• The prison system isn't 'broken'—it's designed to traumatize Black people en masse

    10 JUN. 2024 · The lived reality of the racist prison system can get lost in the swirl of facts and figures surrounding mass incarceration. Frigid cells in winters and sweltering conditions in summers; the volatility and capriciousness of hostile guards and correctional staff; food barely fit for human consumption; isolation from one's community and deprivation from the routines and small freedoms that made up one's identity prior to incarceration. The trauma of such an experience is undeniable, and extends far beyond prison walls—from overpoliced communities subjected to the constant presence of police surveillance and terror, to the families and relationships put under the strain of separation. Dr. Da'Mond Holt returns to Rattling the Bars for the final installment of a https://therealnews.com/the-reality-of-black-historical-trauma-makes-healing-a-form-of-justice, this time speaking with host Mansa Musa and his friend Lonnell Sligh, about their respective experiences behind bars, and the implications of the prison system as a deliberate system of mass trauma affecting Black and other working class communities of color. Studio Production: David Hebden Post-Production: Cameron Granadino Join this channel to get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrmm_7RDZJeQzq2-wvmjueg/join The Real News is an independent, viewer-supported, radical media network. Help us expand our in-depth analysis and coverage from Baltimore to Bangladesh by subscribing and becoming a member today! Donate: https://therealnews.com/donate-yt Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/nl-yt
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  • The American Indian Movement and Leonard Peltier w/Ward Churchill

    3 JUN. 2024 · Despite now spending 47 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, Leonard Peltier continues to be denied parole by the federal government of the United States. Why has the US so obstinately refused to free Peltier, despite decades of international outcry? The answer lies in the threat posed by what Peltier represents—the demands of the Indigenous liberation movement for sovereignty and justice after centuries of US settler colonialism. Historian Ward Churchill joins Rattling the Bars for a discussion on Leonard Peltier, the American Indian Movement, COINTELPRO, and more. Studio Production: David Hebden Post-Production: Cameron Granadino Join this channel to get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrmm_7RDZJeQzq2-wvmjueg/join The Real News is an independent, viewer-supported, radical media network. Help us expand our in-depth analysis and coverage from Baltimore to Bangladesh by subscribing and becoming a member today! Donate: https://therealnews.com/donate-yt Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/nl-yt
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  • Leonard Peltier and the history of the American Indian Movement w/Rachel Thunder

    3 JUN. 2024 · In 1977, American Indian Movement member Leonard Peltier was convicted of the murder of two FBI agents, and has remained a political prisoner of the US ever since. Peltier's conviction has long been contested by activists and legal experts. Despite the recantation of three key witnesses, his case has never been brought back to trial. Peltier has been eligible for parole since 1992, and the federal government has ignored calls to free him for more than 30 years. Rachel Dionne Thunder joins Rattling the Bars to discuss Peltier's case and the radical vision of the American Indian Movement which the federal government has sought to repress through Peltier's incarceration. Studio Production: David Hebden Post-Production: Cameron Granadino Join this channel to get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrmm_7RDZJeQzq2-wvmjueg/join The Real News is an independent, viewer-supported, radical media network. Help us continue producing Rattling the Bars by following us and making a small donation: Donate: https://therealnews.com/donate-yt-rtb Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/nl-yt-rtb
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  • The reality of Black historical trauma makes healing a form of justice

    3 JUN. 2024 · The oppression of Black people is more than just a historical or political question. The accumulated harms of centuries of slavery, segregation, mass incarceration, and racism in all forms have a psychological and medical effect, in addition to political and economic ones. Trauma, after all, describes the physical injury of the brain as a result of harmful experiences. At the scale of communities and generations, such trauma can be passed down and reproduced for decades, and even centuries. In the first of a two-part conversation, traumatologist https://x.com/drdtholt?lang=en explains the medical reality of Black historical trauma, and what kinds of interventions and solutions are required to promote healing as a form of justice. Studio Production: David Hebden, Cameron Granadino Post-Production: Cameron Granadino https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe https://facebook.com/therealnews https://twitter.com/therealnews https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support
    27m 54s
  • 'Help us to get better': Maryland is failing women released from prison

    17 MAY. 2024 · Critics of the prison industrial complex have long noted the system's failure to properly rehabilitate those who are locked away in its bowels. Christina Merryman and Ameena Deramous return to Rattling the Bars for the second part of a https://therealnews.com/the-womens-cut-marylands-only-womens-prison on the reality facing prisoners in Maryland's only women's correctional facility. https://therealnews.com/the-womens-cut-marylands-only-womens-prison Studio Production: David Hebden Post-Production: Cameron Granadino https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe https://facebook.com/therealnews https://twitter.com/therealnews https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support
    37m 35s
  • The 'Women's Cut'—Maryland's only women's prison

    24 ABR. 2024 · For decades, prisoners' rights advocates have called on the State of Maryland to address its flagrant discrimination against prisoners housed in the state's sole women's prison. As The Real News has previously reported, https://therealnews.com/it-is-torture-women-in-marylands-prisons-have-nowhere-to-turn and the lack of resources and services dedicated to incarcerated women amounts to https://therealnews.com/how-maryland-discriminates-against-women-prisoners. Christina Merryman and Ameena Deramous, both former inmates in the MCIW—or the "Women's Cut"—join Rattling the Bars, explaining the conditions faced by incarcerated women in Maryland, and what advocates inside and outside the prison walls are doing to fight for justice, in the first half of this two-part panel. https://therealnews.com/help-us-to-get-better-maryland-is-failing-women-released-from-prison Studio Production: David Hebden Post-Production: Cameron Granadino https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe https://facebook.com/therealnews https://twitter.com/therealnews https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support
    30m 23s
  • Survivors of sexual assault in juvenile detention are speaking out

    25 MAR. 2024 · The prevalence of sexual violence in the US prison system is so widespread and accepted that it's often made the butt of jokes in popular culture. Yet the reality is that countless survivors of the prison system carry the scars and traumas of sexual abuse—and for many, the perpetrators of these crimes were the very prison staff charged with their protection. Juvenile victims of the prison system are no exception. In Maryland, several adult survivors of sexual abuse as juveniles in state custody have filed a class action lawsuit demanding justice. Lawyer and former DC Council Member https://twitter.com/larubymay?lang=en joins Rattling the Bars to discuss the class action suit, and the systematic nature of sexual violence in prisons as a form of racial oppression. Studio Production: David Hebden Post-Production: Cameron Granadino https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe https://facebook.com/therealnews https://twitter.com/therealnews https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support
    27m 26s
  • 30 political prisoners' oral histories collected in an unprecedented new book

    11 MAR. 2024 · From Assata Shakur to Leonard Peltier, social movements have lifted up political prisoners as revolutionary examples and fought protracted, often decades-long campaigns to secure their release. Now, a new collection from AK Press, https://www.akpress.org/rattling-the-cages.html, gathers the experience and wisdom of some 30 political prisoners in one place for the first time. Eric King and Josh Davidson, the editors of the project, join Rattling the Bars to discuss their new book and the urgency of the fight to free political prisoners. Josh Davidson is an abolitionist who is involved in numerous projects, including the https://www.certaindays.org/, which publishes the annual Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar, and the Children’s Art Project with political prisoner Oso Blanco. Josh also works in communications with the https://www.zinnedproject.org/ https://x.com/SupportEricKing?s=20 is a father, poet, author, and activist. He is a political prisoner serving a 10-year federal sentence for an act of protest over the police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. He is scheduled to be released in 2024. He has been held in solitary confinement for years on end and has been assaulted by both guards and white supremacists. King has published three zines: Battle Tested, Antifa in Prison, and Pacing in My Cell. Studio / Post-Production: Cameron Granadino https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe https://facebook.com/therealnews https://twitter.com/therealnews https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support
    25m 51s
  • 'Second look' bills offer a chance at freedom to longtime prisoners

    4 MAR. 2024 · The system of mass incarceration in the US offers few second chances to prisoners, and Maryland is no exception. As The Real News has https://therealnews.com/marylands-parole-system-conditions-people-for-despair https://therealnews.com/three-former-maryland-prisoners-explain-the-states-disastrous-parole-system, the state's parole system puts incarcerated people at the mercy of an inefficient, capricious process that is unlikely to deliver a speedy release for many. Now, a new bill in the Maryland legislature could create new pathways to freedom for prisoners who've served 20 years or more behind bars. Alonzo Turner Bey and Desmond Haneef Perry of the http://mdsecondlook.com/ join Rattling the Bars to discuss the Second Look Act https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0123). Additional links: - http://www.facebook.com/mdsecondlook - https://action.aclu.org/send-message/md-legislators-must-pass-second-look-act Studio / Post-Production: Cameron Granadino https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribe https://facebook.com/therealnews https://twitter.com/therealnews https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/rattling-the-bars--4799829/support
    32m 41s
  • Prisoners, unions sue Alabama, alleging 'modern-day slavery'

    26 FEB. 2024 · A group of current and former prisoners have sued the state of Alabama with the support of two unions who have signed on as co-plaintiffs, the Union of Southern Service Workers, and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The lawsuit claims that Alabama's system of prison labor amounts to a "modern-day form of slavery" that generates massive profits for private businesses and revenues for the state by forcing incarcerated people to work for little or no pay. Jacob Morrison and Adam Keller join Rattling the Bars to discuss the lawsuit and the importance of the fight for prisoners' rights to the overall labor movement. https://twitter.com/JacobM_AL is a member of the American Federation of Government Employees, and the president of the North Alabama Labor Council. Adam Keller is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 900. Together, they host The https://www.tvlr.fm/, Alabama’s only union radio talk show. Studio / Post-Production: Cameron Granadino Help us continue producing Rattling the Bars by following us and becoming a monthly sustainer: Donate: https://therealnews.com/donate-pod-rtb Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/nl-pod-rtb Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
    40m 3s

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