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Rattling the Bars, hosted by former Black Panther and political prisoner Marshall “Eddie” Conway, puts the voices of the people most harmed by our system of mass incarceration at the center of our reporting on the fight to end it.

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Rattling the Bars, hosted by former Black Panther and political prisoner Marshall “Eddie” Conway, puts the voices of the people most harmed by our system of mass incarceration at the center of our reporting on the fight to end it.

    The unending COVID-19 disaster in Maryland prisons

    The unending COVID-19 disaster in Maryland prisons

    In this episode of "Rattling the Bars," we get an inside and outside view of the ongoing, slow-moving disaster happening in Maryland prisons, which have failed to adequately protect inmates, guards, and the surrounding communities from COVID-19. TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Pamela Sessoms, whose incarcerated fiancé contracted COVID inside a Maryland prison, and Marc Schindler, the Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute, a national research and policy organization with expertise in criminal justice issues.

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    • 27 min
    California prisons: A public health disaster

    California prisons: A public health disaster

    California is experiencing a public health disaster by keeping people incarcerated in overcrowded, unsanitary, and violent conditions. TRN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Amber-Rose Howard, Executive Director of Californians United for a Responsible Budget, about how her organization is fighting for prison closures, divestment, and mass releases.

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    • 23 min
    Mumia has COVID-19, supporters demand his release

    Mumia has COVID-19, supporters demand his release

    In this urgent, unscheduled episode of “Rattling the Bars,” Eddie Conway talks to Pam Africa, legendary Philadelphia activist and head of the International Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal, about the health of longtime prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, and about the grassroots push to get him released.
    Phone numbers mentioned during this episode:
    Pennsylvania Department of Corrections: 717-728-2573
    Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf: 717-787-2500
    Office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner: 267-456-1000

    His inmate ID is: Inmate ID AM8335

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    • 13 min
    Greek political prisoner is at death’s door

    Greek political prisoner is at death’s door

    Since 2002, Greek revolutionary and activist Dimitris Koufontinas has been in prison for his role in the Revolutionary Organization 17 November (17N). Labelled a “terrorist” by the Greek government, Koufontinas began a hunger strike on Jan. 8, 2021, and has been refusing water since Feb. 22, in protest of his draconian treatment in prison. With his health rapidly deteriorating, time is running out for Koufontinas, but there is a growing international effort to demand that his life be spared. In this urgent episode of “Rattling the Bars,” Eddie Conway speaks with Demosthenes Papathatos, a political organizer in Greece, about Koufontinas’ condition.

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    • 26 min
    Black mass incarceration in the so-called Free State

    Black mass incarceration in the so-called Free State

    Until recently, the horrifyingly unjust reality of America’s mass incarceration system has not been a central concern in popular political discourse. In the past few years, however, more people have learned about the brutality and inhumanity of mass incarceration as artists, activists, documentarians, and elected officials have called attention to the broken U.S. criminal justice system—and its disproportionate harm to Black and Brown people. But is this increased awareness of the problem translating to increased efforts to address it?

    While officials like Maryland's Gov. Larry Hogan say they're reducing incarceration rates and improving prison conditions, the data tells a different story. For instance, the Justice Policy Institute's report "Rethinking Approaches to Over Incarceration of Black Young Adults in Maryland" shows that Maryland incarcerates Black people at more than twice the national rate and leads the country in incarcerating young Black men. In this episode of "Rattling the Bars," Eddie Conway speaks with Justice Policy Institute's Marc Schindler and returning citizen Shasta Deen about how the repercussions of slavery are still felt in Maryland's justice system.

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    Read the Justice Policy Institute report: http://www.justicepolicy.org/research/12702?utm_source=%2fMarylandYoungAdult

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    • 12 min
    The government murdered Fred Hampton. Will it ever be held accountable?

    The government murdered Fred Hampton. Will it ever be held accountable?

    Flint Taylor and Jeff Haas, co-founders of the People’s Law Office in Chicago, were the lead lawyers in the landmark case that exposed the FBI’s involvement in the assassination of Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. While that case was settled nearly 40 years ago, newly revealed documents show that the conspiracy to murder Hampton and cover up evidence of government involvement goes deeper than most ever imagined. In this special episode of “Rattling the Bars,” Eddie Conway talks with Taylor and Haas about their decades-long battle for the truth, the government’s continued surveillance and persecution of dissenters, and the ongoing fight for justice and accountability.

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