Education Justice Radio is the name of EJP’s weekly radio program. Founded in spring 2013, EJ Radio is committed to providing a forum for expression and discussion about educational and carceral issues, especially where those concerns intersect. As such, we present stories about EJP events, programs, and people; related events and programs on the Urbana campus; and state, national, and international issues related to prison education.
EJ Radio is staffed by volunteer producers who research, record, interview, and edit audio for broadcast. The program airs every Sunday from 2-3pm on WRFU 104.5 in Urbana. Recent episodes are available below, and older episodes are archived as video files here. The EJ Radio co-coordinator is Rohn Koester.
November 9, 2014
On today’s episode of Education Justice Radio, we present highlights from the first four seasons of the radio program, featuring EJP student Joseph Mapp, Susan Burton of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, the Teaching Partners, activist Jesse Hoyt, the GTMO Bay Detention Center panel discussion, Chad Rand on Why Prison Writing Matters, EJP associate Maggie Shelledy, activist Barbara Kessel, and EJP student Emmett Sanders.
October 19, 2014
This week’s episode features Susan Burton, founder and executive director of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, which provides housing and support services to formerly incarcerated women in South Central Los Angeles. Her address was recorded at Salem Baptist Church in Champaign on October 9, 2014, as the opening event for the Symposium on Higher Education in Prison. Many thanks to Jason Liggett of Urbana Public Television for recording the event.
October 5, 2014
This week’s episode features highlights from a presentation by peer mentors within the Chicago Anti-Violence Education (C.A.V.E.) program at the Danville Correctional Center. The presentation took place in July 2014 and featured EJP students Joseph Bigsby, Johnnie Page, Joseph Mapp, and Andre Slater.
Founded in 2010, C.A.V.E. is a peer-driven anti-violence program that empowers incarcerated men through mentoring, education, and character-building to return to their communities as peacemakers. After years of research and program building, the group has recruited its first class of young men at the prison, all originally from Chicagoland area, who are committed to completing a year’s curriculum and to continuing contact with released EJP students once they are back on the streets.
September 21, 2014
This week’s episode features excerpts from the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication workshop, Prison Writing Networks: Broadcasting Why Prison Writing Matters. The workshop was organized by Patrick Berry and Laura Rogers and featured essays by students of the Education Justice Project. Portions of those essays are presented here, along with responses to them from the conference participants.
The preparation of the essays was facilitated by Maggie Shelledy who also read some of them for the radio.