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RATTLING THE BARS: with eddie conway

The Movement to Release US Political Prisoners Requires a Strong Legal Team

Executive Producer Eddie Conway is featured on a panel about US political prisoners at Red Emmas, an anarchist bookstore in Baltimore City. Conway speaks to the current political climate in the US and offers advice on how to best organize toward the release of US political prisoners
DATE: 2018-02-01 | LENGTH: 09:17

Rattling the Bars: The Strange Case of Merle Unger
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway examines the landmark case of Unger v. State of Maryland, which was responsible for the release of over 200 prisoners in 2014. However, Merle Unger, who won the case, remains locked up after 42 years of incarceration
DATE: 2017-12-26 | LENGTH: 06:44

Rattling the Bars: Liberation Literacy
At a conference on life sentences, Eddie Conway speaks with scholar and activist Garrett Felber about Liberation Literacy, a prisoner-run education program in Portland
DATE: 2017-11-26 | LENGTH: 04:51

Rattling the Bars: Herman Bell
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway looks at the motivations behind the brutal assault on Herman Bell, a 69-year old political prisoner incarcerated since 1973
DATE: 2017-11-05 | LENGTH: 07:14

Rattling the Bars: Supporting Returning Citizens
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway talks to organizers of the annual Returning Citizens Cookout in Baltimore, which seeks to support and empower people released from prison
DATE: 2017-09-01 | LENGTH: 14:34

Albert Woodfox of the 'Angola 3': The US Hasn't Really Changed
Speaking with Eddie Conway at the Millions for Prisoners March in D.C., Albert Woodfox, a recently released political prisoner held in solitary confinement for over 40 years, says that most of the changes in America have been "superficial"--but the fight goes on
DATE: 2017-08-28 | LENGTH: 05:49

Ending Legalized Slavery in the US Once and for All
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway speaks with Krystal Roundtree, the lead organizer for the Millions for Prisoners March in D.C. It is a national day of action which seeks to abolish the Thirteenth Amendment in the U.S. constitution
DATE: 2017-08-16 | LENGTH: 11:41

Free Edwin Pile!!!
Edwin Pile has served 25 years in prison though his court records confirm he was acquitted of some the charges. Eddie Conway speaks to his lawyer, family, and friends.
DATE: 2017-08-06 | LENGTH: 08:38

Rattling the Bars: MIT No Aramark
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, prison activist and founder of the Ordinary People's Society, about building a broad coalition to boycott the businesses that are tied to prison slavery
DATE: 2017-06-06 | LENGTH: 09:07

Rattling the Bars: Death of A Fifteen Year Old in an Adult Prison
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway interviews Jeanine McNeal about her fifteen year old nephew Jaquin Thomas and his fatal experience being incarcerated in an adult prison
DATE: 2017-05-16 | LENGTH: 12:09

Rattling the Bars: Industrial Workers of the World Against Prison Slavery
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with IWW organizer Lauren Karaffa about the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and their solidarity with incarcerated people's struggle for human rights
DATE: 2017-05-14 | LENGTH: 08:57

Rattling the Bars: MIT Students Demand Divestment From Prison Profiteering Corporations
Eddie Conway speaks with two graduate student organizers who are working with the Ordinary People's Society to take on Aramark, a company that has faced many human rights complaints in prisons
DATE: 2017-05-12 | LENGTH: 12:48

Rattling the Bars: Attorney General Reintroduces Harsh Sentencing Rules for Non- Violent Drug Offenses
Kara Gotsch of the Sentencing Project explains how AG Jeff Sessions' new guidelines will boost the prison population and increase costs
DATE: 2017-05-12 | LENGTH: 09:18

The System is Based on Profit
In part one of a two-part interview, artist and activist Paul Rucker discusses his work and how it relates to mass incarceration in the United States. Rucker also touches on the upcoming Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March and what it should address.
DATE: 2017-04-24 | LENGTH: 13:30

Vaughn Rebellion Continues to Underscore Need for Prison Abolition, Activist Says
Kim Wilson and Eddie Conway discuss the ongoing nationwide repression of prisoners demanding human rights, ahead of the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on August 19th
DATE: 2017-04-19 | LENGTH: 11:54

Black Lives Matter Case in Maine in Limbo
18 Black Lives Matter activists were arrested last July in Portland, Maine, and their case has been on hold ever since the case's judge recused himself
DATE: 2017-04-09 | LENGTH: 10:25

Rattling the Bars: How the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Slavery
The National Million Prison Family march will take place on August 19 to demand the repeal of the 13th amendment, which legalizes prison slavery, explains Max Parthas, host of New Abolitionist Radio
DATE: 2017-04-05 | LENGTH: 15:33

Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in D.C. Set for August
Organizer Krystal Roundtree says this is a call to end legalized slavery in the United States
DATE: 2017-03-27 | LENGTH: 08:34

Rattling the Bars: Women and Incarceration
Truthout Editor-in-Chief Maya Schenwar discusses her work as a journalist, organizer, and prison abolitionist
DATE: 2017-03-26 | LENGTH: 09:34

Rattling the Bars: Blacks More Likely to Be Wrongly Convicted Than Whites
Eddie Conway talks to Alison Flowers, author of 'The Exoneree Diaries,' who discusses a new report which reveals a troubling level of racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system
DATE: 2017-03-14 | LENGTH: 08:40

Judge Accepts Class Action Lawsuit Against Use of Slave Labor in Private Detention Centers
The case could open up a pandora's box of challenges against constitutional provisions for exploiting prison labor, says Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford
DATE: 2017-03-07 | LENGTH: 10:32

Inmates Involved in Vaughn Prison Rebellion Denied Medical Treatment
Professor Kim Wilson says the inmates are reporting destruction and confiscation of their private property
DATE: 2017-03-04 | LENGTH: 11:01

Is Trump Preparing a Wave of Mass Criminalization?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said 'future needs' were behind the reason to reversal Obama's ban on the DoJ's use of private prisons, but Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford points out that violent crime is currently on the decline
DATE: 2017-02-28 | LENGTH: 11:13

Rattling the Bars: Trump and Private Prison-Profiteering
The security and surveillance industries will be the main beneficiaries of the administration's policies that target vulnerable populations, says professor Kim Wilson
DATE: 2017-02-28

Vaughn Correctional Center Inmates Rose Up Against Decades of Oppression
The rioters who took hostages at the Delaware prison were rising up against policies that "are meant to sound reasonable," but are really "extremely repressive," says Kim Wilson
DATE: 2017-02-15 | LENGTH: 12:16

Rattling the Bars: The Unconstitutional Practice of Life Without Parole
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Legal Activists and Family members of incarcerated persons advocating for policy that would take the power of parole out of the Governor's jurisdiction and allow parole boards to make the ultimate decision.
DATE: 2017-02-15 | LENGTH: 07:57

Rattling the Bars: The Case of the Omaha Two
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with freelance journalist Kietryn Zychal about political prisoners Ed Poindexter and David Rice
DATE: 2017-02-06 | LENGTH: 14:16

Rattling the Bars: The gradual abolition of prisons across the United States except for California
As prisons close across the United States due to deficits in state economies, California refuses to follow this rational trend by continuing to invest millions of its state budget into prisons and jails.
DATE: 2017-01-23 | LENGTH: 12:00

Federal Court Clears Way for Juvenile Lifers' Challenge to Maryland Parole System
Ruling Suggests Current Scheme Unconstitutional as it Denies "Meaningful" Chance for Release Regardless of Individual Merit; Operates Like System of Clemency
DATE: 2017-01-17 | LENGTH: 16:34

Prosecutor Who Backed Denial of Appeal for Leonard Peltier is Now Calling on Obama to Grant Him Clemency
In the context of the long legacy of genocide, suppression, and marginalization of native communities, Peltier's case is another chapter of a shameful history, says Jasmine Heiss of the Coalition For Public Safety
DATE: 2017-01-08 | LENGTH: 16:14

"It was out of love that the Black Panther Party was started"
Executive Producer Eddie Conway interviews Ericka Huggins at the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party. Huggins is a former political prisoner and was one of the central leaders of The Black Panthers.
DATE: 2017-01-03 | LENGTH: 07:53

Rattling the Bars: Living Classrooms
Executive Producer Eddie Conway reports from East Baltimore focusing on a job placement program for people returning home from prison.
DATE: 2016-12-30 | LENGTH: 16:43

Will President Obama Grant Clemency to Leonard Peltier Before He Leaves Office?
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway examines the political motivations behind mass imprisonment in the US and why so many people incarcerated can be considered "political prisoners."
DATE: 2016-12-22 | LENGTH: 07:13

Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier Facing Potentially Fatal Medical Emergency
Eddie Conway speaks with organizer Jasmine Heiss about ongoing efforts to get President Obama to grant a pardon to Peltier, who has been a political prisoner in the US for more than 4 decades
DATE: 2016-12-09 | LENGTH: 11:53

Incarcerated Women in LA County Jails Face Threat of Valley Fever Illness
Diana Zuniga of Californians United for a Responsible Budget says her coalition is pressing officials to address public safety by providing communities with necessary social services
DATE: 2016-11-24 | LENGTH: 12:19

NY Parole Board Regulations Should Focus Primarily On Risk & Needs Assessments
Organizer Laura Whitehorn says that the reasons to release aging prisoners are not only financial, but also ethical
DATE: 2016-11-18 | LENGTH: 17:28

Report: California Prisoners Regularly Exposed to Contaminated Water
Diana Zuniga of Californians United for a Responsible Budget hopes her organization's new report will deter plans to construct a new women's jail in Los Angeles
DATE: 2016-10-11 | LENGTH: 14:11

National Prison Strike Enters Third Week
Many prisoners are on hunger strikes and there are signs of discontent among officers with the prison administrations, says Pastor Kenneth Glasgow
DATE: 2016-10-02 | LENGTH: 13:32

Work Stoppage Prison Strike Continues in 11 US States
This is a revolt against inhuman conditions of incarceration and the use of free prison labor by many major US corporations, says Pastor Kenneth Glasgow
DATE: 2016-09-20 | LENGTH: 16:27

Rattling the Bars: Prison is Not a Residence
In this Episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway discusses prison gerrymandering with Peter Wagner, the Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative, and Khalil Muhammad, author of the Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America.
DATE: 2016-09-18 | LENGTH: 08:13

Thousands of Prisoners Strike Against Forced Labor
On the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, Prison Radio's Noelle Hanrahan explains how and why prisoners organized what may be the largest prison strike in US history
DATE: 2016-09-09 | LENGTH: 13:36

Rattling the Bars: US Prison Labor
On this Episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway interviews Asatar Bair Assistant Professor of Economics at Riverside City College about prisons and the ownership of a person's labor power vs. the ownership of a person
DATE: 2016-09-05 | LENGTH: 24:11

Rattling the Bars: U.S. Prison Strikes
In this episode of Rattling the Bars we examine various prison strikes in the U.S. and the common thread of inhumane prison conditions
DATE: 2016-08-22 | LENGTH: 12:11

Exonerees in the Era of Mass Incarceration (2/2)
In Part 2, Eddie Conway and Allison Flowers continue their discussion of exonerees and the plights they face in the U.S. criminal justice system.
DATE: 2016-07-18 | LENGTH: 11:33

Rattling the Bars: Black Panther Freed from Solitary (2/2)
Eddie Conway continues his discussion with the daughter of former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz, who just won a legal victory against the Pennsylvania Department of Correction, ending his 22 years in solitary confinement
DATE: 2016-07-15 | LENGTH: 19:53

Rattling the Bars: Black Panther Freed from Solitary (1/2)
Eddie Conway talks to the daughter of former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz about the release of her father from solitary confinement after 22 years
DATE: 2016-07-14 | LENGTH: 17:20

Rattling the Bars: Restorative Justice
In this special episode of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway visits social entrepreneur and former prisoner Chris Wilson in his furniture restoration shop to speak about the need for support amongst formerly incarcerated individuals, and about his support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
DATE: 2016-07-11 | LENGTH: 15:31

Exonerees in the Era of Mass Incarceration (1/2)
In Part 1, TRNN executive producer Eddie Conway and Alison Flowers, author of Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity, discuss the ramifications of exoneration in a country that already imprisons more of its people than any country in world.
DATE: 2016-07-11 | LENGTH: 11:01

California Senate Reluctant to Repeal Drug Sentencing Policy
In this Episode of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway takes a close-up look at California's prison system. Conway speaks with Lizzie Buchen, Statewide Advocacy Coordinator for Californians United for a Responsible Budget, about the California Senate's reluctance to repeal drug sentencing policy.
DATE: 2016-05-16 | LENGTH: 08:53

Rattling the Bars: The Purgatory of Prison, Life With(out) the Possibility of Parole
In this Episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway examines the history and politics behind Maryland's parole system.
DATE: 2016-02-23 | LENGTH: 10:03

Rattling the Bars: 121 Days Without Sleep
In this Episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Producer Eddie Conway examines the institutional practice of sleep deprivation in California State Prisons.
DATE: 2016-02-17 | LENGTH: 09:07

MD Senate Restores Ex-Felon's Right to Vote
TRNN's Eddie Conway covers the historic push to override Governor Larry Hogan's veto of a law that will restore the right to vote upon release
DATE: 2016-02-10 | LENGTH: 06:03

Unlock the Vote
In this special edition of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway speaks with former prisoners who are organizing to pass legislation that would allow all Maryland ex-felons to vote upon release from incarceration.
DATE: 2016-02-02 | LENGTH: 07:41

One Vote Needed to Override Veto of Voting Rights for Ex-Felons in Maryland
Communities United activist Perry Hopkins tells Eddie Conway reducing recidivism is among the key benefits of restoring voting rights for ex-felons
DATE: 2016-01-13 | LENGTH: 12:20

The Black Radical Tradition in Our Time
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report explores the meaning of the gathering of black thinkers and activists in Philadelphia on January 8th for The Black Radical Tradition in Our Time Conference
DATE: 2016-01-05 | LENGTH: 11:18

Rattling the Bars: Protesting New Prison Policy
In this Episode of Rattling the Bars concerned citizens of Baltimore protest to reverse new policy which limits family contact with prisoners in the visiting room.
DATE: 2015-12-29 | LENGTH: 16:16

Rattling the Bars: U.S. Prison Nation
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks to Prison Policy Initiative's Bernadette Rabuy and Dignity and Power Now's Mark-Anthony Johnson about a new report on mass incarceration in America
DATE: 2015-12-10 | LENGTH: 12:55

Report: The Population of Women in Prison Has Tripled Since the '90s
A recently published report by the Prison Policy Initiative brings to light staggering statistics about incarcerated women.
DATE: 2015-11-23 | LENGTH: 13:28

Rattling the Bars, Ep. 1: 'The Real Cost of Calls'
What's the real human toll that the inmate calling industry is taking on prisoners and their loved ones? Host Eddie Conway talks to the affected families, the FCC, and those seeking to change the industry's predatory policies.
DATE: 2015-10-13 | LENGTH: 14:44

Prisoners Now Eligible for Pell Grants to Earn College Degrees
TRNN's Eddie Conway, who used Pell Grants to earn three degrees while in prison, says Obama's pilot program to offer Pell Grants to prisoners will help reduce mass incarceration by reducing recidivism and combating the impact of mass incarceration
DATE: 2015-08-01 | LENGTH: 06:26

Only Civilian Oversight with Subpoena Power Will Stop Sheriff Abuse, Say LA County Residents
Black Lives Matter activist Mark-Anthony Johnson says LA County residents are calling for civilian oversight, with teeth, to keep the Sheriff's office in check.
DATE: 2015-07-29 | LENGTH: 08:42

Are Incarcerated People Poorer Than Non-Incarcerated People?
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Bernadette Rabuy from the Prison Policy Initiative about her new report on income levels of incarcerated persons.
DATE: 2015-07-20 | LENGTH: 07:20

Social Justice Art Looks at Mass Incarceration and Lynching, Past & Present
Deutsch Foundation Artist-in-Residence and Research Fellow Paul Rucker shares his work
DATE: 2015-05-02

Organizations Fight the For-Profit Video Visitation Industry
Prison Policy associate Bernadette Rabuy discusses the grassroots activism that is taking on corporations profiting off jail video visitations
DATE: 2015-04-19

The For-Profit Video Visitation Industry Quietly Sweeps the Nation's Prisons and Jails
TRNN producer Eddie Conway speaks with Prison Policy associate Bernadette Rabuy, co-author of Screening Out Family Time: The For-Profit Video Visitation Industry in Prisons and Jails.
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