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Rattling the Bars: Supporting Returning Citizens

September 1, 2017

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

Ending Legalized Slavery in the US Once and for All

August 16, 2017

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

Free Edwin Pile!!!

August 6, 2017

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.

Rattling the Bars: MIT No Aramark

June 6, 2017

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

Rattling the Bars: Death of A Fifteen Year Old in an Adult Prison

May 16, 2017

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

Rattling the Bars: Industrial Workers of the World Against Prison Slavery

May 14, 2017

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

Rattling the Bars: MIT Students Demand Divestment From Prison Profiteering Corporations

May 12, 2017

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

Rattling the Bars: Attorney General Reintroduces Harsh Sentencing Rules for Non- Violent Drug Offenses

May 12, 2017

Kara Gotsch of the Sentencing Project explains how AG Jeff Sessions’ new guidelines will boost the prison population and increase costs

Vaughn Rebellion Continues to Underscore Need for Prison Abolition, Activist Says

April 19, 2017

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

Black Lives Matter Case in Maine in Limbo

April 9, 2017

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

Rattling the Bars: How the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Slavery

April 5, 2017

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

Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in D.C. Set for August

March 27, 2017

Organizer Krystal Roundtree says this is a call to end legalized slavery in the United States

Rattling the Bars: Women and Incarceration

March 26, 2017

Truthout Editor-in-Chief Maya Schenwar discusses her work as a journalist, organizer, and prison abolitionist

Rattling the Bars: Blacks More Likely to Be Wrongly Convicted Than Whites

March 14, 2017

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

Judge Accepts Class Action Lawsuit Against Use of Slave Labor in Private Detention Centers

March 7, 2017

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

Inmates Involved in Vaughn Prison Rebellion Denied Medical Treatment

March 4, 2017

Professor Kim Wilson says the inmates are reporting destruction and confiscation of their private property

Rattling the Bars: The Unconstitutional Practice of Life Without Parole

February 15, 2017

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.

Prosecutor Who Backed Denial of Appeal for Leonard Peltier is Now Calling on Obama to Grant Him Clemency

January 8, 2017

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

“It was out of love that the Black Panther Party was started”

January 3, 2017

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.

Rattling the Bars: Living Classrooms

December 30, 2016

Executive Producer Eddie Conway reports from East Baltimore focusing on a job placement program for people returning home from prison.