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Rustbelt Abolition Radio (RAR) is a prison abolit…


The Death Penalty, Sovereignty, and Abolition
May 29 • 31 min
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…
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments Feat. Saidiyah Hartman
Apr 24 • 26 min
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…
Pill or Punishment: Involuntary Medication at a Michigan’s Women’s Prison
Mar 27 • 30 min
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…
Abolish Risk Assessment
Feb 28 • 33 min
“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…
Letters from inside: The 2018 Prison Strike
Jan 28 • 27 min
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…
Ni Una Menos en las Cárceles
Dec 12, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Riots, Crisis, and Prisons
Nov 14, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Anti-Fascism and Carceral State feat. Lorenzo Ervin and JoNina Abron-Ervin
Oct 17, 2018 • 31 min
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…
Political Organizing Behind the Walls
Oct 10, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Reports from the 2018 Prison Strike
Sep 12, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Prelude to the 2018 Prisoner Strike
Aug 8, 2018 • 28 min
Preparing for the upcoming 2018 Prisoner Strike — slated to take place between August 21st and September 9th — we speak with members of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW about the lead-up to the strike and how you can get involved.…
Native Resistance and the Carceral State
Jul 11, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Abolishing Electronic Incarceration
Jun 13, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Specters of Attica: Reflections from Inside a Michigan Prison Strike
Jun 10, 2018 • 29 min
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.…
Border as Method
May 9, 2018 • 29 min
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…
On Carceral Capitalism
Apr 11, 2018 • 26 min
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…
Out but not free: Surviving after Women’s Prison
Mar 14, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Dispatches from Zapatista Territory
Feb 14, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Carceral Ableism and Disability Justice
Jan 10, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Settler-colonialism and the Struggle for Abolition
Jan 2, 2018 • 26 min
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,…
State Repression and Movement Defense
Nov 13, 2017 • 29 min
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…
Bonus: Education, Fascism, and Abolition: A conversation with George Ciccariello Maher
Nov 7, 2017 • 16 min
In this bonus episode, we speak with Dr. George Ciccariello-Maher, Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel University. Placed on forced leave by Drexel, he is among a growing number of academics subjected to retaliation for their…
Beyond Policing
Oct 9, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode we take a critical look at the liberal discourse of police reform, which has increasingly gained prominence amidst the ever-recurring specter of racist police violence, and especially in the wake of black rebellions in Ferguson and…
Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside (w/ Fred Williams)
Sep 9, 2017 • 15 min
‘Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside’ is an exclusive archive of audio interviews with people currently incarcerated in Michigan who witnessed and lived through the historic September 2016 prison strike. In this segment we hear the…
Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside (w/ Harold Gonzales)
Sep 9, 2017 • 15 min
‘Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside’ is an exclusive archive of audio interviews with people currently incarcerated in Michigan who witnessed and lived through the historic September 2016 prison strike. In this segment we hear the…
Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside (w/ Ahjamu Baruti)
Sep 9, 2017 • 9 min
‘Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside’ is an exclusive archive of audio interviews with people currently incarcerated in Michigan who witnessed and lived through the historic September 2016 prison strike. In this segment we hear the…
Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside (w/ Jake Klemp)
Sep 9, 2017 • 9 min
‘Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside’ is an exclusive archive of audio interviews with people currently incarcerated in Michigan who witnessed and lived through the historic September 2016 prison strike. In this segment we hear the…
Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside (w/ Baba X Guy)
Sep 9, 2017 • 9 min
‘Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside’ is an exclusive archive of audio interviews with people currently incarcerated in Michigan who witnessed and lived through the historic September 2016 prison strike. In this segment we hear the…
Reports from the Prisoner Resistance Movement
Sep 9, 2017 • 30 min
In Reports from the Prisoner Resistance Movement, released on the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison rebellion, we reflect on the intensifying political struggles behind bars by examining two extraordinary flashpoints: Amerika’s nationwide September 9,…
Schools, Prisons, and Abolitionist Futures
Aug 14, 2017 • 29 min
In today’s episode, “Schools, prisons and Abolitionist futures”, we explore the parallels by which the institutions of prisons and schools work to reproduce our current society, and how they illuminate challenges in the rocky passageways toward abolition.…
Beyond Punishment: The Movement for Transformative Justice
Jul 10, 2017 • 29 min
Abolitionists are committed to creating a world without police and prisons, but what alternative visions and practices of addressing intimate harm might point the way toward such a world? In this episode we explore efforts to re-imagine the politics of…
Queering Abolition
Jun 12, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode we examine the relationships between carcerality, gendered and sexual violence on the one hand, and on the other: queer and trans liberation and the abolitionist horizon. Josue Saldivar and Karolina Lopez from the Arizona-based…
Abolition and the Commons
May 8, 2017 • 24 min
In this episode we explore the relationship between the abolitionist horizon and the defense and reinvention of the commons. We speak with author and historian Peter Linebaugh about the ways the carceral state is founded upon enclosure and dispossession,…
To Make Our World Anew: May Day special ft. Robin D.G. Kelley
May 1, 2017 • 28 min
In this special May Day segment of Rustbelt Abolition Radio, we speak with acclaimed scholar Robin D.G. Kelley to explore the critique of racial capitalism, the history of class struggle across the color line, and the abolitionist horizon. We release this…
Survival and Resistance: Women Organizing towards Abolition
Apr 10, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode we focus on the ways women are organizing against gendered violence and mass criminalization — and for a world free of domination. We speak with Mariame Kaba, long-time abolitionist organizer and writer, about her work with groups like…
Bonus: Free Bresha Now!
Apr 9, 2017 • 4 min
In this special bonus segment of Rustbelt Abolition Radio, we speak with long-time prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba about the Free Bresha Campaign.
Bonus: From Attica to Kinross - An extended interview with Heather Ann Thompson
Apr 3, 2017 • 11 min
In this special bonus segment of Rustbelt Abolition Radio, we return to renowned historian Heather Ann Thompson as she elaborates on the multifaceted origins of the historic 1971 Attica Uprising, drawing out their resonances with other prison rebellions…
The Riots Will Continue
Mar 13, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode we examine the expansion of the carceral state as a response to anti-racist movements and urban rebellions of the 1960s, the political economic underpinnings of these social transformations, and the ways in which historic instances of…
No walls, no cages: From migrant justice to prison abolition
Feb 13, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode we focus on the joint struggle for migrant justice and prison abolition. We feature migrant justice and abolitionist organizers Aly Wayne and Abraham Paulos, and discuss the tensions between demanding citizenship and fighting for freedom.…
What do we Mean by Abolition?
Jan 10, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode we turn to recent news of the deepening impacts of the biggest prison strike in U.S. History, as we look at Kinross Correctional Facility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We also speak with Professor Liat Ben-Moshé on our carceral society…