Thursday, January 13, 2011


Saturday, January 15
Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network

12:45 - gather for rally and press conference at Ohio State Penitentiary in

We will have reports from visits with the hunger strikers, messages from the
prisoners, solidarity statements, and more. If enough of us gather with enough
signs and banners, we can be seen from the prisoners' windows. So come on down!
Bring your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, your fellow students, and your
whole family. To arrange for car pooling, email

Hunger Strike by Prisoners
Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Bomani Shakur (Keith LaMar), Jason Robb and Namir Mateen
(James Were) started a hunger strike Jan. 3 to protest their 23-hour a day lock down
for nearly 18 years. These four death-sentenced prisoners, convicted on perjured
testimony, have been single-celled (in solitary) in conditions of confinement
significantly more severe than the conditions experienced by the approximately 125
other death-sentenced prisoners at the supermax prison, Ohio State Penitentiary in
Youngstown. They are completely isolated from any direct human contact, even during

See the facebook page set up by dedicated activists Professor Denis O'Hearn and
attorney Staughton Lynd:

Become a friend of the facebook site and urge all your facebook friends to do the
same. As we get updates during the hunger strike, they will be posted on the
facebook page and tweeted by twitter. So get involved and spread the word.

You recall the Bomani Shakur is to be the first to start the hunger strike tomorrow,
and I'm sure our thoughts and best wishes are with him. I have attached his
beautiful statement explaining why he is going on the hunger strike: in essence, the
conditions under which they have been held amount to torture and enough is enough!

For those of you who wish to send him cards, letters and other messages of support,
be sure to include his "convicted as" name: Keith LaMar, and his prisoner number:
317-117. The address for all four prisoners is: Ohio State Penitentiary, 878
Coitsville-Hubbard Rd., Youngstown, OH 44505-4635. You can also send the prisoners
email through the JPay-Ohio system once you set up an account. It will cost you
25-30 cents per page of email, depending how many virtual "stamps" you purchase at

Siddique Abdullah Hasan will join the hunger strike second, probably after three
days. His "convicted as" name is Carlos Sanders and his prisoner number is
R130-559. Next will be Jason Robb whose prisoner number is 308-919. And finally,
Namir Abdul Mateen will join, to the extent that his health will allow. His
"convicted as" name is James Were and his prisoner number is 173-245. We wish them
all victory and good health.

Messages of solidarity and support are of course welcome. Please contact
for the

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