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’

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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
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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: 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
Posted to the Internet Archive

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
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: 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

CPR’s 2017 Retrospective

Aired December 27, 2017
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This week we shared a couple last-minute shout-outs, and looked back at some of the topics covered in 2017 including:

The Saskatchewan Penitentiary Riot
J20: Inauguration Protests and Repression
Class Action Against Elgin-Middlesex
Migrant Detention
Annual Report of the Correctional Investigator
Simple Jail Remedies for Common Health Ailments

Music:
Creed – Arms Wide Open
Seasick Steve and the Levil Devils – Xmas Prison Blues
Kerkhophony – Supermax Mario Paint
Otis Redding – Respect
Weaves – Scream

 

Calls From Home Holiday Special (December 2017)

Aired December 20, 2017
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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.

We want to extend a special thanks to everyone who helped put out the word for this holiday special. The response was overwhelming and heartening for all of us at CPR!

Music:
Seasick Steve and the Level Devils – Xmas Prison Blues
Theory of a Dead Man – Santa Monica
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
The Weeknd & Future – Low Life
Buju Banton – Wanna Be Loved
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Jah Cure – Prison Wall
Kodak Black – Too Many Years
Ennis Sisters – Ennis Rd
Chris Brown – This Christmas

 

Announcing CPR’s 2017 Holiday Calls From Home

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.

The holidays can be an especially difficult time to be apart from loved ones and community. This is a great time of year to let prisoners in the Kingston area know that you’re thinking of them – by sending a greeting, requesting a song or poem, or leaving a voicemail message to be read or played on the radio. Personal and general messages of support are both welcomed and encouraged!

CFRC Prison Radio will be broadcasting our special Holiday Calls From Home on Wednesday December 20th at 7PM, at 101.9fm in Kingston and worldwide at CFRC.ca

Please visit our contact page or Facebook Page to see how you can get in touch at any time with your messages and requests!

Calls From Home (November 2017)

Aired November 29, 2017
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.

Announcement: ICOPA 2018 Call For Submissions

Music:
Strawbs – Witchwood
Slow Man Tofu – New Brunswicker
Brainwashed Proper Citizens – You Are A Philosopher
Nate Husser – Catherine
Propagandhi – Note To Self
Subhumans – Canada’s Favourite Sport
Layzie Bone and Young Noble – Nothing Matters
Rude Boy – Detroit Ska City
Bradyworks – When I Return