Category Archives: P4W

PRISONER JUSTICE DAY, AUGUST 10, 2020

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In recognition of Prisoners’ Justice Day, August 10, 2020, an annual, international, day of remembrance for those who have died behind bars, CFRC Prison Radio took over the airwaves at CFRC 101.9 FM​ in Kingston, Ontario, from 4 to 10pm.  Thank you to everyone who made contributions to the show, to to everyone who listened, called in and sent messages of love and support during our 12th broadcast yesterday & thanks to CFRC and to all the volunteers behind the mic & behind the scenes that made it happen! 

Here is the archive of the broadcast:

Contents:

0:00:00-0:25:00: Introduction and Historical Information

0:26:00-0:56:00: Interview with Lindsay Jennings from PASAN about the Prisoner Emergency Support Fund & importance of solidarity & mutual aid.

0:56:00-2:00:00: Audio recording from the July 25 2020 Kingston stop of #JusticeforSoli Ontario Prison Tour talking about wrongful deaths and mental health crisis in Ontario provincial and federal prisons.

2:00:00-2:55:00: Audio from the P4W Memorial Collective “in conversation with Cedar, Moka Dawkins, and Tami Starlight about trans femme decolonial and abolitionist dreams….broadcasting messages of care, love, rage, and analyses of the relationship between white supremacy, binary gender, and state violence.” Full interviews will also be posted on the www.p4wmemorialcollective.com website.

2:55:00-3:05:00: Updates from the ongoing hunger strikes at the Barton Jail in Hamilton.

3:05:00-3:50:00: Memorial – reading out the names of those who have died behind bars.

3:50:00-5:05:00: Requests and messages from listeners and families of the incarcerated in the Kingston area. Special guest Hugh from CFRC show ‘Prog is not a dirty word’.

5:05:00-6:00:00: Special request show of ‘What The Punk?’ with songs selected by Anthony and others at Bath Institution.

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

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

June 11th Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

Aired June 14, 2017
Posted to the Internet Archive

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.

News: Incident at Henry Trail halfway houseSolitary Is Torture demonstration in MichiganSolidarity rally with Folsom hunger strikersBeatrice Hunter released

Music:

Sing Me Home – Sing Me Back Home
DECIDE TODAY – Strong Hearts Cannot Be Caged

CFRC Funding Drive Episode

Aired March 8, 2017
Posted to the Internet Archive

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.

 

Women’s Prison Solidarity: Songs and Teachings

Aired November 23, 2016
Posted to the Internet Archive

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.”

Certain Days and P4W Memorial Interviews

Aired November 2, 2016
Posted to the Internet Archive

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.

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