Bloody Violence among Prisoners Results in Security Lockdown at the Eastham-Administrative-Segregation Unit, Texas — Update

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Deputy Chairman, New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter)
Peace and blessings Sisters and Brothers!
This cover of Newsweek for Oct. 6, 1986, features a story, “Inside America’s Toughest Prison,” about Eastham Unit, where Malik is now housed.
This cover of Newsweek for Oct. 6, 1986, features a story, “Inside America’s Toughest Prison,” about Eastham Unit, where Malik is now housed.

Today is Wednesday, January 25, 2017. A white male prisoner housed in Administrative Segregation was the victim of a bloody “harpoon” spear attack! The victim was Life Flighted off the unit.

This is the second such attack at Eastham this month. The first attack took place on January 9, 2017, approximately 25 feet from my cell on E-Line here on the Eastham-Ad-Seg Section. Needless to say, I witnessed the first incident in which two white males were ‘shot’ with sharp spears while they were being escorted to Outside Recreation. The attacker was another white male, a former member of a large white supremacist gang here in Texas.
There is a portable-sliding shield which, when used properly by Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison guards, decreases the risk of prisoners falling victim to such attacks.
On January 9th officers chose not to use the shield and as a result, one prisoner was ‘shot’ in the stomach. He was Life-Flighted by helicopter to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. The second prisoner was ‘shot’ in the butt check and taken to Huntsville Hospital.  Both prisoners survived.
Today, January 25th, there has been no word on the status of the latest victim, but the rumor mill is saying he is in bad shape. We were notified at 2 p.m. that we were on lockdown.
I would like to briefly speak about the state’s duty to protect and how TDCJ ignores that duty.
Sisters and Brothers—Whether it is forcing prisoners to drink toxic water, the abuse of the elderly or infirm prisoners or the failure to protect Ad-Seg prisoners from violent attacks—gross negligence and deliberate indifference are the operative words which apply.
The Texas prison system has sabotaged a prisoner’s ability to be compensated when they are hurt on account of employee negligence.
For instance, the prisoners who were attacked on January 9th both utilized the offender grievance program in order to address their issues. In both cases, their grievances were returned stating: “Non-grievable issue”! How can this be? A hymyn being is attacked when he is handcuffed; the officer fails horribly in protecting him, and the prisoner is told the issue is non-grievable?
Sister and brothers: I tell you today that the state of Texas has ‘gamed’ the system in such a way that prisoners are treated as slaves and sub-humans! TDCJ prisonadministratorss have purposely housed me around white males who identify as white supremacists. TDCJ’s logic is this: “Let’s mix this Black Nationalist with these white dudes and see what happens.”
But nothing happens! I am not a Black Nationalist. I am a Revolutionary Socialist who fights for all oppressed humyn beings.
TDCJ has a duty to protect prisoners and they should compensate prisoners when they’ve been hurt on account of gross negligence and employee error.
Help us to ungame the corrupt system in Texas prisons.
Dare to struggle, Dare to win, All power to the People!

Comrade Malik speaks out about: Abuse of special needs humyn being in Chicago, false labeling of #blacklivesmatter and who or what really stole the election from Hillary

 

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

blacklivesmatterAs we all reflect and contemplate on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I think of the lessons he taught: the way of Peace, the way of love, and the philosophy of nonviolence.

And that brings me to a question I have for all: if we call ourselves humyn rights activist and servants of the people do we remain silent when people who don’t look or act like us get mistreated and abused?

What I’m getting at is this does the life of an innocent special needs white male teenager matter to you?

His life, safety, and health certainly matters to me and I was moved to tears when I heard about his ordeal. Bound, gagged, and tortured!!? If his life is not valuable in your eyes maybe you should click off this page.

Contrary to what the prison authorities in Texas may say about me, I am not the “Hate Whitey” guy there are plenty of those kind of people on the internet pretending to be black panthers.

I represent the real legacy of the original Black Panther Party.

These four young black people in Chicago made a huge mistake. And one must wonder what has created such hatred inside our young people?

Was it the drugs they were using?

Is it the new racially-charged geopolitical environment in Amerika?

There certainly was no shortage of young black lives being snuffed out by white folks in 2016 – does that have any bearing on their actions?

We are going to really have to look at this we cannot afford another incident like this! I am certainly not a fan of President Donald J. Trump but we must listen to the words of former First Lady Michelle Obama: “when they go low we go high!” I love Michelle Obama always have!

However, now is the perfect time to bring the spirit of occupy in the 99% back into the picture as a positive response to this divide and conquer racism. I mean you do realize that is the game being played on us don’t you

And now I must set the record straight on something, I hope you take the time to listen

These four young people who perpetrated this horrible act in Chicago do not and did not represent the #blacklivesmatter movement!!

I am not suggesting we throw these young people away nor do I suggest we throw them under the proverbial bus so they can become victims of the “lynch mob”. They actually have created enough problems for themselves and they really are in need of our prayers and support.

But the core issue I want to address is a false labeling and misrepresentation in the press and media that #blacklivesmatter had a connection to any of this!

That is a bold face lie!

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi are not animals or monsters they are thoughtful and caring humyn beings.

The #blacklivesmatter  movement was founded in the wake of several unpunished (or lightly punished) incidents of police killing unarmed black people.

We must denounce these media, and social media, fabrications in the strongest terms and we must call out these bigoted opportunist who would love to destroy and discredit the reputation of #blacklivesmatter.

I want you to think about something; if Russian intelligence operatives (FSB) or (GRU) can place false news on our cyber networks and actually hack the DNC (Hillary and friends) you don’t think there are people who can create false propaganda concerning #blacklivesmatter?

But who really stole the US presidential election? Was it really the Russians who did it? My close friend and Mentor Professor Victor Wallace PhD says this:

“The election was stolen by the Republicans in the most liberal sense by suppressing the vote in communities of color in the swing states. 75,000 voters in Detroit never had their presidential vote counted, 300,000 Wisconsin voters were disenfranchised by governor Scott Walker’s ID law and in North Carolina tens of thousands were unable to vote because of drastic restrictions in the number of polling stations.

The Democratic party doesn’t want to highlight any of this because the DMC did similar things to Bernie Sanders win the primary race.”

It is so convenient to blame everything on the Russians. The Russians have been waging hostile cyber intelligent ops against the United States for years. Espionage is real; a two-way street and the CIA and NSA will lie!

Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people who can THINK!

Comrade Malik Breaks his Silence on the Abuse, Murder, Executions, and Discrimination of his Muslim Sisters and Brothers!

 

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and concerned friends and allies

screen-shot-2017-02-04-at-2-24-58-pmIn the name of Allah most gracious most merciful peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

I’d like to greet all of you with the universal greeting of the Muslims the salutations of peace Assalamu alaikum السّلامُ عليكُمْ

It is reported that one of the companions of our Holy Prophet (saw) asked him: “How do we know if an action or inaction is wrong?” Our Holy Prophet (saw) said some more some less that: “if something you do, or don’t do, pricks your conscience then it is wrong.”

For the past year I’ve become overwhelmed with the burden of remaining silent when I became aware of the abuse, murder, execution of Muslims.

Darren Rainey was a black, mentally ill Muslim convert who was scalded to death in a Florida prison in 2012 while the Obama Administration looked the other way!

However, America is not the only place where Muslim lives don’t matter. In Israel human rights Defenders Farid al-Atrash and Issa Amro fight for their freedom.

Issa Amro is a Palestinian and founder of the Hebron-based group Youth Against Settlements and Hebron area lawyer Farid al-Atrash were both arrested for participating in a peaceful protest in February 2016. The March commemorated 22 years since extremist American-born Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Muslim Palestinian worshippers killing 29 and injuring more than 120 in Hebron’s Ibrahimi mosque in 1994.

Earlier in September 2016, I wrote a piece entitled: “What Method of Protest is Acceptable for Black People in Amerika?” And now I must ask the world what method of protest is acceptable for Palestinian people in Israel?! Suicide bombings and stabbings of innocent people is Haram, or forbidden, in Islam so please explain the crime of participating in a march? Please answer this Mr. Netanyahu!

And now we travel to Mauritania where we find Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould M’khaitir who faces possible execution for an article he wrote entitled “Religion, Religiosity and Blacksmiths” which described the ongoing racial discrimination and slavery visited upon black people living in Mauritania. Slavery was abolished in 1981. However, it was not illegal to own slaves until  2007.

That’s ironic here it is 2017 and slavery in Texas is Alive and Well!

Mohamed Cheikh Ould M’khaitir has repented several times prior to his conviction for apostasy.  Legal code in Mauritania says that should a convicted apostate repent at any point before the death sentence is carried out the Supreme Court in Mauritania may commute the punishment to a prison sentence of up to two years.

For those who are True Believers in Allah (swt) and His Holy Prophet (saw) we know that Allah’s mercy always supersedes his wrath! If the Supreme Court in Mauritania follows Quran and Sunnah Mohamed Cheikh Ould M’khaitir’s life will be saved Insha-Allah.

And finally Saudi Arabia, in 2015 the US State Department report noted that 35 gay men, and people assigned male at birth who were wearing women’s clothing, were arrested at a party in Jeddah in 2014. A judge in Medina in the same year sentenced a man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for “soliciting sex with other men” on Twitter. LGBTQ people are our brothers and sisters, we need to treat everyone as such. Everett K. Rowson, a professor at New York University who researches homosexuality in medieval Islamic society says “The only passages that deal with the subject unambiguously appear in the passages dealing with Lot.” The Atlantic reports that “To be gay in Saudi Arabia is to live a contradiction—to have license without rights, and to enjoy broad tolerance without the most minimal acceptance. The closet is not a choice; it is a rule of survival.” But why live in the shadows, it is time that we supported our gay and trans brothers and sisters.

At this time I request Dua’s (supplications) be offered requesting freedom and protection for Jamil-Al-Amin, Rasmea Odeh, Jalil Muntaqim, Mutulu Shakur, Patrice Lumumba Ford, Mumia Abu Jamal, and a special dua for the Duka brothers: Dritan Duka, Shain Duka, and Eljvir Duka! The entrapment of the Duka brothers destroyed their families.The US attorney who prosecuted the Duka brothers was Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey.

I end this piece by alerting all of you that the State of Texas prison system has waged a silent war on Muslim prisoners making it a hardship for many of us to grow our beards, wear our kufis, or even learn Arabic or attend Quranic studies!

The past five years we have patiently awaited a legal decision. Right now I am in federal court fighting for my rights with no legal representation or attorney. Allah (swt) has been my key legal adviser! Remember! Oppression is worse than slaughter! Ameen.

Why do ‘They’ Keep Hurting Us? Part 2 – Solutions

Peace and blessings to all human beings!

In 2015 I wrote a piece entitled, “Why do ‘They’ Keep Hurting Us?” ‘They’ being police and law enforcement officers in Amerika. 2016 was a bloody year. In Chicago alone, there were 760 murders! And these were mostly black on black or brown on black or vice-versa! Police killed many innocents last year, but then again so did people all over America.

I spend my days and nights searching for solutions to the violence. In regards to police in Amerika murdering citizens, I believe Norm Stamper has some excellent starting point. Stamper was a police officer for 34 years and served as the Chief of the Seattle Police Department. Please listen to his suggestions and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments:

Stamper says,  “in order to ensure that a local law enforcement abide by laws governing search and seizure, stop and frisk, use of force, and assembly protections, the Department of Justice must be given the authority and resources to do three things.

First, it needs to set reasonable, defensible standards of police performance and conduct. Second, it needs to certify every law enforcement officer and agency in the country. And third, it must be given the power to decertify, for just cause, any individual or department that refuses to play by the rules.

Excerpt from Norm Stamper’s essay – Fix the Police – page 67 Playboy magazine July / August 2016

krystalmuhammad_0618Now my suggestion comes from New Black Panther Party Chairpersyn Comrade Krystal Muhammad. Comrade Krystal lives in Houston, Texas and she has called for independent civilian review board that has subpoena and prosecutorial power over the Houston Police Department. The police in Amerika have so much power and control over Us – if their mandate is to protect and serve shouldn’t we have some power and control over them? Think about that!

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

Comrade Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Why do I fight the system so hard?

By Keith Malik Washington
Chief Spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

As I sit in this dilapidated dark place I often see the confused and quizzical looks on the faces of the various prison officials who, at periodic intervals, come by my cell and peer into my world, staring at me as if I am some rare dangerous breed of animal.

I often want to tell them if I don’t fight for us who will?

minorinfractions_5310ca4cab5cf_w1500Economic stagnation is one of the fundamental issues which is plaguing Afrikan Amerikans in the United States.

The American Civil Liberties Union released a report in October 2016 which shows that the War on Drugs tears apart families. They went further and said Louisiana, Texas, and Florida should focus their attention more on rehabilitative strategies as opposed to mass incarceration. I have paraphrased a bit but the point we must understand is that the GOP, and I’m talking about the Republican Party, has been very methodical and purposeful in implementing laws and policies which disenfranchise, marginalize, and oppress minorities.

For many of us black and brown people who are from the inner-city, we feel as if a trap has been laid for us to stumble in. My analysis of the situation has taught me that what we are experiencing is a sophisticated form of social control.

In Houston, Texas, the city I now call home, our schools have become mini-penitentiaries. For actions that used to rate detention after school or a 3-day suspension, we now face total expulsion or jail. The system funnels many of us straight into the waiting arms of an overeager criminal justice system. And then once we get in here we are trapped!

At Estelle Unit in 2012, I witnessed TDCJ officers beating elderly, disabled, and infirm prisoners. No one believed me then a report from the Prison Justice League confirmed it!

At Wallace Pack Unit I witnessed more abuse of the elderly and infirm coupled with forcing prisoners to drink water with high levels of arsenic!

Texas routinely executes mentally and disabled humyn beings per their state-sanctioned murder program, known as a death penalty.

Don’t ask why I fight so hard, the proof is right in your face will you help me fight?

National Lawyers Guild stands by their Commitment to Protect the Rights of IWOC Imprisoned Freedom Fighters!

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and justin adkins

Peace and blessings!

We have hopeful news to report. On December 29, 2016, Comrade Malik received a letter from attorney  Ollie R. Jefferson.  Attorney Jefferson is based in Arlington, Texas it is one of the many dedicated servants of the people who serve on the National Lawyers Guild’s –  Prisoner Legal Advocacy Network or PLAN for short.

These are Guild attorney members across the United States who have been volunteering their services to protect prisoners from rights violations associated with the fallout from the national prison work stoppages which began September 9, 2016

PBS journalist Kamala Kelkar did an excellent web-story highlighting some of the problems Comrade Malik has faced.

inofficeComrade Malik was targeted by Texas prison officials. He was placed in long-term solitary confinement after being found guilty of a fabricated riot case during Kangaroo Court proceedings at the Coffield Unit located in Tennessee Colony, Texas.

Comrade Malik has suffered numerous injustices such as religious discrimination, which he rarely speaks about. For the past year-and-a-half, Texas prison officials have denied Malik’s religious practice of growing a fist length beard and wearing a kufi per the precepts of his Islamic faith! The Texas prison system has trampled all over Malik’s constitutional rights and we are encouraged by the professionalism and commitment of the National Lawyers Guild.

At this time we ask that all of you rally behind Comrade Malik and attorney Ollie R. Jefferson as they prepare to confront this oppressive and corrupt prison agency.

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

Comrade Malik and justin adkins

Tupac Shakur is one of my Panther Heroes

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Deputy chairman New Afrikan Black Panther Party – prison Chapter

As a member of Generation X, as I reflect back on my youth, only one person comes to mind when it comes to laying it all on the line and that’s Tupac Shakur! When it comes to using celebrity as a vehicle for change that no one did it with as much passion and fury as to park!

-Tim Young
Prisoner – San Quentin California

843622352-tupac-shakur-quotes-sayings-life-famousRevolutionary greetings comrades!

Well here we are 2017! Tupac has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. in my opinion Tupac embodied many qualities of a modern-day Black Panther. Of course he got it honestly Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur was an incredible black panther who overcame adversity such as personal demons and she uplifted her son’s Legacy!!

And what exactly is Tupac’s Legacy?

I believe if Tupac was here today he would don a bulletproof vest and travel to the city of Chicago and he would ask the Vice Lords and Gangster Disciples as well as all gangs in chi-town to stop the killing and refocus their efforts in a way that serves their communities rather destroy them!!

I think Tupac will call out President Barack Obama and ask him how in the hell can you sit on your ass and not go to your hometown in order to combat these senseless murders of our people!? Coward ass! Yeah I said that!

Dare to struggle dare to win all power to the people!

-Comrade Malik

Comrade Malik comments on the passing of singer/activist and philanthropist George Michael

by Keith “Malik” Washington, Chief Spokespersyn for End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

Peace & blessings sisters and brothers!
Over the holidays, we folks in Amerika were informed of the passing of singer George Michael, apparently, he died of a heart attack at the age of 53.
For those who follow my work and who really know me – they will tell you that I am an ardent supporter of the LGBTQ community and I stand up for Humyn Rights Activists everywhere.

Unknown to many – mainly because he kept it a secret – was George Michael’s unselfish and generous donations to numerous humanitarian causes; HIV & AIDS research being just one. George loved people.

I am a passionate lover of music. I truly believe in the healing power of music and the message of self-determination, revolution, and calls for action which can be found in certain artists’ work.

So today I ask my comrades, not to celebrate George’s death but celebrate his life! George Michael was a strong, proud, passionate, gifted and generous humyn being – and at the end of the day that is all any of us really are! We all are humyn! So love one another! OK?
Dare to struggle, dare to win. All power to the people!
Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington

TDC# 1487958, Eastham Unit: 2665 Prison
Road 1, Lovelady, Texas 75851

Update: End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

Comrade Malik reports from Behind Enemy Lines!

Revolutionary greetings comrades and Free World allies. Well, it’s 2017 it has been almost one year since Norris Hicks and I wrote the Bamboozled piece.

We never gave him his props but it was Comrade Anthony Robinson Jr. who inspired us to write this piece. As many of you may remember there was a parole forum held on Coffield Unit last year around this time. It was sponsored by the Texas Inmate Families Association or TIFA.  Executive Director of TIFA, Ms Jennifer Erschabek,  worked extremely hard to Lobby Texas legislators to do something about this fraudulent and corrupt good time/work time credit system utilized for the Texas prison system. Jennifer and some legislators came up with something called due diligence credits.

Aggravated and non-aggravated prisoners will be eligible for these credits which can be earned by working, taking a vocational trade, attending college, or attending some type of rehabilitation class or program. Sounds good! Only one major problem, and I’ve tried to contact Jennifer about this one sticking point – there is still no policy, regulation, or law in Texas which compels the parole board to recognize these credits!!

So in reality, nothing has changed but the name! Welcome to Texas folks!

This is not to take away from or belittle Jennifer’s efforts – she works her butt off for us!

For those who are familiar with politics and legislators, nothing happens in one session it takes years sometimes a decade to affect change. So this is a start.

For the incarcerated workers organizing committee, we have work to do this shit ain’t over!

Texas has resorted to a very volatile and impressive program of repression and censorship to Comrades such as myself, Comrade Rashid, and Comrade Jason Renard Walker.  We have been tagged as security threats, our outgoing and incoming mail is heavily scrutinized, I have even had mail thrown away by TDCJ employees.

The strategy has been to isolate us and place as much pressure on us so we will do one of two things: 1. throw our hands up and quit (NEVER!)  or 2. Act out violently so that will justify all of TDCJ is over-the-top repression tactics.

You see comrades, in Texas we don’t have papers such as the San Francisco Bay View,  California Prison Focus, or Turning the Tide for the most part politically advanced prisoners are on their own!

Twitch, from Central Texas ABC, has single-handedly support of the entire state of Texas for years!

Just recently we are seeing quality high-level support coming from IWOC comrades in Austin,  Houston, and Kansas City, Missouri.

I believe the most disheartening thing that has happened is the FBI’s attack on #BlackLivesMatter, the San Francisco Bay View, and comrades like me, Rashid, Kinetic Justice from the free Alabama movement, and Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan from the Free Ohio Movement.

It is hurtful, yet insightful at the same time.

We are heading into a new era in Amerika. An era where we will see heightened instances of totalitarianism, fascism, and surveillance state tactics. It is a time when our friends will become informants for fear of the imperialist regime may target them!

I’ve already witnessed this first-hand on Coffield Unit although I played the “stupid role.”

So let’s take a look at the work we are doing: 1: attempting to amend the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution 2: abolish prison slavery and in my case 3: exposing the pervasive problem of toxic Water Supplies in Texas and Pennsylvania! Yes I did say Pennsylvania!

Comrades, as I close this report I am requesting some of you to take the time to write, or type, brief letters to the legislature in Texas and explain to them the desperate need for an independent oversight committee. Those 13 or so suicides I witnessed last year on Coffield Unit left me emotionally scarred!! That, coupled with the toxic water we are forced to drink at Eastham unit is enough to motivate me! What about you? What about our free world friends?

Remember what rapper Lupe Fiasco said in his song “Words I Never Said,” “In order to become a doctor you have to become an actor! don’t be silent!”

Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people!

-Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Empire Cast, will you stand with us?

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers. My name is Keith ‘Malik’ Washington the chief spokespersyn for the end prison slavery in Texas movement I’m also a proud member of the incarcerated workers organizing committee

The violent abuse of male and female prisoners, rapidly increasing suicides, environmental Injustice, and the exploitation of prison laborers are the hallmarks of the prison industrial complex in Amerika.

It is a fact that those most affected by mass incarceration in the United States are people of color. With this in mind I would like to ask the producers and writers of the hit series Empire:

Does Empire intend on taking a more direct approach at addressing the stark realities of mass incarceration?
Abolishing Prison Slavery in America would love to have the support of the cast of Empire!


To find out more:

Watch: 13th by: Ava Duvernay on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

Wear: One of our shirts to show your support to amending the 13th amendment: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/113670/ (ALL proceeds go to Comrade Malik)

Read: More by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington on SF Bay View