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Episode 47 - Black and Pink
 
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On this episode, Kumars is joined by Samantha Jacobs (@comradeSammy on twitter) for the intro segment to discuss May Day, tensions in North Korea, and the delightful Fyre Festival scam.

For the interview, Mariame Kaba, organizer extraordinaire and @prisonculture  on twitter, returns as co-host. Kumars and Mariame talk to Jason Lydon,  a queer anarchist Unitarian Universalist minister and founding director  of Black and Pink,  an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and unincarcerated allies working to  support one another and abolish the prison industrial complex. Jason  discusses how he got involved with prison abolition work, after having  spent six months incarcerated himself where he was sexually assaulted by  a prison guard. Jason talks about his approach to abolition, which  strives to weaken the prison industrial complex toward its eventual  elimination, disassembling it brick-by-brick if necessary. We dissect  the difference between a reform that reinforces a system of power and  one that truly weakens it. We learn more about Black and Pink and the  major campaigns they are engaged in, including the fight to end solitary  confinement. Jason stresses the importance of writing letters to prisoners,  which keeps prison abolition work grounded in the needs of incarcerated  people while also fighting the intense isolation experienced by those  who are incarcerated. Jason also discusses the role of his faith in  motivating and shaping his prison abolition work.

You can follow Jason on twitter at @Blackandpink99. Support Black and Pink by joining a local chapter if there is one near you, donating, or by signing up for a prisoner pen pal.