PRISONER’S JUSTICE DAY 2022 – BROADCAST ARCHIVE

In recognition of Prisoners’ Justice Day, August 10, 2022, an annual, international, day of remembrance for those who have died behind bars, CFRC Prison Radio took over the airwaves at CFRC 101.9 FM​ in Kingston, Ontario, and CJAI 92.1 FM on Amherst Island from 4 to 10pm. Along with our special content, in the form of interviews, poetry readings, archival audio, and special guests and songs, we played song requests and messages of love, support and solidarity going out to local prisoners, many of whom fasted and refused work to mark PJD. Thank you to everyone who made contributions to the show, to everyone who listened, called in and sent messages of love and support during our 14th broadcast & thanks to CFRC, CJAI and to everyone behind the mic & behind the scenes that made it happen!

Here is the audio archive:

Contents of the archive (hour, minute, second):

0:00:00 – Introduction: What is Prisoner’s Justice Day?

0:27:38 – Readings from Luke from back issues of Tightwire, the publication produced by women incarcerated at the former Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario, between the 1970s and 1990s.

00:37:45 – A live version of Faith Nolan’s ‘Detention Order Blues.’

0:43:17 – Audio from the Archives 1: Steve Staplis interviews David Mulligan, head of the Vancouver Prisoner’s Right group, about deaths behind bars. Aired 1981 on Radio Peace.

0:54:26 – A reading of the poem “Freedom and It’s Price” by Glen Landers, who died after being shot off the perimeter fence and left to bleed to death at Millhaven Institution in 1977. Along with his brother Bobby, they were major influences on Prisoner’s Justice Day and other protests by prisoners at Millhaven.

1:01:15 – Audio from the Archives 2: CBC Archives – Patrick talks about the 1981 Matsqui prison riot.

1:06:50 – Recording of Cory Cardinal reading his poem ‘A Warrior’s Expression.’ Rest in Power, Cory.

1:16:40 – “Beyond My FPS,” sent in by Christophe, now partially-free, who runs the blog Freedom Is A Must (“Real talk, from a real prisoner, doing real time, in a real systemically racist system.”)

1:30:46 – Mr.ESQ: Prisoner’s Justice Day

1:35:21 – Audio from the Archives 3: “Pacific Report.” Special episode on the closure of British Columbia Penitentiary, called The Stone Cage. Aired in 1983. This clip features interviews with two ex-inmates about their experiences.

1:47:30 – Interview with Laurel Claus-Johnson about the P4W Memorial Collective and their annual Prisoners’ Justice Day Healing Circle at the former site of the Prison for Women

2:06:12 – Special guest hosts Bailey and Cedar talk about the Escaping Tomorrow’s Cages group, resisting prison expansion, and community solidarity with the incarcerated in Ontario.

2:29:45 – A reading of the poem “Out of Time” by Glen Landers.

2:32:34 – Audio from the Archives 4: Claire Culhane on Vancouver Co-Op in 1977, speaking about the importance of community support for the incarcerated and struggles for Indigenous spirituality and expression inside federal prisons.

2:42:53 – Interview with Donald, ex-prisoner and Prisoner’s Justice Day organizer from Montreal.

3:13:05 – Prisoner’s Justice Day Memorial: reading out the names of those who have died behind bars.

4:25:46 – Reading of a story, “Blue Guitar” sent in by the wife of a prisoner who died tragically beyond bars 3 years ago.

4:37:40 – Requests and messages from listeners, supporters and families of the incarcerated in the Kingston area.

Calls from Home – July 27, 2022

Our monthly Calls from Home show!

If you would like to send a message or a song request to a Kingston-area prison, please get in touch before the next show!

Calls from Home airs on CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston from 7-8pm on Wednesday evening, the last Wednesday of every month, or you can stream it at cfrc.ca.

To get in touch with a song and/or a message to share, you can leave us a voicemail at 613-417-3359 or email us at cfrcprisonradio@riseup.net.

You can also write to prison radio with song requests or messages for future CFH editions, or with news tips, poetry, ideas for stories for our regular weekly Prison Radio Show.

The address is:

CFRC Prison Radio
427 Princess Street, Suite 409
Kingston, ON
K7L 5S9

PRISONERS JUSTICE DAY 2022 SPECIAL BROADCAST

Prisoners’ Justice Day is coming up on Wednesday, August 10. As usual, we’ll be taking over the airwaves at CFRC 101.9fm and CJAI 92.1 FM from 4-10PM to talk about the day and to honour and remember those we have lost inside Canadian prisons and jails since the first PJD in 1975.

Along with our special content, we’ll be playing song requests and messages of love, support and solidarity going out to local prisoners, many of whom will be fasting and refusing work to mark PJD.

Send a message or song request by writing to:
427 Princess Street
Suite 409
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 5S9

By e-mail:
cfrcprisonradio@riseup.net

Phone:
613-417-3359

Social media:
@cprkingston

Prison Radio – July 20, 2022

Audio from Decarcerating Care: Community-Based Healing Alternatives and How to Build Them, part four of a series of group talks hosted by the Institute for the Development of Human Arts in New York. The fourth installment will explore the ways in which white supremacy plays out in the mental health system and movement spaces, and how we can draw upon traditional knowledge and lived experience to create more accountable, effective, and healing-centered alternatives.

CFRC Prison Radio – July 13, 2022

Prisoner’s Justice Day is coming up, and we’ll be airing a special episode on August 10, 2022 starting at 4pm. This episode of CPR, on July 13, features an interview with Chris from PASAN about their upcoming Toronto PJD event on August 11 (to help those breaking their fast from the day before), and audio from 2021’s Healing Circle at the Prison for Women in Kingston.

Calls from Home – June 29, 2022

Our monthly Calls from Home show!

If you would like to send a message or a song request to a Kingston-area prison, please get in touch before the next show!

Calls from Home airs on CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston from 7-8pm on Wednesday evening, the last Wednesday of every month, or you can stream it at cfrc.ca.

To get in touch with a song and/or a message to share, you can leave us a voicemail at 613-417-3359 or email us at cfrcprisonradio@riseup.net.

You can also write to prison radio with song requests or messages for future CFH editions, or with news tips, poetry, ideas for stories for our regular weekly Prison Radio Show.

The address is:

CFRC Prison Radio
427 Princess Street, Suite 409
Kingston, ON
K7L 5S9

Support the P4W Memorial Collective PJD Healing Circle, August 10, 2022!

The P4W Memorial Collective has begun fundraising for their annual Prisoners’ Justice Day Healing Circle at the former site of the Prison for Women on August 10, 2022. Prisoners’ Justice Day is a day to show solidarity with prisoners and remember those who have died behind bars.

Funds raised will go toward flying in former P4W ex-prisoners from across the country so that they can attend. CPR has been happy to support this event, and even broadcast portions of it, during past PJDs. If any of our listeners have been able to come to past events, they understand how important the Healing Circle is to the women involved to get the chance to reconnect with one another and reflect on the healing they have done and are continuing to do. If our listeners can chip in a little, we’d greatly appreciate it.

Here is a link to the fundraising campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/prisoners-justice-day-healing-circle-2022

CFRC Prison Radio – June 8, 2022

CPR’s interview with Matthew Behrens and Sally Lane about their son, Jack Letts, 26-years old, jailed over 5 years without charge, and one four dozen Canadian children, women, and men being incarcerated in a series of notorious Northeastern Syrian prisons and detention camps also called “Guantanamo on the Euphrates.” Despite the desire of the local authorities to repatriate these Canadian prisoners, no efforts to bring them back to Canada have been made by the Canadian government. The interview discusses Letts’ life and experiences of incarceration, including long periods in solitary confinement, and the campaign to return him to Canada.

Learn more about the campaign here: https://www.change.org/p/canada-s-guantanamo-bay-sign-to-free-jack-letts-43-canadian-kids-women-men-in-syria

Calls from Home – May 25, 2022

Our Monthly Calls from Home episode – this time for May 25, 2022.



If you would like to send a message or a song request to a Kingston-area prison, please get in touch before the next show!

Calls from Home airs on CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston from 7-8pm on Wednesday evening, the last Wednesday of every month, or you can stream it at cfrc.ca or listen to past archives here..

To get in touch with a song and/or a message to share, you can leave us a voicemail at 613-417-3359 or email us at cfrcprisonradio@riseup.net.

You can also write to prison radio with song requests or messages for future CFH editions, or with news tips, poetry, ideas for stories for our regular weekly Prison Radio Show.

The address is:

CFRC Prison Radio
427 Princess Street, Suite 409
Kingston, ON
K7L 5S9

Prison Radio – May 11, 2022

Today’s interview comes to CPR from Montréal’s CKUT Prison Radio, and features Jeri, the coordinator of Open Door, a program run by the Montréal-based group Communitas. Open Door is an independent community integration program, and supports people both during and after incarceration. Jeri shares all about Open Door’s 20-year legacy, including about the publication of their anniversary book, and what practices they use to sustainably build community.