Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Prison strike organizers to protest food giant Aramark

PBS News Hour interviewed Siddique Abdullah Hasan for this report.


The Free Alabama Movement is planning its next move after last year's prison strike. Photo via Getty Images

The Free Alabama Movement is planning its next move after last year’s prison strike. Photo via Getty Images
The people who organized the country’s biggest prison strike against what they call modern-day slavery have planned their next target: corporate food service giant Aramark.
The $8.65 billion company is one of the country’s largest employers and serves hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches and other food to more than 100 million people a year at hospitals, sports stadiums, amphitheaters, schools and other facilities. It also provides meals for more than 500 correctional facilities across the country and has been the subject of complaints about maggots and rocks, sexual harassment, drug trafficking and other employee misconduct.
While Aramark says these allegations are inaccurate, on Jan. 14, leaders of the Free Alabama Movement, which led a national prison labor strike that began on Sept. 9, will bus from Alabama to Washington, D.C., to join a civil rights march and protest the company.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Kite Line: October 21, 2016 – The Bomani Episode

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The Bomani Episode
This week, we focus on a topic that is close to many of us on the outside: the story and struggle of political prisoner and Ohio death row inmate Bomani Shakur (known to the state as Keith Lamar). We begin our episode with an update on Marius Mason, news from the Kinross Correctional Facility, Holman Prison, and give call in information for some Indiana prisoners asking for outside support. For more information on Bomani’s case, visit the Kite Line website or

Ohio Muslim Prisoner Threatened With Punishment For NPR Interview On Prison Strike


Ohio prisoner Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan says he was recently threatened with disciplinary action by an investigator at the Ohio State Penitentiary for speaking on the National Public Radio program, “On Point,” about the September 9 national prison strike.

Hasan, who is a Muslim spiritual leader on death row for his alleged role in the 1993 Lucasville Uprising, said he was informed he would be written up for unauthorized use of the phone and could have his phone and email privileges restricted, despite an understanding with prison officials that he could use his phone and email time to communicate with media as he has done for the past decade.

Hasan Threatened with Conduct Report After Live Interview with NPR's On Point

Last Wednesday Siddique Abdullah Hasan called in to On Point with Tom Ashbrook using the prison phone line. He participated in a conversation about the national prisoner work stoppage and protest. 
The following day a prison official told him that he will be facing disciplinary action for exercising his first amendment rights to free speech and freedom of the press. This is the second time in two months that prison authorities have targeted Hasan in relation to his participation in the Free Ohio Movement and his support for nation-wide prisoner struggles.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) is also facing an civil liberties lawsuit on the grounds of the 14th amendment's equal protection clause from Hasan, other survivors of the Lucasville Uprising, and various reporters who have been unconstitutionally denied official access to interviews over the years. 

Read a letter from Hasan describing the conversation about the impending disciplinary action against him. Also, audio of Hasan reading the letter is here.

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

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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