Category: racism

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- August 23, 2019: A History of Cook County Jail

This post was originally published on this siteFor this week’s episode, we share a conversation between Melanie D. Newport and Anne Gray Fisher. They talk about the history of Cook County Jail- the largest facility in the country. Melanie D. Newport is an Assistant Professor of US History at the University of Connecticut-Hartford. Her work… Read more »

Kite Line- May 10, 2019: Appealing the Death Penalty- A Conversation with Zolo Azania, Part Two

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we return to our conversation with Zolo Agona Azania, who was recently released after surviving decades on Indiana’s death row.  In the second part of the conversation, he talks about researching the death penalty and appealing his death penalty sentence. The efforts of Azania, his lawyers… Read more »

Kite Line- April 12, 2019: Impacts of the Prisoners’ Movement, Part One

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we have a conversation between Toussaint Losier and Micol Seigel. This is part one 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… Read more »

Kite Line- March 22, 2019: Policing Los Angeles, Part Two

This post was originally published on this siteLast week, we heard the first part of a lecture by Max Felker-Kantor on policing in Los Angeles, from the Watts Rebellion in the 60s to the brutal police beating of Rodney King in the 90s. This week, he continues to talk about the police murder of Eula… Read more »

Kite Line- March 15, 2018: Policing Los Angeles, Part One

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we air the first of two episodes tracking the rise of police racism and militarization in Los Angeles, from the Watts Uprising of 1965 to the 1992 L.A. Riots after Rodney King’s beating. Max Felker-Kantor, author of the book, Policing Los Angeles, walks us through the… Read more »

Trouble #2: Bash The Fash

This post was originally published on this siteReactionary right-wing politics are on the rise in the west, and events are moving at a dangerous pace. In the wake of Trump’s ascendency to the US presidency, a toxic mix of white nationalism, Islamophobia, transphobia, violent misogyny, and anti-migrant hysteria is rapidly coalescing into a growing movement… Read more »