Friday, April 10, 2015

Tues April 14th, First Day of Solidarity

As the Ohio State Penitentiary hunger strike approaches 30 days, we will rally at the Ohio Dept of Rehabilitation and Correction in Columbus, and deliver a letter to top officials demanding justice.

3PM Tuesday afternoon
ODRC, 770 West Broad St
Rally and letter delivery

Over 50 prisoners have been illegally denied religious and recreation programming. We stand with them!

Follow updates at The rally coincides with the 22nd anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising, where inmates in Southern Ohio took over a prison in response to religious discrimination.

Invite your friends!


If you can't make it to Columbus, please be creative and find a way to support the hunger strike on Tuesday. Organize a solidarity fast like students at the University of Toledo did on Friday, with an evening "break the fast" get together. Or a call-in lunch, gather with friends mid-day and call the prison, Central Office, and The CIIC (numbers and scripts below). Or a letter writing party, write letters to officials, your local newspapers, and/or to the hunger striking prisoners.

Whatever you do, let us know by emailing Ben at so he can share the stories with the hunger strikers and the world. Tuesday will be the 30th day of this hunger strike, if everyone can find a way to express solidarity on that day it will make a huge difference for these men's morale and resolve, as well as sending a strong message to the prison authorities that the hunger strikers are not alone in their protest.

There is also a rally in the works for at or near OSP on Saturday. Details will be posted as they are confirmed.

Thank you.

Write to the hunger strikers! The easiest way to send solidarity and encouragement to the hunger strikers is to send a letter or postcard to Siddique Abdullah Hasan at the below address. He will share whatever he gets with the others.

Siddique Abdullah Hasan
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd
Youngstown, OH 44505

We have names of three other hugner strikers, who have experienced serious medical problems during the strike. We're not sure which of these guys is still on or not. To write to them use the same address as Hasan, but change the name and inmate # to: Joseph Nagel #589-333, Timothy Peavy, #481-007, or David Worley, #510-503

CALL/WRITE IN SCRIPT:"Hi, My name is ____ (or, I am a concerned supporter). I'm calling in support of the hungerstrikers at Ohio State Penitentiary. They have now gone over 25 days without food because they are being denied adequate religious services and access to recreation. Warden Forshey and OSP staff are not sufficiently responding to these prisoners' issues. I think this is ___ (unfair, inhumane, horseshit) and I'm requesting that you go to OSP and meet with the hunger striking prisoners. Please restore the very few "privileges" that they are afforded in this highly restrictive setting."If you want to, you can leave a number for them to call you back.

1. Call Gary Mohr on Tuesday! The rally will be outside of his office, by calling in, you back up the protesters. Gary Mohr- 614-752-1150. 
Write letters:
Gary Mohr, ODRC Director, 770 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222


2. Write letters to editor / tip lines for local papers. We'll be sending out press releases about the rally and have already reached out to contacts in the media, but letters from many people can help convince them to give the story the coverage it deserves. Links to the websites for almost every newspaper in ohio are online here.

3. Contact the CIIC (elected officials who are supposed to over-see the Ohio prison system)
Sandra Williams (D) Senate District 21 (614) 466-4857
Cliff Hite, Vice Chair (R) Senate District 1 (614) 466-8150
Edna Brown (D) Senate District 11 (614) 466-5204
John Eklund (R) Senate District 18 (614) 644-7718
Click the names to send emails.
Mailing address:
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio43215
Paul Zeltwanger (R) House District 54 (614) 644-6027
Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D) House District 15 (614) 466-3485
Bob D. Hackett (R) House District 74 (614) 466-1470
Michelle Lepore-Hagan (D) House District 58 (614) 466-9435
Click the names to send emails.
Mailing Address:
Vern Riffe Center
77 South High Street 13th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6111

4. Contact OSP itself. Call Warden Jay Forshey at 330-743-0700 ext 2006. 
Write letters: Warden Forshay, OSP, 878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd, Youngstown, OH 44505


  1. Why is it that nobody ever comments on ur posts? How many followers do u actually have? Does ur blog actually garner any outcomes? Or are you fighting a losing fight?

    1. People don't comment because they don't need to ask questions, they're taking action, participating in solidarity and defense of the men being tortured up there. Isolation is intuitively horrific to anyone who is capable of empathy or reason. Many people naturally oppose the increased isolative policies OSP is trying to implement, no questions asked, no comment needed.