“One For The Books” – The Saskatchewan Pen Riot

Aired January 11, 2017
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This week we bring you an exclusive interview that tells the inside story of the riot on December 14, 2016 that “completely destroyed” the medium security unit at Saskatchewan Penitentiary and resulted in the stabbing death of Jason Leonard Bird and several other injuries from gunshots. We spoke with Sherri who runs Beyond Prison Walls Canada and a Facebook group for prison wives. She has been in touch with several prisoners and their families who were present for the massive riot, and shared with us what she’s been able to find out.

We spend the second half of the show sharing an interview conducted by CKUT’s Prison Radio Show with Stephane of Bar None in Winnipeg about their prison rideshare program.

News: CSC Commissioner Don Head speaks at anti-drone conference in EnglandJalil Muntaqim sent to the SHU for teaching Black HistoryKingston’s John A. MacDonald birthday celebrations cancelled – NYE noise demos across the world

Music: Wish I Had It by Kevin GatesBringer Of Greater Things by Propagandhi



Calls From Home (December 2016)

Aired December 28, 2016
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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 month we share some tips and play several holiday-themed requests.

News: Indigenous prisoners face systematic discriminationInvestigation into Soleiman Faqiri’s deathFalse positives from drug scanning toolsCall for donations for Walls to Bridges bursary fund

Vanessa Gray and Free Peltier NYC

Aired December 21, 2016
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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
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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
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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

Women’s Prison Solidarity: Songs and Teachings

Aired November 23, 2016
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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.”

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
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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.


Give us a call!

We’re excited to announce that we once again have a phone line set up for Calls From Home! Call us any time and record your messages of support, song requests and/or news tips and please indicate if you would like us to broadcast your words on the show. The last Wednesday of every month (and sometimes on shows in between if it’s immediately pertinent), we will share your messages over the air, play your song requests, read your poetry, etc … give us a call!

Here is the number: 613-329-2693

We will be sending out this information to inmate committees and prisoner contacts across the region in the near future. If you know someone inside who would like to add us to their phone list – which we encourage! – here is the information CSC requires to get it set up:

Number: 613-329-2693
Name: Alex Jackson
Address: 62 Fifth Field Company Lane, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6

Alex will be carrying the phone most days in case CSC staff call to approve the number.

Quinte Detention Centre/Collect Calls: Unfortunately at this time, we aren’t set up to accept collect calls. We are currently looking into options and applying for funding. Please get in touch with us if you have information about Quinte.

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Calls From Home (October 2016)

Aired October 26, 2016
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We’re excited to announce that we now have a voicemail line set up for messages, song requests and news tips … call us at 613-329-2693. We discuss the recent lockdowns at Collins Bay and the ongoing lockdown at Joyceville Assessment Unit for “exceptional search.” We run through some recent news including immigrant hunger strikes in Lindsay, Project FANG for Animal and Earth Liberation Political Prisoners, the unfolding story of Adam Capay‘s four-year segregation without trial in Thunder Bay, and the hundreds of arrests at the #NoDAPL anti-pipeline struggle in North Dakota. And as always, we play lots of good and relevant music, including an amazing record of B.B. King performing live at the Cook County Jail in 1971 that C dug out of the CFRC music archives.