Kite Line: State Women Against Women of Color


Kite Line is a long-running anti-prison radio show and podcast from Bloomington, Indiana.

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This week, we share a conversation we had with Andrea Ritchie, an attorney and activist whose work focuses on police violence against the queer community and women of color. She speaks about current political conditions, and the concepts in her most recent book, Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color.

Ritchie walks us through some of the different ways that women of color are disproportionately attacked and criminalized by police. She speaks of police violence against mothers and pregnant women, and shares the stories of some specific women who have been harmed by the police. Finally, Ritchie talks to us about some of the positive organizing she is seeing in respect to issues of police violence against black women and women of color.

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Kite Line
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.