Prison Radio

Dear Friend,

Prison Radio has been fueled for decades by the principle that we all need to hear the lived experience of those that are on the inside of US prisons and their families on the outside.  We know that change will come with and from those who live it.

Here is a partial list of what we accomplished in the wild and challenging 2020. We could not have done it without you. Thanks for standing with us and our family inside. 

  • Recorded and aired more than 250 commentaries from dozens of journalists inside prison.
  • Aired ongoing special breaking news reports from the front lines of the healthcare crisis inside as Covid-19 has swept the country’s prisons and jails.
  • Created and posted transcriptions and descriptions of all current commentaries as well as additional years of commentaries. 
  • Provided original content to over 1,000 multi media outlets on a daily basis from the New York Times to HBO. 
  • Emergency revamping of our signal path as we moved to remote studios, seamlessly maintaining our broadcast quality. 
  • Published hardcover and softcover editions of “Perfecting Tyranny” the 3rd book in Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria’s trilogy Murder Incorporated a critical investigation into American exceptionalism. 
  • Onboarded a dozen new interns – working from Minneapolis to Bangkok to Istanbul to support our work and build out our model of accompaniment across prison walls.
  • Hired new staff ushering in a new generation of leadership for Prison Radio.  
  • Together with other local organizations, Prison Radio became a founding member of the Philadelphia Jericho Movement Chapter. 
  • Documented “Accompanying the Future” a tribute to the movements Staughton and Alice Lynd have worked with for over fifty years, from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to steelworker organizers, to Supermax prisons. A film is in development.
  • Produced breaking news and analysis on the legal cases of our correspondents in prison. 
  • Created robust social media amplifying our correspondent’s voices. 
  • Supported Mumia Abu-Jamal with post-graduate studies at Ohio State University, and in beginning his Ph.D. at the University of California Santa Cruz. 
  • Began a website overhaul for www.prisonradio.org. Our precious work is badly in-need of a stronger, more navigable website. 

We are not funded by large foundations or deep pockets.

Our work is only possible because of our dynamic and generous supporters.

Thank you for making this possible, and for all of the beautiful work that you do. We look forward to a healthier year in the struggle. 2021 will be full of changes – thank you for making them the best they can possibly be. 

When we fight, we win!

Prison Radio Staff