Here is the text and recording of Greg Curry speaking at the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit 2019, on 26th of January. Thanks to Pittsburgh ABC!
Here is the recording, and below is the text.
Thank you for taking time to attend this important conference. Since last year I was finally allowed to leave the Supermax prison and come to a more normal prison setting. Comrades among you agitated for my
transfer and we won the transfer, so never underestimate the power of collective energy coming out of this conference. I do have a few ideas I’d like to share with you.
First, I feel you should get to know the prisoners you advocate for and
establish a bond so that even if you make a wrong decision we will
understand you weren’t working against us. Also, don’t settle for a
response that supports your position on prison or race issues– ask
more questions, examine the logical conclusions. For example, in the
last election in Ohio, many progressives supported issue 1 of a bill to
let only non-violent drug offenders out of prison. No one asked the
question, if progressives don’t advocate for violent offenders’ release,
especially those who have already done lengthy sentences, then who will?
Your support and your calls to prisons, to parole boards, the media, all
matter in time of crisis. Continue to support us in that way, as well
as visit. Many of us have limited human contact. Encourage up and
coming journalists, documentary makers, and attorneys to make a name of
this self by looking into some of these cases involving in race, class,
and sexual orientation.
As a convicted member of the Lucasville riot case, I can tell you the
injustice that no one saw was in plain sight. Don’t let that be the case
with the members on trial for the Vaughn incident. Call the judge,
the defense attorneys, write the prisoners on trial, send them a few
dollars for stamps and books, and be ready to support them through all
forms of retaliation that will come as a result of convictions, so they
will not suffer in silence as the Lucasville convicted did.
In closing, I’d like to say, let’s bring some people home and be sure to those who put on this event on.