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Elaine Brown speaking tour to build awareness of the Lucasville Five case

Former Black Panther Party leader, Elaine Brown, on Ohio speaking tour to build awareness of the Lucasville Five case

Public forums in the first week of April in Toledo and in Cleveland will feature Elaine Brown, a long time activist who became national Chairman of the Black Panther Party in 1974, following Huey P. Newton’s exile into Cuba.  The forums are entitled, "Why is standing up for your rights a capital crime in Ohio? The case of the Lucasville Five."

Brown, a former political prisoner herself, will address the issues of the prison-industrial complex and political prisoners.  The forums are intended to heighten public awareness of the grassroots movement to abolish racist and anti-poor capital punishment.  Brown is specifically focusing on the Lucasville Five who were sentenced to death in relation to their involvement in the 1993 prison uprising in Lucasville, Ohio. The cases against the Five were based on perjured testimony that several of the "witnesses" have now recanted.

The forum in Toledo is Apr. 5, 7:00 pm, University of Toledo Student Union, Room 2582.  The forum in Cleveland is Apr. 7, 12:00 pm, Cleveland State University, University Center (E.22nd and Euclid Ave.) Room UC1.

For more information on the Toledo event call (419) 944-53 27 or for the Cleveland event call (216) 481-66 71 or email

* A play on the 1993 prison rebellion and the sham trials that followed is being presented in 7 Ohio cities starting April 11, which is the date in which the uprising broke out 14 years ago.  It is entitled "Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising" after the book by the same name by Attorney Staughton Lynd (available at The play is to be presented in Portsmouth, Cincinnati, Toledo, Andover, Columbus, Athens, Cleveland, and Youngstown.  Ticket information is available at (216) 472-22 09 or

*Tell Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio to overturn the convictions of all prisoners with charges related to the Lucasville rebellion.  Tell him to halt executions in Ohio.  Write to him at Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-61 08; fax him at (614) 466-93 54 or call him at (614) 644-43 57, or email him at   

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