June 11th has been observed since 2004 by anarchists and environmentalists as a day of action to mobilize around imprisoned comrades. Tonight we bring you an interview conducted by June 11 organizers with Ann Hansen, a freelance writer living on a farm near Kingston and former member of Direct Action, an underground anarchist guerilla group active in the 1980s.
This week we welcomed special guest M into the studio for a live on-air interview. We discuss the Guelph Anarchist Black Cross and its role in anarchist prison support, the emergence of the ‘noise demonstration’ tactic in Ontario, state repression and defensive infrastructure, and whether we can ever claim ‘victories’ in the struggle to destroy prison for anything short of, well, destroying prison.
Later in the show, we aired a short interview by a CPR contributor with anarchists in Philadelphia about the September 9th U.S. prison strike and the various ways people tried to support it in their local context.
Call for information: We’d like to do a future show with M about Do-It-Yourself remedies for common ailments using items you can get at canteens and cafeterias inside. Send us your ideas and we’ll work on this for the new year!
We open with a few announcements and news tidbits.
Next we share a CKUT interview with Melissa Munn, a professor at Okanagan college in British Columbia and an activist who has been supporting prisoners for over two decades. They spoke to Melissa about the Penal Press project, which is digitizing newspapers produced in prisons in Canada since the 1950s.
We close with a Final Straw interview with a member of the organizing committee for the Anarchist Black Cross conference in Denver, Colorado. In this conversation they discuss the history of the Anarchist Black Cross, how the prison strike is informing this year’s conference and much more.