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‘The state doesn’t forget’: Carrying on Malcolm X’s fight for Black freedom today

Malcolm X was assassinated over 50 years ago, but organizations like the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) are carrying on the fight for Black liberation today, winning…

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How Maryland prisoners took on the governor

Walter Lomax was wrongfully imprisoned in the state of Maryland for 39 years until he eventually had his conviction vacated by a judge in 2006….

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Why US prisons don’t want prisoners to read

In a recent piece for Protean magazine entitled “The American Prison System’s War on Reading,” Alex Skopic writes, “Across the United States, the agencies responsible for mass…

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The US deportation machine is out of control right now

The world was horrified earlier this year to see US Border Patrol’s horrific treatment of asylum-seeking Haitian refugees fleeing for their lives. Even though the…

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Why the holidays are the most painful time of the year for prisoners

After spending the past year and a half socially distancing, millions around the country will be coming together to celebrate the holidays this year with…

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‘How juveniles are railroaded by the criminal justice system’

In 2014, at the age of 15, Prakash Churaman was arrested at his home at 6AM without a warrant. After driving him around for a…

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The death penalty is a barbarous stain on our humanity

According to a 2021 survey by the Pew Research Center, even though they have doubts about its administration, fairness, and usefulness as a crime deterrent,…

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‘This is COINTELPRO 2021’

After spending nearly half a century in prison, leftist revolutionaries and political prisoners David Gilbert and Russell Maroon Shoatz (who also spent 22 years in…

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‘We want Rikers closed and no new jails in its place!’

For years, prisoners, activists, and legal advocates have been drawing attention to the inhumane conditions at Rikers Island, New York’s most infamous jail complex. But…

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Surviving the darkness: Eddie Conway speaks with Guantánamo Bay detainee Mansoor Adayfi

Mansoor Adayfi, “Detainee No. 441,” was imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay for over 14 years without charges as an enemy combatant. As detailed in the description…

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Cuba, COVID-19, and ending the US blockade

For over 60 years, the United States has effectively jailed the country of Cuba through illegal political intervention and economic war. And yet, while facing…

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Why is Alabama using federal COVID relief funds to build prisons?

President Joe Biden signed a major $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that provided funds to cities and states around the country to recover from devastating…

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A staggering number of inmates have died in Louisiana prisons

In the state of Louisiana, 786 inmates—none of whom were ever sentenced to death—died behind bars between 2015-2019 while serving out their prison sentences. Since…

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‘Fighting to free our people’: 55 years of the Black Panther Party

In October of 1966, the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, California. Since then, the Panthers have been a driving radical force for Black…

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Free Indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier

In this special Indigenous Peoples’ Day episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with author and activist Ward Churchill about the…

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Locked up for 30 years, Phillip Alvin Jones speaks: ‘I still haven’t been heard’

Phillip Alvin Jones has been in prison for over 30 years. As the result of a trial allegedly riddled with irregularities and dubious evidence, Jones…

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As Delta surges in prisons, states stop sharing statistics with the public

As we’ve covered previously on Rattling the Bars, prisons in the US have been a major source of COVID-19 infections throughout the pandemic, and experts…

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Cuba and the US: A tale of two prison  systems

In this episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Executive Producer and former Black Panther Eddie Conway discusses the differences between prisons in Cuba and in…

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Remembering Amiri Baraka and his poem ‘Somebody Blew Up America’

Twenty years after 9/11, a chorus of activists, writers, and political prisoners remember Amiri Baraka’s influential and controversial 2001 poem “Somebody Blew Up America.” In…

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Remembering Gloria Richardson

TRNN Executive Producer and former Black Panther Eddie Conway talks to author and activist Dominique Conway about Gloria Richardson, a fierce activist who led a…

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Eddie Conway: Slave labor has always been the bedrock of capitalism

In recent episodes of Rattling the Bars, TRNN’s weekly show on the violence and victims of the prison-industrial complex, legendary Black Panther and longtime political prisoner…

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Remembering George Jackson, revolutionary author and activist

To mark the 50th anniversary of George Jackson’s assassination, former Black Panther Eddie Conway and historian Claude Marks talk about Jackson’s life, his extensive library,…

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