Category: Prisoners

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- December 4, 2020: Caged During COVID

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share two interviews with prisoners confronting rampant COVID-19 infections in their facilities. Cory Cardinal, imprisoned at the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre in Saskatchewan, Canada speaks about the hunger strike they organized last weekend to protest the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 outbreak at the facility. Prisoners at the… 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- September 4, 2020: “If They Kill Me in the Hole, I’ll Go Out Satisfied” – ICE Detainees Protest Conditions at Winn

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share important news from around the Midwest and more updates from the struggles in Louisiana’s immigrant detention centers.  Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson is facing threats on his life inside the Indiana Department of Corrections.  An abolitionist in Madison, Wisconsin has chosen to enter solitary confinement rather… 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- May 29, 2020: The COVID Prison Project

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we broadcast updates on a riot in Macon State Prison, and two calls from mothers of prisoners at Westville Correctional Facility. After a rebellion by prisoners on April 22, over a dozen prisoners have been moved to a new segregation unit and are being subjected to… Read more »

Kite Line- May 29, 2020: The COVID Prison Project

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we broadcast updates on a riot in Macon State Prison, and two calls from mothers of prisoners at Westville Correctional Facility. After a rebellion by prisoners on April 22, over a dozen prisoners have been moved to a new segregation unit and are being subjected to… Read more »