End Prison Slavery

Amend the 13th Petition to the UNITED NATIONS!

Change Maker, AMANI SAWARI taking Amend the 13th Petition to the UNITED NATIONS! (WE MUST SUPPORT OUR SISTER!!!)

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Chief Spokespersyn  End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

“We cannot afford to waver in our political participation, because we have the most to lose.” -Symone D. Sanders (Political Strategist & CNN Commentator)

Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers!

As “Independence Day” just passed, we the New Afrikan & Latinx people in Amerika must do a thorough inventory of our status and treatment within the confines of the United States of Amerika.

While many Free-World folks eat Bar—BQ and sip on something cold, a broad swath of the New Afrikan and Latinx population will be locked inside cages throughout Amerika!

This is a harsh and bitter reality that illuminates the fact that Freedom, Justice, and Equality still have not been achieved for many who have become victimized by Amerika’s ‘Manifest Destiny’.

Many of us claim to be leaders in the New Abolition Movement.  This is a Movement which seeks to End Prison Slavery and Amend the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in order to strike the EXCEPTION CLAUSE.

If you claim to be a LEADER, INFLUENCER, or CHANGE MAKER then you must take on the work. TODAY I am here to proclaim that 2019 Rodenberry Fellow–Amani Sawari has risen to the challenge!  For years I have toiled incessantly in regard to addressing and shedding light on specific injustices and abuse I’ve witnessed and been subjected to here in the SLAVE STATE OF TEXAS.

While I’ve been doing my “Thang”, Sister Amani has been doing hers, and in a magnificent manner I must add! Do you want to know why 2020 Presidential Candidates in Amerika have been talking about granting prisoners the Right-2-Vote?? It is because Amani Sawari and her Roddenberry Fellowship Recipients have spear-headed a National Campaign to Re-Enfranchise thousands of prisoners housed in Amerikan jails and prisons.

RE—ENFRANCHISEMENT is a crucial part of this protracted Abolition Movement. Re-empowering the disenfranchised with their Right2Vote provides us with a ‘Voice’ and an opportunity to take part in a Democracy which has failed us for decades!

In the 21st Century, Malcolm X’s teaching in the ‘Ballot or the Bullet’ seems prophetic, especially right now. We can’t continue to ignore the multitudes of humyn beings trapped inside these cages who have been systematically disenfranchised. This problem most assuredly will come back to haunt us, one way or the other. 

One of our Main Points of focus in this Abolition Movement is to actively and assertively seek to Strike the EXCEPTION CLAUSE which is contained within the body of the 13th Amendment and which has promoted, condoned, and sanctioned “Legalized Slavery” for over a Century and a half.

Pennsylvania prisoner and Freedom Fighter Richard A. Smith has crafted a letter directed to members of the UNITED NATIONS. This letter requests that the UNITED NATIONS call for the “Slavery Clause” of the 13th Amendment to be amended in order to finally ABOLISH SLAVERY and INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE in Amerika once and for all!!!

We the LEADERS, INFLUENCERS, AND CHANGE MAKERS of this Abolition Movement are requesting that our Sisters and Brothers in the Rap Music Industry as well as conscious Professional Athletes and Entertainers in Amerika with Free—Wor1d Citizens who are STAYING WOKE, sign on to this letter that we intend to deliver to the UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY Antonio Guterres.

The General Assembly Session opens in September 2019 so please do not procrastinate, ACT TODAY! 

In order to check out the letter that we intend to send and to sign on your support and endorsement, please visit the link:

http://sawarimi.org/appeal-to-the-united-nations

If you would like to learn more, please by all means necessary contact our Sister in Struggle Amani Sawari via e-mail: amanisawari@gmail.com or hit her up on twitter at: @sawarimi.

In closing, I send out a Call for Action and Support to Jay-Z and Meek Mill of REFORM ALLIANCE. I call upon the BIG HOMEY, H-Town’s Finest, Rap Mogul J. Prince as well as the entire #MobTies Movement. I am sending out a Special Request for Support to J. Cole, Colin Kaepernick, Cardi-B; Solange Knowles and BEYONCE!! WE NEED Y’ALL SUPPORT! Do your research, this Movement and this Struggle is REAL! I leave as I came in the spirit of PEACE! HELP US TO END PRISON SLAVERY IN AMERIKA!!!

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

 

Short Bio:

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, he is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and the deputy chairman of the New African Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter).

Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons Campaign. You can View his work at oomrademalik.com or you can also read his articles at: http://sfbayview.com/?s=keith+malik+washington which he regularly writes for the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. Send him an e-mail at: kh.washington68@gmail.com or write him directly at:

Keith H. Washington
TDC# 1487958
McConnell Unit
3001 S. Emily Dr.
Beeville, Texas 78102

 

AMANI SAWARI

After graduating from the University of Washington with a double major in media & communications and law, economics & public policy, Amani navigated into the world of  journalism and research writing. Her time at UW allowed Amani to develop her writing skills, and her passion for social equity and human rights led her to pursue photography and journalism. In college she assisted new students from around the world with their transition into the university. She also mentored and arranged programs for students living in on-campus housing. These experiences allowed Amani to develop an appreciation for working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

     Today, she is a newsletter writer and editor for two publications. She writes an internal newsletter for a real-estate agency in Seattle, and the other is a community  publication called “No Shackles” for a prison advocacy organization. In addition to newsletter writing, she also manages her own website, sawarimi.org, where she publishes articles and essays to inspire the black community, particularly in the United States.

     A fun fact about Amani: She started her own business when she was 18 years old. To this day she manages a hair studio in the Seattle area. As a result of this work, she’s been able to connect with hundreds of women from around the country, sharing her expertise and love for natural hair. 

See more at: https://wearenotnumbers.org/home/Mentor/Amani_Sawari

 

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How Do We Stop the Hate?

“I observed first-hand how the Nazi Poison transformed decent, caring, reasonable men and women into fanatical racists who approved the destruction of anyone and anything that did not conform to their vision of the world.”

– Hans-Jurgen Massaquoi, former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony Magazine

Hans-Jurgen Massaquoi was one of the few Blacks in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power. He was born in 1926 in the port city of Hamburg, Germany to a white German mother, Bertha Baetz, and Al-Haj Massaquoi, a Liberian businessman and Muslim. Massaquoi found out quickly that being Black was not compatible with the “vision” that Hitler had for Germany at that moment in history. In the 1950s, Hans-Jurgen Massaquoi emigrated to the United States where he became the editor-in-chief for Ebony Magazine, one of the LEADING African-American Magazines of All Time!

It is not a stretch to compare the Nazi Poison of Adolf Hitler with the modern day white supremacist hate speech promoted by Donald J. Trump. Prior to the massacre of muslims in New Zealand the murderer praised Trump for promoting white supremacy.

It has happened again! Another Mass shooting. 50 Muslims murdered! Many kneeling in prayer – shot in the back! I recently said on comrademalik.com that I was going through something but did not elaborate.

On March 8th, 2019, a womyn who is dying of Cancer was denied one final HUG with her son who happens to be incarcerated here with me! I had been helping them and advocating on their behalf. Paulina Gracia who has an aggressive form of Leukemia was told by the prison administrators here to come on and visit, they said they would allow her to hug her son. Then at the very last moment, they canceled the visit!!! That Hurt! It hurt all of us. All you can ask is WHY? Would this one HUG damage the Prison Agencies reputation?? NO, it would not. But then, look who is leading this campaign for Humyn Rights??!!

It is I the Muslim Activist known as Comrade Malik! AND THE WHITE SUPREMACIST PRISON OFFICIALS HATE ME! So my friends Miguel and Paulina – suffered! This is not my Vision of Love! A week later on March 15th, 2019 an Australian man, a white man, who subscribes to White Nationalism and embraces White Supremacy goes into two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and he executes 50 of my Muslim brothers and sisters!! He murders them in cold blood. This senseless act of violence is as hurtful to me as the tragedy which took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh!!

Personally, I am really not caught up on focusing on whether the victims are Jewish, Muslim or Christians – they were all Humyn beings! No-one should be fearful in the place they worship and pray – no-one!! The shooter says he was ‘inspired’ by Dylan Roof and Andres Brevik. I believe that this spike in White Nationalism and White Supremacy is a manifestation of a mental illness that has not been diagnosed as such not yet! We must start to analyze this more closely especially when HATE AND VIOLENCE become a key part in the equation. Trump’s denial and downplaying of the problem isn’t helping anything.

Bringing this out into the OPEN and discussing it in Open Forums is a start in the right direction. I think people are uncomfortable with these issues and topics because it forces us to examine our inner feelings and beliefs – possibly we don’t want to share with the world what we really believe and feel. The election of Trump brought a lot of “closet racists” out into the OPEN! They now feel empowered and emboldened. It sounds good to say: “I’m not prejudiced, I have many Muslim friends or many Jewish friends, or many Black friends.” It sounds good! But what is the reality?

The State of Texas along with the Department of Homeland Security have labeled me a “Threat” because I speak the truth!!

Take a look at me!! Look at me with my Big Beard and Kufi prayer cap! How has the Mainstream Media in Amerika as well as the harsh rhetoric of Donald J. Trump made you feel about Muslim Humyn Beings??

Look at me!! You see the photo!! Does it make you afraid? Do you feel angry? Do you want to see me harmed? Let’s talk about it. I don’t have all the answers sisters and brothers but I think we can figure this out together if we can figure this out together if we try!! Please Stop the Hate and LOVE ONE ANOTHER!!

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

 

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INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT OF TEXAS PRISONS! (Fantasy or Reality!)

By Keith “Malik” Washington, Chief Spokesperson of End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

In 2013 imprisoned Journalist, Activist, and Freedom Fighter Kevin “Rashid” Johnson
arrived in Texas after being transferred from the Oregon Department of Corrections. Johnson
who is the Minister of Defense for the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter)
immediately became the target of a coordinated campaign by the State of Texas to silence his
voice and to harm him both physically and mentally. It wasn’t long after Rashid’s arrival that he
was transferred to the – infamous Bill Clements High Security Unit located in Amarillo, Texas.
While housed there* Rashid witnessed the Murder, Suicide, and Mysterious Deaths of numerous
prisoners housed at the facility.
Rashid wrote essay after essay detailing the grisly abuse of the mentally ill and other
vulnerable prisoners housed at the Unit. In 2014, I had heard enough and with the help of
Professor Victor Wallis Ph.D. I submitted a packet of information and a letter to then first lady
Michelle Obama. In the letter and packet I described the mistreatment
of incarcerated U.S. Military Veterans and the ‘Mysterious Deaths’ of prisoners housed at the Bill
Clements Unit.
In April 2015 I was surprised when I received a letter from U.S. Department of Justice
Trial Attorney Brian Buehler informing me that the packet of information and letter which I had
sent to the White House, was actually read by MICHELLE OBAMA and the First Lady
forwarded the letter and other information to Buehler at the Justice Department!!
This is the background story to what has now become a campaign in Texas to establish an
Independent Ombudsman Office that will monitor the actions of this extremely unethical, unjust,
and corrupt prison agency known as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (sic!).
A Black Legislator in Texas named Jarvis Johnson, a Democrat from the city of Houston,
Texas has filed House Bill — 363 which calls for the creation of an Independent Ombudsman
Office. What actually is being proposed is that the current TDCJ Ombudsman Office be moved
and placed under the purview of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
There are some serious problems which exist within the current Ombudsman Office. Not only
have we seen on-going acts of cronyism, nepotism, and obstruction of justice tactics when family
members and friends of prisoners submit complaints, there are also noticeable appearances of
Structural, Systemic, and Institutionalized Racism and Bigotry hardwired into the mainframe of
this prison agency.
Lorie Davis is the Director of the TDCJ Correctional Institution Division.. Davis has
actually promoted, sanctioned, and condoned retaliation and intimidation of prisoners whose
family members and friends utilize the Ombudsman Program, but it is much deeper than just
that.
Lorie Davis has created a culture within TDCJ by which Jail House Lawyers also known
as “Writ-Writers” are subjected to a manifold of reprisals for their peaceful and LEGAL
activities. Activities which are supposed to be protected under the U.S. Constitution’s First and
Fourteenth. Amendments!! Davis has also created a Toxic Work and living environment for both

prisoners and her employees. Patriarchy and the Misogynistic behavior of high ranking Male
Officers in the employ of the State of Texas has become the status-quo and norm inside Texas
Prisons. Davis can-hot feign nor claim innocence or ignorance because too many humyn and
civil rights violations have happened on her WATCH!
I actually have been working closely with one of Representative Johnson’s staff members
inorder to provide historical evidence which clearly shows that the current TDCJ-Ombudsman
Office has not only violated the public’s trust., but ignored serious complaints by family
members and friends who have incarcerated Loved Ones inside facilities operated by the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice.
One key point we have been trying to make is this:
MANY OF THE COMPLAINTS HAVE LED TO MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CIVIL
LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST THIS UNSCRUPULOUS PRISON AGENCY AND TEXAS
TAX PAYERS CONTINUE TO FOOT THE BILL WHEN THESE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR
SETTLEMENTS ARE HANDED DOWN, BY FEDERAL JUDGES! !
At the end of the day, our goal is to create an office which will provide transparency,
accountability, and meaningful investigations as well as oversight of a prison agency that has lost
the confidence of citizens and tax-payers. Texas has the largest State prison system in the
Country and establishing and Independent Ombudsman Office has the potential of promoting an
environment where prisoners may be treated with dignity, respect, and housed in humane living
conditions. Representative Johnson has told me in a letter that he believes that the First
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is one of the key foundations which make the United States
unique from other countries.
A prisoner should never be afraid to exercise their right to Free-Speech. If there is one
message that I’d like to give to College Students, all across the United States it is this.:
YOU CAN NOT SAY THAT YOU BELONG OR REPRESENT A POLITICAL PARTY IF YOU
DON’T GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS! Whether you be a Democrat, Republican,
Socialist, or Democratic Socialist don’t ever let anyone tell you that your Vote or your Voice is
insignificant or that it doesn’t count!! THAT IS A LIE! The State of Texas is down here,
attempting to purge minorities from Voting Rolls — so please miss me with all that talk of our
Vote meaning nothing!! If it meant nothing these sneaky politicians and power – brokers
wouldn’t be trying to defraud and sabotage our Rights! Please stay tuned Sisters and Brothers
there will be: much more for me to report from the Lone Star State!!
DARE TO STRUGGLE. DARE TO WIN. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!

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JUNETEENTH: June 14-17 4th annual Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence and June 19 2nd annual End Prison Slavery Day

Time to turn up and turn out!

by Comrade Malik 

Originally published at SF Bay View April 6, 2019

Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons

“By anarchist spirit, I mean that deeply human sentiment which aims at the good of all, freedom and justice for all, solidarity and love among the people, which is not an exclusive characteristic only of self-declared anarchists, but inspires all people who have a generous heart and an open mind.” – Errico Malatesta, Umanita Nova, April 13, 1922

Peace and Blessings, Sisters and Brothers!

Wow, how time flies. Four years ago, I was at the Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas, when I discovered that the prison unit had high levels of arsenic in the water supply! The oppressors at the Texas Commission on Environ­mental Quality called me a liar. The fascist pigs who operate the Texas Department of Criminal Injustice retaliated. If it wasn’t for the mutual aid and solidarity of Panagioti Tsolkas and a few other dedicated free world supporters, the toxic water would have been ignored.

Sisters and brothers, people of color are disproportionately housed in prisons all across the United States of Amerika. Many of these prisons are plagued by toxic water, black mold, radiation or, as in the case of many prisons in Pennsylvania, they are located in close proximity to toxic sites, such as coal ash depositories which contaminate water and air breathed by the human beings forcibly housed at these toxic prisons! Contact fighttoxicprisones@gmail.com.

I am personally calling on PEOPLE OF COLOR in Atlanta, Georgia, and Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama; I’m calling on folks in South and North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and my home state of Texas to come on down to Gainesville, Florida, June 14 through 17, 2019, and come see what the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons is all about.

Our sisters and brothers who are incarcerated need more of our people to take an active interest in these environmentalist movements. This Convergence in Gainesville is not just for anarchists; it is for all human beings who believe that together we can save our planet from imperialist multi-national corporations who seek to destroy Planet Earth and us along with it if we allow them to do that!

Come on Down to Gainesville and learn how to FIGHT TOXIC PRISONS today!

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

International call to action: 2nd annual day of action and solidarity with those who are fighting to end prison slavery in Amerika and throughout the world on June 19

by Comrade Malik, Chief Spokesperson, End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

Revolutionary Greetings, Sisters and Brothers!

It’s that time again and I am sending out this call to action in order to encourage everyone who is passionate about abolishing all forms of slavery and involuntary servitude to come together in one united action of revolutionary solidarity on June 19, 2019, and protest against the enslavement, degradation and dehumanization of Amerikan prisoners and all human beings throughout the world who are subjected to any form of slavery or oppression!

As many of you know, June 19 is the day when Black people in Texas celebrate the freedom of their Ancestors, our Ancestors, who were held in SLAVERY for approximately two years after the entire nation acknowledged the Emancipation Proclamation. But the slave owners in Texas ignored this federal law.

June 19 is the day when Black people in Texas celebrate the freedom of their Ancestors, our Ancestors, who were held in SLAVERY for approximately two years after the entire nation acknowledged the Emancipation Proclamation. But the slave owners in Texas ignored this federal law.

This year’s call to action has special significance as the world’s eyes are trained on South Texas, where tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central Amerika come to the United States seeking a safe haven but instead have found mistreatment, abuse, racism, and slavery. The legislative and criminal justice system in Texas continues to create the foundations for institutionalized racism and bigotry.

Do you realize that the U.S. Army had to ride into Galveston, Texas, in 1867 and announce that slavery had been abolished.

The state of Texas was so hell-bent on maintaining their slaves and profiting from slave labor that the U.S. Army had to show force to make Texas eliminate the practice of slavery. But it is still alive! Prison slavery is something that is being practiced and perpetuated in every state in the union and it has been codified by the most powerful legal document in the United States, the U.S. Constitution.

We must continue to call for the exception clause – or slavery – clause in the 13th Amendment to be struck down! We must finish the abolitionist work! Remember, sisters and brothers, that this is an international campaign which seeks to address the misogynistic practices of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as the genocide waged against Palestinian people.

The bigots who operate Texas prisons wish to silence my voice. I refuse to remain silent! On June 19, 2019, stand with us!

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

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, an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign and deputy chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, McConnell Unit, 3100 S. Emily Dr., Beeville TX 78103.

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THE FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT: USHERS IN “The year of JUSTICE!!!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington Chief Spokespersyn, End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

“There is in this world no such force as the force of a PEOPLE determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.”
–W.E.B Du Bois

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades!

It is official and you heard it here New Afrikan Freedom Fighter and Prison Abolitionist Queen Tahiyrah of Sign o’ the Times blogtalk is to be known from here on out as PROPHETESS QUEEN TAHIYRAH!!!!

Did y’all hear?? Did you listen??? The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Section VALIDATED and SUBSTANTIATED EVERYTHANG our Fearless and Courageous brothers from F.A.M. been telling us for YEARS! Gross Overcrowding, Horrendously Inhumane Living Conditions, Murders, Suicides, Inadequate Health Care, and no possible means of obtaining anything close to a rehabilitative experience!!!!

THIS IS ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.

(Sharon Steinmann/AL.com via AP, FILE) The sign to The William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala., is displayed, March 16, 2016.

And if this doesn’t motivate us to throw all our support behind Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, Swift Justice, and Kinetik Justice I don’t know what will. No-one can ignore the dedication, persistence, and sacrifice exhibited by these brothers and their wonderful support team which includes our intelligent and passionate Servant of the People Sis. Nyesha Jones of Unheard Voices OTCJ.

The Department of Justice has given the State of Alabama exactly 49 days to address the issues raised in a scathing report compiled after nearly 2 years of investigation into the corrupt, inhumane, and unethical practices of the Alabama Department of CorrectionsAs I sit in my Solitary Confinement cell in Texas, I wonder what will it take to get the D.O.J. to take a long hard look at the facilities operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice??

Nevertheless, a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. With that being said, I urge all dedicated Prison Abolitionist across the U.S, Canada, and Europe to send some love and light to our comrades from the Free Alabama Movement and extend to them some material aid as well as opportunities to amplify their voices even more as we UNITE TOGETHER IN 2019 in order to END PRISON SLAVERY IN AMERIKA! I wrap this up by saying: “Well done Comrades of the Free Alabama Movement!! Know that your Comrade and Friend Bro. Malik is with you until the Casket Drops!” I ALSO AM 1619!

DARE TO STRUGGLE, DARE TO WIN, ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!

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Social death in Texas

Revolutionary greetings comrades and fellow workers!

When we discuss the term “social death”, especially in the context of the Prison Abolition Movement, we are talking about the severance and cutting off of a human being from all ties to (free) society as we know it. I would like to share my experiences.

I was first incarcerated in Texas in October 2007, so I am now approaching 12 years of incarceration. As soon as I arrived at the Harris County Jail, I fell off into a deep depression. I know that my depression had a lot to do with my drug addiction. Right from the beginning, everyone I knew began severing ties and literally “throwing me away”!

I was being held on a charge of bank robbery (with a note). The first person I reached out to was my former Public Defender Peter J. Bray. Peter worked for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Houston, TX, which was headed by Marjorie Meyers. Peter was not nasty, but he did tell me: “Mr. Washington, there is nothing I can do to help you. The U.S. Attorney said that they have no interest in picking up your case and that you will do your time in the custody of the State of Texas. Good luck, Mr. Washington.” And then he hung up!

My first court appearance, I was informed that I was looking at 25 to LIFE! I was shocked and began experiencing hallucinations and hearing voices. I had no free-world support at the time. My former fiancée and I had separated. She had become an employee with the federal government. In fact, she was at the Pentagon with the Defense Intelligence Security Agency (DISA). I had actually encouraged her to accept a scholarship from the Department of Defense, and while she was in graduate school, I supported her financially and morally. I was actually financially stable at one point in my life! My former drug habit ruined my life!

So, I am in the county jail for approximately 7 months before I sign a plea deal for a non-aggravated sentence of 20 years, I’d be eligible for parole in 2 years so I took the deal! There was a problem. I had an outstanding charge in Galveston, Texas, and I kept telling my court-appointed attorney, who was named Brett Podolosky, about it. Brett turned out to be my enemy and not a friend. He told me not to worry about it! I knew better, but there was nothing I could do. When you are an indigent prisoner in the state of Texas, you have to take what you get, and the system is not set up for you to retain quality legal representation. I’ll never forget “good ol’” Brett Podolosky!

I don’t like to admit this, but I sought psychological counseling and help while I was housed at the Harris County Jail. At the time, a new Sheriff named Adrian Garcia was in charge at the jail, and he had instituted a new mental health program which gave Sheriff’s training and education in regard to mental health issues and how they impact the prison population. The Harris County Jail had also opened a new housing wing for prisoners at the jail should they experience a crisis. I actually believe that this new program instituted by Sheriff Adrian Garcia saved my life! I am not embarrassed to say that! I am now a serious and dedicated advocate for the mentally ill and physically disabled, and if anyone studies my work, they will clearly see I spend a lot of my time focusing on these issues.

As I began to seek treatment for mental illness, I began to embrace my Islamic Faith more seriously. I grew my beard out. In fact, I wore a huge beard while living in the city of Houston, Texas, and I attended a Mosque regularly in the 3rd Ward called al-Muhayman Masjid on Cleburn Street right around the corner from the SHAPE Center. This is significant, because here we are 12 years later and my comrade and friend Lola Sloan Rucker just met death penalty abolitionist Gloria Rubac, of the SHAPE Center, and Comrade Gloria said that her daughter is a parole attorney who can help me! That is pretty amazing for a guy who was thrown away and forgotten about 12 years ago! But I digress.

The dedicated and compassionate employees with the Harris County Psychiatric Center helped me snap out of my depression, and I continued to embrace my Islamic Faith and held on to that.

In March 2008, I was transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and arrived at Garza West, which is located in the Kennedy and Beeville area. As soon as I got off the bus, a TDCJ employee said in a loud voice: “Does anyone have a problem with shaving their beard or cutting their hair?” I raised my hand. I was the only one to do so. The officer approached me, and mind you I’m not a little guy, I was about 6’4” and 260lb at the time, with a huge-ass beard! The officer asked, “What’s your story?” I said, “I am a Muslim, we are instructed by our Prophet to grow our beards and trim our mustaches.” The TDCJ employee said, “Well, I will tell you that if you don’t shave that beard, we are going to put you in a cell and about 4 or 5 of my buddies are going to beat your ass and force you to shave, so what do you want to do?” At the time I chose to shave!

It is important that I tell you this part of my story, because not only was my incarceration taking me literally out of society, it was attempting to destroy my identity! Destroying my Muslim identity! At that reception center at Garza West in South Texas, hundreds of us were stripped naked, showered, fingerprinted, photographed and shaved bald. Then we were given identical prison uniforms and a number! From that point up to right now, I have been treated like an animal and not a human being! Texas reminds you everyday that you are a subhuman. “Your lives mean nothing to us, we don’t care if you live or die, you are a slave and are treated as such!”

So here I was, 12 years ago. No family or community support. No clergy. No money. And very little hope.

Twenty years is not a life sentence, and I have always been an extremely optimistic person – I am not a quitter! So I began to fight in my own way! At first, I assimilated. I was a “happy slave” and a person who hustled to stay alive. I got a job in the kitchen and sold sandwiches. I was good at hustlin’. But, I was also a Muslim, and as I got more and more involved, some of my brothers told me that, during the Holy Month of Ramadan, they wanted me to suspend my thievery from the kitchen. I complied because I love being a Muslim and I love Allah!

I began to become very interested in the law, because I received a letter from the City of Galveston, Texas. The letter was from the District Attorney, and it said that I had an outstanding charge for aggravated robbery! Remember Attorney Brett Podolosky? He said don’t worry! Brett Podolosky still practices law in Houston, and he gave me very bad advice! Boycott him!

The good news is that I went to the Unit Law Library, and filed a motion for a speedy trial. In 2010 I finally adjudicated those charges, and I did not receive a charge for aggravated robbery! I received the exact same sentence I received in Harris County, and the Prosecutor counted most of my back time and she ran my time concurrent and not consecutive. That means they did not stack the sentence! Judge David Garner in Galveston gave me a second chance. If it wasn’t for Judge Garner I’d be doing 40 years instead of 20! So I do have many things to be thankful for.

There are many people who know me now because of my activism and my journalism inside Texas prisons. You will notice that I wear a large beard now. I fought for this beard! I fought to regain my identity!

The State of Texas promotes social death no matter what they may lie about and say. In reality, the prison agency TDCJ does not want our families and friends looking too closely at what is happening inside these slave kamps and gulags, because the agency can’t really stand intense scrutiny. There are psychologists employed by the state that come up with strategies and plans to break down the resistance of their charges. That is what ad-seg is all about! That is why you hear many of us use the term Control Units. This is part of the program of mass incarceration! Anarchy and anarchists are completely and wholeheartedly opposed to this authoritarian strategy used to break humans! Prisons are not making big money on a grand scale! No, this is something else, this is about social control!

After I regained my Muslim identity, I had to fight to regain my social identity and my rightful place in society! Anyone can go back to society and fall back into the same old pattern of drug use and crime, but how many go back to their communities as human and civil rights activists, organizers, freedom fighters and, most importantly, servants of the people?

Some of you may have heard about Kevin “Rashid” Johnson’s book, entitled Defying the Tomb. Defying the tomb isn’t just about surviving prison and solitary confinement, it is about thriving in this atmosphere, and completely changing the conditions inside and outside these prisons, with our final goal being abolition!

You see, I began talking about social death, but the end-game is social life! I am becoming successful because I chose social life over social death! Even though the deck continues to be stacked against me, it is my determination and the compassion and dedication of a growing number of free-world folks who are collectively saying with their actions: No! No, State of Texas, we will not let you take Malik! We are re-claiming him as one of our own!

You have to understand that once society wants you back, no-one and no entity can hold you! The people will eventually free you! And once you are free, you have responsibilities to fulfill. Your freedom comes with a price. Don’t betray the movement! Choose social life over death! Abolish prisons now!

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

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, an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign and deputy chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com and hendprisonslaveryintexas.wordpress.com/. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, McConnell Unit, 3100 S. Emily Dr., Beeville TX 78103.

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End Prison Slavery, In solidarity, Prison conditions

A NATIONAL CALL FOR ACTION: GLARING PROBLEMS INSIDE TEXAS PRISONS!     

by COMRADE MALIK

Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers!

It is oh so easy for me to target and identify the multiple problems which currently exist inside prison facilities operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice(sic!). However, it is time for me to send out a National Call for Action to Academics, Activists, Community Leaders and Politicians in Texas and BEYOND!

There are glaring disparities in educational opportunities between wimmin and men who have found themselves trapped inside Texas Prisons–FACT!

Texas uses Solitary Confinement now called Restrictive Housing to HIDE the Mentally Ill and punish prisoners who have defined themselves as Jail House Lawyers and Political Activists–FACT!

TEXAS USES THEIR STATE SANCTIONED MURDER PROGRAM COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE DEATH PENALTY TO EXECUTE DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBERS OF MINORITIES!–FACT!

Texas Corrections Industries exploits Free Prison Labor and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles are complicit in the enslavement of thousands of poor people and minorities!!—FACT!!

TDCJ’s Public Information Officer Jeremy Desel engages in the ART of Deception, Lies, and MISINFORMATION in-order to keep the Public at Large blind to the routine oppression and abuse which occurs daily inside these Slave Kamps and Gulags—FACT!!

Last week we honored and celebrated OUR BEAUTIFUL BROTHER AND FREEDOM FIGHTER–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I SAY TO YOU!! LET US HONOR Dr. King’s memory by engaging in ACTIONS which promote his incredible LEGACY OF LOVE FOR OUR FELLOW HUMYN BEINGS!

And with that said, I am going to offer a couple solutions to the disparity of educational opportunities between wimmin and men inside Texas Prisons–then I am going to open the conversation and dialogue UP TO YOU!!

YES!! YOU reading my words here on comrademalik.com or on your e-mail account I want to hear some of your solutions in regard to the various issues I’ve raised today and some that I’ve raised in the past few years that Justin Adkins and I have been doing this WORK.

YOUR OPINION IS VALUABLE!! It means something and truthfully these LEGISLATORS IN TEXAS need to hear your solutions because they have been acting as if ALL IS WELL IN THE LONE STAR STATE OR SHOULD I SAY

TRUMP LAND??? DOES DONALD TRUMP REFLECT THE ATTITUDE AND LIFESTYLE OF ALL TEXANS???

I DO NOT THINK SO!

Basically, I have two simple solutions and ideas to address the Education disparities inside Texas Prisons.

FIRST, I suggest that TDCJ establish partnerships with Software and Computer Technology Companies which have begun to locate themselves here in wonderful and amazing AUSTIN, TEXAS!! What I would like to see is the Windham school district and these Tech Companies develop an Information Technology CODE Writing Course for WIMMIN housed in facilities located in Gatesville, Texas (Many TDCJ Units in the Area!). I actually got this idea when I read an article in the USA-Today about the Movie–HIDDEN FIGURES. The article was written by Jessica Guynn High-Lights a program by GOOGLE which encourages MINORITIES TO LEARN CODE. GENIUS HAS NO RACE is the Catch Phrase and it resonated with me as I have faced an Overt amount of Racism, Stereotypes, and Discrimination here in the Slave State of Texas. But it is the Administrators who operate these Slave Kamps who perpetuate and create the Intolerant, Bigoted, and Hostile atmosphere which says: “Wimmin don’t deserve equal educational opportunities!”.

My wheels really started turning when I discovered that male prison­ers in California’s San Quentin Prison were being offered the opportunity to learn Code–although I had heard Prison Administrators had sabotaged the effectiveness of the course by blocking access to the internet.

Computer Technology and the skills that go along with it are in high demand right now and they will continue to be in high demand for many years to come. WHY CAN’T THE STATE OF TEXAS START WAKING UP TO THE REALITIES OF THE PRESENT WORLD AND BRING ITS PRISONS OUT OF THE JIM CROW ERA??? Senator Whitmire!! Representative White!! HELLO, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW???

Another move which I feel will level the “playing field” in Texas Prisons is to offer incarcerated wimmin the opportunity to earn their Commercial Drivers License(CDL). I drove Tractor-Trailers for approximately 10 years and I eventually became a Driver Trainer!!

In 1990 I had a female truck driving trainee and she out-performed just about every male trainee I was given that year!! Now you mean to tell me here we are 29 years later and the State of Texas can not hire a qualified womyn to teach our sisters how to drive the Big Trucks?? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH TEXAS???   HELLO LORIE DAVIS!!

These Truck Driving Jobs and Coding Careers pay good money and will most certainly make a decisive dent in the Recidivism Rate. I don’t claim to have all the answers but I do have a passion and desire to help all incarcerated people realize their dream of Freedom, Justice, and EQUALITY.

Sisters and Brothers, we need to pressure Texas Legislators to try harder when it comes to educational opportunities for our incarcerated sisters!

IF I AM WILLING TO SACRIFICE MY SAFETY AND FREEDOM IN ORDER TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER THEN I’M SURE THAT THERE ARE SOME DEDICATED AND SERIOUS FEMINISTS OUT THERE WHO ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT THIS CALL TO ACTION!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement; he is a proud member of the Incar­cerated Workers Organizing Committee and the Deputy Chairman of the New African Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter).

Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. You can view his work at comrademalik.com or you can also read articles and essays that he regularly writes for the San Francisco Bay View-National Black Newspaper. You can read his articles at: http://sfbayview.com/?s=keith+malik+washington or you can write to Malik directly

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