The Shadow of Lucasville — Screening / Discussion

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Tuesday Evening — 08.13.13 — The Shadow of Lucasville — Screening /

0. About Tuesday Evening
1. The Shadow of Lucasville
2. About Insurgent Theater
3. Solidarity

0. About Tuesday Evening

What: Screening / Discussion
When: 7pm – 9pm (Tuesday, August 13)
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
Who: Free and open to all

There are many ‘black worlds’ which inhabit and shape our contemporary
life. In the last decades, as these ‘black worlds’ have grown in size and
influence, so too has the gap between the facade of freedom-democracy and
the violence and dissemblance which has increasingly become its surrogate.

And as the lies have become a component part of the institutional matrix
of these democratic states, it has become increasingly difficult to
contain the leaking of these lies.

Yet despite increasing knowledge and evidence of these suppressed
realities, the challenge – to connect these exceptional sites and states
of exception to our everyday reality as well as to the historical
precedents which bring us to this stage of human history – remains

On April 11, 1993, in response to serious overcrowding and abuse, over 400
inmates at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility rioted and took over the
prison for 11 days. The uprising was sparked by racial tensions and the
warden’s refusal to respect the tenants of the Muslim prisoners’ faith.
Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan was targeted for prosecution and painted as
the villainous “leader” of the uprising in court and by the media.

During the uprising, nine inmates and one corrections officer were killed.
After a negotiated surrender, five men were sentenced to death. Twenty
years later, as hundreds of hunger striking prisoners from California to
Guantanamo Bay continue to struggle against torture and oppression, we
would like to invite you to a film screening on the Lucasville rebellion,
the longest in United States history.

Following the screening, one of the death sentenced survivors, Imam
Siddique Abdullah Hasan, of the uprising will be calling in to answer
questions. This event is organized with Insurgent Theater as part of their
Summer 2013 tour.

In the light of the continued and relentless efforts by the US government
to suppress dissent, both inside and outside prison or camp walls, we hope
this screening can open up a place for reflection and consideration of
potential courses of collective action to resist the contemporary
1. The Shadow of Lucasville (60 minutes)

The Shadow of Lucasville, directed by D Jones, revisits the 1993 uprising
at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, one of the longest in U.S.
history, while exploring the fight for human rights and media exposure
through inmate uprisings in response to mass incarceration and
dehumanization supported by the prison industrial complex. After the film,
Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Keith Lamar, prisoners who were
unjustly sentenced to death following the uprising and have spent the last
20 years in solitary confinement appealing their convictions and resisting
supermax confinement will be calling to answer questions from the

2. About Insurgent Theater

Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical
struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging and
useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist
empire. We’ve been making original theatre since 2003 and also frequently
touring the country since 2008 with pointedly political original works
like Ulysses’ Crewmen and In the Belly.

3. Solidarity

For those who are unable to come to the screening but interested to show
solidarity and support for the prisoners who were involved in the
Lucasville uprising, please visit:

For those interested in supporting the 30,000 prisoners in California who
have initiated a hunger strike 35 days ago, please visit:

For more on the hunger strike by the detainees being held in Guantanmo,
please visit:

To learn more about human rights attorney Lynne Stewart’s struggle to be
granted compassionate release as she struggle with cancer, please visit:

To learn more about the Bradley Manning Support Network, please visit:

To write a letter to Jerry Koch, who remains imprisoned for refusing to
cooperate with a federal grand jury summoned here in New York, please send
an e-mail to writejerry@jerryresists.net and his support committee will
print, stamp, and ship it to him for you.

Free Eddie Conway: http://www.freeeddieconway.org/

Prison Abolition From Ohio: http://www.redbirdprisonabolition.org/
Prison Abolition From US and beyond: http://criticalresistance.org/

Hands off Assata!

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