Other Movement Prisoners:
- Siddique Abdullah Hasan
- Greg Curry
- Bomani Shakur
Corcorcan Prison Strikers
- Pyung Hwa Ryoo
- Juan Jaimes
- William E. Brown
- Michael Zaharibu Dorrough
- J. Heshima Denham
- Kambui Robinson
New Afrikan Black Panther Party
- Kevin “Rashid Johnson
Easter Sunday, 1993, the Lucasville, OH, prison was rocked when prisoners took control in what was the longest prison uprising in U.S. history. Black and White prisoners stood together to fight back against a brutal prison regime. When prison boss Arthur Tate mandated TB testing with injections containing alcohol, Muslim prisoners politely requested an alternative testing method. Tate’s refusal to comply, along with his utter disrespect of Muslims, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. During the course of the uprising, 9 prisoners and 1 cop were killed. The Lucasville rebellion sent a shock wave into the heart of the prison system and the state was determined to teach a lesson to any who would stand up and fight back. In the sham trials that followed, 5 people were scapegoated onto death row.
Siddique Abdullah HasanSiddique Abdullah Hasan (Carlos A. Sanders) #R130559 Ohio State Penitentiary PO Box 1436 Youngstown, Ohio 44505
Siddique Hasan played a key role in negotiating a peaceful end to the siege. Although no eyewitness testimony and no material evidence linked Hasan to the death of any cop, the state used dubious jailhouse snitch testimony, along with a predominantly white jury in Cincinnati (a city notorious for institutionalized racism), to get a death conviction against him. Siddique Abdullah Hasan, is a prison Imam, skilled writer, and compassionate mentor and friend to fellow inmates. His case has widespread support but Siddique is nearing the end of any possible appeals. Some of the articles he has written can be found at: http://www.prisonersolidarity.org/
Greg CurryGreg Curry, #213-159 Ohio State Penitentiary 878 Coitsville-H Youngstown, OH 44504
In his own words:
” I believe that not only will friends of justice, freedom and equality (socialists) have to wake people up, but prisoners; especially those of us in super-max prisons, also have to play our part in waking up the masses so that the mind and body are accessible to positive growth. But everywhere among believers and activists in society, there must be a number of houses, gardens, bakeries, study halls and schools, that can absorb like-minded prisoners returning to society. Moreover, there must be training facilities to develop and help pioneers to travel across America and spread our words and deeds. We have to be ready and willing to do things we have not done before in order to achieve that which we have yet to achieve.”
Bomani ShakurBomani Shakur (Keith LaMar), #A317117 Ohio State Penitentiary P.O. Box 1436 Youngstown OH 44501.
Ohio prosecutors alleged that Keith Lamar was the leader of a group of prisoners dubbed the death squad and was responsible for ordering the deaths of five inmates during Ohio’s longest and bloodiest prison uprising, at Lucasville in 1993. Since the uprising he has taken the African name Bomani Shakur. Bomani Shakur has proclaimed his innocence. He reports that police beat him, left him naked in freezing conditions for long periods and in cells without plumbing in order to make him confess to acts he didn’t commit and to get him to become a witness for the state. He encouraged other prisoners not to make false confessions or turn state’s evidence. He is now on death row as a part of the Lucasville Uprising.
Other Prisoner Movement
Corcorcan Prison Hunger Strikers
In late December 2011, prisoners at California’s Corcoran State Prison’s ASU launched a hunger strike in protest of inhumane conditions. Prison staff transferred those who were identified as hunger strike leaders to the psychiatric ward and issued all participants violation notices for “participation in mass disturbances.” Inmates in the ASU are held in 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement. Many have been in isolation for years and even decades. California State Prison, Corcoran, houses over 1400 in Security Housing Units and an additional 350 in ASUs. It has been the site of hunger strikes since late December 2011. Unlike the highly publicized Pelican Bay hunger strikes of last year, the Corcoran strikes have received scant press attention. In February 2012, 27-year-old Christian Gomez died a week after joining the hunger strike. There is no way out – prisoners are told they will die in there.
Pyung Hwa Ryoo, F-88924, Corcoran State Prison, ASU 1-167, P.O. Box 3456, Corcoran, CA 93212
Juan Jaimes, V-08644, Corcoran State Prison, ASU 1-165, P.O. Box 3456, Corcoran, CA 93212
William E. Brown, T-58106, Corcoran State Prison, ASU 1-169, P.O. Box 3456, Corcoran, CA 93212
Michael Zaharibu Dorrough, D-83611, CSP-COR-SHU, 4BIL-43, P.O. Box 3481, Corcoran, CA 93212
J. Heshima Denham, J-38283, CSP-COR-SHU, 4BIL-46, P.O. Box 3481, Corcoran, CA 93212
Kambui Robinson, C-82830, CSP-COR-SHU, 4BIL-49, P.O. Box 3481, Corcoran, CA 93212.
New Afrikan Black Panther Party – Prison Chapter
Kevin Rashid Johnson
777 Stanton Blvd.
Ontario, OR 97914
In 1990, Kevin “Rashid” Johnson was a drug dealer, an ambitious member of amerika’s Black lumpen proletariat, or underclass. Like so many, as a young adult he was arrested and received a lengthy prison sentence. Prior to being moved to Oregon State Penitentiary, Rashid was in solitary confinement for 18 years. While in segregation, Rashid taught himself law and began litigating against the prisons. He launched numerous lawsuits and at first scored several victories, until acquiring the reputation of a troublemaker with various judges, who ultimately barred him from the court. Rashid and another prisoner -Comrade Shaka Sankofa Zulu, came together to found the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter (NABPP-PC). The NABPP-PC has a newsletter called, ‘Right On!’
For more information and to view his artwork, check out Rashid’s website: rashidmod.com