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48 | Recalling Past Struggles

This week is the first part of our interview with Mark Cook. Mark served 24 years in prison for his participation in a bank robbery and jail break associated with the George Jackson Brigade in Seattle. He co-founded the Walla Walla chapter of the Black Panther Party, and Mark continued his activism throughout his captivity….

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43 | The Death Penalty

The death penalty is the barest, most explicit aspect of state violence. Relatively few people are sentenced to death, and even fewer are actively, legally killed by the state but the death penalty persists as an assertion of the sovereign right to take life or to let live. This week on Kite Line, we’ll begin…

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33 | Woomera: Escaping From an Immigrant Detention Center, Part Three

This week concludes our series on the mass escape from the Woomera immigrant detention center in 2002. Aren Aizura, who helped organize the solidarity camp outside the prison over Easter weekend of that year, tells us more about the aftermath: follow-up organizing with captive refugees, and the Australian government’s push to move the prisons to…

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32 | Woomera: Escaping From an Immigrant Detention Center, Part Two

In the second episode of our series on the mass escape from the Woomera refugee detention center in Australia, Aren Aizura parses out the stakes of the protest camp, its participants, and the escalation to the breakout. From there, Aren moves to the escape itself, the emotional meeting between refugees and outside supporters, and the…

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31 | Woomera: Escaping From an Immigrant Detention Center, Part One

In 2002, imprisoned refugees inside Australia’s Woomera immigration prison coordinated with 2500 outside supporters who had pitched camp outside the facility. Their coordination allowed them to stage a mass breakout. This is the first of three episodes dedicated to telling this story, from an interview with a participant in the solidarity camp. It’s a vital…

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26 | Histories of Resistance in Ohio’s prisons

We go to the neighboring state of Ohio this week in order to dig into the history of Midwestern prison resistance. We share more of the story of Siddique Hasan – one of 5 prisoners on death row for their role in the 1994 Lucasville Uprising – as well as his organizing and his case….

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20 | Community Policing

This week, we are sharing a conversation we had with Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies in Blue and American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination. Kristian spoke at IU earlier this month on the history of policing in America, but we were eager to pick his brain about the intersections of police, racism,…

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4 | Prison Ecology – Part Two

This week, we hear some prison related news, and then return to the theme of Prison Ecology. There is more from the panel at the Fight Toxic Prisons convergence in Washington, DC., Jasmine Heiss from Amnesty International, and former eco-prisoner Eric McDavid.

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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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