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The gatekeepers: Striking it rich in the bail bond business

Posted by Webmaster/Moderator on March 26th, 2016

Columbus Alive Archive Article The gatekeepers (Bail bonds) 05/07/1997 FEATURED ARTICLE The gatekeepers Striking it rich in the bail bond business by Bob Fitrakis Despite a city ordinance prohibiting the soliciting of business by bail bondsmen, “in or around any court or public place,” a month-long investigation by Columbus Alive revealed that the law is […]

Fight Back – Episode: 03/20/15 Siddique Hasan announcing the hunger strike at the Ohio State Penn

“The Free Press has obtained a copy of a shocking Statement by concerned employees of the Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility (FCCBCF). They describe an understaffed facility with overworked employees, rampant sex among the inmates, virus epidemics, ignored suicide attempts, illusionary and inaccurate data, and tyrannical management personally invested in a training manual and soon-to-be book intended for profit.”

Free Press Second Saturday Salon May 10

Posted by Webmaster/Moderator on May 3rd, 2014

Free Press Second Saturday Salon
Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 6:30-11pm
1021 E. Broad St.
Join progressive friends for food, fun, music, art, socializing and networking. Presentation on new book “Condemned: The Whole Story” by death row inmate and one of Lucasville Five, Bomani Shakur. He will read from the book and call in live from prison.

“Free Angela — and all political prisoners!” Gateway Theater, OSU campus

Posted by Webmaster/Moderator on April 28th, 2013

“Free Angela — and all political prisoners!”
Thursday, May 9 – 7:00pm
Gateway Theater, OSU campus
This event will only happen if 42 more people reserve a ticket before May 2.
Reserve yours today:
Join us for this special one-night-only screening of Free Angela And All Political Prisoners, the gripping documentary on legendary activist and icon Angela Davis. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets now and invite your friends and family to attend.

Re-Examining the Lucasville Uprising Conference, April 19-21, 2013

Posted by Webmaster/Moderator on March 23rd, 2013

I have been working with Staughton and Alice Lynd and a group of people from all over the state of Ohio to organize the “Re-Examining the Lucasville Uprising Conference” at Columbus State Community College which will be held April 19-21, 2013.

Free Press Free Movie: Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal

Posted by Webmaster/Moderator on March 18th, 2013

Free Press Free Movie – “Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Free Press Second Saturday Salon

Posted by Webmaster/Moderator on March 8th, 2013

Welcoming progressive friends with refreshments, music, art, networking, presentations, and socializing.
Presentations on Re-examining Lucasville conference, efforts to reform Columbus City Council and more.

photo and info presented from Wikipedia: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections – Southern Ohio Correctional Facility Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections – Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF). Lucasville, Ohio. ***From Wikipedia*** On Easter Sunday, April 11, 1993, 450 Lucasville prisoners, including an unlikely alliance of the Aryan Brotherhood and Gangster Disciples, rioted and took over the facility for 11 days. The main causes apparently were serious overcrowding and mismanagement of the facility and discontent in the general population that the authorities were going to force Muslim prisoners to undergo tuberculosis vaccinations in violation of their religious beliefs. Investigations conducted after the riot found that the gangs were also collaborating to murder inmates accused of being informants. Nine inmates and one corrections officer were killed. During negotiations, the inmates did not feel they were being taken seriously, and voted as a group to kill a guard in retaliation. They handcuffed Officer Robert Vallandingham, who they had taken hostage, and killed him by strangling him with a dumbbell from the prison weight room. During those eleven days, representatives from the Sunni Muslims, Aryan Brotherhood, and Gangster Disciples met every day in an improvised leadership council. Following the events of the riots, all death row inmates at the facility were moved to a prison in Mansfield and later to the Ohio State Penitentiary a supermax facility in Youngstown. Five prisoners, including Bomani Shakur (Keith Lamar), Siddique Adbullah Hasan (Carlos Sanders), Jason Robb and Namir Abdul Mateen (James Were), were sentenced to death. There is a song by the band Blackbird Raum about the riots titled Lucasville.”

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