the Mainline Podcast
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the Mainline PodcastSep 19, 2023
Free the Land, Free the People: A Panel Discussion on Abolitionist Media and the Atlanta Way
This episode is a recording of the Abolitionist Media and the Atlanta Way panel discussion presented by Mainline and Community Movement Builders in Atlanta on November 13, 2023, during the Stop Cop City week of action. Some of the topics of discussion were:
The difference between corporate media and abolitionist media
What is “the Atlanta Way” and how does it affect the media landscape surrounding projects like Cop City
How mainstream media narratives around the Palestinian genocide and Stop Cop City are used to manufacture consent
Panelists: Jasmine Burnett (Community Movement Builders), Kamau Franklin (Community Movement Builders), Julian Rose (Atlanta writer and organizer), Aja Arnold (Mainline), and Steven Donziger (human rights attorney).
This episode was produced by Tasi Chargualaf at X-ray Island Productions
"Reimagining Safety" with Matthew Solomon
Abolitionist filmmaker and Los Angeles native Matthew Solomon joins Aja Arnold (@ajajeanarnold) to chat about his documentary Reimagining Safety, screening in Atlanta on Nov. 8 as part of Stop Cop City’s Week of Action. They discuss the inspiration behind the film, copaganda in popular media, and how art and abolition overlap.
Through interviews with abolitionist organizers, scholars, and members of law enforcement in the LA County area, Solomon aims to sway holdouts and bridge the gap between those who know there’s a better way and the people creating it. What started out as a master’s thesis about policing and incarceration has been endorsed by the Black Panther Party of California and added to its curriculum.
See Reimagining Safety and hear from community leaders Mary Hooks (M4BL), Jasmine Burnett (Community Movement Builders), Noelle Adams (@myculpability), and Solomon at Park Ave Baptist Church on Wed., Nov. 8, 6-9 p.m.
Reimagining Safety official trailer: https://vimeo.com/matthewsolomonfilms/rstrailer
Reimagining Safety official website: https://www.reimaginingsafetymovie.com/
Produced by Rara Imler at X-ray Island Productions
Music by Split Diopter
From Atlanta to Palestine: Covering the genocide in Gaza
In this episode, we speak with Washington D.C.-based journalist and student of international affairs Dorgham Abusalim and Atlanta-based organizer Jasmine Burnett about the situation currently unfolding in the Gaza Strip.
Since the recent escalation in the Israeli-Palestine conflict on Oct. 7, Palestinian citizens have been facing a relentless genocide and numerous war crimes by Israel. Mainstream media has failed to correctly cover the conflict and ongoing genocide, leaving out very important history and context for viewers; effectively shaping ideologies that manufacture consent for the genocide, or in the least, civil disengagement from what is happening.
Dorgham brings his personal experience as a Gaza native with family members currently in the strip to speak to recent events, history that brought us here, and the journalistic malpractice that has occurred in response. Jasmine speaks to Black liberation movements' solidarity to Palestinians, currently and historically, as well as what this means for those still fighting to stop Cop City and all related issues in Atlanta.
Dorgham's writing has been featured in BBC, Washington Post, the Washington Blade, and the New York Times. Sources below.
Music: "Lenses" by Split Diopter.
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“LGBTQIA+ and progressive communities have a Palestine problem; supporting Israel is not the answer” by Dorgham Abusalim, Washington Blade, 2023
'I wake up and check if my family in Gaza is still alive,' says Palestinian American, BBC with Dorgham Abusalim
Palestinians abroad struggle to contact family in Gaza as siege continues, WaPo with Dorgham Abusalim
WUSA9 televised interviews with Dorgham Abusalim
In Washington, a son of Gaza keeps watch for precious messages that his parents are still alive, NYT with Dorgham Abusalim
‘No safety to be found’: Americans with family in Gaza watch and worry, Forward with Dorgham Abusalim
“From Atlanta to Palestine: The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange” by Christopher Luke, Mainline, 2020
From Stop Cop City to Block Cop City: How Did We Get Here?
On Sept. 5, Georgia prosecutors charged 61 Stop Cop City protesters with RICO charges. On Sept. 11, the City of Atlanta denied 116,000 Atlanta voters their right to a verification process to place Cop City on the ballot. With repression of free speech and political protest coming from all sides, people in Atlanta have come together with an invitation for a mass nonviolent demonstration this upcoming November.
In this episode, Aja interviews legal experts Alex Joseph, Steven Donziger, and Kurt Kastorf to better understand the RICO charges and what happened in Atlanta City Hall for the vote to Stop Cop City.
Music by Aja Arnold and the Stop Cop City Choir in Atlanta
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