Category Archives: Political Prisoners

April 17, 2019 – Joy James talk at Queen’s

April 17, 2019, at 7pm on CFRC 101.9fm’s Prison Radio program:

We start the show with the first in what we hope is a monthly segment featuring Jimmy and Donny Hogan, commenting on historic and contemporary problems in Canadian corrections.

Then starting at 7:25 we will broadcast most of the talk given by Joy James on March 18, 2019, at Queen’s University. The talk, ‘The Architects of Contemporary Abolitionism,’ explores the political theories and activism of George Jackson and Angela Davis, the origins and impact of abolitionist critiques of policing and mass incarceration in the 20th century…and the pragmatic contributions and contradictions of contemporary prison reform, abolitionism and revolutionary politics in the US.

This event was part of Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship Series, and co-organized by the Cultural Studies at Queen’s University Graduate Programme, the Department of Gender Studies and the Department of Philosophy.

An archive is located here:

Certain Days Review and Jalil Muntaqim Interviews

Aired November 22, 2017
Posted to the Internet Archive

This week we review the beautiful Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners 2018 calendar, and share parts 1 and 2 of CKUT Prison Radio‘s interview with long-term political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim.

Immortal Technique – Young Lords
Dead Prez – Malcolm Garvey Huey

Calls From Home (July 2017)

Aired July 26, 2017
Posted to the Internet Archive

Calls From Home is a monthly CFRC Prison Radio segment that connects friends and family with their loved ones behind Kingston’s prison walls through the power of community radio.

This week we also brought special guest Cedar into the studio with us to discuss anarchist prisoners in France including Kara Wild.

News: Coroners Report on Soleiman FaqiriCSC closing Regina training facilityCSC transfers first transgender prisoner based on gender identityInuit elders incarcerated for refusing to stay away from Muskrat FallsWeek of Solidarity with J20 DefendantsTennessee County is offering incentives for prisoners to get sterilizedNoise demo at juvenile detention centre in PortlandWorkhouse jail noise demo gets rowdy in St Louis


Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow
Kerkhophony – Bohemian Captivity
Requiem – Storm Heaven
Sing Me Home – I’ll Break Out Again Tonight
Mother Tareka – Imagine Something Different

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

Aired June 14, 2017
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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


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

Vanessa Gray and Free Peltier NYC

Aired December 21, 2016
Posted to the Internet Archive

This week we rebroadcasted two interviews from Montreal’s CKUT Prison Radio.

The first is an interview with Vanessa Gray, an Anishnaabe land defender and community scholar facing heavy charges related to a pipeline lock down that happened in 2015. For more information visit Line 9 Shutdown.

The second interview is with Maggie from NYC Free Peltier. Maggie spoke about Leonard Peltier’s case and his current push for clemency before Obama leaves office.

News: Segregation class action certified in OntarioRiot at Saskatchewan PenDeath in Central East Correctional CentreMinister of Community and Correctional Services of Ontario steps downLegal Aid Ontario cutsCSC ‘Gender Dysphoria’ policy under reviewObama clemencies

Guelph ABC and Philadelphia Prison Strike Interviews

Aired December 14, 2016
Posted to the Internet Archive

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.

News: Collins Bay Max Unit locked downBryen Madill died at Millhaven InstitutionRobert Brunet died at Joyceville InstitutionControversy over CORCAN “native crafts” workshop at WarkworthStrike organizer Kinetik Justice brutally attacked by guards and requesting support

Music: We Live by G.L.O.S.S.Last Legs by Leftover Crack

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!


Calls From Home (November 2016)

Aired November 30, 2016
Posted to the Internet Archive

Calls From Home is a monthly CFRC Prison Radio segment that connects
friends and family with their loved ones behind Kingston’s prison walls
through the power of community radio.

In the news, we discuss the latest reports from the Auditor General of Canada and the Office of the Correctional Investigator, responses from the Correctional Service of Canada, a new report from the West Coast Prison Justice Society and Prisoners Legal Services calling on the government to abolish segregation, an incident at Edmonton Institution where a guard is alleged to have shot a prisoner in the testicles with a rubber bullet in retribution for a lawsuit, the “Extremism Prevention Program” from the Toronto Police, and the Trudeau Government announcing pipeline approvals for the Line 3 Replacement and Kinder Morgan’s Transmountain Pipeline Expansion, as well as dismissing Enbridge’s Northern Gateway.

We do our monthly Political Prisoner Birthday segment, thanks to the Prison Books Collective.

We play the following tracks:

Bad Gas by Lee Reed
Excursions by Tribe Called Quest
Double Portion by Dorothea (listener-submitted – thank you!)
The Lifer by Christian Collins
Chuck Berry by The Groove Commute
Time Bomb by Chumbawumba

Diana Block Speaks

Aired November 16, 2016
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CPR contributor Rabbit shared this audio from an event in Montreal launching Diana Block’s new novel, Clandestine Occupations. Diana spent thirteen years living underground with a political collective committed to supporting the Puerto Rican independence and Black liberation movements, during which time she had two children, worked in the AIDS movement, and published poetry under a pseudonym. Diana spoke about life underground, the ongoing reality of political prisoners in the United States, and read from her book. We also have a portion of an interview with Diana conducted by CKUT Prison Radio in Montreal.

News links: Nova Scotia Doulas, Manitoba jail phones, Dakota Access Pipeline, Project SITKA


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.