Can The Prison System Be ‘Reformed’? w/@MayaSchenwar (air date: 11/5/17) — #KatieSpeakShow Ep96 07/08/2017

In brief: New intro/interview replay!

It felt like time to revisit this interview from November. Things are rough and the 30 second news cycle makes everything feel gross and reactionary; this clip is a reminder that movement work is done over time — typically generations. Author and editor-in-chief at Truthout Maya Schenwar was kind enough to do an extended, 101/201 level primer on prison abolition. We discussed what it means to be a prison abolitionist, dispelled myths, and went into some alternatives to our policing system. Spoiler tidbit: our current prison system was actually created in a reform effort.

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Easy download/stream:

Enhanced audio: Can The Prison System Be ‘Reformed’? w/@MayaSchenwar (air date: 11/5/17) — #KatieSpeakShow Ep96 07/08/2017

Links to on-air references:

My take…

“Despite Arrests, People With Disabilities Continue to Fight for Their Lives” at Rewire News

Audre Lorde self-care quote via Know Your IX: “Dealing with Activist Burn-Out and Self-Care”


“”Locked Down, Locked Out”: What It Means to Be a Prison Abolitionist” at Truthout

“Maya Schenwar | When Prison Reform Means Prison Expansion” at Truthout

WATCH: Beyond Reform: Abolishing Prisons | Maya Schenwar | TEDxBaltimore

“Abolish the police? Organizers say it’s less crazy than it sounds.” at The Chicago Reader

Follow my guests…

Maya Schenwar: Twitter; website; Waging Nonviolence

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