End Prison Slavery, In solidarity

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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In solidarity, Prison conditions

WE MUST FORCE TEXAS PRISON OFFICIALS TO SHOW COMPASSION TOWARD Paulina and Miguel!! 

By Comrade Malik
deputy chairman
New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter)

Peace and Blessings to all of my Comrades throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada!!  I send out a clenched fist salute and an Anti-Fascist ‘HELL YEAH’ to Turning the Tide our comrades in Anti-Racist-Action-Los Angeles.

Miguel Flores and his mother, Paulina Gracia

Alright, by now some of you may have heard that my comrades and I have been trying to convince the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (sic!) to approve a Contact Visit between Miguel Flores, a prisoner housed here in Ad-Seg with me at the McConnell Unit and his mom—Paulina Gracia who has an aggressive form of leukemia!!  Miguel’s mom has CANCER and the prognosis isn’t good.

At this time I’d like to give all of you a few more details so that you can understand exactly why I got involved in the first place.  Paulina is in her early 60’s, she is weighing about 75 pounds right now.  The Doctors have installed a medi-port in Paulina’s chest up by her clavicle.  The purpose is so that they can administer pain medications, chemo-drugs, as well as antibiotics.  Paulina is very weak and has been making regular visits to the hospital.

For those of you who didn’t know, I lost my mother around 8 years ago right around this time of year—it hurts very much to lose your mom when you are trapped inside one of these slave kamps and gulags.  AS a humyn being and a son you really want the chance to hug your mom and tell her how much you LOVE her and APPRECIATE all she has done for you!!  I NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO DO THAT!!

I don’t speak about this or my personal life very much because these are painful memories.  These are memories which I have sought to suppress!  It is memories such as these that have led many of us housed in Solitary Confinement in Amerikkka to engage in Self-Harm and other Self Destructive behaviors.  Helping Miguel and Paulina is therapeutic for me!!  To see them be united—even if just for an Hour or Two is a worthy cause.  It helps me work through my own grief—SO THIS IS PERSONAL COMRADES!!  Miguel and I have become friends and even Comrades as I’ve been able to awaken something inside of him that he didn’t even know existed!!  Revolutionaries are not Borm they are MADE!!  Can y’all dig that??  Miguel wants to learn how to be an Abolitionist and a Servant of the People!!  Comrades, in reality, we should not have to force Texas Prison officials to show some compassion and empathy toward Miguel and Paulina but that is all these oppressors understand!!  SO WE GONNA HAVE TO SHOW THEM THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE!!

My close comrade and friend—Julie Schneyer of Blue Ridge ABC, Marisa Evans of Pittsburgh ABC, and Sloan Rucker the Free-World Media Rep and spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas-Movement as well as a wide range of Anarchist, New Afrikans, and Freedom Fighters all across the Nation have begun to organize a Campaign which seeks to FORCE THESE OPPRESSORS to allow Miguel and Paulina an opportunity to HUG each other, maybe cry together, and just ‘BE’.  Is anything I am saying making any sense to you??  This may be their last opportunity to touch one another!!  You know Comrades, the World has gone ALL WRONG DOWN HERE IN TEXAS!!  Donald Trump and Mattis told everybody that the Violent Caravan Mob was invading from the South—and thus far all we have seen are wimmin and children being GASSED and 7-year-old little girls from Guatemala wind up DEAD in the Custody of ICE and the Department of Homeland Security!!  I’ve already shared my strategy with Comrade Julie, Marisa, and Sloan who has been visiting me regularly—BUT WE NEED MORE HELP PLEASE!!  I keep telling folks that it is going to take way more than just throwing Money at the problem, WE MUST GET INVOLVED!!!

It is going to take a BIG ASS COLLECTIVE EFFORT in order to reach the Governor of Texas as well as Texas Legislators and Media Correspondents!  There is Power in the people!!  SI SE PUEDE!!  (Yes We Can).

I believe in all of you, and I think y’all believe in me, SO LET’S JOIN TOGETHER AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!

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

Some Key contacts for you to get at!!

  1. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott

Email: agency_constituent_responses@gov.texas.gov     (there is an “underline” mark between agency & constituent)

  1. TDCJ-Executive Director—Bryan Collier

Email: exec.director@tdcj.texas.gov

Phone:  (936)295-6371

  1. TDCJ-Public Information Officer—Jeremy Desel

Email: Jeremy.Desel@tdcj.texas.gov

Phone: (936)437-6055

WE DESPERATELY NEED MEDIA COVERAGE AND IT WILL HELP US IF YOU WILL CONTACT—Staff Reporter Keri Blakinger of the Houston Chronicle and ask her to cover this STORY!  Her phone# (713)362-7559.

Miguel Flores TDC #2084651 is housed here at the McConnell-Restrictive Housing Unit in Beeville, Texas and his mom Paulina Gracia lives in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Your phone calls and emails made on their behalf are greatly appreciated—like I said, this is going to take a Massive Collective Response—-Comrade Malik in Texas”

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End Prison Slavery, In solidarity, Music, Prison conditions

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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End Prison Slavery, In solidarity, Music, Prison conditions

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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Hog farms, toxic water, and more toxic prisons in Texas and beyond!

By Keith “Malik” Washington

The pre-eminence of environmentalism in the 21st century is a novel political and historical development. Ecology is a new body of scientific description and knowledge upon which social, economic, political and ethical ideas and practices have become premised. Ecosystem science suggests that political, social, and economic arrangements must be compatible with, and ideally optimize, natural ecological processes. Harming ecosystems is considered ethically, politically, and ecologically wrong.” – Graham Purchase, Green Flame: Kropotkin and the Birth of Ecology 1)

When a persyn says that they are a “water protector”, an animal and plant lover, they more often than not identify with being classified as an environmentalist. However, if you live in the United States of Amerika, you must become an expert in biology, water analysis, and be proficient in identifying poisons and pathogens which routinely appear in your immediate environment, your food, and your water supply.

More specifically, you must actually transform yourself into a private investigator. For who is able to decipher and figure out the complex and conspiratorial relationships which currently exist between capitalist corporate entities who persistently pollute the environment, and federal and state agencies? Government departments who have been commissioned to protect the people, our land, air, and water from being corrupted and exploited by these immoral and unethical corporate capitalist entities. Our planet and our health is in peril and total jeopardy.

What I have discovered is that the State of Texas has conspired with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to downplay and cover-up toxic and contaminated water supplies in State-run prisons as well as the rural communities which have found themselves in close proximity to these toxic sites. It is not just the prisoners in Texas who are suffering the ill effects.

I have also discovered that what is happening in Texas is not unique. I’ve learned of another imprisoned environmentalist in the State of Pennsylvania who is housed at a prison known as Frackville. The prisoner’s name is Bryant Arroyo and he has uncovered the exact same custom, policy, and corrupt government practices in his state.

In a recent essay published in Socialist Viewpoint Magazine, Arroyo stated “In general, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) knows it has a water crisis on its hands. The top agencies like the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and EPA know about this open-secret and have conspired to deliberately ignore most, if not all, of the prisoners’ official complaints. DEP has received four drinking water violations from the EPA. But the underlying problem is money, money, and more money.” 2)

Bryant Arroyo cites money as the underlying problem. I find that quite remarkable because recently I have been studying the spending habits of Scott Pruitt, the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 3) As I see it, Pruitt and his cronies have aggressively forced roll-backs of anti-pollution measures. Simultaneously, Pruitt has conspired to line the pockets of close associates and other cronies. $100,000 a month for private jet memberships, bulletproof vehicles, and bulletproof desks?

Pruitt has been so busy squandering and wasting taxpayer dollars that he has virtually ignored environmental disasters taking place in plain sight! Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island has begun to investigate Pruitt’s careless spending. My question is, when will the Environmental Protection Agency start doing some protecting of the environment?

Hog Farms & Toxic Water

I first discovered the connection between hog farms and e-coli in the water supply in the years 2015 and 2016. I was housed at the H.H. Coffield Unit. Coffield, which is located in the eastern portion of Texas, specifically Tennessee Colony, is the largest state prison in Texas. This prison, in Anderson County, is approximately an hour and a half from Dallas, Texas. There are many prisoners from the Dallas and Fort Worth areas housed there. Right across the field, you can see another large state prison, the Michaels Unit, and it shares the same water supply system with Coffield. This water system has been plagued by problems with e-coli contamination. 4)

On numerous occasions, boil notices were issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), but it has been well established that Texas prisoners have no way to boil their water. TDCJ often lies to the public about trucking in clean water when these notices are issued.

While housed at Coffield, I noticed many prisoners had these weird keloid-like growths and tumors on the side of their necks and heads. Some prisoners had recurring respiratory problems and gastrointestinal abnormalities. Then some, like Kevin Wayne Handy, TDC # 1826610, was diagnosed with throat cancer!

There are three large prisons in the Tennessee Colony/Palestine area: Coffield, Michaels, and Beto Unit, and they all have some type of industrial hog operation functioning. The prison agency TDCJ and the TCEQ know that these hog operations are contaminating our drinking water, but because we are prisoners, our health and our lives really don’t matter to these violators of the public’s trust!

It is very hard to comprehend how the medical personnel who work for the University of Texas Medical Branch and provide health care to the prisoners at these facilities have not been able to draw the correlations and connections between particular health problems and the toxic water supplies. Actually, I have observed in the past, while I was housed at Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas, that UTMB medical staff were well aware of the high levels of arsenic in the water supply for years, but they decided to keep their mouths shut!

Lawsuits have certainly been filed citing the toxic water at both Coffield and Michaels Unit, but we have discovered that the conspiracy to cover up the existence of these toxic water supplies extends far beyond the offices of TDCJ and TCEQ. Corruption, collusion, and complicity exist in the U.S. Magistrate Judge’s chambers in Tyler, Texas and in Lufkin, Texas. Something very foul is going on in the Eastern District of Texas.

I am now at the Eastham Unit, located in Lovelady, Texas, and like Coffield, the water is toxic and hog operations are located here also. We have discovered a bacteria known as h. pylori in our water supply as well as another parasitical bacteria called crypto-spiridium. This nasty parasite has effected TDCJ employees as well as prisoners at Eastham! And TDCJ employee Dr Owen Murray continues to lie to the media and the public at large about the water quality at Eastham and numerous other Texas prisons.

It won’t be until the Federal Courts issue a significant monetary award to prisoners that TDCJ will finally clean up their act and stop poisoning the water supplies.

In 2017, the Earth First! Journal published an article I wrote in their Fall issue, entitled Horrific Conditions for Livestock Animals in Texas Prisons Exposed. 5)

I not only exposed the mistreatment and abuse of chickens and hogs, I also began to scrape the surface of factory farms which raise hogs, and the connection with toxic water supplies created by toxic waste from livestock animals!

Recently, Rolling Stone Magazine published a very informative expose entitled A Crap Deal for Duplin County (How China Outsourced Pork Production), by Doug Bock Clark. 6) This article is a must-read for any serious water protectors or environmentalists. This expose serves as a case in point which clearly illustrates the high level of corruption which exists in Amerika and how capitalist corporations such as Smithfield Foods have entered into an agreement with the Chinese government to poison the environments and communities of poor black and white people. This expose will make you scream at the top of your lungs: Fire Scott Pruitt right now!

  1. I took the time to summarise some of the most relevant points Mr Clark made in order to educate the public and my fellow prisoners, as well as my comrades at Fight Toxic Prisons. It is time for us to take the legal and activist fight to these oppressors!
  2. A mature hog whose only activity is to eat, excretes around 14 pounds of manure a day. Respiratory health problems can arise from exposure to manure.
  3. In 2008, a Government Accountability Office Survey found 15 studies that linked animal waste from industrial livestock farms to widespread health problems.
  4. A North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services study found that students in middle schools up to three miles away from hog farms had higher rates of asthma. So it is not a far-fetched conclusion to state that these prison farms in Texas that raise hogs have the potential to harm children living nearby.
  5. Leaks through the clay bottoms of lagoons which store hog manure can spread e-coli into ground water and nearby wells. This point of contaminating the ground water with e-coli has been a major problem in Texas, because the prison agency TDCJ has been allowing this toxic hog waste to be deposited into the Trinity River for decades, and they actually just allow the waste to seep into the ground. And the EPA ignores this!
  6. Hog waste has not been proved to correlate with cancer, but researchers at Duke University in North Carolina are currently conducting wide-ranging studies into possible links. Texas A&M University students often come to prisons in Texas to study horses and engage in other agriculture-related projects, but for some reason the aggies won’t help discover the connections between these toxic factory farms and our contaminated water supplies! Way to go aggies!
  7. Shane Rogers, a professor at Clarkson University and former EPA engineer, has studied this particular issue extensively, and he says “a wide body of research shows that living near pig farms can be hazardous to people’s health.” 7)

Who is liable?

When I first began to do my own research as to who was responsible for the abuse and mistreatment of livestock animals in Texas Prisons, my focus was on uncovering what companies or individuals were buying eggs and hog meat from TDCJ. My free-world friends and I were provided misleading information and deceptive lies by a TDCJ employee named Jane Goolsby, who works for the TDCJ Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Logistics Division, Planning and Research Department. TDCJ does not sell eggs or pork meat to anyone – it is the agency’s ‘shell corporation’, Texas Correctional Industries, that does all the for-profit business which exploits free prison labor, but of course that is another can of worms.

I have now found out exactly who is responsible for the abuse of the hogs and chickens and who is responsible for the contamination of our water supplies!

Bobby Lumpkin is the Director of TDCJ’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Logistics Division.

Allow me to briefly detail a few of his responsibilities as they relate to livestock operations: “manages the commercial cow herds and stocker operations, broodmare and horse development operations, laying hen operations, farrow-to-finish swine operations, feed production facilities and meat packing plants”. 8)

If Lumpkin’s hogs are poisoning our water supplies, which in turn are causing us serious health problems which last for years, then we have found the person and the TDCJ department which is liable! It is time we re-craft and amend our list of culpable defendants to include Mr Bobby Lumpkin (remember that name).

Connecting the dots!

In the age of Trumpism, I’ve noticed that the Federal and State governments in Amerika relish the opportunity to abuse, exploit and mistreat the nation’s most vulnerable, disenfranchished and oppressed populations. Toxic prisons like Eastham in Texas and Frackville in Schuylkill County in Pennsylvania are no longer the exception, they are the norm. We, the prisoners who inhabit these institutions, are mostly black, latinx, and poor white human beings.

We have been the victims of rare diseases such as Polycythemia Vera (PV). Bryant Arroyo found this disease to be quite prevalent in Frackville. 9)

At Eastham, we are plagued by multiple problems which affect our water quality. The pipes at Eastham were installed in 1953 when lead pipes and lead base solder were used quite liberally in plumbing projects. In 1986, lead pipes and lead base solder were outlawed by the EPA. The State of Texas has refused to spend the money to completely replace these corroded and deteriorated pipes which continue to leak high levels of copper and lead into our water supply at Eastham.

And then there is the hog operation!

The Fight Toxic Prisons campaign is real, and I am one of an ever-growing number of imprisoned correspondents and environmentalists who have dedicated themselves to this fight. I end this essay with a final quote from Graham Purchase, who describes some of the work of Peter Kropotkin:

“Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) is a leading historical and philosophical figure in the early development and emergence of environmentalism. Kropotkin’s major works were all republished and discussed in the 1970s such that his late 19th century ideas and insights influenced and shaped the direction and definition of the early-modern environmental movement. Kropotkin was the first person to mould proto-ecological concepts within the then fledgling fields of economics, agricultural science, conservation- ism, ethology, criminology, city planning, geography, geology and biology into a coherent new scientific outlook combined with a radical political or social ecological program for rejuvenating society and our relationship with the Earth.”10

Few people realize that in a small solitary confinement cage inside a Texas prison dwells the spirit and legacy of the anarchist Kropotkin! Let us all continue to fight to preserve and protect our planet Earth! 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, Eastham Unit, 2665 Prison Rd 1, Lovelady TX 75851.

  1. Green Flame: Kropotkin and the Birth of Ecology by Graham Purchase

  2. Frackville Prison’s Systemic Water Crisis by Bryant Arroyo, published at fighttoxicprisons.org and in Socialist Viewpoint, Jan/Feb 2018.

  3. EPA Chief Spent Millions on Security and Travel by Michael Biesecker, (Associated Press), published in El Paso Times-Newspaper, April 8 2018

  4. Prison officials, ACA inspectors ignore contaminated water in Texas prisons by Keith “Malik” Washington, published in the San Francisco Bay View, October 21 2015.

  5. Horrific Conditions for Live-Stock Animals in Texas Prisons Exposed by Keith “Malik” Washington, published at fighttoxicprisons.org and in the Earth First! Journal, Fall 2017.

  6. Why Is China Treating North Carolina Like the Developing World? by Doug Bock Clark, Rolling Stone Magazine, March 22-April 5th 2018

  7. All points ibid.

  8. TDCJ Directory – Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Logistics Division

  9. Frackville Prison’s Systemic Water Crisis by Bryant Arroyo

  10. Green Flame: Kropotkin and the Birth of Ecology by Graham Purchase

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In solidarity

A Feminist Always!

By Keith ‘Malik” Washington

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades! I m 6’4” 240lbs — I am a devout muslim and anti-imperialist who embraces ecosocialism. I am a close comrade and friend to many anarchists and anti-fascists. Could I be a feminist?? Well, yes! In fact, I AM A Feminist!! It did not happen over-night, first I had to come to the understanding that a womyn was more than her physical attributes, I had to force myself to look her in the eye when I spoke to her and sometimes still find that difficult. Then I had to come to the realization that a womyn’s intellect was just as sharp f not sharper than any mans. Then I embraced the reality that from a revolutionary perspective, a womyn could stand shoulder to shoulder with me, armed with an AK-47 or carrying a mega-phone/microphone leading the masses in battle. Sometimes the ‘battle’ may be political or ideological and at times the battle may be a military confrontation in a urban concrete jungle or in a foreign land where the imperialist oppression has decided to set up shop. Don’t underestimate wimmin!!

As a racially mixed humyn being, living in Amerikkka and trapped in one of the many Amerikan gulags and slave kamps, I know how it feels to have your voice silenced. I know how it feels to be abused and when you cry out for help to be ignored. I know that feeling. That is why I began a #metoo project inside Texas prisons. I have discovered that there thousands of poor black, latina, and white wimmin in Texas who have been thrown away by the state of Texas!

Many sit in the comfort of their living rooms and watch the TV program, ‘Orange is the New Black’ and they think that this is a realistic depiction of prison lives. You are sadly mistaken!!! Hollywood like the corporate mainstream media in Amerika, is in a relationship with the ruling elite of the United States of Amerikkka!

What you are seeing in your living rooms is a little bit of truth mixed with a whole lot of LIES. There are journalists and activists who are out there who are doing their best to propagate the Truth, although you may not know them!! Victoria Law, Marcy Wheeler, Kamala Kelkar, Raven Rakia, Noelle Hanrahan, and Asha Bandele to name a few. There are more, many more but the Truth is hard to find in Trump’s Amerikkka!! But you don’t hear me.

A lot of people think they know me, they think they know how I think, what my strategies are or my aspirations. There are very few people who have a clue what I’m really about. But this piece is not about me, it is about me introducing you to a couple feminist warriors who have gone on to join the ancestors. The mainstream capitalist pigs won’t tell you this side of the story!

Lately, I have had the pleasure of interesting and organizing with comrades from the Revolutionary Abolitionists Movement (RAM). They helped introduce me to the grassroots feminist/anarchist and socialist revolution of the inhabitants of Rojava. Rojava is the autonomous Kurdish region in Northern Syria. I personally support these comrades because they have been on the front-lines against ISIS better known as the Islamic State! And for those who really know me, they know that I DO NOT SUPPORT ISIS IN ANY WAY!

Recently, a beautiful, intelligent, and passionate warrior of the people’s internationalist volunteer named Anna Campbell was killed in Syria. Anna was fighting alongside her comrades who are a part of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) in defense of Afrin.

Anna was killed by Turkish forces. Anna was a dedicated feminist, social justice and environmental campaigner known to members for her activism around the student occupation movement, ecological and community outreach projects in the United Kingdom specifically Bristol and Sheffield. Anna was a key organizer in the IWW’s IWOC group, and also involved with the Empty Cages Collective, Smash IPP and Bristol ABC.

If any of you know anything about me then you will understand why I am honoring this dedicated Servant of the People. And if you consider yourself a feminist then it should not be hard for you to share this brief essay and take moment to reflect and meditate on the life, death, and revolutionary work of Anna. More of us should aspire to be like her! You won’t be reading about Anna’s life in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, or Wall Street Journal.

The next feminist warrior I will honor here is Brazilian politician and activist named Marielle Franco. On March 14th 2018, Marielle was murdered with her driver in Rio de Janeiro. Marielle had just spoken at an event aimed at empowering black wimmin. In 2016, Marielle was elected to city council, she campaigned against police brutality, in fact, Marielle was an expert on police violence.

Marielle Franco was not just murdered, she was assassinated! You must understand and know that Marielle vigorously opposed and strongly criticized acting Brazilian President Temer’s military and federal police take-over of security in Rio’s slums also known as ‘favelas’. Marielle had recently been chosen to be the speaker of the commission which is examining the deployment of federal security forces into Rio’s favelas.

This is becoming a pattern that we are seeing all over the world. Fascism is becoming the status-quo and norm. When freedom fighters and servants of the people come on the scene and start to speak Truth to power and challenge the oppressive practices and policies, these valiant fighters become marked for death or imprisonment. Trump and his US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions is laying the groundwork for similar campaigns of repression, right here on the streets in Amerika where wimmin and men of all genders and races are challenging the Trump’s Administration’s bigoted and racist immigration policy.

I must tell you that tens of thousands of people in Rio de Janeiro and other cities across Brazil demonstrated in the days following Marielle’s killing. They demanded answers and got none.

Marielle had a sister that she left behind named Anielle and she said: “I’m seeking justice with blood in my eyes.” A banner at a mass protest in Rio on March 21st read: “WOMAN, MOTHER, REVOLUTIONARY, FEMINIST, BLACK LESBIAN, FIGHTER ALWAYS”. This is how Marielle Franco will be remembered!!

A long time ago, when I was a young man, my mother told me: “You know Malik, the hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.” Back then, I didn’t have a clue what the hell she was talking about. However, today as I observe this arrogant buffoon in the white house and how he flaunts his power in such a way that shows us what he is all about, I see ‘rude awakening’ coming in November 2018 for him and all his cronies both the complicit wimmin and males!!

So wimmin in Amerika most certainly have the power to change the political landscape in Amerika and possibly even the world but the question that keeps me and many others dedicated revolutionaries awake at night– “Will they give socialism a chance?” Or will they be fooled once again by the false purveyor of “hope and change?” Only time will tell.

 

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

 

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