Black Lives Matter

296 | Words from an Incarcerated BLM Demonstrator

This week, we share Isaiah Willoughby’s story. He’s been on the show before, talking about his incarceration due to actions on behalf on the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Today, he walks us through the events leading up to and after his arrest, including the police murder of his neighbor in Seattle and his…

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213 | George Jackson and the Legacy of Revolt

Today, August 21st, is the 49th anniversary of George Jackson’s murder by San Quentin guards.  Jackson was a leading theorist and militant in the prisoners’ movement which had emerged over the previous decade in close relationship to the rise of Black Power.  His books, Soledad Brother and Blood in my Eye, remain touchstones for prisoners’ discussions across the…

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212 | The Crisis Behind a Hot American Summer

This week, Bella Bravo speaks to Zhandarka Kurti and Jarrod Shanahan. Kurti is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tennesee in Knoxville, and also works with Face to Face Knox, a campaign to restore in-person visitation to Knox County detention centers.  Shanahan is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Governors State…

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1 | The Debut Episode

This first episode of Kite Line is an introduction to some of the issues we want to cover here on the show. We give updates on prison news, Professor Micol Seigel describes the basic functions of prison, and Professor Jakobi Williams reflects on the history of racist police violence and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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