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UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stark Raven Radio: A Closer Look at Prisons & the Psychiatric Survivor Movement

Mon Aug 1st, 2016. 7-8 pm
PRISON JUSTICE DAY SPECIAL

First Monday of each month, 7-8pm.
In Vancouver at 100.5FM, and online: www.coopradio.org
Find out more about Stark Raven, including how to hear past shows and our podcasts.


Vancouver Prison Justice Day Memorial Rally 2016
Wed Aug 10th, 6pm. Claire Culhane Memorial Bench, SE Corner, Trout Lake Park, East Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories.
Speakers include ex-prisoners, community supporters and friends. All welcome. Rain or Shine. Prison Justice Day is a day to remember all those who have died in prison. Find out more about the history of PJD.
View 2015 PJD Rally video

Vancouver Prison Justice Groups on Facebook
Find us on facebook!

Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education (UBC)
The CCPHE has resources, research and projects supporting health initiatives in BC and Canadian prisons.

Library program for women at Edmonton Institution for Women
Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) Women's Prison and Reintegration Committee runs book clubs and book exchanges for prisoners at the Edmonton Institution for Women (EIFW) through Edmonton Public Library.
gelaprison.wordpress.com

Support immigration detainees on hunger strike for better conditions
Lindsay, Ontario, ongoing
More info: endimmigrationdetention.wordpress.com

Support the Claire Culhane In Memory Fund
Claire Culhane was a passionate prison abolitionist who worked tirelessly in support of prisoners.
After she died in 1996, ex-prisoners, friends and family set up a commemorative bench for her at John Hendry Park (Trout Lake) in East Vancouver.
In order to support the maintenance of the bench the In Memory Fund is seeking donations.
Donations can be made with the Vancouver Park Board [contact: 604-257-8513, donations (at)vancouver.ca]:
**online at donate.vancouver.ca (Please use the "Dedicate a Park Amenity" donation form and choose the "Claire Culhane In Memory Fund" designation)
**by cheque payable to "Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation" c/o Claire Culhane In Memory Fund 2099 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC. V6G 1Z4.

The Penal Press -- A History of Prison from Within
New website archiving the history of prisoner publications in Canada, with an open-access archive. penalpress.com


Prison Justice Day Pins
*Support Prisoner Solidarity work by purchasing a pin. More info





FEATURES other recent additions and areas of interest

Literature you can download! Updated Aug 2011
Find 11 leaflets that you can download on our virtual table, on topics ranging from FASD to Alternatives to incarceration to Transgender prisoners in Canada. Includes a new bilingual (French/English) PJD leaflet.

Recent Stark Raven Interviews

Mon July 4, 2016. MAD PRIDE; COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVES FOR THOSE IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
Listen to the program.
-July is Mad Pride month. Hear the speakers from Vancouver's first Mad Pride event (2001) and from a former resident of Runaway House, a non-coercive model of true asylum in Berlin.

Mon June 6, 2016. REFUGEES AND INCARCERATION || MENTAL DIVERSITY
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-June 20th is World Refugee Day. Laurne Warbeck, a geographer researching immigration detention and Ayendri Perera, a community activist involved in organizing to end immigration detention share their insights about the situation facing people incarcerated by administrative immigration law.
-Will Hall, acclaimed mental diversity counsellor and host of Madness Radio talks about Mental Diversity

Mon May 1, 2016. GALLERY GACHET || RULE OF LAW BEHIND BARS?
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-Anthony Meza-Wilson, from Gallery Gachet, discusses the impacts of the major cuts faced by the Downtown Eastside artist-run gallery
-Garth Barriere, Vancouver-based lawyer specializing in prison law, on the application of law inside prisons issues that prisoners in Canada face with special attention on unwritten prison policies and the quasi-legal framework operating inside Canadian prisons.

Mon April 4, 2016. COURT CHALLENGE OVER LACK OF ACCESS TO METHODONE IN BC PRISONS
Listen to the program.
-Prisoners launch charter challenge against against BC Corrections over lack of access to methadone.

Mon March 7, 2016. IWD SPECIAL: WOMEN WORKING FOR PRISON ABOLITION
Listen to the program.
-Helen from the Certain Days Collective, a group producing a calendar in solidarity with political prisoners
-K. Manuel, an activist involved in land-based struggles and is working to free Orlando Watley, who was wrongfully convicted and who has been in jail for more than 20 years.
-Lora M, a long-time member Joint Effort, a local prison abolition group who recently won a community award for its long-standing work with women in prisons

Mon Feb 1st, 2016
Listen to the program.
-Laura de Lano; who speaks to us of her journey in, through and out of the psychiatric system
-Justin Piche, Canadian scholar who specializes in Canada's prison system at the University of Ottawa, on the current incarnation of the prison industrial complex in Canada, with special attention to the post-Harper era and the influence of guards’ unions.

Mon Jan 4th, 2016
Listen to the program.
-Sherene Razack on her new book Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody

Mon Dec 7th, 2015 HARM REDUCTION: SAFE ENCOUNTERS WITH PSYCHIATRY
Listen to the program.
- Deconstructing Psychiatry features excerpts from Harm Reduction: Safe Encounters with Psychiatry, part of the Radical Mental Health Series event in Vancouver.

Mon Nov 2, 2015
Audio coming soon
-Ezio Cividino, one of the first Native Education teachers in BC’s federal penitentiaries on educational programming for prisoners.
-James Cullingham, Executive producer of the Pass System, a film on the history the racist Pass System that prevented First Nations people from leaving their reserves without a permit.

Mon Oct 5, 2015
Listen to the program.
-Erica Meiners offers a radical analysis of the surveillance and policing of sex offenders.
-Gallery Gachet on their future plans in light of drastic cuts to their operating budget.
-How prisoners can vote in the federal election

Mon Sept 7, 2015. Prison Justice Memorial Rally Highlights
Listen to the program.
-Hear from the speakers from the Vancouver Prison Justice Day Memorial Rally being held on August 10, 2015. Full video and audio from the PJD Rally here.

Mon Aug 3rd, 2015. PRISON JUSTICE DAY special
Audio coming soon
-Sue Brown from Prisoners’ Legal Services to give us some perspective as Prison Justice Day approaches
-Peter Collins on the History of Prison Justice Day.

Mon July 6th, 2015. PRISON JUSTICE|| DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY
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-Doug King from the Pivot Legal Society; Peter Collins says thanks; Laurie Ahern, psychiatric survivor, on her work with Disability Rights International in exposing human rights violations taking place behind the closed doors of disability and psychiatric institutions around the world.

Mon June 1st, 2015. PRISON JUSTICE|| DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY
Listen to the program.
-Poetry and its important role in the lives of prisoners. Full piece by Making Contact.

Mon May 4, 2015. DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY
Listen to the program.
-Deconstructing Psychiatry Special Broadcast

Mon April 6, 2015. VOCIES FROM THE INSIDE|| DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: RUFUS MAY ON FINDING MEANING IN HIS MADNESS
Listen to the program.
-Madness Radio host Will Hall speaks with UK clinical psychologist Rufus May. Rufus May speaks of his descent into madness — convinced he was on a spy mission and that animals were robots, he even walked into a family gathering naked. How did Rufus find meaning in these experiences, learn to live without medication, and become a successful psychologist and mental health advocate?
-Voices from the Inside with letters, poems and stories from prisoners who write to us.

Mon March 2, 2015. LAWSUIT AGAINST SOLITARY || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: RECOVER, EMPOWERMENT, HOPE AND HEALING
Listen to the program.
-BC Civil Liberties Association Lawsuit against Solitary Confinement
-National Empowerment Centre's Director, Daniel Fisher, speaks about the message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing for people with lived experience with mental health issues, trauma and extreme states.

Mon Feb 2, 2015. CAKENPHILE COLLECTIVE || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: STIGMA, DISCRIMINATION AND RIGHTS
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-Interview with the Cakenphile Collective, a new Vancouver-based group organizing around prison justice, and a look at the history of prison resistance.
-Advocate Lucy Costa with The Empowerment Council, a voice for survivors/clients of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Lucy suggests that we "move away from the current over reliance on the ambiguous language of stigma that never identifies who or what is causing discrimination and open up to the conversations and possibilities of ‘rights in action’.”

Mon Jan 5, 2015. PRISONER & HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS FIGHTS FOR HIS LIFE || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: HEARING VOICES NETWORK
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-Interview with Renea Mohammed, with the Hearing Voices Network, about alternative approaches to supporting voice hearers.
-Peter Collins, prisoner and human rights activist, who regularly shares his critical commentaries, is battling a life-threatening illness behind bars in Ontario. In honour of Peter and his work, we share his brother' music and hear Peter's 2013 commentary on the Inquest into the death of Ashley Smith.

Mon Dec 1st, 2014. ARRESTING HOPE: WOMEN TAKING ACTION IN PRISON HEALTH INSIDE OUT|| DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: PETER LEHMANN
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-Interview with Lynn Fels, one of the editors of Arresting Hope: Women Taking Action in Prison Health Inside Out.
-Interview with antipsychiatry acitivist and author, Peter Lehmann from Berlin, publisher of books on alternatives to mainstream psychiatry.

Mon Nov 3, 2014. SOLITARY CONFINEMENT || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: BONNIE BURSTOW
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-The power of stories and writing in the struggle against solitary confinement. Link to the full podcast from Voices for Justice.
-Interview with antipsychiatry activist and feminist Dr. Bonnie Burstow

Mon Oct 6, 2014. THE WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF IVAN HENRY|| DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: PAT CAPPONI
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-Conversation with Joan McEwen, author of Innocence on Trial: The Framing of Ivan Henry
-Deconstructing Psychiatry: Activist and Author, Pat Capponi, gives voice to the silent space of the psychiatric patient.

Mon Sept 1st, 2014. PRISON JUSTICE DAY RALLY HIGHLIGHTS
Listen to the program.
Highlights from the 2014 Vancouver Prison Justice Day Memorial Rally.

Mon Aug 4th, 2014 PRISON JUSTICE DAY SPECIAL
Listen to the program.
-Highlights from the 2013 Prison Justice Day Rally.
-Discussion on the Canadian Prison Guard's Union "anything but conservative" stance.

Mon July 7th, 2014. G20 PRISONER || QUEER AND TRANS PRISONER SUPPORT || MAD PRIDE
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-Joel Bitar, activist from New York was extradited to Canada to face charges related to the 2010 G20 protests. We hear from him from jail, where he is serving a 20 month sentence.
-Marty Fink, from the Prisoner Correspondence Project, talks about the queer prisoner pen pal project and supporting queer and trans prisoners. Link to the full interview.
-Mad Pride: Highlights from 2001 Rally in Vancouver and upcoming 2014 events.

Mon June 2, 2014. POETRY IN PRISON | ANTI-PSYCHIATRY
Audio coming soon.
-Poetry in prison: hear the documentary.
-Interview with Peter Lehmann from Berlin, publisher of books on alternatives to mainstream psychiatry.

Mon May 5, 2014 ONE PSYCHIATRIC SURVIVOR'S JOURNEY
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Leah Harris longtime psychiatric survivor activist, filmmaker, performance poet and technical director of Madness Radio.

Mon April 7th, 2014. 7-8 pm PAROLE: THEN AND NOW
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-Prison Justice: We speak to a lifer who has been out for more than 40 years and has spent much of that time supporting prisoners as they leave prison. He shares his experiences and perspectives on the parole system in Canada from its origins in the 1950's until now.
-Deconstructing Psychiatry: Two poems by Leah Harris.

Mon March 3, 2014. 7-8 pm DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Hearing Voices Network
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Ron Coleman is an voice hearer educator and advocate - spreading The Hearing Voices Network message - he supports people in learning how to live well with their experiences.

Mon Feb 3, 2014. LIBRARIANS SUPPORT FOR PRISONERS || HEARING VOICES NETWORK
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-Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) Women's Prison and Reintegration Committee runs book clubs and book exchanges for prisoners at the Edmonton Institution for Women (EIFW). We will speak with them about library services for prisoners.
-Karen Taylor, educator and advocate for The Hearing Voices Network, speaks about Croft House, Voice Hearers and Recovery.

Mon Jan 6, 2014. LIMITS OF THE MEDICAL MODEL OF "MENTAL ILLNESS"
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We speak with Maria D’Auria, clinical counselor and mental health advocate to explore the rise and limits of the medical model of “mental illness”. How might extreme states of consciousness and/or trauma construct possibilities for other ways of relating around “mental illness”?. Show also includes prisoner commentary on computers on the inside.

Link to Archived Stark Raven Podcasts (back to Aug 2006)