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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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Slavery still exists in the US, but these CA organizers are working to end it

The 13th Amendment outlaws slavery except as punishment for a crime. That means that Black and Brown people in prisons all over the country are…

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Rather than pay fairer wages, businesses look to prisons to fill ‘labor shortage’

For months, business owners and corporate media pundits in the US have complained about a “labor shortage,” claiming that businesses are struggling to find new…

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Connecticut made prison phone calls free. Other states should do the same

Transcript Eddie Conway: Welcome to this episode of Rattling the Bars. The prison industrial complex gets money from people, the poorest people in the nation….

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Kip Kinkel, the establishment’s poster child for juvenile incarceration, finally speaks

Kip Kinkel was publicly reviled when, suffering from undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia, he shot and killed his mother and father before killing two of his classmates…

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In Maryland, organizers fight to give juvenile lifers some measure of hope

Sonia Kumar, senior attorney at the ACLU of Maryland, explains the movement to restore the parole option to people sentenced for serious crimes in childhood….

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling makes it easier for judges to give young people life sentences. Now what?

ACLU legal expert Sonia Kumar says the ruling slows but does not stop the movement toward more just sentencing for juveniles. The post U.S. Supreme…

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How an entire Black community was poisoned

What does ‘environmental racism’ mean? What does it look like in practice? When researchers discovered that residents of the small, unincorporated, predominantly Black community of…

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The latest on the deadly effects of COVID-19 in prisons

Ever since COVID-19 came to the United States, its been ravaging prisons in this country. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein and Kathryn M. Nowotny tell Rattling the Bars’…

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France’s attempts to extradite Hassan Diab have chilling implications (EXTENDED INTERVIEW)

The French government has renewed its attempts to extradite professor and exonerated terrorism suspect Hassan Diab. In this extended interview, we talk with Roger Clark…

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Hassan Diab is accused of a deadly explosion. Supporters say his continued persecution isn’t justice

Roger Clark of the Hassan Diab Support Committee and author and human rights academic Monia Mazigh say officials based their case against Diab on problematic…

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Texas’ prison plantation model was a brutal remnant of slavery

Texas’s prison system from the end of the Civil War to the 1980s used perhaps one of the clearest continuances of slavery, the prison plantation…

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Mass incarceration is an environmental justice issue, and vice versa

Prisoners in the United States are forced to drink contaminated water, breathe poor quality air, and live on or near land full of hazardous materials….

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How prisoners expanded the civil rights movement

“From Attica to the Texas work strike of 1978 to the most recent nationwide prison strikes in 2016 and 2018,” Robert Chase, associate professor of…

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