Monthly Archives: November 2016

Women’s Prison Solidarity: Songs and Teachings

Aired November 23, 2016
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This week we feature audio from an event in March 2016 at Queen’s University called Women’s Prison Solidarity: Songs and Teachings. The event featured Four Directions Women Singers, Dr. Bonita Lawrence on “Honouring the Sisterhood: P4W and Beyond,” and celebrated singer, activist and prison choir organizer Faith Nolan on “Women’s Jailhouse Blues is Still News.”

Diana Block Speaks

Aired November 16, 2016
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CPR contributor Rabbit shared this audio from an event in Montreal launching Diana Block’s new novel, Clandestine Occupations. Diana spent thirteen years living underground with a political collective committed to supporting the Puerto Rican independence and Black liberation movements, during which time she had two children, worked in the AIDS movement, and published poetry under a pseudonym. Diana spoke about life underground, the ongoing reality of political prisoners in the United States, and read from her book. We also have a portion of an interview with Diana conducted by CKUT Prison Radio in Montreal.

News links: Nova Scotia Doulas, Manitoba jail phones, Dakota Access Pipeline, Project SITKA


Certain Days and P4W Memorial Interviews

Aired November 2, 2016
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This week we bring you two new interviews by our contributors. The first is with Helen Hudson of the Certain Days collective, where we discuss the 2017 Freedom For Political Prisoners calendar, the history and purpose of the calendar, organizing across borders and prison walls, the current situation with Robert Seth Hayes, and this year’s theme of sustaining long-term movements.

Our second interview is with two women ex-prisoners involved with the P4W Memorial Collective, a local group that is working to get a memorial to women who have died in Canadian prisons built on the grounds of the closed Prison For Women, which is currently owned by Queen’s University.