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.
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.
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.
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!
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
YOU TAKE NOTHING by Ragana
Time Bomb by Chumbawumba
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.
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.