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 as well as Northeast Regional Director Todd Ishee, 330-797-6398 and

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:, 330-366-6838,

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.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Man on death row punished after appearing in Netflix show ‘Captive’

Man on death row punished after appearing in Netflix show ‘Captive’

BY   March 5, 2017 at 2:09 PM EST
LUCASVILLE,- APRIL 13:  Prison officers enter the Southern Ohio Correctional Institute 13 April 1993 in front of Cellblock L as prisoners inside continue to hold eight guards hostage. Another inmate was found dead 13 April by prison authorities, to bring the total of slain inmates to seven. Banners with lists of demands hang from two windows at rear.  (Photo credit should read EUGENE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Prison officers entered the Southern Ohio Correctional Institute on April 13, 1993, in front of Cellblock L as prisoners inside held eight guards hostage. Banners with lists of demands hang from two windows at rear. Photo by Eugene Garcia/AFP/Getty Images
Soon after Netflix aired a documentary about one of the country’s deadliest prison uprisings, Ohio corrections revoked the email and phone privileges of a man on death row for appearing in it.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Uprising Prisoners Censored, Respond with Hunger Strike

Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan began refusing food on Monday February 27th to protest a 90 day restriction on their access to phone, email and video visit communication. Ohio State Penitentiary issued this restriction to silence and prevent them from pleading their innocence to the public. Both Hasan and Robb appeared on video in a recent episode of the Netflix documentary series, Captives.

The Captives documentary told the story of the Lucasville Uprising and hostage situation. The film-makers intended an unbiased 360 degree view of the uprising and hostage situation, but their final product consisted almost entirely of interviews with then Warden Arthur Tate, multiple guards, and state-cooperating prisoners. It gave far more screen time to the state's side of the story, yet the injustice, negligence, dishonesty and hypocrisy of the state's conduct during the uprising became abundantly clear even from their own words.