Comrade Malik breaks his Silence on Taboo issues effecting the Ultra Corrupt Texas Criminal Justice System!

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

“The problems of Black Life Mattering are hence fundamentally problems of Structural Power. In other words, _structural racism_ encompasses the entire system of white supremacy, diffused and infused in all aspects of society, including our history, culture, politics, economics, and our entire social fabric. Structural racism is the most profound and pervasive form of racism – all other forms of racism (e.g. institutional, interpersonal, internalized, etc..) emerges from structural racism.”
– California Prisoner Troy T. Thomas
Sling Shot (Anarchist news paper)
summer 2016 pg. 7.

Peace & blessings sisters and brothers!

It’s March  2017 and all of a sudden people want to know: “Who is Comrade Malik?” – Where did I come from? Have I always been here? Yes, I’ve been here all along but until now Texas Prison and State Government officials had done a masterful job of silencing or drowning out my voice. Now that I have acquired a small amount of notoriety it is time for me to fully expose this ultra corrupt agency known as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Racism in Prisoner Rights Advocacy!

So we started off with discussing structural racism. And this permeates every facet of society in Amerika. It is not just relegated to Texas but in Texas it has a significant amount of prominence especially where prisoners are concerned. I’ve been advocating for prisoners for approximately 15 years I started in Florida at a Federal Prison – F.C.I. Coleman. There I met an extremely intelligent brother by the name of RuFus Rochelle. Rufus was the victim of the Federal Governments racially bias Crack Law. But Fufus was a fighter a freedom fighter that is and he encouraged me to write articles for a black-owned newspaper called the Mahogany Revue.

In Texas, there is a growing Prisoner Rights Advocacy Movement but it is broken up into two separate sects. Only the active and involved are aware of this esoteric fact.

In Texas, there is a growing Prisoner Rights Advocacy Movement but it is broken up into two separate sects. Only the active and involved are aware of this esoteric fact.

One “camp” is made up of predominantly of white-christian-mainstream activists. Their names are recognizable and popular. They seek prison reform through co-operating with the same individuals who are guilty of the oppressive policies. They even will outright tell you “we are not set-up to fight the system we want to work with T.D.C.J. in order to bring about change.” My response to that is “Good luck with that!”.

Through the years I have become friends with Michael Jewell the executive director of Texas-CURE in Dallas. Michael and his partner Joan Covici actually saved my life when prison employees at the Estelle High-Security Unit unplugged my fan in my cell during a deadly heat wave in Texas – 2012.

Michael certainly paid his dues – as he spent 40 years trapped in T.D.C.J. – 23 of those years spent in Ad-Seg. However, Michael and I have totally different perspectives when it comes to our strategies and tactics. I am in the “_other_” camp.

Remember, we are speaking in the realm of Prisoner Rights Advocacy and I belong to the “Other” Camp. Our camp is made up of Black, Mexican, White, Socialists, Anarchists, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and the LGBTQ community. We are “the Radicals” or that is now the “Establishment” would like you to perceive us as. _We_ are the Gloria Rubac’s., the Pat Hartwells, the Robert S. Muhammads, our names might not be that familiar to you because the mainstream corporate owned media does not give us the same amount of exposure as the first “camp”.

See you can’t tell Gloria Rubac that the Death Penalty in Texas is racially blind. Gloria knows better. Gloria is a white womyn – extremely intelligent and she has done a concrete analysis of the Racist Death Penalty in Texas and she knows like I know that black and brown humyn beings are forced on that Gurney at the Walls unit at a much higher percentage than white folks! – FACT

How many of you remember the movie LIFE with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy? Do you remember the part when the Warden’s wife baked a pie and put it on the window sill to cool? Martin Lawrence’s character said something to the effect: “How can we make one of those Boss Man pies into a negro pie?” You see, the “pie” was _off limits_ to prisoners – especially black prisoners! And that is how the Prisoner Rights Advocacy movement in Texas is set up. No-one in Austin, Texas at the capitol really wants to see Comrade Malik, Azzura Crispino, or any “radical” voice at the committee hearing or negotiation table. But we are the ones who are intimately familiar with the corrupt nature of the Agency. Not every guest on the popular Prison Show on KPFT 90.1 FM is going to have a “feel good” family friendly story about their experience with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Some of us are going to talk about the beatings, the numerous parole set-offs, the inhumane living conditions, deadly extreme heat, Toxic water, Rapes & Murder!!
_Whitmire Knew!_

You read the title of this essay didn’t you? So you had to know this was coming. With the help of Mary Ratcliff – the editor of the San Francisco Bay View as well as Carole Seligman and Bonnie Weinstein of Socialist Viewpoint Magazine people are talking about the murder of T.D.C.J. prisoner Alton Rodgers at the Bill Clements Unit located in Amarillo, Texas.

Sisters and brothers, Senator John Whitmire is culpable in the death of Alton Rodgers and I will tell you why. In January 2015 Professor Victor Wallis Ph.D. of Berklee College, John S. Dolley of Central Texas ABC & ABC Para-legal Services and myself compiled an information packet entitled: Please Stop the Killing. It included essays which highlighted prisoner deaths and civilian deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers in Texas. We had a special focus on the Bill Clements Unit. We sent the packet to members of the media and specific Texas Legislators. Senator John Whitmire could have called in the F.B.I. and D.O.J. long ago – called them in to stop prisoner abuse and murder but he didn’t.

I provided journalist Kamala Kelkar of the PBS Newshour Weekend with a copy of the Please Stop the Killing packet I wanted her to see with her own eyes how we have virtually begged the Texas Legislature to take action in order to clean-up the corruption at Bill Clements Unit. – NOTHING!
Ever since 2008 when a disgruntled prisoner phoned Senator Whitmire from his cell on Texas’ Death Row – Senator Whitmire has secretly harbored animosity toward Texas prisoners, – FACT!

Senator Whitmire has continued to turn a blind eye to Institutionalized Violence and Institutionalized Retaliation against prisoners who advocate on behalf of other prisoners. And now with the recent release of a report along with _Notice of Claims_ by the National Lawyers Guild we clearly see that Texas and its prison agency T.D.C.J. has established a custom, policy, and un-official Government practice of targeting and also retaliating harshly against prisoners who are recognized as Activists and Jail House Lawers. – FACT!
_What actually happened in Texas Prisons on September 9th – 2016?_
Nobody is more in tune with Prison Laborers in Texas than I am. So now that I’m isolated and have a ton of time on my hands allow me to explain briefly what _really took place_ prior to and on the day of September 9th!

I assume many of you are familiar with the Slave Trade in Amerika? Many of us who are conscious don’t like to use the term _Slave Trade_ because it gives a person the impression as if there was a fair exchange between Africans and European Slave traders. The dynamics of _coercion_ and _violence_ are not reflected in the term that is why we use the term _Maafa_. Because it was a Black Holocaust that we experienced here in Amerika.
My point is this; T.D.C.J., Texas Corrections Industries and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles uses coercion, violence, and sometimes torture to force Texas prisoners into Slavery and Involuntary Servitude.
_Case in Point_

Wynne Unit is a prison in Texas located in Huntsville. It is the home to at least 6 different Texas Correctional Industry-Factories. Prior to September 9th I received a report from one of my sources there and here is what he said: 3 weeks before September 9th the Senior Warden at Wynne Mrs. Kelly Strong partnered with the Chief T.C.I. Plant Manager and together they held “Town Hall meetings” with prison laborers. There is a Mattress Factory, Computer Recovery Plant, Sing Shop, Tag plant and a couple others.

The prisoners were threatened! The threat was that if anyone attempted to organize a work strike or participate in the September 9th Work Stoppage they would receive:
#1.) A Major Disciplinary Case
#2.) Demotion to G-5 (Close Custody)
#3.) A Transfer to a Far Flung Rural Area!
G-5 Custody is a very restrictive and punitive security status in which two prisoners are trapped in a cell 22 to 24 hours a day!! – FACT!
And by the way when a prisoner in Texas receives a Major Disciplinary Case his or her Parole eligibility is affected in a very negative manner. So how many prisoners do you think were “Down for the Struggle” on September 9th in Texas Prisons??

The Industrial Workers of the World and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee made the call to organize and educate. I gave and continue to give every bit of myself to this Struggle and Movement. I don’t have any regrets other than I wish we had more people seriously committed to Abolishing Prison Slavery in Texas.

As I close I remind you that there are many wimmin in Texas Prisons who are down for the struggle but their voices are being ignored, ridiculed, and silenced by Texas Prison officials. Don’t Forget about the Sisters! They need our support!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win
All Power to The People.

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