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How Do We Stop the Hate?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades!

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

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

THIS IS ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.

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

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

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

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

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

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COMPASSION DENIED!

(Prison officials at the McConnell-RHU deny and sabotage contact visit between Miguel Flores and his mother Paulina Gracia – No final Hug!)

By Comrade Malik

See article for background: https://sfbayview.com/2019/01/one-last-hug-tell-texas-prison-officials-to-show-compassion-to-miguel-and-paulina-who-wants-a-contact-visit-with-her-son-before-cancer-takes-her-life/

Peace and Blessings Sisters and Brothers!

I have some very disturbing and heartbreaking news to report and I ask that you share this report far and wide with friends in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

On March 8th, 2019, many of us celebrated International Wimmins Day. Here on the McConnell Unit in South Texas, prisoner Miguel Flores and his mother Paulina Gracia who has an aggressive form of cancer prepared for what they thought would be their last opportunity for a Final Hug. I’m sad to report that it was never allowed to happen. Paulina was brought to the Unit for this ‘Special Visit’ by my comrade and friend Sloan Rucker who is the Free-World spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement.

A couple of weeks ago Miguel had been pulled out of his cell and escorted to the office of McConnell-RHU Major Juan Nunez’s office and told that he and his mother would be allowed 5 minutes to Hug and to talk to each other but the visit would have to be on a Friday. Sloan had actually taken the day off to go to Corpus Christi, Texas in order to pick up Paulina who had just been released from the local hospital. Paulina has been undergoing many blood transfusions in an effort to combat this aggressive form of Leukemia she has.

Something strange happened the night before the visit. At around 6:30PM on March 7th, 2019, Captain Skinner Sturgis had Miguel brought to his office and he told Miguel that Major Juan Nunez had cancelled the Contact he would have with his mother. However, the next morning Security Supervisor Sergeant Velero assured Flores, me, and Paulina that Miguel and Paulina would be given 5 minutes to hug at the end of their visit. You can just imagine the emotional rollercoaster all of us were on since we had been fighting for this visit for literally months and had garnered the support of hundreds maybe even thousands of well-wishers across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

During the regular visit through the plexi-glass, Paulina began feeling ill and she requested that she be able to hug her son so she and Sloan could leave and go to the hospital.

The officer supervising the Visitation Area that day was a C.O. Everett. Paulina and Sloan asked C.O. Everett who has over 30 years in the system as a Correctional Officer if she would contact Major Juan Nunez and let him know Paulina was ready to hug her son.

We all waited 15 minutes and nothing!! We were in booths right next to each other. Sloan and I in one section and Paulina and Miguel directly next to us. I realized that something was very wrong with this entire situation.

Sloan Rucker took the initiative to request she be allowed to speak with Major Juan Nunez.

Sloan went up front to the administrative offices to speak with Nunez. When Sloan returned, her face was red and she was crying. As I watched my comrade and friend outwardly crying, I  remained calm and asked her what had happened. She said that Major Nunez and her had gotten into an argument over his decision to deny the contact visit and then Sloan said that Nunez had shut his office door and threatened her!!!

So of course I was extremely angry but I remained calm as Sloan talked to Miguel and Paulina and they were crying loudly!!

I remained calm and instructed Sloan to contact our Support Network and the office of Texas Representative Jarvis Johnson as soon as she gets somewhere quiet and can calm her nerves.

In the dark recesses of my solitary cell I did cry that evening.

I wept for Paulina and Miguel and I cried for my friend who has given so much of herself to aid in this campaign for humyn rights.

Sisters and brothers, I learned a very important and hard lesson that I needed to learn. Fascist Reactionary Pigs — are just that — and never should we mistake them for compassionate humyn beings!! I will never attempt to work with the oppressors again — I made a mistake.

But then, I made another mistake by ignoring the lessons I’ve been taught by my comrade Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson when it comes to analyzing the Historical Material Conditions of a situation. Major Juan Nunez has defined himself as a clear enemy of mine from Day #1!! Why in the hell would he show compassion, empathy, or sympathy toward MY FRIENDS?? And how foolish did I look by proclaiming to the World that TDCJ Prison Officials approved the Visit!!?? Then on the very day of the visit, all of our hopes are crushed!! Major Juan Nunez and Captain Skinner Sturgis toying with Miguel’s emotions so he would lose his temper and give them justification for their unethical and immoral acts!

Truly TDCJ has sank to an all time low in regard to the inhumane and unjust treatment of both prisoners and their Loved Ones.

This event has only strengthened my resolve to combat this corrupt system for the rest of my natural life! I hope you folks won’t judge me too harshly. I am humyn and fallible. THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES. Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!!

 

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Social death in Texas

Revolutionary greetings comrades and fellow workers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keith “Malik” Washington is co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign and deputy chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com and hendprisonslaveryintexas.wordpress.com/. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, McConnell Unit, 3100 S. Emily Dr., Beeville TX 78103.

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We will not be Quiet!!

A call from Comrade Malik to address sexual harassment and assault in Texas legislature and prisons.

Sex and the Senate: By Mary Tuma: https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-01-25/sex-and-the-senate-what-will-it-take-to-curb-sexual-harassment-at-the-texas-state-capitol/

#MeToo Stories from inside Texas Prisons! Part II: https://wp.me/p6pUAu-6c

Update on actions from Dan Patrick: https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/dan-patrick-strips-kel-seliger-agriculture-committee-chairmanship/

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#MeToo Stories from inside Texas Prisons! Part II: Justice Denied & Unequal Education Opportunities

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

“Luckily, Rita Brown, a white revolutionary from the George Jackson Brigade, a group based on the West Coast, was among the four or five “niggah lovers”. She was a feminist and a lesbian, and helped me to better understand many issues in the white women’s liberation movement………………………………… We agreed that  sexism, like racism, was generated by capitalist, imperialist governments and that women would never be liberated as long as the institutions that controlled our lives existed. I respected Rita because she really practiced sisterhood, and wasn’t just one of those big mouths who go on and on about men.”

-ASSATA(An Autobiography)

by Assata Shakur, pg. 254

In Texas, a Baylor University-Fraternity President named Jacob Anderson gagged a female co-ed, he then sexually assaulted her and when he was done violating her, he left her unconscious body on the lawn outside. Jacob Anderson discarded this humyn being like she was a piece of worthless trash. She did not deserve this.

Law Enforcement and the Criminal Courts in Texas also refused to acknowledge this young womyn’s humynity! The charges against Jacob Anderson were reduced to unlawful restraint and he served absolutely NO JAIL TIME! This shocked me when I first discovered it. It happened quite recently and I am pleading that you the reader of this article/essay google the referenced story about Jacob Anderson and the on-going investigation of sex abuse scandals at Baylor Univer­sity. Please study it! Get angry and then use the Anger to fuel your protest against Baylor University and the korrupt Kriminal Just­ice system in Texas.

This is Part II of a multi-part series, which highlights some of the issues and struggles encountered by wimmin inside Texas Prisons. This series is for all wimmin in Texas Prisons and beyond. The Media and mainstream activists in Texas are not going to tell the stories that I am going to tell! They are not going to tell the stories in the way that I tell them! You see, there is a silent and unwritten pact of collusion between the Media and this patriarchal and misogy­nistic Kriminal Justice System in Texas. To be fair to the mainstream journalist who happens to be wimmin and report to aggressively on these issues, there are very real reprisals and repercussions that have the potential of ruining a reporter’s career.

One can not become too passionate about exposing the impotence and ineffectiveness of the Judges, the Police, or the Prison guards and High Ranking Prison Administrators who condone the mistreatment of wimmin in Texas. However, there is not much the ‘Powers that be’ can do to me, I’m at the bottom and as Assata has said so eloquently: “We have nothing to lose but our Chains!” As for my sisters? I will not be silenced!

In Part I of this series I recounted the stories and misdeeds of men such as Former TDCJ Warden Kevin Mayfield, Sergeant Eddie Collins, and Ranking Officers at the Eastham Unit located in Lovelady, Texas.

Men who had established a pattern of using intimidation tactics and coercion in order to Sexually Harass and in some cases even assault Female TDCJ employees!

I was privy to much of this information because many female TDCJ employees knew I was a published writer and journalist, they knew I had connections with members of the media, so under the condition of anonymity, they shared their stories with me. I honored my word by protecting their identities but I had no agreement with these Ranking Prison Employees who violated not just these wimmin but the Public’s Trust!! They shall be placed on ‘Front Street’ where they belong!

I mean that is what we all should do in-order to eradicate and smash PATRIARCHY in Amerika!

JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/GETTYIMAGES

The problem that I believe that we must come to grips with in Amerika, is that a womyn, a reputable, educated, and highly accomplish­ed womyn like Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, can relay her story of abuse to the World on National Television and still that courageous and fear­less womyn still did not receive JUSTICE!

This is a pervasive and systemic problem, which deserves attention. Now allow me to set forth a thought-provoking ‘If/Then’ statement:

“IF the voice of a womyn like Dr. Ford is not listened to or given any credibility or ‘weight’ in the Kourts or in front of the U.S. Congress, THEN who expects anyone to believe that a womyn locked up in a Texas Prison has the chance of demanding justice when faced with similar or worst acts of abuse, assault, or discrimination?’

What if the incarcerated womyn is Black or Hispanic?

You are following me here, aren’t you? Now allow me to give you an update on some of the bad actors I reported on in Part I of this series.

While housed at the Eastham-Ad-Seg Unit in 2016 thru 2017 I did encounter many High ranking Male TDCJ employees who used their position and “Status” to oppress, intimidate, and sexually harass lower-ranking female employees.

I think the most stunning revelation was that a Major named Blake Norman had been secretly attempting to coerce wimmin employees into granting him “sexual favors”. What was so shocking about this was that Major Norman portrayed himself as a bible thumping Christian brother!! Norman was also an Islamophobe who initiated a special investigation which placed me under the scrutiny of the Department of Homeland Sec­urity and as a result of bogus, fabricated, and trumped up ‘Secret Information’ compiled by the Central Texas Fusion Center, I was placed at the McConnell-Restrictive Housing Unit.

Nevertheless, KARMA caught up with Blake Norman in a big way. One of his victims filed a complaint with EEOC and the OIG Office

and after a fact-finding investigation was performed by the Office of the Inspector General Major Blake Norman was demoted to Sergeant!

Norman was also transferred. However, this is actually quite troubling. Here we have a persyn caught red-handed with using his High Ranking position to exploit and take advantage of female subordinates! The TDCJ-C.I.D. director is Lorie Davis and Davis is the highest-ranking womyn in the Agency. She could have easily sent a strong and clear message by firing Norman–but she didn’t! So Lorie Davis remains complicit in perpetrating the misogynistic and patriarchal culture

which is so very pervasive in Texas Prisons. And this Patriarchal Kulture is insidious and reaches into every aspect of this Korrupt and un-ethical prison agency.

I have established a history of proclaiming THE TRUTH, however, down here in the State of Texas, “They can’t handle the Truth!!” Dare I tell the story of Black Female Warden Sandra Allen and how her white male colleagues conspired to get rid of her for making the mistake of requesting that a man with a pacemaker walk through a metal detector!! I mean I don’t mean to champion the cause of the pigs who operate these prisons. Nevertheless, I have witnessed white male officers -Wardens even do much, much worse and absolutely nothing happens to them!! I’ve watched these Wardens and Majors beat a humyn being to death!! And no justice was meted out—not one bit of justice.

So White Suprematism is also an all too familiar occurrence inside Texas Prisons. ‘We Take Care of Our Own’ is the motto of TDCJ KKKLan Members.

Now let’s turn our attention where it belongs, inside to our incarcerated sisters!

In December 2018 the Prison Legal News published an article by journalist Kevin W. Bliss that references a report by the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. The report focuses on the rising number of Sexual Abuse Allegations inside Amerikan prisons and Jails. Allow me to quote an excerpt from the article:

” A July 2018 report by the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics found the number of alleged incidents of sexual victimization among state and federal prisoners increased 180 percent from 2011 to 2015. However, the number of substantiated claims grew just 63 percent during that same period.”

These statistics present a question that begs to be asked: “Are the incarcerated wimmin who report sexual victimization predominantly liars? OR is the reporting apparatus and system of investi­gation failing to acknowledge the abuse?”

From my study of this issue inside Texas Prisons, I have come to the conclusion that the reporting mechanisms are flawed and that there is a system of retaliation and intimidation in place in-order to dissuade our incarcerated sisters from making any reports at all in regard to sexual abuse, assault, or victimization especially when a TDCJ employee is the one victimizing them!!

I know many incarcerated wimmin in Texas who have been victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault but when they try to report the abuse, they are subjected to a manifold of reprisals by High Ranking Prison Administrators who co-ordinate their retaliatory actions with lower-ranking staff members. As we are in the midst of a Legislative Session in Texas, this topic most certainly must be explored and thor­oughly investigated.

Some of these incarcerated wimmin who have been victimized attempted to have their family members or friends utilize the TDCJ Ombudsman Office TO NO AVAIL.

Approximately 12 years ago, the Texas Youth Commission was racked by a Sexual Abuse Scandal. There was no reliable means for children incarcerated in TYC facilities to report Sexual Abuse!

That changed in 2007 when Texas State Senator Borris Miles (D) Houston helped craft legislation that would create an Independent Ombudsman Office for TYC. [2/21/19 see update on Borris Miles below]

The purpose of establishing an Independent Ombudsman Office was to promote transparency and accountability of the Youth Authority, which had plunged into an environment rife with chaos and dysfunction. Senator Miles had a genuine concern to provide a ‘security blanket’ for children who found themselves inside facilities operated by TYC.

In 2019 Senator Miles has teamed up with Texas State Representative Jarvis Johnson (D) Houston in order to create a similar Independent Ombudsman Office to oversee the operations of the Texas Department of Criminal InJustice (sic!). If you are a womyn incarcerated in Texas and your family or a friend has made use of the current TDCJ Ombudsman Office and are dissatisfied with the results, then I highly recommend that you have your loved ones contact Texas State Senator John Whitmire (D) Houston and tell him about your experience and why you feel it is absolutely necessary that the Legislature create an Independent Ombuds­man Office or better still, an Independent Oversight Committee with authority to conduct investigations and enter these prison facilities un-announced!

I know our incarcerated Sisters in Texas have some horror stories to tell and now it is time for your VOICES to be heard! You may feel passionately enough about the topic to contact a journalist who is interested in reporting your story and if that is the case, then I suggest you contact staff reporter Keri Blakinger of the Houston Chronicle. You can mail Keri Blakinger a sealed letter marked Media Mail at the following address: The Houston Chronicle, Attn: Keri Blakinger-Staff Reporter, 4747 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77027.

I would like to clarify that Texas State Senator John Whitmire is the Chairman of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee and he and his colleagues have the authority to approve a Congressional Hearing on the recent legislation crafted by Senator Miles and Representative Johnson. So it is imperative that we collectively show Senator Whitmire that there is a public interest in the creation of an Independent Over-Sight Committee or Independent Ombudsman Office. I will provide the Senators contact address if you should be interested in writing him: Texas State Senate, Senator John Whitmire, P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711.

I encourage you to get involved now.

Ironically, I recently mailed a letter to Texas State Representa­tive Jarvis Johnson and it was illegally intercepted by mailroom supervisor Janet Salles here on the McConnell Unit.

My letter to Rep. Johnson was specifically concerning the new legislation he and Senator Miles have crafted regarding the Independent Ombudsman Office. My support network has filed a complaint with the current TDCJ-Ombudsman Office and they have requested that the Depart­ment of Public Safety and the F.B.I. investigate our allegations of obstructing Access to a Public Official! This will be a good test case to see if the current Ombudsman Office can be Transparent and Effective when posed with serious issues. This actually is not the first time that this Mail Room Supervisor–Ms. Salles and her assistant Ms. Cherrill Merrell have attempted to hinder or interfere with my Access to a Public Official. I attempted to write Senator Whitmire in the summer of 2018 when I was filing my Civil Lawsuit over the inoperable HVAC System here at the McConnell Unit. TDCJ has established a pattern in which it uses any means at its disposal to keep a prisoner from blowing the WHISTLE!

The final issue that I would like to shed a discerning spotlight on are Gender Disparities in Educational Programming within TDCJ.

I became interested in this topic when I read the summer edition of the newsletter for the Texas Inmate Families Association better known as TIFA. This past summer Jennifer Erschabek the director of TIFA and her colleague Lauren Johnson provided some disturbing information that exposes horribly inadequate educational opportunities for incar­cerated wimmin in comparison to the opportunities offered to their male counterparts in Texas State Prisons.

The information in the newsletter was so good that I am going to repeat it right here for you verbatim! And please remember sisters: “knowledge is POWER!” The TIFA Contact Newsletter says:

According to recent reports, TDCJ provides many more educational opportunities to men than women. Indeed, the differences in educational programming offered to men versus women in TDCJ are stark. For example, men have access to 48 different technical education courses that include horticulture, plumbing trades, welding, and various automotive specialties.

Men can also receive apprenticeships to train for careers as cooks, assem­bler technicians, combination welders, and automotive specialists. By contrast, women have access to less than half the technical education courses men can take, and only one apprenticeship opportunity in cooking. Yet these courses prepare people for a range of different careers when they leave TDCJ.

Even more glaring are the differences in post-secondary education programs offered in men’s and women’s units.

On the one hand, men can earn up to a Master’s Degree through the college and university partners that TDCJ contracts with. They can also earn an Associates of Applied Science or vocational certificate in any of 15 different trades, ranging from Automotive Technology, to Industrial Design, to Substance Abuse Counseling.

Women, on the other hand, may only earn up to an Associates Degree, or seek vocational certifications in one of only two fields: Office Administration or Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management. These differences are not only blatantly unfair as it pertains to the number of opportunities available, but also represent a reductive and outdated view of the role and capacity of women in the workplace.

Providing comprehensive educational programming to both men and women is a vital component of the rehabilitative process. It offers hope for a better future and empowers inmates to gain the skills they will need to succeed when they leave TDCJ. In severely limiting women’s access to educational programming, TDCJ has turned a blind eye to the long-term needs of the women in its care, and reinforced antiquated gender stereo­types in the process.”

Sisters, you have to admit the Texas Civil Rights Project and TIFA did an incredible job with this report and making it available to the Public at Large. It most certainly got my attention and it should be getting the attention of every Texas Legislator who sits on the Senate

Criminal Justice Committee or the House Corrections Committee this Legi­slative Session. What the Prison Agency of TDCJ has done is systematically set our incarcerated wimmin up for failure once they are released! How can TDCJ-CID director Lorie Davis not be aware of the deleterious effect her policies are having on wimmin? Or possibly she is aware? This won’t be the first time poor people and wimmin of color have been dealt a un­fair hand by the State of Texas! WE CAN NOT ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE ANY LONGER!!

The Texas Civil Rights Project is conducting a study in regard to these Gender Disparities in Educational Programming within TDCJ. If you are a womyn incarcerated in Texas and you are being refused access to cer­tain educational opportunities because you are a womyn then once again, I highly recommend that you contact some people who are interested in hearing your VOICE. Please Contact: The Texas Civil Rights Project

Attn: TDCJ Educational Programs, 1405 Montopolis Dr., Austin, Texas 78741. Sisters, the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement is currently search­ing for wimmin incarcerated in TDCJ who are interested in becoming Freedom

Fighters, Journalists, and Political Activists. I encourage you to have your family or friends to contact our Free-World spokeswomyn–LAVENDER–at: sillymongoose@protonmail.com YOUR VOICE AND YOUR LIFE MATTERS!

[UPDATE 2/21/19]

Comrade Malik speaks out about Borris Miles: https://comrademalik.com/2019/02/21/we-will-not-be-quiet/ after Sex and the Senate piece by Mary Tuma was published: https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-01-25/sex-and-the-senate-what-will-it-take-to-curb-sexual-harassment-at-the-texas-state-capitol/

Malik still is 110% in support of the proposed independent ombudsperson office

SOURCE LIST FOR #MeToo Essay!

  1. Baylor University-Fraternity President Jacob Anderson receives no Jail-Time for Sexual Assault! (National Public Radio December 2018)
  1. #MeToo Stories from inside Texas Prisons! Part I (comrademalik.com) by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington April/May 2018
  1. Brett Kavanaugh & Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Scandal Source: The Week–Dec 21/Dec 28, 2018 Volume 18 Issue 904-905
  1. BJS Report Finds Prisoner Sexual Abuse Allegations Continue to Rise by Kevin W. Bliss —-Prison Legal News –December 2018 Volume 29 No. 12
  1. Advocates Say Timing is Right for Independent Oversight of Texas Prisons. by Hannah Wiley/ Texas Tribune—November 26, 2018
  2. Gender Disparities in Educational Programming within TDCJ by The Criminal Justice Reform Team at the Texas Civil Rights Project
  3. Texas Civil Rights Project for providing the info on inequalities of Educational Opportunities. Source: TIFA Contact –Vol. 23 No. 3 (July 2018)
  4. The Official Newsletter of Texas Inmate Families Association. GIVE EVERYONE SOME CREDIT!!

 

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

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

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