Cartoons by Peter Collins
Peter Collins is a 41 year old artist, activist and prisoner currently in his 20th year of a sentence of 25 years to life in Canada for killing a policeman. You can listen to a series of interviews with Peter in mp3 format at http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=6743 You can write to Peter at:
From February 2nd to the 29th the Peter Collins’ artwork will be shown at the Pharmacie Esperanza café, at 5490 Boul. St-Laurent in Montreal (corner St-Viateur). The exhibition satirizes corruption & power as it plays out inside and outside the prison walls. Peter Collins began painting & drawing while being held in segregation. He is presently incarcerated in a penitentiary in Ontario where his art is censored, confiscated, stolen & destroyed by prison authorities. Against the odds more than 50 pieces have been assembled for his first public show. Also, on February 6th there will be a panel discussion and public forum at the Pharmacie Esperanza, on all things related to the prison system in Quebec and Canada. The panel will be made up of the following Prisoners’ Rights Activists from Montreal and Toronto:
- Viviane Namaste- teaches at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute and has been involved in research projects around prisons and prison health issues.
- John Ranger- Supporter of prisoners’ rights and Prisoners Justice Day
- Gisele Diaz & Lilly Vidovich activists with the Toronto group PASAN. PASAN is a community-based network that provides support to prisoners on HIV/AIDS & related issues.