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).

About Dr. Paul Gordiejew:

Paul Gordiejew is a cultural anthropology professor at Youngstown State University. His current research focuses on race, place, and religion in the greater Youngstown area, where he aims to collect the voices/stories of those who have been silenced or marginalized precisely because of their place, age, and/or race, etc. He previously studied displaced Jews in the former Yugoslavia.

For the past three years, Dr. G has invited Keith LaMar to speak to his anthropology students (via telephone) to discuss a variety of topics, such as mass incarceration, torture and mental illness, writing, socioeconomics, his autobiography, etc.
About Keith LaMar:

Keith LaMar is a death row prisoner in Ohio. He has been in prison for 27 years now. In 2013, Keith published his own story, Condemned: the whole story (, wherein he aims to explain how he not only ended up in prison, but ultimately would be placed onto Ohio’s death row. More importantly, Condemned talks about how Keith found his way back to himself even from the darkness of solitary confinement with the love of friends and family.

The Ohio prison system has systematically made Keith’s life unbearable, holding him indefinitely in a sensory deprivation cell for some 23 years now, in spite of having no justification to do so. He was unable to touch his family for 18 years, until he eventually gained the right to (semi) contact visits after embarking on a hunger strike in 2011. Keith recently lost his federal appeal and was denied the right to be heard by the US Supreme Court. He awaits the assignment of his execution date.

The Campaign for Justice for Keith LaMar continues to fight side by side with Keith and asks others to join us. Keith will be calling in from the Super­max penitentiary in Youngstown, Ohio. All are welcome to join the call, listen in, ask questions, and show their solidarity.

More info at:
Facebook: Justice for Keith LaMar
Twitter: @FREEKeithLaMar
Documentary on Keith:

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