Juneteenth Call to Action- Written by: Keith “Malik” Washington
“To rise beyond the limits of protest, we must chart out our political intentions, organizational goals, and a larger vision about our direction. First, and foremost, militant self-defense, and the capacity for larger militant actions must be addressed at the inception of the organizing process. While we must defend people from capitivity as well as our political centers, we must also be astute enough to realize that we cannot be on the defense indefinitely. The state is in a weaker position today than it has been in decades, and since the moment we go into action is up to us, the government invariably remains in a defensive position. WE CAN ACT WHEN WE CHOOSE, AND WE SHOULD ACT WISELY.” – Burn Down the American Plantation, by the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement
Revolutionary Greetings, Comrades!
We opened here with some powerful words. I suggest you read the opening statement again and fully understand and grasp the meaning of the message we are trying to convey to you.
In Florida we have witnessed with our own eyes the lengths the state will go to in order to sabotage the effectiveness of our pre-planned direct actions. Our actions seek to shed a discerning spotlight on the corrupt practices of the Department of Corrections. However, pre-emptive lockdowns have been the go-to tactic of numerous prison agencies across the United States.
Like President Trump, they (the corrupt prison agencies) don’t want to be exposed, they want to continue on, in a business as usual manner. It is our duty to disrupt and destroy these slave kamps and gulags.
As illustrated and explained by our comrade Kevin “Rashid” Johnson1, the “lay-down” in Florida prisons was called for extremely valid reasons:
A) forced slave labor – FDOC prisoners are forced to work without pay.
B) grossly overpriced commissary and package system – Florida is extorting the poorest cross-section of society!
C) murdering and abusing prisoners with impunity and then covering it up!
Florida is sanctioning and condoning the outright murder of prisoners in their care. A horrific case in point is the case of Darren Rainey2.
On June 23rd, 2012, Darren Rainey was locked in a scaldingly hot shower by corrections officers who had rigged the shower so they could punish prisoners who “acted out”. These were mentally ill prisoners housed at the Dade Correctional Institution.
In late January, 2018, the State of Florida announced that it would award $4.5 million to Darren Rainey’s family. Nevertheless, Miami-Dade State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, refused to prosecute former corrections officers Ronald Clarke and Cornelius Thompson. So in essence, these pieces of trash have been allowed to get away with murder!
One of our key organizational goals in Florida should be to force the resignation of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle! Fire her now! There is no way in hell that the State approves an award of $4.5 million and no-one is held accountable for the loss of life!
What kind of message do you think is being sent to the pigs? “We protect our own”, that is the message. I want to explore this phrase, “we protect our own”, more thoroughly, but before I delve deeper, allow me to remind all of you that our struggle for prison abolition is a protracted struggle and the state targets the most advanced political elements.
Florida is attempting to place an inciting to riot charge on Comrade Rashid, but this smacks of an elaborate plan to retaliate against Rashid for exercising the same protected free-speech rights as reports and journalists at the Miami Herald!
Compare Rashid’s piece, Florida Prisoners Are Laying It Down, to Monique O Madan’s piece which was published by the Miami Herald on January 3rd 2018, entitled “Florida Prisoners to Protest Again…” Florida is blatantly violating Rashid’s constitutional rights!
We Protect Our Own – The Texas Way!
It is strange to me when I see members of the Attorney General’s office in Texas conspiring to harm a prisoner who witnessed a murder! The pieces of the puzzle are slowly falling into place.
Attorney Jesse Quackenbush is representing a couple of the families here in Texas who have filed multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuits against the State of Texas. (See: August 2017 issue of Prison Legal News as well as The Intercept, Amarillo.com.)
Comrade Kevin “Rashid” Johnson exposed the pattern of abuse and murder which regularly takes place at the Bill Clements Unit. In 2017, prison officials conspired with members of the Texas Attorney General’s office to get some “payback” for Rashid’s courageous journalism.
First, they planted a weapon in his cell, then they stole all his legal materials, and when these actions generated a public outcry, they conspired with the State of Florida and spirited Rashid off to a Florida prison, deleting all information which would help concerned friends and supporters find Rashid! If it wasn’t for the passionate work of National Lawyers’ Guild Attorney Paul S Holdorf Esq, Rashid may have never been successfully located.
The point I want to make is this: there is a systematic and pervasive problem in US prisons where members of State Attorney General officers collude and conspire with members of their various prison agencies to cover-up the abuse and murder of prisoners and shield murderous prison employees from being held accountable for their actions.
Furthermore, we are also seeing a pattern in which prisoners who identify as humyn rights activists and jail house lawyers are literally being marked for death and systematically targeted for co-ordinated retaliatory actions.
Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton is complicit in these collusive acts and the FBI and Department of Justice seem to be 100% on board with the “We Protect Our Own” strategy.
Focusing in on Our Demands
Comrades, in each state and country there are prisoners and victims of modern-day slavery perpetrated by agents of the state! As a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), I am keenly aware of the problems that prisoners everywhere face. I would like to highlight some of the specific issues our imprisoned comrades face with the hope of promoting greater unity and understanding among our free-world supporters and imprisoned allies – so we can address these issues.
Comrades, please let me be perfectly clear when I say that the pigs in London are just as corrupt as the pigs in Amerika – period.
Chairman Mao Tze Tung said “no investigation, no right to speak”. With that in mind, I’ll let all of you know I’ve done my research on the pigs in the UK4:
If I were to come up with a list of demands for our free-world comrades in the UK, the first would be:
Tell the pigs to stop murdering our people – or else!
Replace every member of the Independent Police Complaints Commission!
Fire every member of the Crown Prosecution Service!
Radical demands? Well, guess what? I’m a radical – surprise!
The criminal justice system in the UK is racist to the core! This is actually supported by information published in a government report and reviewed by Labour MP David Lammy. Lammy found a clear, direct link between ethinicity and the likelihood of receiving a prison sentence if you are Black or Asian and living in the United Kingdom!6
Remarkably, the number of Muslim prisoners more than doubled between 2002 and 2016, going from 5,502 to 12,663. Muslims now represent 4.4% of the total UK population, but 15% of the prison population in the UK. Can you say “Islamophobia”, Theresa May?7
The prisons in the UK are overcrowded and violent, and the Ministry of Justice has decided to ratchet up the stress and discontent levels by banning tobacco in all closed prisons by the summer of 2018!8
Many of the prisons in the UK are suffering from deterioration and infrastructure decay. Prisons such as Long Lartin in Evesham, Worcestershire. Long Lartin is the oldest of the prisons designated as high security in the UK, and the only prison in which prisoners on some wings don’t have toilets and they still have to “slop out”!9
In other words, humyn beings are forced to urinate and defecate in a bucket in their cells, and if the guards decide to not allow them to “slop out”, then they are stuck in a toxic environment.
This is just one of the reasons that I have made an international call for solidarity to end prison slavery on June 19th, 2018.10
Nothing more clearly illustrates modern day slavery in the UK than the ultra-corrupt Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection (IPP) policy. This scandalous policy, which was supposed to be abolished in 2012, continues to allow over 3,300 prisoners to be held hostages years after serving their minimum tarriff (sentence). Release IPP prisoners in the UK now! End prison slavery in the UK now!
Before I move on, I am officially inviting prisoners in the UK to join the Incarcerated Workers’ Organizing Committee, and as Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter), I am sending out a special invitation to UK prisoners to join the Black Panthers now!
Be advised that under the banner of the NABPP (PC), we have mass organizations for White Panthers, as well as Asian Panthers, and under the auspices of the United Panther movement I invite all street tribe members in UK prisons to consider joining the movement which seeks to abolish prison slavery.
To join the IWOC, contact:
UK: IWW/IWOC, PO Box 7593, Glasgow, G42 2EX
USA: IWW/IWOC, PO Box 414304, Kansas City, MO, 64141-4304
To join the NABPP (PC), contact:
Comrade Malik, c/o Twitch, PO Box 7907, Austin, Texas, 78713, USA
Amerikkka – the slave state!
Comrades, without a doubt there are common issues which plague every prison population in the world, but now I will list some specific issues and challenges we face here in Amerika!
Indiana – In Indiana, comrades Kwame Shakur and Khalfani Malik Khaldun struggle hard against “legalized” slavery in Amerika.11 In retaliation to their efforts, and the efforts of numerous other politicized prisoners in Indiana, the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) has instituted a new correspondence policy which forbids prisoners to receive or send materials and/or literature on blank paper!
Not only is this an infringement on their 1st Amendment rights, it infringes on their ability to litigate and receive information of any kind! The agency’s main goal is to isolate and silence the voices of all Indiana prisoners.
Alabama – Free Alabama Movement spokespersyn has initiated a Campaign to Redistribute the Pain in 2018.12 These boycott campaigns, spear-headed by FAM, seek to defund and bankrupt the capitalist pig corporations which prey on the poor masses who are trapped in prisons all across the “great” slave state of Amerika.
I am in full support of Bennu’s campaign, and this is one of the many tactics and strategies employed by the IWOC to end prison slavery in Amerika.
I would like to add that many of the high-ranking prison administrators and prison employees who abuse and oppress us are black. Yes, it’s true! So when you think it’s all about “whitey” keeping us down, think again – in ole Alabama there are many Uncle Toms and jeffin-ass House Negroes hurting the people. Remember that.
California – In California, Heshima Denham of the Amend the 13th Movement and Fati Yero Kambon of the WL Nolen Mentorship Program (WLNMP) have been pushing a dynamic initiative entitled: A Proposal for Developing a Community Release Board.13
This would be paired with another initiative referred to as Strategic Release.
The bottomline is this: prisoners in California, especially New Afrikan prisoners, are actually creating realistic avenues for freedom which can be utilized by all.
Kijana Tashiri Askari is the chair of the WLNMP, and he is committed to providing quality education and life skills to a new generation of aspiring freedom fighters and community leaders. Something wonderful is happening inside and outside of California prisons.
On the outside, prison abolitionist Nube Brown of California Prison Focus has teamed up with Marissa Garcia, Anna Marillo and numerous others to form a coalition known as the New Abolitionist Movement.
It is important for all imprisoned activists and freedom fighters to know that, without a dedicated cadre of outside supporters like Nube Brown, Kim Pollak, Mary Ratcliff, Dr Willie Ratcliff, Julie Sands, Noelle Hanrahan, Carole Seligman, Justin Adkins, Victor Wallis, Jamani Montague, and last but not least Brianna of the IWOC, nobody in the free world would hear our voices!
And then there are the unsung sheroes and heroes! Julie Schneyer, Sam Rosen, Ryan Policht, Michael Novick, Twitch Entropy, and our European comrades Annabelle from Prison Watch, Heinz Leitner and Alina Dollat – abolitionists!
Before I end this piece, I want to give a clenched fist salute to Calvin Burnap and Professor Dean Spade in Seattle, Washington.
In Texas, we face numerous problems, and dedicated members of the IWOC have helped us assemble a list of demands we will be requesting our family and friends to present to Texas legislators this year.
On Juneteenth (June 19th, 2018), I am calling for all Texas prisoners and all prisoners throughout the US, and our free-world supporters, to take time to meditate and reflect on past struggles for the abolition of slavery, as well as preparing for the struggle we have ahead of us. The most important thing I am requesting prisoners in Texas to do is contact their family and friends.
We want to provide Texas prisoners with the email addresses and fax numbers of key Texas legislators so prisoners can urge their family and friends to contact them and provide them with our core demands, which are:
1 The Right to Habeas Counsel – Every indigent prisoner in Texas should be appointed Habeas Counsel when filing their 11.07 Habeas Corpus.
2 End the “Quorum of One” practice for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
3 Meaningful Good Time/Work Time and Presumptive Parole – When Good Time, Work Time and Flat Time equal 100% of their sentence, a Texas prisoner should be presumed to automatically make parole or discharge!
4 Payment/Compensation for Forced Labor: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms” – Article 4, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
5 End the $100 Medical Co-Pay
6 TDCJ Oversight Committee – This is a bill that has been up for a vote in the past two Texas legislative sessions. It will require all grievances to be processed and investigated by an independent outside organization. Prisoners in Texas are dying and being murdered and abused by staff at an alarming rate and we need independent oversight of this corrupt agency right now!14
Comrades, I was just studying the Yule-Winter 2017-2018 edition of Earth First! The Journal of Ecological Resistance.
I came across an article by Al Williams entitled “What We Learnt by Coordinating a Month of Rolling Resistance Against Cuadrilla at Preston New Road.” I came away with some excellent tactics and strategies which we can adopt for our abolition movement.
Direct action is for everyone! Work strikes, hunger strikes, tear these slave kamps down!
Engaging other activist collectives helps form an inclusive, diverse alliance.
Diversity of tactics is key when deploying mutiple direct actions against police forces (or prisoncrats) who know we are coming! (Juneteenth, y’all!)
Alternative media is an important lever when the national news in the UK or US isn’t shining a light on prison slavery or abuse of prisoners.
Corruption, collusion and violence are now endemic throughout the world!
Comrades, I wrote this essay with the intent of promoting international solidarity as we approach Juneteenth. Let’s plan to do something big.
Dare to struggle, dare to win. All power to the people.
Your Brother and Comrade, Malik
Keith “Malik” Washington is a co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and 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 or you can write him directly at Keith “Comrade Malik” Washington, 1487958, Eastham Unit, 2665 Prison Rd. 1, Lovelady, Texas 75851.
3 Malnourished Prisoner’s Death Reveals Horrific Conditions in a Texas Prison, by Creede Newton, The Intercept, Texas Prisoner was Emaciated and Sick when Killed by Cellmate, Prison Legal News – August 2017, pg 27
5 Exposed: ‘racial bias’ in England and Wales criminal justice system, https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/sep/08/racial-bias-uk-criminal-justice-david-lammy,
7 The Muslim Prison Population Has Surged, Here’s Why The ‘Stereotypes And Myths’ Are Wrong, http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/lammy-review-muslim-prisoners_uk_59afcaa0e4b0b5e531022f26, https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/lammy-review
8 Smoking bans are sparking a rise in violence and disorder in UK prisons, http://theconversation.com/smoking-bans-are-sparking-a-rise-in-violence-and-disorder-in-uk-prisons-83990
9 Prisons inspector condemns Long Lartin’s ‘cages’ and slopping out, https://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/jan/10/cages-slopping-out-long-lartin-jail, Long Lartin prison criticised over slopping out, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-16483319
14 Demands for Battleground 2018/19 by IWOC members
15 Earth First! Journal, Yule 2017/2018, “What We Learnt by Coordinating a Month of Rolling Resistance Against Cuadrilla at Preston New Road” by Al Williams
By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement
“The Black Panther Party is a revolutionary Nationalist group and we see a major contradiction between capitalism in this country and our interests. We realize that this country became very rich upon slavery and that slavery is capitalism in the extreme. We have two evils to fight. Capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.”
-Dr. Huey P. Newton
Many try to separate anti-imperialism from our Prison Abolition Movement. They avoid talking about Capitalism and how it relates to ‘Legalized’ Slavery or Mass Incarceration in the United States. I won’t be making that mistake.
The Capitalist Oppressor who operates and oversees the Prison Industrial Slave Complex is only ‘moved’ by profits, or more accurately stated, the lack of profits!
Let me make something perfectly clear to the exploited lumpen prisoners in Amerika and our free-world supporters:
The only time these folks give a damn about what happens in these Slave Kamps is when the Slavery Business ceases to be profitable or beneficial to the oppressor.
Contaminated water does not move them! Deaths from deadly extreme heat does not move them! Not even the ever-rising number of prisoner suicides pricks the conscience of the oppressor.
But let the prisoners in Amerika wake up tomorrow morning “With it on their mind!!” I’m talking about one mind and one determined purpose!
Let those prisoners rise up collectively and say: “We refuse to work anymore and help maintain a system which degrades, dehumanizes and exploits us!”
WE WANT FREE!!
OH-All of a sudden “The Game” will change I promise you it will change FAST!
Florida is just the beginning!
We won’t be telegraphing every move we make. Now sit back and ponder on that Capitalist Pigs!
In 2018 it’s time to redistribute the pain. This is a National Call to Action to All Prisoners in Amerika and the United Kingdom Withdraw your Free Labor and Shut ‘em Down!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to win! All Power to the People!
ATTENTION! Black Activists, Freedom Fighters, and Concerned Citizens.
From: Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers in the struggle!
My name is Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and I am a human rights and civil rights activist who is currently incarcerated in the state of TEXAS. Juneteenth is an abolitionist Holiday in which WE celebrate and reflect about the moment in history when Slaves in Texas finally got word that the Civil War had ended.
For two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, ROGUE slave owners continued to exploit Black People by forcing slavery upon our Ancestors. This year during your regular Juneeenth celebrations and fellowship with loved ones and members of your Community–OUR COMMUNITY–I am requesting you consider doing something that will help raise the Public’s Awareness in regards to The Struggle.
Sisters and Brothers, there is a Movement which seeks to Abolish ‘legalized’ Slavery in Amerika. A Movement which is fighting hard to Amend the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution which has allowed ‘slave like’ conditions to continue under the guise of Mass Incarceration and forced Involuntary Servitude.
We would like your help in raising the public’s awareness as it relates to Ending Prison Slavery inside the State of Texas and Beyond!
I’d like to encourage all of you to arrange viewings of Director Ava Duvernay’s trailblazing film “13th” on JUNETEENTH!!
Texas has the largest state prison system in the United States. There are disproportionate amounts of Black and Brown Human Beings who are trapped inside these modern day Slave Kamps and Gulags. We are being degraded, dehumanized, mistreated, and abused and what is shocking is your Tax Dollars are Funding these institutions!!!
Sisters and Brothers, there can be No Meaningful Change Without YOU!
Let’s create positive conversations and dialogues about this topic. I and hundreds of like-minded activists across the Nation would certainly appreciate your help. God Bless you All!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!
Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee 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 is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Malik has begun to work closely with Heshima Denham who is the Chief Spokespersyn and Chairman of Amend the 13th and is also partnering with Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun (Formerly known as Melvin Ray) a founding member of the Free Alabama Movement. You can view Malik’s work at comrademalik.com or you are encouraged to write him directly at:
Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Lovelady, Texas 75851
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
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!
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)