Friday, May 31, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Siddique Abdullah Hasan Conference Statement


Statement from Siddique Abdullah Hasan for the Re-Examining Lucasville Conference. Hasan called in live and make an extemporaneous speech, but this was recorded as a back-up, in case of technical difficulties.

Audio hosted at PrisonRadio.org

Keith Lamar Conference Statement

Statement from Keith Lamar (Bomani Shakur) played at the Re-Examining Lucasville Conference.

Audio hosted at PrisonRadio.org

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Layers of Injustice

Leading up to the Re-Examining Lucasville Conference, Staughton Lynd wrote a series of essays examining the legal facts and cases arising out of the uprising.

These essays have been edited and compiled into a single book, called Layers of Injustice. Which is available as PDF here.



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Media Access Hunger Strike Ends





May 6th, 2013
To: For Immediate Release to the Public
From: Siddique Abdullah Hasan and Gregory Curry

Lucasville Media Access Hunger Strike Ends

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO-- Today, at 3:15 p.m., Greg Curry and I, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, decided to end our almost month-long hunger strike. The strike commenced on April 11, the 20th anniversary of the Lucasville prison uprising. The sole purpose of our strike was to vigorously challenge the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) continuously denying us to have direct access to the media- that is: on-camera interviews with the media. While both death-row and non-death row prisoners in Ohio are granted on-camera access to the media, those who have been reailroaded and convicted of crimes stemming from the Lucasville Uprising have continuously been denied equal protection under the law.  And though ODRC policy permits its prisoners to meet with the media to discuss their criminal cases, this policy has not been applicable to those of of convicted of riot related offenses. In fact, in 2003, the then-prison chief, Reginald Wilkinson, made it perfectly clear to Kevin Mayhood a staff reporter at the Columbus Dispatch that: "no inmates convicted of riot crimes will be permitted to speak with [them]." This blanket and collective denial is contrary to ODRC's own state-wide Media Policy, which Mr. Wilkinson's successors have been unconstitutionally enforcing his vindictive directive. 
We want to thank all our supporters, as well as some reporters in the media, who have been aggressively assisting us in challenging this unconstitutional media blockade. We also want to thank the various organizations who have expressed interest in this matter-- that is, the flagrant violation of our first amendment guarantees which protect freedom of speech and redress from government excesses. Finally we want to thank Warden David Bobby for negotiating with us in good faith and for being the liaison between us and his hard-line superiors at Central Office. Because of these factors, we decided to end our hunger strike and allow this crucial matter to be litigated through the court. God willing, we will be granted a resounding legal victory against the prisoncrats who wish to silence us in a deliberate ongoing attempt to prevent us from revealing the truth about our criminal convictions, convictions which are a serious affront and travesty of justice. Until then, I remain...

In the trenches,

Siddique Abdullah Hasan.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Greg Curry on Lucasville Uprising and 20th anniversary hunger strike demanding media access

Greg Curry on Lucasville Uprising and 20th anniversary hunger strike demanding media access

April 21, 2013
by Annabelle Parker
Greg Curry, 48, is a prisoner in the Ohio State Penitentiary, the supermax facility in that state, serving a life sentence following a major disturbance in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF), in Lucasville, Ohio. This disturbance, known as the Lucasville Uprising, started 20 years ago, on April 11, 1993, after the warden, Arthur Tate, had instituted a very strict regime with no allowance for any discussion or negotiation of the rules, nor any respect for those in prison.