Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Last August's restrictions on Imam Hasan's communication have not been re-examined or reviewed, despite the many egregious due process flaws in the Serious Misconduct Panel's handling of the conduct report. Please spread the word, write Hasan and continue to keep him and all prisoner organizers in your thoughts.


For Immediate Release: Ohio Fails to Reverse Improper Communication Restriction for Prison Strike Leader.

CONTACT: Ben Turk
PHONE: 614-704-4699
WEBSITE: LucasvilleAmnesty.org


Columbus, OH- Last fall the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) put prisoner-rights activist Siddique Abdullah Hasan on severe communication restrictions in a Serious Misconduct Panel (SMP) hearing that included a number of clear irregularities and violations of due process.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Greg Curry on solidarity with the houseless

HI EVERYONE,

As I watch the snow fall and do my best to stay warm in this prison cell I'm mindful there is houseless people out there in this weather while homes go empty due to greedy lenders. These people need more than a prayer, deserve more than your silence.

Would it be too much for you to give them an old coat you will never wear again? To sew two kids coats together to make an adult coat? Give a pair of pants away that you have outgrown instead of keeping them in your storage space?
 

Perhaps next election houseless people can be a voting issue for you but they need warm clothes NOW.
 

I know its hard to find invisible people, it is made easier once your eyes are open.
 

FREEDOM FIRST, 

GREG

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Appeal of Hasan's SMP conviction to the Ohio Inspector General

Staughton and Alice Lynd have written a thorough and well-reasoned appeal of the ODRC's decision to block Hasan's phone and email access.

Their appeal.

The exhibits.

We are encouraging people close with Hasan and familiar with the situation to write the Ohio Inspector General in support of the appeal. This is NOT a phone zap or a letter writing flood. The Inspector General is not an ODRC official. We are not seeking to annoy or assert mass pressure on him, but to support the arguments made by the Lynds. If you're going to write, please speak truthfully about your unique relationship with Hasan and how this SMP decision has impacted it.

Thank you.



oig_watchdog@oig.ohio.gov

Ohio Office of the Inspector General
30 East Broad Street, Suite 2940
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Below we reprint the email Ben Turk sent to the inspector general, as an example.

Keith LaMar Execution Date set

On Dec 19 Ohio courts followed up on the DA's request for an execution date for Keith LaMar (Bomani Shakur).

They set the date for Nov 16, 2023.

Keith hasn't made a public statement about this yet, according to his Facebook page.

"Friends, some of you will see/hear in the news that the Ohio Supreme Court went ahead and scheduled Keith’s execution date yesterday (for November 16, 2023). He found out last night when he called home, and will be responding later today or tomorrow with a statement, once he gets a chance to process it a bit. Thank you for all the love and support."

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Greg Curry in Solidarity with the Vaughn 17

On Monday the Vaughn 17 trials began, sending the first 4 defendants to trial. Like Lucasville, the state is relying entirely on informant testimony, underfunding defense lawyers and improperly witholding evidence. Two of the four starting trial this week kicked their court appointed attorneys off and are defending themselves. 
Unlike Lucasville, there's active public support and solidarity with the prisoners, rather than petitions calling for their executions.

Greg wrote the following statement in solidarity with the defendants.


My clenched fist salute to the brothaz known as the Vaughn 17!

I personally know how you felt leading up to the day you made demands to be treated like human beings, I know the state’s abusive response, I know the journey you will face in the weeks to come as your trials begin, with attorneys underpaid, unprepared, and unenthused.

I know what it's like to be skeptical of the criminal justice system and have the skepticism proven true at the cost of your personal liberty. I'd recommend you enter as much as you can onto the court record even over your attorneys objection for future appeals.

Trust that you’re on the right side of history. That’s your armor. The system can't give you victory you must take it!!

Continue to fight, continue to demand human rights so the next Attica, Lucasville, or Vaughn won't be necessary.

Thats how we win!

Freedom first,

Greg Curry




Monday, October 22, 2018

Ohio Prisons Uphold Year-Long Communications Ban Against Incarcerated Activist Who Supported National Prison Strike

From Shadowproof.








Ohio Prisons Uphold Year-Long Communications Ban Against Incarcerated Activist Who Supported National Prison Strike
18 Oct 2018 Brian Sonenstein Brian Sonenstein 

Ohio state prison officials denied an appeal by Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan against the one-year restriction placed on his phone and email use after he spoke publicly in support of the 2018 prison strike.
The restrictions—and the case that led to them—are yet another example of the lengths prison officials will go to police the political speech of prisoners and punish those who express support for protest, particularly the prison strike movement.
Hasan is prohibited from making phone calls or using email until August 13, 2019, unless the warden intervenes.
He is currently on death row in connection with the 1993 rebellion known as the Lucasville Uprising, which began as a protest by Muslim prisoners against an attempted forced medical procedure by prison officials that violated their religious beliefs. As such, he is already subject to significant isolation. By forbidding him from using phone and email—his two primary connections to the outside world—that isolation will intensify.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Keith LaMar responds to execution date motion.

From Justice for Keith LaMar

12 October 2018

Hello everybody,

I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to respond and say something about the recent news regarding my pending execution date. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been floundering a bit, trying to find my footing. I wrote a response to the AP’s announcement, which I thought was a bit premature on their part; I mean, the actual date is the “news,” not the State’s request. But it is what it is, I suppose. Of course I’ve had quite a few years to get used to the idea of my eventual demise (eventual no matter how it happens), and so the news came as no real surprise. I try not to spend my time lying to myself. I’ve been on death row for 23 years now, and so things were always tending to this. Still, waiting and actually arriving are two different things. Now that I am here (so to speak), I thought it best to pause and take a peek inside myself, see what it all means. And what does it all mean?
Well, for most of us, it means what it has always meant: the strong do what they want, and the weak suffer what they must. So, yeah, I’ve been doing my share of suffering these past few weeks, going through bouts of extreme anger and, I’m embarrassed to say, wallowing in deep sadness. But why sadness when I’ve been caught in this trap for 30 years? I mean, I really and truly hate this place—the horrible food, the constant clanging of the keys, and the sheer senselessness of it all. And, yet, the thing that truly saddens me (and upsets me in equal part), is the thought that on some as yet undetermined date, these people (?) will force me onto a gurney and call it justice. And it’s this—the whole “calling it justice” thing—that opens my eyes each morning. I can’t allow them to do that, to carry this thing out as if it’s legit. I mean, kill me if you must, but call it what it is: Murder!
So, you see, I’m caught up in the throws of some very powerful emotions at the moment, trying to marshal my strength and focus in order that I might be able to rise to the occasion. It’s going to take me a little time to gather my force, to get my feet under me, and I ask that you all be patient with me and not doubt the depth of my convictions. I have my finger on the thread of something powerful, which, if properly pursued, will show the system for what it is. Something similar to what Christine Blasey Ford did. She really made a mockery out of THEM, made them all look like the petty, stupid little men that they are. I intend to do the same thing.
I don’t know how closely you were all following the whole hearing debacle. But I watched it with keen interest, looking for parallels and matching metaphors to the larger context. You see, to me, the whole system of capitalism (of which patriarchy is but an extension) is predicated on rape, on holding people down and fucking them. So, in a very real sense, we are all Christine Blasey Ford, and must do what she did: speak truth to power. To me (and I believe this was true for Mrs. Ford as well), “winning” was never about preventing Kavanaugh from being confirmed (no more than my “winning” is about preventing these people from killing me): that, after all, was never within her power to do. Nevertheless, what she did—and the price she paid for doing it—was instructive. She set herself free, and that was such a beautiful thing to see. She spoke about how, after the incident happened, she, too, found herself floundering, trying to find her way forward. She spoke about how her grades suffered and how her relationships, even up to the present, were affected by the memory of what she went through. But she also, over the years, has become an accomplished woman, and has somehow managed to hold it together in spite of what was going on inside of her. And then she sees the name "Kavanaugh" on the short list to sit on the highest court of the land, and the grown woman in her saw it as an opportunity to release the young person that she was from the prison that she's been trapped in all these years. She probably didn't know that she would have to do it on nationwide television in front of the whole world. But when she found out that that would be the context, she didn't shy away, and that, too, was beautiful to see.
At the same time she showed us that the Supreme Court (the same court that decreed Black people were 3/5 human beings) is a supreme joke! This whole system is a sham, and we have to come to see it for what it is. There’s nothing behind the curtain (or under the skirt) if we’re talking of the Lady of Liberty; it’s just a group of old, white men pulling levers. Until we see that, until we understand that the only way home (freedom) is through confrontation (or “facing our fears”), we will never discover who we are.
And maybe it’s true to say (as some have said) that it’s too late to save ourselves. Maybe it’s the destiny of mankind to destroy itself, in which case this civilization will perish like all the others. However, in the meantime, “it is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners!” So, yeah, I intend to do my job. I just need a little time to think, and I hope you all will join me in this thinking process, and that we together can figure out a way forward.
To the bitter end,
Bomani Shakur