In support of prisoners and prison justice activism in Canada
home > politics of prison > audio & video
AUDIO & VIDEO

Prison Justice Day Audio & Video | Stark Raven Radio Podcasts | Prison Justice Audio Interviews | Prison related Video and Film |


Prison Justice Day Audio & Video

Vancouver Prison Justice Day Rally (Video & Audio):

30 years of Prison Justice Day: Radio Documentary
A documentary about the history of Prison Justice Day, featuring the stories and memories of prisoners and activists. August 10th is Prison Justice Day. It is a day to honour the memory of the men and women who have died unnatural deaths inside Canadian prisons. On this day, prisoners across the country fast, refuse to work, and remain in their cells, while supporters organize community events to draw attention to the conditions inside of prisons. This documentary is dedicated to all those who have died behind bars.
MUSIC featured in this documentary:
-LOUD, "Johny Bear", from the album taikoelectric, composed by Eileen Kage, Leslie Komori, Elaine Stef. www.taikoelectric.com
-Kathleen Yearwood, "O'kanada", from the album Dead Branches Make A Noise. www.angelfire.com/music/kathleenyearwood
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (August 2005) [Length: 60 minutes]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=13528

Prison Justice Day in Toronto
Various speakers and performers
produced by CKLN
*Aug 2008 [Length: 25 min] Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net
*Aug 2004 [Length: 47:06] Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net


Stark Raven Radio Podcasts
*to search the podcasts, click "control (or command) F" and search the page via Firefox (or other web browser)

2014 | 2013 | July - Dec 2012 | Jan - June 2012 | Oct 2011 - Dec 2011 | July-Sept 2011 | April-June 2011 | Jan-Mar 2011 | Oct-Dec 2010 | Sept 2010 | Aug 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | Feb 2010 | Jan 2010 | Dec 2009 | Nov 2009 | Oct 2009 | Sept 2009 | Aug 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | Mar 2009 | Feb 2009 | Jan 2009 | Dec 2008 | Nov 2008 | Oct 2008 | Sept 2008 | Aug 2008 | July 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | April 2008 | Mar 2008 | Feb 2008 | Jan 2008 | Dec 2007 | Nov 2007 | Oct 2007

Older podcasts are the full hour show with the interview, music, news and announcements.
| Sept 2007 | Aug 2007 | July 2007 | June 2007 | May 2007 | April 2007 | March 2007 | Feb 2007 | Jan 2007 | Dec 2006 | Nov 2006 | Oct 2006 | Sept 2006 | Aug 2006 |

Mon Feb 3, 2014. LIBRARIANS SUPPORT FOR PRISONERS || HEARING VOICES NETWORK
Listen to the program.
-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"
Listen to the program.
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.

Mon Dec 2nd, 2013
Listen to the program.
A new documentary film The Inmates are Running the Asylum documents the grassroots history and radical self-run model of the Vancouver-based MPA (Mental Patients Association). We also speak with the producer of the film and two former MPA members who were part of the organization in the early days.

Mon Nov 2nd, 2013. Mental Health Reform || Prisoner Strikes
Listen to the program.
Community mental health advocate and activist Ron Carten on mental health reform and representation agreements. Prisoner strike update and support work from Winnipeg.

Mon Oct 7th, 2013. Prisoner Strikes
Listen to the program.
A prisoner in Ontario speaks about the prisoner work stoppage against the 30% pay cut in the "Offender Accountability Initiative". Another prisoner shares his perspective on the hunger strike in an Ontario prison protesting conditions for immigration detainees. With live musical guest, Jude, on her ukelele.

Mon Sept 2nd, 2013
Listen to the program.
Highlights from Vancouver's Prison Justice Day rally.

Mon Aug 5th, 2013
Listen to the program.
Prison Justice Day Special: Mother's supporting their children who are incarcerated. A conversation with Deborah Hawley from MORE for change (Mothers Of Offenders & Others Rallying & Educating For Change). And two prisoner's perspectives on this Prison Justice Day.

Mon July 1st, 2013. Prison Justice: The challenges faced when getting out of prison
Listen to the program
Mark tells his story about the challenges facing people leaving prison and the value he sees in restorative justice approaches. Writing from prisoners.

Mon June 3rd, 2013. Writing from Prisoners. Andrew Feldmar on alternative therapies.
Listen to the program.
PRISON JUSTICE: Voices From the Inside, writing from prisoners
DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Andrew Feldmar, psychotherapist in independent practice in Vancouver; schooled by R.D. Laing and the Philadelphia Association, critiques traditional psychiatric interventions and offers acute perspectives to alternative therapies in practice.

Mon May 6th, 2013. Hearing Voices Network.
Listen to the program.
DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Aural hallucinations are pathologized as positive symptoms of schizophrenia, a growing movement called the Hearing Voices Network advocates that 'voice hearers' listen and negotiate with their voices; educator and activist Ron Coleman is a voice hearer from the U.K. we will hear his recent presentation at SFU of personal account of the movement.

Mon April 1st, 2013. Prison Radio. Ashley Smith Inquest.
Listen to the program.
PRISON JUSTICE: Dee, from Prison Radio on CKUT, joins us to talk about community radio and prisoner support. Human Rights activist, artist and prisoner P. Collins' latest commentary: on Ashley Smith and the inquest into her death.
DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Upcoming events.

Mon March 4th, 2013 Mumia Abu Jamal. Community-based alternatives to psychiatry.
Listen to the program.
PRISON JUSTICE: Focus on US Political Prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu Jamal including a new film, Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey With Mumia Abu-Jamal and his thoughts on lawyer, now political prisoner, Lynne Stewart.
DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Loren Mosher, an American psychiatrist developed an experimental community based project based in phenomenological principles. More on how the Soteria House philosophy operated as an alternative in contrast to the bio medical model.

Mon Feb 4th, 2013
Listen to the program.
DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Sylvester Kontontoka, founder and president of the Mental Health Users Network of Zambia, presents the issues that confront individuals caught in the psychiatric system in Zambia.
PRISON JUSTICE: The challenge getting books and magazines in jail. A G20 political prisoner tells his story.

Mon Jan 7th, 2013
Listen to the program.
PRISON JUSTICE: Voices From the Inside, writing from prisoners
DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Poet, author and activist Vanessa Fisher on her psycho spiritual inquiry of the role of the dark side in her life.

Mon Dec 3rd, 2012: History of Prisoner Publications, The end of Lifeline || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY
Listen to the program.
*Melissa Munn, prisoner advocate and coordinator of penalpress.com, on the history of prisoner publications in Canada, the end of prisoner reintegration program, Lifeline and ways to support people as they leave prison.
*Deconstructing Psychiatry: 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 Nov 5th, 2012: Tribute to Liz Elliott|| DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY
Show audio coming soon
*Karlene Faith pays tribute to Liz Elliott, prisoner and restorative justice advocate who died last year.
*Deconstructing Psychiatry: Author and Psychiatric Survivor Activist, Irit Shimrat, speaks out against forced treatment and the dominant bio medical model in Psychiatry.

Mon Oct 1st, 2012: HIV Behind Bars || Mental Health in India
Listen to the program.
*FOCUS ON PRISON JUSTICE: Highlights from the Vancouver Prison Justice Day Memorial Rally, HIV and HEP C behind bars.
*DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: In a report generated by her research work with Action Aid India, on Custodial Care Institutions in India, Bhargavi Davar states: "The system is drug driven and shock driven . . ."

Mon Sept 3rd, 2012: Vancouver Prison Justice Day Rally
Listen to the program.
*Highlights from the annual memorial rally from August 10th.

Mon Aug 6th, 2012: Prison Justice Day Special: Sharing Stories of Women who have died in prison
Listen to the program.
*Prison Justice Day is a day to remember those who have died behind bars.

Mon July 2nd, 2012: Tough on Crime Agenda, Voices from the Inside || Will Hall
Listen to the program.
*DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY:Will Hall, acclaimed mental diversity counselor and advocate, and host of “Madness Radio” tackles questions from a recent talk in Vancouver.
*FOCUS ON PRISON JUSTICE: Justin Piche on the latest with the Tough on Crime agenda and their 4 prongs of attack.
Voices From the Inside: Hear recent writings from Prisoners.

Mon June 4th, 2012: FOCUS ON PRISON JUSTICE: Prisoners and Community Radio || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Will Hall
Listen to the program.
* Raising the Civil Dead Prisoners and Community Radio. Interview with Heather Anderson on her new book on prisoners and community radio around the globe.
*Will Hall, acclaimed mental diversity counselor and advocate, and host of “Madness Radio

Mon May 7th, 2012: FOCUS ON PRISON JUSTICE: Unlocking the Gates to Health for Women || Voices From the Inside
Listen to the program.
*Unlocking the Gates to Health and the Doing Time Project: Hear about these projects developed by ex-prisoners on how to improve the health and social supports for women as they are released from prison into the community.
*Voices From the Inside: Hear recent writings from Prisoners.

Mon April 2nd, 2012: DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Will Hall || FOCUS ON PRISON JUSTICE: Sexual Assault Survivors and Prison Abolition
Listen to the program.
*Will Hall, acclaimed mental diversity counselor and advocate, and host of “Madness Radio
*Challenging Convictions: Survivors of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Writing on Solidarity with Prison Abolition survivorsinsoli.blogspot.com

Mon March 5th, 2012: PAT CAPPONI || PRISONER VOICES
Listen to the program.
*DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Activist and Author, Pat Capponi, gives voice to the silent space of the psychiatric patient.
*Voices From the Inside: A Prisoners perscpective on the Omnibus Crime Bill, Joe Convict on hunger strike

Mon Feb 6th, 2012: CENTRALIZATION OF GIRLS INCARCERATION IN BC || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY
Listen to the program.
*DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: A woman from Runaway House in Berlin talks about her experiences surviving the psychiatric system.
*CENTRALIZATION OF GIRLS INCARCERATION IN BC: Justice For Girls on their concerns with the BC Ministry of Children and Families' plans to centralize the location of incarcerated girls in BC.

Mon Jan 2nd, 2012: CAPTURED BY THE STATE: THE ANTIVIOLENCE MOVEMENT AND THE NON-PROFIT INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
Listen to the full talk.
*Native American Anti-Violence Activist and Academic, Andrea Smith's keynote address at the 9th Annual Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies Conference held in Montreal, Quebec in 2009.

Mon Dec 5, 2011: DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY || WORLD AIDS DAY BEHIND BARS
Listen to the program.
*DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Mary O'Hagan from New Zealand talks about her work on making a difference to the way society and services respond to people with major mental distress.
* WORLD AIDS DAY BEHIND BARS: Highlights of an interview with Sandra Chu, Senior Policy Analyst with Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, on Bill C-10, the tough on crime omnibus bill, and on harm reduction behind bars in light on the the Supreme Court's recent decision about INSITE, the supervised injection site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Listen to full the interview.

Mon Nov 7, 2011: DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY || FOCUS ON PRISON JUSTICE
Listen to the program.
*DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Erick Fabris, on his new book Tranquil Prisons: Chemical Incarceration Under Community Treatment Orders. Erick Fabris's original, multidisciplinary research demonstrates how clients are pre-emptively put on chemical agents despite the possibility of alternatives. Vancouver book launch at Gallery Gachet on Nov 10.
*FOCUS ON PRISON JUSTICE: 40 years since the Attica Prison Rebellion, the Omnibus Crime Bill and Angela Davis speaks at Occupy Wall Street.

Mon Oct 3, 2011: WOMEN, MANDATORY MINIMUMS AND DRUG POLICY || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY
Listen to the program.
*Activist and researcher Susan Boyd on mandatory minimums, the Conservative government's drug policy and the impact of these policies on women.
*Deconstructing Psyhchiatry: Daniel Hazen, on Voices of the Heart, a program that provides short-term housing to individuals experiencing mental health crisis, as an alternative to hospitalization

Mon Sept 5, 2011: PRISON JUSTICE DAY RALLY
Listen to the program.
*Hear highlights from the 2011 Vancouver Prison Justice Day Memorial Rally, held on August 10th in East Vancouver.
View the PJD Rally video online.

Mon Aug 1, 2011: PRISON JUSTICE DAY SPECIAL.
Listen to the program.
*Filis Iverson, long time Prison Justice Day organizer on prison expansion, the campaign against the Omnibus Crime bill and upcoming Prison Justice Day events.
*Update on the Pelican Bay SHU Supermax prisoner hunger strike.

Mon July 4, 2011: VOICES FROM THE INSIDE
Listen to the program.
*Artist, Activist and prisoner P. Collins on the censorship of his portrait of Ashley Smith.
*More on the current Hunger Strike at the Special Handling Unit at the infamous Pelican Bay Maximum Security Prison in California.
*Psychiatric Survivor movement interview with Peter Lehmann from Berlin, publisher of books on alternatives to mainstream psychiatry.

Mon June 6th: DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY.
Listen to the program.
*Daniel Hazen, an educator and advocate, speaks for human rights of psychiatric prisoners. He is is part of the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and is presenting at the PsychOUT conference in NYC in June 2011. Audio Coming Soon.
*Investigative journalist, Rob Wipond, shares his thoughts on why BC’s Mental Health Act is draconian in its mandated treatment of mental patients. Audio Coming Soon.

Mon May 2nd: DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY.
Listen to the program.
*'Deconstructing Psychiatry' - breaking the silence of psychiatric oppression. Hear from investigative medical journalist, Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill. Audio Coming Soon.

Mon April 4th: Political Prisoners.
Listen to the program.

Mon March 7th: SOLITARY CONFINEMENT OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY.
Listen to the program.
*The BC Civil Liberties Association recently filed a lawsuit to challenge a young aboriginal woman’s lengthy solitary confinement in federal prison, in hopes of ending the practice. We speak to one of the lawyers in the case. Audio Coming Soon.
*'Deconstructing Psychiatry' - breaking the silence of psychiatric oppression. This week we speak with Andrew Feldmar, psychotherapist in independent practice in Vancouver; schooled by R.D. Laing and the Philadelphia Association. Feldmar critiques traditional psychiatric interventions and offers acute perspectives to alternative therapies in practice.Audio Coming Soon.

Mon Feb 7th: FIGHTING HARASSMENT BEHIND BARS || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY.
Listen to the program.
* An outspoken prisoner in Ontario wins his case at the Canadian Human Rights Commission, after years of being told to stand for "count" despite documented debilatating back pain. We hear from P. Collins on his case. Audio Coming Soon.
*'Deconstructing Psychiatry' - breaking the silence of psychiatric oppression. This week we speak with Pat Capponi, outspoken activist and author.Audio Coming Soon.

Mon Jan 10th, 7-8pm : MUSIC AND WOMEN IN PRISON || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY
Listen to the program.
*Vancouverite and musician Leah Abramson shares her documentary about her experiences leading music workshops with women in prison. Women share their songs and stories about the importance of music in their lives.Hear the interview and documentary.
*Deconstructing Psychiatry: Iris Holling, Association Against Psychiatric Violence (Runaway House), Berlin, Germany, talks about functioning alternatives in practice to the psychiatric medical model. Audio Coming Soon.

Mon Dec 6th: PENNED IN: Writing from behind the walls || DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY: Mad in America
*"Penned In- A collection of literary creations from both sides of the fence" is packed with poems and stories written mainly by prisoners at Matsqui Institution and their friends on the outside. Join us as we read some excerpts and speak with editor Andrea Winterbottom about the compilation and how it came to be.Listen to the interview.
*Interview with Journalist Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill.Audio Coming Soon.

Mon Nov 1st: ELECTROSHOCK; WITNESSING THE PRISON SYSTEM AS A FAMILY MEMBER
Listen to the program.
*Don Weitz, an antipsychiatry & human rights activist & executive committee member of the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) on Electroshock (ECT). Audio Coming Soon.
*Dawn has learned first hand of the arbitrary nature and lack of due process inside the prison walls. She isn't afraid to speak out about the injustices her husband faces behind bars. Listen to the interview

Mon Oct 4: THE HISTORY OF THE PSYCHIATRIC SURVIVOR MOVEMENT
Listen to the program.
Interview with Don Weitz, an antipsychiatry & human rights activist & executive committee member of the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA). Audio Coming Soon.

Mon Sept 21st: MANDATORY MINIMUMS
*Bill S-10 creates more mandatory minimums for drug offences and is making its way through parliament. Find out more about the bill and what is at stake with mandatory minumum sentences. Listen to the Interview.

Mon Sept 14th: SUPPORTING THE TAMIL MIGRANTS
Listen to the program.
*Hear from about local support in Vancouver to those who continue to be detained after arriving on the west coast seeking asylum, and from the Canadian Tamil Congress on their support work for the migrants.

Mon Sept 7th, 7-8 pm: BEHIND BARS IN CALIFORNIA, TRIBUTE TO MARILYN BUCK
Listen to the program.
*Having spent 30 years in prison, Ken Hartman wrote Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars, a personal reflection of his experiences in various penitentiaries in California. Hear the interview
*Marilyn Buck, a poet and long time political prisoner in the U.S., died in August. Hear a tribute Mon Aug 16th: VOICES FROM PRISON JUSTICE DAY
Highlights from the speakers from the Prison Justice Day Memorial Rally in Vancouver. Hear (and watch) the speakers.

Mon Aug 9th: PRISON JUSTICE DAY: Hunger Strikes and Commemoration
A special program in honour of August 10th, a day to remember those who have died inside prisons in Canada and around the world.
*We hear from one lifer, who is now on the outside, about his experiences with PJD on the inside and on the outside, and how the prison system is making it harder to celebrate PJD on the inside. Hear the Interview.
*Those being held at the Toronto East Detention Centre are protesting a number of conditions from inadequate healthcare to lack of food to unexplained lockdowns. We hear woman whose family member is part of the mass prison-wide hunger strike. Hear the interview.

Mon Aug 2nd: SAVING THE PRISON FARMS: IT'S TIME FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
*The fight to save the prison farms is heating up. We hear an update. Hear the interview

Mon July 19th: PEACEBUILDING BEHIND BARS
Listen to the program.
A Vancouver lawyer is working on a Peacebuilding project behind bars, hoping for a better way than the often adversarial legal approach.

Mon July 12th: MAD PRIDE
Listen to the program.
*Find out more about this annual celebration and happenings in Vancouver. More info.
*From the psych ward to innovative mental health activism. Film Crooked Beauty follows one woman’s journey. Filmmaker Ken Rosenthal about his film and his work.

Mon July 5th: WITHOUT PRISONS
Twenty years after Australia opened its first private women's prison, activist and lawyer Amanda George argues all prisons should be abolished. Rachel Herzing from the US-based organisation Creative Interventions researches ways to stop violence without intervention from the state. Hear the documentary.

Mon June 21st: JUVENILES SENTENCED TO LIFE
A documentary on this issue in the US. Hear the documentary.

Mon June 14th: HEALTH INSIDE PRISON
Listen to the program.
A recent workshop brought prisoners together with health and prison officials to improve health on the inside.

Mon June 7th: ORGANIZING AGAINST PSYCHIATRY
Listen to the program.
A report back from the recent PsychOUT conference in Toronto. Interviews with antipsychiatry activist and feminist Dr. Bonnie Burstow as well as Geoffrey Reaume on Mad people's histories.

Mon May 17th: PRISON EXPANSION IN CANADA
Interview with Justin Piché, PhD Candidate at Carleton University, on the Campaign - Canadian Punishment Legislation Moratorium. Hear the interview.

Mon May 10th: FETAL ALCOHOL and the LAW
Interview with David Boulding. Hear the interview.

Mon May 3rd: PSYCHIATRIC SURVIVOR MOVEMENT
West Coast Mental Health Network Society on mental health, patients rights and the psychiatric survivor movement.

Mon April 19th: PRISON WRITING/WRITING PRISON
Interview with Deena Rymhs, UBC professor, on prison literature. Listen to the interview

Mon April 19th: HOW MUCH PROTECTION DOES CANADA'S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM PROVIDE?
Street-youth turned documentarian Andree Cazabon speaks about her latest film series, Wards of the Crown, about youth in care. Hear the Interview.

Mon April 12th:CANADA'S ROLE IN TORTURING AFGHAN PRISONERS
B.C. lawyer Grace Pastine reports on the Military Police Complaints Commission hearings in Ottawa. Hear the Interview.

Mon April 5th: DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHIATRY
Filmmaker and activist explore psychiatry's impact on their lives. Cindy Lou Griffith and Irit Shimrat discuss the movement for self-determination amongst psychiatry patients. Hear the Interview.

Mon March 15th: OUTSIDE TO INSIDE: KEEPING IN TOUCH
*It is often a struggle for people on the outside to keep in touch with family members on the inside. We hear one woman's story. Hear the interview.
*Bill C-25, that ends discretion of judges to award prisoners for ’dead time’ served, is now law. We hear from Kim Pate on what this will mean for prisons and the system. Audio Coming Soon.
*Prisoner Peter Collins on homelessness. Audio Coming Soon.

Mon March 8th: REFLECTIONS ON TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB
Dr. Sherene Razack, Professor at OISE and author of Casting Out: The Eviction of Muslims From Western Law and Politics, on Reflections on Torture at Abu Ghraib. Hear the talk

Mon March 1st: GARY FREEMAN, TARGETING ACTIVISTS AT THE BORDER
*The fight to bring Gary Freeman back to Canada. Interview with his partner, Natercia Coehlo, about how the Canadian government is blocking his return from the U.S. Hear the interview.
*Dozens of activists were detained, interrogated and denied access to Canada before and during the Olympics. Hear the report.
*Charles C Smith on Racial Profiling. Hear the talk.

Mon Feb 15th: PREVENTION OVER PRISON EXPANSION
*A report from the UK parliament calls for resources to put put into prevention and rehabilitation instead of building new prisons. Interview with the Howard League for Penal Reform. Audio coming soon.

Mon Feb 8th: LEARNING FROM PAST GAMES
*Gary Kinsman, author of the Canadian War on Queers, on the crackdown on queer folk and their resistance as part of the "clean up" leading up to the 1976 Montreal games. Hear the talk.
*Britain is planning on building more prisons and communities are organizing to say no. Interview with a member of Communities of Resistance (CORE).Audio coming soon.

Mon Feb 1st: HERE COME THE GAMES...
*Local activist Chris Shaw, on the security regime of the games. Hear the Interview.
*Jean Swanson on the Poverty Olympics

Mon Jan 18th: DEATHS IN CUSTODY
*Feature on the upcoming BC Civil Liberties Association Deaths in Custody Forum in Vancouver.
*Dave Zirin, author of Politics in The Ring on sports and politics. Dave recently spoke in Vancouver. Hear the talk

Mon Jan 11th: GUANTANAMO AND OMAR KHADR
Update on Guantanamo and the case of Omar Khadr, on the 8th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo prison. Interview with Gail Davidson, from Lawyers Against The War .
*Highlights from a special feature of Groundwire, looking at 2010: Games from the Ground. Hear the feature.

Mon Jan 4th: WHOSE NATIONAL SECURITY?
*Security Certificate detainee, Mohamed Mahjoub recently ended a six month hunger strike in Guantanamo North after he was granted house arrest. Hear an interview about his case. Hear an interview with Mohamed from his prison cell during his hunger strike.
*Sudanese-Canadian Abousfian Abdelrazik spent a year and a half in a Khartoum prison, where he says he was arrested at the request of CSIS and tortured by Sudanese officials. Back at home in Montreal, Abdelrazik is still trying to clear his name from a U.S. sponsored no-fly list. Hear a report on his struggle.
*And hear from award-winning journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal on the 29th anniversary of his incarceration. Hear the Interview.

Mon Dec 14th: STORIES FROM BEHIND BARS
*Patricia "Rocky" Zimmerman, who spent 17 years in prison, shares her story called My Journey, and her struggle to deal with her mother’s death while behind bars. Hear her story.
*We speak with John Moore, an Ojibway man, was wrongfully convicted 32 years ago. He spent 10 years in prison and has been living with Life sentence since then. He is seeking exoneration. Hear the Interview.

Mon Dec 7th: MOVING WOMEN BEYOND BARS
A group of women in Kamloops are finding a way to rebuild their lives, after prison. Moving Women Beyond Bars is a new group that's supporting formerly incarcerated women. Hear The Interview.
Mon Nov 16th: TAKING BABIES AWAY FROM THEIR MOTHERS IN PRISON
The Mother and Baby program for women in provincial prison in BC was cancelled last year. Even though one exists at the federal prison, few women are able to access it. Patricia tells her story of having her baby removed from her after birth, despite availability of mother and baby living units, and her fight to get the provincial program reinstated and the federal one accessible. Hear the interview.

Mon Nov 9th:
*A FLAWED COMPASS: A HUMAN RIGHTS CRITIQUE OF THE TORIES' PRISON PLANS
A recent report blasts the Tories "Roadmap to Public Safety" and prison plans as lacking any evidence and taking us down a US-Style Road to criminal justice. Hear the interview.
*MEDITATION INSIDE PRISON
Tibetan buddhist nun Ann McNeil talks about meditation in prison prior to a film screening of The Dhamma Brothers. Hear the interview

Mon Nov 2nd:
*ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS FIGHT TERRORISM LAW
Animal rights activists are increasingly being targetted by the state as terrorists. A lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights is challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in the U.S. Hear the interview.
*DETAINING ASYLUM SEEKERS
The treatment and criminalization of the 76 Sri Lankan migrants who arrived by boat in BC .Hear the Interview

Mon Oct 19th: SEXUAL 'SAFETY' INSIDE AND OUTSIDE PRISON WALLS
Learn about a new workshop being organized in Montreal called, YOU IMPROVISE TO SURVIVE. It features statements from gay, queer and trans prisoners across the US and Canada on what sexual “safety” means when condom access is restricted or when queer sex is criminal. The workshop seeks to start dialogue about how we can support one another, and each others’ struggles for control over our own sexual lives, as trans folks and gays and queers across prison walls. Hear the interview

Mon Oct 12th: ANTI-DEATH PENALTY PANEL
A look at Death Row in the United States, asking the question: how does it compare to Canada? Hear the panel.

Mon Oct 5th:
NO WAY TO GET THERE
*Lawyer Alex Wolf talks about the lack of transportation for people in the Sea-to-Sky area who are released from court/jail in North Van. Hear the Interview
SAYING NO TO MILITARY SERVICE IN SOUTH KOREA
*Interview with a filmmaker who is documenting the conscientious objector movement in South Korea. Hear the Interview

Mon Sept 21st: DEFENDING CIVIL RIGHTS DURING 2010 GAMES
*Pivot and the BCCLA train citizens to be legal observers during the games. Interview with David Eby, of the BCCLA. Hear the interview.
*Laura Track of the Pivot Legal Society, speaks about the impact of olympic security on the residents of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. (from June) Hear the Interview
*Two short features on decarceration in Australia. One focuses on women and one on aboriginal youth.
*Security Certificate detainnee, Mohamed Harkat wins struggle to have most of his bail conditions dropped. Watch a short speech by Mohamed from earlier this year.

Sept 14th, 7-8 pm: EDUCATION BURSARY FOR PRISONERS LAUNCHED
*Women Into Healing launches a new education bursary for women who have spent time in prison and their children.Hear the interview.

Sept 7th, 7-8 pm:
*PRISON LABOUR: Gordon Lafer talks about Oregon's mandated prison labour project and how it has led to the loss of many unionized jobs. Hear the interview.
*PERFORMING PRISONERS WRITING: Alex Friedmann speaks about his and other prisoner-written plays which were onstage at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC. Hear the interview.

Mon August 17th: PRISON JUSTICE DAY RALLY
Highlights from the Vancouver Memorial Rally that took place on August 10th. Hear the highlights.

Mon August 10th, 7-8 pm: PRISON JUSTICE DAY SPECIAL
*Hear a documentary about the history and meaning of Prison Justice Day.
*Hear an archived interview about the cancellation of the Mother and Baby Program.

Mon August 3rd, 7-8 pm: LIVING UNDER A SECURITY CERTIFICATE
Adil Charkaoui spoke about his experience as one of five men in Canada living under a security certificate. He was in Vancouver on June 26, 2009 for an event sponsored by No One is Illegal, the BC Civil Liberties Association and Amnesty International. Hear the talk.

Mon July 20th:
*MIGRANT DETENTION IN KOREA.
Korean activist and researcher discusses the increasing crackdowns on migrant workers. Hear the Interview
*A NEW REMAND CENTRE IN VANCOUVER?Jennifer McMillan says the conditions at Metro Vancouver's remand centres are inhumane. She says there's an urgent need for a new remand centre to be built. Hear the Interview

Mon July 6th: SURVIVORS OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
The practice of isolating a person in solitary confinement for extended periods of time causes severe sensory deprivation and has been denounced as torture by the United Nations. But tens of thousands are locked up in solitary confinement in American prisons. This National Radio Project documentary hears from nine formerly incarcerated people, who described what it's like not to talk to or touch another person, for years at a time.

Mon June 15th:
*PRISON FARMING PROGRAM: Why does CSC want to cut the program? Hear from farmers and food advocates in Kingston who are trying to save the program. Hear the interview
*MATSQUI PRISONERS PROTEST: update on the court case that prisoners from Matsqui filed against the CSC in regards to a lockdown that had them waiting up to 8 hours to use the bathroom. Audio unavailable

Mon June 8th:
*MANDATORY MINIMUMS (BILL C-15), WOMEN AND DRUG POLICY: Interview with Susan Boyd. Hear the interview
*FROM PRISON TO THE STAGE: Prisoner Art Program. Interview with Safe Streets Arts Foundation. Hear the Interview

Mon June 1st: ANOTHER KIND OF OLYMPIC GAME: SECURITY AND SURVEILLANCE
*David Eby of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association speaks on the 2010 Olympics and civil liberties. Hear the talk.
*Chris Shaw, author of Five Ring Circus, speaks about how threat assessments have been made and what the response of the security forces will be during the Olympics. Hear the interview.
*Laura Track of the Pivot Legal Society, speaks about the impact of olympic security on the residents of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Hear the Interview

Mon May 18th: MIGRATION DETENTION
*Michael Flynn of the Global Detention Project talks about their work. Hear the Inteview.

Mon May 11th: POST INCARCERATION SYNDROME (PICS). Hear the Inteview.

Mon May 4th: NATIVE SPIRITUALITY BEHIND BARS
*Interview with Hugh Brody, director, of the film The Meaning of Life that looks at healing and Aboriginal spirituality at Kwikwexwelhp, a prison run by the Chehalis First Nation. Hear the Inteview.

Mon April 20: THE ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROJECT
The Alternatives to Violence Project provides a space for community members and prisoners to understand their relationships to themselves and others, and learn the skills of non-violent living.Hear The Interview.

Mon April 13: QUEERNESS, PRISON AND ACTIVISM: MAKING THE CONNECTIONS
In Canada, people are no longer directly criminalized by the state for being queer or trans. But that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of connections between prisons, queerness and activism. Interview with S. Lamble on her PhD research and activist work on these issues. Hear the Interview.

Mon April 6: THE CAMPAIGN TO END IMMIGRANT FAMILY DETENTION
100 Actions in 100 Days campaign organizer Lauren Martin speaks about her efforts to help families who are being imprisoned for crossing borders. Hear the Interview.

Mon March 16, 7-8 pm: LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS.
More police and jailtime won't get to the root of the issue of gang violence. But maybe legalizing drugs would. How would that work?
Interview with Dr. Richard Mathias, of the Health Officers Council of BC. Hear the Interview.

Mon March 9: DEATH INSIDE THE WOMEN'S PRISON
The Alouette Correctional Centre for Women saw its first death this past week. We speak to a friend of the woman who died and speak to Betty Krawzwyk on the about the conditions inside, including the upcoming expansion of the jail. Hear the Interview.

Mon March 2: FRAGILE RIGHTS: THE EROSION OF OUR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY
Maher Arar's talk from a Feb 12th forum in Vancouver. Hear the talk.

Mon Feb 16: THE CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV.
Interview with Michael Vonn, Policy Director, BC Civil Liberties Association. Hear the Interview.

Mon Feb 9: BC PRISON MUZZLES COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT
Shawn Thompson, former chair of the Community Advisory Board at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre on his resignation over the prisons attempts to prevent him from speaking to the public. Hear the Interview.

Mon Feb 2: DOING TIME: LEISURE AND INCARCERATION
How can you have agency in an environment structured on institutional control? Leisure education is one way prisoners are using to help them discover and assert agency and choice behind bars. Interview with Alison Link on her work with prisoners around issues of leisure. Hear the interview
Mon Jan 19: CLOSING GUANTANAMO
Clips from the Cageprisoners speaking tour Two Sides, One Story that is marking seven years of unlawful detention, abuse and torture at the US-run prison. Hear the talk.

Mon Jan 12: SECRET TRIALS IN CANADA
*Interview with Matthew Behrens, from the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada on the five Muslim men who continue to be detained under extremely strict bail conditions, without charge, and without being able to see the evidence against them. Includes updates on the last jailed detainee (Hassan Almrei) being released on bail, CSIS recording lawyer-client phone calls and the court cases. Hear the Interview.
*Focus on Security Certificate detainee Adil Charkaoui and his court case. Hear the feature.

Mon Dec 15: SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN PRISON
*Interview with TJ Parsell, author of Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man's Prison that documents his survival of rape inside prison. TJ also works with the organization Stop Prisoner Rape. Hear the Interview.
*Documentary a Thousand Kites, a coalition of activists who are using the arts to fight for change in the US criminal justice system. Hear the Documentary.

Mon Dec 8: THE GEOGRAPHY OF PRISON AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Interview with the Justice Mapping Centre. Audio coming soon.

Mon Dec 1: HEALTHCARE: World AIDS Day
Prison and Health Conference. Audio coming soon.

Mon Nov 17: THE DANGEROUS STATE OF HEALTHCARE IN PRISON
One woman's story of medical neglect in a BC jail. Hear the interview

Mon Nov 10: CREATING CRIMINALS IN A MARKET SOCIETY
Interview with Vivien Stern, author of Creating Criminals: Prisons and People in a Market Society, on the impact of neoliberal economic policies on our concepts of what constitutes "crime". Hear the interview

Mon Nov 3: EDUCATION IN PRISON
After cutting succcessful post-secondary programs and putting resources into risk management, the state of education in Canadian prisons gets a failing grade. Three interview on the history and current realities of the state of education behind bars. Hear the special

Mon Oct 20: MEDITATION BEHIND BARS
Interview with Sister Elaine MacInnes, an 84-year-old Catholic Nun and Zen Master, who has worked with prisoners in the Philippines, England and Canada. She founded a Toronto-based organization Freeing The Human Spirit that teaches yoga and meditation to prisoners. Hear The Interview.

Mon Oct 13th: TARGET TOUGH ON CRIME: DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE (Part 2: The Tough on Crime talk)
*What are the parties tough on crime platforms? And what is all this talk of sending young people to jail for life? Interview with criminologist Anthony Doob. audio coming soon
*Voices from Youth Menace, a radio show by youth in conflict with the law in Edmonton. Hear the clip.

Mon Oct 6th: TARGET TOUGH ON CRIME: DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE (Part 1: Drugs behind bars)
The Tories security-based approach to drugs behind bars, focus on the problems with Ion Scanning.
*Interview with Christie, who visits her brother in prison and has experienced the ion scan Hear the Interview
*Interview with Craig Jones, John Howard Society of Canada on drugs behind bars and the problems with the Tories plan. audio coming soon

Mon Sept 15th: INTO THE MINDS OF THE JAILER AND THE JAILED
Interview with Karen Connelly, author of The Lizard Cage on imprisonment, Burma and writing. Hear the Interview

Mon Sept 8th: WOMEN IN PRISON
*The cancellation of the Mother and Baby program in BC jails. Hear the intervew
*Update on women prisoner health research project. Hear the interview.

Mon Sept 1st: TORONTO PRISON JUSTICE DAY RALLY
Indigenous prison activist Dancing Star & ex-prisoner and HIV/HEP C advocate Greg Simmons talk about harm reduction, HIV inside and conditions behind bars. Hear the Interview.

Mon Aug 10th & 17th: VANCOUVER PRISON JUSTICE DAY RALLY
Highlights from the August 10th rally. Prison Justice Day is a day to remember those who have died behind bars. Hear the highlights
Includes:
*Ex-prisoner and environmentalist Betty Krawczyk talking about Harriet Nahanee
*Eddie Rouse with the West Coast Prison Justice Society
*Adriaan de Vries, with the Prison Outreach Program at the BC Persons With AIDS Society
*Sayslom from the Lil'Wat First Nation who has been part of the struggle for native spiritual rights behind bars since the early 1980's
*Larry Howitt, a former prisoner who supports prisoners through his work with L.I.N.C. (Long-term Inmates Now in the Community)
*Asia Czapska, Justice for Girls, about their ongoing work to get back into the youth jail after being barred

Mon Aug 3rd: "JOE CONVICT" FROM SEGREGATION
"Joe Convict", a prisoner who has been in segregation for several months in an Ontario prison, talks of his struggle with the prison authorities and his fight for human rights behind bars. Hear the Interview

Mon July 21st: NATIVE SPIRTUAL HEALING BEHIND BARS
*Prince George singer songwriter Marcel Gagnon talks about native spiritual healing inside BC's northern prisons. Hear the Interview
*Feature on Books 2 Prisoners. Hear the Interview

Mon July 14th: GANGS: THE PROBLEM WITH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT APPROACH
Sometimes presented as the only solution, using police, prisons and punishment to deal with gangs is ineffective. The US-based Justice Policy Institute makes this argument in a recent report. Interview with Nastassia Walsh from the Institute on this issue. Hear the interview.

Mon July 7th: RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION
These little chips can be implanted into you and you can be tracked. Find out about the technology and the implications for privacy and social control. Interview with Richard Rosenberg from the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association and the BCCLA. Hear the interview.

Mon June 17th: GUANTANAMO PRISONERS WIN COURT CASE
*The US Supreme Court has made a landmark ruling on the right of Guantanamo prisoners to challenge their detention in US federal Courts. Hear an interview with Vince Warren, Center For Constitutional Rights.

Mon June 10th: GIRLS IN PRISON: RISK ASSESSMENTS, CONTROL AND MARGINALIZATION
Risk assessment approaches being used to manage prisoners are framed as objective, but in reality these approaches ignore systemic issues such as colonization and further isolate marginalized girls. Interview with Christie Barron, author of Giving Youth a Voice: Rethinking Adolescent Violence, studied these issues in the Saskatchewan youth justice system. Hear the Interview

Mon June 3rd: THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TORTURE IN THE U.S.
*Eric Fair, former contract interrogator in US-run prisons in Iraq. Hear the Talk.
*Psychologist Stephen Soldz on Torture and the American Psychological Association. Hear the Talk.
*Margaret Satterwaite, human rights lawyer, on secret detention and extraordinary rendition. Hear the Talk.

Mon May 19th: WRITING BY WOMEN IN PRISON
Interview with Books Beyond Bars, about Words Without Walls: Writing And Art By Women In Prison In Nova Scotia. Featuring women reading pieces from the book. Hear the Interviews and Readings

Mon May 12th: THE CRIMINALIZATION OF POVERTY
Interview with Seth Klein on the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Report Living on Welfare in BC: Experiences of Longer-Term “Expected to Work” Recipients. Hear The Interview

Mon May 5th: WOMEN AND PRISON -- A SITE FOR RESISTANCE
Interview with the creators of a new website resource on women in prison. www.womenandprison.org. Hear The Interview

**April marks the Spring Member Drive at Co-op Radio. One of the themes of the Drive is Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. Stark Raven takes the theme full on for the April lineup:

Mon April 21st, Part 3: ROCK and ROLL
The role of music behind bars.
*Interview with Cheri Snook, organizer of Michael Franti's concert at New Folsom Prison in California. Includes highlights from the concert. Hear the Interview & Music Highlights
*Faith Nolan on her music therapy work with women in prison. Hear the Interview

Mon April 14th, Part 2: DRUGS
*The testing of pharmaceutical drugs on prisoners: history and current issues. Interview with Allen M. Hornblum, author of Sentenced to Science: One Black Man's Story of Imprisonment in America & Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison. Hear the interview.

Mon April 7th, Part 1: SEX
*The Criminalization of Sex Work. Including an interview with members of Pivot Legal Society's Sex Work Law Reform Committee. Hear the interview

Mon March 17th, 7-8 pm: ABORIGINAL TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE
*The Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Society talks about their work and philosophy in providing community-based alternatives to the mainstream criminal justice system. Hear The Interview
*Focus on Tasers in Canada. Read Naomi Klein's Column, Police and Tasers: Hooked on Shock

Mon March 10th, 7-8pm: BABIES IN PRISON
*The mainstream media recently sensationalized a story about a mother who won the right to be able to have her baby with her inside a federal prison as part of the Correctional Service of Canada's Mother-Child Program. To find out about the reality of life for mothers and babies behind bars, Stark Raven spoke with two women who recently lived on the Mother and Baby Unit at the Alouette Correctional Centre For Women in Maple Ridge, BC. Hear the Interview
*Indigenous women in prison in Australia, a very similar situation to Canada. Hear the Report

Mon Mar 3rd, 7-8 pm: RACIAL PROFILING IN CANADA, PART 2
*Charles C. Smith, author of “Conflict, Crisis and Accountability: Racial Profiling and Law Enforcement in Canada”. He spoke at the forum Confronting Racial Profiling: Racism, Policing and Community Responses (Thurs Feb 21, Burnaby, BC). Hear the Talk

Mon Feb 18th, 7-8 pm: RACIAL PROFILING. PROFITING OFF OF MASS INCARCERATION
*Charles C. Smith, author of “Conflict, Crisis and Accountability: Racial Profiling and Law Enforcement in Canada”. He spoke as part of an event Confronting Racial Profiling: Racism, Policing and Community Responses (Thurs Feb 21, Burnaby, BC). Hear the Interview
*Paul Wright, from Prison Legal News, about his new book (with Tara Herivel ) Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration. Hear the Interview

Feb 11th Show: FOOD IN PRISON SPECIAL PART 2
A follow up on our October food special.
*Rebecca Godderis, who spoke with prisoners about the issue as part of her master's thesis, on the role food plays behind bars. Hear the Interview

Feb 4th Show: STARK RAVEN TURNS 20!
It is true! The first Stark Raven program aired on Feb 1, 1988. Hear segments from that first show, more about how the show got started, and other clips from over the years. Celebrate two decades of original, grassroots radio covering prison justice & other anti-authoritarian struggles. Hear the full special

Jan 21st Show: BC RECOVERY HOMES IN CRISIS
BC's courts often sentence addicts to detox at a recovery house. But many of BC's recovery houses are unlicensed and unregulated. The poor conditions and easy access to drugs and alcohol at these homes often leads addicts to fall back into substance abuse. Stark Raven talks to someone who's experienced her fair share of recovery homes and wants to see things change. Hear the Interview.

Jan 7th Show: WOMEN IN PRISON HEALTH RESEARCH PROJECT
Interview: A group of former prisoners from the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women are coming together on the outside to do research. They're doing research to improve the health of incarcerated women. And they're improving their lives in the process. Stark Raven interviews Kelly, a peer researcher with the ACCW Alumni Health Research Project. Hear the Interview.
Feature: Six years since the opening of Guantanamo is marked by worldwide protests. Hear some poetry from Guantanamo detainees.

Dec 17th Show: BILL C3: SECURITY CERTIFICATE SPECIAL ADVOCATE MODEL
*Interview with Mary Foster, Coalition Justice For Adil Charkaoui in Montreal. Opponents to Canada's security certificate law are working hard to stop Bill C3 which is currently before the parliament. The Bill sets up a special advocate model of security certificates. Hear the Interview.
*Feature focuses on voices from Montreal youth about their experiences in jail.

Dec 10th Show: YOUNG WOMEN IN PRISON FACE ABUSE, ADVOCATES BARRED FROM JAIL
*Interview with Annabel Webb, Justice For Girls. Justice For Girls, an advocacy group for young women living in poverty, was barred from the Burnaby youth jail after they brought forward allegations of sexual abuse by a medical doctor during breast exams that were happening as part of psychiatric assessments of young women at the jail. Annabel talks about speaking out about the abuse, the process of psychiatric assessments, their barring and about youth detention in an era of tough on crime measures. Hear the Interview
*Featureon the struggle at Tyendinaga and the criminalization of Mohawk activist Shawn Brant. Hear the Feature

Dec 3rd Show:MANDATORY MINIMUMS, DRUGS, INCARCERATION AND HIV
*Interview with Glyn Townson, BCPWA. The Tories have introduced a Bill, creating mandatory minimum sentences for various drug crimes, despite evidence showing mandatory minimums don't reduce crime or drug use but actually make communities less safe and expose more people to disease. Hear the Interview.
* Commentaries by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Nov 19th Show: Private contractors and military interrogators in Iraq
Interview with Pratap Chatterjee of CorpWatch. Hear the Interview.

Nov 12th Show: TOUGH ON CRIME: CHANGES TO CANADA'S PRISON SYSTEM
*Interview with Kim Pate,Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and Christine Lamonte, Sisters in Action and Solidarity on Bill C-2, the tough on crime omnibus bill, the prison review panel and the Correctional Investigator's annual report. Hear the Interview.
*Feature on post-release care for prisoners

Nov 5th Show: Update on Haiti
*Interview with Roger Annis Canada Haiti Action Network on the Haitian justice system; prison conditions; the case of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, Haitian human rights activist who was kidnapped in August; and Canada's relationship to these issues and the situation in Haiti. Hear the Interview.
*Feature: Voices From the Inside, a new segment sharing poems and letters from prisoners. (audio not available)

Oct 15th Show: FOOD BEHIND BARS: NUTRITION & PRIVATIZATION
*Environmentalist Betty Krawczyk, who spent 7 months in jail in 2007, talks about what the food is like in jail. Hear the Interview
*Alex Friedmann, with the Private Corrections Institute, talks about the private players in prison food systems. Hear the Interview

Oct 8th Show: TRIBUTE TO JIM CAMPBELL
*Ann Hansen and Bob Sarti share stories and memories of Jim Campbell. Jim was a community activist and was involved in the anti-authoritarian & prison abolition movements for several decades. He worked on the anarchist publication Open Road, and the prison abolition newspapers Bulldozer & Prison News Service. Jim died suddenly in September in Central Ontario at the age of 57. Hear the Interview
*Show feature includes recent commentary on The World of Blackwater: Private Wars for Public Monies from political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Oct 1st Show: UBC Innocence Project
*Interview with Tamara Levy, Co-ordinator of the UBC Innocence Project, on why people are wrongfully convicted and the new program at UBC that is looking into such cases. Lawyer Cameron Ward on the need for civilian investigations of police shootings and in-custody deaths. Hear the Interview.
*Full show includes Canadian & International Prison News.

Sept 17th Show: Deaths In Custody and Civilian Oversight
Interview with Murray Mollard, Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, on an upcoming Death-In-Custody Forum and on the need for civilian investigation of in-custody deaths. Interview with Benamar Benatta who was Canada’s first post-911 rendition case and who is currently seeking answers and compensation in his case. Story on a recent victory for prisoners' voting rights in Australia. Canadian & International Prison News.

Sept 10th Show: Guantanamo Prison and post-911 Detention
Interview with Don Wright, Amnesty International BC Branch, on the struggle to shut down Guantanamo Bay Prison. Moazzam Begg, ex-Guantanamo detainee, author of Enemy Combatant and member of CagePrisoners, speaking at an event called " Detention Without Trial: Lives in limbo in Britain". Canadian & International Prison News.

Sept 3th Show: Angela Davis on Prison Abolition
She spoke in June in Wellington, New Zealand on international solidarity, building community and prison abolition. She is currently Professor of History of Consciousness at the University of California and the author of several books, the latest being Are Prisons Obsolete?.

Aug 20th Show: Security and Prosperity Partnership Agreement
Interview with Harjap Grewal, from No One Is Illegal Vancouver on the Security and Prosperity Partnership Agreement (SPP) and updates from the Aug 20th protests. Interview with Bill Lightbalm on opting-out of the Residential School Settlement Agreement. Holly Kramer, with the Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force speaking at the Toronto Prisoners' Justice Day Rally. Canadian & International Prison News.

Aug 13th Show: Highlights from Vancouver's Prison Justice Day Rally.

Aug 6th Show: Prison Justice Day Special
Highlights from Prison Justice Day Documentary, including history of PJD and voices from the prison justice movement. Poetry from prisoners. PJD Event Highlights.

July 16th Show: Prison Radio Worldwide, Australian Special
Interview with Heather Anderson, member of Locked In prison radio program in Brisbane, Australia. She talks about her research on prison radio programs worldwide, with a focus on Canadian and Australian programs. Music From the Inside, a short feature on the role of music behind bars in Australia. Beyond the Bars: Highlights from an aboriginal prisoner broadcast for NAIDOC week in Australia. Canadian Prison News. Music from Australia.

July 9th Show: Racial Profiling Study. Mad Pride.
Interview with Alnoor Gova, from MARU, about a study looking at the impacts of post-911 security culture and racial profiling. Canadian & International Prison News. July is Mad Pride month. A time of celebration and resistance for psychiatric survivors. Interview with organizers of Vancouver's Mad Pride events, Mildred German & Irwin Oostindie of Gallery Gachet.

July 2nd Show: Betty Krawczyk from Behind Bars.
*Interview with Environmentalist and author Betty Krawczyk from the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women (ACCW) in Maple Ridge, BC. More on life behind bars and update on her case. Hear just the interview.
*Canadian & International Prison News. Feature on a woman in the mother & baby program at ACCW.

June 18th Show: The War Against The Black Liberation Movement
Documentary produced by Freedom Archives called Legacy of Torture: The War Against The Black Liberation Movement. Canadian & International Prison News. Recent commentaries (Paris Crying and Death & Texas: The Kenneth Foster Case) by political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

June 11th Show: Sexual Violence In Prison
Interview with TJ Parsell on his book Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man's Prison that documents his survival of rape inside prison. We also talk with TJ about his activist work, including work with the organization Stop Prisoner Rape. Canadian & International Prison News. A Free Speech Radio News report on getting kids out of a private immigration jail in Texas.

June 4th Show: Tough on Crime Bills Pushed Through Parliament
The Federal Tories & NDP have teamed up to fast track a number of 'Tough on Crime' crime bills through parliament. Already Bill C-9, limiting the use of conditional sentencing has become law. Other bills include one introducing more mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes (Bill C-10) and another that says 'three strikes and you're a dangerous offender who is considered guilty unless you can prove otherwise' (Bill C-27). Interview with Filis Iverson & Christine, two Vancouver-based prison justice activists who are working to fight the implementation of these bills. Canadian & International Prison News.

May 21st Show: Resisting the Tough on Crime Agenda
Interview with Anna Saini, Justice Laws Coalition in Toronto, on the 'Tough on Crime' Justice bills being passed through parliament and organizing efforts to oppose them. Canadian & International Prison News. National Radio Project feature on a group of dulas helping pregnant women behind bars in Washington state.

May 7th Show: Pregnancy & Birthing Behind Bars
This Mothers Day Special features Allison Campbell from Vancouver's Pomegranate Community Midwives on options for childbirth for women in prison, with a focus on BC. A A National Radio Project Report on the personal stories of transgendered-women forced to live among hundreds of men in a California prison.

Mon April 16th Show Highlights
Life Inside Out: Interview with Sarah Zammit Sarah talks about her new film Life Inside Out - the first documentary to go inside one of the new women's prisons in Canada. The film follows the lives of three older women in the system.

Criminalizing The Environmental Movmement: From Court Injunctions to Anti-Terrorism Laws. Focus on Judi Bari, The Green Scare & Operation Backfire in the US, Criminalizing Animal Rights Activists: the SHAC 7 and the new Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and interview with Monika Sheardown, supporter of environment activist, Betty Krawcyzk.

April 9th Show Standford Prison Experiment
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now interviews Professor Philip Zimbardo, the man who ran the famous Standford Prison Experimen 35 years ago. The experiment is documented in his new book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.

April 2nd Show: Youth Homes Gateways to Jail
Interview with Judy Finlay, Ontario's Child Advocate, on a new report that details how almost half the young people in prison for minor crimes in Ontario came through the child welfare system. Organizational Profile: Joint Effort, Women in Prison Support Group.Canadian & International Prison News.

March 19th Show: The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult
Interview with Karlene Faith about her book The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult. The book follows the life of Leslie Van Houten and looks beyond the intense sensationalism of the Manson murders to challenge commonly held notions of justice, responsibility, brainwashing and punishment. Mumia Abu-Jamal on the 4th anniversary of the Iraq war. Canadian & International Prison News.

March 12th Show: Police Brutality: Stories & Resistance
Interview with Jorge Salazar, activist and community worker, about his experience with the police in Columbia and Canada. Interview with Raul Espinoza about his experiences with police brutality and how he uses music and art as resistance. Organizational feature on Sisters In Action & Solidarity (SAS), Vancouver-based women's ex-prisoner support group. Canadian & International Prison News.

March 5th Show: Tribute to Harriet Nahanee
Tribute to Harriet Nahanee, Aboriginal elder & activist. Harriet died after spending 9 days in jail for protesting Olympic development through Eagleridge bluffs, traditional Squamish territory. Interview with Skundaal, Rose Henry & Selina Barton, three friends of Harriet's. Canadian & International Prison News. Music from DJ Buzy Bee.

Feb 19th Show: Independent Investigation Into Police Violence
A recent audit of police complaints in BC reveals that there are major problems with how police investigate and follow up on issues police abuse and misconduct. Interview with Murray Mollard, Executive Director BC Civil Liberties Association on why we need independent investigation into police violence. Canadian & International Prison News. Live music from local artist, Luke Guthrie.

Feb 5th Show: Creating Criminals In a Market Society
Interview with Vivien Stern, author of Creating Criminals: Prisons and People in a Market Society. She focuses on the impact that the expansion neo-liberal economic policies has on our concepts of what constitutes crime. Canadian & International Prison News.

Jan 15th Show: California Prison Crisis
Interview with Rose Braz from Critical Resistance & Citizens United For a Responsible Budget. Rose responds to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to build 78,000 new prison beds at a cost fo more than $11 billion dollars. Tribute to the late Cree artist Randall Charboneau, who discovered his talent while inside. Prison News

Jan 8th Show: Kids of Incarcerated Mothers
Interview with Alison Cunningham, from the Centre for Children & Families in the Justice System. She is the co-author of a report on children of incarcerated mothers titled WAITING FOR MOMMY: Giving a Voice to the Hidden Victims of Imprisonment . Open Letter from three security certificate detainees currently on hunger strike in Canada's Guantanamo North. Prison News.

Dec 18th Show: Security Certificates
Interview with Matthew Barrens, from the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, about the three men who are being held on national security certificates who are on hunger strike to protest their conditions of detention. Interview with Sophie Harkat, wife of security certificate detainee, Mohamed Harkat about the strict bail conditions Mohamed is under. Prison News. Prison News.

Dec 11th Show: Political Prisoners
Excerpts from talks from Jericho Boston's International Week of Solidarity with Political Prisoners event. Fred Hampton Jr, Luis Rosa, & Soffiyah Elijah. Features an interview with Helen Hudson, from the Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar Collective on this inside-outside collaborative project. Prison News.

Dec 4th Show: World Aids Day Special
Interview with Jim Motherall, past chair of Stoney Mountain Penitentiary Health Awareness Group on prisoner-initiated harm reduction and HIV on the inside. Richard Elliott, of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network talks about the safer tattooing project inside prisons and the recently announced cancellation of the program . Prison News.

Nov 20th Show: Those Tough Tories
Features an interview with Jason Gratl, from the BC Civil Liberties Association on the Tory government crime and punishment agenda. Focus on Three Strikes Bill & plan for police representation on judge selection committees. Prison News & Feature on the history of capital punishment and hanging in Canada

Nov 13th Show: Mumia Abu Jamal
Mumia Abu Jamal on the 40th anniversary of the Black Panther Party & The Road to Oaxaca, Prisoners’ Voting rights in US, Australia & Canada, Prison News.

Nov 6th Show: Ontario Prison Un-privatized
Ontario's 5 year experiment with private prisons is over as the Central North Correctional Centre in Penatanguishine Ontario returns to government control this week. Features an interview with Sharon Dion from Citizens Against Private Prisons on the failings of prison privatization. Prison News & feature on Six Nations Political Prisoners

Oct 16th Show: Racial Profiling in Canada
Interview with Carol Tator, co-author of a new book Racial Profiling: Challenging The Myth Of A "Few Bad Apples" and Hari Alluri, local spoken word artist on his experiences with racial profiling. Fall Member Drive Special - Become a member and support Co-op Radio!

Oct 9th Show: Enemy Combatant
Interview with Moazzam Begg about his book ENEMY COMBATANT: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram and Kandahar and focus on member of political prisoner and member of the Angola 3, Herman Wallace.

Oct 2nd Show: Women's Global Incarceration
More than half a million women are incarcerated globally. Interview with Rob Allen, International Centre for Prison Studies on their recently released first World Female Prison Population List. Feature on new US military commissions bill, prison news, recent commentary from Mumia Abu Jamal.

Sept 18th Show Attica Rebellion
Special Documentary Presentation: 35 years since the Attica Rebellion, Leonard Peltier on his 62nd Birthday, Prison News, Report on how Expanding Immigrant Detentions in the US are Profitable for the Prison Industry

Sept 11th Show Art Against Brutality
Art Against Brutality event in Vancouver, interview on arming Canada's Border guards, prison news, Mumia Abu Jamal on 5 yrs after 9/11.

Sept 4 Show Aboriginal Women & Classification
Lawyer John Conroy on a class action lawsuit against the CSC over the classification of aboriginal woman. Also contains prison news and Tommy Chong on his experiences in prison.

August 21 Show Selling Security
Highlights from Selling Security Forum, held July 20, 2006. Organized by No One Is Illegal Vancouver. Selling Security explores the climate of fear, racism, repression of civil liberties, and war-making after the arrests of 17 young Muslim men.

August 14 Show Prison Justice Day Rally
Vancouver Prison Justice Day Memorial Rally Highlights

Mon Aug 7 Show Prison Justice Day Special
Mandatory Minimums & Drug laws (with Joanne Csete, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network), history of Prison Justice Day, prisoners writings, poetry from Rita Wong.


Prison Audio Interviews

Interview with Betty Krawczyk from Behind Bars
Interview with Environmentalist Betty Krawczyk from Alouette Correctional Centre for Women where she is serving a 10 month sentence for her stand against Olympic development at Eagleridge bluffs. Interview about her case and what life is like inside behind bars.
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (July 2007)

Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Drug Laws in Canada
Interview with Joanne Ceste, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (Sept 2006)

The Death Penalty, Globalization and Slavery
Interview with Sylvia Federici, feminist scholar, teacher & activist
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (Sept 2006)

Justice and Injustice: Incarceration and Homelessness in Toronto
Interview with Amber Kellen, John Howard Society of Toronto and John, ex-prisoner who was released onto the streets
A two-year research report by the John Howard Society of Toronto and the Centre for Urban and Community Studies at the University of Toronto provides new insight into the relationship between incarceration and homelessness in Toronto. One of its central findings is that a staggering 800 adults - and likely as many as 1,000 - are released from Ontario's correctional facilities and courts each year onto the streets of Toronto, with little or no discharge planning and no place to live.
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (May 2006)
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=18174

13 Women Parables From Prison
Interview with Karlene Faith on her new book
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (March 2006)
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=18206

Prisoners At Work and the Prison Labour Industry in North America
Interview with Alex Freidman & Interview with Gordon Lafer
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (May 2006)
Link to the audio: Alex www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=17995
Gordon: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=17925

Community Liaison for prisoners in BC's Fraser Valley Institution
Interview with Gayle Horii
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (August 2005)
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=13540

Safer Tatooing Pilot Sites Underway at Six Federal Prisons
Interview with Glenn Betteridge, Canadian HIV AIDS Legal Network.
Safer tatooing sites have been set up inside 6 prisons across Canada as a pilot project by the Correctional Service of Canada. This interview looks at how these safer tatooing sites came to be, how they are helping to prevent the spread of blood borne viruses (Hepatitis C and HIV) and generally at the culture of tatooing inside prison. It also features criticisms of how the sites have been set up and what happens after the pilot project is over.
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (January 2006) [Length: 19:01]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=16061

Correctional Investigator Report Criticizes the State of Mental Health Inside
Interview with Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.
An analysis of the Correctional Investigator's annual report released in November 2005. The report gives an overview of some of the issues that are facing people inside the federal prison system. This years report focuses on the problems facing those with mental health struggles who are in prison.
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (November 2005) [Length: 20:32]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=15191

A Critical Look at House Arrest/Home Detention and its Implications
Interview with Brett Collins of Justice Action, a prisoner advocacy organization in Australia.
This interview takes a critical look at the issue of home detention/house arrest and its implications on families, women and the community. Brett outlines how home detention allows for an expansion of the prison system.
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (November 2005) [Length: 15:36]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=15190

The Struggle for Humanitarian Parole for Sandy Paquachon
Interview with Ann Hansen of Womyn 4 Justice
Sandy Paquachon, is a federally sentenced Aboriginal prisoner who is currently in a coma in a Saskatoon hospital. Several groups are trying to have Sandy released on humanitarian parole. Ann Hansen is a member of Womyn 4 Justice [womyn4justice (at) yahoo.ca]- one of the groups working to have Sandy released. People are encouraged to write to Acting Deputy Commissioner for Women, Anne Kelly 340 Laurier Ave West. Ottawa, ON K1A 0P9. Fax: (613) 943-1630.
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (July 2005) [Length: 15:58]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=13345

Kim Pate on the CSC Response to the Human Rights Commission Investigation into Discrimination Against Women in Prison in Canada
In January 2004, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) released a report entitled, Protecting Their Rights, that details discrimination that women face inside Canadian prisons based on sex, race and disability. They made a number of recommendations to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) for changes in the way that they incarcerate women prisoners. In February 2005, the CSC released its response to these recommendations. Stark Raven radio interviewed Kim Pate on this issue. The interview gives an overview of the CSC response, as well as analysis of the implications. Kim Pate is the executive director of the Canadian Assoication of Elizabeth Fry Societies. Elizabeth Fry was part one of the groups to file the initial complaint to the Human rights commission 4 years ago.
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (Feb, 2005) [Length: 25:30]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=11734

Global Factors Leading to Women's Imprisonment
An Interview With Julia Sudbury
Julia Sudbury is the editor of newly released book, Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex.
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (Jan, 2005) [Length: 29:37]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=10868

The Call for Needle Exchange Programs Inside Canadian Prisons
Interview with Glenn Betteridge of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.
Why are there such high rates of HIV & HEP C infection inside Canadian prisons? Why have needle Exchange programs have been called for as one solution? Why have they still not yet been implemented? The interview looks at an Oct 2004 report titled. Prison Needle Exchange: Lessons from a Comprehensive Review of International Evidence and Experience. (available on their website at http://www.aidslaw.ca)
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (Dec, 2004) [Length: 23:52]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=10903

Bound & Gagged: Silencing Dissent in Canadian Prisons
Interview with Peter Collins, artist, activist and prisoner.
He discusses censorship of his art and other prison issues.
produced by CKDU (Aug 4, 2004) [Length: 52:01]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net

Barred At The Gate: The Ion Scan
Interview with a family member of a prisoner (anonymous), & Canadian Families and Corrections Network.
The Ion Scan is used to test visitors' belongings for traces of illegal drugs before they can enter a prison and is at the centre of great controversy.
produced by CKLN (Aug 10, 2004) [Length: 30:36]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net

How has 2003 shaped Canada’s prisons?
Reflections with Kim Pate and Phyllis Iverson
produced by CKUTs (Montreal) Off the Hour (Dec 16, 2003) [Length: 56:45]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=8242

Canadian Human Rights Commmission (CHRC) Looks at Women in Prison
Interviews with women at the Commission hearings looking into systemic discrimination against women in prison based on sex, race and disability.
produced by: Stark Raven Radio (Aug 2003) [Length: 60:48]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=7553

Words from Inside
Roy, a federal prisoner in Quebec, comments on prison issues, including double bunking, historic strike in Archambeault Pen in 1976 and PJD inside.
produced by Dee CKUT Montreal (Aug 2003) [Length: 8:16]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=7528

A Prisoner Shares His Thoughts About Prison
William John Pabts shares thoughts about living in prison, Prison Justice Day some of his short poems.
Produced by: Dee, CKUT, Montreal (Aug 2003) [Length 19:26]
Link to the audio: www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=7526

Prison related Film and Video Links

The Meaning of Life
Hugh Brody’s latest film looks at healing and Aboriginal spirituality at Kwikwexwelhp, a prison run by the Chehalis First Nation. More info.

We become our own wolves
During the summer of 2007, Jessica MacCormack, while on a residency with Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre/ The Artel, worked on an art project with the women in The Isabel MacNeil House (the only low security federal prison for women). For three weeks she met with the women three times a week to paint and draw with them with the intention to eventually create an animation with their artworks (no cameras are allowed in the facility). The final project was put to the music of “We become our own wolves” by Rae Spoon. Upon completion, there was a screening for the women and each received a copy of the DVD.
Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRHYq_tIjK8