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Beyond Prisons is a podcast on justice, mass incarceration, and prison abolition. Hosted by @phillyprof03 & @bsonenstein

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Beyond Prisons is a podcast on justice, mass incarceration, and prison abolition. Hosted by @phillyprof03 & @bsonenstein

    Beyond Prisons: Certain Days Collective

    Beyond Prisons: Certain Days Collective

    On this episode of the Beyond Prisons Podcast, hosts Brian Sonenstein and Kim Wilson catch up with  Certain Days Collective members Daniel McGowan, Josh Davidson, and Sara Falconer.
    The group publishes the Certain Days: Freedom For Political Prisoners calendar, now in its 19th year of publication and filled with radical historical dates, 12 thought-provoking articles and beautiful artwork for each month throughout the year. All proceeds support prisoners and grassroots organizations, and we urge you to visit certaindays.org to obtain copies of their beautiful 2020 edition, the theme of which is “Knitting Together The Struggles.”
    The five of us discuss the artwork and articles that make up the calendar, as well as the difficult-but-extensive and necessary collaboration with incarcerated people throughout the year to produce it. We also touch on subjects such as the importance of charting radical history, prisoners’ relationship to time, and the value of having such a beautiful and thought-provoking calendar available to people on the inside.
    Daniel McGowan is a former political prisoner and former member of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). He has been involved with political prisoner support for most of his activist life and is currently a member of the Certain Days collective.
    Josh Davidson has been an activist for two decades now, focusing on prisoner support and the abolition of the carceral state. He is actively working to start a Books Through Bars program in Baltimore, MD, where he also works on community organizing and against police brutality.
    Sara Falconer has been working to raise the voices of prisoners for over 18 years, collaborating on projects such as 4strugglemag.org, a zine by and for prisoners, and the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar. She is a member of the Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
    Buy the Certain Days calendar and learn more about the collective at certaindays.org
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    @certaindayscalendar on Instagram
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    Hosts: Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Music: Jared Ware

    • 56 min
    Sunlight Is A Human Right

    Sunlight Is A Human Right

    Abolitionist and journalist Jared Ware joins the Beyond Prisons podcast for a conversation on deteriorating abusive conditions within South Carolina prisons.
    Jared gives us an update on recent organizing efforts by prisoners in South Carolina and their comrades on the outside, who delivered a demand letter to UN offices in the United States, Carribean, and United Kingdom last month. They argue the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) is violating international standards for confinement known as The Mandela Standards. 
    We discuss the last several years of prisoner-led organizing to call attention to horrendous abuses. This includes intense restrictions on prisoners in general population within higher-security prisons, such as metal plates placed on windows, meal slots on the doors, heavy limitations on movement, and little-to-no programming or recreation. 
    We also touch on the disgusting, absurd games and propaganda wars SCDC engages in, including collaborations with nonprofits that serve to whitewash the department of corrections conduct and the conditions in which they force people to live.
    Resources & Additional Reading
    South Carolina Prisoners Call For UN Intervention As Abusive Conditions Worsen by Jared Ware
    South Carolina Prisoner Demand Letter To The United Nations
    South Carolina Prisoners Appeal to the UN for Relief From Torturous Conditions by Kelly Hayes
    'No Other Path to Redress': South Carolina Prisoners Appeal to UN After State and Federal Officials Ignore Pleas for Livable Conditions by Eoin Higgins
    Interview: South Carolina Prisoners Challenge Narrative Around Violence At Lee Correctional Institution by Jared Ware
    Check out Jared Ware's podcast with Josh Briond, Millennials Are Killing Capitalism
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    Kim Wilson is available for speaking engagements and to facilitate workshops. Please contact beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com for more information
    Twitter: @Beyond_Prison
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    Hosts: Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Music: Jared Ware

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Instead Of Calling The Cops

    Instead Of Calling The Cops

    In a followup to the last episode, "Stop Hugging Cops," Beyond Prisons hosts Brian Sonenstein and Kim Wilson share some resources and discuss alternatives to calling the police.
    We talk about the chain reaction that is created by bringing the police to a community or into an individual’s life, and we suggest ways to scrutinize the impulse to call the police. Brian also calls on White people to consider what it means for them to call the police on Black and Brown people and offers some thoughts for how white people can do better in situations that generally don’t require intervention.
    Kim also shares some of what she has learned from transformative justice work and what communities can do to address harm without state intervention. This episode is chock full of insights, ideas, suggestions, and lessons, and it is by no means a comprehensive account of alternatives to calling the police, but it does provide a place to begin.
    Resources & Additional Reading
    "Chain Reaction: Alternatives To Calling Police" by Project NIA
    "Abolition Of Policing Workshop" by Critical Resistance
    "Alternatives To Police" by Rose City Cop Watch
    "12 Things To Do Instead Of Calling The Cops" by the May Day Collective and Washtenaw Solidarity & Defense
    "What To Do Instead Of Calling The Police" by Aaron Rose
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    Kim Wilson is available for speaking engagements and to facilitate workshops. Please contact beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com for more information
    Twitter: @Beyond_Prison
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    Hosts: Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Music: Jared Ware

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Stop Hugging Cops

    Stop Hugging Cops

    In this episode of the Beyond Prisons podcast, hosts Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein discuss a video published by Critical Resistance that features Professor Dylan Rodriguez talking about policing and police practice. We encourage you to spend a few minutes watching the video before listening to this episode.
    We chose this video because Professor Rodriguez helps us to interrogate the way that we think about the police. He makes the case for why "policing" is a more accurate term than "police brutality" and urges us to think about why some people need to demonstrate their humanity by hugging cops.
    Brian and Kim use the points by Professor Rodriguez to further discuss what it means when abolitionists and other activists are willing to make exceptions for some people to go to prison, and what kinds of conversations we need to have to shift peoples' consciousness about punishment. We push back against the idea that prison and other legal punishments are forms of accountability and lay the groundwork for other upcoming episodes on this topic.
    Resources & Additional Reading
    [Video] Breaking Down The Prison Industrial Complex with Professor Dylan Rodriguez: "It's Not Police Brutality"
    Critical Resistance - Breaking Down The Prison Industrial Complex Video Series
    Reformist Reforms vs. Abolitionist Steps in Policing
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    Twitter: @Beyond_Prison
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    Hosts: Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Music: Jared Ware

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Gladiator Fights Feat. IWOC's Brooke Terpstra

    Gladiator Fights Feat. IWOC's Brooke Terpstra

    Beyond Prisons is back from summer break with a special double episode with Brooke Terpstra, Oaklander forever, movement veteran, and worker who organized with the Incarcerated Workers Organizer Committee (IWOC).
    Brooke is an organizer with the Oakland chapter of IWOC and was a member of the IWOC national media committee for the 2018 prison strike. In the first hour of this episode, Brooke walks us through incidents of prison-orchestrated violence in California, known as "Gladiator Fights." He shares the history and backstory of why California prisons are organizing these fights, dismantles the corrections department's spin on these incidents, and details the experiences of prisoners and their loved ones who are fighting for survival and to end the practice.
    In the second hour, Kim and Brian debrief after their conversation with Brooke. They discuss their reactions and experiences reporting on these fights and the trauma of being in proximity to the multifaceted violence of incarceration.
    Follow IWOC on Twitter: @IWW_IWOC
    IWOC Website
    Resources & Additional Reading
    The Agreement To End Hostilities by the Pelican Bay State Prison-SHU Short Corridor Hunger Strike Representatives.
    NOTHING NEW: CDCr Fuels and Socially Engineers Violence between Prisoners By Mutope Duguma
    How CDCr Undermines Peace: An Essay on Gladiator Fights by IWOC Oakland
    Following Hunger Strike, Corcoran Prisoners Say Negotiations With Warden Have Fallen Apart by Brian Sonenstein
    Corcoran Prisoners Describe Life Under Lockdown by Brian Sonenstein
    California Prisoners Say Videos Show ‘Gladiator Fights’ At Soledad State Prison by Brian Sonenstein
    More Reports Of ‘Gladiator Fights’ As California Prison Officials Tear Up Cells To Find Recording Device by Brian Sonenstein
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    Twitter: @Beyond_Prison
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    Hosts: Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Music: Jared Ware

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Abolition Is A Horizon feat. Sarah K. Tyson

    Abolition Is A Horizon feat. Sarah K. Tyson

    CONTENT WARNING: SEXUAL VIOLENCE, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
    Sarah K. Tyson joins Beyond Prisons for a conversation about her work as a philosopher, anti-violence advocate, and prison educator.
    We explore the contradiction between anti-violence work and its reliance on the criminal punishment system, what it's like to do philosophy in prison, the importance of building relationships with people inside, and so much more. 
    Sarah Tyson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Affiliated Faculty of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado, Denver.
    Her research focuses on questions of authority, history, and exclusion with a particular interest in voices that have been marginalized in the history of thinking.
    She has published essays in: Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration; Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism; Feminist Philosophy Quarterly; Hypatia; Metaphilosophy; and Radical Philosophy Review. She also edited with Joshua Hall, Philosophy Imprisoned: The Love of Wisdom in the Age of Mass Incarceration.
    She recently published Where Are the Women? Why Expanding the Archive Makes Philosophy Better, which focuses on women in the history of philosophy and argues for engagement with thinkers not typically considered philosophers, including Sojourner Truth. 
    Resources
    Feminism and the Carceral State: Gender-Responsive Justice, Community Accountability, and the Epistemology of Antiviolence. (Brady T. Heiner and Sarah K. Tyson, 2017)
    Experiments in Responsibility: Pocket Parks, Radical Anti-Violence Work, and the Social Ontology of Safety (Sarah K. Tyson, 2014)
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    Twitter: @Beyond_Prison
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beyondprisonspodcast/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beyondprisons/
    Hosts: Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Music: Jared Ware

    • 1 hr 11 min

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