Chief Spokesperson for End Prison Slavery in Texas Placed in Long-Term Solitary Confinement
By Keith “Malik” Washington (New Afrikan Black Panther Party – Prison Chapter)
On September 15, 2016, I was escorted to the Security Threat Group Office at the H.H. Coffield Unit and informed by TDCJ employee Sergeant Robert Walker that I was being classified as a leading member of an organization determined to be a Security Threat. I was told that high-ranking prison officials in Texas wanted me placed in long-term solitary confinement, better known as Administrative Segregation. This step was taken in response to my peaceful organizing of prisoners for the September 9 National Prison Work Stoppage.
However, I am sad to report that my work in Coffield Unit was sabotaged. Approximately 3 weeks earlier, a member of the Islamic community in Coffield who had never posted anything about the September 9 work stoppage posted a threatening message concerning the strike. I was not informed nor did I have any input about the message; I was totally blind-sided.
Prison officials on the Unit, including Lieutenant G. Richards, were well aware that I have never promoted violence in my education and organizing efforts. Nevertheless, in a blatant act of sinister deception, Lieutenant Richards wrote a Major Disciplinary Infraction against me, charging me with responsibility for the threatening message!
Sisters and Brothers, I tell you I have never threatened the people or the prison guards with violence – Never!! I have always operated by the philosophy that violence would be counterproductive to our efforts. And I must tell you that prior to the posting of this volatile message by one of my own “Muslim Brothers,” my organizing efforts here on Coffield Unit were going great!
Please know that, behind the scenes, some horrible deals are being made between “the oppressor” and brainwashed members of the oppressed, seeking to actively harm leaders of this movement.
To abolish prison slavery – and one day to abolish prisons altogether – is a daunting task. Capitalists who operate prisons in Amerika feel very threatened by the media attention and strong show of solidarity by prisoners and their supporters. It is only natural for prison officials and law enforcement agencies in the United States to go after organizers such as Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan and Sean Swain of the Free Ohio Movement. We must seek to protect Kinetik Justice of the Free Alabama Movement. We must not allow the capitalist oppressors to hijack our movement.
Please continue to amplify my voice and the voices of all the members of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.
Dare to struggle, dare to win! All power to the people!