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Jul 21, 18

Kite Line: Tear Down the Inner Prisons

Anti-prison pipeline Kite Line returns with a brand new episode and radio show.

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This week, Johdy Polk, from Gainesville, Florida, describes her time inside a women’s prison, while sharing cutting observations on growing up as a black woman in a white supremacist society. She also makes an urgent call to tear down our inner prisons, a call that we think resonates with the torrent of news we are sharing this week. Prisoners across the country are breaking down the mental and material walls which isolate them, producing new forms of solidarity and collective organizing.

For the first time, we could not include all the news sent to us for lack of space in the episode, so we will at least give a shout out to the prisoners in the Orange County jail on hunger strike, and to Malik Washington in Texas, who remains in administrative segregation as retaliation for his dignity and dissent. This rush of organizing on the inside bodes well for the National Prison Strike called for this August 21st, as caged human beings across the US evaluate which prisons – whether built of concrete, steel or just of prejudice – they will be able to challenge.

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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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