatchewan, Canada organized a hunger strike last week to protest the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 outbreak… Read more »

Kite Line- November 27, 2020: Careless With People’s Lives- Violence & Neglect in Florida

This post was originally published on this siteFor our episode this week, we share more from Florida Prisoner Solidarity. Recently, they told us about the drastic retaliatory measures prisoners were being subjected to in the Florida Department of Corrections. These punishments were often given as a response for prisoners advocating for themselves in the wake… Read more »

Kite Line- November 20, 2020: Punished for Self-Preservation

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, share an update sent to us from Michelle Freeman about her husband, Vernell. Michelle’s impassioned plea on behalf of her partner is both urgent and inspiring, and we will continue to air messages from her in the future, as Vernell’s situation evolves. You can hear our… Read more »

Kite Line- October 16, 2020: Isolation as Retaliation

This post was originally published on this siteThis week on Kite Line, we share a call from a prisoner located in Seattle, who exposes his facility’s careless treatment of prisoners in the face of COVID-19, and how medical isolation and punitive isolation function similarly. Afterwards, we finish our conversation with Keith Malik Washington. Malik was… 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- June 5, 2020: Re-Entry into an Uprising

This post was originally published on this siteOn this episode, we have a letter from a prisoner at Pendleton Correctional Facility about his experiences with COVID-19 there. We share a short PSA about street safety during protests, and a message from Keith “Malik” Washington. On June 3rd, Bloomington residents occupied the courthouse square in order… Read more »