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Rattling the Bars


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

  April 19, 2017

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

  April 9, 2017

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

  April 5, 2017

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

  March 27, 2017

Rattling the Bars: Women and Incarceration
Truthout Editor-in-Chief Maya Schenwar discusses her work as a journalist, organizer, and prison abolitionist

  March 26, 2017

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

  March 14, 2017

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

  March 7, 2017

Inmates Involved in Vaughn Prison Rebellion Denied Medical Treatment
Professor Kim Wilson says the inmates are reporting destruction and confiscation of their private property

  March 4, 2017

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.

  February 15, 2017

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

  January 8, 2017

"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.

  January 3, 2017

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.

  December 30, 2016

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."

  December 22, 2016

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

  December 9, 2016

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

  November 18, 2016

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

  October 11, 2016

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

  September 20, 2016

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.

  September 18, 2016

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

  September 5, 2016

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

  September 9, 2016

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