Monday, September 19, 2016

Greg Curry (of the '93 Lucasville uprising) the #PrisonStrike

Greg Curry
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Conversations from Death Row: Keith LaMar Talks with Paul Gordiejew

Topic: Race and Place

Facebook event:

Audio file

On Tuesday September 13th, at 5:30 p.m., folks across the country are invited to listen in on an interactive phone call with Ohio death row inmate Keith LaMar and the "Race and Place in Youngstown" graduate-level students of cultural anthropologist Paul Gordiejew at Youngstown State University. Their talk will focus on how segregated communities are created and maintained by intensional economic and legal decisions, and how isolation from resources and opportunities intensifies the suffering for those most impacted (poor people of color).

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Temporary Restraining order denied.

Hasan's Attorney, Rick Kerger filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order to restore phone access on account of the conduct report against Hasan being patently absurd.

The court held a hearing on the request, but denied relief and in fact dismissed the case until Hasan exhausts all administrative remedies. Kerger argued against the validity of the restrictions on several different levels, but the judge refused to part from the ODRC's position.

Before the decision, Hasan sent this message to supporters:

8 September 2016

            ...OSP is only interested in cutting off my direct communications with the national media prior to tomorrow, September 9th. Believe it or not, I had already anticipated that OSP would excommunicate me as we got closer to labor strike and work stoppage; however, I did not anticipate they would fabricate terroristic charge to accomplish their diabolical objective. My situation has taught me a valuable lesson or two: (1) Never underestimate your adversary, and (2) Always remember that a formidable adversary will do anything and everything to silence your voice and movement. In short, said adversary does not play fair; instead, it plays to win by any means necessary. And since the gloves are now off, we must learn to fight with fire while staying the course. So come what may and let the wind blow wherever, for we are the ones who stand on the right side of history in our peaceful fight to end prison slavery and mass incarceration. Finally, if we truly believe in the righteousness of our fight, then we must prepare ourselves for the unexpected twists and turns. What they have done to me is only a small sample of what these wicked people will do to maintain the status quo – that is, wealth power and control.
            In conclusion, let us be fearless but vigilant, peaceful but ready to strike back whenever attacked, but most of all let us be organized and put up some stiff resistance against this formidable adversary.

            With Revolutionary and Salute!

Siddique Abdullah Hasan

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Muslim Prisoner Accuses Ohio Supermax Prison Of Retaliation For Involvement In Planned Strike


“It has become the norm for prison officials to resist and retaliate against any protest I am either involved in or they think I am the organizing force behind,” says Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan.
Hasan is a prisoner and spiritual leader at the supermax prison in Youngstown, Ohio. Living in isolation on death row for a conviction related to the 1993 Lucasville Uprising, he has maintained his innocence and resisted the conditions of his confinement for three decades.
He is a vocal supporter and organizer of the national prison labor strike planned for September 9—the forty-fifth anniversary of the Attica rebellion. Now, he says he is facing retaliation from prison officials, who are making false claims that he asked a staff imam to wear a bomb into the prison.
Hasan believes the false report was written as a pretext to restrict his phone and email privileges for thirty days so he could not communicate to media and supporters about the strike. Other Muslim prisoners, who were present when Hasan supposedly spoke to the imam, insist no such request was ever made.