Friday, July 20, 2018

Unprofessional Analyst on (Paralysis) Mental Illness.

A new piece, written by Greg Curry.

UNPROFESSIONAL ANALYST ON( PARALYSIS) MENTAL ILLNESS.

Mental illness has many layers. It goes without saying that a person trying to physically harm themselves is mentally ill, not so defined is a prisoner sentenced to life confined to a prison of any security level whom continually wake up to be harassed by prison low wage cops, other prisoners instability that could manifest in a violent outburst at anytime, bad food, bad medical care, petty arbitrary rues, lack of fresh air, clean water, lack of any REAL hope beyond the next commissary day, or family visit. 


Year after year some prisoners hold out hope for a favorable court decision or parole hearing/security level reduction that never happen as he age as he internalize suppression of basic human rights as we normalize not being able to take a dump uninterrupted, endless strip searches, as the faith in one GOD or the other grows any sign of thirst/ resistance for FREEDOM diminish, the more hours given to PLAY the less likely anyone cares about there situation and yet tomorrow we're up bright and early smiling, happy, singing, dancing within the( acceptable) boundaries decided by our overseers this is mental illness !

Otherwise these GODS these COURTS these LAWYERS these PRAYERS this LOVE these DISTRACTIONS would be meaningless in the face of the actual fact that year after year we're still here! 

Let's get SANE, Let's have a Revolution of the mind. 

FREEDOM FIRST, 

GREG CURRY.

Greg has been an active prison rebel for years, despite being locked up in the supermax since being falsely charged following the Lucasville Uprising. Due to poor evidence against him at trial, Greg evaded the death penalty, which ironically put him in a worse situation for two reasons. First, Ohio only appoints appeal lawyers to death penalty cases, so he's been fighting his case on his own. Second, guards took it upon themselves to punish him and nearly killed him.

Despite clear evidence that the prosecutors lied to the jury and judge at his first trial (they boldy admit it in an appeal brief) his lack of representation has left his case neglected. The innocence project and other avenues of legal aid have said he has a strong case to overturn his uprising conviction, but he has since been convicted of years worth of new charges for defending himself against the guards who targeted him for alleged involvement in the uprising.

In truth, Greg never entered the occupied cell block during the uprising.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Hunger strike Successful!

Hello supporters,

Keith/Bomani just shared that they were able to meet with the Warden this morning after 4 days of being on hunger strike and successfully negotiated full reinstitution of their previously earned privileges, ones that some were attempting to corrode. He, Hasan, Jason, and Greg send their heartfelt thanks for any and all ways in which you lent of yourself during this struggle. They’ve agreed to end the strike.

One love.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Message from Keith Lamar on the hunger strike:

I just met with my attorneys, Alice and Staughton Lynd, along with the warden and North regional director, Mr. Ishee. At present, we're still on strike pending a meeting with the warden, which he assured me would happen "sooner than later." I anticipate it happening in the next day or so. In the meantime, this is my understanding of where things stand:

No one to date has accepted responsibility for rescinding our privileges, but the why and wherefores of that is neither here nor there. What matters is that it not happen again, and I was assured by Mr. Ishee that unless warranted (based on our personal behavior), our privileges would not be summarily rescinded as they were. In addition, there's several issues with respect to visiting and other areas that were already in place before new administration came about, and these things will be discussed with warden in aforementioned meeting. It's my general feeling that these matters will be resolved, and that present problems will not recur again.

To the larger issue of our general situation, we all agree that we cannot rely on the system to deliver the justice we seek. As with the case of our privileges, the only way things will l change is through the utilization of our own agency, and with the support of The People. This lesson is continually being taught to us, and I think we can

Monday, April 23, 2018

Three Uprising prisoners on hunger strike to restore communication access.

In clear retaliation during the 25th anniversary of the 1993 uprising, the Ohio State Penitentiary administration rolled back communication access and possibly other conditions exclusively for the survivors of the Lucasville Uprising.

Please call Ohio State Penitentiary between 9am and 5pm EST. Dial 330-743-0700 and press 0 then ask to speak with Warden Bowen.

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is _____. I'm calling to demand you reverse Friday's policy changes that imposed new restrictions on prisoners impacted by the Lucasville uprising. None of these prisoners violated any rules and there's no justification for rolling back important policies that help them survive the 25 years of solitary confinement the ODRC has cruelly subjected them to.”


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS:

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!

Truth-out: Twenty-Five Years After the Lucasville Uprising it's Survivors are Leading a New Prison Resistance Movement. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44285-twenty-five-years-after-the-lucasville-uprising-its-survivors-are-leading-a-new-prison-resistance-movement

Reportback from Solidarity rally at SOCF: https://itsgoingdown.org/solidarity-rally-outside-lucasville-prison-to-mark-25th-anniversary-of-uprising/

Audio report from that action. https://itsgoingdown.org/audio-report-rally-outside-lucasville-as-hunger-strike-begins/

Lucasville Uprising Survivors On Hunger Strike After Ohio Prison Officials Restrict Communications https://shadowproof.com/2018/04/25/lucasville-uprising-survivors-hunger-strike-restrict-communications/

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/

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

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.