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Aug 30, 19

Kite Line: Three Years of Prison Insurgency

Long running anti-prison radio program Kite Line returns with a discussion on the Bend the Bars conference and a look back at the national prison strikes in 2016 and 2018.

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It’s been one year since the August 2018 National Prison Strike. This week, we feature a talk from Ben Turk and Amani Sawari – both of whom were important outside supporters of last year’s national Prison Strike.

This talk took place at Bend the Bars 2019, a prison abolitionist conference focusing on the initiatives of prisoners themselves. This conference, held in Lansing, Michigan, was the follow-up to a Bend the Bars organized in 2016 in Columbus, Ohio in the lead up to the first national prison strike.

With two national strikes between these events, this panel was an opportunity to reflect on the development of the prisoners’ movement, the achievements and failures of outside solidarity efforts, and the future of prisoner-led organizing.

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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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