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…

Political Organizing Behind the Walls

Dennis Boatwright is a writer and activist in Detroit who was held captive by the state for 24 years. While imprisoned, he courageously wrote for the San Francisco Bay View and organized resistance from the inside. Today he talks with us about strategy and on-going organizing efforts among prison rebels. Image credit: Kevin “Rashid” Johnson Subscribe via iTunes | Subscribe…

Reports from the 2018 Prisoner Strike

As reports of the 2018 Prison Strike actions and state retaliation continue to come in, we speak with Amani Sawari –organizer and media contact with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak— about ways to support prison rebels. We also hear from J, who’s among the strikers inside a South Carolina Prison. To get more news and reports from the…

Prelude to the 2018 Prisoner Strike

In this episode, we discuss how some of us are preparing for the upcoming 2018 Prisoner Strike — slated to take place between August 21st and September 9th. We speak with members of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW, Oakland chapter, about the lead-up to the strike and how you can get involved….

Native Resistance and the Carceral State

Nick Estes identifies the anti-Indian origins of the carceral state within the U.S. settler colonial project and argues that indigenous liberation offers critical frameworks for understanding how to abolish it. Estes is a co-founder of The Red Nation: an anti-profit coalition dedicated to the liberation of Native Nations, lands, and peoples. He holds a PhD…

Abolishing Electronic Incarceration

Myaisha Hayes and James Kilgore have launched a new campaign with the Center for Media Justice to challenge the widening use of electronic ankle shackles amid the momentum of “prison reform”. #ChallengingEcarceration is informed by James’ experiences with electronic monitoring after he was released from prison for his activities with the Symbionese Liberation Army. Together, they argue that electronic incarceration is…

Border as Method

This episode features Sandro Mezzadra, who’s written extensively about borders and migration, as in a book he co-authored with Brett Neilson titled “Border as Method.” Sandro talks about struggles that surround the contemporary proliferation and mutations of borders, and the processes of bordering that extend beyond physical walls. Image credit: Still frame from Oliver Ressler’s “Emergency Turned Upside-Down”…

Specters of Attica: Reflections from Inside a Michigan Prison Strike

On the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, hundreds imprisoned inside Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility refused to report to work or lock down in their barracks. Instead, they joined the largest prisoner labor strike in U.S. history. Making Contact’s April 25, 2018 episode was co-produced with Rustbelt Abolition Radio Click here to display the…

On Carceral Capitalism

This episode features Jackie Wang and her recently released collection of essays titled “Carceral Capitalism.” She provides a framework to understand how racial capitalism produces gratuitous violence against Black bodies as well as profit-generating technologies of extraction — from Ferguson to Flint and beyond. Image credit: Imp Kerr Subscribe via iTunes | Subscribe via RSS…

Out but not free: Surviving after Women’s Prison

This episode features Karmyn, a writer and artist who was discharged from Michigan’s Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility after being locked up for 7 years. She speaks about the struggle to maintain a sense of self during and after imprisonment, and how the fear of state retaliation continues to saturate daily life. Image credit: Karmyn,…

Dispatches from Zapatista Territory

In this episode we speak with two of our fellow co-producers about their recent trip to autonomous Zapatista communities in the highlands of the Mexican southeast. For more than 24 years, the Zapatistas have inspired countless struggles across the globe to build “a world in which many worlds fit.” While the Zapatistas are not explicitly penal…