Critical Perspectives on the Prison Farms

Aired July 18, 2018
Posted to the Internet Archive

Tonight we feature two critical perspectives on the recent government announcement to re-introduce the prison farms program at Kingston-area prisons. The first is with Calvin Neufeld of Evolve Our Prison Farms who has been campaigning for plant-based agriculture and an animal sanctuary in place of the prison farm program. The second interview is with a member of End the Prison Industrial Complex, a Kingston-based prison abolition collective.

Links:

June 20th Government Announcement on Prison Farms Program
Evolve Our Prison Farms
End the Prison Industrial Complex
Article: Reflecting On The Prison Farms “Victory”
Zine: Reap What You Sow

 

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New Zine: Right To Refuse

An Account of Resistance to Prison Pay Cuts

This second installation in the CPR Zine Series contains a transcript of an interview we did in February 2018 with Jarrod Shook. We discussed prison labour, resistance to prison pay cuts inside, the four-year lawsuit, and next steps in the struggle for better wages and dignity for prisoner workers.

Download an imposed PDF of this zine here: Right to Refuse

Calls From Home (May 2018)

Aired May 30, 2018
Posted to the Internet Archive

Calls From Home is a monthly CFRC Prison Radio segment that connects friends and family with their loved ones behind Kingston’s prison walls through the power of community radio.

News: Prisoners Justice Day in Kingston 2018 – Callout for submissions for new prison publicationComing soon: “Free Inside” by Peter CollinsIndefinite migrant detentionAnti-construction crew releases crickets in migrant detention centre architect headquarters

Music:
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Christian Collins – The Lifer
Steve Earle & The Dukes – Justice in Ontario
Sing Me Home – Jailbreak
Sing Me Home – Sing Me Back Home

Calls From Home (April 2018)

Aired April 25, 2018
Posted to the Internet Archive

Calls From Home is a monthly CFRC Prison Radio segment that connects friends and family with their loved ones behind Kingston’s prison walls through the power of community radio.

News: May Day in KingstonCertain Days Calendar 2019 Callout for Submissions – Lucasville hunger strike phone zapHamilton Anarchist Prison SupportRacism Against Black Canadians in Sentencing

Music:
Bad Company – Something About You
Blackbird Raum – Lucasville
The Specials – Ghost Town
Brian and Jenn Johnson – You’re Gonna Be Okay
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – KKKanada
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light’

Queen’s Pro Bono Law Students

Aired April 11, 2018
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This week’s show featured an interview with three students in the Queen’s Faculty of Law who are part of Pro Bono Students Canada, a volunteer program offering pro bono legal services to various organizations. Priya Patel, Jeremy, Ambraska, and Amita Persad-Ford are currently working with PASAN on a research project on class action lawsuits. Their research will help to inform prisoners about what class action lawsuits are, and what class actions they may be able to join, and will be circulated in PASAN’s Cell Count prison newsletter.

This show also featured Part 2 of the Canadaland Commons 2-part series on Solitary Confinement, “Stories from Solitude“.

Lisa Guenther

Aired March 14, 2018
Posted to the Internet Archive

CPR is excited to air an extended and informative interview with Lisa Guenther, the new Queen’s National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies at Queen’s University. We talked about the history of the prison, the philosophy and experience of solitary confinement, settler colonialism and incarceration, the Prison for Women, and much more. Check out her bio here: http://www.queensu.ca/philosophy/guenther-lisa.

Calls From Home (February 2018)

Aired February 28, 2018
Posted to the Internet Archive

Calls From Home is a monthly CFRC Prison Radio segment that connects friends and family with their loved ones behind Kingston’s prison walls through the power of community radio.

News: Action Alert from Solidarity KingstonPrison Farms to Re-OpenEdmonton Prison Staff Fired for Intimidation, Criminal ActivityHunger Strike at Edmonton Remand Centre2 Guards Charged in Death of Matthew Hines

Music:
James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend
Tracy Chapman – The Promise
Alan Jackson – The One You’re Waitin’ On
Kodak Black – Tunnel Vision
Keith Urban – Cop Car
Chumbawumba – Bella Ciao

Resisting Prison Pay Cuts: An Update With Jarrod Shook

Aired February 14, 2018
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Tonight we bring you an interview with Jarrod Shook about the latest Federal Court ruling on prison wages.

In 2013, the Conservative Government introduced a 30% pay cut to wages for work done by prisoners and called it a “food and accommodation tax” as well as eliminating incentive pay work done at CORCAN facilities, a government agency that contracts out prison labour to both the public and private sector. Prisoners are forced to purchase items such as stamps and personal hygiene products through government designated suppliers, and wages had already decreased sevenfold in actual purchasing power, as they hadn’t been increased since being established in the 1980s.

After exhausting internal grievance procedures, prisoners at Collins Bay Institution launched a work strike, which spread to federal prisons across Canada. Since 2014, several prisoners were fighting a lawsuit against the Government of Canada challenging the constitutionality of the pay cuts. At the end of January, a Federal Court in Ottawa threw out the case, ruling that prison labour falls under ‘programming’ and that prisoners are not in an employer-employee relationship with the Correctional Service of Canada.

I spoke with Jarrod Shook, an ex-prisoner who was a regular contributor to CPR while incarcerated at Collins Bay. He was a spokesperson for the strike in 2013, an applicant on the lawsuit, and he is now studying criminology at the University of Ottawa where he continues to be involved in prison-related activism. We discussed the history of the Inmate Pay System, resistance to prison pay cuts inside, the four-year lawsuit, and next steps in the struggle for better wages and dignity for prisoner workers.

Links:

Incentive to Scrutinize: Inmate Statement on Federal Prison Strike by Jarrod Shook (Fall 2013)
Resistance To Prison Pay Cuts by Jarrod Shook
(Spring 2014)
Federal Court Decision (PDF)
National Post Article on CORCAN
Journal of Prisoners on Prisons

Music:

Johnny Cash – Man In Black

 

Photo Credit: Chris Roussakis

Calls From Home (January 2018)

Aired January 31, 2018
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Calls From Home is a monthly CFRC Prison Radio segment that connects friends and family with their loved ones behind Kingston’s prison walls through the power of community radio.

News: Shipping Containers as Correctional FacilitiesFederal Court rejects prison pay cuts lawsuitColten Bushie jury selection controversy

Music:
Popcaan – Addicted
Tim Odell – Grow Old With Me
Tracy Chapman – The Promise
Dr. Hook – Cover of the Rolling Stone
Alkaline – After All
Enigma – Return to Innocence
The Isley Brothers – Ohio

NYE Noise Demos and NYC Community Bail Fund

Aired January 10, 2018
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This week we featured two segments. The first was a phone interview with Bryan in Hamilton about the noise demonstrations that happened there on New Year’s Eve. We also shared the reportback from the NYE noise demo in Montreal. The second was an excerpt of an interview conducted by The Final Straw Radio with the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement NYC about their Community Bail Fund project.

Links:

Seven Years Against Prison – Zine with history and analysis of noise demos in southern Ontario
The Tower: Hamilton’s Anarchist Social Space
2018 Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair

Music:
P.O.S. – Get Down