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Delete Your Account Podcast

Delete Your Account is a new podcast hosted by journalist Roqayah Chamseddine and her plucky sidekick Kumars Salehi. Every week they will talk about important stories from the worlds of politics and pop culture, both on and off-line, in a way that will never bore you.
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Sep 27, 2016

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On this episode, we keep the focus on the massive, nationwide #PrisonStrike that began on September 9th and which we covered in our last episode.

First, we play a clip from On The Media with Azzurra Crispino, our guest from last week. Azzurra is media co-chair for the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), a branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Austin Community College and Co-Founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Solidarity, an organization dedicated to supporting prisoners and prison abolition efforts. In the clip, she asks whether mainstream media is complicit in violence within prisons because they only cover prison resistance when it turns violent, ignoring non-violent resistance like the current strike. Kumars and Roqayah discuss this point and brainstorm ways to get around this sad reality.

Next, Kumars interviews "D", the incarcerated strike leader from South Carolina who we spoke to in our last episode. Kumars gets an update from D about conditions on the ground where he is, and the repression he and others have faced as they keep their strike alive. Importantly, D discusses the lasting changes in terms of prisoner consciousness and solidarity he already sees, and discusses next steps for this movement which will not end until prisons as we currently know them cease to exist.

If you want to learn more or get involved:

Donate to IWOC to support striking prisoners

Write letters to incarcerated strike leaders facing repression

Boycott products made with prison slave labor

Call prisons to tell them to meet prisoner demands and halt repression

Bail out arrested prison strike supporters

Free Alabama Movement

IWOC Facebook page

Prison strike timeline and other useful information

Strike tracking state-by-state

Also, email iwoc@riseup.net to get involved with an IWOC chapter near you!

Follow Azzurra Crispino on twitter at @LibertyHerbert and IWOC at @IWW_IWOC.

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