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Mar 19, 22

Kite Line: Interview with Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity

Long-running abolitionist radio and podcast show Kite Line presents an interview with Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS).

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This week, we speak with Dan from Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity. MAPS is an exemplary grassroots abolitionist group, which arose out of the 2016 National Prison Strike and, specifically, the Kinross uprising in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Dan lays out this history, and gives us an inventory of COVID-19 in Michigan prisons, based on a zine of prisoner reflections and reports which MAPS recently released. The pandemic was inflamed inside Michigan prisons by both negligence and repression, but prisoners have organized in response both on an everyday level for the sake of survival as well as carrying out major protests and revolts.

You can check out MAPS here.

You can read about the Kinross Uprising on Perilous Chronicle.

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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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