Monday, September 19, 2016

Greg Curry (of the '93 Lucasville uprising) the #PrisonStrike

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Conversations from Death Row: Keith LaMar Talks with Paul Gordiejew

Topic: Race and Place

Facebook event:

Audio file

On Tuesday September 13th, at 5:30 p.m., folks across the country are invited to listen in on an interactive phone call with Ohio death row inmate Keith LaMar and the "Race and Place in Youngstown" graduate-level students of cultural anthropologist Paul Gordiejew at Youngstown State University. Their talk will focus on how segregated communities are created and maintained by intensional economic and legal decisions, and how isolation from resources and opportunities intensifies the suffering for those most impacted (poor people of color).

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Temporary Restraining order denied.

Hasan's Attorney, Rick Kerger filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order to restore phone access on account of the conduct report against Hasan being patently absurd.

The court held a hearing on the request, but denied relief and in fact dismissed the case until Hasan exhausts all administrative remedies. Kerger argued against the validity of the restrictions on several different levels, but the judge refused to part from the ODRC's position.

Before the decision, Hasan sent this message to supporters:

8 September 2016

            ...OSP is only interested in cutting off my direct communications with the national media prior to tomorrow, September 9th. Believe it or not, I had already anticipated that OSP would excommunicate me as we got closer to labor strike and work stoppage; however, I did not anticipate they would fabricate terroristic charge to accomplish their diabolical objective. My situation has taught me a valuable lesson or two: (1) Never underestimate your adversary, and (2) Always remember that a formidable adversary will do anything and everything to silence your voice and movement. In short, said adversary does not play fair; instead, it plays to win by any means necessary. And since the gloves are now off, we must learn to fight with fire while staying the course. So come what may and let the wind blow wherever, for we are the ones who stand on the right side of history in our peaceful fight to end prison slavery and mass incarceration. Finally, if we truly believe in the righteousness of our fight, then we must prepare ourselves for the unexpected twists and turns. What they have done to me is only a small sample of what these wicked people will do to maintain the status quo – that is, wealth power and control.
            In conclusion, let us be fearless but vigilant, peaceful but ready to strike back whenever attacked, but most of all let us be organized and put up some stiff resistance against this formidable adversary.

            With Revolutionary and Salute!

Siddique Abdullah Hasan

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Muslim Prisoner Accuses Ohio Supermax Prison Of Retaliation For Involvement In Planned Strike


“It has become the norm for prison officials to resist and retaliate against any protest I am either involved in or they think I am the organizing force behind,” says Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan.
Hasan is a prisoner and spiritual leader at the supermax prison in Youngstown, Ohio. Living in isolation on death row for a conviction related to the 1993 Lucasville Uprising, he has maintained his innocence and resisted the conditions of his confinement for three decades.
He is a vocal supporter and organizer of the national prison labor strike planned for September 9—the forty-fifth anniversary of the Attica rebellion. Now, he says he is facing retaliation from prison officials, who are making false claims that he asked a staff imam to wear a bomb into the prison.
Hasan believes the false report was written as a pretext to restrict his phone and email privileges for thirty days so he could not communicate to media and supporters about the strike. Other Muslim prisoners, who were present when Hasan supposedly spoke to the imam, insist no such request was ever made.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hunger strike at OSP Suspended

After a meeting with deputy warden of special services, Siddique Abdullah Hasan and the other muslims who were refusing food to protest the conduct report that framed Hasan to block his phone access resumed eating.

Hasan's attorney, Rick Kerger has filed a civil lawsuit, including a temporary restraining order which may resume Hasan's phone access before the 30 day restriction is up later next week.

OSP Hunger strike reaches third week

Monday August 29 marks the 15th day of the hunger strike against islamophobia and retaliation at Ohio State Penitentiary. OSP staff used a dishonest staff Imam to manufacture a pretext for cutting off Hasan's communication with The Free Ohio Movement and the national Sep 9 protest. Read more about this absurd accusation.

Please contact OSP and ODRC central office to support Hasan and the other Muslims on hunger strike. 

CALL Ohio State Penitentiary at (330) 743-0700 (no warden listed) or email and 
CALL Ohio DRC director Gary Mohr 614-752-1150

Ask to speak to or leave a message for Gary Mohr. “I am calling in support of Siddique Adbullah Hasan and other Muslim prisoners at OSP. Please drop the bogus conduct report against Hasan (R130-559) and fire Imam Said Ismail, replace him with a real Muslim faith leader who prisoners at Ohio State Penitentiary can trust. ”

Detailed Update from Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan and other hunger strikers.


The conduct report described below is here. 

They have given me thirty (30) days restrictions. It was a deliberate plan to cut off my direct communications with the outside world prior to the national event/action, notwithstanding their own policy only permits them to suspend my privileges for a period of up to two hundred eighty-eight hours (See paragraph (C) of rule 5120:1-10-12 of the Administrative Code or disciplinary isolation.) This restriction policy became effective 2/16/2016.
I agree that prison officials are "so used to being invisible and hiding its corruption and abuses from the public"; however, we must reveal what happened in my recent situation. Thus continue to work with the media and attorneys to expose the problems in my case. (I plan on filing my appeal to the Warden on Monday.)
There are three of us--Keith Dewitt Jr., David Martin and myself--still on hunger strike. We are all Muslims and are dissatisfied with the contract Imam's work performance, treatment of Muslims, and using his position to remove Muslims from their services merely because they disagree with some of his teachings. The others that were on the hunger strike were showing their solidarity about me being wrongfully put in the hole. They were demanding that I be released from isolation. When that materialized, they ended their strike.
Hereunder are some of the problems in my case:
1. The incident allegedly took place on July 22nd; however, an incident report was not written until August 1st. The charge is very, very serious and no one would wait for 10 days before writing an incident report if it was true.
2. They then waited 8 more days before placing me in the hole (on August 9th) with a conduct report for a Rule 59 violation: Any act not otherwise set forth herein, knowingly done which constitutes a threat to the security of the institution, its staff, other inmates, or to the acting inmate.