Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Trend Article on Re-Examining Lucasville Conference.

From newtrendmag.org by Kaukab Siddique

Christian-Muslim, Black-White Unity vs US "Injustice" System & "Snitches." Why is Abdullah Hasan on Death Row?
 
April 19-21. I was in Columbus, Ohio, attending a conference  on "Layers of Injustice: Re-Examining the Lucasville Uprising."  It was well attended.  Even with people going and coming all day, it was standing room only. There were professors, writers, activists, Christian Socialists, activists, anarchists and volunteers for good causes, almost all "White." Some prominent Muslims, African Americans, turned up on late Saturday evening, the most famous among them being Br. Khalid Samad from Cleveland, Ohio, whom I knew because of his support for Imam Jamil al-Amin. He leads a Coalition for a Better Life which intervenes in the lives of young people to help them stay away from gang life.   
The leaders of the conference, Staughton Lynd and his wife Alice, are very elderly White people steeped in the steel of truth.  I renewed my acquaintance with them after almost 10 years. 
The uprising resulted in a tainted trial leading to  5 death sentences and 14 long prison sentences. 
The conference challenged and rebutted in detail every aspect of the trials of the two Muslims, Br. Hasan and Br. Namir Abdul Mateen and the others, sentenced to death, White and Black 
  The role of the hunger strike, from that of Bobby Sands, the Irish hero, to that of the GTMO Islamics and now Lucasville death sentence group was highlighted. 
The conference was a great opportunity for networking with Christians, Socialists, Anarchists, Islamics, even an Indian writer from Tamilnadu. It was also a superb example of volunteerism. 

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