End Prison Slavery, In solidarity, Prison conditions

I will not be silenced!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Originally posted in San Francisco Bay View

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I will not be silenced! Will you?

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

Protect our leaders!

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

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

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

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End Prison Slavery, In solidarity, Prison conditions

Food For Thought

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

By:  Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Amber Guyger was found guilty of Murder 10/1/19

 

Botham Jean

Peace and Blessings sisters and brothers!  Botham Jean represented all the best qualities you could ever want or find in a young black man.  He was intelligent, handsome, hardworking, compassionate, and kind.   Former Police Officer Amber Guyger Killed Him in His own Apartment.   He was not the intruder.   SHE WAS!    So how can the Judge, in that Case, give such Ambiguous instructions to the Jury in that Case???   I see it.  And I know that most of you reading this have to see it!!
So this is how we are going to allow things to proceed???   Our lives mean nothing???  I am a Prison Abolitionist and truthfully I am not cheering for Amber Guyger to be thrown in prison for the rest of her life.  I’d like us to explore the concept of Restorative Justice!!  I’m scratching my head and thinking.  How can we justify locking Amber Guyger up forever yet we still have ignored the wimmin who were sexually assaulted and in some cases raped by Fraternity Presidents and football players at Baylor University???  Once again Patriarchy, and Misogynistic treatment of wimmin in the Criminal Justice system has reared its ugly head!!!   I LOVED EVERYTHING THAT BOTHAM JEAN REPRESENTED.   HIS LIFE MATTERED!!  But lets really think about what Justice Looks like today in Amerika!!   When that piece of Slime who claimed to be a Police Officer choked Eric Garner to death in New York City was the Public Ready to Hang him High???   There seems to be a disparity in the way that Justice is being meted out doesn’t it.
Dare to Struggle Dare to win All Power to the People!!

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SOUTH CAROLINA PRISONERS STAY STRONG!!! (We got your Back!)

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

Revolutionary greetings Comrades and All Fellow Workers throughout the WORLD!!

It seemed like only yesterday when we all heard about the bloody riot that occurred at Lee County Correctional facility in South Carolina.  Too many of our incarcerated comrades died.

I remember the Call that was made for a National Prison Work Stoppage in 2018.  I didn’t hesitate to answer the call.  Our Comrades at the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee did not hesitate to answer the Call or lend their support!!  Amani Sawari and her Comrades from Jail House Lawyers Speak were on the Front Lines of the Struggle for Humyn Rights!

I knew the REAL REASON FOR THE WORK STOPPAGE!!

I knew about the inhumane prison conditions in South Carolina.  I knew that the State Prison Officials were attempting to control the Narrative that was fed to the Public At Large.  They claimed the violence at Lee was all about Drugs, Cellphones, and Turf Wars.   THE WARRIORS AND FREEDOM FIGHTERS AT THE FREE SOUTH CAROLINA MOVEMENT REMINDED ALL OF US WHAT THE OPPRESSORS WERE ATTEMPTING TO SUPPRESS!!

The oppressors forgot to mention the lack of Rehabilitative Programming in South Carolina Prisons!!

They forgot to say anything about the Squalid Living Conditions and the Deadly Extreme Heat which is killing prisoners right now!!  They forgot to talk about the antiquated and bigoted Criminal Justice System which continues to manifest and perpetuate a Program of Modern-Day Slavery!!!   THE SPIRIT OF DENMARK VESSEY LIVES!!!  GEORGE JACKSON LIVES!!!

THE OPPRESSORS WHO OPERATE THESE SLAVE KAMPS IN SOUTH CAROLINA NEED TO KNOW THAT THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AND EQUALITY FOR ALL IS ALIVE!!!

We Demand Dignity, Respect, and Humane Treatment for our Comrades in South Carolina Now!!

Locking Humyn beings in Cages for Months at a time is not Rehabilitation it is Torture!!!

Congressman James Clyburn MUST BE Encouraged strongly to get involved here!!!  We don’t need any Jeffin House Negroes or Step-N-fetch its!!! We need Servants of the People!!!  Presidential Candidates Bernie Sanders, Corey Booker, and Elizabeth Warren, as well as Kamala Harris, had some Strong Words in regard to Criminal Justice Reform at the most recent Presidential Debate that was held in Houston, Texas.  Well, now they all have an opportunity to put some ‘Muscle with they Hustle’ and show us what they talkin about!!!  Speak out right now about what is happening to the incarcerated humyn beings trapped in these Slave Kamps in South Carolina!!!  Or were they just ‘Rappin’???   Comrades the struggle for Humyn Rights and Prison Abolition is a Protracted Struggle.   There will be ups and downs.   Make this message go Viral y’all!!!!   Let’s see what these Politicians are really about!!!!

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

What Ya Life Like

 

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Forever Free!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington (Chief Spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery inTexas Movement)
Peace and blessings sisters and brothers! It’s me! Comrade Malik, your soldier for change reporting in from behind enemy lines. I am currently at the Joe Corley Detention Facility in Conroe, Texas. The countdown to my final release has begun. I still have a short stretch to do but this is nothing compared to the Twelve Long and Hard years I did inside the Texas State Gulag and Slave Kamp. My support team and I have a saying which is common among Abolitionists throughout the world, and that saying is: The Struggle Continues! Today, I want to introduce to you an extremely and gifted Poetic Activist named Romello Lee from the incredible and awesome metropolis known as Houston, Texas. Actually, there are many talented and aspiring musicians, artists, and community activists on lock. However, Romello’s mature personality and strong character got my attention. Romello’s story needs to be told and actually heard by the public at large. He has been falsely accused and charged with Humyn Trafficking. I know that this may sound controversial to many, but this INNOCENT, Young, and Islamic man deserves an opportunity to be heard. If you won’t listen for my sake, then I ask that you listen for the sake of HAZEL who is Romello’s beautiful and intelligent baby girl. You see sisters and brothers, I have always been pragmatic and calculating when I ask y’all to help me MOVE on something. When I take a chance on advocating for any cause or any individual, I diligently do my homework and research. I need y’all to know that Romello went to Trial in the State of Texas on these charges and was Exonerated! Romello beat not one, but TWO Life Sentences and Six additional charges!! I want all of you to think about that for a moment. Now ask yorself: “If Romello beat these charges in the State by trial why did the FEDS select him for this Modern day Lynching and Slavery! You see sisters and brothers, this Modern Day Lynching of young BLACK Males is not something isolated to the State of Texas. On the contrary, this is a pervsive and systemic problem which exists throughout the Criminal Justice system in Amerika! We saw this clearly in the case of Meek Mill and it has contined for decades in the case of our shining prince and imprisoned Servant of the People Mumia Abu Jamal! And now we are witnessing this travesty of Justice with our brother Romello Lee aka 43VA (FOREVER). Sisters and brothers and Comrades in struggle, this Freedom Campaign is not just about Romello, it is about those who will come after him also. I am talking about the falsely accused wimmin and men who become victims of overzealous prosecutors or Ill-Intentioned F.B.I. Agents seeking promotion and advancement no matter the cost or consequences.
With that said, I want to introduce y’all to my brother in Islam and our Comrade struggle— Hazel’s DAD, Mr. Romello Lee!

(RO’MELLO):hello from the otherside, (Ameen) this life of trials & tribulations, not a dollar sign to sin but sacrifice with an open heart, to be cheated on both sides by selflessness & misunderstandings! What rules the world when you cant put a price on a piece of mind? Damn, i never envisioned myself facilitated again, seeking a wrongful conviction, behind bars, through a glass, in a dorm, looking down dejected and depressed! Sometimes the right thing is the wrong thing as whats “wrong” could be righteous. Have you ever been passionate about sing someone you didnt know, for no reason? Have you ever owed somebody your life, when they never gave you anything? My brother kedrick johnson mentioned, some people only love you for what you can do for them/saviour. Imagine that when they’re talking about the objects you love the most, in the whole-wide-world. I understand its your heart by coice, your decision. Will you always be here, regardless, right or wrong? You wouldnt want to be here either if you were innocent, would you? I dont think so, when your subjected to viewing killings your first night federally imprisoned. Shanks, & people being thrown from a second floor balcony! Same blood on these jackie chans (original lowtop vans) may have come from the snake bites, cuts or wounds left open, that they tell “U.S.” (us) to breathe with! But, i was hurting too remember? Then god shouted, “forgive” & he’ll see it through, if not to lean on my own understanding, my spirit then quivered! (Al-fatihah) I’m doing months/calendars, on top of my time, uncharged! But, its righteous? For an hired agent, to take a stand & lie under oath, not even know the accused victims, or suspects govt. info., ages or etc. in a case investigated & on-going for over three yrs. & so, much more against, defendant, a man memorable, studied and covered in tattoos tha could not be identified! I know they hate, fire vs. Fire/Power. I’m fighting the oppressors!! I need y’all help! i miss my child!  My daughter needs me.. Not just a voice to put her sound asleep, but to shape, mold & nurture her to prepare her for this world, that is moving way too fast!! (You have to reverence the wound that bore you!!) Now, your a longway from a rap battle with the state of texas! this, is not, harris county? Your detained by the U.S. Marshalls? 25 yrs. To Life in the 3rd round? What do you say to the Mic? now do they love you? let my sisters & brothers speak for me! (Chant) END-PRISON-SLAVERY-IN-TEXAS!!.. forever, foreva. Ex-Alias (Moreno) @rgcmoreno2x www.chestrecords.bandcamp.com/win 

Song : Eminem – Mockingbird.

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Malik has been granted parole!

by Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington

(originally published: https://sfbayview.com/2019/08/malik-has-been-granted-parole/)

Revolutionary greetings, Comrades!

It is with great joy that I announce my parole from Texas state prisons (TDCJ)!

This is the result of a great show of mutual aid and solidarity from numerous anarchist collectives. Numerous individuals and groups who strive for abolition of prisons lobbied for my release! I am so grateful to the comrades at Blue Ridge ABC, The Final Straw radio show, Austin ABC, Central Texas ABC, Fight Toxic Prisons, IWOC, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, the entire North American ABC as well as the entire ABC Federation.

I want to thank some of my dearest comrades who have become not just my supporters but true friends! Much love going out to Annabelle Parker of the Netherlands, Sam Rosen in the UK, Alina Dollat in Italy, Professor Victor Wallis, Michael Novick of Turning the Tide, Carole Seligman and Bonnie Weinstein, Comrades Julie Schneyer and Kirk Daniels, Harry Volker, Lee O’Dowd and Katie Lawrie of the Colorado College Prison Project, Nube Brown, Kim Pollak, Amani Sawari, Anarchist Bad Asss Sloan Rucker, Justin Adkins and Panagioti Tsolkas.

I want to send out real Panther love to Rashid Johnson and Karl Kersplebedep as well as huge hugs to my praying Grandma and Grandpa sister Mary Ratcliff and Dr. Willie Ratcliff of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. Finally, I send a special shout out to Azzurra Crispino and Leah Buris of P.A.P.S., Keri Blakinger of the Houston Chronicle, Kamala Kelkar of PBS Newshour, Paul Holdorf, Esq., and Rachel Y. of the New Jersey chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Xy of Austin ABC and Twitch of Central Texas ABC, y’all have always kept it real! Thank you! Dr. Heinz Leitner, you are loved! I apologize if I forgot anyone. I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Paul Mattick and Phong Bui of the Brooklyn Rail for amplifying my voice!

I’ll holler at y’all later!

Solidarity forever,

Malik

Note from the Comrade Malik Support Network: Malik still has about 20 months to serve in federal prison, so he won’t be “out” imminently. However, being paroled from TDCJ will greatly improve his situation, as he’ll have access to phone calls and won’t be in solitary. He also may be eligible for a reduction of his federal time due to the First Step Act, which applies to the fed system.

UPDATES TO COME ON MALIK’S NEW ADDRESS! He is still in transfer limbo, so anything you send him at the Estelle Unit where he is currently, could get lost, as he could be transferred any day and we won’t know until it happens. Watch https://comrademalik.com/for his new address. Then flood him with mail so the prisoncrats will know to handle him with kid gloves.

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TEXAS STATE REPUBLICANS PROMOTE AND SUPPORT VOTER SUPPRESSION

Texas Democrats on the Firing of Former, Acting Secretary of State David Whitley

Texas Democrats, Texas Senate Democratic Caucus Claim Victory

Austin, TX — Today, the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus and thousands of Democratic activists across the state sent former, acting Secretary of State David Whitley to pack up his belongings and vacate the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

This is a major loss for Governor Abbott and his Republican Party, as Mr. Whitley is the first gubernatorial nominee in modern Texas legislative history to have his appointment blocked by the opposition party.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Texas Democrats will not tolerate attacks on the voting rights of Texans, and Governor Abbott should take note.

“David Whitley proved he wasn’t fit for the job the second he launched his failed effort to purge eligible Texas voters from the voting rolls.

“The Texas Democratic Party thanks Texas Senate Democrats and voting rights activists for keeping a watchful eye on Republicans who sought to scare, confuse, and intimidate Texans from participating in their democracy. We are so proud of your uncompromising will and determination to protect our right to vote.

“It was long overdue for David Whitley to vacate his office and now it’s time for Governor Abbott to appoint a new Secretary of State who will respect our democracy and our great state.”

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(#STOPDAVIDWHITLEY)
By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Peace and blessings Sisters and Brothers!
Without a doubt, the Right to Freedom of Speech and the Right to Vote, in my opinion, are the
two most important Constitutional Rights that minorities and oppressed people of every Race,
Nation, and Creed MUST ZEALOUSLY FIGHT AND STRUGGLE TO PROTECT!
Mr. David Whitley is the Acting Secretary of State in Texas. Whitley was appointed and
is currently supported by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Whitley, a Republican, has created a list of approximately 90.000 names of Texas
residents which he has classified as non-citizens who should be unceremoniously purged from
Voting Rolls.
After a thorough and fact-finding investigation as well as a couple Lawsuits, it was
discovered that THOUSANDS of these so called NON CITIZENS are actually predominantly
legal naturalized citizens who absolutely should not be purged from Voting Rolls!
The State of Texas has a sordid history of Voter Suppression as well as Voter
Intimidation and historically, it has been REPUBLICANS attempting to sabotage and obstruct
the RIGHT 2 VOTE of minorities that many times vote DEMOCRAT!
SCARE TACTICS AT THE POLLS, REDISTRICTING MAPS, AND BLATANT PRE-
ORCHESTRATED ACTS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION HAVE BECOME THE NORM IN THE
STATE OF TEXAS. It would seem that Texas is in the same league as North Carolina when it
comes to cheating the most vulnerable communities out of their opportunity to Vote.
In late February 2019 a Federal Judge in Texas ruled that the Voter Roll Purge
attempted by Whitley and friends would be put on hold. Not long after that, at the Texas State
Capitol, a small committee of Texas State Senators voted to advance David Whitley as the
nominee for the Secretary of State Position. The Vote was 4 Senators in FAVOR and 3
Senators AGAINST. REPUBLICANS voting along party lines were in FAVOR of Whitley, while
the 3 DEMOCRATS voted AGAINST Whitley. I don’t believe I need to say anything else — but I
will.
Sisters and Brothers, I am requesting that you help us create a TWITTER STORM. In
fact, we need a TWITTER TSUNAMI in order to HALT the confirmation of David Whitley to the
position of Secretary of the State in Texas. (#STOPDAVIDWHITLEY!)
A fellow Activist and Changemaker by the name of Amani Sawari and her organization
Jailhouse Lawyers Speak received a 2019 Roddenberry Fellowship in order to promote their
GAME CHANGING campaign known as Right-2-Vote! I firmly believe that blocking Whitley
from becoming the new Secretary of State in Texas and defending the Voting Rights of our
Latinx sisters and brothers as well as other oppressed people is in-keeping with the work that
Amani and I am committed to doing this year. Furthermore, there are 19 other Activists and
Changemakers across the United States who I know will be very interested in aiding us in this
endeavor. 19 Activists who also received Roddenberry Fellowships.
You see Sisters and Brothers, I am in Texas which has the largest prison system in the
United States. Texas uses its so called criminal justice system to cage and enslave a

disproportionate number of people of color. One of the purposes is to disenfranchise a broad
swath of minority voters — voters who do not vote REPUBLICAN!
However, the ‘GAME’ gets a lot uglier and more complicated when we observe our
Governor Greg Abbott attempting to strategically place one of his CRONIES who is known to
suppress the votes of Latinx and minorities in a position that would place him in charge of the
voting process in Texas!! We must fight against this.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has the largest Political War Chest of any Governor in the
United States and Abbott is absolutely willing to use that money and his influence to crush and
silence the voices of Texas’ most vulnerable communities. It is not enough for Abbott to create
an unequal playing field, he wants to ensure that we are under-represented so that Laws and
Policies which would help pull us up out of poverty and free us from prison never see the light of
day!!!
Abbott and his Attorney General, Ken Paxton, are masters at gaming the System. Did
anyone notice that Paxton’s wife Angela has filed a piece of Legislation that would expand the
powers of the Attorney General which in effect would absolve Ken Paxton of his pending
CRIMINAL CHARGES??? Thought we missed that, Ken and Angela? We Didn’t!
It is going to take a massive collective effort to push back against these attempts to
infringe upon our voting rights. Please, do your own research on the topic and then — HELP US
FIGHT!!
I WILL NOT REMAIN SILENT!! Will You?
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!

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