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Apr 9, 19

Kite Line: More Reflections from Mark Cook

Kite Line returns to speak with Mark Cook, a well known radical, Black Panther, and former insurgent from the George Jackson Brigade.

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This week, Kite Line welcomes the continued contributions of Mark Cook, who we recorded in conversation with Alejo Stark.  Mark is a former prison rebel, dating back to ambitious organizing on the inside in the 1960s.  Following his release from prison, he co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party and later went underground with the George Jackson Brigade.  Due to his guerrilla activities, he served another quarter century in prison before being released in the year 2000.  Since then, he has continued to organize and contribute to the prisoners’ movement.

Mark continues to reflect on prison organizing and struggling against prison both inside and outside the prison walls. He also speaks on the importance of communication as fundamental right for everyone, and emphasizes the importance of communication for prisoners.

You can here previous episodes with Mark Cook on our website,

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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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