Friday, October 24, 2014

Events Across Ohio

There are a number of events coming up around Ohio, if you're in the state, please attend whichever of these events is closest to you. If you'd like to host your own event, please contact us at insurgent.ben@gmail.com.

Thank you.

FRI Oct 24th, 5PM Portsmouth- world premiere of Condemned!
Location: West Portsmouth Community of Christ 2235 Russell Ave
Contact: 606 932 2383

SAT Oct 25th, 5PM Cleveland- You are invited to the release of the second part of D Jones' documentary, "The Great Incarcerator" with amazing revelations about the injustices done to the Lucasville prisoners following the 1993 uprising. Siddique Abdullah Hasan will speak from inside the walls of the supermax prison. Meet representatives from a wide array of community organizations and the Ohio Green Party's gubernatorial campaign.
Location : The Khnemu Lighthouse, 966 East 105th Street, Cleveland OH 44108
5:00 PM.
This event is sponsored by the Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network and the New Black Panther Party.It is endorsed by the Carl Stokes Brigade. For more information call 216-925-9108 or 216-640-5418 or email lucasvillefreedom@gmail.com .

FRI Nov 21, 6:30pm Columbus- Join us friday night as we watch Condemned, a documentary about his journey and have a conversation with Keith Lamar.
Location 82 E 16th Ave Columbus, OH 43201
Hosted by the Ohio Student Association.

Fundraiser to get people to

Indigogo Campaign to help get supporters to Keith's oral arguments. If successful this campaign will be split between Ben Turk- founder and maintainer of LucasvilleAmnesty.org and D Jones, director of The Shadow of Lucasville to help us get to Cincinnati for Bomani's oral arguments. Bomani and his closest supporters in Ohio have requested that we come, bring our experience and knowledge and help organize and report back. We're both coming from Colorado.

Please help us make that happen without breaking out bank accounts. Donate and share!

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40 Days to Justice + Condemned Film Release

   40 Days to Justice…
Today, Friday, October 24, marks just 40 days until Keith LaMar’s oral argument, Keith's Final Appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals, in Cincinnati. We’d like to invite those of you inclined toward prayer/positive thinking to participate in a daily reflection as we count down toward December 2nd. Each day, a specific area on which to focus your meditations will be posted on the Facebook page “Justice for Keith LaMar.” Please go to Facebook and “Like” his page and find each daily post there. We hope to raise our collective cries on Keith’s behalf, and on behalf of a broken justice system in the United States, with the belief that when many gather together, we will receive a response. Please invite others you know who might also lend their voices to 40 Days to Justice… If you would like to be emailed the daily reflection, please respond to this email to be added.
Day 40: We focus on physical strength for Keith, that ailment would leave his body, that strength and vitality would be restored. Let him feel himself again so that he can focus on the things that matter most in these critical days ahead.
Potter Steward U.S. Courthouse
100 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Barbara Wolf (filmmaker), Carolyn Daly LaMar, and Lorry Swain (writer, producer)
  Keith LaMar, Condemned Documentary Film Just Released!
We are profoundly grateful to Scioto Peace and Justice, a chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, for producing Keith LaMar, Condemned. We also thank those who donated to help make the project possible. The film is a compelling 36-minute documentary that focuses on Keith LaMar, who was convicted and sentenced to die in the aftermath of the 1993 Lucasville Prison Uprising. It looks at the root causes of the prison uprising, validates allegations that Keith was railroaded into a death penalty case for something he did not do, and points to the prosecutors’ misconduct as being a central fact in many of the trials related to the Lucasville prison rebellion.
Keith LaMar’s death penalty case is now at the final appeal stage with oral arguments to be heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on December 2, 2014. This is the last stage before the State moves ahead with its plans to execute him, unless he receives a favorable ruling. Keith hopes that those who plan to attend the oral argument will come as informed about his case as possible. Please try to attend one of the screenings in the upcoming weeks.
Screenings (thus far) include:

  • Friday, October 24 @ 5 p.m., West Portsmouth Community of Christ, 2235 Russell Avenue, West Portsmouth, Ohio, (606) 932-2383
  • FridayNovember 14 @ 7 p.m., Cleveland State University, Black Studies Department, Main Classroom Building, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, (440) 506-1104
  • FridayNovember 21 @ 7p.m., Freedom Hub, Summit on 16th , 82 E 16th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, (614) 622-8617

More dates/places to be confirmed and announced!
To host your own group screening of the documentary and schedule a call-in from Keith LaMar, please contact lorryswain@yahoo.com / (606) 932-2383 or info@keithlamar.org / (330) 402-0848. We will provide you with event posters (see attached).


4. T-Shirts are Done!
If you would like to order a T-shirt, please contact info@keithlamar.org. The cost is $12 (+S/H) for sizes S-M-L-XL, and $15 for 2XL-3XL. Sales will help fund transportation for those who need a ride to the oral arguments in Cincinnati.
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5. Spread the Word!
Facebook: Please go onto Facebook and like "Justice for Keith LaMar” and share the film screening event posters!
Tweet: #40daystojustice #justiceforkeithlamar #freekeithlamar 
Email: Attached you will find a descriptive blurb of the documentary to share with your contacts. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Keith LaMar's Oral Arguments Scheduled Dec 2nd.

After nearly two years of waiting, Keith’s oral argument date and time has finally been set!

This is a critical point in Keith’s proceedings and he needs us to show up for him now more than ever (since he won’t be allowed to attend)! Please plan to join us in support of Keith and recruit friends to come down with you to let the state of Ohio and the judges know that we are paying attention to their ruling.

The date is December 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. in Cincinnati. Supporters are starting to coordinate buses, and support activities. Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate.

Last month, in a move Keith supported, his lawyers requested to be removed for the case because their relationship had broken down. On Aug 20th, the Judges denied this motion. Their decision cannot be appealed until after the oral arguments. So Keith is forced to work with these lawyers for the time being. They have been in communication and hope to be able to work together through the oral arguments.

More information and organizing plans will be forthcoming, but please save the date, and start thinking about what you can do to show support on Dec 2nd!

New Zines From Greg Curry and Siddique Abdullah Hasan

 Supporters have edited and laid out two new zines, which are
now available on the resources page of this site.

First, Siddique Abdullah Hasan's supporters laid out a zine version of his interview with the ACLU, entited "Is Being Muslim in Ohio a Capital Crime?"

Second, Greg Curry's account of the numerous times he had to fight for his life against the ODRC. Repression Breeds Resistance.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Keith Lamar Legal Update

A message from Keith:

"After becoming aware of grass roots efforts to publicize my plight, my attorneys finally agreed to begin the process to recuse themselves from my case. I am presently seeking suitable replacements, attorneys who are prepared to protect my Constitutional rights. Admittedly, finding new counsel will be difficult, but I will not turn back now. I have persevered for twenty long years, and I intend to see things through to the bitter end (if need be). As always, I place my faith in the universal laws of life and, with practised patience, await a just resolution of my affairs. Please stay tuned; the fight has only just begun!"

Attachments after the jump: Letter from Keith to court of appeals, and to Kate (the recusing lawyer). 




Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Behavior Modification. Ohio Supermax Level System.

Jason Robb wrote and drew a zine about how the ODRC is manipulating prisoners to circumvent a supreme court ruling and keep beds filled at their supermax facility.

Behavior Modification. Ohio Supermax Level System.