Rattling the Bars, co-hosted by former Black Panthers and political prisoners Marshall “Eddie” Conway and Charles Hopkins, better known as Mansa Musa, puts the voices of the people most harmed by our system of mass incarceration at the center of our reporting on the fight to end it.

Rattling the Bars offers an honest look at the lives of prisoners, returning citizens, their families, and their communities. With Rattling the Bars, by presenting hard data and real-life stories, we examine and seek to shift public opinion around the misconception that incarceration, punishment, and increased policing make cities safer—the truth of which has been disproven by countless studies. The series examines the history and root causes of the current so-called justice system. It showcases individuals and communities nationwide who are grappling with real solutions to problems created by the prison-industrial complex.


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How Maryland inmates organized for university-level education in prison

From 1979-80, Marshall “Eddie” Conway helped organize a prisoners’ educational outreach program called “To Say Their Own Word,” where prisoners and radicals met inside the Maryland Penitentiary to discuss fascism, capitalism, and the prison system.

Jalil Muntaqim: The time to end prison slavery is now

Imprisoned for 49 years by the US government, former Black Panther Jalil Muntaqim addresses the need to struggle against the US’s ongoing genocide of Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples.


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