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Comrade Malik Speaks:  A Black Politicized Prisoner’s Perspective

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington    IWOC, FTP, ABC, UPM and more……

“The black revolution is much more than a struggle for the rights of Negroes.  It is, rather, forcing America to face all its inter-related flaws: racism, poverty, militarism, and materialism.  It is exposing evils that are rooted deeply in the whole structure of our society.  It reveals systematic rather than superficial flaws, and it suggests that RADICAL RECONSTRUCTION OF SOCIETY ITSELF IS THE REAL ISSUE TO BE FACED.”—–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In three different zones within the city of Atlanta, Georgia the police have decided to refuse to answer calls for help from citizens.  This is the Police’s response and form of protest because they do not agree with the charges lodged against their fraternal brethern who participated in the murder of Rayshard Brooks.

The word on the street, is that the cops feel demoralized.   How do you feel when you and I see the police murdering and ‘lynching’ our sisters and brothers every other week on national TV???  These police do not know what the word DEMORALIZED MEANS!!   Try being Black in Amerikkka.

A crowd of demonstrators march to the Capitol Monday, June 15, 2020 in Atlanta. The NAACP March to the Capitol coincided with the restart of the Georgia 2020 General Assembly. Lawmakers returned wearing masks and followed new rules to restart the session during the pandemic. (Steve Schaefer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The key phrase that got my attention during the video where Atlanta Police officers executed our brother.  The police officer that shot Rayshard in the back twice said:  “I got’em”.  Both my cell-mate and I agreed that sounded as if the officer had just bagged a wild animal during a hunting expedition.

There was excitement and exhilaration in the tone of the officer’s voice.  I and many other freedom fighters all across the world are demanding that the police be abolished, defunded, and disbanded because this system is not working for us.
I say “Us” meaning all humyn beings who are aware, awoke, and have a conscience.  I want to ask all of you a question:
Don’t you think that there are white folks watching these videos of white police murdering Black men and women???
They are just as tired as we are!!!

The police have lost their mandate from the people.  The police have lost their legitimacy.   When we the people created the police did we give them a LICENSE TO KILL WITH IMPUNITY??

Our protests have now become large and mostly peaceful, yet CNN and Fox News do not get very excited about covering PEACEFUL BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS.  Why is that??  Hello Allison Camarada–can you hear me now?
I hear President Donald J. Trump speaking about the “Good Officers”.  Where were the “Good Officers” when Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck??

Watch closely how CNN and Fox News both seize upon the ‘violent’ Anarchist and Antifa narrative.  Did you see them?
I found it very bias and strange that CNN and Fox News couldn’t find an Anti-Fascist or Anti-Racist Academic or Journalist who knew anything about Anarchism.  Off the top of my head, I can think of at least ten or more qualified and competent academics, journalists, or activists that CNN or Fox News could have interviewed:
*Walidah Imarisha
*Natasha Lennard
*Ella Fassler
*Aviva Stahl
*Glenn Greenwald
*Professor Victor Wallis Ph.D
*Michael Novick
*Brian Sonnenstein
*Jared Ware
*Amani Sawari

No one wants to talk about the incredible support work that anarchists and anti-fascists continue to do inside Amerika’s prisons.  No one wants to talk about the Social Justice work.  Anarchists, Socialists, Anti-fascists and Anti-Racists helped to bring out the spirit of selflessness, compassion, and empathy that was hidden inside of me.

I’m still waiting for U.S. Attorney General William Barr to have a prime time news conference describing how the Department of Justice and the F.B.I. have classified the BOOGALOO BOYS a domestic terrorist organization.   DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH.

Here we have another example of the ‘Wink and the Nod’ to white supremacists in Amerika that continue to engage in an over the top amount of violence.   But of course there isn’t systemic racism in the U.S.!!??

Lets look at the objective facts:
An Active Duty Air-force Tech Sergeant murdered a Federal Security Officer in Oakland, California. (David Patrick Underwood murdered in cold blood by a member of the Boogaloo Boys)

Then the Boogaloos murdered a Police Sergeant in Santa Cruz, California.   We must analyze what is going on in the United States.  The literal lynching of Black Men in Public Parks in California.   The Boogaloo Boys want to create the conditions inorder to foment a mode

We hear how voting can change things.  However, I study the concrete conditions on the ground and right now I am seriously questioning the legitimacy of the voting process.

Brian Kemp was the Secretary of State in Georgia before he stole the Gubernatorial Election from Stacy Abrams.
In just about every state in the union—the Secretary of State is commissioned with ensuring the integrity of the voting process.  That was Brian Kemp’s job before he became the Governor of Georgia.  I want you to think critically now.
The Secretary of State has a Duty to ensure that ALL Votes are counted and that ALL CITIZENS HAVE un-obstructed access to the Ballot Box.  Did any of you see what happen a few weeks ago during the Georgia Primary???   Black people were hindered from voting.   Yet we have people telling us that all our troubles can be fixed by voting.   I am not telling people not to vote.  I am just asking that we think about tearing down this system and replacing it with something that works for ALL OF THE PEOPLE.

In closing sisters and brothers I want to say this:
If we as a COLLECTIVE Demand that the Police be Abolished then what does a World without Police Look Like??

Do you understand what I am asking?   We must create an alternative.   For instance, instead of Police–we create Community Protection Squads.   There are still going to be individuals and groups that want to take things that aren’t theres and hurt humyn beings.   Just because we Abolish, Defund, and dismantle the Police does not mean our world will be perfect.  With that said, we must now come up with realistic solutions inorder to prepare for the New Society we all envision.  Personally, I believe the Black Riders Liberation Party already have an organization and ideas that can help us address some of our problems.  I am opening this topic up for discussion among all like minded people.

The Police System is illegitimate!
The Voting Process is Broken!
The Health Care System is in Shambles!
The U.S. President has lost the confidence of a majority of the people and is now planning on how he and his psychophants can steal the November 2020 election.
White Supremacists have infiltrated the U.S. Military, U.S. Police Departments, and are actively employed in U.S. Prisons and Jails.  When are we going to talk about that??     I WON’T REMAIN SILENT!!  Will You??
Dare to Struggle, Dare to win, All Power to the People!!!

P.S.   PLEASE SHARE THIS FAR AND WIDE!!  Amplify My Voice please!

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Censorship & Blocking Access to Courts by Federal Bureau of Prisons

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC)

Revolutionary greetings fellow workers! Today is June 2nd, 2020. The US Department of Justice has ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to place their facilities on a nationwide lockdown.

The Inmate Bulletin issued to the prison population said that the nationwide lockdown was a precautionary measure in light of the recent rioting and civil unrest throughout AmeriKa. 

My experience as a federal prisoner has taught me that the oppressors who run these prisons subscribe to and embrace a Reactionary Ideology. This Reactionary behavior has been on full display here at USP Pollock. 

One reactionary policy which has gone unreported is the recent censorship of prisoner communications as well as the blocking of our access to courts. 

Since March 13th, 2020, prisoners here at USP Pollock in Pollock, Louisiana have had no access to Law Library Materials which includes the Education Legal Law Library Computer. 

It is virtually impossible for prisoners to litigate pending civil or criminal actions without access to the Law Library Computer. What is remarkable is that mostly all federal facilities within the BOP allow prisoners access to the Law Library database on our housing unit. 

Such is not the case here at USP Pollock. When I asked the Complex Warden Chris McConnell about this anomaly he said: “I do not have enough staff to monitor the Law Library Computer.” 

Access to courts is one of the most zealously protected US Constitutional Rights, even for prisoners. However, I have noticed a pattern of practice and an unofficial policy whereby the prison administration here at USP Pollock do not just block access to courts but they censor outgoing communications which discuss in detail recent legal decisions regarding THE CARES ACT and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Censorship Exposed

On April 22nd, 2020 there were two significant rulings by the US Courts in regard to similar petitions filed by federal prisoners in two separate facilities that have been ravaged by COVID-19. Federal prisoners at FCI Elkton in Ohio asked the US District Court to order the BOP to release those qualified to Home Confinement. 

The prisoners at FCI Elkton cited the fact that most of them were not just low security prisoners but were mostly older prisoners who had pre-existing conditions which made them especially vulnerable to contracting the Corona Virus. It is noteworthy to mention that there have been approximately six prisoner deaths at FCI Elkton as a result of COVID-19. 

The US District Court in the northern district of Ohio ruled in favor of the prisoners at FCI Elkton and ordered the BOP to immediately release vulnerable federal prisoners to home confinement. The BOP with the aid of the US Department of Justice did appeal the District Judge’s order. However, instead of appealing to the 6th Circuit, the BOP went straight to the US Supreme Court. This was rather unusual because most imprisoned litigators know that you cannot leapfrog the Circuit Appellate court when appealing a decision of a US District Judge. Nevertheless, in a not so surprising ruling the US Supreme Court batted down the BOP’s appeal and sent the case to the 6th Circuit where it belonged. This happened recently in late May 2020 and we are awaiting the opinion of the 6th Circuit. 

As I mentioned earlier in this article, prisoners here in Louisiana at FCI Oakdale filed a similar request in Federal Court as the prisoners housed at FCI Elkton in Ohio. I have personally reported that FCI Oakdale has suffered at least ten prisoner deaths as a result of COVID-19. What is remarkable is the US District Court in the Western District of Louisiana took the opposite stance of the Court in the Northern District of Ohio, ruling in favor of the BOP. Moreover, the District Judge in Louisiana seemed to chastise and admonish the Oakdale prisoners stating that he refused to become a “Super Warden” and involve himself in a matter the BOP had authority to remedy. The point is this, rather than release prisoners to Home Confinement the BOP has chosen to hold prisoners risking the chance that they may contract this deadly virus. 

I would like to provide the specific case citings of both of these similar civil cases. I want you to analyze them and question the disparity in decisions made in a Northern Federal Court and a Southern Federal Court. 

On or around April 25th, 2020 I wrote an article/essay entitled “Western District of Louisiana ignores Humanity of Federal Prisoners at FCI Oakdale.” I attempted to send this article to Fred Stein of IWOC-NYC and requested that he and his comrades transcribe my piece and share it far and wide. The censorship of free speech has become a favored tactic and strategy of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I have also witnessed and experienced Federal BOP personnel retaliating harshly against any prisoner engaging in “Protected” conduct. The US Supreme Court has ruled that filing grievances and lawsuits fall under the umbrella of “Protected Conduct”. 

As a journalist and activist I am privy to the laws that allow the reporting of events which are viewed as being of “Public Concern.” It is June 2020, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons still has not initiated a mass COVID-19 testing program for federal prisoners and employees. Remarkably, NABPP-Pc member Jason Renard Walker has reported that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has begun en-masse COVID-19 testing in its facilities. 

President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Bryan has said that he does not believe that systemic racism exists in the criminal justice system. 

As we look closely at the recent Civil Rights Complaints filed by prisoners in Ohio and Louisiana and the disparity in the meting out of justice we must understand this: 

“Racism and the scourge of white supremacy does not just exist in Amerikan Police Departments. Racism and implicit bias resides inside the prosecutor’s office, the Judge’s chambers, the jury box, and most certainly racism is present inside Amerikan prisons and jails.’

President Trump went to work right away appointing judges who would uphold the tenets of white supremacy in Amerika. We have people saying that President Trump is “Crazy.” This is a huge mistake. President Donald J. Trump has moved in a very pragmatic and methodical fashion in order to dismantle any Law, Program, or Policy that can be used by the people in order to remove the foot of the Capitalist oppressor off of our necks. 

As the conversation progresses in regard to how we can “fix the system” it is my strong belief that we can’t build until something is demolished or destroyed. Our greatest strength as we proceed forward is our increased mutual aid, solidarity and direct action. It is important for me to say that Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer have had decades to address systemic racism in the criminal justice system and they haven’t done it –  why now?? Think about that for a minute. 

As I contemplate and reflect on the Austin Police Department shooting a pregnant woman who was exercising her constitutional rights I am mortified. I was under the impression that Austin was the most liberal and progressive city in the state of Texas. I was wrong. I forgot that Austin is the home of one of the most bigoted Attorney Generals in America. Ken Paxton has shown his true colors in his zealous pursuit of keeping innocent and wrongfully accused prisoners inside Texas’s nation leading slave kamps and inhumane gulags. 

However, I must ask for your forgiveness, I’ve digressed. Allow me to get back on this message and wrap up this essay. 

If I were to be asked what I think may help address some of the inequality, racism, and abuse we see perpetrated by the police in America – outside of abolition of the police, I would suggest the creation of independent civilian oversight committees that have prosecutorial and subpoena power over all police departments and law enforcement agencies in America. Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a similar suggestion. I don’t trust Joe Biden. He has a horrible record when it comes to criminal justice. With Biden, black people are trapped between a rock and a hard place. Biden may be the lesser of two evils but he is not our ‘Savior’ nor is he our friend. He is a male Hillary Clinton – period. 

I end this essay with a quote from journalist and activist/author Natasha Lennard’s book Being Numerous: Essays on a Non-Fascist Life: “We know better than to call upon the government or the courts to ban white supremacist events, especially under this white supremacist administration. Anti-Fascist activists have no interest in bolstering the state’s censorial oversight, and even less faith that only such censorship would ever be applied to white supremacists.”

I send out my clenched fist of solidarity to IWOC, IWW, ABC, and Black Lives Matter! I love y’all. Stay safe and stand up for Black Lives. Solidarity Forever!  

Addendum

FCI Elkton – Civil Complaint Filed by Federal Prisoners

  1. Wilson v. Williams 2020 US District Court LEXIS 70674 ND-Ohio April 22, 2020. Note: ND means Northern District.
  2. FCI Oakdale – Civil complaint filed by federal prisoners — Livas vs. Myers 2020 US District Court LEXIS 71323 (WD-Louisiana) April 22, 2020.

 

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is Assistant Editor of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. He is studying and preparing to serve as Editor after his September 2020 release. Malik is co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Visit Malik’s website at: www.ComradeMalik.com and invite your social media contacts to visit the Bay View website: www.sfbayview.com

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COVID-19 Update

I am a US Army veteran I was trained to serve as a combat medic and in 1987 I graduated from the Army’s 91-Q10 pharmacy specialist course at the Academy of Health Sciences located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas

I have worked for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in their Pharmacy Department I have also worked as a visiting nurse, a lab tech, phlebotomy specialist, and as a pharmaceutical research assistant.

I would gladly volunteer to provide quality healthcare and to help human beings suffering in New Orleans, New York City, Detroit, Miami, California, or Texas. I would do anything that is needed in order to help heal our nation.

I have approximately 10 months, or less, on my federal prison sentence.

Like so many able-bodied and healthy human beings trapped in American prisons and jails, I am a wasted, unused, ignored, and forgotten human resource. The dormant potential which exists inside these institutions is truly remarkable.

The criminal justice system in the United States is broken beyond repair just as the healthcare system is shattered.

Nevertheless, I have digressed from the topic at hand, allow me to re-calibrate my focus.

Everyday Americans hear President Donald J Trump claiming what a wonderful job he and his administration is doing in response to the covid-19 pandemic the death tolls continue to rise and the president’s daily at updates have become a scripted political infomercial.

I’d like the public-at-large to take a closer look at the deadly covid-19 pandemic. 

In the March 30th, 2020 edition of Time Magazine, an article described Donald J Trump’s first major error in respect to the covid-19 crisis. Time Magazine reported: 

Trump’s first major error in the crisis came a year and a half before the novel coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China. In May 2018, he authorized his then National Security Adviser, John Bolton, to eliminate the National Security Council’s global health security unit and demote its pandemic experts. It was a tiny office, but it had huge responsibilities. Its main job was to serve as an early-warning system for impending pandemics. “We definitely would have been sending up flares,” the unit’s former senior director, Beth Cameron, tells TIME. In the case of a global health emergency, its experts were in charge of helping coordinate the dozens of institutions—health agencies, hospitals, and state and local -governments—that must respond in a crisis. Bolton, long gone from the Administration, defended his reorganization of the NSC on Twitter as COVID-19 spread. But those on the front lines of the crisis felt its absence. “We worked very well with that office,” Fauci told Congress on March 11. “It would be nice if the office was still there.” Asked on March 13 about the decision to shut down the unit, Trump again sidestepped responsibility. “I didn’t do it,” he said, adding, “I don’t know anything about it.”

One of the most troubling aspects of the federal government’s covid-19 response is the government’s inability to provide life-sustaining base life-saving basics to our healthcare workers and essential personnel. The shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and even covid-19 test kits are pervasive and systemic.

Trump says he cares about “the workers” and the people but the body count and death tolls tell a different story. When US Navy Captain Brett Crozier advocated passionately for his sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Trump got rid of him in order to silence his voice.

The BBC reported on April 3, 2020, that 

In a letter, Captain Brett Crozier had urged his superiors to act to prevent US troops dying outside of wartime. But acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the commander “exercised extremely poor judgment” Mr Modly told reporters that Capt Crozier was being fired for allegedly leaking the letter to the media. He said the letter “created the impression the Navy was not responding to his questions”. “It creates the perception the Navy is not on the job; the government is not on the job. That’s just not true.”

Capt Crozier had called for “decisive action”, saying uninfected sailors had to be removed from the ship and isolated.

On April 15, 2020 Business Insider reported that, 

“The Navy announced the first few coronavirus cases aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt on March 24. At that time, there were only three confirmed cases. As of Wednesday [4/15/20], the number of sailors assigned to the carrier who have tested positive for the virus had climbed to 615, around 12% of the ship’s crew and its embarked squadrons and staffs. […] Among the sailors who have tested positive, five are presently in the hospital, with one in intensive care. On Monday, a USS Theodore Roosevelt crewmember died of coronavirus-related complications after being found unresponsive in isolation and placed in the ICU at a local military hospital.”

Capt Crozier was right. The cramped quarters on the USS Theodore Roosevelt did help spread the virus to the crew, just like we have seen in cruise ships. Now one crewmember is dead and others are fighting for their lives outside of wartime.

No matter what President Trump says, this is a pandemic, not wartime.

Trump has established a pattern where he attacks his critics or anyone who deviates from his manufactured narrative. The removal of Inspector General Michael Atkinson was certainly not a coincidence. This was Trump enacting his revenge. I am not the only one implying this, on April 8, 2020, Politico reported that “a bipartisan group of senators is demanding that President Donald Trump explain why he fired the intelligence community’s top watchdog, writing in a letter late Wednesday (4/8/20) that the president’s stated reasoning was “not sufficient.”

CNN’s Chris Cillizza said April 6, 2020,

In Trump’s mind, every single person in the administration works for him and therefore needs to be entirely loyal to him. Job descriptions, oversight, necessary independence are all brushed aside as excuses. For Trump, you either are on his team or you are an enemy. It’s how he has always seen the world as two-sided: Pro-Trump and anti-Trump.

While viewing things that way is OK in private industry, it’s a deep misunderstanding of how our government is built to work. The President isn’t a king or an emperor. This is a democracy where the peoples’ will matters. There are checks and balances purposely built into the system to ensure that the voice of anyone in government who sees a problem feels comfortable saying, “This isn’t right.”

Trump doesn’t — or chooses not to — understand the difference between his old job and his new one. But we shouldn’t make the same mistake. This isn’t Trump’s government. It’s all of ours.

Chris Cillizza is right. Trump is gutting our democracy while we, the people, are fighting for our lives.

Look at the hot spots with respect to the covid-19 pandemic; New York City, New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles. All the people in our urban centers are being decimated by the covid-19 virus.

In New York City they are placing human corpses in refrigerator trucks and they have had to shorten the time for a family to claim bodies and if your body is not claimed in this short time frame you are buried at Hart Island. NYC mayor said in a tweet, “The heartbreaking numbers of deaths we’re seeing means we are sadly losing more people without family or friends to bury them privately. Those are the people who will be buried on Hart Island, with every measure of respect and dignity New York City can provide.” 

According to CNN, NYC press secretary Freddi Goldstein said that Hart Island has been used by the city as a public cemetery for over 150 years and is managed by the Department of Correction. The Hart island burials are mostly people who have been unclaimed at the city’s morgue for anywhere from 30 to 60 days. Now that time frame has been shortened to 14 days. 

Usually, about 25 people are buried on the island each week, Goldstein said. But since coronavirus began claiming victims in the US, she said there are 25 people buried there each day.

President Donald J Trump continues to provide lackluster leadership as well as deception and lies to the American people. 

Where is the accountability?? 

November 2020 is approaching quickly! 

I refuse to remain silent. What will you do?  

Dare to struggle, Dare to win, All power to the people!! 

-Comrade Malik. 

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Urgent COVID-19 Update Follow Up! Federal USP Pollock, Louisiana and Surrounding Areas

Peace and Blessings Everyone!  Please, I ask that you share this update far and wide.  Please Utilize Social Media Platforms.  In Solidarity, Love and Respect Malik

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington    Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

Today is Sunday, March 29th, 2020.  This is a follow-up report to an Urgent Update that I released last Sunday, March 22nd, 2020.  This specific report details recent events in regard to the Covid-19 Pandemic within Facilities Operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Please be advised that there has been a Deliberate Attempt by the Main-Stream Media and The White House to ignore the Deadly impact Covid-19 has been having on Amerika’s World Leading Prison Population.

On the morning of March 29th, 2020 I interviewed a Registered Nurse who works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  The Nurse requested that I not use their name.  I will respect this employees request to remain Anonymous.

It was reported to me that there have been 8 Positive Cases of Covid-19 at Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale which is located in Oakdale, Louisiana.  FCI Oakdale is the “Sister Facility” to USP Pollock.  Of the 8 Cases at FCI Oakdale, 6 are prisoners and 2 are B.O.P. employees.  There has been One Death at FCI Oakdale connected to the Covid-19 Virus!  There are 6 Prisoners currently on ventilators at the facility.

FCI Oakdale is approximately 30 miles from USP Pollock.  FCI Oakdale is a Care Level 2 Facility.  Care Level 2 is a designation which Alerts the Public as well as B.O.P. staff that the prisoners housed at Oakdale have greater health care needs and those prisoners  are more vulnerable to catching the Covid-19 Virus.  This is reflected in the 8 Cases and one Death I have described here.

Much closer to USP Pollock is the city of Alexandria, Louisiana.  It has been reported to me that there are over 54 Cases of Covid-19  split between two Public Hospitals.  The name of the Hospitals are Rapides and Cabrini Hospital.
Thus far, we have no reported cases of Covid-19 at USP Pollock.   Employees at FCC Complex Pollock are screened for Covid-19 prior to entering the Complex daily.  However, Mandatory Testing Has Not been initiated at USP Pollock except for those who show Symptoms after being Screened.  The Virus continues to edge closer to USP Pollock and it will take more than Luck for us to Pre-empt the spread of the Virus.

On Friday–March 27th, 2020 —Prison Administrators here at USP Pollock approved the admittance of numerous prisoners from various Federal Detention Centers and County Jails in the Area.  These New Admissions WERE NOT tested for Covid–19.  Nevertheless, the prisoners were placed in Single Cells and placed on Quarantine for 14 days.  The New Federal Prisoners
were housed on Unit B-3 here at USP Pollock which is located on B-Building.  B-Building is the same Building where I and many other Healthy Prisoners are Housed.

I spoke to a  B.O.P. employee about the new arrivals and was told that the prisoners would be monitored closely for Covid-19 symptoms.  I would like to point out that the Covid-19 virus can become AIRBORNE AND COULD SPREAD THROUGH THE HVAC SYSTEM WHICH CONNECTS WITH EVERY INDIVIDUAL CELL THROUGHOUT B-BUILDING!

It is my opinion and the opinion of many prisoners here at USP Pollock that All New Commits should first and foremost be TESTED for Covid-19 BEFORE BEING BROUGHT INTO THIS ISOLATED AND STERILE ENVIRONMENT AT USP POLLOCK WHICH HAS REMAINED VIRUS FREE!

My Advocacy for Covid–19 Testing for All B.O.P. Employees and All B.O.P. Prisoners is grounded in Science and Fact Based Evidence.  Inorder to Mitigate and Contain the Covid-19 virus, Testing and Technology must be implemented immediately.  Technology can enable the Federal Government to perform Contact Tracing.  By now we all know that a person can be infected with the Covid-19 Virus and Transmit the Virus Yet Show No Symptoms what-so-ever!

Testing alleviates all the guess work in assessing whether a prisoner or B.O.P. employee has been infected.
Numerous B.O.P. employees have said to me that they do not believe that the Federal Government has enough Covid-19 Test Kits available for the B.O.P.  I ask that all human beings with a conscience help us contact prison officials here at USP Pollock as well as officials in Washington D.C. and INSIST THAT MASS COVID-19 TESTING BE DONE THROUGHOUT THE B.O.P. IMMEDIATELY.

Finally, it has been reported that U.S. Attorney General William Barr has instructed the B.O.P. to Release to Home Confinement Older Prisoners and those with chronic conditions who may be more vulnerable to contracting the Covid-19 Virus.
PLEASE I ASK ALL OF YOU READING THIS REPORT TO CONTACT THE B.O.P. AND ENCOURAGE THE AGENCY TO RELEASE ME AS SOON AS IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE!!
It is my wish to aid the Editor of the San Francisco Bay View-National Black Newspaper in preserving and sustaining this one of kind National Black Newspaper which serves the hundreds of thousands and literally Millions of prisoners trapped in Amerikan Prisons and Jails.   I DO NOT WANT TO BECOME A CASUALTY OF THE B.O.P.’s  FLAWED COVID–19 PANDEMIC STRATEGY!     I will continue to Report.   Be advised that USP Pollock is continually placed on Lockdown and my ability to Report continues to be obstructed and sabotaged.   I WILL NOT EVER GIVE UP!!

Dare to struggle, Dare to Win,  All Power to the People!!
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WE MUST COLLECTIVELY CHAMPION THE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE POLICIES OF CHESA BOUDIN!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington  Assistant Editor of The San Francisco Bay View-National Black Newspaper

“Abolitionist politics is not about what is possible, but about making the impossible a reality.  Ending Slavery appeared to be an impossible challenge for Sojourner Truth, Denmark Vessey, Nat Turner, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, and others, and yet they struggled anyway.  Today we seek to abolish a number of seemingly immortal institutions, drawing inspiration from those who have sought the abolition of all systems of domination, exploitation, and oppression from Jim Crow laws and prisons to patriarchy and capitalism.”—Abolish Carceral Society  by Abolition Collective  (Dog Section Press 10/02/2019)

Valerie Block, wife of Chesa Boudin, his parents David Gilbert & Katherine Boudin in Wende CF, Alden NY

One of the most wonderful things that I love about the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper is that no one attempts to control or stifle the exercise of my free speech. Some of my opinions may not be embraced wholeheartedly by all the people, but at the end of the day, my opinions and thoughts are respected. Mary Ratcliff and I regularly engage in intelligent and respectful dialogue when we can in order to come up with a consensus that works for us.

Most of you are well aware, especially those who live in San Francisco, that Chesa Boudin has been elected as San Francisco’s new district attorney. At first, I didn’t have a clue who Mr. Boudin was, but I did my research. For those who know me well, I am a cerebral individual and I adhere to the motto that “We must seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.”

Sisters and brothers, I know exactly what punitive, retaliatory, malicious and vindictive “justice” looks like in Amerika. I live this reality every day that I wake up inside my cell in United States Penitentiary Pollock. U.S. District Judge Lynne Nettleton Hughes wanted me to do life in federal prison. 

However, with Chesa Boudin we have a human being who believes in restorative justice. Mr. Boudin’s background and his intellectual as well as his academic pedigree deviate dramatically from what we know to be the status quo and norm of the “run of the mill” career prosecutor or district attorney in the United States of Amerika.

Many of us within the Prison Abolition Movement have been looking for hope in order to change these systems of oppression. Well, hope has arrived! The question is whether or not we will keep hope alive and give Mr. Boudin the support he needs to implement his “radical” policies – or will we allow organizations and groups like the Police Officers Association and other naysayers to destroy the dream before it even materializes? I encourage all of you to support Chesa Boudin.

The San Francisco Bay View enthusiastically endorsed the election of District Attorney Chesa Boudin. We support Mr. Boudin as passionately and fervently as we support our Mayor London Breed! There are some big changes taking place in the Bay Area and the Bay View newspaper hopes to be a part of that change. We are struggling to preserve the voice and the legacy of Black and all oppressed people within the Bay Area!

Through mass incarceration, gentrification, environmental injustice and police terrorism, many of us have been squeezed out, ignored or exterminated by local and federal government employees and officials. Now we have someone who wants to change the status quo and at the very least give people of color and all disadvantaged people a realistic opportunity for a second chance. 

Chesa Boudin can pave the way and lay the foundations for new discussions about what justice in Amerika can actually look like when we promote restorative justice. Thus far, if this article has piqued your interest, perhaps the following thoughts will seal the deal and win you over to our line of thinking.

David Gilbert and Chesa Boudin as a child

The election of Chesa Boudin serves as a notice and a possible paradigm shift in what we have become accustomed to within the realm of the criminal justice system in Amerika.

Mr. Boudin is intimately familiar with the deleterious effect and collateral damage that lengthy prison sentences can have on the moral fabric of a family. In my work, I have always strived to humanize prisoners in the eyes of the public at large. 

I am challenged daily by the stereotypes and lies promulgated by the mainstream media as well as the silly rants of the bourgeois ruling class: “superpredators” and “animals.” This is how the oppressor class characterizes us, but this is not how Chesa Boudin views us.

David Gilbert, Mr. Boudin’s remarkable and intelligent father, has been a source of knowledge, education and inspiration for me. I shun the demonization of the white working class and I fight to save our planet. 

While many are pushing the narrative of racism, I clearly see that the capitalist imperialist system in Amerika as well as throughout the world is an enemy of the poor, irrespective of the race or even the gender of the individual(s) in question.

As we analyze the Prison Industrial Slave Complex, we see and witness the exploding numbers of women who are trapped inside these modern day slave kamps. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. 

I learned much at the feet of my Mother. You don’t think that Chesa Boudin missed his mother during his childhood? Do you think that he forgot where she was or who was holding her captive for 22 years? 

Is there any compassion in Amerika for the incarcerated mothers of the poor? I promise you, sisters and brothers, Chesa Boudin knows exactly why the caged bird sings and perhaps he and I will harmonize together and sing a song that will liberate the caged voices throughout Amerika! But y’all don’t hear me! Or do you?

As a prisoner myself, when I analyze and look at what the future may bring, it comes down to responsibility. If I want to help lay the foundation for more people like Chesa Boudin, I must take ownership of my actions and behaviors! I have a duty – a duty to shun criminal behavior and a duty to give back to my community. I owe y’all that!

If Chesa Boudin is willing to change the “game” as we know it, then it is incumbent upon me and every prisoner reading this article to support him by changing our conduct. I am talking to all of y’all! I believe the OGs in this human rights movement will agree with me. 

I send a shout out to Dr. Mutulu Shakur at USP Victorville, Jalil Muntaqim in New York and Sundiata Acoli in Maryland and a clenched fist and Panther love to Kevin “Rashid” Johnson. I will continue to attempt to turn these razor wire plantations into schools of liberation! USP Pollock has some good men, and we shall overcome adversity and promote the peace.

I realize that this editorial may be provocative to many. If you have any thoughts, comments or questions on or about this brief piece, please do not hesitate to contact us. I firmly believe that we should collectively support Chesa Boudin and, furthermore, that we must create a strong freedom campaign for Chesa’s father, David Gilbert, a true servant of the people!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!

Keith “Malik” Washington is assistant editor of the Bay View, studying and preparing to serve as editor after his release in 2021. He is also co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Visit his website at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock LA 71467.

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Lost in time: Lift up our brother Sitawa and strike down indefinite incarceration

by Mutope Duguma Published earlier on the SF Bayview and on Sitawa.org.

It’s always hard to stomach news that is disheartening. To hear that a brother and comrade has suffered a stroke after spending countless years in solitary confinement, as well as being held on an indefinite sentence for an alleged crime he did not commit, is even more disheartening.

I need not stress the sorrow that is felt amongst the whole prison.

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa with arms crossed, in 2017

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa in July of 2018 population for our brother Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, who, along with countless fearless prisoners, pioneered our Prison Human Rights Movement (PHRM) to the world’s stage. We continue to see men and women incarcerated far too long – beyond anyone’s imagination – and continue to be held indefinitely.

Our beloved brother Sitawa is amongst this class of men and women. The inhumane treatment of prisoners must end.

Our brother Sitawa and many others have suffered enough and should not continue to do so based on being given a life sentence that equals a civil death. Prior to 1968, under original Penal Code Section 2600, California prisoners suffered complete civil death, which means prisoners were stripped of all civil rights.

The prison system is actually covertly executing all of its lifers. The United States is the only country in the whole world that incarcerates people indefinitely – forcing them to spend the rest of their lives in prison. Men and women have been incarcerated for 35 years or more.

Many of these people are lost in time. They came to prison as youth in their teens and early 20s in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Yes, many of them were immature, many had no real direction, but they all became adults in the Amerikan prison system.

At present these prisoners, Baby Boomers, most of whom have survived decades of incarceration, are now between the ages of 60 and 80. Many of these senior citizens are wheelchair-bound or use assistive devices such as walking canes.

Like most seniors, many are on special medications, require special medical therapy for seniors, and suffer from aging illnesses of various sorts. I hear some say that a few manage to get around good at 70 years young.

Many say, yes, they should be in prison, and that may be true in some cases. Given the things they did in society, the way they carried themselves in the youth of their lives was utterly wrong and disrespectful, but that was decades ago when they were young! Decades!

They are now older, mature, grown, senior adults, who have fulfilled all requirements from various parole boards around the U.S. Multiple prisoners have complied with all laws, rules and regulations of the prison and carried themselves as role model human beings and in many cases have done so for decades.

Still, many of them are forced to remain in prison when the maximum amount of time on their sentence has long since expired. This is terrible and extremely cruel to force rehabilitated human beings to remain in bondage and especially when statistics clearly show that 90 percent of them are not returning to prison once released.

Sadly, 89 percent of prisoners across the US are Black and Mexican. From 1619 through the 1800s, the chattel slavery plantation concept lurks in the shadows like the Wizard of Oz.

This “behind the scenes” type strategy involves money laundering exclusively into white rural areas under the Prison Industrial Slave Complex (PISC). (That’s where prisons were built during the height of mass incarceration, in small rural communities that had lost their economic base, where people were so desperate for jobs, they were willing to work in a prison. These were white communities with deep prejudice toward Blacks. – ed.)

Many of us may very well die in these man-made tombs. It should be stipulated that these deaths are in clear violation of the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.

The suffering is indefinite where there exists no end to the punishment. Many have died, and many will continue to die where there is no remedy to resolve the cruel and unusual treatment of prisoners.

We must resist to end this cruel and unusual treatment of human beings and encourage our brother Sitawa, who is fighting for his life. We will fight for his freedom and the freedom of the thousands of men and women lost in time.

One Love, One Struggle,

Mutope Duguma

Sitawa is recovering from a major stroke. Send him some love and light (Sitawa is currently housed near San Diego, mail will be forwarded):

Freedom Outreach
Attn: Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa
Fruitvale Station
P.O. Box 7359
Oakland CA 94601

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I will not be silenced!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Originally posted in San Francisco Bay View

“Protect Our Leaders” – Art: Joseph Stewart, 0802041, 4285 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699

There is a problem in Amerika when a close confidant and advisor to the president embraces white supremacist and white nationalist ideologies. I’m speaking about Steven Miller. How is this possible?

More and more we have been observing the normalization of hate speech. At the highest levels in the United States government and some state governments, bigotry and hate are becoming the status quo and are being reflected in newly accepted policy and practice.

There are no laws on the books in the state of Texas which protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace! I find this unacceptable. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have embraced a hostile position against Texans who identify as LGBTQ. How can we convince Paxton and Abbott to acknowledge the humanity of LGBTQ people?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has recently sent word to Iranian citizens requesting that they provide officials in the United States with video evidence of violent acts of suppression aimed at protesters who strongly disagreed with the recent 50 percent increase in the price of gas.

Since when has Mike Pompeo been interested in the safety or welfare of any Muslims in any country? Could it be that Pompeo is more interested in destabilizing the Iranian government in order to foment regime change?

Has Mike Pompeo been vocal about our Muslim sisters and brothers in Yemen who have been victims of an ongoing genocidal campaign by Saudi Arabia? No! Mike Pompeo doesn’t give a damn about the Muslims in Yemen. What about the 1 million Uighur Muslims who languish in Chinese re-education concentration camps! Is Mike Pompeo willing to advocate for their immediate release? I think not!

There are human rights violations which are taking place right now in prisons here in the United States. Violations, abuses and injustices which are routinely ignored. Every day employees with the Federal Bureau of Prisons orchestrate the murder, abuse and outright execution of numerous targeted prisoners.

The Department of Justice sees the patterns and trends yet will not launch a broad fact-finding investigation because at the end of the day, prisoners’ lives don’t matter and the BOP considers federal prisoners to be sub-humans not deserving of respect or dignity.

Jeffrey Epstein’s death was not a suicide nor was it an accident! What happened to Epstein was pre-meditated and planned, carried out by the BOP. However, the only reason that Epstein’s case has garnered so much scrutiny and public attention is that Jeffrey Epstein was a billionaire who had evidence which implicated the likes of Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew in acts of sexual abuse as well as the gross degradation of young girls. Our young sisters deserve justice and not cover-ups!

It is important for all of you to know that it is not just the Egyptian government that seeks to silence the voices of dissent. The Trump administration also has an overt and covert campaign of suppression aimed at journalists, activists and servants of the people.

I will not be silenced! Will you?

Keith “Malik” Washington is co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, USP Beaumont, P.O. Box 26030, Beaumont TX 77720.

Protect our leaders!

Malik is in grave danger and must be moved out of USP Beaumont. Please call the warden’s office, 409-727-8188, and politely ask that Keith Washington, 34481-037, be transferred to a FCI-level prison in California.

Also, please call the offices of friendly Congress members Rep. Al Green, 713-383-9234, and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, 713-655-0050. Ask them to urge the Bureau of Prisons to transfer him to California right away.

Write Malik a note of encouragement as well. The more calls and letters he receives, the safer he’ll be because the authorities will know that we, his many friends, supporters and defenders, are watching.

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Food For Thought

By Comrade Malik
Peace and blessings sisters and brothers1 As we head into 2020 and prepare for another national response to Prison Slavery — I’d like to share some words of wisdom from Dr. Naim Akbar:
“One of the things that was systematically done during slavery was the elimination or control of any emerging “head” or LEADER. Slave narratives and historical accounts are full descriptions of atrocities brought against anyone who exemplified REAL Leadship Capability. The Slave Holders realized their power and control over the slaves was dependent upon the absence of any indigenous leadership among slaves.” end of quote
Sisters and brothers — I AM that indigenous leadership the prisoncrats would love to eliminate or control. I will not be silenced! Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people!
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