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Syphon 5.0

To promote the launch of the new issue of Modern Fuel‘s SYPHON publication, on incarceration, CPR is re-broadcasting some of our recordings and interviews with some of the folks featured in this new issue. Featuring a talk with Amina Mohamed, interviews with the P4W Memorial Collective, and a field recording of the memorial the Hogan brothers launched at Catarqui Cemetery for PJD.  Listen here:

Issues of SYPHON are available at Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre.

Here’s an overview of the publication: https://archive.org/details/CPRFeb2019h00

“Pushing back against popular narratives of Kingston’s incarceration histories espoused and circulated by the ‘dark tourism’ of Kingston Pen Tours, Issue 5.0: INCARCERATION aims to (re-)centre the resiliency and creativity of inmates in the face of violence, neglect, experimentation, and isolation, as well as the creative approaches of allies and artists who aim to cultivate awareness and solidarity in their pursuit of prisoner’s justice. While discussions of art’s role within carceral sites often default to problematic notions of art-making as a form of occupational therapy and “rehabilitation,” the artists, filmmakers, poets, and writers featured in this issue re-frame art-making as an act of resistance to and healing from systemic trauma, intergenerational trauma, colonial trauma, and/or the trauma of incarceration.

Contributors: Tings Chak, Molly Goddard/Bidabinokwe, Lisa Guenther, Ann Hansen, Donny Hogan, Jimmy Hogan, Sheena Hoszko, Amina Mohamed, Radiodress, Natasha Stirrett, Cameron Willis, Sara Wylie

Edited by Robin Alex McDonald.”

 

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Prisoners Justice Day 2018 Archive

Aired August 10, 2018

Posted to the Internet Archive

This year marked the 44th annual Prisoners Justice Day and the 10th annual Prisoners Justice Day broadcast on CPR. Below is an overview of the 6 hour special broadcast. Thank you to everyone who made contributions to the show! Thank you as well to CJAI 92.9 Amherst Island Radio and CFRU 93.3-FM in Guelph for simultaneously broadcasting the show and spreading the message.

00:00:00  Introduction to Prisoners Justice Day

00:19:30   Dr. Bob Gaucher on the history of PJD

00:49:30  Prison for Women Memorial Collective

01:05:00   Donny and Jimmy Hogan on prison experimentation

01:14:50   Amina Mohamed on the film Emergent Visions: No Prisons!

01:39:30   Hugh from Ad Astra Comix on the forthcoming Peter Collins Anthology

02:00:00  PJD memorial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Kingston

02:30:30  Prison for Women Memorial Collective Healing Circle

02:43:30  Memorial Segment (reading of names)

03:40:30  Listener messages and music requests

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.

Feet for FEAT, Ricky Atkinson & Robyn Maynard

Aired October 11, 2017
Posted to the Internet Archive

This week we bring you three segments:

The first is an interview with Jessica Reid from FEAT for children of incarcerated parents who is running from Toronto to Ottawa to raise money for their prison visitation program.

The second is an interview taped with Ricky Atkinson, former leader of the Dirty Tricks Gang who did more than 30 years in prison in the Kingston area. He recently released a memoir, The Life, Crimes and Hard Times of Ricky Atkinson. I caught up with him at a book-signing at the Kingston Chapters.

Our third segment is an excerpt from a presentation by Robyn Maynard about her new book, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.

Announcements/News: Trouble Screening Thursday night at AKACertain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners 2018 Calendars now availableRiot at Baffin Correctional in Nunavut

Music:

Friendly Rich – Blue Heron
Lal – Self Defence

Prisoners Justice Day 2017 Archive

Aired August 10, 2017
Posted to the Internet Archive

Here you can find an archive of the entire 5 hour special broadcast for Prisoners Justice Day 2017. Thank you to the numerous people who contributed this year. We were so happy to also have the show this year also broadcast on CJAI 92.9 Amherst Island Radio.

Below is a breakdown of what you’ll hear:

00:00 What Is Prisoners Justice Day?
10:00 Dr. John Charlton
28:30 Albert Dumont
56:45 Margaret Holland from Canadian Families in Corrections Network
1:12:30 Mark Kerwin, executive director of KLINK Coffee
1:22:45 Hugh from Ad Astra Comix about forthcoming Peter Collins Anthology
1:42:00 Mary, community support person for a local prisoner
1:57:30 Jarrod Shook about PJD and prison activism in Ottawa
2:20:00 Memorial Segment (reading of names)
2:56:00 Jimmy Hogan statement about prison experiments
3:00:00 Music requests begin
3:43:00 Live interview with Jarrod Shook about PJD events in Ottawa
More music requests
4:14:00 Letter from prisoner at Bath Institution
More music requests
4:57:00 Strong Woman Song

Origins of the Modern Prison

Aired July 19, 2017
Posted to the Internet Archive

Tonight we share a lecture that happened in Kingston on May 24, 2017 as part of the Guelph Summer Lecture Series. This talk focused on the origins of the modern prison, and specifically prison reform and the ‘rehabilition’ model and discusses why it isn’t working.