A strategy of disruption: Thinking through the prison strike as an abolitionist tactic

Three years after the nationwide September 2016 prison strikes, abolitionist intellectual “HH” re-joins us on the show. He speaks about what the few months before the prison strikes looked like from inside Michigan’s Kinross prison and we discuss the tactical advantages of the strike within an abolitionist strategy of disruption. Image credit: Norman Lewis Subscribe…

Ohio prisoners speak! A year after the 2018 nationwide prison strike

In this special bonus episode released on the anniversary of the 2018 nationwide prisoner strike we feature the voices of two Ohio prisoners, David Easley and Mark Hinkston. David and Mark discuss the state repression they and their comrades faced in the wake of the 2018 prison strikes and ways to support prison rebels. You…

Prison Labor and Industrial Penology

Charlie Bright speaks about the re-articulations of carceral narratives: from the era of Fordism through discourses on modernization and the desperate rehabilitation of the rehabilitative model.

The Death Penalty, Sovereignty and Abolition

Lisa Guenther deconstructs the state’s right to kill or let live within settler-colonial & racial capitalist social relations. We also discuss abolitionist forms of relationality that interrupt sovereignty’s hold on life and social death.

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, ft Saidiya Hartman

Saidiya Hartman speaks about the beauty, autonomy, anarchy, fugitivity, queerness, and errancy in forms of Black sociality — what she calls waywardness. We also discuss how to interrupt the state’s apparatus of capture and the new social formations that emerge as people flee from predatory state forms.

Pill or Punish: Involuntary Medication at a Women’s Prison

In early 2019 more than two thousand people deprived of their freedom inside Michigan’s Huron Valley prison for women were placed into quarantine. In this episode we discuss the action with two women who experienced the quarantine firsthand, and with Victoria Law, abolitionist activist and author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women. Image credit: Fatima…

Abolish Risk Assessment

In this episode we speak with three abolitionists who attended the 2018 Allied Media Conference in Detroit. Chelsea Barabas and Rodrigo Ochigame of MIT outline the reformist logic of pre-trial assessment and discuss the recent history of individualized actuarial fairness, and whether they see opportunities for data driven abolitionist organizing. Hamid Khan of the Stop…

Letters from inside: The 2018 Prison Strike

In the thick of the 2018 prison strike we published a notice in the San Francisco Bay View — the extraordinary monthly Black newspaper which circulates through hundreds of prisons and other centers of detention in the United States — asking those on the inside to write to us with their immediate reflections on the…

Ni Una Menos en las Cárceles

Charlamos con Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar y Verónica Gago sobre el abolicionismo penal en relación a los tiempos álgidos de la revuelta feminista Latinoamericana. Gutiérrez es profesora de sociología e investigadora de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, especializada en movimientos indígenas en América Latina y  pasó cinco años encarcelada en el Centro de Orientación Femenina…

Riots, Crisis, and Prisons

Joshua Clover is a professor of literature and critical theory at the University of California Davis and author of Riot. Strike. Riot. He joins this episode to discuss rebellion and incarceration in relation to the recurrent crisis of state and capital. Image credit: Leslie Machinist Subscribe via iTunes | Subscribe via RSS |Download the MP3…

Anti-Fascism and the Carceral State feat. Lorenzo Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin

In this special bonus episode we feature a timely conversation between Chicago-based True Leap Press and Lorenzo Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin. Lorenzo and JoNina discuss the current anti-fascist movement, its limitations, and how it could evolve to challenge the carceral state, white supremacy, and capitalist exploitation more explicitly. Image credit: Emory Douglas Subscribe via iTunes…