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.
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.
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
#FreeThePeople 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
On June 12, 2019, CPR aired part of the keynote address for the De-Carceral Futures: Bridging Prison and Immigration Justice workshop that was held at Queen’s University on May 9-10, 2019. The keynote featured Harsha Walia, Activist, Researcher and Author of Undoing Border Imperialism: “Migrants are not Criminals: Challenging Movement Carceral Logics that Foreclose Solidarity” and Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California – Berkeley: “Four Myths of Punitive Immigration Policies: Sovereignty, Discipline, Eugenics, and Broken Windows”. It was chaired by Stephanie J. Silverman (Chair), Trinity College, University of Toronto.
Listen here: https://archive.org/details/CPRJune121900Prerecord.
This episode also includes updates about solitary confinement and the ongoing controversy over Bill C-83.
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.”
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: https://archive.org/details/CPRApril1719h00
Coming 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.
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.
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
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
– 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.