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COMRADE MALIK SPEAKS THE TRUTH ABOUT ISSUES PLAGUING THE BLACK COMMUNITY!!!

“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, and fulfill it or betray it.”

-Frantz Fanon

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades, Sisters, Brothers, and all y’all locked up in these Slave Kamps and Gulags in Texas and BEYOND!! First and foremost, don’t get it twisted y’all!! I ain’t down here in this prison for sellin’ bean pies and Final Calls!! I was a criminal!!

I robbed banks, sold and used drugs, disrespected myself and the ones who loved me the most!! That is about as real as I can be with you!! I don’t have any profound Political Rhetoric to give you right now! The Struggle for our Freedom has reached the Critical Mass Stage!!! We either take this Prison Abolition Movement seriously or we don’t.

I am either the ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield or I am some type of Fake-Ass Snake-oil salesman who is selling folks a ‘Dream’. Ultimately it will be your decision to decide what you will do in order to LIBERATE YOURSELVES!!

Now my Comrade and Friend Jason Renard Walker released an essay in the October 2018 edition of the San Francisco Bay View-National Black News­paper. Some say he stepped over the line. And I say that he is doing exactly what he has been training himself to do, and that is to SERVE THE PEOPLE!!

“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, and fulfill it or betray it.” -Frantz Fanon

I am not going to bullshit y’all, I’m going to keep it real in the field!! One time y’all!!! I’m going to shed my intellectual ‘persona’ and just be Brother Malik from the Third Ward of Houston, Texas,—Bro. Malik from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and ‘RED’ that Nigga from West Baltimore, Maryland who smoked coke, robbed banks and got that money by any means necessary!! I AM NOT THAT PERSYN ANYMORE, but I need to be that persyn Right Now so I can communicate with you clearly!

I am 50 years old and I have not heard of the M.O.D. Squad that may have operated clandestinely on the hard and mean streets of Detroit and I am too young to have seen the works in ‘Real Time’ of the Black Liberation Army. However, I did hear of the beautiful jumaat known as—Dar US Salam!!! I heard and SAW the WORK of Imam Jamil Al-Amin as he and a group of dedicated soldiers of Allah(swt)–a dedicated Cadre of SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE ran many a Crack Cocaine dealer away from OUR neighborhoods!! Yes, that did happen in many cities through-the United Snakes of Amerikkka when Free-Way Rick and Harry-0 were un-knowingly working with the Amerikan C.I.A. and delivering GUNS and. Death to OUR PEOPLE!!

In 2019 ain’t nothin changed!! We down here in Texas smokin and sellin this K-2 and Ice like it’s goin out of style and these PIGS who are runnin these prisons are laughing at us like we a bunch of crazed monkeys!! We have an opportunity–right now–to grab some real power for ourselves but we can’t snap out of our stupor to see it!!

I am in close contact with Swift Justice and Kinetik Justice of the Free Alabama Movement and they are focused on the next stage in OUR Prison Abolition Struggle!! They see the power that Florida has given back to former prisoners!! Yes Y’all many ex-cons can now Vote in that RACIST ASS strong-hold known as FLORIDA!!! So when the election for President comes back around in 2020—-we all got a rude awakening for that ORANGE WHITE DUDE who is currently living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!! And for real Y’all, he might not even be the persyn we Vote Out!! It might be Mike Pence!! Because the way things are going right now—Donald Trump may end up being Comrade Malik’s Cellie!! (LoL)

Yeah, it’s real y’all!! Michael Cohen is singing like the Five Heart Beats and everything he sayin ain’t a lie!!! I can promise you that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has a lot more than just Cohen’s testimony up his sleeve!!! I guess it ain’t no fun when the Rabbit got the Gun?

Sisters and brothers!! I see the financial gain to be had by dabbling in the K-2 trade up in these slave kamps!!! And I’ve seen some brothers and ‘others’ be able to take care of their families from up in here!!! BUT JUST LOOK AT THE COST!! It is DESTROYING US!! Literally & Figuritively!! Just look at where we are at!! Kanye West runnin around wearin a damn MAGA HAT!!?? Kareem Hunt, one of the baddest and most talented running backs in the National Football League has lost his cotton-pickin mind!!! How in the Hell do you stand-by and Let one of OUR SistaS get beat-down like that???If Yeah Kareem, you need a reality check!! I know your Momma ain’t taught you to do that!! You need your ass kicked-=–for REAL!

My brother in struggle here at McConnell Unit–Abdur Razzaq recently had this to say:

“To sum it up Malik, Comrade Fred Hampton said it all when he said: “We got to FIX US!” But in our HOODS they NOT tryna hear it because of what is being put out there in the Music, on the Internet and the TV. We wake them up by getting them off the Meds and the Drugs that got them SLEEP and this TRASH ASS MUSIC!!”–end of quote

He continued and said: ” I Love this mantra you use ‘Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win’!, but what about ‘Dare to be Different?’ or ‘Dare to Call your people out!’

Especially when we see those exploiting our youth because in actuality, these are their HEROES and not the Revolutionary!” end of quote

So what can I say y’all?? I ain’t gonna preach to you!!

I really LOVE Y’ALL!! And if you can’t see that then you really ain’t been hearing or listening to me for the past 6 years that I been writing for the Bay View and the nearly 5 years that justin adkins and I been doing our thang on ComradeMalik.com.

Some of y’all are reading this and saying: “Damn, Bro. Malik ain’t never write like this before. Well, things are changin’ Pardner!

Amani Sawari and I as well as a new generation of Anarchists, Socialists, and New Afrikan/Black freedom fighters are committed to reaching a broader and more diverse audience!! So every now and then, we gonna shake things up a bit so y’all can go back to the Barber Shop or the Beauty Salon and ‘Chop it up’ ‘Kick it’ with each-other and just talk about the State of the Black Community in Amerika!!

I want to provoke you to think a little deeply about how your actions and the choices you are making are affecting us!!

“You better check your-self before you wreck your-self because Shot-Gun bullets are bad for your HEALTH!!” -Ice Cube

Think about how your actions may be impacting the SURVIVAL OF OUR PEOPLE on a grand scale!!

As the Legendary Rapper Ice Cube says:

” You better check your-self before you wreck your-self because Shot-Gun bullets are bad for your HEALTH!!”

E.J. Bradford, LaQuan McDonald, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner!!!

These people been trying to destroy us for over 400 years, right here in Amerikkka!!! IF WE DON’T START LOVING OURSELVES, THEN WHO WILL???!

Can you hear me KANYE WEST?? Do you hear me Ava Duvernay?? Do you hear me Ryan Coogler?? Do you hear me Alicia Garza and Patrisse Khan Cullors?? This PRISON ABOLITION Movement is Real!! The Struggle to END PRISON SLAVERY IN AMERIKA IS REAL!! Y’all can’t ignore me or Kwame Shakur, or the Free Alabama Movement or the IWOC forever!!!

WE NEED Y’ALL so very badly!! Oprah Winfrey!! Michelle Obama!! DON’T ALLOW US TO DIE OR BE RELEGATED TO INSIGNIFICANCE!!!

BLACK LIVES DO MATTER!!! Even the lives of those trapped in CAGES!!

You!!!   You Reading this today—you have someone you Love trapped inside one of these Prisons and Jails in Amerika!! You may have a relative who is trapped at the child prison in Tornillo, TEXAS!! WE CAN-NOT TURN OUR BACK ON THESE IMMIGRANTS SEEKING A BETTER LIFE!! It’s time to WAKE UP!!

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

 

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ComradeMalik LIVES!!!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers!!

I have some really good news to report and I think we all could use a little good news. With the Mass Shootings and Wild Fires and the Loss of Humyn Lives–We all could use a small sign of HOPE.

You know a lot of the people throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as the Middle East and Asia who have been following ComradeMalik.com and the Prison Abolition, Struggle in Amerika–these people are ACTIVISTS! And those who are not Activists are very passionate humyn beings who care about Humyn Rights!

My comrade justin adkins and I are Humyn Rights Activists!! We are FREEDOM FIGHTERS. So when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice charged me with a Major Disciplinary Infraction for violating their Social-Media Policy (Code 45.0) in August 2018, we began to FIGHT! I reached out to people like you as well as my closest comrades and friends throughout the U.S. and Europe. I said to all of them:

“Hey, this is an attack on our First Amendment Free Speech Rights!!

ComradeMalik.com does not meet the criteria or definition of a Social Media Site. These people are trying to SILENCE MY VOICE OF PROTEST!!! I NEED YOUR HELP IN FIGHTING THIS INJUSTICE!!” I mean this was my message to THOUSANDS of people. For Months there wasn’t any movement on the case. I was kept in a very restrictive and punitive section of this Ad-Seg Unit. I lost all my privileges!! I was denied access to a radio for months and as you all know the same people who wrote the case were the same ones tampering with my Mail! I was prohibited from purchasing any food items and to add insult to injury I STILL AM BEING STRIP SEARCHED AND FILMED WITH A DIGITAL CAMERA EVERY-DAY!!!

So when people wonder why I was HUNGER STRIKING RECENTLY, NOW YOU KNOW!! Well, on November 12, 2018, I was summoned to the office of Senior Warden Phillip J. Sifuentes here at McConnell Unit. He said that he had some GOOD NEWS for me. Apparently, TDCJ’s Disciplinary Case Supervisor a Ms. Stacey Crowley and the Texas Attorney General’s Office informed Senior Warden Sifuentes taht the Major Disciplinary Case I received in August 2018 for violating TDCJ’s Social Media Policy had been officially OVERTURNED! All of the Good Time I had lost and the LINE CLASS that I had Lost have been Returned to Me!! This is very Significant!! First and foremost I want to Thank GOD for giving me the Patience, Intellect, and the Will to RESIST OPPRESSION! Secondly, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU!! My Comrades and Friends who openly and some anony­mously Fought and Continue to FIGHT on my behalf!!

Comrades, I must tell you this: NOW IS THE TIME THAT WE MUST PUSH AND ADVOCATE STRONGLY FOR MY RELEASE FROM AD-SEG AND THEN BEGIN TO FOCUS ON PAROLE AND FREEDOM!! PLEASE CONTACT TDCJ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BRYAN COLLIER AND REQUEST A “SPECIAL REVIEW” BE DONE OF MY CASE SO I CAN GET OUT OF AD-SEG!

I believe in Mutual Aid and Solidarity and I Believe in YOU!! TELL THE WORLD THAT ComradeMalik.com LIVES!!!

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

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IN AMERIKKKA–THE POLICE ARE TRAINED TO PERCEIVE BLACK MALES AS: “THE BAD-GUY”!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers! I’m Back!! Well actually I never left. I have a provocative topic to discuss with all of you today and if possible I would like some feed back for a change.

How many of you have heard Pro-Gun and Pro-National Rifle Association folks say: “The best way to stop a “bad guy” with a gun is a Good Guy with a Gun!!”

Well, I want you to try an experiment with me. I want you to close your eyes and picture a handsome, Blond haired, Blue-eyed, white male. He has a white T-shirt on with the words USA#1 and he has a pair of blue-jeans on with a Gun holstered to his belt!

Now place that guy–that image you just created and place him to the side–don’t erase him–keep your eyes closed and try to concentrate.

Now picture a handsome, dark-skinned black male. His hair is neatly braided in corn-rows, he has brown eyes and is clean shaven. He has a black T-shirt on that says: #BLACK LIVES MATTER! He has on a pair of blue-jeans with a Gun holstered to his belt!

Now with your ‘Minds-Eye’ place both these images that you have created next to each other and look at them good!

How do you feel? Which one is the ‘Bad-Guy’?? Be honest! Let me ask you something: Do you think our Subjective Feelings are reliable when making such determinations without any further info? I mean do humyn beings have the ‘Gift’ of just being able to look at a person and assess the ‘Threat’ that person poses to our safety and security??

Now it is time to talk about E.J. Bradford in Hoover, Alabama!! E.J. was an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a BLACK Man with a conceal carry gun permit, a man who LOVED PEOPLE! A man who wanted to protect people but he was murdered by Hoover Police who mistook him for the ‘Bad-Guy’! In reality E.J. Bradford was the GOOD GUY! But now he is DEAD!! Why is that??

The Mayor of Hoover, Alabama prematurely announced to all that would listen, that E.J. was the ‘Bad-Guy’ that his courageous officers had killed!! I mean “He ‘looked’ like the ‘Bad-Guy’ to the Cops didn’t he???” A Black Guy with a gun must be a threat Right?? WRONG!!! Do Black Lives Really Matter in Amerika??

In Amerika–Racism is Real!! In our Law Enforcement Agencies from the very Top at the F.B.I. all the way down to the Local Cop in
‘Mayberry-USA’ Racist attitudes and negative perceptions of Black Males and ‘Arab Looking’ males Like Me is a SYSTEMIC PROBLEM!
Why the hesitation in releasing the VIDEO in Hoover, Alabama??

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation can make a copy to share with the public folks!! RELEASE THE DAMN VIDEO!
Let US determine with our own eyes what Police saw which prompted them to Murder E.J. Bradford in cold blood! But y’all won’t let us see it, will you?? No, you won’t!!

It’s not just racism that we are confronted with, it is the Culture of the COVER-UP within the Fraternal Order of Police as well as inside Prisons and Jails throughout the United Snakes of Amerikkka! They Close Ranks and Erect a Blue-Wall of Silence when they have taken Black Lives or even Australian Lives!!
OH HOW QUICKLY WE HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT JUSTINE!! Justine in Minneapolis, Minnesota killed by a cop in her pajamas!!
The Police Commissioner and the Mayor screams: WE DON’T DO THAT!!

OH! You don’t do that?? Ok, then tell me why those cops in Chicago, Illinois are on Trial Right Now??! The cop–Van-dyke murdered Laquan McDonald!! His colleagues LIED, FALSIFIED DOCUMENTS, and Tampered with Evidence all in an effort to cover-up the Murder of LaQuan!! But Y’all don’t do that!!? ARE WE ALL STUPID? NO, WE ARE NOT! These are not isolated incidents sisters and brothers. There is a pervasive and systemic problem that exists! It’s down here in TEXAS! It’s Right Here in the Prison I am at Right Now! I see it in the eyes of the Warden, in the way, the Parole Board Continues to Deny my Release–year after year after year! I’ve been kept in solitary, denied programming, given fabricated and bogus disciplinary infractions, baited into physical and verbal confrontations, housed with neo-nazis and white supremacists–with the hope I’d get into a Fight–so I can be LABELED-VIOLENT, BLACK, AND MILITANT!!

I mean I fit the ‘Profile’ don’t I?? Large Beard, Olive Skin, Dark eyes, heavy eyebrows, the ‘Classic’ Middle-Eastern Look! He must be a ‘Terrorist’! The narrow-minded thinking of TDCJ employees!

In order to STOP THE HATE, we must as a Nation as a People start looking deeper at humyn beings!! Did Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary look like a ‘Threat’? What about Ian David Long in Thousand Oaks?
What about this Fields Character who murdered the beautiful Freedom Fi2hter Heather HPY?K7 Seems we keep missing something!!

Last year the F.B.I. created this Black Identity Extremist designation!! How many of these ‘so-called’ B.I.E.’s have you seen involved in Mass Shootings here in Amerika?? Like I said, it all starts at the top!! It’s time to ask some thought-provoking questions and we must demand answers. For instance: “What type of ‘Images’ does the F.B.I. use in Quantico, Virginia when they train Law Enforcement Officers how they should respond to ACTIVE SHOOTERS?? Oh! Another ‘Secret’ huh? YOU FOLKS CONSPIRED TO SHUT ME UP, BUT I’M NOT GOING AWAY! and guess what?? I’M NOT BY MYSELF ANYMORE!! There are Tens of Thousands of us who are tired of the Stereotypes and the False Narratives!! Since when was it accepted to pummel wimmin and kids with TEAR GAS79?If ONLY IN TRUMP’S AMERIKKKA!! I just have one thing to say: SEE YA IN 2020 Donald!!

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

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Demand Safe Housing for Trans Prisoners at Allegheny County Jail!

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and justin adkins

Peace and Blessings!!

On Thursday- October 25th, 2018 dozens of protesters assembled outside of the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and they were demanding safe housing for Transgender Prisoners who’are currently housed at the County Jail. There have been too many violent assaults of trans prisoners who have been thrown into cells with men who seek to degrade them, dehumanize them, and sexually assault or even rape them!! I’m mad— as hell. I spent most of my childhood in the City of Pittsburgh and I’m proud of that.

However, I have a message for the Mayor of Pittsburgh and ALL members of the Pittsburgh City Council: What if you were the parent of a Transgender humyn being? What if they went to jail for something like unpaid traffic tickets or drinking in public or some innocuous offense?? How would you feel if your loved one was thrown into General Population at the Jail and they were beat up badly and sexually assaulted?? Wouldn’t that hurt you?? Aren’t we better than this? remember when I was a Kid in the City of Pittsburgh and we had a Bad Ass Baseball Team–the Pittsburgh Pirates were Incredible and Willie Stargell was Our Super Star!! The Black Female R&B Group Sister Sledge had a smash hit called: WE ARE FAMILY!

Everybody in the City was feelin that Song and we looked out for one another!! Yeah, I’m talking to PITTSBURGHERS Now!! You should listen to me!!! Transgender people are fantastic humyn-beings and we should be sensitive to the fact that a Trans Prisoner can easily be victimized in the wrong setting. I think we can create safe housing for Trans Prisoners which is not Solitary Confinement!! I’m currently housed in one of the most oppressive prison systems in the United States-I’m in Texas! And although the State of Texas leads the nation in the amount of citizens it incarcerates, Texas has begun to comply with Federal Law and has respected the RIGHTS of Trans-Prisoners to be housed in a Healthy and Safe environment. The Prison Rape Elimination Act better known as PREA is not just for Texas Prisoners it also applies to Pennsylvania Prisoners!! The Allegheny County Jail is out of Compliance and out of step with the evolving standards of decency in a MODERN HUMANE SOCIETY!! PROTECT AND RESPECT ALL TRANSGENDER HUMYN BEINGS!! Get your act together Allegheny County Jail!!

WE SHALL NOT REMAIN SILENT–Dare to struggle, Dare to Win, ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!! (ALL the People).

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Please Support Prison Lives Matter Event on July 18, 2018!

By Keith Malik Washington

Chief Spokesperson for End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

 

“Those who sell out their people to the highest bidder do not have the same relationship with the power-broker that the 99% have.  Our response is not patient or conciliatory–it is about chopping off heads and taking no prisoners. I am speaking philosophically here, as warfare is more spiritual than physical.  We are so powerful, we can think the enemy into his grave.” — Wanda Sabir, “Black Panther:  Reflection on cultural solidarity and historic debt”

Peace and Blessings, Sisters and Brothers!

All of my life, I have wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself.  We have been taught to want for your brother what you want for yourself. In this moment in history, I want freedom for ALL political and politicized prisoners.  Power to the people!!

Kwame Shakur is the co-founder and chairman of the New Afrikan Liberation Collective, and he has begun a Prison Lives Matter movement which is holding a remarkable event in Indiana on July 18, 2018.  The theme will be “Prison Lives Matter: In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela.”

The intention of holding this event is to draw international attention to the freedom struggles of our long-held political prisoners here in the United Snakes of Amerika!!  The U.S. continues to strut across the world stage falsely portraying itself as a bastion for human and civil rights. We all are clearly seeing that these are lies being fed to a blind public. Well, the time has arrived to remove the blinders, remove the rose-colored glasses, and open people’s eyes.

Wake up Amerikkka!  The time for talk about New Afrikan unity is over!  Like the great rapper Keith Murray would say: “It’s time for some action!”

Imprisoned Comrades such as Jalil Muntaqim, Mutulu Shakur, and the venerable Sundiata Acoli have been locked up in Amerikan prisons for far too long.  We must not remain silent.

There has been an epidemic of prisoners murders by employees of the Florida Department of Corrections and legalized slavery is promoted, sanctioned, and condoned by the buffoon in the White House.

Meanwhile, here in Texas, we are suffering from deadly heat on a daily basis, with summer temperatures inside these un-air-conditioned units sometimes reaching into the triple digits!

So you can see why it is necessary to say loudly and publicly that PRISON LIVES MATTER!  I am requesting that anti-racists, anti-fascists, anti-imperialists and freedom fighters of every stripe come to Indiana to support us on July 18!

On a personal note, I’d like to inform all of you that July 19, 2018 is my 50th birthday!  It would be a wonderful gift to me if you would consider traveling to Indiana to support Kwame Shakur and his comrades!

I leave you as I came:  in the spirit of peace. And remember, prison lives matter!

Dare to struggle, dare to WIN.  All power to the people.

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Juneteenth Call to Action

Juneteenth Call to Action- Written by: Keith “Malik” Washington

Juneteenth Call to Action
ATTENTION! Black Activists, Freedom Fighters, and Concerned Citizens.
Subject: Request for Mutual Aid in Raising the Public’s AWARENESS in regard to the MOVEMENT which seeks to ABOLISH PRISON SLAVERY and Amend the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution
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 institution!!!
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
TDC#1487958
Eastham Unit
Lovelady, Texas 75851
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The Struggle for Prison Abolition Continues: Battleground UK and Amerika!

The Struggle for Prison Abolition Continues: Battleground UK and Amerika!

“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!

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.

Christopher Woolverton, Thomas Schmerber, Arcade Comeaux and Alton Rodgers, all of them abused and/or murdered by prison employees at the Bill Clements Unit located at Amarillo, Texas.3

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.

United Kingdom

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:

  1. Tell the pigs to stop murdering our people – or else!

  2. Replace every member of the Independent Police Complaints Commission!

  3. Fire every member of the Crown Prosecution Service!

Radical demands? Well, guess what? I’m a radical – surprise!

UK Prisons5

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

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

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.

AlabamaFree 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.

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.

Texas

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.

  1. Direct action is for everyone! Work strikes, hunger strikes, tear these slave kamps down!

  2. Engaging other activist collectives helps form an inclusive, diverse alliance.

  3. Diversity of tactics is key when deploying mutiple direct actions against police forces (or prisoncrats) who know we are coming! (Juneteenth, y’all!)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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