Kite Line: Voices From the Grassroots


Long running anti-prison podcast and radio show, Kite Line, speaks with new anti-prison history project, Perilous.

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This week, we interview a participant in Perilous, a new prison history project. Perilous launched its website earlier this year, with a goal of compiling all the grassroots, collective mobilizations that have happened in US prisons since the prisoners’ movement seriously kicked off again in 2010. With this interview, we got a sense of their process and approach, as well as an overview of the trajectory of the movement so far. We are also sharing a moving statement from Evelyn, the mother of Melvin Perez, a prisoner in Florida seeking clemency after two decades inside on a shaky conviction.

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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.