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Manufactured War in Order to Hold the Presidency (We’ve seen this before) 

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

President Trump addresses the nation last week about his administration’s standoff with Iran. (Alex Brandon/AP)

The assassination of Iranian General Sulimani by the United States of America comes as no surprise to me. This event brings us one step closer to the inevitable. War with the Islamic Republic of Iran has been on the “wish list” of the Trump administration since he was sworn in three years ago. 

The timing is perfect. Not only is Trump facing impeachment but Trump’s close friend, Benjamin Netanyahu is facing bribery charges which threaten to oust him from the seat of leadership in Israel, but may send “BiBi” to prison! 

What better “Art of War” strategy is there for an embattled president than to foment war in order to secure power for one more term. 

This strategy is not unprecedented in fact, Trump is using a similar strategy that Russian President Vladimir Putin used when he first rose to power in Russia. 

In 1999 – 2000, there had been a string of bombings in Russia and many of the targets were civilian housing, as well as housing used by Russian military personnel. Putin was a Colonel in the KGB, which soon would become the FSB.

Putin and his cronies blamed the vicious bombings on Chechnyan separatists. Right around the same time, Putin was running for president and used the Chechnyan conflicts, as a method to bolster his popularity in order to paint himself as a protector of the Russian people from the horrible Islamic threat posed by the Chechnyans. 

However, we would find out that all of this was deceptions and lies, created by an old KGB hand, who specializes in covert-ops, which manipulate public opinion. 

Let me be clear. I am talking about Vladimir Putin! Putin is the fascist snake! 

During the bombings in 1999, there was another Vladimir who worked for the Russian state security, and who was commissioned to investigate the rash of bombings. That man was Vladimir Litvinenko. What comrade Litvinenko discovered would change the course of his life forever! 

One day on investigating the bombings, Mr. Litvinenko visited an apartment complex in Russia. Litvinenko went down to the basement of the apartment building and found an entire pallet of the deadly explosive known as RDX. 

There been a residue of RDX found at the blast sites of previous bombings connected to this ongoing investigation. Litvinenko traced to the origin of this particular palette of RDX and discovered it came from the local FSB office!! 

FSB as in Russian State Security!

Litvinenko found out that it was not the Chechnyans bombing Russian citizens. 

Russia had a bloodthirsty and power-hungry ‘puppet master’ who placed his ambitions above the safety and security of the Russian people. I want to be crystal clear here. I’m talking about Vladimir Putin. 

Nevertheless, you need to know that President Donald J. Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are most certainly not “choir boys”, and you can bet your bottom dollar that the CIA and the Israeli Mossad have some more special dirty tricks in store for the Iranian regime. 

I could expand on this topic further, but I will end by saying, 

I see your Mr Pompeo! 

I see you Mark Esper! 

The Emperor is naked and we see the festering sores of the imperialist monarch. 

And if I see you, so to others! 

The people are smarter than you think!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to win, ALL power to the people!

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End Prison Slavery, In solidarity

WE MUST COLLECTIVELY CHAMPION THE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE POLICIES OF CHESA BOUDIN!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington  Assistant Editor of The San Francisco Bay View-National Black Newspaper

“Abolitionist politics is not about what is possible, but about making the impossible a reality.  Ending Slavery appeared to be an impossible challenge for Sojourner Truth, Denmark Vessey, Nat Turner, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, and others, and yet they struggled anyway.  Today we seek to abolish a number of seemingly immortal institutions, drawing inspiration from those who have sought the abolition of all systems of domination, exploitation, and oppression from Jim Crow laws and prisons to patriarchy and capitalism.”—Abolish Carceral Society  by Abolition Collective  (Dog Section Press 10/02/2019)

Valerie Block, wife of Chesa Boudin, his parents David Gilbert & Katherine Boudin in Wende CF, Alden NY

One of the most wonderful things that I love about the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper is that no one attempts to control or stifle the exercise of my free speech. Some of my opinions may not be embraced wholeheartedly by all the people, but at the end of the day, my opinions and thoughts are respected. Mary Ratcliff and I regularly engage in intelligent and respectful dialogue when we can in order to come up with a consensus that works for us.

Most of you are well aware, especially those who live in San Francisco, that Chesa Boudin has been elected as San Francisco’s new district attorney. At first, I didn’t have a clue who Mr. Boudin was, but I did my research. For those who know me well, I am a cerebral individual and I adhere to the motto that “We must seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.”

Sisters and brothers, I know exactly what punitive, retaliatory, malicious and vindictive “justice” looks like in Amerika. I live this reality every day that I wake up inside my cell in United States Penitentiary Pollock. U.S. District Judge Lynne Nettleton Hughes wanted me to do life in federal prison. 

However, with Chesa Boudin we have a human being who believes in restorative justice. Mr. Boudin’s background and his intellectual as well as his academic pedigree deviate dramatically from what we know to be the status quo and norm of the “run of the mill” career prosecutor or district attorney in the United States of Amerika.

Many of us within the Prison Abolition Movement have been looking for hope in order to change these systems of oppression. Well, hope has arrived! The question is whether or not we will keep hope alive and give Mr. Boudin the support he needs to implement his “radical” policies – or will we allow organizations and groups like the Police Officers Association and other naysayers to destroy the dream before it even materializes? I encourage all of you to support Chesa Boudin.

The San Francisco Bay View enthusiastically endorsed the election of District Attorney Chesa Boudin. We support Mr. Boudin as passionately and fervently as we support our Mayor London Breed! There are some big changes taking place in the Bay Area and the Bay View newspaper hopes to be a part of that change. We are struggling to preserve the voice and the legacy of Black and all oppressed people within the Bay Area!

Through mass incarceration, gentrification, environmental injustice and police terrorism, many of us have been squeezed out, ignored or exterminated by local and federal government employees and officials. Now we have someone who wants to change the status quo and at the very least give people of color and all disadvantaged people a realistic opportunity for a second chance. 

Chesa Boudin can pave the way and lay the foundations for new discussions about what justice in Amerika can actually look like when we promote restorative justice. Thus far, if this article has piqued your interest, perhaps the following thoughts will seal the deal and win you over to our line of thinking.

David Gilbert and Chesa Boudin as a child

The election of Chesa Boudin serves as a notice and a possible paradigm shift in what we have become accustomed to within the realm of the criminal justice system in Amerika.

Mr. Boudin is intimately familiar with the deleterious effect and collateral damage that lengthy prison sentences can have on the moral fabric of a family. In my work, I have always strived to humanize prisoners in the eyes of the public at large. 

I am challenged daily by the stereotypes and lies promulgated by the mainstream media as well as the silly rants of the bourgeois ruling class: “superpredators” and “animals.” This is how the oppressor class characterizes us, but this is not how Chesa Boudin views us.

David Gilbert, Mr. Boudin’s remarkable and intelligent father, has been a source of knowledge, education and inspiration for me. I shun the demonization of the white working class and I fight to save our planet. 

While many are pushing the narrative of racism, I clearly see that the capitalist imperialist system in Amerika as well as throughout the world is an enemy of the poor, irrespective of the race or even the gender of the individual(s) in question.

As we analyze the Prison Industrial Slave Complex, we see and witness the exploding numbers of women who are trapped inside these modern day slave kamps. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. 

I learned much at the feet of my Mother. You don’t think that Chesa Boudin missed his mother during his childhood? Do you think that he forgot where she was or who was holding her captive for 22 years? 

Is there any compassion in Amerika for the incarcerated mothers of the poor? I promise you, sisters and brothers, Chesa Boudin knows exactly why the caged bird sings and perhaps he and I will harmonize together and sing a song that will liberate the caged voices throughout Amerika! But y’all don’t hear me! Or do you?

As a prisoner myself, when I analyze and look at what the future may bring, it comes down to responsibility. If I want to help lay the foundation for more people like Chesa Boudin, I must take ownership of my actions and behaviors! I have a duty – a duty to shun criminal behavior and a duty to give back to my community. I owe y’all that!

If Chesa Boudin is willing to change the “game” as we know it, then it is incumbent upon me and every prisoner reading this article to support him by changing our conduct. I am talking to all of y’all! I believe the OGs in this human rights movement will agree with me. 

I send a shout out to Dr. Mutulu Shakur at USP Victorville, Jalil Muntaqim in New York and Sundiata Acoli in Maryland and a clenched fist and Panther love to Kevin “Rashid” Johnson. I will continue to attempt to turn these razor wire plantations into schools of liberation! USP Pollock has some good men, and we shall overcome adversity and promote the peace.

I realize that this editorial may be provocative to many. If you have any thoughts, comments or questions on or about this brief piece, please do not hesitate to contact us. I firmly believe that we should collectively support Chesa Boudin and, furthermore, that we must create a strong freedom campaign for Chesa’s father, David Gilbert, a true servant of the people!

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

Keith “Malik” Washington is assistant editor of the Bay View, studying and preparing to serve as editor after his release in 2021. He is also 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. Visit his website at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock LA 71467.

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In solidarity

A New Years Message from Comrade Mailk

This New Years message is read by Malik’s friend justin adkins

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.

Send our comrade some love and light: Keith Washington, 34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock LA 71467.

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Prison conditions

The reality of federal prison, Part 1

Prisoners vs. guards
by Dave Gilson

by Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington, member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC)

(originally published by San Francisco Bay View)

Part 1: Truth hurts

Comrades, I don’t have to be long-winded in order to describe what is happening here.

In federal prison here in Amerika, approximately 80 percent of prisoners regardless of race are abusing illicit drugs. Suboxone, Meth and K-2 are the drugs of choice for federal male prisoners. I cannot and should not speak about what the conditions are like for our sisters because I feel a woman should tell that story. Right now, I’m relaying my first-hand experience in an all-male high security federal prison.

I have been clean and sober for a little over 12 years – my perspective is clear and my analysis of the situation is concise.

The presence of drugs brings violence. Debts are accrued and they must be paid – or else! Vicious acts of violence materialize daily – FACT.

Federal prison officials in Washington, D.C., have factored in the violence and current drug epidemic as they put together long term plans for the operation of high security facilities. The first attack made by prisoncrats is on our First Amendment rights.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons makes the erroneous claim that the drugs which are present here come in via U.S. Mail. This lie is being fed to the public in order to justify draconian suppression policies which obstruct and restrict incoming and outgoing mail. This destroys family ties!

What you know is that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) relies on secrecy in order to keep the public at large ignorant and blind to the abuse and injustices federal prisoners are routinely subjected to. Cut all lines of communication!

First they cut the mail. The next move is to discontinue contact visits! This is the plan. Most are oblivious to the subtle changes because the drugs have everyone in a state of unconsciousness. I am wide awake.

Are you?

There is a financial dynamic at play here. The drugs produce violence and with that comes medical costs as well as logistical problems. If a prisoner gets beat down because he owes a $500 drug debt, he obviously cannot be placed back on the prison compound.

Now multiply this incident by 1,000 per week! That is 1,000 violent assaults resulting in injuries and sometimes death – and then transfers.

The next step they take is the mass lockdown of most U.S. penitentiaries in the United States! Instead of a programming schedule which allows prisoners out of their cells from 6:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., we will be locked down in our cells for 22 hours a day and given only an hour and a half to two hours of out-of-cell time.

The justification will be security.

Most are sleepwalking in here, but I am wide awake.

These drastic changes like video visits and lockdowns are being gradually introduced and are creating a more inhumane environment. Will this stop the drugs and violence? I think not. I know a secret that you don’t know. More later, comrades. Stay woke!

Dare to struggle, Dare to win, All Power to the People.

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. Visit his website at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith Washington, 34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock LA 71467.

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I’ve Found Love!!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Peace and Blessings Sisters and Brothers!!!  I have spent many, many years in Prison and I have continued and will continue to Struggle Against these Systems of Oppression.

Although I have had the unwavering support of a growing number of passionate Activists, Scholars, and Freedom Fighters there has been something missing in my Life.  I have cried many nights because I have been Lonely wanted someone to Love me on a Persynal, Romantic, and Deeper Level.  I WON’T BE CRYING ANYMORE!!!

I HAVE FOUND IN SIS. NUBE BROWN THE PERFECT COMPANION, SOUL MATE AND PARTNER IN THIS STRUGGLE FOR HUMYN RIGHTS!  You May Know Nube Brown, she is truly a remarkable Humyn Being.

It is important to me–to Announce this to the World!!   I LOVE NUBE!!!

Sisters and Brothers–please know that my decision to relocate to the Bay Area in California had alot to do with my committment to the Bay View Newspaper.  However, I CAN-NOT SEE MYSELF LIVING WITHOUT NUBE BROWN!  I want to be close to her and I am pleading with all of you to Help Us Be Close Together!!!  Help Nube and I persuade these oppressors who operate the Federal Bureau of Prisons to Honor our Request to have me Transferred to California but our main struggle will be transferring my State Parole from Texas to California and I believe with the help of Attorney Tanika J. Solomon and Attorney Anne Weills we will be successful.  There are some incredible things materializing as we begin the year 2020.  I’m excited!!!  I hope you are too.

DARE TO STRUGGLE, DARE TO WIN, ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!   (PANTHER LOVE!!!!!)

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End Prison Slavery, In solidarity, Prison conditions

Lost in time: Lift up our brother Sitawa and strike down indefinite incarceration

by Mutope Duguma Published earlier on the SF Bayview and on Sitawa.org.

It’s always hard to stomach news that is disheartening. To hear that a brother and comrade has suffered a stroke after spending countless years in solitary confinement, as well as being held on an indefinite sentence for an alleged crime he did not commit, is even more disheartening.

I need not stress the sorrow that is felt amongst the whole prison.

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa with arms crossed, in 2017

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa in July of 2018 population for our brother Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, who, along with countless fearless prisoners, pioneered our Prison Human Rights Movement (PHRM) to the world’s stage. We continue to see men and women incarcerated far too long – beyond anyone’s imagination – and continue to be held indefinitely.

Our beloved brother Sitawa is amongst this class of men and women. The inhumane treatment of prisoners must end.

Our brother Sitawa and many others have suffered enough and should not continue to do so based on being given a life sentence that equals a civil death. Prior to 1968, under original Penal Code Section 2600, California prisoners suffered complete civil death, which means prisoners were stripped of all civil rights.

The prison system is actually covertly executing all of its lifers. The United States is the only country in the whole world that incarcerates people indefinitely – forcing them to spend the rest of their lives in prison. Men and women have been incarcerated for 35 years or more.

Many of these people are lost in time. They came to prison as youth in their teens and early 20s in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Yes, many of them were immature, many had no real direction, but they all became adults in the Amerikan prison system.

At present these prisoners, Baby Boomers, most of whom have survived decades of incarceration, are now between the ages of 60 and 80. Many of these senior citizens are wheelchair-bound or use assistive devices such as walking canes.

Like most seniors, many are on special medications, require special medical therapy for seniors, and suffer from aging illnesses of various sorts. I hear some say that a few manage to get around good at 70 years young.

Many say, yes, they should be in prison, and that may be true in some cases. Given the things they did in society, the way they carried themselves in the youth of their lives was utterly wrong and disrespectful, but that was decades ago when they were young! Decades!

They are now older, mature, grown, senior adults, who have fulfilled all requirements from various parole boards around the U.S. Multiple prisoners have complied with all laws, rules and regulations of the prison and carried themselves as role model human beings and in many cases have done so for decades.

Still, many of them are forced to remain in prison when the maximum amount of time on their sentence has long since expired. This is terrible and extremely cruel to force rehabilitated human beings to remain in bondage and especially when statistics clearly show that 90 percent of them are not returning to prison once released.

Sadly, 89 percent of prisoners across the US are Black and Mexican. From 1619 through the 1800s, the chattel slavery plantation concept lurks in the shadows like the Wizard of Oz.

This “behind the scenes” type strategy involves money laundering exclusively into white rural areas under the Prison Industrial Slave Complex (PISC). (That’s where prisons were built during the height of mass incarceration, in small rural communities that had lost their economic base, where people were so desperate for jobs, they were willing to work in a prison. These were white communities with deep prejudice toward Blacks. – ed.)

Many of us may very well die in these man-made tombs. It should be stipulated that these deaths are in clear violation of the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.

The suffering is indefinite where there exists no end to the punishment. Many have died, and many will continue to die where there is no remedy to resolve the cruel and unusual treatment of prisoners.

We must resist to end this cruel and unusual treatment of human beings and encourage our brother Sitawa, who is fighting for his life. We will fight for his freedom and the freedom of the thousands of men and women lost in time.

One Love, One Struggle,

Mutope Duguma

Sitawa is recovering from a major stroke. Send him some love and light (Sitawa is currently housed near San Diego, mail will be forwarded):

Freedom Outreach
Attn: Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa
Fruitvale Station
P.O. Box 7359
Oakland CA 94601

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THE FIRST STEP ACT IS A SHAM!!

By: Comrade Malik
(IWOC)

Donald J. Trump and Jared Kushner teamed up to create an illusion that Trump and his “Psychophants” in the ‘Oval Office’ gave a Damn about Prisoners or Criminal Justice Reform.

I’m personally Living the Nightmare which is life in a Maximum Security Federal Prison.

I was blessed to have hundreds of people to contact the Federal Bureau of Prisons in order to request that I be transferred to a Federal Prison within 500 miles of my primary Release Address.

I have been offered a job and a place to live in San Francisco, California. Federal employees with the B.O.P. are determined to sabotage my success.

However, Kushner & Trump told everyone who would listen that the First Step Act would provide opportunities for Rehabilitation and successful Re-entry. I didn’t make it to California.

TRUMP LIED AGAIN!

I’m sorry folks, but when you house a Humyn-Being in a prison that is on ‘Lock-Down’ (9) months out of the Year, that is not Rehabilitation that is Warehousing Humyn Beings! First Step Obstructed!

In November 2020, let us collectively tell Donald Trump “YOU’RE Fired!”

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win – ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Please Write our Brother in the Struggle Comrade Malik, recently assigned to the U.S.P.-Pollock in Louisiana, reputedly the worst in terms of prison violence in the B.O.P.

Send him Support Letters of Love & Encouragement as he finishes Federal time, up to release May 30th, 2021, so his remaining time of obligation quickly passes, having the buffered-effect from our interventions that can flood him with communication.

The USDOJ/BOP has ignored our wishes to re-assign him within (500) miles of his preferred release address; now, more like 2,000 miles! He is tentatively in limbo at the Oklahoma City Transfer Facility, pending going to Pollock, Louisiana. Check B.O.P. web-page at: https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/ to follow his process that could take days or weeks.

Keith H. Washington
#34481-037
U.S.P.-Pollock
P.O. Box 2099,
Pollock, LA 71467

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