Category: Prisoners

Kite Line- December 7, 2018: Otay Mesa Detention Resistance

This post was originally published on this siteA new movement of refugees fleeing violence and starvation in Central America began to reach Tijuana last month, in the hopes of applying for asylum in the United States.  Comprised of multiple, self-organized caravans, the refugees passed through incredible hardship and risk before thousands were temporarily settled in… Read more »

Kite Line- November 30, 2018: Leon Benson in His Own Words, Part Two

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we are continuing our talk with Leon Benson, who speaks to us from inside Pendleton Correctional Facility here in Indiana. He’s been inside since 1998, for a murder conviction and he has been trying to clear his name and win his freedom ever since. Benson was… Read more »

Kite Line- November 23, 2018: Leon Benson in His Own Words, Part One

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we hear from Leon Benson, who calls us from inside an Indiana prison. You might remember some of Leon’s story from a Kite Line episode we aired in December of last year, called “You Can’t Force the State to Abide by the Law” in which his… Read more »

Kite Line- November 9, 2018: Naming Disability

This post was originally published on this siteToday, we are sharing the next part of an interview with Talila Lewis and Dustin Gibson, two organizers and researchers addressing the intersection of disability and incarceration.  You heard their interview about the impact of prison on the Deaf community, and the organization they work with, HEARD- Helping… Read more »

Kite Line- November 2, 2018: Being Heard- Prison and the Deaf Community

This post was originally published on this siteToday, we are sharing an interview with Talila Lewis and Dustin Gibson, two organizers and researchers addressing the intersection of disability and incarceration.  After TL describes the high stakes of being deaf in prison, they move on to sketch out the ways that children of color are disabled… Read more »

Kite Line- October 19, 2018: Voices of the Formerly Incarcerated, Part Three

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share the final story from the Voices of the Formerly Incarcerated panel that took place during the Fight Toxic Prisons conference in Pittsburgh. After we hear updates on Kevin Rashid Johnson and Keith Malik Washington, we close with anecdotes from Wendell Caldwell. Caldwell speaks on… Read more »

Kite Line- October 12, 2018: Voices of the Formerly Incarcerated, Part Two- Angola Prison’s Racist History

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we hear from Curtis Ray Davis II, who talks about the racist history of Angola Prison- the Louisiana State Penitentiary. After we read a statement from hunger striking prisoners in Orange County, we then hear a moving account from Davis. He talks about Louisiana’s non-unanimous verdict,… Read more »

Kite Line- October 5, 2018: Voices of the Formerly Incarcerated, Part One

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we hear the stories of three men who share their experiences from years being on the inside. Khalid Raheem discusses his experiences with the Black Panther Party, solitary confinement, and educational options in prison. Carrington Keys talks with us about the Dallas Six case, and how… Read more »

Kite Line- September 28, 2018: The Prisoners’ Movement in the Heartland

This post was originally published on this siteThis week’s episode covers the situation in the Midwest. We hear from Ben and Aaron, who work on supporting prisoners in Ohio and Indiana, respectively. Ben informs about Ohio prisoners who are still facing repercussions from the 1993 Lucasville uprising. We’ve introduced Lucasville in previous episodes of Kite… Read more »