“PRISON EMERGENCY SUMMIT”: ALL-DAY CONFERENCE AT CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, CALLED BY COMMUNITY GROUPS IN CONJUNCTION WITH CSU’S BLACK STUDIES DEPARTMENT
Using the success of the recent hunger strike of three Lucasville uprising prisoners at Ohio State Penitentiary as a jumping off point, the Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network has reached out to community groups, student organizations, academics with special interest in prison issues and prisoner advocacy networks to form an exciting conference at Cleveland State University. The Prison Emergency Summit will start with registration, refreshments and networking at 9:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 26. The presentations by keynote speakers will begint at 10:00 am. Six workshops on topics of pressing concern will take place in the afternoon.
“It is always good to introduce a wide variety of knowledge,” stated Dr. Michael Williams, Director of the CSU’s Black Studies Department. The conference will be taking place in Lecture Hall #201 and smaller break out rooms, one floor above the department, which is Room #MC137 in the Main Classroom Building at 1899 E. 22nd Street at Chester Avenue.
One of the highlights of the conference will be the screening of “Dark Little Secret,” a new documentary by Youngstown filmmaker D Jones, examining the U.S. prison system. D Jones is an Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University.
Conference topics will include: the campaign to overturn the false convictions of the Lucasville uprising prisoners; the strike of 20,000 prisoners in Georgia; Mumia Abu-Jamal, Imam Al-Amin and other political prisoners; the privatization of Ohio’s prisons; and whether today’s prisons represent the re-imposition of slavery. There will also be cultural presentations, including drumming and poetry.
A partial list of co-sponsors of the Prison Emergency Summit includes: Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network, New Black Panther Party-Cleveland Link, Black on Black Crime Inc., Survivors/Victims of Tragedy Inc., Peoples Fightback Center, Workers World Party, Cleveland FIST, Oppressed Peoples Nation, LOOP (Loved Ones Of Prisoners), Cleveland Anarchist Black Cross, and the Joaquin Hicks Real People Movement. For more info, call 216-925-9108 or email lucasvillefreedom@gmail.