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Kite Line

Kite Line is a weekly radio program and podcast that focuses on issues in the prison system and beyond. On the inside, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will pass it farther along, until it reaches its destination. We make this show to pass along words, across the prison walls.

Tracks

361 | Studies in Dignity
This week, we focus on two people who are studies in dignity in the face of state repression. Jack Mazurek was arrested in Atlanta yesterday and charged with arson. These allegations stemmed from an attack last July on police motorcycles, which was rooted in the movement against Cop City. He is standing strong despite the... The post 361 | Studies in Dignity first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 2/9/24
360 | Leon Benson is Free
For our first episode of the new year, we wanted to begin sharing an interview with Leon Benson. In this conversation, he covers his release from prison, reflections on the treatment he received from the authorities, and his work on the outside.  This is a special privilege for Kite Line, since we have aired Benson’s... The post 360 | Leon Benson is Free first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 1/12/24
359 | Written from the Inside
In this episode, we have our monthly round up of prison disturbances, as compiled by Perilous Chronicle. Afterwards, we have a conversation with Sophia Johnson, also known as Candle, who is an anarchist writer who currently serving a sentence in Oregon. In this conversation, she talks about writing in prison, and her ongoing struggle to... The post 359 | Written from the Inside first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 12/8/23
358 | Block Cop City
Since 2021, a diverse movement in has challenged the construction of Cop City, which is slated to destroy Atlanta’s South River Forest.  The forest is also known by its Muscogee name, Weelaunee.  The movement has created new intersections between abolitionist and environmental politics, since it is defending a forest with important ecological elements for the surrounding... The post 358 | Block Cop City first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:08 11/24/23
357 | Transforming Trauma- Voices from Inside-Out
Content Warning: This episode contains references to sexual trauma and harm. We start off this episode with our monthly round up of prison disturbances, as compiled by Perilous Chronicle- followed by some recent prison news. We close our episode with a feature created by students as part of Dr. Micol Seigel’s Inside Out program at... The post 357 | Transforming Trauma- Voices from Inside-Out first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 9/16/23
356 | Advocacy Into Action
And now we return to the second part of our conversation between Micol Seigel and Amanda Hall. Last week, Hall talked to us about how her firsthand experience of incarceration led her to her current work in prisoner and re-entry support.  And now she talks through her continuing advocacy through Dream.org and the ACLU. You... The post 356 | Advocacy Into Action first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 7/31/23
355 | Experience Into Advocacy
For this episode, we share the first part of a conversation between Micol Seigel and Amanda Hall. Hall talks to us about how her firsthand experience of incarceration led her to her current work in prisoner and re-entry support. We will air the second part of this conversation next week. You can find out more... The post 355 | Experience Into Advocacy first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 7/26/23
354 | The Atlanta Solidarity Fund
On the morning of May 31st, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Atlanta Police Department raided a house and arrested three staff members of the Atlanta Solidarity Fund. The Atlanta Solidarity Fund is a non profit organization that supports those arrested for protesting or otherwise prosecuted for involvement in social movements. Over the last year, the... The post 354 | The Atlanta Solidarity Fund first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 6/2/23
353 | Prison by Any Other Name, Part One
This week on Kite Line we air a discussion from 2021, in which we speak with prison abolitionist journalists Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law. We share the first part of our discussion on their recent book, Prison by Any Other Name: Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms. The book is an in-depth look at the various “alternatives... The post 353 | Prison by Any Other Name, Part One first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 5/19/23
352 | Crisis and Neglect
The U.S. was shaken this week by the death of Lashawn Thompson in Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail.  He had been moved to the psychiatric ward after being jailed on a simple battery charge.  Physically healthy when he was arrested, he was left in a cell infested with bed bugs and other vermin.  Michael Harper, an... The post 352 | Crisis and Neglect first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 4/21/23
351 | A History of Sexual Policing
This week, we share the final part of a conversation about policing sex. Micol Seigel talks to Anne Gray Fischer about her book, The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification. Today, their focus turns to Boston and Atlanta, discussing Boston’s vice district, known as the Combat Zone, and... The post 351 | A History of Sexual Policing first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 4/14/23
350 | The Rising Chorus Against Cop City
First, we have our monthly round up of prison disturbances, as compiled by Perilous Chronicle. Afterwards, Angela Davis shares a statement in support of the Stop Cop City movement. And we finish sharing a panel hosted by Haymarket Books on the abolitionist struggle to Stop Cop City.  In this section, we hear organizer Kwame Olufemi of Community... The post 350 | The Rising Chorus Against Cop City first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 4/7/23
349 | The Origins of Cop City, Part Three
This week we continue sharing a panel hosted by Haymarket Books on the abolitionist struggle to stop Cop City.  In this section, we hear Hugh Farrell in conversation with Sarah Haley, a leading historian of Black feminism in the South, organizer Kwame Olufemi of Community Movement Builders, and journalist Micah Herskind. Haley roots contemporary resistance to... The post 349 | The Origins of Cop City, Part Three first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 4/1/23
348 | The Origins of Cop City, Part Two
This week, we continue sharing Haymarket Press’s panel, “the Abolitionist Struggle against Cop City.”  In this segment, Stuart Schrader and Micah Herskind fill in the past  40 years of historical context for why the Cop City project is being pushed through specifically in Atlanta.  Schrader teaches at Johns Hopkins University and wrote Badges without Borders: How... The post 348 | The Origins of Cop City, Part Two first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 3/24/23
347 | The Origins of Cop City
This week we begin sharing a panel hosted by Haymarket Books on the abolitionist struggle to stop Cop City.  In this section, we hear from Kwame Olufemi, of Community Movement Builders, and Sarah Haley, a leading historian of Black feminism in the South.  Olufemi powerfully situates in the Cop City proposal in Atlanta’s recent history. ... The post 347 | The Origins of Cop City first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 3/17/23
346 | We Have To Stick Together
During a dramatic week of action in the Atlanta forest this past week, hundreds of forest defenders sabotaged a construction site for the unpopular “Cop City” development.  Police responded with an act of extreme collective punishment against the entire movement, attacking a nearby Stop Cop City music festival, tasing, beating, and arresting concertgoers at random. ... The post 346 | We Have To Stick Together first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 3/10/23
345 | Knowledge is Power — The Stakes of “Cop City”
From March 4-11th, thousands of people will be converging in Atlanta’s  Weelaunee Forest, as part of the abolitionist and environmentalist struggle to stop “Cop City,” a police training facility set to be built over a vast urban forest. Reflecting this unprecedented mobilization, we are focusing on the history and current stakes of the struggle. For... The post 345 | Knowledge is Power — The Stakes of “Cop City” first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 3/3/23
344 | Rolling Back Repression in Atlanta
Earlier this week, Keith LaMar went on hunger strike at the Ohio State Penitentiary.  He has faced escalating harassment from administrators and guards as his execution this fall looms and as solidarity momentum builds on the outside.  This harassment extends to new arbitrary rules preventing him from wearing spiritually-significant jewelry and systematic interruptions during visits. ... The post 344 | Rolling Back Repression in Atlanta first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 2/24/23
343 | Policing Sex
This we continue our conversation between Micol Seigel and Anne Gray Fischer about her recent book, The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification, an account of gender and sexuality’s crucial role in the history and exercise of police power. [ Here are our previous episodes ] with Anne... The post 343 | Policing Sex first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 2/17/23
342 | We Understand Each Other- Resistance at the Norhwest Detention Center
We start this week’s episode with our monthly round up of prison protests and disturbances, compiled by Perilous Chronicle. After that, we share an Interview with Maru Moro Villalpando of La Resistencia, a project that organizes against the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. Once again, prisoners within the detention center have gone on hunger... The post 342 | We Understand Each Other- Resistance at the Norhwest Detention Center first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 2/10/23
341 | Rikers is Deadlier Than Ever
Today’s episode highlights the campaign to close Rikers jail in New York and continues our conversation with Anne Gray Fischer about the intertwined stories of policing, the surveillance of women’s bodies, and the creation of the racialized American ghetto.  Both Sy, an organizer against Rikers, and Gray Fischer, extend the histories of control and racial... The post 341 | Rikers is Deadlier Than Ever first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 2/3/23
340 | The Problem is Policing Itself
This week, we reflect on the complex lethality of the white supremacist system in the United States, as it has dealt out death to Black people and others whose lives are devalued within this system. We are responding to the release of the footage earlier this week of Tyre Nichols’ murder by Memphis police, which... The post 340 | The Problem is Policing Itself first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 1/27/23
339 | A Police Murder in the Atlanta Forest
Today, we share the tragic news that police killed Tortuguita, a forest defender in the South River Forest in Atlanta on the morning of Wednesday, January 19th. We have previously covered the movement to protect the Atlanta forest in light of its history as a plantation and prison farm and the future plans to build... The post 339 | A Police Murder in the Atlanta Forest first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 1/20/23
338 | Sex Work at the Birth of the Ghetto
We are pleased to continue sharing a conversation between Micol Seigel and Anne Gray Fischer. Fischer’s powerful book, The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification, was published in 2022, and is an account of gender and sexuality’s crucial role in the history and exercise of police power.  In this... The post 338 | Sex Work at the Birth of the Ghetto first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 1/13/23
337 | Policing Womens’ Bodies
We are pleased to share the first part of an interview between Anne Gray Fischer and Micol Siegel.  Fischer’s powerful first book, The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification, was published earlier in 2022, and is an account of gender and sexuality’s crucial role in the history and exercise of... The post 337 | Policing Womens’ Bodies first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 1/6/23
336 | In Memory of Russell Maroon Shoatz
December 17th marked two years since the passing of Russell Maroon Shoatz. He was a founding member of the Black Unity Council, a former member of the Black Panther Party and a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. After twice escaping from prison, and twice being recaptured, Shoatz was held in solitary confinement for more... The post 336 | In Memory of Russell Maroon Shoatz first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 12/30/22
335 |  It was a Normal Day for Us, and He Just Disappeared
This week, we speak again with Isaiah Willoughby. Last time he was on the show, he reflected on being incarcerated due to the 2020 George Floyd Uprising. He was released from prison last March, but he’s now housed once again in SeaTac Federal Detention Center on a parole violation. It took three separate calls to... The post 335 |  It was a Normal Day for Us, and He Just Disappeared first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 12/23/22
334 | Life After Lockup with Kunta Kenyatta
This week, we feature interviews on Life After Lockup from the Kunta Kenyatta Files.  Kunta Kenyatta uses YouTube to speak to a range of people in Cleveland, Ohio, often featuring videos shot from the 107 Club, a half-way house and neighborhood hub.  He speaks with neighbors, former prisoners, and others, amplifying important voices and preserving memory... The post 334 | Life After Lockup with Kunta Kenyatta first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 12/17/22
333 | Care Not Cages
We turn our focus this week to a local struggle. Here in Bloomington Indiana, Monroe County Government is quickly moving forward with a proposal for a new $60+ million dollar jail to replace and expand the downtown jail. With little input from community members, consultants hired by the county have recommended jail expansion, and the... The post 333 | Care Not Cages first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
29:00 12/10/22
332 | Simply an Incarcerated Person Fighting to be Free
We start out with news about the recent execution of Kevin Johnson in Missouri, and a call to strike from Pennslyvania prisoners. Afterwards, we share an interview conducted by James Kilgore, who spoke with Albert Woodfox and Robert King of the Angola 3. After that, we will feature part of Kilgore’s interview with Sekou Kambui,... The post 332 | Simply an Incarcerated Person Fighting to be Free first appeared on Kite Line Radio.
28:59 12/2/22