Decarcerate Now

Take a moment and listen to prisoners' voices and then act. Take a moment to join us.

It has been a wild summer. COVID raged through prisons and demands for racial justice became more vivid: making Prison Radio’s work of publicizing voices even more urgent. We are airing commentaries from more people inside than ever before. This diversity of voices from inside is central to our work. And we have had great help! A robust roster of interns have been supporting our projects as our staff continue to — in our remote home-offices — record commentaries from inside.

Thank you for being on this journey with us. In this period of great change and challenge, being bold and courageous means digging deep, building community, nurturing each other, and practicing unfailing accompaniment. We use the term “accompaniment” to refer to our deep under-standing that we — and our liberation — are all bound together; the survival of those in prison is our survival; and the work we do together is our future. We are proud to be working closely with Water Protectors Legal Defense Collective to build support for incarcerated Standing Rock warriors, and we are delighted to be working closely with Philadelphia Jericho to build grassroots support for those seeking Black liberation while we struggle for their freedom.

This moment owes so much to the Black Lives Matter movement, and that movement owes so much to the Black Panthers who came before them. We must look to leadership from those inside the prisons; only by hearing the voices of the most impacted can we chart our collective path towards justice and freedom.

Prison Radio is committed to expanding our work and bringing our family members home from prison. We work to expose the system of incarceration and to lay bare its intrinsic injustice, its shocking cruelty, and its frailties. The prison will not outlast us. Together we will dismantle it.

Prison Radio is adding new correspondents and broadcasting new essays every week. We have been broadcasting reports on COVID and collaborating with the New York Times to cover hotspots. We can only bring you these dispatches from behind the prison walls because of our talented volunteers, our dedicated staff, and because of the consistent support of each and every one of you, our lifeline.

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