Rattling the Bars

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

Prison Reformer Faces Challenges in Council Race

Prison Reformer Faces Challenges in Council Race

March 26, 2019

Chris Ervin knows firsthand the challenges of reforming the prison system. He spent time in prison and now has his own re-entry program where he trains former prisoners in the trucking industry and getting their commercial driver’s licenses. He faces unique challenges in his run for city council in unifying diverse neighborhoods such as Roland…

Black History Month Spotlight: Maria Broom - Actress, Storyteller, Teacher and Dancer

Black History Month Spotlight: Maria Broom – Actress, Storyteller, Teacher and Dancer

March 7, 2019

Maria Broom talks about her career in Baltimore, starting as a reporter at WJZ-TV, as a teacher at Baltimore School for the Arts, a storyteller and a world-renowned dancer and theater and television actress. Broom talks about the state of the arts community in Baltimore

Author Chris Wilson Unveils his Master Plan with New Book

Author Chris Wilson Unveils his Master Plan with New Book

February 10, 2019

Chris Wilson, convicted as an adult at 17 and sentenced to life in prison without parole, tells his harrowing story in his new book, The Master Plan. The book details him turning his life around in prison, including teaching himself 5 languages and helping other youth offenders re-enter society.

Court Decision Likely Win for Mumia, Says his Former Lawyer

Court Decision Likely Win for Mumia, Says his Former Lawyer

January 15, 2019

Mumia’s former lawyer Rachel Wolkenstein gives clarity to new events in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case, whereby Mumia has been granted appeal rights. Mumia’s lawyers argued that Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille should not have presided over Abu-Jamal’s appeals because of a conflict of interest. Castille was formerly Philadelphia’s district attorney whose office fought to keep the…