Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Greg Curry in Solidarity with the Vaughn 17

On Monday the Vaughn 17 trials began, sending the first 4 defendants to trial. Like Lucasville, the state is relying entirely on informant testimony, underfunding defense lawyers and improperly witholding evidence. Two of the four starting trial this week kicked their court appointed attorneys off and are defending themselves. 
Unlike Lucasville, there's active public support and solidarity with the prisoners, rather than petitions calling for their executions.

Greg wrote the following statement in solidarity with the defendants.


My clenched fist salute to the brothaz known as the Vaughn 17!

I personally know how you felt leading up to the day you made demands to be treated like human beings, I know the state’s abusive response, I know the journey you will face in the weeks to come as your trials begin, with attorneys underpaid, unprepared, and unenthused.

I know what it's like to be skeptical of the criminal justice system and have the skepticism proven true at the cost of your personal liberty. I'd recommend you enter as much as you can onto the court record even over your attorneys objection for future appeals.

Trust that you’re on the right side of history. That’s your armor. The system can't give you victory you must take it!!

Continue to fight, continue to demand human rights so the next Attica, Lucasville, or Vaughn won't be necessary.

Thats how we win!

Freedom first,

Greg Curry




Monday, October 22, 2018

Ohio Prisons Uphold Year-Long Communications Ban Against Incarcerated Activist Who Supported National Prison Strike

From Shadowproof.








Ohio Prisons Uphold Year-Long Communications Ban Against Incarcerated Activist Who Supported National Prison Strike
18 Oct 2018 Brian Sonenstein Brian Sonenstein 

Ohio state prison officials denied an appeal by Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan against the one-year restriction placed on his phone and email use after he spoke publicly in support of the 2018 prison strike.
The restrictions—and the case that led to them—are yet another example of the lengths prison officials will go to police the political speech of prisoners and punish those who express support for protest, particularly the prison strike movement.
Hasan is prohibited from making phone calls or using email until August 13, 2019, unless the warden intervenes.
He is currently on death row in connection with the 1993 rebellion known as the Lucasville Uprising, which began as a protest by Muslim prisoners against an attempted forced medical procedure by prison officials that violated their religious beliefs. As such, he is already subject to significant isolation. By forbidding him from using phone and email—his two primary connections to the outside world—that isolation will intensify.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Keith LaMar responds to execution date motion.

From Justice for Keith LaMar

12 October 2018

Hello everybody,

I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to respond and say something about the recent news regarding my pending execution date. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been floundering a bit, trying to find my footing. I wrote a response to the AP’s announcement, which I thought was a bit premature on their part; I mean, the actual date is the “news,” not the State’s request. But it is what it is, I suppose. Of course I’ve had quite a few years to get used to the idea of my eventual demise (eventual no matter how it happens), and so the news came as no real surprise. I try not to spend my time lying to myself. I’ve been on death row for 23 years now, and so things were always tending to this. Still, waiting and actually arriving are two different things. Now that I am here (so to speak), I thought it best to pause and take a peek inside myself, see what it all means. And what does it all mean?
Well, for most of us, it means what it has always meant: the strong do what they want, and the weak suffer what they must. So, yeah, I’ve been doing my share of suffering these past few weeks, going through bouts of extreme anger and, I’m embarrassed to say, wallowing in deep sadness. But why sadness when I’ve been caught in this trap for 30 years? I mean, I really and truly hate this place—the horrible food, the constant clanging of the keys, and the sheer senselessness of it all. And, yet, the thing that truly saddens me (and upsets me in equal part), is the thought that on some as yet undetermined date, these people (?) will force me onto a gurney and call it justice. And it’s this—the whole “calling it justice” thing—that opens my eyes each morning. I can’t allow them to do that, to carry this thing out as if it’s legit. I mean, kill me if you must, but call it what it is: Murder!
So, you see, I’m caught up in the throws of some very powerful emotions at the moment, trying to marshal my strength and focus in order that I might be able to rise to the occasion. It’s going to take me a little time to gather my force, to get my feet under me, and I ask that you all be patient with me and not doubt the depth of my convictions. I have my finger on the thread of something powerful, which, if properly pursued, will show the system for what it is. Something similar to what Christine Blasey Ford did. She really made a mockery out of THEM, made them all look like the petty, stupid little men that they are. I intend to do the same thing.
I don’t know how closely you were all following the whole hearing debacle. But I watched it with keen interest, looking for parallels and matching metaphors to the larger context. You see, to me, the whole system of capitalism (of which patriarchy is but an extension) is predicated on rape, on holding people down and fucking them. So, in a very real sense, we are all Christine Blasey Ford, and must do what she did: speak truth to power. To me (and I believe this was true for Mrs. Ford as well), “winning” was never about preventing Kavanaugh from being confirmed (no more than my “winning” is about preventing these people from killing me): that, after all, was never within her power to do. Nevertheless, what she did—and the price she paid for doing it—was instructive. She set herself free, and that was such a beautiful thing to see. She spoke about how, after the incident happened, she, too, found herself floundering, trying to find her way forward. She spoke about how her grades suffered and how her relationships, even up to the present, were affected by the memory of what she went through. But she also, over the years, has become an accomplished woman, and has somehow managed to hold it together in spite of what was going on inside of her. And then she sees the name "Kavanaugh" on the short list to sit on the highest court of the land, and the grown woman in her saw it as an opportunity to release the young person that she was from the prison that she's been trapped in all these years. She probably didn't know that she would have to do it on nationwide television in front of the whole world. But when she found out that that would be the context, she didn't shy away, and that, too, was beautiful to see.
At the same time she showed us that the Supreme Court (the same court that decreed Black people were 3/5 human beings) is a supreme joke! This whole system is a sham, and we have to come to see it for what it is. There’s nothing behind the curtain (or under the skirt) if we’re talking of the Lady of Liberty; it’s just a group of old, white men pulling levers. Until we see that, until we understand that the only way home (freedom) is through confrontation (or “facing our fears”), we will never discover who we are.
And maybe it’s true to say (as some have said) that it’s too late to save ourselves. Maybe it’s the destiny of mankind to destroy itself, in which case this civilization will perish like all the others. However, in the meantime, “it is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners!” So, yeah, I intend to do my job. I just need a little time to think, and I hope you all will join me in this thinking process, and that we together can figure out a way forward.
To the bitter end,
Bomani Shakur

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Visitation interference at OSP

Hasan on a visit in 2014 with Joyce and her son D Jones, director of "The Great Incarcerator 2: The Shadow of Lucasville."
A few supporters of the Lucasville Uprising prisoners held at OSP have been permanently restricted from visiting any Ohio prisons.

On September 13, Ben Turk scheduled visits with Hasan and others. Upon hearing Ben's name, the scheduling officer got weird and dug through his visiting history, but found no restrictions and scheduled the visits. Ten minutes later, a sergeant called back to tell Ben he was restricted from visiting and should have received a letter.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Keith LaMar Execution Motion Response

“An execution date should not be scheduled because Mr LaMar’s death sentence is precisely the sort identified by the Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty. Mr LaMar’s conviction rests on prisoner testimony which is not independently corroborated; there is no physical or video evidence linking him to the crimes and he has always maintained his innocence. Evidence supporting Mr LaMar’s innocence is slowly coming to light after dogged efforts to unearth such proof following years of suppression.” -excerpt from motion.

Keith LaMar’s attorneys filed this response to prosecutor Mark Piepmeier’s motion requesting an execution date. Piepmeier was lead attorney on the Lucasville Uprising cases, and largely responsible for egregious misconduct and deal-making that secured these convictions based on informant testimony and withheld evidence. He has a documented pattern of doing the same to other defendants.

The response starts by pointing out ways that Keith’s case fits within recommendations made by the joint task force on death penalty cases, specifically: relying on uncorroborated snitch testimony, disproportionately targeting black people, and relying on evidence improperly withheld at trial. It goes on to detail that withheld evidence, including statements by trial witnesses and others that could easily cast reasonable doubt if not fully exonerate Keith if he were afforded a new trial.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Greg Curry's Struggle to Exit the Supermax

[UPDATE: Comrades in Pittsburgh created this poster for Greg.]

Greg Curry was charged with joining the death squad that killed snitches during the first day of the uprising based on informant testimony that prosecutors later admitted was coerced and other very improper proceedures. Greg says he never even entered the occupied cell block, but he was convicted nevertheless.

Unlike Keith Lamar, he did not receive the death sentence, instead he is serving life without the possibility of parole. Many within the ODRC have made it their mission to correct the judge's "mistake" of the lighter sentence by targeting Greg for "special treatment" including attempts on his life.

In addition to that violence, the ODRC has made it incredibly hard for Greg to step down through their web of security levels so he can get out of solitary confinement. Serving years longer than other prisoners at every stage, and often being lied to about impending transfers to other prisons that are obstructed at the last minute. He is now at level 4A prisoner, but this is "in name only" because of the ODRC's determination to hold him at Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) the supermax outside of Youngstown.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Let Lucasville Uprising Prisoners Tell their Own Stories!

Staughton and Alice Lynd's recent article in the National Lawyers Guild Review, Vol. 74, No. 4 (Winter 2018).


https://incarceratedworkers.org/sites/default/files/resource_file/nlg_lynd_lucasville.pdf

Excerpt:

Not only did the authorities inhibit media contact during the uprising, they rigidly followed the same policy until summer 2017. In their answer to a complaint filed in a lawsuit by a number of prisoners and reporters, the authorities repeatedly admitted

"that they and their predecessors have consistently denied all members of the press face-to-face media access to any prisoner convicted of crimes committed during the April 1993 Lucasville riot . . . .6"

The Court ruled that face-to-face media access cannot be denied based upon the anticipated content of the interview, nor because of the possible impact on victims or their families. In mid-July 2017, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction modified its media policies accordingly.7 This action for the first time opened up access to at least some of the surviving prisoner protagonists by newspaper, radio, and TV reporters.

If any reporter or journalist wants to move on this win in the courts, please read the rest of this article and contact us at insurgent.ben [at] gmail [dot] com and we will help you go about requesting interviews. 


Monday, September 10, 2018

Black August at OSP by Greg Curry



Greg Curry intended to make this statement at the recent pig roast solidarity event in Central Ohio, but was unable to connect with organizers at that time. Instead we're printing it here.


Salute.

Today I'd like to give you a mental picture of how Ohio's supermax is set up so that the context of what follow will make sense. There is severely limited movement here its 4 blocks: A, B, C, D. A & B are on top of each other C & D are on the other side of the prison on top of each other. In each block there is 8 pods each of those pods hold up to 16 people. Each pod is isolated from the next so much so you may never see them even though its just a door/wall between y'all. Likewise, the blocks are even more cut off since its a floor between A & B then 1/2 a football field between the other side of the prison where C & D blocks are similarly set up. There is actually only one / two jobs per pod. This is the backdrop for which any organizing would take place within these walls.

However we do have successes, usually its some situation brought on by repressive cops armed with oppressive rules drawing a response that temporarily disrupt operations around here . For Black August one of my closest Comrades, Siddique Hasan is accused of organizing Statewide action against the orderly operations of prisons. In the process, this Comrade was placed in the hole, stripped of his personal property and his access to communicate is severely cut back.

Of course he continue to lead, to deeply care about justice for us all even as he fight for justice to keep the State from murdering him. Some of you know the prison rules was twisted up just to find that Hasan broke any rule. He did 3 weeks on hunger strike while many of you made calls demanding fairness.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Imam Hasan's serious misconduct panel documents

Conduct Report, July 27, 2018.  

https://incarceratedworkers.org/resources/imam-hasan-conduct-report-july-27-2018.pdf
Hasan is said to have violated five prison rules:
“Rioting, or encouraging others to riot”;
“Engaging in or encouraging a group demonstration or work stoppage”;
“Conducting business operations with any person or entity, without permission”;
“Use of telephone or mail in furtherance of any criminal activity (encouraging disturbance/riot)”;
“Violation of other policy, specifically rules on receiving money from unapproved sources [and] by his own admission on July 15, 2018 Inmate Sanders is also acting as a leader and spokesperson.”

Disposition of the Rules Infraction Board [see note below], August 14, 2018.

https://incarceratedworkers.org/sites/default/files/resource_file/hasan_-_smp_disposition_8-14-18.pdf

  The “facts that explain the board’s decision” are said to be as follows:
            “The Serious Misconduct Panel believes that inmate Sanders R130559 did attempt to incite others to riot by misusing the DRC phone system referring to the 2016 prison strike/work stoppage and violent events that occurred in our nation’s prisons and jails to promote the 2018 prison strike/work stoppage that is suspected to occur on August 21, 2018 that will end on September 9, 2018.  Inmate Sanders stated on the DRC phone system that two years later, the decision has been that from August 21 to September 9, there is going to be another National Work Stoppage and it entails many more things than what happened in 2016.  We intend to put up stiff resistance.”
            A Supplemental page of the Disposition sets forth additional allegations concerning a supposed event not mentioned in the Conduct Report and as to which no evidence was offered at the hearing:  “the SMP believes that Sanders R130559 did misuse the JPay privilege by answering an anti-Aramark Food Service organizer’s JPay message to him.  The organizer asked inmate Sanders R130559 to recruit other inmates via JPay to stop Aramark from being used at the University of Cincinnati until they stopped feeding inmates incarcerated in Ohio.”
            The Serious Misconduct Panel recommended placement in ERH3 (reduction in level of privileges), and suspension of Hasan’s phone and JPay privileges for up to one year.

Notice of Disciplinary Appeal, August 22, 2018.  

https://incarceratedworkers.org/sites/default/files/resource_file/hasan_-_appeal_8-22-18.pdf

This document is entirely in Hasan’s handwriting and was mailed to the appropriate reviewing entity, the Division of Legal Services of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
NOTES: 
The Disposition form and the Appeal form refer to the Rules Infraction Board, but the Conduct Report was heard by the Serious Misconduct Panel.
Two of the Supplemental Disposition pages were incomplete.  Hasan requested the missing words.  They were provided to him on a separate page.  He underlined the missing words.  Those words are reproduced within the vacant space below the incomplete sentences.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hasan Railroaded. Greg Released!


Yesterday Imam Hasan went before the Serious Misconduct Panel (SMP) for allegedly leading a riot, workstoppage, and other unauthorized business through the phones.

As he expected, the fix was in at the SMP and he was found guilty of all counts. More details below, but the summary is that none of his witnesses were allowed to testify, he was not allowed to view all of the evidence against him, and new charges and witnesses were brought against him.

Apparently the SMP is no more serious about due process than the Rules Infractions Boards we're more familiar with. Hasan faces a one year phone restriction and transfer to "Extended Restrictive Housing 3". Hasan has been on some version of "ERH" since it was invented, and on "level 5" the previous highest level since that was invented with the construction of Ohio State Penitentiary.

Between 2011 and 2016, he and other "long-timer" prisoners won, through repeated hunger strikes, a set of special privileges to account for the fact that the ODRC has basically vowed to never let them out of solitary confinement. Hasan will likely lose these privileges (contact visits, more time out of the cell, being able to go on rec with another long timer) with this security level change. Now he will only be allowed out of his cell (to a concrete range or rec cage) five hours per week.






Continue to support Hasan! Write him letters and let him know he's not alone. We're sure he'll be fighting and appealing this reclassification, and there'll be opportunities to support and advocate for him. 

Read a detailed report from Hasan about the hearing here.

In better news, Greg Curry has been released from the hole! On Tuesday, August 7th, guards who were upset about Hasan, and upset with Greg for passing information about Hasan's situation to the outside world, cracked down on the whole block. It seems this crackdown backfired and prisoners collectively responded by protesting, including refusing to work.

That's right, the thing they are accusing Hasan of trying to organize occurred after they isolated him, because they were harassing people.

Of course, the guards came back, targeting Greg. Again, they made their move on a Friday night, so that nothing could be done through the weekend when the top brass is off work.

These guards tried to connect a knife found on another prisoner to Greg, and to claim he orchestrated the work stoppage. Today Greg had his hearing, and the only evidence they had against him was that he sent outside supporters information about Hasan's situation, which is not against any rule, so the RIB let him go.

Greg needs to be transferred out from OSP. He's been held there longer than anyone except Hasan and the death row long timers. He gained none of the long timer privileges, despite participating in some of the protests. For years the classification board has been slow-walking his step-down, dangling it before him, then yanking it away.

They treat him this way, and have treated him much worse because he caught a Lucasville uprising charge, but didn't get the death penalty. Prosecutors have admitted they lied to the judge and jury about the primary evidence against Greg, who was on the yard when the uprising kicked off, and surrendered at the first opportunity.

Help get Greg out of the supermax by contacting the director of ODRC Gary Mohr at drc.publicinfo@odrc.state.oh.us or 614-387-0588 to ask why he cannot be moved to another level 4 prison with privileges such as contact visits, recreation time, etc.

Learn more at FACEBOOK/ GREGCURRY
Email Greg through JPay:
JPAY.COM/ E MAIL.
 

Write to Greg:
Greg Curry
A213159
878 Coitsville Hubbard Rd
Youngstown, OH 44505

Details of Hasan's Serious Misconduct Panel hearing

The following consists of information conveyed to by Hasan in a telephone call on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.  It does not include expressions of opinion, legal argument, or thoughts about the future. 
 
            A lengthy hearing was held on Tuesday, August 14.  The members of the Serious Misconduct Panel were a deputy warden and a major from Lorain Correctional Institution. 
 
            Each witness that Hasan requested was denied based on relevancy, unavailability and security reasons (despite the fact that we had provided their phone numbers).  These and other conclusions had already been typed onto a disposition form before the hearing.
 
            The Charging Official, Brian Wittrup, Chief of the Bureau of Classification, had checked the box “No” in reply to the question on the Conduct Report, “do you wish to have input into the disciplinary proceedings?”  Nevertheless, he was on the phone throughout the hearing.  At one point he stated that Hasan had not encouraged prisoners to riot but that things could get out of hand (as in 1993).  Hasan was told that someone other than Mr. Wittrup would make the final decision on appeal. 
 
            They let Hasan read partial transcripts, not full documents, from which quotations appeared in the Conduct Report, but they did not give him copies of those partial transcripts.
            One of the violations brought up at the hearing had not been mentioned in the Conduct Report.  
 
            Hasan was found guilty of all of the rule violations cited in the Conduct Report.  The SMP recommended that his security level be ERH3.          
           According to current policy, unless the inmate violates his Individual Adjustment Plan, it usually lasts only 90 days before moving to ERH2.
    However, as of July 1, 2018, all of the privileges are the same for ERH3, ERH2, and ERH1.  Recreation is one hour five days per week (except for the longtermers, of which Hasan was one).  Hasan may lose his longtermer privileges for a year (and they might or might not be restored thereafter).
 
            The language of the disposition was general, not specific.  Hasan was said to have misused his privileges to commit rule violations that could have disrupted orderly operation of DRC facilities.  He was placed under phone and kiosk restriction for one year, ending August 13, 2019.  The managing officer (warden) has the authority to review the penalty every three months and to suspend the restriction based on Hasan’s good behavior and no rule violations. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Hasan Ends Hunger Strike, Awaits Serious Misconduct Panel Hearing

Update on Hasan's situation and Hunger strike.

On Wednesday August 8, Hasan ended his hunger strike due to abdominal pain and the need to prepare for his defense before the Serious Misconduct Panel hearing.

News from Staughton and Alice Lynd:
  Hasan ended his hunger strike after suffering abdominal pain due to constipation for five days.  He is no longer in the infirmary; he was being returned to his old cell.  
   He is still in "segregation."  He now has writing materials, envelopes and stamps.  He does not know whether he can have visitors, phone calls, email, or recreation.  
   He wants his supporters to know that he appreciates all the love and support they have shown.  "I'm good!"

The next step in this ordeal will be the hearing before the Serious Misconduct Panel, which is currently scheduled for Tuesday August 14. We and the Lynds are reaching out to witnesses Hasan has requested to testify before the panel. more details on that:
   Hasan was told that his Serious Misconduct hearing would be held on Tuesday, August 14.  He did not know at what time.     
   According to the administrative rule, the chairman of the Serious Misconduct Panel is responsible to "arrange for the presence of witnesses."  Hasan has asked for five witnesses.
   According to the policy for disciplinary procedures, the chairperson may postpone or continue a hearing for a reasonable period of time for "good cause."  Good cause includes "preparation of the inmate's defense."  The SMP policy also says:  "Inmates must have an opportunity to present documentary evidence at the SMP hearing."
 Pictured above, Hasan and Ben Turk who was named in the conduct report and hopes to testify at the hearing.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Work stopped at Ohio State Penitentiary

In the midst of repression against Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan, guards have been acting petty and another Lucasville survivor had his transfer out of the supermax denied by the same classification officer: Brian Wittrup.

Greg Curry reports:

"Meanwhile, the low wage cops harassing us looking to create problems. So Enough prisoners that recognized this decided to start protest that include refusing to work! of course the cops went to there SPECIAL INMATES to get them to cross the Pickett line but that was frowned upon so the pod is looking like we're HELD AGAINST OUR WILL! IMAGINE THAT."

Greg also wrote that a knife was found not at all having anything to do with him, but since he has "Lucasville" attached to his name, the officers keep him without any privileges and keep a close eye on him.

"Just today I've had to be interviewed by the Unit staff then later by the Warden himself. Stay Tuned."
This needs to stop.

Greg should be moved out of the Ohio supermax. We know there was a very weak response from Wittrup, but we must keep telling it to him. Stop the torture.
This is what Greg asked in his email of today:

Week two of Hasan's hunger strike





Today is the 11th day of Hasan's hunger strike. We have the following updates on his situation:


1. He finally got the minimum envelopes they are legally required to give him and sent out the conduct report. It is online here or download pdf.

2. Hasan thinks the hearing may be on Thursday or Friday of this week.  He is almost sure he will be convicted. He is able to call witnesses who can call in. We're reaching out to find the people he requested, at least one is ready to testify on Hasan's behalf.           

3. He is currently housed in the infirmary and they are requiring him to do medical checks to delay him from accessing his legal counsel. According to Alice Lynd:
When we called yesterday to arrange an attorney visit for today, we were told that he had refused a medical assessment that morning (August 6), and he could not leave the infirmary for an attorney visit unless he consented to a medical assessment this morning.  He did consent, but he regards a legal visit as a right that should not be denied based on whether or not he submits to a medical assessment.

4. He is grateful for everyone making support calls. He got mail from supporters. As we anticipated, he wants calls directed to central office, since that's who originated the conduct report. Get details on contacting Gary Mohr and other ways to support Hasan here

5. The charges he's facing are more serious than in 2016 or other attempts to lock him out of communication, and will be harder to fight. He believes this is a first amendment struggle. ODRC is likely to railroad him and we will need to take the fight to the federal level. Here's a more technical description of the legal stuff.

  On July 30, Hasan was told by the lieutenant who is in charge of the Rules Infraction Board that his case would not be heard by the RIB but was being referred to the Serious Misconduct Panel, the members of which are appointed by the regional director.  See AR 5120-9-08.1, Disciplinary procedures for violations of inmate rules of conduct before the serious misconduct panel, available at http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/5120-9-08.1, and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Policy 56-DSC-03, Disciplinary Procedures for the Serious Misconduct Panel, available at http://www.drc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/Policies/DRC%20Policies/56-DSC-03%20Apr%202017.pdf?ver=2017-11-01-083126-567.

            The inmate may request witnesses who may testify in person, by phone, or electronically.  As witnesses, Hasan has requested Ben Turk, Steven Kirschenbaum, Queen Tahiyrah, and Abe Bonowitz (in connection with the protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 30, 2018).             Hasan emphasized the magnitude of the situation he is in.  If convicted, he can be subjected to a lot of restrictions.  His access to the phone and kiosk could be limited for a significant number of months... Furthermore, in Hasan’s view, this matter cannot be won within the ODRC.  He regards it as a First Amendment issue and he wants outside support and coverage by the media.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Siddique Abdullah Hasan on Hunger strike

On Friday July 27 Siddique Abdullah Hasan was locked down on a conduct report signed by Brian Wittrup at ODRC central office which referred to his receiving information about the upcoming prison strike.

Over the weekend we organized a phone zap based on word from other prisoners. It wasn't until late Monday evening that supporters were finally able to hear from Hasan directly via an attorney phone call with Staughton and Alice Lynd. Here is there report from that call:

Friday, July 20, 2018

Unprofessional Analyst on (Paralysis) Mental Illness.

A new piece, written by Greg Curry.

UNPROFESSIONAL ANALYST ON( PARALYSIS) MENTAL ILLNESS.

Mental illness has many layers. It goes without saying that a person trying to physically harm themselves is mentally ill, not so defined is a prisoner sentenced to life confined to a prison of any security level whom continually wake up to be harassed by prison low wage cops, other prisoners instability that could manifest in a violent outburst at anytime, bad food, bad medical care, petty arbitrary rues, lack of fresh air, clean water, lack of any REAL hope beyond the next commissary day, or family visit. 


Year after year some prisoners hold out hope for a favorable court decision or parole hearing/security level reduction that never happen as he age as he internalize suppression of basic human rights as we normalize not being able to take a dump uninterrupted, endless strip searches, as the faith in one GOD or the other grows any sign of thirst/ resistance for FREEDOM diminish, the more hours given to PLAY the less likely anyone cares about there situation and yet tomorrow we're up bright and early smiling, happy, singing, dancing within the( acceptable) boundaries decided by our overseers this is mental illness !

Otherwise these GODS these COURTS these LAWYERS these PRAYERS this LOVE these DISTRACTIONS would be meaningless in the face of the actual fact that year after year we're still here! 

Let's get SANE, Let's have a Revolution of the mind. 

FREEDOM FIRST, 

GREG CURRY.

Greg has been an active prison rebel for years, despite being locked up in the supermax since being falsely charged following the Lucasville Uprising. Due to poor evidence against him at trial, Greg evaded the death penalty, which ironically put him in a worse situation for two reasons. First, Ohio only appoints appeal lawyers to death penalty cases, so he's been fighting his case on his own. Second, guards took it upon themselves to punish him and nearly killed him.

Despite clear evidence that the prosecutors lied to the jury and judge at his first trial (they boldy admit it in an appeal brief) his lack of representation has left his case neglected. The innocence project and other avenues of legal aid have said he has a strong case to overturn his uprising conviction, but he has since been convicted of years worth of new charges for defending himself against the guards who targeted him for alleged involvement in the uprising.

In truth, Greg never entered the occupied cell block during the uprising.

Learn more at FACEBOOK/ GREGCURRY
Email Greg through JPay:
JPAY.COM/ E MAIL.
Write to Greg:

Greg Curry
A213159
878 Coitsville Hubbard Rd
Youngstown, OH 44505


Friday, April 27, 2018

Hunger strike Successful!

Hello supporters,

Keith/Bomani just shared that they were able to meet with the Warden this morning after 4 days of being on hunger strike and successfully negotiated full reinstitution of their previously earned privileges, ones that some were attempting to corrode. He, Hasan, Jason, and Greg send their heartfelt thanks for any and all ways in which you lent of yourself during this struggle. They’ve agreed to end the strike.

One love.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Message from Keith Lamar on the hunger strike:

I just met with my attorneys, Alice and Staughton Lynd, along with the warden and North regional director, Mr. Ishee. At present, we're still on strike pending a meeting with the warden, which he assured me would happen "sooner than later." I anticipate it happening in the next day or so. In the meantime, this is my understanding of where things stand:

No one to date has accepted responsibility for rescinding our privileges, but the why and wherefores of that is neither here nor there. What matters is that it not happen again, and I was assured by Mr. Ishee that unless warranted (based on our personal behavior), our privileges would not be summarily rescinded as they were. In addition, there's several issues with respect to visiting and other areas that were already in place before new administration came about, and these things will be discussed with warden in aforementioned meeting. It's my general feeling that these matters will be resolved, and that present problems will not recur again.

To the larger issue of our general situation, we all agree that we cannot rely on the system to deliver the justice we seek. As with the case of our privileges, the only way things will l change is through the utilization of our own agency, and with the support of The People. This lesson is continually being taught to us, and I think we can

Monday, April 23, 2018

Three Uprising prisoners on hunger strike to restore communication access.

In clear retaliation during the 25th anniversary of the 1993 uprising, the Ohio State Penitentiary administration rolled back communication access and possibly other conditions exclusively for the survivors of the Lucasville Uprising.

Please call Ohio State Penitentiary between 9am and 5pm EST. Dial 330-743-0700 and press 0 then ask to speak with Warden Bowen.

SUGGESTED SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is _____. I'm calling to demand you reverse Friday's policy changes that imposed new restrictions on prisoners impacted by the Lucasville uprising. None of these prisoners violated any rules and there's no justification for rolling back important policies that help them survive the 25 years of solitary confinement the ODRC has cruelly subjected them to.”


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS:

Friday, April 13, 2018

Lucasville Anniversary Coverage Roundup.

Here we will archive links to any media coverage from the uprising. If you notice anything we're missing, please contact insurgent.ben@gmail.com and we'll get it added. Thanks!

Truth-out: Twenty-Five Years After the Lucasville Uprising it's Survivors are Leading a New Prison Resistance Movement. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/44285-twenty-five-years-after-the-lucasville-uprising-its-survivors-are-leading-a-new-prison-resistance-movement

Reportback from Solidarity rally at SOCF: https://itsgoingdown.org/solidarity-rally-outside-lucasville-prison-to-mark-25th-anniversary-of-uprising/

Audio report from that action. https://itsgoingdown.org/audio-report-rally-outside-lucasville-as-hunger-strike-begins/

Lucasville Uprising Survivors On Hunger Strike After Ohio Prison Officials Restrict Communications https://shadowproof.com/2018/04/25/lucasville-uprising-survivors-hunger-strike-restrict-communications/

Final Straw Radio interview with Mosi Paki and Niki Schwartz: https://thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org/post/2018/04/15/after-25-years-two-perspectives-on-the-lucasville-uprising-by-the-final-straw-radio/

Worker's World Interview with Hasan: https://www.workers.org/2018/04/10/lucasville-prison-uprising-25th-anniversary/

Socialist Worker interview with Hasan: https://socialistworker.org/2018/04/17/when-lucasville-rose-up

SF Bay View article by Greg Curry: http://sfbayview.com/2018/04/lucasville-rebellion-longest-prison-riot-in-history-began-25-years-ago-on-april-11-1993/

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center of Cincinnati published a short piece: http://ijpccincinnati.org/featured/lucasville-25-years/

Newafrikan77 blogpost on the uprising: https://newafrikan77.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/25-years-the-lucasville-prison-rebellion-4-11-1993-never-forget/


Mainstream Coverage:

Associate press is re-running old articles from 1993: http://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/wednesday-marks-25th-anniversary-of-lucasville-prison-riot/1111839871

Dayton Daily News: https://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/things-remember-about-the-lucasville-prison-riot-years-later/OOZzf7iPcYnlEKF0wZ8mAM/

Newark Advocate: https://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/news/2018/04/11/former-prison-boss-says-lucasville-riot-spurred-needed-reform/503553002/

Friday, April 6, 2018

Act in Solidarity with the Survivors of the Lucasville Uprising!

Central Ohio IWOC, the Free Ohio Movement and Lucasville Amnesty call for actions and raising awareness around the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising on April 11-21. Drawing attention to this pivotal event in the history of prison in Ohio and the US, protesters will hold a 3PM noise demo on the 21st outside the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville where prisoners held a cell block for 11 days in April of 1993.

Prisoner survivors of this rebellion have spent these 25 years acting as beacons of resistance despite suffering in solitary confinement and on death row. Their persistent and stiff resistance has wrenched concessions from the State of Ohio, improved conditions for all prisoners at the supermax and inspired and participated in the burgeoning nation-wide prisoner resistance movement. From another cell-block occupation in 1997, to lawsuits against the supermax, to successful hunger strikes in 2011-2013 (see links below), to death sentence resistance, to Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan's participation and advocacy for the nation-wide strike and prisoner protest on September 9 2016, these prisoners have been at the heart of the burgeoning prisoner resistance movement.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Organizing for the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising


Twenty-Five years after the longest prison uprising in which people died, the full story has not been told. April 11, 2018 will be the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising, a defining event in the history of criminal justice and prison systems in Ohio and the United States.

Lucasville stands out from other prison uprisings in many ways that deserve greater examination. The uprising claimed 10 lives over 11 days and ended in a negotiated surrender, the terms of which the State of Ohio refused to honor by targeting those who negotiated with them during the uprising.

We have distributed two documents, assembled by Staughton and Alice Lynd, esteemed labor lawyer historians from Youngstown, Ohio. The first describes the uprising and subsequent prosecutions in greater detail, exposing the state's behavior during the uprising, and extensive prosecutorial misconduct in the trials following it.

The second is a list of people willing to be interviewed for the 25th anniversary of the uprising. These contacts include:
- Niki Schwartz, who Ohio brought in to negotiate the peaceful surrender
- Defense attorneys from the trials
- Prisoner survivors, including those on death row, those still in prison, and those who have been released.
- Activists, film-makers and organizers.

Five men have been condemned to death and many more to long sentences served almost entirely in solitary confinement at the Ohio State Penitentiary, a supermax prison built in the wake of the uprising. These prisoners have been influential writers, activists and organizers beyond their own cases, and despite their very restrictive conditions of confinement and isolation.
Their 2011 Hunger Strike partially inspired the interracial solidarity of the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikes, which expanded to include over 30,000 prisoners. Siddique Abdullah Hasan, one of the death row survivors, was a lead organizer of the September 9, 2016 national prison strike and protest, the largest prisoner-led protest in history.
The impact and historical resonance of the Lucasville Uprising is still felt in Ohio and beyond 25 years later. The consequences remain dire, and the story remains largely untold. Please review these materials and consider covering the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising.