Communique 012: The Carceral State of the Nation

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Elias sits down with Dr. Christopher Petrella, a Lecturer in American Cultural Studies and Associate Director of Programs for the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and contributor to Boston Review and Black Perspectives (African American Intellectual Historical Society) to discuss his work on exploring and exposing the private prison industry, which has previously been featured in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, Boston Review, and The New Yorker, has appeared on ESPN and NPR, and has been debated in the U.S. House of Representatives. Strap in, Unsettlers, this is a good one!

Talking points:

Renown Scholar Forced to Discuss The Onion; a town with more prisons than stop lights; when private prisons become ubiquitous, are private prisons “normal”?; “mass incarceration” vs “the carceral state”; you don’t have to be in prison to be imprisoned–how are bodies criminalized?; immigration becomes a crime–crossing the Streamline; detainment as a “market”; bed quotas and minimum occupancy requirements for ICE and prisons; “if you build it, you will fill it”–empty prisons lead to uncomfortable questions; banks built the prisons; don’t get it twisted–“state-funded” prisons aren’t “better”; our previous “victories”; why stocks for private prison corporations surged after Trump’s win; race and the state; weaponizing a census; “real estate companies who dabble in incarceration.”

Related links:

Communique 003: Liberal Snowflakes and New England Blizzards w/ Raechel from Feminist Killjoys, PhD


Communique 003 is up for streaming and downloading!

FKJ, NEU, the East Coast Family.

Talking points: Our deepest anarchist sympathies, bourgie in the bubble, confessions of a former liberal, trolls on the fascistbook, commies in the classroom!, Agitate/Educate/Shitpost, namaste outta this, our lifestyle politics determine our movement’s deathstyle :(,  radical xmas in May, a hierarchy of who’s least hierarchical, get off my lawn, strike while it’s hott, supporting Trans Women of Color.

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LIVE at 5 p.m. ET tonight with Raechel from Feminist Killjoys, PhD

Communique 003 airs tonight on Boston Free Radio at 5 p.m. ET. Listen in!

Our guest/accomplice tonight is Raechel, one half of a favorite podcast of ours; Feminist Killjoys, PhD. We’ll (probably) be talking about International Women’s Day, the upcoming National Day of Action for Trans Women of Color, capitalist co-opting of the social/cultural zeitgeist, Marxism, the utility of think pieces, and more.

If you miss the show, be sure to check back here for the archived version.