H U S H by Greg Curry


By Greg Curry

I tried to love without my heart, didn’t get far, but how would you know?  I ate something, drank something, took something (today), felt good (today).  I’ll try to not eat, drink, or take anything (tomorrow) that should feel good (tomorrow).

Since when did silence mean I have nothing to say?  Because there’s no perspiration, it doesn’t mean I’m not sweating.  You think because you see no tears, that I don’t cry.

You’re moving really fast, or am I moving really slow?  How long can you keep that pace?  Where is this place you’re in a rush to?  You claim it’s a beautiful, popular place.  Oh!  I want to go also.  Must I improve my pace?  Is admittance subject to a race?  Can I get in without beating you (there)?  Is this place limited to just a few, or is it important to know someone (there)?

You look familiar, but no, I’m sure I’ve never seen you before.  You sound familiar, but no, I’m sure I’ve never heard you before.  Yes, I recall (the thought) more clearly now.  That is you eating, drinking, and talking really loud and fast.  I’m confused because I see tears, but you’re not crying.  While speaking from the heart and working up a sweat like a preacher, you’re convinced… Yes, maybe I should of remained silent since I have nothing to say.

Freedom First,

Greg Curry

Greg Curry, #213-159

Ohio State Penitentiary

678 Coltsville-Hubbard Road

Youngstown, Ohio 44505


An Open Letter from Greg Curry

“It is a given that I’m late to the party, as the saying goes, for my realization that there is a need for a committed and sustained struggle happened while I was in isolation for riot-related charges stemming from the 1993 prison uprising that occured at the Southern Ohion Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville, Ohio.

During this period of isolation, great books were handed to me by other prisoners who genuinely cared about my development.  And guess what?  After 19 years of isolation, our bond is still strong!  Though these books, as well as periodicals, and other writings, my eyes were opened wide about people like George Jackson, Elaine Brown, Martin & Malcolm, Betty Springer, Sharon Dannon, Monica Morehead, Larry hales, to name a few.  Along the way I began to ask:  What of these people who embraced various struggles?  Do they not fear for their job, their rank at their job, or their rank within their church?  So often excuses are made for rich athletes and entertainers–things like, “Well, they will lose all their contracts” or “They must focus on the game, not on political of racial issues.”  It seems to me that the people on the phone with the mortgage company, or the health insurer, about a discount after protesting the policies of that company would have the most to lose.

So I believe embracing struggle isn’t about what we stand to lose; instead, it’s about what gains all people will make.  Those that buy gus on credit to attend a rally; those that dine on tomorrow’s agenda, I say to you:  I love you, will never let you down, and look forward to helping you become a strong and active link in the chain of resistance that’s beneficial to all.  you’re the change we can believe in; you’re the real heroes/sheroes.

I only caution that none of you overlook the quality of ideas one can manifest when isolated with books and right thoughts.  Network with those you struggle for, and feel their pulse.

Freedom first,

                                       Greg Curry

Greg Curry, #213-159

Ohio State Penitentiary

878 Coitesville-Hubbard Road

Youngstown, Ohio 44508


You can find more information here on our blog about Greg Curry and the Lucasville uprising (don’t forget to drop him a letter!).  Also check out prisonersolidarity.org and lucasvilleamnesty.org.

Political Prisoner Updates

FreeMumia.com: Today the United States Supreme Court rejected a request from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to overturn the most recent federal appeals court decision declaring Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence unconstitutional.

Greg Curry

Greg Curry of the Lucasville Uprising has now been added to the Denver ABC Political Prisoner Database.

Sundiata Acoli:

Many of you know, after serving over 38 years in prison, former Black Panther member Sundiata Acoli was denied parole for the third time on March 4, 2010. But he was also given a ten year hit by the New Jersey State Parole Board. Last December, an administrative appeal was denied by the NJ Parole Board and a letter affirming the denial of Sundiata’s parole was received. Read the rest of the Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign Update here.