Category Archives: Publication and Launches

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.”

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Violent History of Benevolence

CFRC rebroadcast on May 1st a March 28 panel in Toronto called “Violent History of Benevolence”. This event was part of the monthly OCAP Speakers Series, where we gather to discuss issues that are critical to the success of poor people’s movements.

This event was sponsored by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.

Listen to the archive show here.

“Social work is often considered a noble profession.

But writers A.J. Withers and Chris Chapman argue this idea is not only historically inaccurate, but the fiction also allows decent people to become willing participants in furthering violence against poor and marginalized people.

In their book, A.J. and Chris document many histories usually left out of social work, including communities of Black social workers (who, among other things, never removed children from their homes involuntarily), the role of early social workers in advancing eugenics and mass confinement, and the emergence of colonial education, psychiatry, and penitentiaries.”

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.”