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Siddique Abdullah Hasan, on death row as one of the Lucasville 5, was the imam at Lucasville and represented Muslim prisoners during negotiations to end the rebellion. Though considered a peacemaker, he was targeted for punishment because of his leadership. – Photo: Al Behrman, AP

Revolutionary Salute and Shields Up!  It has come to our attention that the brothers at the Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit will commence on indefinite hunger strike on July 1, 2011, to protest the inhumane and dehumanizing conditions they’ve been forced to endure for 25 years.  Further, it is our understanding that their protest has been inspired by the successful hunger strike that two of my comrades and I participated in during January of this year; where we received massive international support from those on the outside who believed in the righteousness of our protracted struggles to fight to secure the same privileges as other condemned prisoners at Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP).

The call has been made by those at pelican Bay State Prison for prisoners throughout the state of California who have been suffering injustices to join them in their peaceful strike to put a stop to blatant violations of California prisoners’ civil and human rights.  Moreover, their call made it perfectly clear that “if [California prisoners] cannot participate in the strike, then [they should] support it in principle by not eating for the first 24 hours of the strike.”  While their heartfelt plea was not made to Ohio prisoners, a growing number of us at OSP have decided to join them in their peaceful protest.  We hope and pray that our united stand with those brothers at Pelican Bay will have a domino effect throughout the nation—that is, with prisoners in other states, as well as their outside supporters, will come together and stand united with the oppressed soldiers at Pelican Bay.

Their injustices have been going on for far too long.  How long?  Too long!

Twenty-five years is too long for human beings to be subjected to the cruel terms and dictates of their oppressors.

Regarding their challenges and the protracted nature of their struggle, we urge those brothas to brace themselves for the battle ahead.  There will no easy victory, yet those soldiers at Pelican Bay must be determined to stay the course and to go forward in the spirit of past and present revolutionaries to change the oppressive conditions of their confinement.  No matter how difficult the circumstances may become.  As Comrade George L. Jackson wrote,  “Revolutionary consciousness is the only real hope of those oppressed by the system.”

Power to the oppressed People!

Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan

Ohio State Penitentiary