The Lucasville Uprising was a rebellion against oppressive and racist policies at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville, OH. Nine inmates and one guard died during the uprising in April of 1993. Today, many people are serving time or condemned to death by the state of Ohio in relation to the uprising. We demand amnesty for all of these inmates. The conditions at SOCF were (and still are) intolerable and unconscionable.
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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).
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
“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
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.
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.
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 Laura.Gardner@odrc.state.oh.us and Gina.Wylie@odrc.state.oh.us CALL Ohio DRC director Gary Mohr 614-752-1150 email@example.com
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. ”
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
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.