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.
Tonight we bring you an interview with M, a holistic health counsellor based in Vancouver about simple health remedies using ingredients widely available through prison kitchens, canteens and gardens. Responses to our call for information formed the basis of our program today, so thank you! Special shout-out goes to Chester Abbotsbury for this very thoughtful response to our call-out.
This year, CFRC 101.9FM held a special broadcast live from May Day celebrations in Kingston, on May 1st from 4-6pm (despite terrible weather!). As the whole CPR crew was involved in producing this broadcast, we have uploaded the broadcast here for your listening pleasure.
Propagandhi – Dear Coach’s Corner
Gonjasufi – Afrikan Spaceship
Johnny Cash – Starkville City Jail
Run The Jewels feat Zach de la Rocha – Close Your Eyes
King Pong Dub System – The New Racism
Loretta Lynn – Women’s Prison
Test Their Logik – Kiss Me Through The Phone (Remix)
Nas feat Damien Marley – Tribal War
Bambu feat Killer Mike – Prey-er
In A Grave – Show Me The Body
Lee Reed – Bad Gas
Sang Mele – Le Bal Des Insurgee
Old Haunt – Lord, I
Hello listeners, CFRC is currently having its annual funding drive, which helps keep our beloved station – including this show – going! Please give generously here.
For this year’s funding drive episode, we played some classic segments from CPR over the years, including a message from the late Peter Collins about radio issues in prison, an interview with Sabine Heinlein from 2013 about her book Among Murderers: Life After Prison, and a segment about the experience of indigenous women in prison. We also had long-time CPR contributor Chester Abbotsbury call in live to chat about the importance of the show to him when he was in prison in Kingston and share a few laughs.
Youth detention is an often-overlooked component of the Canadian prison-industrial complex. Unless you work in the system or personally know a young person who has become “in conflict with the law,” the public generally has no idea how the system works or what goes on inside these facilities. To find out more, we spoke with Diane Irwin, Executive Director of the St. Lawrence Youth Association. The SLYA operates two juvenile detention facilities in the Kingston area, as well as managing programs in the community. We reached out to our contacts to speak with someone who has been incarcerated in one of these facilities, but so far have been unsuccessful. If you know someone who would like to share their story with us, we encourage you to get in touch with us.
As we were researching this issue to prepare for our interview, we came across a class action lawsuit that has been launched against the Province of Ontario and all third-party operators of youth detention facilities, including the St. Lawrence Youth Association. The lawsuit alleges that holding youth in solitary confinement is negligent, and breaches the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I spoke with Scott Robinson, an Associate Lawyer with Koskie Minsky in Toronto, about the case.
For the second half of our show, we shared an old but relevant interview from Stark Raven Radio in Vancouver with Annabel Webb of Justice For Girls, an organization that advocates for teenage girls who live in poverty. Annabel, speaking in December 2007, speaks about being barred from a youth detention facility in Burnaby after raising allegations of sexual abuse by medical doctors at the facility, and her critical reflections on the youth detention system in Vancouver.
This week we bring you an exclusive interview that tells the inside story of the riot on December 14, 2016 that “completely destroyed” the medium security unit at Saskatchewan Penitentiary and resulted in the stabbing death of Jason Leonard Bird and several other injuries from gunshots. We spoke with Sherri who runs Beyond Prison Walls Canada and a Facebook group for prison wives. She has been in touch with several prisoners and their families who were present for the massive riot, and shared with us what she’s been able to find out.
We spend the second half of the show sharing an interview conducted by CKUT’s Prison Radio Show with Stephane of Bar None in Winnipeg about their prison rideshare program.