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Feb 15, 19

Kite Line: MDC Protests in New York

Long running anti-prison podcast and radio show discusses the explosive protests in Brooklyn against the MDC facility.

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This week is an interview with Samantha Johnson, from No New Jails in Brooklyn, New York. As we reported recently, the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn recently was the target of large scale demonstrations, after prisoners expressed to their loved ones on the outside that they were being denied basic human needs such as heat, fresh food, and running water.

In the interview, Johnson describes being on the front lines of this protest and next steps. She also stresses the importance of working with families affected by incarceration, and how organizers have been able to join with these families to push an end to the inhumane treatment at MDC and other facilities around the United States.

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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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