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In support of prisoners and prison justice activism in Canada

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Prisoners' Justice Day Committee

Books To Prisoners

Vancouver Community Net

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

    Mon Sept 7, 2015. 7-8 pm Prison Justice Memorial Rally Highlights
    -Hear from the speakers from the Vancouver Prison Justice Day Memorial Rally being held on August 10, 2015.

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 2015
Mon August 10th, 6pm, Claire Culhane Memorial Bench, Trout Lake Park, East Vancouver
Speakers include ex-prisoners, community supporters and friends. All are welcome. Prison Justice Day is a day to remember all those who have died in prison. Find out more about the history of PJD. Video of rally will be available here afterward. View video online of the speakers from the 2014 PJD Rally in Vancouver.

International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA)
held on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa at the University of Ottawa, June 2014.
More info: www.actionicopa.org

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

Prisoner's Strike In Winnipeg seeks your support and donation
October 2013
Federal prisoners in Manitoba walked off their jobs in early October joining their counterparts across the country. They have been refusing to work or report to program assignments, coming out of their cells only to shower every other day. Prisoners Strike Support Network in Winnipeg, Manitoba has started a strike fund for the prisoners at Stony Mountain (Federal Prison) to encourage those on the inside and to send them funds to cover essential expenses while they are away from work. Find more info and donate at: indeigogo.com

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

Prison Letters
Ottawa-based collective of academics and students with a mandate to promote prisoners’ and former prisoners’ access to information and resources and act as a voice in the community for prisoners. More info on our Prisoner Resource page.

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 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
Listen to the program.
-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. 7-8 pm 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
Listen to the program.
-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
Listen to the program.
-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
Listen to the program.
-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
Listen to the program.
-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
Listen to the program.
-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
Listen to the program.
-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
Listen to the program.
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
Listen to the program.
-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
Listen to the program.
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
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.

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