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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

    Community Is The Antidote To Policing feat. Geo Maher

    Community Is The Antidote To Policing feat. Geo Maher

    This is a companion episode to our interview with Geo Maher. If you haven’t listened to that yet, you may want to put this on hold and check that conversation out first.
    Kim Wilson and Geo Maher dive deep into Chapter 5 of his book, A World Without Police: How Strong Communities Make Cops Obsolete. The chapter is entitled, “Building Communities Without Police,” and this discussion was originally prepared for one of Kim’s courses.
    Geo Maher is a Philadelphia-based writer and organizer, and currently Visiting Associate Professor of Global Political Thought at Vassar College. He is author of four books, including A World Without Police, and his next book Anticolonial Eruptions appears in March. 
    Episode Resources & Notes A World Without Police
    Credits Created and hosted by Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Edited by Ellis Maxwell
    Website & volunteers managed by Victoria Nam
    Theme music by Jared Ware
    Support Beyond Prisons Visit our website at beyond-prisons.com
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    • 49 min
    A World Without Police feat. Geo Maher

    A World Without Police feat. Geo Maher

    Geo Maher joins us to discuss his new book, "A World Without Police: How Strong Communities Make Cops Obsolete." 
    We touch on a number of subjects, including the context in which the book was written, cops and labor unions, and how Geo’s experiences in Venezuela influenced his work.
    We also touch on Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s comment likening abolition to a suburb and rhetorical strategies with the mainstream, as well as examples of bottom-up abolitionist organizing around the world. Geo explains what he means by “strong community," the project of abolishing police and the border as being one in the same, and a whole lot more.
    In addition to this interview, we have published a companion episode featuring an in-depth conversation between Kim and Geo about chapter 5 of his book, “Building Communities Without Police.”
    Geo Maher is a Philadelphia-based writer and organizer, and currently Visiting Associate Professor of Global Political Thought at Vassar College. He is author of four books, including A World Without Police, and his next book Anticolonial Eruptions appears in March. 
    Episode Resources & Notes A World Without Police
    Credits Created and hosted by Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Edited by Ellis Maxwell
    Website & volunteers managed by Victoria Nam
    Theme music by Jared Ware
    Support Beyond Prisons Visit our website at beyond-prisons.com
    Support our show and join us on Patreon. Check out our other donation options as well.
    Please listen, subscribe, and rate/review our podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Play
    Join our mailing list for updates on new episodes, events, and more
    Send tips, comments, and questions to beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com
    Kim Wilson is available for speaking engagements and to facilitate workshops. Please contact beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com for more information
    Twitter: @Beyond_Prison
    Facebook:@beyondprisonspodcast
    Instagram:@beyondprisons

    • 1 hr
    Holding Change feat. adrienne maree brown

    Holding Change feat. adrienne maree brown

    In this episode, adrienne maree brown discusses her recent book: Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation. We talk about the structure of the book, Black feminist wisdom, breathwork as a facilitation practice, the importance of setting boundaries, the need to remain open to new ideas, and moving with grief.
    adrienne maree brown is the author of Grievers (the first in her novella series with the Black Dawn imprint), Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Meditation, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is the co-host of the How to Survive the End of the World and Octavia’s Parables podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Durham.
    Episode Resources & Notes Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation
    Grievers
    Adrienne maree brown on IG
    Credits adrienne maree brown photo by anjali pinto
    Created and hosted by Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Edited by Ellis Maxwell
    Website & volunteers managed by Victoria Nam
    Theme music by Jared Ware
    Support Beyond Prisons Visit our website at beyond-prisons.com
    Support our show and join us on Patreon. Check out our other donation options as well.
    Please listen, subscribe, and rate/review our podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Play
    Join our mailing list for updates on new episodes, events, and more
    Send tips, comments, and questions to beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com
    Kim Wilson is available for speaking engagements and to facilitate workshops. Please contact beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com for more information
    Twitter: @Beyond_Prison
    Facebook:@beyondprisonspodcast
    Instagram:@beyondprisons

    • 55 min
    The Abolitionist Newspaper feat. Woods Ervin & Rory Elliott

    The Abolitionist Newspaper feat. Woods Ervin & Rory Elliott

    Rory Elliott and Woods Ervin from Critical Resistance’s newspaper, The Abolitionist, join the show for a wide-ranging conversation on abolitionist media.
    According to their website, The Abolitionist, sometimes lovingly referred to as The Abbey, “launched in the spring of 2005 as a bilingual publication dedicated to the strategy and practice of prison industrial complex (PIC) abolition. It is distributed absolutely free of charge to thousands of people in prisons, jails, and detention centers throughout the US, who in turn share the paper with many more of their fellow prisoners.“
    “From analyses of racial capitalism and imperialism, to housing, education, land struggles, mental health, confronting gender violence, fights to build life-affirming infrastructure for community self-determination and more, each issue is packed with fresh analytical articles, reflections, poetry, visual art, and organizing resources and tools for resistance inside and outside of prisons.”  
    This wide ranging conversation touches not just on the history of this publication, but the role of history and historicizing in the journalism they produce. We talk about how the ethics of abolitionist journalism differ from that of traditional US journalistic norms. We also discuss some of the pieces that have been published in the Abbey recently and the intentions behind their editorial decisions. 
    Rory Elliott (she/her) has been a chapter member with Critical Resistance Portland since 2019. She is a core member of the mutual aid project The Imprisoned Firefighter Fundraiser that raised $61,000 for prisoners fighting wildfires across the state of Oregon, and worked closely with other organizers to get stimulus check information to everyone locked in the Oregon prison system. She is the Distribution Coordinator & an Editorial Collective member with The Abolitionist Newspaper. She's a t-girl against assimilation, for queer liberation and prison industrial complex abolition.
     
    Woods Ervin (they/them) is a Black nonbinary trans person from the South who has been deeply immersed in movements for racial and gender justice for over a decade. Woods has been a member of Critical Resistance since 2010, and from 2014 to 2018 was part of rebuilding Transgender, Gender-variant, Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP). Through both organizations, Woods organized as part of multiple campaigns to halt jail construction and policing. Woods is the current Communications Director at Critical Resistance. 
    Episode Resources & Notes Subscribe to The Abolitionist Newspaper:
    https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/abolitionistnewspaper
    Subscribe a loved one inside to The Abolitionist Newspaper:
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmTjPTWrqBphW2FKOupc2w5ycr0AlvRi_rmn3_K9frV0fK7w/viewform
    Issue 34 Sneak Peek: Finding Our Way Forward – Past Neoliberalism, Austerity, Fascism, and the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) - by Woods Ervin
    https://abolitionistpaper.wordpress.com/2021/04/01/issue-34-sneak-peek-finding-our-way-forward/
    Read past issues here:
    https://abolitionistpaper.wordpress.com/category/abolitionist/
    Credits Created and hosted by Kim Wilson and Brian Nam-Sonenstein
    Edited by Ellis Maxwell
    Website & volunteers managed by Victoria Nam
    Theme music by Jared Ware
    Support Beyond Prisons Visit our website at beyond-prisons.com
    Support our show and join us on Patreon. Check out our other donation options as well.
    Please listen, subscribe, and rate/review our podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Play
    Join our mailing list for updates on new episodes, events, and more
    Send tips, comments, and questions to beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com
    Kim Wilson is available for speaking engagements and to facilitate workshops. Please contact beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com for more information
    Twitter: @Beyond_Prison
    Facebook:@beyondprisonspodcast
    Instagram:@beyondprisons

    • 54 min
    Beyond Solitary #2: Kwame Shakur on Revolution and Reactionary Reformism

    Beyond Solitary #2: Kwame Shakur on Revolution and Reactionary Reformism

    In the second episode of our series, Beyond Solitary, Kwame Shakur joins the show to talk about the need to develop inside-out revolutionary strategy, and the work already being done with that goal in mind by organizations like I.D.O.C. Watch, Prison Lives Matter, and the New Afrikan Liberation Collective.
    This is the second of two episodes with members of I.D.O.C. Watch, an organization of prisoners in Indiana and outside supporters dedicated to exposing abuses by authorities in the Department of Corrections.
    In our first episode, we spoke with longtime political prison Shaka Shakur about the history of the prison movement in Indiana. In this episode, Kwame shares his assessment of current struggles against police brutality, and the disconnect between the prison movement and the larger movement on the streets.
    Kwame also touches on the effects solitary has on prisoners’ mental health, and how restrictions implemented in the time of COVID have only exacerbated these harms. 
    Kwame Shakur is a New Afrikan political prisoner, currently held captive in solitary confinement, in the SHU, at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. He is the co-founder and chairman of the New Afrikan Liberation Collective, as well as the national director for the Prison Lives Matter movement. Kwame’s essays have appeared in numerous publications, including San Francisco Bay View. 
    Episode Resources & Notes Prison Legal Support Network IDOC Watch Patreon New Afrikan Liberation Collective  Prison Lives Matter Revolution vs. Reactionary Reformism Kwame Shakur on COVID-19, Conditions & Repression in the SHU Lawsuit Won by Aaron Isby-Israel against Indiana D.O.C. Write to Shaka Shakur or Kwame Shakur: 
    Shaka Shakur: 
    Shaka Shakur #1996207
    Buckingham Correctional Center
    P.O. Box 430
    Dillwyn, VA 23936
    Kwame Shakur: 
    Michael Joyner (Kwame) #149677
    Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
    P.O. Box 1111
    Carlisle, IN, 47838
    Credits Created by Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Hosted by anonymous, and edited by Ellis Maxwell
    Website & volunteers managed by Victoria Nam
    Theme music by Jared Ware
    Additional music by Alicia Lopez-Torres, Remy Erkel, and Ellis Maxwell
    Support Beyond Prisons Visit our website at beyond-prisons.com
    Support our show and join us on Patreon. Check out our other donation options as well.
    Please listen, subscribe, and rate/review our podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Play
    Join our mailing list for updates on new episodes, events, and more
    Send tips, comments, and questions to beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com
    Kim Wilson is available for speaking engagements and to facilitate workshops. Please contact beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com for more information
    Twitter: @Beyond_Prison
    Facebook:@beyondprisonspodcast
    Instagram:@beyondprisons

    • 28 min
    Beyond Solitary: 25 Years In The Indiana Prison Movement feat. Shaka Shakur

    Beyond Solitary: 25 Years In The Indiana Prison Movement feat. Shaka Shakur

    Beyond Solitary series | Episode 1
    In the first episode of our new series, "Beyond Solitary," Shaka Shakur talks about the history of the prison movement in Indiana, and how the movement has evolved and responded to consistent repression from the carceral state.
    This is the first of two episodes featuring members of I.D.O.C. Watch, an organization of prisoners in Indiana and outside supporters, dedicated to exposing abuses by authorities in the Department of Corrections.
    Shaka begins with a comprehensive account of the prison movement in Indiana in the 1980s and 1990s, including the organizing of a lengthy hunger strike in 1991. Shaka then details the ways the prison system seeks to undermine revolutionary organizing, using tactics such as long-term solitary confinement, “diesel therapy,” and domestic exile. We talk about the importance of political education and coordination inside and outside of prisons. And finally, Shaka describes I.D.O.C. Watch’s vision of and commitment to build dual power. 
    Shaka Shakur is a New Afrikan political prisoner, and longtime revolutionary organizer within the Indiana and Virginia prison systems. Shaka was first imprisoned in Indiana, but was transferred to Virginia in 2019, via the Interstate Corrections Compact, a tool often used by the state to attempt to weaken the support networks and movement building surrounding political and politicized prisoners. Shaka is a member of numerous political organizations, including I.D.O.C. Watch, the New Afrikan Liberation Collective, and Prison Lives Matter. Shaka has written numerous essays and reports on prison conditions, including an article published in February of 2020 on the struggle against organized white supremacists in the Indiana Department of Corrections. 
    Episode Resources & Notes Prison Legal Support Network IDOC Watch Patreon New Afrikan Liberation Collective  Prison Lives Matter Shaka Shakur on the Struggle Against Organized White Supremacists in the IDOC Down: Reflections on Prison Resistance in Indiana Credits "Beyond Solitary" series theme music by Alicia Lopez-Torres, Remy Erkel, and Ellis Maxwell
    Hosted and edited by Ellis Maxwell
    Beyond Prisons Podcast is created by Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein
    Website & volunteers managed by Victoria Nam
    Theme music by Jared Ware
    Support Beyond Prisons Visit our website at beyond-prisons.com
    Support our show and join us on Patreon. Check out our other donation options as well.
    Please listen, subscribe, and rate/review our podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Play
    Join our mailing list for updates on new episodes, events, and more
    Send tips, comments, and questions to beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com
    Kim Wilson is available for speaking engagements and to facilitate workshops. Please contact beyondprisonspodcast@gmail.com for more information
    Twitter: @Beyond_Prison
    Facebook:@beyondprisonspodcast
    Instagram:@beyondprisons

    • 52 min

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