I first heard of Ward Churchill on NPR, not long after the United States began the invasion of its opium and oil-producers across the Middle East. Ward Churchill was a professor at the University of Colorado who had participated in a forum sponsored by anti-war groups in Washington State.
He created a fantastic controversy that made the Cumbayah lefties on NPR squirm by suggesting that folks opposing the war needed to develop a position regarding “fraggers.” Fraggers are soldiers who, for whatever reason, and usually a good one, turn their rifles on their own commanders. For instance, I’ve heard that more lieutenants in Vietnam were killed by their own troops than by the designated “enemy.”
On February 12th, day 46 of his hunger strike, Sean gave the following update on his weekly radio segment on the Final Straw Radio show.
As of the 12th, the ODRC had conceded Sean’s main demand by reinstating his communications. This is a major victory and will be a huge improvement to Sean’s life. But as of the 12th, Sean’s demand to be allowed to consume a Halal diet had not been met and Sean remained on hunger strike.
Sean is asking people to call Ohio Governor John Kasich and gives the following phone number for doing so: 614-466-3555
Things are changing quickly, so be on the lookout for another update.
We received word recently from a friend of Sean’s that Sean is currently on hunger strike and has been placed in a suicide cell.
Although details are still murky, we know that Sean has been without food since December 26th. He was charged with extortion of a deputy warden and had begun a disciplinary process when he began his hunger strike and was placed in a suicide cell.
We know that the prison is recognizing his hunger strike and following the associated procedures, which include taking him to the medical unit every day and weighing him and taking his vital signs. It is unclear whether they are attempting to negotiate with him in any way.
Please take a moment to write a letter of encouragement to Sean and to call the following prison administrators and encourage them to negotiate with Sean and help him end this hunger strike as quickly as possible.
Deputy Director of Operations Casey Barr (513) 932-3388 ext. 2005