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Kite Line- June 21, 2019: Participating in Strikes on the Inside and Out

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Kevin Steel speaks to us about being sentenced to twelve years in prison at the age of 17.  Speaking to us from the 4th annual Fight Toxic Prisons conference- which you can hear at points in the background- Kevin touches on a lot of different topics, including the Influence of the Black Panthers and other groups on his youth, hunger strikes, the current fight against prisons in New York, and updates on other aspects of his current organizing.

Housed in both Rikers and Attica, Kevin talks about what it was like to organize with the National Prison Strike of 2016 while in prison, and then to help support the National Prison Strike in 2018. Kevin was named as a ringleader in the shutdowns and organizing, so as a consequence, other prisoners who participated were targeted and shipped out of their facilities after the prison strike.