Friday, April 13, 2018

Lucasville Anniversary Coverage Roundup.

Here we will archive links to any media coverage from the uprising. If you notice anything we're missing, please contact insurgent.ben@gmail.com and we'll get it added. Thanks!

Worker's World Interview with Hasan: https://www.workers.org/2018/04/10/lucasville-prison-uprising-25th-anniversary/

Socialist Worker interview with Hasan: https://socialistworker.org/2018/04/17/when-lucasville-rose-up

Final Straw Radio interview with Mosi Paki and Niki Schwartz: https://thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org/post/2018/04/15/after-25-years-two-perspectives-on-the-lucasville-uprising-by-the-final-straw-radio/

SF Bay View article by Greg Curry: http://sfbayview.com/2018/04/lucasville-rebellion-longest-prison-riot-in-history-began-25-years-ago-on-april-11-1993/

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center of Cincinnati published a short piece: http://ijpccincinnati.org/featured/lucasville-25-years/

Newafrikan77 blogpost on the uprising: https://newafrikan77.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/25-years-the-lucasville-prison-rebellion-4-11-1993-never-forget/


Mainstream Coverage:

Associate press is re-running old articles from 1993: http://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/wednesday-marks-25th-anniversary-of-lucasville-prison-riot/1111839871

Dayton Daily News: https://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/things-remember-about-the-lucasville-prison-riot-years-later/OOZzf7iPcYnlEKF0wZ8mAM/

Newark Advocate: https://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/news/2018/04/11/former-prison-boss-says-lucasville-riot-spurred-needed-reform/503553002/

Friday, April 6, 2018

Act in Solidarity with the Survivors of the Lucasville Uprising!

Central Ohio IWOC, the Free Ohio Movement and Lucasville Amnesty call for actions and raising awareness around the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising on April 11-21. Drawing attention to this pivotal event in the history of prison in Ohio and the US, protesters will hold a 3PM noise demo on the 21st outside the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville where prisoners held a cell block for 11 days in April of 1993.

Prisoner survivors of this rebellion have spent these 25 years acting as beacons of resistance despite suffering in solitary confinement and on death row. Their persistent and stiff resistance has wrenched concessions from the State of Ohio, improved conditions for all prisoners at the supermax and inspired and participated in the burgeoning nation-wide prisoner resistance movement. From another cell-block occupation in 1997, to lawsuits against the supermax, to successful hunger strikes in 2011-2013 (see links below), to death sentence resistance, to Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan's participation and advocacy for the nation-wide strike and prisoner protest on September 9 2016, these prisoners have been at the heart of the burgeoning prisoner resistance movement.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Organizing for the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising


Twenty-Five years after the longest prison uprising in which people died, the full story has not been told. April 11, 2018 will be the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising, a defining event in the history of criminal justice and prison systems in Ohio and the United States.

Lucasville stands out from other prison uprisings in many ways that deserve greater examination. The uprising claimed 10 lives over 11 days and ended in a negotiated surrender, the terms of which the State of Ohio refused to honor by targeting those who negotiated with them during the uprising.

We have distributed two documents, assembled by Staughton and Alice Lynd, esteemed labor lawyer historians from Youngstown, Ohio. The first describes the uprising and subsequent prosecutions in greater detail, exposing the state's behavior during the uprising, and extensive prosecutorial misconduct in the trials following it.

The second is a list of people willing to be interviewed for the 25th anniversary of the uprising. These contacts include:
- Niki Schwartz, who Ohio brought in to negotiate the peaceful surrender
- Defense attorneys from the trials
- Prisoner survivors, including those on death row, those still in prison, and those who have been released.
- Activists, film-makers and organizers.

Five men have been condemned to death and many more to long sentences served almost entirely in solitary confinement at the Ohio State Penitentiary, a supermax prison built in the wake of the uprising. These prisoners have been influential writers, activists and organizers beyond their own cases, and despite their very restrictive conditions of confinement and isolation.
Their 2011 Hunger Strike partially inspired the interracial solidarity of the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikes, which expanded to include over 30,000 prisoners. Siddique Abdullah Hasan, one of the death row survivors, was a lead organizer of the September 9, 2016 national prison strike and protest, the largest prisoner-led protest in history.
The impact and historical resonance of the Lucasville Uprising is still felt in Ohio and beyond 25 years later. The consequences remain dire, and the story remains largely untold. Please review these materials and consider covering the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Siddique Abdullah Hasan's phone access renewed.

Siddique Abdullah Hasan called a number of his supporters this morning. He's doing well and is excited to have access to one of his most useful organizing tools restored after a 90 day restriction.

The ODRC took away phone access from Hasan and Jason Robb without adequate due process because they claimed the prisoners were paid to appear on the Netflix documentary series Captives. The prisoners responded with hunger strikes that lasted until they were moved to the infirmary for weight loss and dehydration.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Siddique Hasan ends hunger strike.

 According to his lawyer,  Siddique Abdullah Hasan has ended his hunger strike due to health concerns.  Rick Kerger, Hasan's lawyer is working on a lawsuit against the ODRC over the violations of due process in OSP's disciplinary process. Another lawyer is already arguing a first and fourteenth amendment case over media access on behalf of Hasan, other Lucasville Uprising prisoners, and reporters and documentaries who have been denied access.

Last Friday Hasan was moved to the infirmary,  after losing 17 pounds. At that time,  Jason Robb who was also on hunger strike for the same reasons,  had already come off after a stay in the infirmary and losing 22 pounds.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Please call to support Siddique Abdullah Hasan on hunger strike!



Call Director Gary Mohr at 614-387-0588 or email him at drc.publicinfo@odrc.state.oh.us as well as Northeast Regional Director Todd Ishee, 330-797-6398 and Todd.Ishee@odrc.state.oh.us.

Demand that the punishments being imposed on Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan be reversed and that OSP authorities be severely reprimanded for violating their rights to due process and displaying bias toward them.

Contact for interviews: 

Free Ohio Movement:
freeohiomovement@gmail.com, 330-366-6838, freeohiomovement.org

Prison Strike Leader Moved to Infirmary after Twenty Four Days Refusing Food.

Siddique Abdullah Hasan, a national prisoner leader has been on hunger strike since Monday, February 27th. On Friday, March 24th he was moved to the infirmary, presumably due to failing health. His appeal to the Rules Infraction Board (RIB) was also denied by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) Director Gary Mohr.

The administration at Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) has been targeting and restricting Hasan's communication access on any pretense they can find or invent since his outspoken support for the nation-wide prisoner strike on September 9th of 2016.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hasan's Conduct Report and Appeal

Hasan has filed an appeal of the conduct report that put him on 90 day restriction for doing interviews with the Captives Netflix documentary series.

Read the documents here.