by COMRADE MALIK
Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers!
It is oh so easy for me to target and identify the multiple problems which currently exist inside prison facilities operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice(sic!). However, it is time for me to send out a National Call for Action to Academics, Activists, Community Leaders and Politicians in Texas and BEYOND!
There are glaring disparities in educational opportunities between wimmin and men who have found themselves trapped inside Texas Prisons–FACT!
Texas uses Solitary Confinement now called Restrictive Housing to HIDE the Mentally Ill and punish prisoners who have defined themselves as Jail House Lawyers and Political Activists–FACT!
TEXAS USES THEIR STATE SANCTIONED MURDER PROGRAM COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE DEATH PENALTY TO EXECUTE DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBERS OF MINORITIES!–FACT!
Texas Corrections Industries exploits Free Prison Labor and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles are complicit in the enslavement of thousands of poor people and minorities!!—FACT!!
TDCJ’s Public Information Officer Jeremy Desel engages in the ART of Deception, Lies, and MISINFORMATION in-order to keep the Public at Large blind to the routine oppression and abuse which occurs daily inside these Slave Kamps and Gulags—FACT!!
Last week we honored and celebrated OUR BEAUTIFUL BROTHER AND FREEDOM FIGHTER–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I SAY TO YOU!! LET US HONOR Dr. King’s memory by engaging in ACTIONS which promote his incredible LEGACY OF LOVE FOR OUR FELLOW HUMYN BEINGS!
And with that said, I am going to offer a couple solutions to the disparity of educational opportunities between wimmin and men inside Texas Prisons–then I am going to open the conversation and dialogue UP TO YOU!!
YES!! YOU reading my words here on comrademalik.com or on your e-mail account I want to hear some of your solutions in regard to the various issues I’ve raised today and some that I’ve raised in the past few years that Justin Adkins and I have been doing this WORK.
YOUR OPINION IS VALUABLE!! It means something and truthfully these LEGISLATORS IN TEXAS need to hear your solutions because they have been acting as if ALL IS WELL IN THE LONE STAR STATE OR SHOULD I SAY
TRUMP LAND??? DOES DONALD TRUMP REFLECT THE ATTITUDE AND LIFESTYLE OF ALL TEXANS???
I DO NOT THINK SO!
Basically, I have two simple solutions and ideas to address the Education disparities inside Texas Prisons.
FIRST, I suggest that TDCJ establish partnerships with Software and Computer Technology Companies which have begun to locate themselves here in wonderful and amazing AUSTIN, TEXAS!! What I would like to see is the Windham school district and these Tech Companies develop an Information Technology CODE Writing Course for WIMMIN housed in facilities located in Gatesville, Texas (Many TDCJ Units in the Area!). I actually got this idea when I read an article in the USA-Today about the Movie–HIDDEN FIGURES. The article was written by Jessica Guynn High-Lights a program by GOOGLE which encourages MINORITIES TO LEARN CODE. GENIUS HAS NO RACE is the Catch Phrase and it resonated with me as I have faced an Overt amount of Racism, Stereotypes, and Discrimination here in the Slave State of Texas. But it is the Administrators who operate these Slave Kamps who perpetuate and create the Intolerant, Bigoted, and Hostile atmosphere which says: “Wimmin don’t deserve equal educational opportunities!”.
My wheels really started turning when I discovered that male prisoners in California’s San Quentin Prison were being offered the opportunity to learn Code–although I had heard Prison Administrators had sabotaged the effectiveness of the course by blocking access to the internet.
Computer Technology and the skills that go along with it are in high demand right now and they will continue to be in high demand for many years to come. WHY CAN’T THE STATE OF TEXAS START WAKING UP TO THE REALITIES OF THE PRESENT WORLD AND BRING ITS PRISONS OUT OF THE JIM CROW ERA??? Senator Whitmire!! Representative White!! HELLO, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW???
Another move which I feel will level the “playing field” in Texas Prisons is to offer incarcerated wimmin the opportunity to earn their Commercial Drivers License(CDL). I drove Tractor-Trailers for approximately 10 years and I eventually became a Driver Trainer!!
In 1990 I had a female truck driving trainee and she out-performed just about every male trainee I was given that year!! Now you mean to tell me here we are 29 years later and the State of Texas can not hire a qualified womyn to teach our sisters how to drive the Big Trucks?? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH TEXAS??? HELLO LORIE DAVIS!!
These Truck Driving Jobs and Coding Careers pay good money and will most certainly make a decisive dent in the Recidivism Rate. I don’t claim to have all the answers but I do have a passion and desire to help all incarcerated people realize their dream of Freedom, Justice, and EQUALITY.
Sisters and Brothers, we need to pressure Texas Legislators to try harder when it comes to educational opportunities for our incarcerated sisters!
IF I AM WILLING TO SACRIFICE MY SAFETY AND FREEDOM IN ORDER TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER THEN I’M SURE THAT THERE ARE SOME DEDICATED AND SERIOUS FEMINISTS OUT THERE WHO ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT THIS CALL TO ACTION!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!
Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement; he is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and the Deputy Chairman of the New African 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 or you can also read articles and essays that he regularly writes for the San Francisco Bay View-National Black Newspaper. You can read his articles at: http://sfbayview.com/?s=keith+malik+washington or you can write to Malik directly