This week, we speak with Dan from Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity. MAPS is an exemplary grassroots abolitionist group, which arose out of the 2016 National Prison Strike and, specifically, the Kinross uprising in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Dan lays out this history, and gives us an inventory of COVID-19 in Michigan prisons, based on a zine of prisoner reflections and reports which MAPS recently released. The pandemic was inflamed inside Michigan prisons by both negligence and repression, but prisoners have organized in response both on an everyday level for the sake of survival as well as carrying out major protests and revolts.
You can check out MAPS here.
You can read about the Kinross Uprising on Perilous Chronicle.