Category Archives: Kingston

Interviews with Zahra and Linda Mussell, October 16, 2019.

October 16, 2019 presented two interviews during this episode.

The first is with Zahra Fahran, a trans woman prisoner who was just paroled after serving almost 20 years behind bars. She talks about the experience of transitioning inside, being sent to a women’s prison, and finally living outside of a cell.

The second interview is with Linda Mussell, Queen’s Department of Political Studies, discussing her research, and the power of media images and prison tourism to shape public understanding of people behind bars.

Listen to the interviews here: https://archive.org/details/cproct1619h00

Teachin’ Against the Big House: Teach-in on Prison Entertainment.

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September 18, 2019, at 7pm EST CFRC Prison Radio (CPR) will air the audio from Teachin’ Against the Big House: Teach-in on Prison Entertainment. This teach-in took place on September 12, 2019, bringing together voices critical of the Rockin’ The Big House concert to discuss what prison tourism means for Kingston and beyond. It was organized by the P4W Memorial Collective, SNID, and OPIRG Kingston.

Listen to the audio here.

Speakers included professors Justin Piché (University of Ottawa) and Kevin Walby (University of Winnipeg), and formerly-incarcerated activists Richard Atkinson, Ann Hansen, Donny Hogan, and Jimmy Hogan.

Prisoner Justice Day, August 10, 2019

This year marked the 45th annual Prisoners Justice Day and the 11th annual Prisoners Justice Day broadcast on CPR. Thank you to everyone who made contributions to the show! Thank you as well to CJAI 92.9 Amherst Island Radio for simultaneously broadcasting the show and spreading the message.

Contents:

0:00-0:26:00: Introduction and Historical Information

0:26:00-0:54:00: Interview with Al Fowler of Crackdown about the opioid crisis in prisons.

0:54:00-1:30:00: An interview with April, who lost a brother at the Barton Jail in Hamilton.

1:30:00-2:01:00: An older interview with Jamindian, aka Henry Ryskamp, who passed away at the Quinte Detention Centre this year.

2:01:00- 2:36:30: Interview with 3 women who were incarcerated in the now-closed Prison For Women who return each year to Kingston for Prisoners Justice Day for a panel and healing circle on the grounds of P4W.

2:36:30-3:33:00: Memorial – reading out the names of those who have died behind bars.

3:33:00-6:00:00: Requets, messages, songs and poems.

Archive here: https://archive.org/details/pjd2019fullbroadcast

CFRC Prison Radio On TVO!

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Why prisoners are tuning in to this campus radio station

Hey wow! A nice write-up about the show from TVO! Much thanks to David Corrigan for interviewing us and seeing the show in action while we were on the air at CFRC 101.9 FM.

“When people are calling in with all their kids on the line, leaving a message for Daddy, and you can hear all the kids in the background yelling at him with their cute Christmas song request or whatever, those are the things that make it worthwhile.”

INTERVIEW ABOUT DEATH AT QUINTE DETENTION CENTRE

56775754_1047914202059130_3131411671411589120_o.jpgComing up on April 10, 2019, at 7:00pm on CFRC 101.9fm CPR will have be remembering Henry Ryskamp, aka Jamindian, with an interview with a close friend, and some of his music and words from the archives. Tragically, Henry passed away at the Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee late last month.

Rest in power Henry.

Here is the episode in archive form.

There will be a tribute by Free The People Radio Show on CFRC at Café Church Kingston on April 26, 2019 at 8:00pm. All are welcome.

#prisonskill #DemandPrisonsChange


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CPR was lucky enough to be in attendance and record this event on February 28, 2019 – presented by Solidarity Kingston – dedicated to building communities of support and solidarity, rather than ones of suspicion and fear.

Listen here: https://archive.org/details/2019032019

Speakers included:

Monia Mazigh, Author and Human Rights Advocate
Sharry Aiken, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
Jeff Monaghan, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University

They discussed:
– the context, history and contemporary analysis about the ways that anti-terrorist legislation can target and criminalize Muslim communities and key characteristics from many of these cases
– how surveillance impacts communities and how can communities and people targeted by surveillance can be safe
– how communities can effectively respond in these moments

Presented in English with Arabic interpretation. CPR is happy to share this broader conversation about police powers, criminalizing of identities, and surveillance with you.

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.”