Rattling the Bars

Challenges Incarcerated Pregnant Women Face are Enormous with Few Reproductive Rights

Incarcerated Pregnant Women Face Enormous Challenges With Few Reproductive Rights

September 11, 2019

Kimberly Haven, Reproductive Justice Inside Coalition Director, talks about the horror stories from pregnant women in prisons that were originally designed for men. Haven talks about what needs to change to protect women and their unborn children that will eventually come home to the community.

Rap Brown, now Jamil Abdullah El-Amin, Challenges His Imprisonment

Rap Brown, now Jamil Abdullah El-Amin, Challenges His Imprisonment

August 16, 2019

Kairi Al-Amin, the son of H. Rap Brown, now Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, talks about his father’s case and his appeal because of a prosecutor violating his right not to testify him by questioning during closing arguments. Al-Amin is 75 and with a sentence of life imprisonment

Davey D Talks About Communities Most Affected by Trump's Plans to Resume Federal Death Penalty 

Davey D Talks About Communities Most Affected by Trump’s Plans to Resume Federal Death Penalty 

August 14, 2019

Professor and activist sees Attorney General William Barr and Trump’s interest in reinstating the death penalty as a tool to continue to oppress marginalized communities, including advocating using the death penalty against drug dealers

Tupac Shakur's Commitment to Resistance and Revolution Began in Baltimore

Tupac Shakur’s Commitment to Resistance and Revolution Began in Baltimore

July 7, 2019

In celebration of Black Music Month, we honored Tupac Shakur whose commitment to resistance and revolution was fostered in Baltimore. Interviews include Marc Steiner a former teacher of his and author John Potash about the FBI targeting of both Tupac Shakur and his mother Black Panther leader Afeni Shakur

Victor Pate Leads Hunger Strike for Solitary Confinement Reform in New York

Victor Pate Leads Hunger Strike for Solitary Confinement Reform in New York 

July 2, 2019

Eddie Conway talks to Pate, the statewide organizer for New York’s Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, about the demands they are making to state lawmakers to bring the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act to the floor to vote

Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting

Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting

May 12, 2019

Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote – what activists are calling a poll…

Government Targeting of Black Activists Reminiscent of COINTELPRO

Government Targeting of Black Activists Reminiscent of COINTELPRO

May 10, 2019

In October 2017, a leaked memo entitled, “Black Identity Extremist Intelligent Assessment” revealed a government surveillance program targeting black activist liberation movements. Eddie Conway talks with Professor Adjoa Aiye and Sue Udry, executive director of Defending Rights and Dissent. They are members of the BIE Abolition Collective, a coalition of lawyers, activists and advocates who…

DA Krasner Drops Challenge: Most Significant Ruling in Mumia's Case in Years

DA Krasner Drops Challenge: Most Significant Ruling in Mumia’s Case in Years

May 2, 2019

A few weeks ago Philadelphia District Attorney agreed to drop his challenge for Mumia to be able to appeal his case. Dr. Michael Schiffmann says this is the most significant ruling since a federal judge ordered the state to give Mumia hepatitis C treatment.  Mumia is now open to argue his appeal case before the…

With 60,000 Youth Incarcerated Daily, Which Reentry Programs Reduce Recidivism?

With 60,000 Youth Incarcerated Daily, Which Reentry Programs Reduce Recidivism?

May 1, 2019

An October 2017 study found the most potent predictor of recidivism was being a Black male, even though Black men had less contact with the criminal justice system and few of the risk factors traditionally associated with recidivism. Juvenile re-entry is the focus of this episode examining programs that work like Lamont Carey’s Contact Visits…

What California's Death Penalty Moratorium Means For The Marginalized

What California’s Death Penalty Moratorium Means For The Marginalized

April 4, 2019

Davey D discusses Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order and California’s prison industrial complex—from Tookie Williams to Prop 66