Delanio Wright

Delanio Wright is an Ohio old-law prisoner, who, like myself, is being held captive by Ohio’s corrupt Parole Board, and is co-featured in my INVISIBLE CHESS documentary.

In 2016,when I learned that the INVISIBLE CHESS documentary was going to be made, I passed the news on to some other old-law prisoners, whom, in turn, conveyed the news to Delanio Wright. This led to him contacting the producers of the film.

I’ve never personally met Delanio Wright, but his pain and frustration is my pain and frustration, and I want him to attain his long overdue freedom, along with other deserving old-law prisoners.

Wright is an author and music composer. If you would like to assist him in his fight for justice, please contact him via U.S. mail at the following:

Delano Wright,#A705-256
11781 State Route 762 #2
Orient,OH 43146

If you wish,you can also set up an email account @ JPay.com.

Quawntay Adams

Quawntay Adams is an African-American federal prisoner who was arrested in 2004, at an Illinois truck stop, for allegedly attempting to pick up a vehicle loaded with marijuana. He was given an outrageous sentence of 35 YEARS, and, so far, has served 16 years!

Adams’ codefendant, however–a White woman who admitted to conspiracy to possess and distribute marijuana and money laundering charges–she received PROBATION!

Adams, the author of the memoir “Chasin’ Freedum(sic),” was featured in an interview in the same edition of the San Fransisco Bay View newpaper (Dec. 2019) that featured the story “Filming Injustice in Ohio’s Prisons: Jason Goudlock’s Story,” about Ohio’s old-law sentencing disparity [See “Jim Cannabis Crow: An Interview Wit’ a Prisoner From The War on (Drugs) “The Black Community,” by M.O.I. JR Valrey; www.SFBayView.com].

Please reach out to Adams and help this over-incarcerated man attain his
physical freedom. Illinois recently enacted legislation that legalized the recreational use and selling of cannabis (Illinois HB 1438), and it’s a disgrace that Adams is still in prison.

If you would like to assist Quawntay Adams in his fight for justice, please post and share his memoir on your social media platform, and contact him via the following:

https://www.quawntayboscoadams.com/
Quawntay8@Yahoo.com
Facebook/QuawntayAdams

Terry Little

Ohio prisoner Terry Little, a former cellmate of mine, is the author of an unpublished novel and is seeking to be assisted with preparing and submitting his manuscript to literary agents and book publishers.

If you would like to assist Terry Little with his literary endeavor, or know someone who can, please contact him via U.S mail at the following:

Terry Little, #A562-207
NEOCC
2240 Hubbard Road
Youngstown, OH 44505

Tim Grinnell

Tim Grinnell, an Ohio prisoner who has been incarcerated over 30 years is in need of legal assistance. I went before the Ohio Parole Board at the same
time Grinnell did, and I told him I would do what I could to help him find some legal assistance.

If you would like to assist Tim Grinnell, please contact him via U.S. mail at the following:

Tim Grinnell, #A218-140
Toledo Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 80033
Toledo,OH 43608

Keith Lamar

As Keith LaMar, Ohio political prisoner Bomani Shakur has written the memoir “CONDEMNED: The Whole Story“, an account of his trial and
wrongful conviction stemming from the infamous 1993 Lucasville prison uprising, as well as an account of his efforts to avoid being executed.

LaMar is scheduled to be executed in 2023. As with the case of wrongfully convicted death row prisoner Rodney Reed, we MUST NOT ALLOW LAMAR TO BE EXECUTED BY OHIO’S RACIST MACHINERY OF DEATH!

Please read and share LaMar’s book, and aggressively post commentary about his injustice on your social media platform, as well as contact local and national media outlets, elected officials, and celebrity activists.

If you would like to assist Keith LaMar in his fight for justice, please contact him via U.S mail at the following:

Keith LaMar (Bomani Shakur), #A317-117
Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Youngstown,OH 44505

Learn more about the injustice of Keith LaMar at LucasvilleAmnesty.org.

Siddique Abdullah Hasan

Ohio political-prisoner Siddique Abdullah Hasan (formerly known as Carlos Sanders) was wrongfully convicted for crimes committed during the infamous 1993 Lucasville prison uprising, most notably the killing of a corrections officer.

Despite there not being a shred of physical evidence linking Hasan to any crimes, the State still found him guilty and sentenced him to death.

If you would like to assist Siddique Abdullah Hasan in his fight for his freedom, please contact him at the following:

Siddique Abdullah Hasan, #R130-559
Ohio State Penitentiary
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Youngstown,OH 44505

Learn more about the injustice of Siddique Abdullah Hasan by logging onto LucasvilleAmnesty.org, and watching the feature-length documentary “Dark Little Secret“.

An essay about Hasan’s injustice, titled “Ohio’s Mumia Abu-Jamal,” is posted on FreeJasonGoudlock.org.

The book, “LUCASVILLE: The Untold Story of A Prison Uprising,” by Staughton Lynd, is available for free.

Greg Curry

Ohio political-prisoner Greg Curry is serving a life sentence after being wrongfully convicted for crimes committed during the infamous 1993 Lucasville prison uprising. Several months after Curry refused to testify and lie on other prisoners who were criminally charged in the uprising, he was scapegoated and charged with aggravated and attempted murder.

The alleged crimes occurred on the L-Side of the prison. Curry, however, a recreational aid worker, was at work and locked out of L-Side when the uprising began, thus, making it impossible for him to have committed the crimes he was charged with. Curry’s job supervisor testified to this fact during Curry’s trial.

Due to missed post-conviction procedural deadlines, Amnesty is, in
essence, the primary remedy that can rectify Curry’s gross miscarriage of justice.

If you would like to help Greg Curry attain his freedom,please contact him via U.S mail at the following:

Greg Curry, #A213-159
Toledo Correctional Institution
P.O Box 80033
Toledo,OH 43608

Learn more about the injustice of Greg Curry at GregCurry.org, and LucasvilleAmnesty.org.

The Old Law and The New: Jason Goudlock in Ohio

Originally aired January 5, 2020 on The Final Straw Radio Podcast.

The Final Straw Radio Podcast

First, we’ll hear from Jason Goudlock, a prisoner under the so-called “Old Law” in Ohio serving his 26th year of a 6-25 year sentence. Jason talks about the situation in Ohio between the “Old Law” and the “New Law”, for instance if he had been convicted of the same robbery and battery crimes three years later he might have served half of the time. Jason also speaks about the whims of the the Ohio Parole Board, some corroborated in public statements by former OPB member, Shirley Smith (linked in the show notes, and mentioning the situation of Marc Houc for instance).

Jason is the subject of a documentary, “Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story”, which can be found for free at FreeJasonGoudlock.org. Education packs for teachers can be found on the site for the film, InvisibleChess.com. The film will be shown on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 from 1:30-3pm alongside a discussion at Bard College led by the filmmaker, Samuel Crow, along with prison reformer Bill Nichols. It can be viewed it at the Bertelsmann Weis Cinema on the Bard College campus. You can find Jason’s website and blog up at his website. There is a gofundme run to raise funds for Jason’s legal defense and raising awareness of his case and those of other Old Law prisoners.

Jason also suggests FairTreatmentReformAndReentry.org to learn more about the struggle and check out recent legislation put forth in Ohio to affect the Old Law/New Law sentencing disparities (and in particular, Beverley A. Seymore, author of the Parole Reform Bill).

Near the end I ask Jason about recent hunger strikes by Mark Hinkston and David Easley, two other Ohio prisoners held for a bit at Toledo CI, who we’ve interviewed before on the show. The hunger strike was a protest against the use of solitary confinement specifically to torture prisoners suffering from mental health crises. More on that below. Jason also mentions the recent sexual abuse of prisoners at Toledo CI by mental health staff member Maggie Jedlinsky.

Finally, Jason shouts out the cases of the Lucasville Uprising. Check our show notes for links to our interviews with Hasan over the years and with Bomani Shakur, aka Keith Lamar, on his book Condemned and Greg Curry from the case. We also spoke with an attorney (Niki Schwartz) and another prisoner present on the 25th anniversary of the uprising.

It’s Not Enough!

DATE: January 3,2020
TIME: 4:55 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Toledo Correctional

While there has been some positive developments regarding the promoting of my documentary (i.e. a Jan. 6, screening at Morton Library in New York; a Jan. 22, screening @ Bard College in New York; an upcoming airing of a radio interview on The Final Straw, etc.), I’m still pissed-off by the lack of real activism on behalf of Ohio old-law prisoners. With the exception of the “putting-in-work” prisoner rights nonprofit organization,”Fair Treatment Reform and Reentry,” ain’t nobody in Ohio doing anything for old-law prisoners, except wishing us good luck every six months when they decide to answer a letter or pick up the phone. I can’t take it anymore, and I’m done being quiet about all of these imposters who are clueless-by-choice to what we are going through in here. I’ve seen all kinds of bullshit newsletters that are asking for money on behalf of prisoners who aren’t being helped, but that’s it! I’ve tried to network with all of these frauds, only to learn that they don’t give a damn about us, for real.

The old-law injustice has been going on since July 1,1996. Then, after a documentary comes out, proving that DRC and the Board have been engaged in outright corrupt practices-nobody supports it! Public defender Timothy Young is in the film, but he hasn’t responded to none of my four voice messages that I’ve left since being flopped another FIVE YEARS in August! What type of bullshit is that? I asked this
man to post and share the film with his colleagues, but what did I get, though?

NOTHING!

But this is the same office that runs the fake-ass Wrongful Conviction Project, who pretended for 3 YEARS that they were working on my innocence claims, only to turn around and tell me that “If they were to overturn my claims, it wouldn’t matter because I still have to go to the Board on my other cases.” But, they knew this from the very first day I wrote them! And just because I have to go before the Board on other cases, this doesn’t excuse the fact that I’m still serving time for crimes I didn’t do!

And the Board is using these cases to help keep me over-incarcerated. But, the Wrongful Conviction Project still doctored their work logs and made it look like they were investigating my claims! Man, these frauds never even pursued the video evidence, which the records state captured the suspects who did the Broadway robberies. If you are a so-called innocence project, why wouldn’t you–in a span of three years–make the request of the video that your client says proves his innocence? This kind of disregard and pathetic lack of integrity is one of the main reasons why innocent people are sent to prison and death row.

But, in the eyes of the Wrongful Conviction Project, it’s cool that I’ve been in here almost 30 fucking years! It’s cool that I’m in here getting assaulted by lying-ass officers, which, in turn, creates more ammunition for the Board to use against me–that is, to help them further fortify their system of corruption and retaliate against me for exposing Board member MARC HOUK, who was CAUGHT FILING FALSE CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST ME IN 2006, WHEN HE WAS THE WARDEN AT THE OHIO STATE PENITENTIARY IN YOUNGSTOWN (Just watch the INVISIBLE CHESS documentary, and review Ohio State Highway Patrolmen David H. Simpson’s investigation report, #06-000028-0400)!

But, not to get too far off subject, tell me how can any so-called advocate of justice ignore a film that exposes injustice like this? THOUSANDS of prisoners are being tortured by the corrupt practices of Board members like MARC HOUK. If this isn’t worthy of being addressed by so-called advocates for justice, then they need to go ahead and find something else to pretend to be passionate about. Maybe then we will be able to attain some semblance of real justice, instead of this false hope that these justice-charlatans are selling.

I know I’m going to probably be attacked by Ohio’s “justice impostors,” but I don’t even care because they can’t make my situation any worse. Plus, they all know that I’M TELLING THE TRUTH! They have to look themselves in the mirror everyday and tell lies. They have to acknowledge that they are the FRAUDS who profit off of the modern-day enslavement of people of color.

I’m going to conclude for now. But,stay tuned,because justice and accountability is coming for the crooked individuals who are responsible for the injustice of Jason Goudlock and other old-law prisoners! I am not a slave,and ODRC AND THE OHIO PAROLE BOARD DO NOT OWN ME!

Postscript:

Due to the assistance of publicist LaTanya O’Kelly, my social media presence is gaining some traction.

Please aid this progress by sharing and posting INVISIBLE CHESS, and by asking Ohio media and elected officials to investigate the blatant continued corruption of the Board.

Strategic Thoughts on How to Unionize Exploited Prisoners

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) president Mary Kay Henry recently stated in a USA Today opinion-editorial that her union’s endorsing of a 2020 presidential candidate will be conditioned on the candidate’s support of her union’s “Unions for all” initiative. This is an initiative to get the U.S. to adopt a new set of all-inclusive labor laws.

Henry further stated that due to nearly half of all U.S. workers being legally excluded from the right to bargain collectively, that it was time for the U.S. “to update our [labor] laws,” that is, so that disengranchised workers can be granted the legal right to negotiate for the earning of a fair wage.

Outlining her union’s agenda, Henry pointed out that U.S. labor laws, which were established by way of 1935’s National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), were brought into existence to “encourage collective bargaining” for the benefit of the manufacturing industry. Back then, this was America’s largest industry, composed of mainly an all-White male labor force.

Excluded from the collective bargaining table, however, were the industry sectors that employed mainly women and people of color, such as sectors of agriculture and domestic service work. Henry said that the labor laws written in 1935 are responsible for the marginalization of millions of workers today in the U.S. who, under federal law, aren’t entitled to union rights.

Henry and her union’s initiative to unionize all workers, most certainly, is a progressive agenda. Without including the demand that America’s most ignored and exploited class of working people — that is, prisoners — be granted the legal right to bargain collectively for a fair wage, it is also an incomplete and indisputably hypocritical one!

As a prisoner who has been imprisoned almost 26 consecutive years, by no means am I under any illusion that the U.S. status quo would ever willingly relinquish their stronghold that they have on America’s exploited and imprisoned working class. With hundreds of thousands of prisoners being exploited and forced to work for a meager wage, or even worse, for nothing at all, the booming business of exploiting prisoners is too lucrative an industry for the status quo to do an about face solely for the sake of morality. Systems of oppression must be made to stop their oppressive ways by some show of force.

With that said, it is my belief that the only way that U.S. captive prisoners are going to ever earn a fair wage and bring about an end to being exploited is by organizing and forming their own Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) prison labor union chapters. These chapters would then stage coordinated labor strikes as needed.

If it wasn’t for the hijacked labor of prisoners who cook the food, cut the grass, collect the trash, clean the cellblocks, shovel the snow, and operate the sweatshops for billion-dollar corporations such as Walmart and McDonald’s, prisons would not be able to operate efficiently.

In a time when many prisoners are easily distracted, discouraged, and intimidated by oppressive prison administrations, the organizing of captive laborers is something that calls for critical strategizing and practical application.

A strategic idea that I’m cultivating and seeking to implement is the launching of a grassroots outreach initiative to generate the support of dozens of radio stations nationwide who would be willing to allow prisoner rights labor representatives, such as the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) to broadcast weekly programs to a targeted prisoner audience.

It’s my belief that prisoners would regularly tune-in and begin to organize unions and union chapters if they were to hear on the radio that people in society are truly seeking to help them empower themselves. Plus, in addition to prisoners gaining organizational insight and having their morale elevated, the vehicle of broadcast radio would also circumvent prison administration’s capability to censor and interfere with the conveying of information to prisoners. It would also most certainly contribute to the broadening of the national dialogue about the massive incarceration of poor people of color.

With this in mind, I conclude by saying that in spite of what the racist language in the 13th Amendment states, that there shall be no slavery or involuntary servitude in the U.S. except for the punishment of a crime, prisoners are not slaves or leasable human beings. Their labor, as well as their mind, body, and soul, belong to them!

Power, as all revolutionaries know, belongs to the People.


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We need Unions for All. It’s a bold agenda for helping everyone get ahead in our economy.

Mary Kay Henry
Opinion contributor
Published 8:43 AM EDT Sep 2, 2019

America’s labor laws were established 84 years ago on the basis of a racist compromise. And these laws, which were incomplete when they were written, are now completely useless to millions of workers — black, brown and white — who are demanding a union on the job.

The landmark 1935 National Labor Relations Act, which among other things was meant to “encourage collective bargaining,” was written for a different economy when manufacturing was the biggest industry. And to satisfy the demands of white supremacists in Congress, it excluded agricultural, domestic and various other service workers from the very start, as they were industries dominated by women and people of color. 

In today’s economy, millions of other Americans — including gig or app-based workers, so-called independent contractors and some public sector employees — are denied union rights under federal law.

Let gig, service workers join unions

Today, according to our research at the Service Employees International Union, a staggering share of all workers in the country — up to 45% — are legally excluded from the right to bargain collectively. It’s time to update our laws to fit an economy where most people work in service jobs. 

That’s why members of our union — 2 million people who are janitors, health care workers and public service workers — are calling on all candidates for president to put forward serious plans to empower all workers to form unions, no matter what kind of job they do.

A Service Employees International Union member protests in Los Angeles in 2014. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

We are looking for more than lip service from political candidates and elected leaders about how much they support the broken laws we already have. Instead, we need big ideas about how to empower more people to join together in unions so everyone, no matter where they live or work, can negotiate for things like better pay, more affordable health care and more family-friendly schedules. 

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Demand for joining a union is at a four-decade high: Nearly half of all nonunion workers in the United States now say they would join a union if they could, according to a recent survey by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And a solid majority of all Americans today say they support unions.

More unions with more power

Workers across the country are demanding unions and fair contracts in a way I’ve never seen in my 40-year career in the labor movement. They include public school teachers from West Virginia, Oklahoma and Los Angeles. Amazon workers. Stop & Shop workers. Child care workers. Cooks and cashiers at McDonald’s and other companies across the $200 billion fast-food industry.

That’s why our endorsement in the 2020 election will be conditioned on support for “Unions for All,” a bold agenda to give working people more power in our society. Our demand for Unions for All is focused on four big changes.

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First, we want the next president to use the power of the Oval Office to bring employers, workers and their unions together at industrywide bargaining tables to negotiate pay, benefits and working conditions nationwide, with government involvement, where necessary, to help close the huge income inequality gap.

Second, give states and cities the freedom to innovate and create new laws that empower workers to organize in a union more easily than federal law allows.

Unions can help transform economy

Third, government should use its spending power to require that any job funded by taxpayer dollars pays at least $15 an hour and allows workers to join together in a union for a bargaining process that can truly improve their lives. 

Fourth, any major economic proposal — including plans for universal health care or the “Green New Deal” — must put good union jobs at the center.

Democrats are already taking notice. We’ve seen Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas propose bold solutions to unrig our economy and rewrite our labor laws, plans that are not just more of the same. We expect more 2020 presidential candidates to follow suit.

“Unions for All” is a demand we are making on behalf of working people who are fighting for their families, not just in our union but all across the country. Empowering more workers to join unions will give us the power to transform our economy into one where all of us can get ahead, no matter what our color or where we come from. 

It’s a demand that will make the right to a union a reality not just for some, but for all.

Mary Kay Henry is president of the Service Employees International Union. Follow her on Twitter: @MaryKayHenry Published 8:43 AM EDT Sep 2, 2019