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Aug 8, 18

OSP Hunger Strike Reaches Second Week

Update on ongoing hunger strike in Ohio by prison rebel Siddique Abdullah Hasan.

Youngstown, OH – Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan has been refusing food since the morning of Saturday July 28 in protest to a conduct report and new restrictions on his confinement.

The charges include rioting or participating in a riot, though no riot occurred. Hasan has been held in solitary confinement for decades at the supermax prison in Youngstown Ohio.

The conduct report will be handled by a Serious Miscondut Panel later this week, who will make recommendations to the Chief of the Bureau of Classification, Brian Wittrup. Brian Wittrup is also the author of the conduct report.

“This is the equivalent of a prosecutor first arguing a case, and then putting on judges robes to determine the sentence,” said Ben Turk, a supporter who was named in the conduct report and will testify before the panel, “there can be no justice in such an arrangement.”

The conduct report primarily stems from Turk attempting to send publicly available documents about the upcoming prison strike to Hasan. The mailrooms intercepted the paper copy of these documents, but not the copy sent through the JPay email system.

Hasan believes the matter cannot be won within the ODRC, he regards it as an infringement on his, and his supporters’ First Amendment rights and intends to pursue remedy through the courts.

A determined human rights advocate, Hasan has engaged in many hunger strikes over his years at the supermax. His commitment to justice and the assertion of his rights in this matter is strong.

Outside supporters are engaged in a pressure campaign against the ODRC, encouraging people to call, send emails, and letters to Director Gary Mohr, at his office and home address.

View the call to action here:

A copy of the conduct report is available online here:

A copy of the offending material sent to Hasan is available online here:
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