Ep 10: Beyond Policing

In this episode we take a critical look at the liberal discourse of police reform, which has increasingly gained prominence amidst the ever-recurring specter of racist police violence, and especially in the wake of black rebellions in Ferguson and Baltimore, and the intensification of North American Black liberation struggles these rebellions galvanized. Alex Vitale, Professor…

Episode 9: Reports from the Prisoner Resistance Movement

On the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison rebellion we reflect on the intensifying political struggles behind bars by examining two extraordinary flashpoints: Amerika’s nationwide September 9, 2016, prisoner strike, and the August 19, 2017, Millions for Prisoners march. Firehawk, of Unstoppable, and Ben Turk of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the Industrial Workers…

Episode 8: Schools, Prisons, and Abolitionist futures

In this episode we explore the parallel ways in which the institutions of prisons and schools work to reproduce our current society, racial capitalism, as well as the challenges and possibilities we face in its transformation. Imprisoned intellectual Harold “HH” Gonzales tells us about the history of school segregation and the construction of the so-called…

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Ep 7: Beyond Punishment: The Movement for Transformative Justice

Abolitionists are committed to creating a world without police and prisons, but what alternative visions and practices of addressing intimate harm might point the way toward such a world? In this episode we explore efforts to re-imagine the politics of violence, harm, safety, and redress, spearheading practices of accountability and healing that move beyond the…

Episode 6: Queering Abolition

In this episode we examine the relationships between carcerality, gendered and sexual violence on the one hand, and on the other: queer and trans liberation and the abolitionist horizon. Josue Saldivar and Karolina Lopez from the Arizona-based organization Mariposas Sin Fronteras discuss the ways that migrants fleeing heteropatriarchal and transphobic oppression in their home countries are…

Making Abolitionist Media

Join Rustbelt Abolition Radio at the 2017 Allied Media Conference! Friday June 16, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI 48202 Wayne State University Student Center, Room: Hilberry D What kind of media work will it take to imagine how we may abolish prisons and police? This lunch session will introduce abolitionist…

Episode 5: Abolition & the Commons

In this episode we explore the relationship between the abolitionist horizon and the defense and reinvention of the commons. We speak with author and historian Peter Linebaugh about the ways the carceral state is founded upon enclosure and dispossession, and about hidden histories of collective resistance. We also speak with Reverend Edward Pinkney, imprisoned activist…

To Make Our World Anew: May Day special ft. Robin D.G. Kelley

In this holiday segment of Rustbelt Abolition Radio, we speak with acclaimed scholar Robin D.G. Kelley. May Day, or International Workers Day, is celebrated annually by millions across the world in commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Square massacre and the ongoing global struggle for a world without capitalist exploitation and racial domination. We sat down…

Episode 4: Survival and Resistance: Women Organizing towards Abolition

In this episode we focus on the ways women are organizing against gendered violence and mass criminalization — and for a world free of domination. We speak with Mariame Kaba, long-time abolitionist organizer and writer, about her work with groups like Survived and Punished and Project NIA, and the criminalization of women under capitalist heteropatriarchy….

Free Bresha!

In this special bonus segment of Rustbelt Abolition Radio, we speak with long-time prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba about the Free Bresha Campaign. The campaign is asking supporters to organize teach-ins to #FreeBresha during the week of April 10th-April 17th to raise awareness about connections between sexual violence and criminalization. Here is a powerful curriculum, put…

The origins of the Attica uprising

In this bonus segment, we return to renowned historian Heather Ann Thompson as she elaborates on the origins of the historic 1971 Attica Uprising, drawing out their resonances with other prison rebellions across history and geography, as well as their telling implications for our present historical moment. For more from Heather Ann Thompson on the…