Category: Prisoners

Kite Line- January 17, 2020: Combat and Incarceration, Part One

This post was originally published on this siteThis week starts our series of conversations with Valrice “Whop” Cooper, the legendary cornerman who learned his craft training prisoners in the Louisiana DOC’s boxing program. For this episode, we discuss his thirty-five-year prison term that began in 1976 at the age of 17, and how coming into… Read more »

Kite Line- January 10, 2020: Weed and Seed

This post was originally published on this siteThe Federal government rolled out the weed and seed program in the early 1990s in response to a new wave of urban uprisings. It placed social services under police control, so that cops could first “weed,” (i.e. remove undesirable elements) and then “seed” by distributing resources, following a… Read more »

Kite Line- January 3, 2020: #MeToo in Prison

This post was originally published on this siteOur episode this week finishes the conversation between Rojas, Meg, and Cyrus. Last week, they spoke about the conditions of transgender and gender non-conforming prisoners in the prison system. They continue talking about efforts to support transgender and GNC prisoners inside and outside of the walls. Additionally, they… Read more »

Kite Line- December 27, 2019: Resilient Inside and Out- A Conversation with Gender Non-Conforming Prison Organizers

This post was originally published on this siteOur episode this week is a conversation between Rojas and Cyrus, two advocates with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.  CCWP is an organization that exists, in their words, to “monitor and challenge the abusive conditions inside California women’s prisons. We fight for the release of women and… Read more »

Kite Line- November 22, 2019: The Human Cost of E-Carceration

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share a recent round table on e-carceration here in Bloomington. This event was part of a series across southern Indiana, as community members hurt by e-carceration and their families come together to discuss their experiences and work together to understand this complex web of social control…. Read more »

Kite Line- November 15, 2019: More Kites from the Inside

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share two messages sent to us from the inside. We hear from Shaka Shakur about the issues he has been facing since being transferred to Virginia from Indiana. Afterwards, we play a statement by Khalfani Malik Khaldun recorded from the inside prior to his 50th… Read more »

Kite Line- November 8, 2019: Inside/Outside Prisoner Solidarity with Willis X

This post was originally published on this siteAfter hearing statements of solidarity with striking South Carolina prisoners, we share stories and reflections from Willis X, a former prisoner of 23 years, who became an advocate for others still inside.  He talks about his false conviction, and eventually winning his freedom after being sentenced as a… Read more »

Kite Line- November 1, 2019: Families Speak Out Against the Gladiator Fights, Part Two

This post was originally published on this siteAs we covered last week, prisoners in California have been subjected to a new and disturbing round of gladiator fights – conflicts between prisoners instigated by guards for their own amusement or to break down solidarity between different groups on the inside.  This week, we continue sharing a… Read more »

Kite Line- October 25, 2019: Families Speak Out Against the Gladiator Fights, Part One

This post was originally published on this sitePrisoners in California have been subjected to a new and disturbing round of gladiator fights – conflicts between prisoners instigated by guards for their own amusement or to break down solidarity between different groups on the inside. This week, we will begin sharing a powerful conversation with three… Read more »

Kite Line- October 18, 2019: Updates From the Inside

This post was originally published on this siteFor this episode, we share calls from folks on the inside. First, we have the statement from the striking prisoners at the Clallum Bay Correctional Facility in Washington State. After their statement, Abu Faheem Shabazz calls in to talk about conditions at Westville Correctional Facility, followed by Myron… Read more »