By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
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Peace and blessings sisters and brothers!
A couple of months ago, Net-Flix had a series which shed light on the topic of teenage suicide — “13 Reasons” or something to that effect. I read about teenagers in Florida being influenced in a negative manner after watching this Net-Flix series. Around the same time, I was working on the content of Justin and my You-Tube video concerning the genocide in Chicago. The word that popped into my head was nihilism.
It really hurts me to see young people choose death over life. I just can’t explain to you the feeling of euphoria I feel when I fight for humyn or civil rights–and win!! It’s awesome when you sacrifice your time, energy and resources for a cause you believe in and you become the change!!
If anyone should be contemplating suicide it should be me! I’m in a maximum security prison in one of the most abusive and unjust prison systems in the United States. Texas prison is horrible! I’m not just in prison. I’m in solitary confinement for a trumped up and fabricated riot charge. My cell is infested with roaches, and the heat index regularly reaches 105 degree Fahrenheit plus! There is no airconditioning! The water is contaminated and toxic! I have been the constant target of religious discrimination. I have been denied parole 5 times in a row–and the prison administration hates my guts!!
Wouldn’t suicide be the easy way out of this screwed-up existence? But I choose life! Not only do I choose life, I choose to fight! And I fight hard as hell!! Want to know why?
Britney Gulley is a female prisoner in Texas. She is housed in Ad-Seg, which is solitary confinement in Texas prisons. A few months ago when Britney was housed at the Lane Murray Unit in Gatesville, TX, she wrote a passionate piece which appeared in the San Francisco Bay View, a National Black Newspaper. The article she wrote was about the horrible living conditions and treatment of wimmin at the Lane Murray Unit, especially those held in Administrative Segregation.
Britney sent out a plea for a help. I heard her cry for help and I immediately took action. There are many strong, intelligent, and influential wimmin who aid me in fighting the ultra-corrupt Texas Department of Criminal Justice. I know a few successful media correspondents and I even contacted my friend Ollie Jefferson, a humyn rights lawyer who has volunteered to help Texas prisoners like Britney who have become victims of this cruel and inhumane solitary confinement environment Texas maintains.
I asked my friends and comrades to reach out and help Britney!! But somehow Britney was forgotten about–there just is not enough help for wimmin in Texas prisons!! Their voices are ignored and sometimes silenced!!
A few weeks ago, Britney attempted suicide!! She was not successful and she has been sent to a mental health treatment facility called Sky View Unit, located in Rusk, TX. From Sky View Unit Britney wrote another impassioned article that was published in the July 2017 edition of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. The article is entitled “Why So Many Suicides at Lane Murray Unit, A Texas Women’s Prison?”
Sisters and brothers, something is very wrong at the Lane Murray Unit located in Gatesville, Texas. I don’t know about you, but those wimmin’s lives matter to Comrade Malik!!
Sisters and brothers, the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March, which is scheduled for August 19th, 2017 in Washington D.C., provides an excellent opportunity for us to shed a national spotlight on Texas and Lane Murray Unit. I highly recommend you consider attending this historic event.
In the meantime, I am sending out a call to action for all female media correspondents, activists, and female legislators to contact Lori Davis, the TDCJ-CID Director and demand that Director Davis launch a thorough and fact-finding investigation at the Lane Murray Unit. I am sending out a plea for help from the United States Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division. Something is very wrong down here in Texas prisons!!
I am sending out a personal plea to the National Lawyers Guild, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and every feminist in Amerika with a conscience!! Help me contact Texas legislators!! We have a special session scheduled for the 85th Texas Legislature to begin July 18th, 2017.
Sisters and brothers, this is an exciting time to live and fight for humyn rights. Without young people and young voices along with your passion and energy and gifts, the revolution dies!! Please choose life!! And as Jesse Jackson would say: “Keep hope alive!”
Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people!!
What You Can Do
Sisters and brothers, if you want to help solve this ongoing problem, please call the following Texas legislators and voice your concerns. Thank you!!
Senator Royce West – (512) 463 0123
Senator John Whitmere – (512) 463 0115
Rep Dr. Alma Allen – (512) 463 0744
Rep Garnet Coleman – (512) 463 0524
Rep Rafael Anchia – (512) 463 0746
Rep Marisa Marquez – (512) 463 0638
Rep Trey Martinez Fischer – (512) 463 0616
Rep Harold Dutton Jr. – (512) 463 0510
Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan 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 comrademalik.com and write to him directly at:
Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington
2665 Prison Road #1
Lovelady, TX 75851