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Rustbelt Abolition Radio (RAR) is a prison abolitionist movement-building and media project based in Detroit, MI.Full episode transcripts are available on our website.

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Rustbelt Abolition Radio (RAR) is a prison abolitionist movement-building and media project based in Detroit, MI.Full episode transcripts are available on our website.

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Hierarchy is fake but I’d give this an A+

By kathleengullion - Feb 09 2018
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Well informed podcast and overall GREAT

Excellent info

By Eddlepirrrrrrrate - Sep 01 2017
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Excellent information here thanks

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56 Ratings
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56
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Hierarchy is fake but I’d give this an A+

By kathleengullion - Feb 09 2018
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Well informed podcast and overall GREAT

Excellent info

By Eddlepirrrrrrrate - Sep 01 2017
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Excellent information here thanks

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Rustbelt Abolition Radio

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Rustbelt Abolition Radio (RAR) is a prison abolitionist movement-building and media project based in Detroit, MI.Full episode transcripts are available on our website.

Rank #1: Native Resistance and the Carceral State

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Nick Estes identifies the anti-Indian origins of the carceral state within the U.S. settler colonial project and argues that indigenous liberation offers critical frameworks for understanding how to abolish it. Estes is a co-founder of The Red Nation: an anti-profit coalition dedicated to the liberation of Native Nations, lands, and peoples. He also holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of New Mexico.

Jul 11 2018

28mins

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Rank #2: Carceral Ableism and Disability Justice

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In this episode: Carceral Ableism and Disability Justice, we explore the ways in which the framework of “carceral ableism” redraws our map of racial capitalism’s archipelago of confinement, and how the liberatory praxis of disability justice works to extend and deepen the abolitionist horizon.

Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, co-editor of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada, explains how ableism - the violent material and discursive ordering of bodily and psychic difference through which normative and deviant bodyminds are produced - has been foundational to the development of the carceral state.

Leroy Moore, disability justice artist, activist, and co-founder of Krip Hop and Sins Invalid, explains how the disability justice movement emerged as both extension and critique of the disability rights movement. and that disability justice means a complete revolutionizing of our conceptions of embodiment and of our practices of interdependence.

Jan 10 2018

23mins

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Rank #3: Abolish Risk Assessment

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"Predictive" instruments are common currency within the carceral reform movement. In this episode we speak with three abolitionists --Rodrigo Ochigame, Chelsea Barabas, and Hamid Khan-- to contextualize the use of pre-trial assessments and algorithmic policing tools by technocratic stalker state.

Feb 28 2019

33mins

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Rank #4: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments Feat. Saidiyah Hartman

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Saidiya Hartman speaks about her latest book, Wayward Lives: Beautiful Experiments Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval, and the beauty, autonomy, anarchy, fugitivity, queerness, and errancy in forms of Black sociality — what she calls waywardness. We also discuss how to interrupt the state’s apparatus of capture and the new social formations that emerge as people flee from predatory state forms.

Transcript available at www.rustbeltradio.org

Apr 24 2019

26mins

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Rank #5: Border as Method

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In this episode we speak with Sandro Mezzadra, who has written extensively about borders and migration, such as in a book he co-authored with Brett Neilson titled “Border as Method.” He talks about the processes of bordering that extend far beyond the walls we usually think about when we speak of borders.

May 09 2018

29mins

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Rank #6: Out but not free: Surviving after Women’s Prison

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This episode features Karmyn, a writer and artist who was discharged from Michigan’s Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility after being locked up for 7 years. She speaks about the struggle to maintain a sense of self during and after imprisonment, and how the fear of state retaliation continues to saturate daily life.

Mar 14 2018

28mins

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Rank #7: The Death Penalty, Sovereignty, and Abolition

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Lisa Guenther, currently a professor of philosophy at Queen’s University in so-called Ontario, Canada, deconstructs the state’s right to kill or let live within settler-colonial & racial capitalist social relations. We also discuss abolitionist forms of relationality that interrupt sovereignty’s hold on life and social death.

May 29 2019

31mins

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Rank #8: Abolishing Electronic Incarceration

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In this episode, “Abolishing Electronic Incarceration”, co-producer a Maria speaks with Myaisha Hayes and James Kilgore about the movement to challenge the widening use of “electronic monitoring devices,” or ankle shackles. Myaisha is the National Organizer of Criminal Justice & Technology at the Center for Media Justice. James works with the Urbana Champaign independent media center and is the director of a project called “challenging e-carceration” which grows out of his own experiences with electronic monitoring after he was released from prison for his activities with the Symbionese Liberation Army. Myaisha and James argue that “electronic incarceration,” or e-carceration, is not an alternative to imprisonment, rather, it is the further expansion of the police state into our lives.

Jun 13 2018

30mins

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Rank #9: Reports from the 2018 Prison Strike

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As reports of the 2018 prison strike actions and state retaliation continue to come in, we speak with Amani Sawari, organizer and media contact with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, about ways to support prison rebels. We also hear from J, a prison rebel who’s among the strikers inside a South Carolina Prison.

Sep 12 2018

29mins

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Rank #10: Anti-Fascism and Carceral State feat. Lorenzo Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin

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In this special bonus episode, we present a conversation between True Leap Press and Lorenzo Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin, recorded in Chicago earlier last month. Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin is an anarchist writer, organizer, and former political prisoner who came up through the Black Panther Party in the 1960’s. Among other works, he is the author of the pamphlet “Anarchism and the Black Revolution”, which introduces the principles of class struggle anarchism and discusses its relevance to the black liberation struggle. JoNina Abron-Ervin is a journalist, retired educator, and a former member of the Detroit chapter of the Black Panther Party. As a writer, teacher and organizer, she has helped organize numerous efforts over the course of decades, including the anti-apartheid movement and campaigns against police terror. She is the author of the book “Driven by Movement: Activists of the Black Power Era”.

In this timely interview, Lorenzo and JoNina discuss the current anti-fascist movement, its limitations, and how it could evolve to challenge the carceral state, white supremacy, and capitalist exploitation more explicitly.

Oct 17 2018

31mins

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Rank #11: Political Organizing Behind the Walls

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In this episode, we speak with Michigan-based writer and activist Dennis Boatwright. Dennis was held captive by the state for 24 years of his life and has written about the strategies and politics of the prisoner resistance movement. We speak with him in the wake of the two most massive prison strikes in Amerikan history to grapple with the possibilities of political organizing on the inside as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

Oct 10 2018

28mins

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Rank #12: Pill or Punishment: Involuntary Medication at a Michigan's Women's Prison

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On January 2019, more than two thousand women confined at Michigan’s only women’s prison were put in quarantine. The quarantine comes in the wake of a possible scabies outbreak at the facility -- which has a long history of abuse and multiple cases of medical neglect. While many of the women held captive there displayed no symptoms, and pointed out other health hazards, such as black mold and infested showers, all of those who refused the state’s systemic administration of medical treatment were put in solitary confinement. In this episode, we speak with Sara and Tracy -- two poets that were locked up at Huron Valley during the quarantine. We also speak with Victoria Law, abolitionist writer and activist, and author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women.

Mar 27 2019

30mins

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Rank #13: On Carceral Capitalism

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This episode features Jackie Wang and her recently released collection of essays titled “Carceral Capitalism.” She provides a framework to understand how racial capitalism produces gratuitous violence against Black bodies as well as profit-generating technologies of extraction -- from Ferguson to Flint and beyond.

Apr 11 2018

26mins

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Rank #14: Riots, Crisis, and Prisons

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In this episode, we speak with Joshua Clover, author of Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings and professor of literature and critical theory at the University of California Davis, about the ongoing crisis of racial capitalism and its relation to riots and the carceral state.

Nov 14 2018

25mins

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Rank #15: Letters from inside: The 2018 Prison Strike

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In the thick of the 2018 prison strike, we published a notice in the San Francisco Bay View -- the extraordinary monthly Black newspaper which circulates through hundreds of prisons and other centers of detention in the United States -- asking those on the inside to write to us with their immediate reflections on the prison strike. Specifically: how recent prison strike actions advanced the politics of abolition. We received letters from folks imprisoned in a dozen different states, and in this episode we present these extraordinary report backs and analyses from inside -- some written in the infinitely long and lonely hours of solitary confinement.

Jan 28 2019

27mins

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Rank #16: Ni Una Menos en las Cárceles

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Nos encontramos frente a la difícil tarea de entablar un diálogo más allá del rustbelt, más allá del “cinturón oxidado,” más allá de esos territorios y poblaciones como Detroit y Flint, zonas de abandono organizado y violencia organizada del Estado y el capitalismo racial. Es decir, nos encontramos frente a una cierta tarea de traducción, una tarea siempre fallida, siempre imposible, pero hoy, más que nunca, sumamente necesaria. En particular, en este programa, que titulamos "Ni Una Menos en las cárceles" nos propusimos pensar el Abolicionismo penal a la par de los tiempos álgidos de la revuelta feminista Latinoamericana. A finales de Octubre de este mismo año tuvimos la oportunidad extraordinaria de conversar con Verónica Gago, Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar y con tres compañeras de la agrupación Yo No Fui, Liliana Cabrera, Eva, y Gabriela. En lo que sigue les compartimos las grabaciones de estas conversaciones que intentar pensar un feminismo más allá del imaginario carcelario y punitivista.

Dec 12 2018

34mins

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Rank #17: State Repression and Movement Defense

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This episode turns to questions of political repression, movement defense, and solidarity with political prisoners - questions which have been accentuated in the wake of the massive legal attacks visited upon protesters who participated in the #J20 demonstration in Washington D.C. on the day of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.

Ashanti Alston, a former Black Panther and member of the Black Liberation Army who spent 14 years incarcerated due to his activity in the revolutionary movement, discusses the uses and pitfalls of distinguishing between political and social prisoners, and argues that defending political prisoners is essential to the struggle for abolition.

Jude Ortiz of The Tilted Scales Collective speaks on the importance of situating legal defense campaigns within a movement-centered strategy for liberation, and the ongoing campaign to defend the #J20 resistance. Payton, a current #J20 co-defendant, closes with his experience of the #J20 repression and this Fall’s courtroom struggles.

Nov 13 2017

29mins

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Rank #18: Settler-colonialism and the Struggle for Abolition

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This episode grapples with the relation between incarceration and settler colonialism. Kelly Lytle Hernández, abolitionist writer and professor of History and African American studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, discusses her latest book, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles.

Hernández reveals the underlying logic of elimination and conquest that is foundational to our settler colonial society by interrogating the construction of the settler-carceral state over two centuries. In this historical analysis, Hernández draws from what she calls “The Rebel Archive,” a constellation of historical materials that emerged from struggles against conquest and elimination.

Jan 03 2018

26mins

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Rank #19: Specters of Attica: Reflections from Inside a Michigan Prison Strike

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On the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, hundreds imprisoned inside Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility refused to report to work or lock down in their barracks. Instead, they joined the largest prisoner labor strike in U.S. history.

Rustbelt Abolition Radio co-produced this April 25, 2018 episode of Making Contact, in which four men who were imprisoned at Kinross report on the unlivable conditions, the moments in which the strike took shape, and the retaliation that rained down on them in its wake. We also hear from outside organizers on why it’s important to learn from prison rebellions, and how a persistent force organizing in the spirit of Abolition is rattling walls and cages to make prisons obsolete.

Special thanks to Making Contact, Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity and the IWW’s Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.

Jun 10 2018

29mins

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Rank #20: Dispatches from Zapatista Territory

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In this episode, “Dispatches from Zapatista Territory,” we speak with two of our fellow co-producers about their recent trip to autonomous Zapatista communities in the highlands of the Mexican southeast. For more than 24 years, the Zapatistas have inspired countless struggles across the globe to build “a world in which many worlds fit.” While the Zapatistas are not explicitly penal abolitionists, we reflect on how the Zapatista construction of autonomy may help us re-imagine the challenges and possibilities we face as Abolitionists.

Feb 14 2018

27mins

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