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Friday December 20th, 2013

Posted at 10:00am

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University of Windsor Campus radio station CJAM 99.1 FM is taking on poverty.

The station has declared this December 22nd as Joe Strummer Day, and will hold a 24 hour marathon kicking off at midnight.

Sunday marks the 11th anniversary of his death, and musicians and activists to join the station for a day-long broadcast that is believed will have both local and international audiences in a bid to confront poverty in Windsor and Detroit.

“This is our mission every Dec. 22 — to get the world to listen to Windsor-Detroit poverty issues,” says Station Manager Vernon Smith. “We marry that mission with the music of Joe Strummer because much of his songbook examines connections between poverty and oppression.”

Local listeners can tune in to CJAM at 99.1FM live broadcast, while www.cjam.ca provides a global live stream and access to exclusive content. Leading up to and during the event CJAM will be live on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JSDCJAM) and Twitter (@CJAMFM).

CJAM is also conducting a canned-food drive in the lobby of CJAM to support Street Help. Street Help is a volunteer organization helping the homeless downtown Windsor. They are food bank and daily soup kitchen. They serve hundreds of cups of coffee a day to those in need.

Throughout December, you can bring in non-perishable food items to CJAM’s lobby, like peanut butter, cereal, pasta, crackers, canned fruits and vegetables, and soups. Street Help is also looking for foods with peel-back tops to give out to those who do not have can openers.

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