Prison conditions

Suicide Epidemic & Deadly Extreme Heat Continues to be Downplayed and Ignored inside Texas Prisons! 

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Chief Spokespersyn End Prison Slavery in Texas -Movement-

“We have a responsibility to do what’s right so no one else has to suffer and die in our custody. That’s our responsibility…. We should look at this as a ministry — that they (Texas prisoners) are rehabilitated, not annihilated.” -Texas Representative Carl Sherman Jr. (D) Desoto 

The death toll inside Texas State Prisons continues to rise with no relief in sight. There is such a thing as Perception Management and “controlling the narrative”. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice employs a Public Information Officer named Jeremy Desel. Mr. Desel’s job is to misinform and mislead the public in regard to the conditions inside Texas Prisons. Managing the public’s perception of this unscrupulous State Agency is a very important job. 

For literally decades journalist Mike Ward co-operated with the State of Texas. Mike Ward used his platform to keep our loved ones blind, deaf, and dumb to the truth. The arrival of journalist Keri Blakinger balanced things out slightly but even Ms. Blakinger has her limitations. 

A close friend of mine who is currently housed at the H.H. Coffield Unit which is located in Tennessee Colony, Texas informed me that in the past two months there have been over 6 successful suicide deaths. 

These deaths prompted a visit to Coffield unit from TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier and other so called high ranking officials. It was only a couple months ago that Keri Blakinger of the Houston Chronicle reported that TDCJ was experiencing a 20 year high in respect to prisoner suicides. 

My friend who has been incarcerated for over 30 years blames the recent spike in deaths on a combination of deadly extreme heat and an uncontrollable K-2 epidemic. Synthetic marijuana is routinely brought into Texas Prisons by TDCJ employees looking to benefit from the illegal sale of the item among prisoners. 

I have no influence or status among prison guards nor do I ever wish to have any among this portion of the Texas workforce which co-operates enthusiastically and willingly with those who enslave us. 

However, I do have some influence among our fellow prisoners. So I have a question I’d like to pose to Texas prisoners as well as their loved ones in the free world:

“Would you choose the profits from your K-2 sales over the lives of your homeboys? Will you provide their families with comfort and financial stability now that they have died?”

For some it is easy to remain silent on this topic- I will not be silent! Synthetic marijuana use affects the body’s thermo-regulation mechanism. Can you imagine a 120℉ cell temp feeling like 150℉?!

Senator John Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston, Texas is the chairman of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Senator Whitmire refused to support or acknowledge pieces of legislation filed this past session that would have mandated state jails and prisons be kept between 65 and 85 degrees.

This Bill that would have alleviated the inhumanely hot conditions inside Texas prisons was authored by Texas Senator Carol Alvarado (D) Houston and Texas Representative Terry Canales (D) – Edinburgh. I actually sent Representative Canales a thank you card for his part in filing this Bill. You should know that Terry Canales also tried to deliver hygiene items, food, and water to children trapped in facilities operated by Customs & Border Patrol.

For years Senator John Whitmire has ignored his colleague’s attempts to address injustice, abuse, and inhumane conditions inside Texas prisons. If Senator Whitmire won’t listen to his own fellow legislators, why should anyone expect him or his staff to listen to an imprisoned activist like me? I think it is time the public at large send Senator Whitmire a clear message during the next election cycle!

There is a very good reason why I support the people’s Right to Vote. Your Vote is your Voice! In 2020 oppressed people in Amerika must literally and figuratively SCREAM!

There is some “House Cleaning” and “Senate Cleaning” that must be done in Texas – I’m Ready – Are you? End Prison Slavery! Prison Lives Matter! No pay – No work! Freedom over Everything! Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win! All Power to the People – Free Jason Renard Walker!

 

Keith “Malik” Washington is co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, 

 

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End Prison Slavery, In solidarity

Forever Free!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington (Chief Spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery inTexas Movement)
Peace and blessings sisters and brothers! It’s me! Comrade Malik, your soldier for change reporting in from behind enemy lines. I am currently at the Joe Corley Detention Facility in Conroe, Texas. The countdown to my final release has begun. I still have a short stretch to do but this is nothing compared to the Twelve Long and Hard years I did inside the Texas State Gulag and Slave Kamp. My support team and I have a saying which is common among Abolitionists throughout the world, and that saying is: The Struggle Continues! Today, I want to introduce to you an extremely and gifted Poetic Activist named Romello Lee from the incredible and awesome metropolis known as Houston, Texas. Actually, there are many talented and aspiring musicians, artists, and community activists on lock. However, Romello’s mature personality and strong character got my attention. Romello’s story needs to be told and actually heard by the public at large. He has been falsely accused and charged with Humyn Trafficking. I know that this may sound controversial to many, but this INNOCENT, Young, and Islamic man deserves an opportunity to be heard. If you won’t listen for my sake, then I ask that you listen for the sake of HAZEL who is Romello’s beautiful and intelligent baby girl. You see sisters and brothers, I have always been pragmatic and calculating when I ask y’all to help me MOVE on something. When I take a chance on advocating for any cause or any individual, I diligently do my homework and research. I need y’all to know that Romello went to Trial in the State of Texas on these charges and was Exonerated! Romello beat not one, but TWO Life Sentences and Six additional charges!! I want all of you to think about that for a moment. Now ask yorself: “If Romello beat these charges in the State by trial why did the FEDS select him for this Modern day Lynching and Slavery! You see sisters and brothers, this Modern Day Lynching of young BLACK Males is not something isolated to the State of Texas. On the contrary, this is a pervsive and systemic problem which exists throughout the Criminal Justice system in Amerika! We saw this clearly in the case of Meek Mill and it has contined for decades in the case of our shining prince and imprisoned Servant of the People Mumia Abu Jamal! And now we are witnessing this travesty of Justice with our brother Romello Lee aka 43VA (FOREVER). Sisters and brothers and Comrades in struggle, this Freedom Campaign is not just about Romello, it is about those who will come after him also. I am talking about the falsely accused wimmin and men who become victims of overzealous prosecutors or Ill-Intentioned F.B.I. Agents seeking promotion and advancement no matter the cost or consequences.
With that said, I want to introduce y’all to my brother in Islam and our Comrade struggle— Hazel’s DAD, Mr. Romello Lee!

(RO’MELLO):hello from the otherside, (Ameen) this life of trials & tribulations, not a dollar sign to sin but sacrifice with an open heart, to be cheated on both sides by selflessness & misunderstandings! What rules the world when you cant put a price on a piece of mind? Damn, i never envisioned myself facilitated again, seeking a wrongful conviction, behind bars, through a glass, in a dorm, looking down dejected and depressed! Sometimes the right thing is the wrong thing as whats “wrong” could be righteous. Have you ever been passionate about sing someone you didnt know, for no reason? Have you ever owed somebody your life, when they never gave you anything? My brother kedrick johnson mentioned, some people only love you for what you can do for them/saviour. Imagine that when they’re talking about the objects you love the most, in the whole-wide-world. I understand its your heart by coice, your decision. Will you always be here, regardless, right or wrong? You wouldnt want to be here either if you were innocent, would you? I dont think so, when your subjected to viewing killings your first night federally imprisoned. Shanks, & people being thrown from a second floor balcony! Same blood on these jackie chans (original lowtop vans) may have come from the snake bites, cuts or wounds left open, that they tell “U.S.” (us) to breathe with! But, i was hurting too remember? Then god shouted, “forgive” & he’ll see it through, if not to lean on my own understanding, my spirit then quivered! (Al-fatihah) I’m doing months/calendars, on top of my time, uncharged! But, its righteous? For an hired agent, to take a stand & lie under oath, not even know the accused victims, or suspects govt. info., ages or etc. in a case investigated & on-going for over three yrs. & so, much more against, defendant, a man memorable, studied and covered in tattoos tha could not be identified! I know they hate, fire vs. Fire/Power. I’m fighting the oppressors!! I need y’all help! i miss my child!  My daughter needs me.. Not just a voice to put her sound asleep, but to shape, mold & nurture her to prepare her for this world, that is moving way too fast!! (You have to reverence the wound that bore you!!) Now, your a longway from a rap battle with the state of texas! this, is not, harris county? Your detained by the U.S. Marshalls? 25 yrs. To Life in the 3rd round? What do you say to the Mic? now do they love you? let my sisters & brothers speak for me! (Chant) END-PRISON-SLAVERY-IN-TEXAS!!.. forever, foreva. Ex-Alias (Moreno) @rgcmoreno2x www.chestrecords.bandcamp.com/win 

Song : Eminem – Mockingbird.

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End Prison Slavery, In solidarity, Prison conditions

Malik has been granted parole!

by Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington

(originally published: https://sfbayview.com/2019/08/malik-has-been-granted-parole/)

Revolutionary greetings, Comrades!

It is with great joy that I announce my parole from Texas state prisons (TDCJ)!

This is the result of a great show of mutual aid and solidarity from numerous anarchist collectives. Numerous individuals and groups who strive for abolition of prisons lobbied for my release! I am so grateful to the comrades at Blue Ridge ABC, The Final Straw radio show, Austin ABC, Central Texas ABC, Fight Toxic Prisons, IWOC, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, the entire North American ABC as well as the entire ABC Federation.

I want to thank some of my dearest comrades who have become not just my supporters but true friends! Much love going out to Annabelle Parker of the Netherlands, Sam Rosen in the UK, Alina Dollat in Italy, Professor Victor Wallis, Michael Novick of Turning the Tide, Carole Seligman and Bonnie Weinstein, Comrades Julie Schneyer and Kirk Daniels, Harry Volker, Lee O’Dowd and Katie Lawrie of the Colorado College Prison Project, Nube Brown, Kim Pollak, Amani Sawari, Anarchist Bad Asss Sloan Rucker, Justin Adkins and Panagioti Tsolkas.

I want to send out real Panther love to Rashid Johnson and Karl Kersplebedep as well as huge hugs to my praying Grandma and Grandpa sister Mary Ratcliff and Dr. Willie Ratcliff of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. Finally, I send a special shout out to Azzurra Crispino and Leah Buris of P.A.P.S., Keri Blakinger of the Houston Chronicle, Kamala Kelkar of PBS Newshour, Paul Holdorf, Esq., and Rachel Y. of the New Jersey chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Xy of Austin ABC and Twitch of Central Texas ABC, y’all have always kept it real! Thank you! Dr. Heinz Leitner, you are loved! I apologize if I forgot anyone. I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Paul Mattick and Phong Bui of the Brooklyn Rail for amplifying my voice!

I’ll holler at y’all later!

Solidarity forever,

Malik

Note from the Comrade Malik Support Network: Malik still has about 20 months to serve in federal prison, so he won’t be “out” imminently. However, being paroled from TDCJ will greatly improve his situation, as he’ll have access to phone calls and won’t be in solitary. He also may be eligible for a reduction of his federal time due to the First Step Act, which applies to the fed system.

UPDATES TO COME ON MALIK’S NEW ADDRESS! He is still in transfer limbo, so anything you send him at the Estelle Unit where he is currently, could get lost, as he could be transferred any day and we won’t know until it happens. Watch https://comrademalik.com/for his new address. Then flood him with mail so the prisoncrats will know to handle him with kid gloves.

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WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

By Keith “Malik” Washington

“These Northern Democrats are in cahoots with the Southern Democrats. They’re playing a giant con game, a political con game. You know how it goes. One of ‘em comes to you and makes you believe he’s for you. And he’s in cahoots with the other one that’s not for you. Why? Because neither of ‘em is for you. But they got to make you go with one of ‘em or the other . . . . So this is a con-game and this is what they’ve been doing with you and me all these years.”
— Malcom-X and excerpt from:
‘The Ballot or the Bullet’
King Solomon Baptist Church
Detroit, Michigan—April 12, 1964

 

Revolutionary Greetings Sisters and Brothers!!
So, Joe Biden is the best that they can offer??? We in trouble y’all!! Eventually y’all are gonna wake up and start to listen to me but I’m not sure exactly when that will happen. Hopefully sooner than later.

On June 19th, 2019 there was a Congressional Hearing in Washington D.C. to discuss proposals on REPARATIONS for the descendants of Afrikan Slaves. The MAAFA happened here in Amerika and the wounds and scars are still fresh! Members of the G.O.P. commonly known as the Grand Old Party, members such as Mitch McConnell, said that there is no-one alive today that had anything to do with enslaving black Amerikans. McConnell made the hearings sound non-sensical and meaningless! I refute his stance and his statements strongly.

I refute his stance with a large body of evidence which clearly shows that the Criminal Justice System in Amerika, especially in the Modern Slave States of Texas and Georgia perpetuate and maintain the institution of Slavery!! It was heartening to hear Presidential Candidate Cory Booker respond to the GOP’s attempts to minimize the importance and the significance of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s proposal for House Bill-40.

However, we are still ignoring the FACT that the EXCEPTION CLAUSE contained within the body of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has LEGALIZED Slavery and Involuntary Servitude in Amerika. Until we begin to have THAT CONVERSATION the one which involves Amending the 13th and striking the EXCEPTION CLAUSE —– WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

Sisters and Brothers, there are Movements here in Amerika known by names such as End Prison Slavery! And Amend the 13th! These are prisoner led movements. There are campaigns such as the Right-2-Vote campaign which is being led by our Warrior Princess Amani Sawari. This Campaign seeks to RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS and re-enfranchise hundreds of thousands of prisoners who have had their Right-2-Vote taken from them. I want all of you to understand that as soon as a prisoner is released from prison or jail she or he is expected to find a job and pay taxes! So with this in mind, why in the hell can’t all States Restore our Right-2-Vote??! The oppressors want us to financially support a System which has sought to destroy us for centuries then they want us to be satisfied with not having a “VOICE” or A Vote?? This makes no sense!! However, DISENFRANCHISING Blacks and Latinx people serves the interest of the G.O.P.!! But y’all can’t hear me?? Or can you?
I have comrades, friends and close allies who tell me: “Malik, we don’t support the electoral process in Amerika and we won’t publish or post anything you write that talks about that or promotes it.” Well Sisters and Brothers, I think that is easy for many of them to say when most of my comrades, friends, and allies in the free-world sit on their couches in their Air-conditioned Apartments, Houses, or Lofts and surf the internet on their i-Phones. They can get up anytime they feel like it and go to the park and enjoy the birds, the trees, fresh air and just be FREE!!

But I’d like some of y’all to think about things from my perspective for a moment. Think about how it feels to be trapped in a concrete cell for 23 to 24 hours a day for 365 days out of the year. Think about how hopeless things can get when you receive parole denial after parole denial and you know that there is a White Supremacist who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. who doesn’t give a damn whether you live or die!! Think about the immigrant children in South Texas who are living in horrid conditions and who can-not play, get an education, access adequate health care, and they can’t even gain access to Legal Help because this ADMINISTRATION would rather see these children locked in cages rather than to see them Free! When you start to step out of your ‘comfort zone’ and change your perspective for a moment, you will see why there is no damn way I will try and convince black, latinx, or poor white folks not to attempt to Vote this Bigot out of Office! Ain’t no way. Now some of y’all who with-hold your support of me because I am supporting this strategy really don’t a damn about me or our sisters and brothers who languish in these prisons, jails, and detention centers!!

I SAID THAT AND I MEANT THAT! But I do know that WE can’t Win when we fight each other. I GET THAT!! We must dialogue more about this. We must continue to Struggle together against these Fascists/Imperialists & White Supremacists because in the year of 2019—-WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

When people hear the terms White Supremacist or White Nationalist, they envision bald headed young white men with swastikas, celctic crosses, and satanic body art tatooed on their bodies. People like to believe that these hateful ideologies are only embraced by a small cross section of Amerikan white men in rural sections of the south or remote locations in the North-West who are the only ones who promote hate. This is also not true!!

I am here to tell you TODAY that there are Semi-college educated WHITE WIMMIN who hold HIGH POSITIONS within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice who harbor and embrace these ideologies of bigotry and hatred.

These employees of the State of Texas continue to allow their hatred of Black and Latinx people to manifest in their arbitrary, capricious, and bias application of prison policies and Texas Government Codes. These Wimmin who HATE have Names and TODAY I WILL NAME THEM!!!
#1.) Lorie Davis, TDCJ-CID Director
#2.) Tracy Bailey, Deputy Director of TDCJ
#3.) Jennifer Smith, Supervisor of Director’s Review Committee
#4.) Janet Salles, Mail Room Supervisor–McConnell Unit and her assistant
#5.) Cherrell Merrell, Mail Room Employee, McConnell Unit
Don’t be shocked, and don’t be surprised!! For Donald J. Trump to become the President of the United States, you had to know that there were some racist White Wimmin in Amerikkka who quietly and secretly condone of the racial hatred and divisive messaging of Trump and his cronies. These Wimmin want to see the clock turned back!! And here in Texas they have an Attorney General named Ken Paxton who has clothed them with quasi respectability by giving them high positions in Amerika’s largest prison system. So here inside TDCJ we have clandestine supporters and member of the Ku Klux Klan!! ONCE AGAIN, I SAID THAT AND I MEANT THAT!!

Sisters and Brothers, a little over 4 years ago a white man entered a Histornic Black Church in Charleston, South Carolina an he murdered in cold blood NINE of our sisters and brothers who were there to promote Peace and not Hate, they invited Dylan Roof to join them and in the year 2019 . . .

WE STILL AIN’T FREE

When we incarcerate more Black Men in the U.S. Prisons and Jails than we graduate from College…

WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

As long as DeKalib County Jail is OPEN and our Loved Ones are being Caged, Abused, and Subjected to Cruel and Unusual Punishments…

WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

When my mail is tampered with Censored because I dare to mention the Black August Memorial or promote our Afrikan Amerikan Abolitionist Holiday that takes place ever year in JUNE!!

WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

When the Front Running Democrat for the 2020 Presidential Election praises his relationship with the Racist Congressmen known as Segregationists!! WE STILL AIN’T FREE! This Revolution won;t be Televised! It starts in your Heart and Mind!! Dare to

Struggle, Dare to Win,
All Power to the People!!

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Amend the 13th Petition to the UNITED NATIONS!

Change Maker, AMANI SAWARI taking Amend the 13th Petition to the UNITED NATIONS! (WE MUST SUPPORT OUR SISTER!!!)

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Chief Spokespersyn  End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

“We cannot afford to waver in our political participation, because we have the most to lose.” -Symone D. Sanders (Political Strategist & CNN Commentator)

Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers!

As “Independence Day” just passed, we the New Afrikan & Latinx people in Amerika must do a thorough inventory of our status and treatment within the confines of the United States of Amerika.

While many Free-World folks eat Bar—BQ and sip on something cold, a broad swath of the New Afrikan and Latinx population will be locked inside cages throughout Amerika!

This is a harsh and bitter reality that illuminates the fact that Freedom, Justice, and Equality still have not been achieved for many who have become victimized by Amerika’s ‘Manifest Destiny’.

Many of us claim to be leaders in the New Abolition Movement.  This is a Movement which seeks to End Prison Slavery and Amend the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in order to strike the EXCEPTION CLAUSE.

If you claim to be a LEADER, INFLUENCER, or CHANGE MAKER then you must take on the work. TODAY I am here to proclaim that 2019 Rodenberry Fellow–Amani Sawari has risen to the challenge!  For years I have toiled incessantly in regard to addressing and shedding light on specific injustices and abuse I’ve witnessed and been subjected to here in the SLAVE STATE OF TEXAS.

While I’ve been doing my “Thang”, Sister Amani has been doing hers, and in a magnificent manner I must add! Do you want to know why 2020 Presidential Candidates in Amerika have been talking about granting prisoners the Right-2-Vote?? It is because Amani Sawari and her Roddenberry Fellowship Recipients have spear-headed a National Campaign to Re-Enfranchise thousands of prisoners housed in Amerikan jails and prisons.

RE—ENFRANCHISEMENT is a crucial part of this protracted Abolition Movement. Re-empowering the disenfranchised with their Right2Vote provides us with a ‘Voice’ and an opportunity to take part in a Democracy which has failed us for decades!

In the 21st Century, Malcolm X’s teaching in the ‘Ballot or the Bullet’ seems prophetic, especially right now. We can’t continue to ignore the multitudes of humyn beings trapped inside these cages who have been systematically disenfranchised. This problem most assuredly will come back to haunt us, one way or the other. 

One of our Main Points of focus in this Abolition Movement is to actively and assertively seek to Strike the EXCEPTION CLAUSE which is contained within the body of the 13th Amendment and which has promoted, condoned, and sanctioned “Legalized Slavery” for over a Century and a half.

Pennsylvania prisoner and Freedom Fighter Richard A. Smith has crafted a letter directed to members of the UNITED NATIONS. This letter requests that the UNITED NATIONS call for the “Slavery Clause” of the 13th Amendment to be amended in order to finally ABOLISH SLAVERY and INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE in Amerika once and for all!!!

We the LEADERS, INFLUENCERS, AND CHANGE MAKERS of this Abolition Movement are requesting that our Sisters and Brothers in the Rap Music Industry as well as conscious Professional Athletes and Entertainers in Amerika with Free—Wor1d Citizens who are STAYING WOKE, sign on to this letter that we intend to deliver to the UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY Antonio Guterres.

The General Assembly Session opens in September 2019 so please do not procrastinate, ACT TODAY! 

In order to check out the letter that we intend to send and to sign on your support and endorsement, please visit the link:

http://sawarimi.org/appeal-to-the-united-nations

If you would like to learn more, please by all means necessary contact our Sister in Struggle Amani Sawari via e-mail: amanisawari@gmail.com or hit her up on twitter at: @sawarimi.

In closing, I send out a Call for Action and Support to Jay-Z and Meek Mill of REFORM ALLIANCE. I call upon the BIG HOMEY, H-Town’s Finest, Rap Mogul J. Prince as well as the entire #MobTies Movement. I am sending out a Special Request for Support to J. Cole, Colin Kaepernick, Cardi-B; Solange Knowles and BEYONCE!! WE NEED Y’ALL SUPPORT! Do your research, this Movement and this Struggle is REAL! I leave as I came in the spirit of PEACE! HELP US TO END PRISON SLAVERY IN AMERIKA!!!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!

 

Short Bio:

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, he is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and the deputy chairman of the New African Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter).

Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons Campaign. You can View his work at oomrademalik.com or you can also read his articles at: http://sfbayview.com/?s=keith+malik+washington which he regularly writes for the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. Send him an e-mail at: kh.washington68@gmail.com or write him directly at:

Keith H. Washington
TDC# 1487958
McConnell Unit
3001 S. Emily Dr.
Beeville, Texas 78102

 

AMANI SAWARI

After graduating from the University of Washington with a double major in media & communications and law, economics & public policy, Amani navigated into the world of  journalism and research writing. Her time at UW allowed Amani to develop her writing skills, and her passion for social equity and human rights led her to pursue photography and journalism. In college she assisted new students from around the world with their transition into the university. She also mentored and arranged programs for students living in on-campus housing. These experiences allowed Amani to develop an appreciation for working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

     Today, she is a newsletter writer and editor for two publications. She writes an internal newsletter for a real-estate agency in Seattle, and the other is a community  publication called “No Shackles” for a prison advocacy organization. In addition to newsletter writing, she also manages her own website, sawarimi.org, where she publishes articles and essays to inspire the black community, particularly in the United States.

     A fun fact about Amani: She started her own business when she was 18 years old. To this day she manages a hair studio in the Seattle area. As a result of this work, she’s been able to connect with hundreds of women from around the country, sharing her expertise and love for natural hair. 

See more at: https://wearenotnumbers.org/home/Mentor/Amani_Sawari

 

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In solidarity

TEXAS STATE REPUBLICANS PROMOTE AND SUPPORT VOTER SUPPRESSION

Texas Democrats on the Firing of Former, Acting Secretary of State David Whitley

Texas Democrats, Texas Senate Democratic Caucus Claim Victory

Austin, TX — Today, the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus and thousands of Democratic activists across the state sent former, acting Secretary of State David Whitley to pack up his belongings and vacate the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

This is a major loss for Governor Abbott and his Republican Party, as Mr. Whitley is the first gubernatorial nominee in modern Texas legislative history to have his appointment blocked by the opposition party.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Texas Democrats will not tolerate attacks on the voting rights of Texans, and Governor Abbott should take note.

“David Whitley proved he wasn’t fit for the job the second he launched his failed effort to purge eligible Texas voters from the voting rolls.

“The Texas Democratic Party thanks Texas Senate Democrats and voting rights activists for keeping a watchful eye on Republicans who sought to scare, confuse, and intimidate Texans from participating in their democracy. We are so proud of your uncompromising will and determination to protect our right to vote.

“It was long overdue for David Whitley to vacate his office and now it’s time for Governor Abbott to appoint a new Secretary of State who will respect our democracy and our great state.”

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(#STOPDAVIDWHITLEY)
By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Peace and blessings Sisters and Brothers!
Without a doubt, the Right to Freedom of Speech and the Right to Vote, in my opinion, are the
two most important Constitutional Rights that minorities and oppressed people of every Race,
Nation, and Creed MUST ZEALOUSLY FIGHT AND STRUGGLE TO PROTECT!
Mr. David Whitley is the Acting Secretary of State in Texas. Whitley was appointed and
is currently supported by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Whitley, a Republican, has created a list of approximately 90.000 names of Texas
residents which he has classified as non-citizens who should be unceremoniously purged from
Voting Rolls.
After a thorough and fact-finding investigation as well as a couple Lawsuits, it was
discovered that THOUSANDS of these so called NON CITIZENS are actually predominantly
legal naturalized citizens who absolutely should not be purged from Voting Rolls!
The State of Texas has a sordid history of Voter Suppression as well as Voter
Intimidation and historically, it has been REPUBLICANS attempting to sabotage and obstruct
the RIGHT 2 VOTE of minorities that many times vote DEMOCRAT!
SCARE TACTICS AT THE POLLS, REDISTRICTING MAPS, AND BLATANT PRE-
ORCHESTRATED ACTS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION HAVE BECOME THE NORM IN THE
STATE OF TEXAS. It would seem that Texas is in the same league as North Carolina when it
comes to cheating the most vulnerable communities out of their opportunity to Vote.
In late February 2019 a Federal Judge in Texas ruled that the Voter Roll Purge
attempted by Whitley and friends would be put on hold. Not long after that, at the Texas State
Capitol, a small committee of Texas State Senators voted to advance David Whitley as the
nominee for the Secretary of State Position. The Vote was 4 Senators in FAVOR and 3
Senators AGAINST. REPUBLICANS voting along party lines were in FAVOR of Whitley, while
the 3 DEMOCRATS voted AGAINST Whitley. I don’t believe I need to say anything else — but I
will.
Sisters and Brothers, I am requesting that you help us create a TWITTER STORM. In
fact, we need a TWITTER TSUNAMI in order to HALT the confirmation of David Whitley to the
position of Secretary of the State in Texas. (#STOPDAVIDWHITLEY!)
A fellow Activist and Changemaker by the name of Amani Sawari and her organization
Jailhouse Lawyers Speak received a 2019 Roddenberry Fellowship in order to promote their
GAME CHANGING campaign known as Right-2-Vote! I firmly believe that blocking Whitley
from becoming the new Secretary of State in Texas and defending the Voting Rights of our
Latinx sisters and brothers as well as other oppressed people is in-keeping with the work that
Amani and I am committed to doing this year. Furthermore, there are 19 other Activists and
Changemakers across the United States who I know will be very interested in aiding us in this
endeavor. 19 Activists who also received Roddenberry Fellowships.
You see Sisters and Brothers, I am in Texas which has the largest prison system in the
United States. Texas uses its so called criminal justice system to cage and enslave a

disproportionate number of people of color. One of the purposes is to disenfranchise a broad
swath of minority voters — voters who do not vote REPUBLICAN!
However, the ‘GAME’ gets a lot uglier and more complicated when we observe our
Governor Greg Abbott attempting to strategically place one of his CRONIES who is known to
suppress the votes of Latinx and minorities in a position that would place him in charge of the
voting process in Texas!! We must fight against this.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has the largest Political War Chest of any Governor in the
United States and Abbott is absolutely willing to use that money and his influence to crush and
silence the voices of Texas’ most vulnerable communities. It is not enough for Abbott to create
an unequal playing field, he wants to ensure that we are under-represented so that Laws and
Policies which would help pull us up out of poverty and free us from prison never see the light of
day!!!
Abbott and his Attorney General, Ken Paxton, are masters at gaming the System. Did
anyone notice that Paxton’s wife Angela has filed a piece of Legislation that would expand the
powers of the Attorney General which in effect would absolve Ken Paxton of his pending
CRIMINAL CHARGES??? Thought we missed that, Ken and Angela? We Didn’t!
It is going to take a massive collective effort to push back against these attempts to
infringe upon our voting rights. Please, do your own research on the topic and then — HELP US
FIGHT!!
I WILL NOT REMAIN SILENT!! Will You?
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!

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End Prison Slavery, In solidarity, Prison conditions

How Do We Stop the Hate?

“I observed first-hand how the Nazi Poison transformed decent, caring, reasonable men and women into fanatical racists who approved the destruction of anyone and anything that did not conform to their vision of the world.”

– Hans-Jurgen Massaquoi, former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony Magazine

Hans-Jurgen Massaquoi was one of the few Blacks in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power. He was born in 1926 in the port city of Hamburg, Germany to a white German mother, Bertha Baetz, and Al-Haj Massaquoi, a Liberian businessman and Muslim. Massaquoi found out quickly that being Black was not compatible with the “vision” that Hitler had for Germany at that moment in history. In the 1950s, Hans-Jurgen Massaquoi emigrated to the United States where he became the editor-in-chief for Ebony Magazine, one of the LEADING African-American Magazines of All Time!

It is not a stretch to compare the Nazi Poison of Adolf Hitler with the modern day white supremacist hate speech promoted by Donald J. Trump. Prior to the massacre of muslims in New Zealand the murderer praised Trump for promoting white supremacy.

It has happened again! Another Mass shooting. 50 Muslims murdered! Many kneeling in prayer – shot in the back! I recently said on comrademalik.com that I was going through something but did not elaborate.

On March 8th, 2019, a womyn who is dying of Cancer was denied one final HUG with her son who happens to be incarcerated here with me! I had been helping them and advocating on their behalf. Paulina Gracia who has an aggressive form of Leukemia was told by the prison administrators here to come on and visit, they said they would allow her to hug her son. Then at the very last moment, they canceled the visit!!! That Hurt! It hurt all of us. All you can ask is WHY? Would this one HUG damage the Prison Agencies reputation?? NO, it would not. But then, look who is leading this campaign for Humyn Rights??!!

It is I the Muslim Activist known as Comrade Malik! AND THE WHITE SUPREMACIST PRISON OFFICIALS HATE ME! So my friends Miguel and Paulina – suffered! This is not my Vision of Love! A week later on March 15th, 2019 an Australian man, a white man, who subscribes to White Nationalism and embraces White Supremacy goes into two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and he executes 50 of my Muslim brothers and sisters!! He murders them in cold blood. This senseless act of violence is as hurtful to me as the tragedy which took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh!!

Personally, I am really not caught up on focusing on whether the victims are Jewish, Muslim or Christians – they were all Humyn beings! No-one should be fearful in the place they worship and pray – no-one!! The shooter says he was ‘inspired’ by Dylan Roof and Andres Brevik. I believe that this spike in White Nationalism and White Supremacy is a manifestation of a mental illness that has not been diagnosed as such not yet! We must start to analyze this more closely especially when HATE AND VIOLENCE become a key part in the equation. Trump’s denial and downplaying of the problem isn’t helping anything.

Bringing this out into the OPEN and discussing it in Open Forums is a start in the right direction. I think people are uncomfortable with these issues and topics because it forces us to examine our inner feelings and beliefs – possibly we don’t want to share with the world what we really believe and feel. The election of Trump brought a lot of “closet racists” out into the OPEN! They now feel empowered and emboldened. It sounds good to say: “I’m not prejudiced, I have many Muslim friends or many Jewish friends, or many Black friends.” It sounds good! But what is the reality?

The State of Texas along with the Department of Homeland Security have labeled me a “Threat” because I speak the truth!!

Take a look at me!! Look at me with my Big Beard and Kufi prayer cap! How has the Mainstream Media in Amerika as well as the harsh rhetoric of Donald J. Trump made you feel about Muslim Humyn Beings??

Look at me!! You see the photo!! Does it make you afraid? Do you feel angry? Do you want to see me harmed? Let’s talk about it. I don’t have all the answers sisters and brothers but I think we can figure this out together if we can figure this out together if we try!! Please Stop the Hate and LOVE ONE ANOTHER!!

Dare To Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!!

 

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