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Jan 22, 19

Kite Line: Arrested with a Yellow Vest, Part #1

Update on the State moving to murder Bomani Shakur as well as an interview with someone on the ongoing Yellow Vest movement in France.

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In this episode, we read a statement by Keith Lamar, also known as Bomani Shakur, who just had his execution date set. In his statement, Keith wrangles with the violent death the state of Ohio is seeking to inflict on him, but also with the vast challenges and ruptures that we as a whole face in the 21st century.

While the US government remains shutdown after four weeks, leading to widespread neglect of federal prisoners, France is approaching three months of an open insurgency. Hundreds of thousands of people have donned Yellow Vests and are blockading highways and roundabouts, as well as rioting in towns and cities across the country each Saturday, in order to resist the collapse of living standards and the shifting of costs onto the poor.

In order to get a first-hand perspective on the movement, we interviewed Chantal, an American arrested during a demonstration in Paris last month. In addition to touching on aspects of the Yellow Vest movement, she tells the story of her time in an immigrant detention center there, echoing stories of abuse at US detention centers, which are themselves being shaken by overcrowding and collective struggles.

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Kite Line is a radio program devoted to prison issues around the Midwest and beyond. Behind the prison walls, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to the guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will bear it farther along till it reaches its destination. On the show, we hope to pass along words across the prison walls.

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