Carceral Complex

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This podcast follows American Marlee Raible as she journeys to Australia and Argentina in order to explore their carceral systems. Meeting with activists, justice workers, professors, artists, ex-inmates, and others, Raible facilitates conversations highlighting the experiences and endeavors of those within and around the justice arena. In her conversations, she and her interlocutors unveil and analyze the complexity and intersectionality of the carceral dilemma.

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Bonus Episode: Sumarlinah Raden Winoto
Bonus Episode: Sumarlinah Raden Winoto
This week our bonus episode features a familiar voice: its my co-host Linah! This was one of the first interviews I conducted while in Australia and it was the beginning conversation that got us thinking about creating this podcast together. Linah has experience as an activist and organizer, they are part of the organization Whistleblowers, Activists, and Citizens Alliance (WACA), and they also are a regular detention centre visitor. RESOURCES: "A refugee is a person who has fled their country of origin and is unable or unwilling to return because of a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion." The difference between an asylum seeker and refugee (and other words important to immigration defined/explained) Refugee Saeed quietly deported to Iraq On immigrant access to lawyers in the US: "Most immigrants detained by ICE during their deportation case don't have an attorney representing them. Immigration detention is considered civil detention and, as a result, detainees do not have a right to counsel as they would in criminal cases." (http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-na-access-to-counsel-deportation/#) https://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/sunday-review/immigrant-detainees-and-the-right-to-counsel.html Average Length of Detention USA: "Federal government data obtained by TRAC indicate that 70 percent of people in immigration detention are held in U.S. immigration detention for 1 month or less; in fact, many people were released the same day they were detained, indicating that ICE did not need to obtain court approval to deport these individuals.Federal government data obtained by the ILRC indicate that, on average, immigrant prisons and jails are holding people for longer periods of time under the Trump administration than under the Obama administration.  In FY 2017, the average length of stay at any one immigrant prison or jail was 34 days, compared to 22 days in FY 2016 and 21 days in FY 2015."(https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/detention-statistics/) Canstruct takes over operation of Nauru Detention Centre 2017 Hundreds of people still on the supposedly "shut down" Manus Island in 2018 Podcast The Messenger Key numbers Australia (26 April 2018): Numbers of people in held detention: 1,369 with key sites being Villawood (481), Christmas Island (304), and Yongah Hill (264)  Average length of detention: 434 days, with 264 people having spent more than 730 days in detention Numbers of people held in detention because they came seeking asylum by boat: 349 Number of children: in detention facilities: 7, in Nauru Regional Processing Centre: 22, in community detention: 180, and in the community on a bridging visa E: 3,038 Number of people in community detention: 457, from Iran (252), stateless (52) or from Sri Lanka (42), with 299 people having spent more than 730 days in community detention Key nationalities of people in detention: New Zealand (191), Vietnam (119), Sri Lanka (116), and Iran (109). (https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/getfacts/statistics/aust/asylum-stats/detention-australia-statistics/) Full Episode Transcript
Shen Nayaranasamy
Shen Nayaranasamy
Shen Narayanasamy is GetUp!'s Human Rights Campaign Director. She founded the No Business in Abuse project, targeting corporate involvement in offshore detention of asylum seekers, and led #LetThemStay, which prevented the deportation of hundreds of asylum seekers to Nauru. Recently, she led GetUp's response to the Federal Government's attempts to change the Racial Discrimination Act, and ongoing attempts to change citizenship requirements. Shen's background is as a human rights lawyer and advocate, working in Australia and across the Asia Pacific on issues of economic justice and land rights. RESOURCES: No Business in Abuse  [see reports from 2015 and 2016 in About section] Media Release on No Business in Abuse report  Burning the Stakeholders Footage from Manus  Report on Shen’s time on Manus  Let Them Stay campaign Baby Asha Abolitionist and Transformative Justice Centre Full Episode Transcript
Lavanya Thavaraj
Lavanya Thavaraj
Lavanya Thavaraja is a Melbourne based refugee activist and unionist. She is a founding member of Tamil Workers Council. *Note: Apologies on the sound quality of this recording, there is a lot of background feedback noise in this episode and it was very hard to remove. Sorry for any inconvenience to your listening pleasure. REFERENCES: 1989 Migration Legislation Amendment Act was a precursor to 1994 Mandatory Immigration Detention October 1999 – Prime Minister Howard introduced temporary visas (TPVs). Instead of getting a permanent protection visa, refugees were instead given only temporary protection (a 3 year protection visa). After that, their case would be reviewed. Also, their protection could be revoked if they left Australia during the 3 years, and it didn’t allow their families to settle in Australia. The number of boat people continued to increase afterwards. (From article: The facts about ‘boat people’ – The government and media are lying) United Nations Human Rights Convention Santharuban Case Rally Against the Deportation of Santharuban Tamil Family (Nadesalingam, Priya, and two daughters) from Biloela https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/03/15/09/53/qld-town-wants-asylum-seekers-back-home https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/13/tamil-asylum-seekers-taken-in-dawn-raid-supported-by-tens-of-thousands Manus Island: Manus navy will remove detainees by force if necessary, base commander says Update on Manus Situation end of April 2018: “There’s no escape from Australia’s refugee gulag.” The myth of “African Gangs” in Australia: Primminister Turnbull and home affairs minister Dutton make inflammatory comments on “African gang violence” African Community Leaders say “There are no gangs.” #AfricanGangs forum looks beyond politics and media headlines Sunrise Encouraging Another Stolen Generation Why are white people on Sunrise with no experience calling for Indigenous child removals? https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/sam-armytage-responds-to-criticism-sunrise-stolen-generation/ AMY MCQUIRE: SPARE US YOUR FALSE OUTRAGE US Current Crisis: Immigrant Family Separation Article that draws upon the example of Australia (indigenous child removal) to talk about engative and long lasting effects of family separation/child removal Full Episode Transcript
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Started
Apr 27th, 2018
Latest Episode
Jul 24th, 2018
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
9
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About 1 hour

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