Sunday, October 2, 2016

Kite Line: October 21, 2016 – The Bomani Episode

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The Bomani Episode
This week, we focus on a topic that is close to many of us on the outside: the story and struggle of political prisoner and Ohio death row inmate Bomani Shakur (known to the state as Keith Lamar). We begin our episode with an update on Marius Mason, news from the Kinross Correctional Facility, Holman Prison, and give call in information for some Indiana prisoners asking for outside support. For more information on Bomani’s case, visit the Kite Line website or www.keithlamar.org

Ohio Muslim Prisoner Threatened With Punishment For NPR Interview On Prison Strike

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Ohio prisoner Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan says he was recently threatened with disciplinary action by an investigator at the Ohio State Penitentiary for speaking on the National Public Radio program, “On Point,” about the September 9 national prison strike.

Hasan, who is a Muslim spiritual leader on death row for his alleged role in the 1993 Lucasville Uprising, said he was informed he would be written up for unauthorized use of the phone and could have his phone and email privileges restricted, despite an understanding with prison officials that he could use his phone and email time to communicate with media as he has done for the past decade.

Hasan Threatened with Conduct Report After Live Interview with NPR's On Point

Last Wednesday Siddique Abdullah Hasan called in to On Point with Tom Ashbrook using the prison phone line. He participated in a conversation about the national prisoner work stoppage and protest. 
 
The following day a prison official told him that he will be facing disciplinary action for exercising his first amendment rights to free speech and freedom of the press. This is the second time in two months that prison authorities have targeted Hasan in relation to his participation in the Free Ohio Movement and his support for nation-wide prisoner struggles.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) is also facing an civil liberties lawsuit on the grounds of the 14th amendment's equal protection clause from Hasan, other survivors of the Lucasville Uprising, and various reporters who have been unconstitutionally denied official access to interviews over the years. 


Read a letter from Hasan describing the conversation about the impending disciplinary action against him. Also, audio of Hasan reading the letter is here.