ACTION! regarding retaliatory acts on Eastham Unit

Friends,
Please find below a recent communication from Malik regarding retaliatory acts he suffered, in response to his publicizing the prevalence of toxic substances in his and others’ cells on the Ad-Seg Unit at Eastham.  The goal is for as many people as possible to send some version of this complaint to the Ombuds Office by email at Ombudsman@tdcj.texas.gov — the only proven way of preventing retaliation is to let TCDJ offices know that many eyes are watching!
If you do send a communication, please send a copy by email either to me (glaze0101@protonmail.com) so I can print it out and send it to Malik for his documentation, or send it directly to him at:
Keith H. Washington
TDC# 1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Road 1
Lovelady, Texas 75851
Thank you!!
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Attn: Ombudsman Office – Media Correspondents – Prisoner Rights Adcvocates & Texas Legislators
Subject: Follow-Up Complaint Citing Retaliation Against Prisoner Keith H. Washington and failure of Eastham Unit Administration to implement remediation measures to eradicate black mold
Dear Ombudsman and All Interested Parties,
I am submitting this formal public complaint on behalf of Keith H. Washington (TDC#1487958) who is currently housed at the Eastham Ad-Seg Unit located in Lovelady, TX.
I and many other media correspondents as well as prisoner rights advocates are very upset and disappointed concerning the reports we have received in reference to the reprisals visited upon Mr. Washington because he has brought to light the existence of black mold and cracked/peeling paint in the cells at the Ad-Seg Unit at Eastham.
Our primary problem concerns TDCJ prison officials at Eastham conspiratorial practice violate Keith’s first amendment rights.  Specifically, to petition the government and file complaints in order to resolve inhumane living conditions.
Keith reports that on 9/7/17 at approximately 6pm on F-Line at the Eastham Ad-Seg Unit Lieutenant Salvador Villanueva arrived at Keith’s cell front (F-1-14) and said: “Did you have your family call up here to complain about something?” Keith replied “yes,” and he proceeded to show Villanueva large amounts of cracked and peeled paint on his cell walls. Lt. Villanueva told Keith that Assistant Warden Gregory Vaughn had told him to come talk to Keith but he was unclear as to what was to be done.  Lt. Villanueva said he would call the Warden back in order to receive further instruction.
Please be advised that prior to this incident, prisoner rights advocates Joan Kain, Dr. Heinz Leitner, and Ms. Julie Schneyer had filed complaints on Keith’s behalf in order to address the pervasive and systemic problem of black mold and cracked/peeled paint in the cells at the Eastham Ad-Seg Unit.  In her rebuttal complaint Ms. Joan Kain requested that an independent third party take digital photos of the cell walls in Keith’s cell (F-1-14) and other cells on F-Line which have similar problems.  In a previous Ombudsman complaint (INQ-11-5229-76) Eastham Ad-Seg employees had erroneously reported the inside of the Ad-Seg cells were free of cracked and peeling paint.
Note: On 9/5/17, TDCJ Lieutenant Baker did take digital photos of the walls in Keith’s cell and that of one of his neighbors, Noah Coffin (TDC# 1795167).  These digital photos taken by Lieutenant Baker must have revealed some glaring inconsistencies in earlier reports, because Mr. Coffin was moved immediately and on 9/8/17 Keith was moved from cell F-1-14 to E-1-13.  Keith reports cell E-1-13 also has a serious problem with cracked and peeling paint as well as black mold spores!
We view this as a retaliatory act by Assistant Warden Vaughn and Lieutenant Villanueva.  Keith reports that Eastham prison officials moved different prisoners in both he and Mr. Coffin’s previous cells!  It is obvious that Eastham Unit prison officials refuse to acknowledge serious infrastructure and safety hazards. Eastham Unit prison officials will not initiate remediation measures to eradicate black mold spores.
We do not want Keith moved!  We want an independent third party to immediately take digital photos of allthe walls in cell E-1-13 as well as the areas around the toilet and under the sink where Keith reports mold being present! TDCJ’s own Employee Rules of Conduct prohibit this unethical behavior of Assistant Warden Vaughn and Lieutenant Salvador Villanueva.  P.D. 22 Rule 22b states:  the agency prohibits “harassing or retaliating against an offender or another individual for participating in an official investigation/inquiry or for pursuing legal activities (i.e. petitioning the courts) – Violation Level 1.”
Be advised, Keith does have two federal lawsuits pending and one specificially cites not only retaliation for engaging in “protected conduct” but he also challenges unconstitutional conditions of confinement such as this exposure to toxic substances such as black mold.
I am requesting that an immediate investigation be undertaken at the Eastham Ad-Seg Unit namely into Assistant Ward Gregory Vaughn’s performance methods supervising the Ad-Seg Unit.  There are noticeable appearances of a pattern of neglect and retaliation.  It is high time the American Corrections Association start performing thorough inspections of these aging structures and actually look closely at the living conditions of prisoners who are trapped in solitary confinement for decades!
Lieutenant Villanueva and Assistant Warden Vaughn should be held accountable for their actions. Black mold, toxic water, rodent and rat infestation–no human being should be forced to live in these conditions.  Let’s stop making excuses and commence to rectifying these serious issues.
Respectfully Submitted,
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Lead & Copper in Eastham Unit Water: A Potential Silent Killer

by Keith “Malik” Washington, Deputy Chairman, New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter)

“…We’re reaching a point where capitalism’s rapaciousness threatens the collapse of entire ecosystems and has us catapulting toward irreversible climate change catastrophe.” – Political prisoner David Gilbert, from an interview with Bob Feldman

Revolutionary Greetings Sisters & Brothers!

Right now, many of you are obtaining a clearer perspective of what actually is going on inside Texas prisons: deadly extreme heattoxic water, and the “mysterious” deaths of prisoners at the Bill Clements Unit have recently been exposed by journalists who are not imprisoned. I am very glad to see this.

More than ever now is the time for “the chickens to come home and roost” for the actions perpetrated by the ultra-corrupt prison officials of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Like Brother Malcolm X, I say “chickens coming home to roost never made me sad, they only made me glad.”

The focus of this brief essay is the purposeful poisoning of prisoners housed at the Eastham Unit in Lovelady, Texas. Once again, we are seeing a collusive and co-ordinated effort by the state of Texas and its prison agency, TDCJ, to cover up the poisoning of prisoners.

I say once again because TDCJ has done this before. Candice Bernd of Truth-Out just recently reported on the problem in her article “Cruel and Unusual: Texas Prisoners Face Deadly Heat and Contaminated Water.” I highly recommend you read Ms. Bernd’s article and follow the series she is working on with her colleagues from Earth Island Journal, Maureen Nandini Mitra and Zoe Loftus-Farren, “America’s Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration”.

I met Candice Bernd in July 2017 right here in the Eastham Unit. I was impressed by her intelligence and also by her commitment to unearthing the truth and reporting it. Like me, Candice is not just a journalist, she is an activist.

In 2015, I began raising the alarm about arsenic contaminated water at the Wallace Pack Unit (Pack I) located in Navasota, Texas. Panagioti Tsolkas, the co-founder of the Prison Ecology Project, raised the alarm also. In November 2015, I asked Professor Victor Wallis Ph.D. of Berklee College (School of Music) in Boston, MA, to submit a complaint to the TDCJ Ombudsman Office concerning the arsenic-tainted water at Pack I Unit. In the response we received, everybody lied! TDCJ lied, the Texas Commission on Environmental Justice lied, Emma Guerra the Ombudspersyn lied too!

A lot of people don’t realize that I am a communist and I subscribe to a very strict process when I am confronted with a problem. I apply historical dialectical materialism. I perform a concrete analysis of the conditions around me.

So I decided to provide for you the actual response we received from the TDCJ Ombudsman when we complained about arsenic contamination at the Pack I Unit in November 2015.

TDCJ officials deny the poisoned water

In June 2016, Federal Judge Keith P Ellison ordered TDCJ to provide arsenic-free water to prisoners at Pack I because a finding of fact proved that Pack I’s water supply contained 2.5-4 times the EPA approved level of arsenic. So we learned a valuable lesson from that experience.

The State of Texas and its Prison Agency will lie about serious violations of humyn rights – FACT!

Through my research here on the Eastham Unit located in Lovelady, Texas, I have discovered that there has been a high frequency of lead and free copper found in the water system which serves Eastham Unit. Free copper and lead reveal a problem with the lines and service lines at the Eastham Unit. Corroded pipes are present here! The lead is exceptionally problematic because one of the detrimental health effects is high blood pressure or hypertension.

New Afrikan/Black men have a predisposition for high blood pressure! So now we are looking at a disproportionate number of New Afrikans incarcerated here at the former slave plantation of Eastham. We factor in the deadly extreme heat and the heightened risk of heat injury and death; couple that with the consumption of toxic water, and this is a textbook example of an 8th Amendment US constitutional violation (cruel and unusual punishment).

Now, the first thing the professional liar Jason Clark will say is: “There are no traces of lead or copper in the Eastham water supply.” Jason Clark is the spokespersyn for TDCJ, he is paid big bucks to lie! If I had listened to Clark and the rest of the TDCJ liars in 2015, I would have ceased my exposure and investigation, but I know better. I continued to press the issue, and in June 2016 I was vindicated.

Right now, as I speak to you through this essay, my anarchist comrades at the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons are beginning to pore over data contained on the website operated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. I have asked Panagioti Tsolkas to ask college-educated toxicologists to study the data so that we can come up with a respected and authoritative opinion about the toxins present inside the Eastham water system.

I am requesting more free-world citizens help me force TDCJ to allow an objective and independent water quality testing organization to be allowed to enter Eastham and test our water from the taps in our cells! Oh yes! I’ve been doing my homework and TDCJ has been fraudulently manipulating the sample point so inaccurate lead and copper readings are recorded!

I am a New Afrikan Black Panther, so of course, I have a vested interest in protecting the health and lives of black people – but my commitment doesn’t stop there! Some of you may be aware that I have been training a white man named Comrade Kado to be an effective jailhouse lawyer and human rights, activist. Comrade Kado has fiery red hair, blue eyes and has been diagnosed with chronically high blood pressure!

This lead-contaminated water leads to kidney problems and high blood pressure. High blood pressure leads to strokes and strokes lead to death!

There are white, black and latin men at Eastham who can easily succumb to the “silent killer” which exists in the water we are forced to consume. We have no other water source!

The reason why these types of environmental problems are so very pervasive inside Texas prisons is that prisoner lives are not valued. Society is constantly bombarded with negative images of the violent, belligerent and manipulative convict.

No-one wants to talk about the Marissa Alexanders, or my comrade Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, who exposed the abuse of prisoners in Texas and was banished to a hole inside a Florida prison. Rashid’s “crime”? Having more concern for his fellow prisoners than he has for himself! And these are the types of stories the mainstream media ignores because they don’t fit the narrative the “powers that be” want to be in the fore-front of society’s collective mind. I humbly request that you start to question the oppressors in Texas and Florida.

I have a final word to offer on the topic of white supremacism and the rampant spread of neo-nazism in Amerika: Sisters and brothers, if we are extremely passionate about taking confederate statues down because they represent the vestiges of and legacy of white supremacy in Amerika, then we must become doubly committed to dismantling and abolishing the institution of legalized slavery in Amerika!

The United States leads the world in the proliferation of slave kamps and deadly gulags. President Donald Trump is a true reflection of Amerikan values and morals, he represents the cruel and harsh reality that we have been ignoring and unwilling to confront – until now! Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people!

This essay is dedicated to the memory of the comedian, writer, and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017.

Keith “Malik” Washington is a humyn rights activist currently incarcerated in Texas. He is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement. Malik is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and he is 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 he is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. You can view his work at comrademalik.com or write him directly at Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington TDC# 1487958 Eastham Unit, 2665 Prison Road 1 Lovelady, Texas 75851 (936) 636-7321 ext. (**009)

The Condemnable & The Condemned – To Live & Die in Texas‘ prisons

Written August 22, 2017

By Noah “Comrade K@No” Coffin & Keith “Comrade Malik” Washington

Should you or a loved one ever have the great misfortune of being Tried & Convicted in the state of Texas, your sentence no matter how great or small, could very well be a death sentence … If you are resilient, Strong of Mind & body, then perhaps you would survive the Conditions ie; Deadly heat, Toxic water, Squalid Living Quarters & ill prepared food – or Struggle through the Conditioning ie; Slave Labor, Consistent degradation, dehumanization in a variety of fashions (Bow down to insulting, offensive verbal abuse from Staff, Group Strip Searches, zero privacy), however even then you face lasting effects both mental & physical. Think high blood pressure, H. Pylori-harmful bacteria from dirty water -, Exposure to Lead, Arsenic. Then too: depression, Social disorder derived from long term isolation (Ad Seg.) only to name a fraction that survivors will face. Should they escape with their lives one could question whether their quality of life had been reduced such that years of their future have been reduced… Essentially, two years served Now & Ten years then? … A heavy price for any “offender” to be sure.

What Brings My voice to protest this day is a matter at hand that could very well mean Life or death. Eastham unit is one oft he oldest prisons in Texas & the fact is quite evident from the interior. Rusted out bunks, the Old plumbing (a source of toxic metals in our water), Red Brick Walls collecting heat … The biggest problem we face today is the ancient door Cranking System. An officer must use a hand crank from the outside of the line building to open the cell doors. Just in the last month, prisoners had to be literally cut out oft he showers! The process took 3 hrs. Just yesterday one whole building was put out in the „recreation cages“ for hours due to the doors all malfunctioning. With the heat index soaring to 106 F+ in Texas, heart attacks, heat strokes & hyperthermia are very real concerns (See Ms.Candice Bernd’s article in the August 2017 issue of the Prison Legal News about a 58 yr old cab driver “Larry McCullum” in Hutchins‘ state jail who died of hyperthermia). He was serving 11 months and ended up with a death sentence. With the ancient plumbing, Lead paint, Black mold & faulty doors – Eastham should be Condemned. Why isn’t it? It is because this is Texas & Texas makes its own rules … Or is it that we are prisoners? Prisoners are people who were held accountable for crimes, so why is it the state of Texas isn’t being held accountable for the crimes committed daily against those under the care & custody of their Criminal “Justice” System? I’m no lawyer but the last I looked it’s still illegal to violate the constitutional rights of those who were convicted of past crimes … Now a word from Maik:

Comrade Malik comments: In My Own Hand

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades! Once again Comrade K@No raises an issue which deserves closer scrutiny. The central issue is the infrastructure deterioration and decay at the Eastham unit. The malfunctioning door problem is of special concern to me because I suffer from epilepsy. I take medication in order to keep my seizures in check. However, the deadly extreme heat exacerbates my condition. So what if I have a grand-mal seizure and the cell door fails to roll when cranked?? Any first responder will tell you that the first minutes following a drastic medical emergency are the most crucial to saving a life!! Heart attacks and strokes are very common in Texas prisons especially when we are now starting to experience Heat indexes of 110 F and higher!! Contrary to what the Trump-etts are saying: Climate Change is Real!! Comrades, at Eastham unit Ad.Seg. We are suffering from a lack of meaningful oversight. The ombudsman office acts as a liaison between the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the public-at-large. The ombudsman has become a failed program mainly because they have All-owed prison officials to manipulate the process of investigating valid complaints. What comrade K@No and I have observed is –our families and friends submitting complaints on our behalf about conditions here at the unit which threaten our health and safety ie; black mold, deadly heat, faulty door mechanisms … When the ombudsman faxes these complaints to the unit, we are not even pulled out for statement or even informed!! Assistant Warden Gregory V (?) has condoned and sanctioned the fabrication of misinformation; and the ombudsman reports these lies to our loved ones!! No oversight! No transparency and definitely NO accountability … And our Struggle Continues (end of the quote).

Comrades, Brothers & Sisters of the Struggle, I am in this fight and will struggle until my final days. You are the voice of the people, cry out against these cruel and tyrannical injustices being thrust upon the heads of the people!! Amplify my voice in protest against a system that heeds no law but their own! There are fathers here! Brothers, sons and husbands!!! People who are desperately trying to make it home while enduring such conditions that the dreaded Guantanamo Bay Captives would cringe at! Even there, it was cool in summer time … This is Comrade K@No, Signing off – Struggle & Succeed.

Fight the Power!!

In Love and Rage

Contact me

Noah Coffin #1795167

Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Road #1
Lovelady, TX 75851

Black Mold and Toxic Prisons

by Noah “Comrade K@do” Coffin & Keith “Comrade Malik” Washington

This is just an image of mold, not mold specific to Eastham.

Looking at the curling, peeling layers of paint in my neglected cell here on Eastham Unit brings to mind what it’s like taking a look inside an old car that’s been in the junkyard — upholstery tattered and hanging down…Another similarity to the peeling paint and an old weather-damaged relic is not only an eye sore but cause for alarm: the presence of black mold!

The mold, I know, is very dangerous and anyone exposed to it for any length of time is at risk. Problems ranging from respiratory infections to complications with liver or kidneys. My experience as a contractor, and working in the home development field, has spurred Comrade Malik to request that I write the bulk of this article pertaining to black mold.

The 1st thing you should know is that anytime black mold is found present in an establishment, all people are relocated while the black mold is eliminated! Workers using paper face masks will go to such measures: if residential, all sheet rock and insulation are torn out and replaced along with any carpeting even suspected to have had moisture damage. Air ventilation ducts are sanitized or replaced. Industrial strength oil based kiltz primer paint is used throughout the home or establishment. That is before the new material and fresh finish paint. If industrial, with concrete walls (e.g. schools, rec centers), the paint is removed by using bens-o-matic torches and tools to scrape the burning paint. A stone soap and scrub brush are used on the porous concrete and then the above-mentioned precautions are followed.

Should these measures not be followed and black mold is again found in future inspections, the place is condemned! Why not here? Because we are convicted criminals? We are human! We are people too!

From Malik:
Revolutionary greetings, sisters, and brothers! As you can see, Comrade Kado has expertise in this area and it didn’t take 6,000 words for him to hit on all the key points.

Black mold is a pervasive and systemic problem in Texas prisons. It’s one of the results of living in a state where the climate seems to be radically changing to what seems to be a tropical climate, in an area where we have the most prisons. Anyone reading this essay or hearing this report on the radio or internet would scream out in protest if they were forced to live in such conditions.

TDCJ Ombudspersyn Denecia Jefferson recently responded to a complaint by one of the family members of a prisoner right here in Eastham Ad Seg. The complaint cited unsanitary living conditions in the Ad Seg housing areas. Here is a portion of Jefferson’s response: “TDCJ has a number of independent agencies and national audits conducted at each facility on a yearly basis.”

Sisters and brothers, the American Correctional Association is one of the main organizations which come into Eastham and other prisons to conduct so-called inspections, but with a wink and a nod these so-called “auditors” ignore our cells where this cracked and peeling paint and black mold spores have been allowed to grow unabated!

We are humyn beings! We refuse to live in these uninhabitable environments! But without you, our voices will be ignored and TDCJ will continue to lie! I leave you with the words of the TDCJ Ombudspersyn and ask that you take action:

“The auditors have unimpeded access to the facility and security staff cannot obstruct the viewing of any area of the facility. We assure you that staff misconduct is neither condoned nor tolerated by this agency and appropriate action will be taken if it is sustainable.”

From Comrade Kado:
Brothers and sisters of the struggle, this is Comrade Kado, and my comments, my essay, are cut-and-dried: this stuff is dangerous to our health and only because of the fact we are in prison does it go on unchallenged. That is not justice, but injustice. I ask you to ponder some facts surrounding TDCJ’s history of throwing money at attorneys to avoid accountability for problems like the ones outlined in this essay–more money than would take just to fix the problems: installing air conditioning, providing safe and sanitary conditions and medical care, for example).

Make no mistake, it’s not about money, but control. Relent, and TDCJ loses some control and that is not a feasible concept for Texas’ injustice system. Harsh conditions are used as a means to subdue those under control and reduce morale–leavings subjects resigned, deflated…that is why these people fought so hard against the beard. That is why it was such a victory us…In love and rage. Fight the power!!

Noah “Comrade Kado” Coffin
#1795167
2665 Prison Road #1
Lovelady, TX 75851

Keith “Comrade Malik” Washington
#1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Road #1
Lovelady, TX 75851

I AM NOT A SLAVE! I AM A FELLOW WORKER!

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Chief Spokespersyn End Prison Slavery in Texas MOVEMENT –

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades!

I have a word about work strikes and it comes from an old IWW pamphlet: “strikes are mere incidents in the class war, they are tests of strength, periodical drills in the course of which the workers train themselves for concerted action. The training is most necessary to prepare the masses fort he final “catastrophe”, the general strike which will complete the expropriation oft he employers” (excerpt from Professor Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States, pg 331)

Many people think that they know that the current Prison Abolition Movement in Amerika is all about – It is true that we are demanding to be treated like humyn beings and not like chattel slaves! We demand dignity, respect, Freedom, Justice, and Equality but there is more!!

The Millions For Prisoners March for Humyn Rights in Wahington D.C. on August 19th 2017 serves as a wake-up call tot he workers all over the world!!

This march is the result of a movement which began in U.S. prisons by workers who refused to be slaves any longer. I suffered personally because I emerged as a leading voice and now I am speaking to all of you saying:

Capitalists and Imperialists have had their feet on our necks for too long!! And if it takes prisoners in Amerika to show you “The Way” then SO BE IT! What do we have to lose?? Shakles on our feet, shackles on our wrist, our communities in turmoil, our neighborhoods war zones!!

To the Sisters in struggle I have a special message for you!

This movement needs your leadership and support! I don’t have a bunch of profound words and statements to make to you wimmin! I humbly request you make the words of Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul your Battle cry!!

I ask that you embrace Aretha’s song Respect and her song What It Is.

As we prepare to march on Washington D.C. I may not be the best motivator for my Sisters in struggle, but I promise you if you listen and meditate on Aretha’s passionate vocals you will see where I am coming from! I leave you with the words of IWW organizer Joseph Ettor:

“If the workers oft he world want to win, all they have to do is recognize their own solidarity. They have nothing to do but fold their arms and the world will stop. The workers are more powerful with their hands in their pockets than all the property of the capitalists… ”

Dare to struggle, Dare to win

All Power to the People

Millions 4 prisoners March

Millions 4 prisoners March
August 19th, 2017 — Washington, DC USA

Comrades, I must take this time to broach a very serious topic. There is a growing movement here in Amerika which seeks to abolish “legalized” slavery in Amerika. At its very core, our movement is anti-imperialist. As many of you in the UK, and throughout Europe, are well aware, the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any country on earth. The state of Texas, where I am currently housed, has the largest state prison system in the United States.

I am one of the leading voices of prisoners throughout the United States, who are calling for the amending of the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution, and a total and final abolition of slavery in Amerika.

An organization located here in the USA, Raleigh, North Carolina to be exact, is educating, organizing and mobilizing as many people as possible to support and/or participate in the Millions 4 Prisoners March on Washington, DC, on August 19th, 2017. The organization is called I Am We, you can learn more by visiting: www lamweubuntu.com/millions-for-prisoners-human-rights.html

Comrades, there is a humyn rights and civil rights crisis taking place right now in Amerikan prisons. The ruling elite won’t acknowledge us but have actually taken deliberate steps to silence our voices and sabotage our networking capabilities. Texas has enacted a draconian social media ban which even forbids our loved ones or friends from sharing anything about us or our circumstances on social media. Texas has one of the most inhumane penal systems by far. The summer heat has proven to be deadly for years and now toxic water has become a prominent issue. My comrade and friend Kevin “Rashid” Johnson and I have been specially singled out for retaliatory actions because we fearlessly continue to educate and organize the lumpen.

The San Francisco Bay View — National Black Newspaper (www.sfbayview .com) has provided a platform for the most advanced politicized prisoners in Amerika to speak. For 41 years the Bay View has engaged in revolutionary liberation journalism. Without the Bay View, there would be no “Comrade Malik”.

In August 2016, the United States FBI began to attack the Bay View, claiming that the Bay View was inciting violence against prison guards and law enforcement. This was a portion of an elaborate plan to muzzle our voices. Fabricated lies!
The Free Alabama Movement has defined itself as one of the leaders in this national struggle to abolish prison slavery in Amerika. Alabama’s Holman POson is one of the worst in the nation in regards to humyn rights and civil rights violations. The Bay View has recently been banned for being “racially motivated.”

Comrades, in the United Snakes something sinister is afoot. The US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is from the State of Alabama. Sessions has orchestrated a plan which seeks to criminalize free speech. However, he has gone even further by attempting to cease programs by the Department of Justice to monitor Police Departments which have histories of brutally abusing citizens and violating their Civil Rights. Sessions is a well-known white supremacist and bigot. You connect the dots!
Solidarity is needed now!

On September 9th, 2016, many free world allies and imprisoned comrades in the United Kingdom and Europe made a show of solidarity with respect to our national prison work strike. On August 19th, 2017 we humbly ask for your support again!
If you have comrades or friends in the United States, please, by all means, encourage them to attend the Millions 4 Prisoners march in Washington DC on August 19th, 2017. For us, locked in these cages in the Amerikan Slave Kamps and Gulags, withdrawing our Free Labor has become our chosen method of protest.

Comrades, because we dare to confront the Imperialist oppressor in Amerika, many of us, both wimmin and men, have been degraded, dehumanized, mistreated and abused. Amerika is telling the world a lie!

To view some of my work, please visit comrademalik.com and please support me and my comrades by visiting: amendthe13th.org facebook.com/amendthel3th Remember, comrades, Revolution is a process, and in order to be a factor you must be an actor! Dare to struggle, dare to win! All power to the people!

Fighting for the Rights of Muslims inside Texas Prisons

Assalamu-laikum sisters and brothers!

At times I wish I was unemotional and not affected by the plights of others, but I am humyn, I have feelings, and sometimes I am hurt.

Such was the case when I read an article in the July 2017 edition of the San Francisco Bay View – National Black Newspaper, which described incidents in which Muslim prisoners at the Bill Clements Unit in Amarillo, Texas being purposely starved during our Holy Month of Ramadan!

A multitude of emotions swept through me while I read the piece, which was written by a non-Muslim who just happens to be a friend of mine and fellow comrade in this wonderful New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter) that we both hold membership in.

What broke me down is when the comrade, Jason Renard Walker, said “Comrade Malik, if you are listening, we need your help…”

It is my absolute duty to come to the aid of any Muslim who is being persecuted or mistreated on account of their faith.

While we are on that subject, I must say: I am currently being represented by the Albritton law firm in a Federal Civil Case in which the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has forbidden me to grow a 4-inch beard and wear my Kufi (prayer cap) throughout TDCJ facilities.

There are other aspects of my case which affect thousands of Muslims inside Texas prisons. For instance, TDCJ prison guards have been handing out major disciplinary cases to Muslims who trim their moustaches! However, our Holy Prophet Muhammed (saw) instructed all Muslims to “grow your beard to its full length and trim the moustache.” Furthermore, TDCJ has instituted a policy which forces all religious beard wearer to shave their beards on their birthday yearly!

I cannot comment further because my lawyer has instructed me to “chill out” a bit, but please know we are going to fight hard in that “paint” for all believers in Texas prisons! And let me be clear, I’m talking about all Christian, Jewish and Muslim believers who have become targets for discrimination because they choose to grow a “big boy” beard!

So as Muslims in Texas, whether you are incarcerated or free, we know there has been an increase in acts of hatred towards us and an uptick of Islamophobia. I have cried out for help to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR has defined itself as a champion for the rights of Muslims everywhere, so I am very hopeful that CAIR attorneys will shift their focus to Texas prisons.

The American Civil Liberties Union and National Lawyers Guild have also been actively confronting the Trump administration’s ban on Muslims who seek to migrate the United States from predominantly Muslim countries.

I am thankful for the legal materials sent to me by NLG attorney Ollie Jefferson and Yale University Law School student Maya Menlo who did not ignore my please for help. I hope to see more Civil Rights lawyers and activists helping prisoners in Texas.

What is really going on at the Bill Clements Unit in Amarillo, Texas?

Sisters and brothers, near the the beginning of Ramadan 2017, the Administrators at the Bill Clements Unit decided to place the entire unit on a “security” lockdown. We are still not exactly clear on why this decision was made, but we do know that various Bill Clements Unit prison guards used this “security” lockdown as a pretext to mistreat and starve Muslims. We must understand that there continue to be unintended consequences to the overt hatred and Islamophobic rants that spew from the mouth of US President Donald Trump. Rural areas in Texas like the one where Bill Clements Unit is located have a history of intolerance to those who are “different”. The fact that many Muslims at the unit are New Afrikan (Black) only exacerbates the problem. So we are not just dealing with an issue of religious discrimination, we are also dealing with the dynamic of structural and institutionalised racism.

In Huntsville, Texas, we have the Director of Chaplaincy Services, Vance Drum. Mr Drum purposely ignores the increase in Islamophobia and anti-Semitism among TDCJ prison guards! Non-acknowledgement seems to be the new favored tactic by the oppressors who operate this bigoted and corrupt prison agency. Until we are able to generate a significant amount of media exposure in order to foment a public outcry for justice, we will continue to hear reports such as this from inside Texas prisons.

However, Bill Clements Unit presents an extraordinary case – this is the same unit where my comrade and friend Kevin “Rashid” Johnson exposed many “mysterious” deaths of prisoners housed in solitary confinement. I mean, if any intelligent persyn reads and studies Rashid’s exposes, they will clearly see prison guards at the Bill Clements Unit have had a “love affair” with sadistic behavior and the abuse of humyn beings in their care. Then what jumps out at you as you peel the onion back, is the over-the-top collusion between state employees, government officials, and, most shockingly, officers of the court such as judges and district attorneys, as they continue to try and cover up these horrible criminal acts and crimes against humanity!

The transfer of Comrade Rashid to the state of Florida (late June 2017) certainly serves as an indictment of these Satanic state employees and violators of the public’s trust!

Sisters and brothers, please use your intellects on this: If Bill Clements Unit administrators will promote, sanction and condone the abuse and murder of prisoners in their care, then surely they are capable of allowing prison guards to taunt and purposely starve my Muslim brothers during our Holy Month of Ramadan!

This is not the first time that this has happened! In 2016, while I was housed at the Coffield Unit located in Tennessee Colony, Texas, Senior Warden Jeffrey Catue, who portrays himself as a “Good Christian Brother” decided to lock the unit down during Ramadan. Major Guliermo Delarosa, Chaplain Henderson, and Kitchen Captain Urbina all conspired together in order to starve the Muslims during Ramadan at the Coffield Unit.

A rumor was spread saying “The Muslims are being handled rough because of that troublemaker Comrade Malik.” Well, it’s 2017, and I’m here to tell you that I’m still making “trouble for those who mistreat the Muslims!

At Coffield Unit in 2016, a Jeffin-House negro named Chaplain Akbar Shabazz betrayed the Muslims again! Shabazz conspired with Major Delarosa, and Muslims were unable to prepare their holy meals during the month of Ramadan 2016.

So in 2016, Ramadan was rough at the Coffield Unit. However, at the end of Ramadan, at our Eid celebration, Allah (swt) granted relief! It was literally “raining” fried chicken at the Coffield Unit! I’ve never seen so much fried chicken in my life.

In this prison environment, there are sometimes joys and many sorrows, but it is absolutely necessary for all Muslims, men and wimmin, to strive together in order to confront and expose the bigots and hypocrites who operate these slave kamps.

There is power in the pen and in the intellect Allah has blessed you with.

Salaam Abdul Malik

Keith “Malik” Washington is a humyn rights activist currently incarcerated in Texas. He is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement. Malik is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and he is 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 he is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. You can view his work at comrademalik.com or write him directly at Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington TDC# 1487958 Eastham Unit, 2665 Prison Road 1 Lovelady, Texas 75851 (936) 636-7321 ext. (**009)

Reject Suicide — Choose Life! And Change the World! (We Must Not Be Silent – Series)

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Audio Version available here:

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

Friday, June 20, 2014 photo shows a cooling fan recently installed at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Holliday Unit near Huntsville, Texas. The nation’s most populous prison system, facing legal actions and criticism about inmates having to endure oppressive Texas summer heat, is looking to make conditions a bit more bearable at seven state lockups by installing cooling systems similar to those seen on the sidelines of early-season football games. (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)

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

Bio

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
TDCJ#: 1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Road #1
Lovelady, TX 75851

Texas Prisoners at Eastham Unit Challenge Contaminated Water and Deadly Heat in US Federal Courts!

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

“All human activity is collective – a combination of the work and inspiration shaped by those who came before us and those who labor with us.”
Nancy Kurshan, Out of Control

Peace and blessings, sisters and brothers!
Well, it is official, the prisoners on Eastham Unit, located in Lovelady, Texas, have filed their § 1983 Federal Civil Complaint in the Eastern District of Texas – Lufkin Division.
There were 10 of us in the original complaint, but as is customary in Texas, the Judge severed us all and instructed us to proceed as individual plaintiffs. Our lead litigator and resident jailhouse lawyer is a prisoner named William Wells.
William Wells et al. Vs Bryan Collier et al.
Cause #9:17-cv-80
For those of you who don’t know, Bryan Collier is the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).
TDCJ has the largest state prison system in the United States. Most of the 110 prison units are not air conditioned, and toxic water supplies are becoming a pervasive and systemic problem.
Please allow me to reveal some facts which led us to file this particular lawsuit:
Due to the consumption of contaminated water at Eastham Unit, multiple prisoners have been diagnosed with h. pylori disease from the water. Due to the Heat Index, especially in the summer, prisoners must drink this contaminated water that’s causing h. pylori.
This issue raises 8th Amendment concerns, and the US Supreme Court has held that unsafe codnitions that pose an unreasonable risk of serious dangers to a prisoner’s future health may violate the 8th Amendment even if damage has not occurred and may not affect every prisoner exposed to the conditions. See case law Helling vs McKinney 113 S.C.T. 2475 (1993).
“A remedy for unsafe conditions need not wait for a tragic event.”
In this case, at Eastham Unit, several prisoners have been diagnosed with h. pylori disease which destroys the lining of the stomach. There is no known cure.
There have been signs posted in nearby communities which clearly read “Don’t drink the water without boiling”, but prisoners at Eastham Unit, and throughout the Texas prison system for that matter, have no means of boiling our water.
The prison store known as the commissary sells us “hot pots” which heat water but don’t boil it. If we alter our Hot Pots in order to make them boil, they get confiscated and we are given a disciplinary case for contraband.
We are being deprived of a basic human need – safe drinking water! Prison officials are well aware of the situation, and the most ubiquitous item in prison guards’ bags is bottled water. But what about us?
There are state officials in Michigan who are now facing prison terms for engaging in similar acts of neglect and abuse. There are many “Flints” in Texas, but the cover-up game is in full effect.
My job is to unmask and uncover the deceptions and lies being fed to the public at large. I helped do it at the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas last year, and I’m going to do it here at Eastham Unit!
This is what I want you to understand, the State of Texas focuses its energy and resources in order to exploit and take advantage of poor white, poor black, and poor brown people. The State Government works in concert with the prison agency in order to deprive us of our our human and civil rights!
There are no “fat cat” bankers, lawyers, captains of industry inside these prisons. We are lower income folks who come from lower income communities throughout the State of Texas. The Attorney General of Texas, Mr Ken Paxton, won’t come to our aid. The Michigan Attorney General actually spear-headed the effort to protect his lower income constituents! What’s wrong with Ken Paxton’s moral compass?
Paxton is going to side with TDCJ and he is going to send a state-paid attorney to force prisoners to drink contaminated water and suffer in deadly heat extremes!
The State of Texas did the same thing at Wallace Pack Unit – and the remarkable thing was those prisoners at Wallace Pack are mostly all elderly and disabled! I understand the state may not want to air condition the entire system, but we have a moral and ethical duty to protect the lives of our most vulnerable members of society, whether they are incarcerated or not!
But here’s the thing – Texas has one of the worst-performing and poorly-rated nursing home facilities in the United States! And these are free citizens who we fail to protect, so it certainly is no surprise we are ignoring the health and safety of those incarcerated seniors, but I believe we can do better! Don’t you? I mean, is this how you want your tax dollars spent? Funding litigation which hurts people?
And by the time the litigation process is done at Wallace Pack Unit, the state would easily have spent the money it would have taken to install the air conditioning unit! That’s crazy!
I’ve been hearing about Christian leaders talking about restorative justice initiatives. I’ve been hearing about change. Not all of my friends believe in prayer, but I surely do! However, the only thing this corrupt prison agency respects or understands is legal action.
My name is Comrade Malik, I’m not a gangster or a thug, I am a thoughtful and passionate human being who truly believes in serving the people!
Please stop talking about action, step out of your comfort zone and help us fight the good fight!
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

I AM WE!

By Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington and Comrade Ben Amni Beth Olugbala N.A.B.P.P. (p.c.) — Texas Region

Revolutionary Greetings to all Comrades and Allies in the Struggle-Shalom Alekya-Amani-Salaam Alakyam-Habari Gani Ndugus! I am Komrad Ben Ammi Beth Olugbala, a member of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Texas Branch) making my presence known as I greet you with a “clenched fist salute” in Panther Love and Spirit. I am well overdue for conveying this message of Inspiration and Power to exhort you all to continue the struggle and to push forward our utmost need to Communicate, to Educate, to Liberate the oppressed and exploited masses as we come together in a united front against imperialism.
The N.A.B.P.P. (p.c.) is now in it’s 12th year of existence and I have been educated as well as embraced by our collective cadre. I’ve built with Comrade Rashid, Shaka Zulu, T.B.W. and my close Friend and Former ‘celly’, the outspoken servant of the people—Comrade Malik.
I exhort all comrades and allies to put aside petty differences and beefs. We must unite, network and build; staying abreast of current events so that we can fortify our homes, community and our society, for we are at war! We have to unite against our oppressors to protect and defend our loved ones and leaders. We also must expose and steer clear of reactionaries, agent provocateurs and parasitical leaders whose only aim is to sell us out for personal and political gain. For these saboteurs are very detrimental to our struggle for Freedom, Justice and Equality.
We must knock the brains out of structural racism in the United States. This means racism is a system-wide effort to “divide & conquer” the people. Divide and Conquer is a very old tactic which was also used in India and Sub-Saharan Africa. It means winning by getting your enemies to fight against each other.
In the United States, white supremacists, under the guise of the Republican Party, have played a large role in dividing and conquering the working class, which includes the unemployed and underemployed.
The first British Colonies in North America were set up as corporate-owned trading posts. They bought and sold raw materials and finished goods. At first, labor for the colonies was provided by poor white indentured servants; the servants were forced to work in order to pay off debts, and they were set free when the debt was paid.
The first Afrikans who came to the colonies were indentured servants, not slaves. Europeans (white) and Afrikan (black) servants lived, worked and socialized together. They generally got along because they bonded over shared conditions as members of the working class. This is one of the key points the IWW and Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee has been trying to get across to all prisoners trapped inside the many slave camps and gulags in the United States.
In 1640, three servants ran away from their “master” in Virginia. They were John Punch (black) and James Gregory (white), and a man named Victor who was also white. All the three men were caught and then whipped!
The two white men were sentenced to an additional four years of servitude. John Punch, the black man, was ordered to be an indentured servant for the rest of his life.
This is the first case known of in U.S. history where someone was sentenced to servitude for life. This was a major step toward laying the Foundations for the ‘Legalized’ slavery we see today in Amerika!
There were Freedom Fighters back then: Denmark Vessey, Gabriel Prosser, Nat Turner and Toussaint L’Overture. In the year 2017, the names have changed, but the struggle and yearning for Freedom has not changed! In fact, the momentum is growing right now.
Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa has called for the California Governor Jerry Brown to recognize the humanity of California prisoners. Comrade Malik has been influenced and inspired by the work and revolutionary practice of Comrade Sitawa. As we prepare for the 1st Annual Millions 4 Prisoners March on August 19, 2017 in Washington D.C., Comrade Malik has a very serious message to deliver.
Without further delay Comrades, I bring you Comrade Malik.
Revolutionary Greetings Comrades! It is Black August and I am going to start things off with words of truth from our Field Marshal Comrade George L. Jackson.
“To: the man-child, tall, evil, graceful, bright eyed, black man-child-Jonathan Peter Jackson, who died on August 7, 1970, courage in one hand, assault rifle in the other; my brother, comrade, friend, a true revolutionary, the black communist guerrilla in the highest state of development, he died on the trigger, scourge of the unrighteous soldier of the people; to this terrible man-child and his wonderful mother Georgia Bea; to Angela Y. Davis, my tender experience. I dedicate this collection of letters; to the destruction of their enemies I dedicate my life.” — George L. Jackson
Now I could end this essay right here and say nothing else—and for those in this Movement who are fully ‘AWAKE’ I would have said enough; they need no more encouragement; Comrade George said it ALL! But, everyone isn’t “there” yet, we still have work to do—can you feel me?
The ‘game’ done changed sisters and brothers. I’m not just talking to Texas anymore. I’m speaking to each and everyone of you who is trapped inside one of these slave kamps throughout Amerika.
Let’s touch upon the term I AM WE. It is an Ancient African saying: To me it means; what effects you, effects me. It means, we are together, we are one. I AM WE means that with Unity, Solidarity and Agape Love for one another we can overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal! By applying I AM WE, together we can crush imperialism, eradicate white supremacy, destroy patriarchy, change misogynistic attitudes and save our planet!
Texas had formulated a plan to shut me up and derail this MOVEMENT. However, instead of growing weaker our voices have grown louder and stronger and this is not FAKE news-—it’ s Real ya’ll!
The March on Washington D.C. is only one aspect of our struggle for Humyn Rights. We, the underclass, lumpen, who are in these plantations have to couple some Action with the Actions of our Free World Friends and Allies. Freedom ain’t Free! It never has been free. The road is paved with sacrifice. If you are not ready please get the hell out of our way!
The ruling elite in this country are not going to make things easy for us. The U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has already tipped his hand—it’s full of ‘Trump Cards’. Sessions has directed all Attorney Generals across the U.S. to turn the clock back on us! Just when we thought some relief was coming, just when we were hoping for Freedom, a new reinvigorated ‘War on Drugs’ is being waged against communities of color. Haven’t we endured enough? Haven’t our families been ravaged and torn apart enough by this country’s insatiable appetite to lock up the poor? But you see Comrades—this is their plan—Social Control!
In or ghettoes and barrios and trailer parks across this nation are emerging the next generation of leaders for the Revolution.
The Imperialists see us in the streets by the thousands screaming and demanding justice. They are very uncomfortable. Sessions has been given marching orders and we cannot make it easy for him. Putting down that ‘dope sack’ is probably the best advice I can give to any young man in the streets right now, but that is just the beginning, there is more!
Protect and Serve our Hoods!
I laugh and sometimes cringe with anger when I see this motto of “Protect and Serve” emblazoned on the side of a Police squad car because I know, just like any New Afrikan in Amerika knows, this motto is a misnomer and a lie!
So our goal is to evict this occupying Force and institute our own protection Force. This won’t be easy.
In March 2017 I read an article in the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. NARN Collective Cadre member Abdul Olugbala Shakur raised an issue that struck a chord with me and numerous New Afrikan, Latina/o and white comrades across the United States when Abdul said: “In 2016, the city of Chicago had approximately 763 homicides and over 4,000 shootings and at least 95% of these victims were New Afrikans.”
I took this as a call to action, so I, along with my comrade and friend, Professor Justin Adkins of Allegheny College created a YouTube video entitled: Genocide in Chicago (we must not be silent). We crafted our message in such a way that I spoke directly to the people on the street and we asked the street tribe members to put the guns down and protect those who are seeking an education. See, that is what is going to have to happen! We are going to have to take ownership and responsibility for our people! Protect and Serve!
Through our on-line video message we put forth a strategy which seeks to tap into the political power that young people in Chicago have not utilized yet.
Our thinking is this: if Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not meeting the needs of all his constituents maybe it is time we put our own candidate in office. There certainly is power in the gun, but when you are using the gun to kill the people in your own community it is called homicidal murder and GENOCIDE, that is not Revolution! Comrade George said: “Our insistence on military actions, defensive and retaliatory, has nothing to do with romanticism or precipitous idealistic fervor. We want to be effective. We want to live. Our history teaches us that the successful liberation struggles require an armed people, a whole people, actively participating in the struggle for their liberty!” —Blood in My Eye
Doesn’t this sound like something you would like to be a part of? Comrades, and I am talking to all sisters and brothers, we are going to have to take our destiny into our own hands and commence to withdrawing our Free Labor. We must begin the process of shutting these slave kamps all the way down!
Sure, we’ ll come up in a month or so, but then we will plan on another and then another and then another! I say to the oppressor: “You want to continue to ignore our humanity?”
“You want to continue to beat us, abuse us, lie to the public about it, and exploit us?”
“You don’t believe FAT Meat is greasy? Well, U.S. slave empire, we are going to show you!”
I am not going to talk this subject to death, I am going to close with a final quote from comrade George Jackson. “. ..I think it is imperative, we owe it to him. Never to forget why he did what he did. And that was to stand as a symbol in front of the people, in front of me, and say in effect that we have both the capacity and the obligation to stand up, regardless of the consequences. He was saying that if we all stand up,our collective power will destroy the forces that oppose us.
“Jonathan lived by these principled, he was true to them, he died by them. This is the most honorable thing imaginable. He achieved a certain deserved immortality in-so-far as he truly had the courage to die on his feet rather than live one moment on his knees. He stood as an example, a beacon to all of us, and I am in awe of him, even though he was my younger brother.”
—Remembering the Real Dragon, an interview with George Jackson
by Karen Wald and Ward Churchill

Comrades, I dedicate this piece to comrades George and Jonathan Jackson and Comrade Hasan Shakur may they rest in Power!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win.
All Power to the People!

UPDATE 7/24/17 from Malik:

Sisters and brothers, it is going to take more than passionate speeches and emotional fervor to change our current conditions. In order to combat imperialism, we must adhere to Marxist theory and Maoist doctrine and embrace socialism.

As we mourn the death of this beautiful Australian womyn who was murdered by a police officer while she stood unarmed in her pyjamas, we see clearly that the violence within Amerika’s police departments is systemic and structural.

Every day it becomes more evident. The only way to place Amerika on a new path, we must abandon capitalism and replace it with socialism. I keep wondering how long it will take for all of us to finally wake up.