To honor Dr King: Challenge Ohio prison system, Jan 19

To honor Dr. King: Challenge the Ohio prison system on Jan. 19
In 1995 five innocent men were sent to death row in connection with the
prison uprising in Lucasville, Ohio in 1993. Siddique Abdullah Hasan, George
Skatzes, Jason Robb, Namir Abdul Mateen, and Bomani Hondo Shakur (Keith
Lamar) were convicted of capital murder in relation to the deaths of a guard
and nine inmates.
Four of the five were actually involved in negotiating a resolution of
grievances and ending the uprising. The fifth, Bomani Shakur, was one who
simply refused to testify falsely. None of the Five had any involvement in
these killings or the decision to carry them out. Other inmates had their
sentences reduced in exchange for perjured testimony, which some of them
have now recanted. When the African-American and specifically the Muslim
defendants were on trial, the prosecution appealed to racism and
anti-Islamic prejudice.
They have been in solitary confinement for almost 15 years and their appeals
are running out.
Twenty-five other prisoners are still in prison in connection with the
Lucasville uprising, with sentences ranging from 25 years to life. In many
cases, charges were brought against these men because they would not provide
false testimony against the Five. Some of these prisoners are also in
solitary confinement.
*Gather at 12:00 on January 19 for a press conference at 1:00 pm at St.
Augustine Episcopal Church, 614 Parmalee Ave., in Youngstown, OH. The
Lucasville prisoners have joined with prisoner advocacy organizations to
launch a campaign for contact visits with family members and loved ones for
all death-sentenced prisoners. Eleven states allow regular full contact
visits for death row prisoners but Ohio does not. For prisoners in solitary,
hugs should be a human right!
*Demonstrate January 19 at 2:00 PM outside the Ohio State Penitentiary
(OSP). OSP is a supermax prison located at 878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd.,
Youngstown, OH. Four of the Lucasville Five are held in OSP as well as most
of Ohio’s 183 other death row prisoners.
Transportation is being organized from Cleveland. For bus reservations or
more info, call (216) 481-6671 or email
*On February 4, participate in the National Unity Day of Action. Demand that
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland overturn the wrongful convictions of all
prisoners with charges related to the Lucasville rebellion. Write to him at
Riffe Center, 30th Floor, 77 S. High Street, 30th Floor, Columbus, Ohio
43215, FAX (614) 466-9354, call him at (614) 466-3555 or email him at
Anyone can subscribe.
Send an email request to
Subscribing can also be done on the Web at

About reality

Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: This petition on Haiti disaster anniversary:   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: This petition on Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts:,_native_american_acts,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: This petition on Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday:   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: This petition on Economically empower through advocacy:
This entry was posted in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s