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. 

Corporations are abusing people:Here’s how to better protect workers and consumers.

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.

Get people like me off government aid: A $15 minimum wage would make my job at McDonald’s livable

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

Imprisoned LeBron Fan Uses Billboards In Fight For Freedom

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On November 1, 2019, the freedom campaign of Ohio prisoner Jason Goudlock, 44, who is the subject of the feature-length documentary INVISIBLE CHESS: The Jason Goudlock Story, erected a digital billboard in Ohio and Atlanta, GA, calling for his release.

Goudlock, a native of Cleveland, OH, who made international headlines in 2014 for a comment he made to the Ohio Parole Board about LeBron James, is serving an indeterminate sentence.

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Some Positive Developments

Date: November 3, 2019
Time: 9:37 am
Location: Toledo Korrectional Institution

After recently getting another five-year flop, in August, at the corrupt parole board, I have a few positive developments to share with you, as well as another bizarre and unbelievable one.

On November 1, 2019, after trying for years to make this happen, with the help of my brother, I was able to put up a digital billboard in Atlanta, GA (on the streets of 8th and Peachtree) and one in Ohio (On State Highway 35, west-bound, near Dayton, OH). They display my website and the name of my documentary!

The erecting of my billboards is perfect timing, that is, considering that legislation on behalf of old-law prisoners has been recently introduced to Ohio legislators by Beverly Seymour and James Kronenberger of the prisoner rights organization Fair Treatment Reform and Reentry.

Three screenings for the documentary have been scheduled in January along with an interview for the Final Straw radio show in North Carolina, which was made possible by old-law political prisoner David Easley (Toledo, OH #306-400).

Now, as for the bizarre story … Last week, I was called out to speak to two Ohio Highway Patrolmen about an incident in which they said they received information that I was trying to put out a hit on the parole board! My first reaction to this was laughter, because someone is clearly trying to set me up. At the time, I couldn’t think of anyone who would try to set me up like this. But, after I went back to my cell and gave it some though, I think it’s an officer that I had an argument with that’s responsible for the attempted framing? If they’re smart, they better stop while they’re ahead, that is, unless they want to end up getting exposed in a documentary.

I assure you, I will not accept anyone setting me up again!

I know I broke the law in 1993, but what the parole board is doing to me is crazy. They need to let their grudge go and let me get on with my life. I have become bitter over the years with what they’ve done to me. I still want to get out and do everything that I can to steer at-risk youths away from the penitentiary because being incarcerated is a constant form of torture that erodes the spirit of prisoners.

Well, this is all for this posting. Please support the aforementioned introduced legislation for old-law prisoners. If anyone reading this is good at promoting social media material, please get in contact with me so I can get my social media cranked all the way up.

Matt Mason

From Matt Mason (Website | Facebook | Petition):

My name is Matt Mason. I am 52 years old and was arrested four days before my 24th birthday for a crime I did not commit.

Ironically, I have become an accomplished prison litigator. In over 20 years, I have sent 55 men home from prison and have 16 published cases. Yet, I have been unable to get the courts to even so much as read the pleadings and new evidence submitted in my own case.

I am preparing to go back to court to be re-sentenced. I will present anew, all evidence proving my innocence, that the prosecutor knowlingly withheld prior to my trial. The evidence suggests that the murder was committed by a corrupt police officer and covered up by the system.

Please take a look at my website to find out the truth about this case, including real evidence. I am an innocent prisoner.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report establishing that, by their own estimate, 12-15% of those then incarcerated in the United States are factually innocent. Mine is but one of those stories.

If you have any questions, comments, or would like to help me, please feel free to write.

Many thanks for your interest.

Matt Mason (A231-446)
Grafton Correctional Institution
2500 S. Avon Belden Road
Grafton, OH 44044

Please sign my petition addressed to the governor of Ohio in support of my fight for justice. Thank you!

Savon C. Davis

The following is from Savon Davis:

Over twelve years in prison with PROOF of my innocence, all VOIDED due to a missed appeal filing deadline. What if I were on DEATH ROW?!? I may have been executed already!

My name is Savon C. Davis. I was wrongfully convicted of a home invasion robbery and given 28 years with the help of a court-appointed attorney who acted as an agent for the state. (I have proof of that too.)

With rebellious blood in my veins, a growing anger for racial oppression, abuse and neglect by prison officials, my objective is to assist my comrades as much as possible before my fuse sets off a self-sacrificing detonation to take a pig with me and make world news because AFTER a tragedy, people always ask, “why?”

BY ANY MEANS, ameriKKKa will hear and address the corruption my comrades and I suffer through as we beg outsiders for help. But as efforts keep stalling due to our reliance on busy/distracted people, we know they mean well and the comrades have patience. I DON’T.

I’ve been kidnapped and REFUSE to remain a dollar sign much longer! For more info/details on my case or to see details of our suffering, go to FreeSavonDavis.weebly.com.

To Speak to friends about my current isolation and recent suicide attempts and how we are neglected treatment in order to SAVE MONEY, call Jasper (330)648-3568 or Liz at (973)722-4765.

My best photos are at prisoninmates.com.

Contact Via USPS Mail:

Savon Davis (A577547)
Toledo Ohio Correctional Institution
2001 East Central Avenue
​Toledo, OH 43608

Email via JPay

Doing My Best to Maintain My Sanity

Date: November 3, 2019
Time: 9:37 am
Location: Toledo Korrectional Institution

I’m doing my best to maintain my sanity in the midst of being held captive by the Ohio Parole Board. They just issued a second update of their so-called “parole board transformation reforms” (Sept. 13; www.drc.ohio.gov), which mentioned absolutely nothing about rectifying the sentencing disparity between old-law and new-law prisoners, which they said in their June 13, 2019 update that they were going to be addressing!

Nevertheless, nothing in any of the two updates was applied to me at my August 30 hearing. But, see, this is how things operate behind closed doors. They make things appear one way to the public, but in actuality, they’re doing something else. They probably have applied some of the reforms to certain prisoners.

This is how they circumvent the agendas that they appear to be carrying out on the surface. They show you a few positive things on the surface, but underneath it you have what’s being done to me still going on. If the Parole Board was truly trying to rectify the old-law disparity, I would be on my way to Cleveland and not doing another five-year flop.

A CALL TO ACTION: Send emails to Ohio senators, newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, magazine editors, college student unions, blog websites, the ACLU, churches, mosques, synagogues, fraternities, sororities, attorneys, activist-athletes, etc… and ask them to watch and share my documentary, Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story. Demand that I be released by way of posting on their social media platforms and signing my change.org petition.

Ohio’s criminal justice system, as well as countless others across the U.S., is corrupt and ultra-racist. They must be pot on blast!

It’s about to be 2020 and slavery — by another name — is thriving in the USA. If the Ohio Parole Board did to Chelsea Clinton or Rush Limbaugh what they’re doing to me, everybody on the Board would get fired! You can best believe that Chelsea and Rush would be getting out of prison, for sure.

#ThisIsWhyTheyKneelForTheAnthem

Postscript:

Mentally ill inmates are being intentionally neglected by Toledo’s mental health department. Inmate Keith Gunnell (#613-236), on September 19, on third and first shift, cut himself with a razor seven or eight separate times while he was on suicide watch under “close supervision.” It wasn’t until he received 27 stitches for cutting his stomach open that he was placed on “constant supervision.” All of this was recorded on video.

On August 9, inmate Savon Davis (#577-547) went to an outside hospital for cutting his neck open.

On August 15, he was taken off of suicide watch despite never being interviewed by mental health. He, then, cut his neck again the same day and was placed back on watch.

On July 8, 2nd shift, CO Aumiller was fired for throwing a razor blade in the stripout cage of inmate Demarco Wright (#654-361). He pepper-sprayed Wright under the false pretense that the inmate was “trying to kill himself.”

All of the incidents are documented and the videos and reports can be obtained, as a matter of law, by way of making a Public Record Request to Toledo’s warden assistant 2, Sonrisa Sehlmeyer. Send requests to DRC.ToCI@odrc.state.oh.us and contact Ohio media, asking them to do the same.

Letter to The Walt Disney Company

I wrote to The Walt Disney Company about my documentary, Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story, because I thought it would appeal to ABC News and ESPN, both owned by Disney. But, I guess, “doing the right thing” only matters to filmmakers like Spike Lee.

This was their response:

Dear Mr. Goudlock:

This will acknowledge, with thanks, your letter to The Walt Disney Company seeking out out interest in a documentary about the Ohio criminal justice system and your life story. Your correspondence was forwarded to the Disney Legal Department as it is our responsibility to respond to such submissions and inquiries on behalf of the Disney organization.

Please know that we sympathize with the circumstances of your position and we appreciate your interest in writing to us. As to the kind offer of your story and offer, I must explain that our company’s long-established policy does not allow us to accept for review or consideration any ideas, suggestions or creative materials not specifically solicited by us or our subsidiaries. It is our intention to avoid misunderstandings when projects are created internally which might be similar to submissions made to us from outside the company.

We recognize that this policy is sometimes a disappointing one as when someone like yourself, a creative individual, with all the best intentions, would simply like us to consider your own creative idea and offer. Experience has taught us, though, that if we abandon our policy for one person, we will have to make exceptions for others and soon we will have no policy at all. Therefore, as required, I must return your letter and accompanying documents, unexamined, and without retaining any copies. We hope you will understand that this is not meant to be a reflection on the merit of your offer and idea. Rather, this is how we are required to respond to all unsolicited submissions.

Although our reply must necessarily be one other than what you might have hoped for, we do appreciate your interest in writing to us.

Very truly yours,

The Legal Department

The Walt Disney Company


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