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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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WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

By Keith “Malik” Washington

“These Northern Democrats are in cahoots with the Southern Democrats. They’re playing a giant con game, a political con game. You know how it goes. One of ‘em comes to you and makes you believe he’s for you. And he’s in cahoots with the other one that’s not for you. Why? Because neither of ‘em is for you. But they got to make you go with one of ‘em or the other . . . . So this is a con-game and this is what they’ve been doing with you and me all these years.”
— Malcom-X and excerpt from:
‘The Ballot or the Bullet’
King Solomon Baptist Church
Detroit, Michigan—April 12, 1964

 

Revolutionary Greetings Sisters and Brothers!!
So, Joe Biden is the best that they can offer??? We in trouble y’all!! Eventually y’all are gonna wake up and start to listen to me but I’m not sure exactly when that will happen. Hopefully sooner than later.

On June 19th, 2019 there was a Congressional Hearing in Washington D.C. to discuss proposals on REPARATIONS for the descendants of Afrikan Slaves. The MAAFA happened here in Amerika and the wounds and scars are still fresh! Members of the G.O.P. commonly known as the Grand Old Party, members such as Mitch McConnell, said that there is no-one alive today that had anything to do with enslaving black Amerikans. McConnell made the hearings sound non-sensical and meaningless! I refute his stance and his statements strongly.

I refute his stance with a large body of evidence which clearly shows that the Criminal Justice System in Amerika, especially in the Modern Slave States of Texas and Georgia perpetuate and maintain the institution of Slavery!! It was heartening to hear Presidential Candidate Cory Booker respond to the GOP’s attempts to minimize the importance and the significance of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s proposal for House Bill-40.

However, we are still ignoring the FACT that the EXCEPTION CLAUSE contained within the body of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has LEGALIZED Slavery and Involuntary Servitude in Amerika. Until we begin to have THAT CONVERSATION the one which involves Amending the 13th and striking the EXCEPTION CLAUSE —– WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

Sisters and Brothers, there are Movements here in Amerika known by names such as End Prison Slavery! And Amend the 13th! These are prisoner led movements. There are campaigns such as the Right-2-Vote campaign which is being led by our Warrior Princess Amani Sawari. This Campaign seeks to RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS and re-enfranchise hundreds of thousands of prisoners who have had their Right-2-Vote taken from them. I want all of you to understand that as soon as a prisoner is released from prison or jail she or he is expected to find a job and pay taxes! So with this in mind, why in the hell can’t all States Restore our Right-2-Vote??! The oppressors want us to financially support a System which has sought to destroy us for centuries then they want us to be satisfied with not having a “VOICE” or A Vote?? This makes no sense!! However, DISENFRANCHISING Blacks and Latinx people serves the interest of the G.O.P.!! But y’all can’t hear me?? Or can you?
I have comrades, friends and close allies who tell me: “Malik, we don’t support the electoral process in Amerika and we won’t publish or post anything you write that talks about that or promotes it.” Well Sisters and Brothers, I think that is easy for many of them to say when most of my comrades, friends, and allies in the free-world sit on their couches in their Air-conditioned Apartments, Houses, or Lofts and surf the internet on their i-Phones. They can get up anytime they feel like it and go to the park and enjoy the birds, the trees, fresh air and just be FREE!!

But I’d like some of y’all to think about things from my perspective for a moment. Think about how it feels to be trapped in a concrete cell for 23 to 24 hours a day for 365 days out of the year. Think about how hopeless things can get when you receive parole denial after parole denial and you know that there is a White Supremacist who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. who doesn’t give a damn whether you live or die!! Think about the immigrant children in South Texas who are living in horrid conditions and who can-not play, get an education, access adequate health care, and they can’t even gain access to Legal Help because this ADMINISTRATION would rather see these children locked in cages rather than to see them Free! When you start to step out of your ‘comfort zone’ and change your perspective for a moment, you will see why there is no damn way I will try and convince black, latinx, or poor white folks not to attempt to Vote this Bigot out of Office! Ain’t no way. Now some of y’all who with-hold your support of me because I am supporting this strategy really don’t a damn about me or our sisters and brothers who languish in these prisons, jails, and detention centers!!

I SAID THAT AND I MEANT THAT! But I do know that WE can’t Win when we fight each other. I GET THAT!! We must dialogue more about this. We must continue to Struggle together against these Fascists/Imperialists & White Supremacists because in the year of 2019—-WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

When people hear the terms White Supremacist or White Nationalist, they envision bald headed young white men with swastikas, celctic crosses, and satanic body art tatooed on their bodies. People like to believe that these hateful ideologies are only embraced by a small cross section of Amerikan white men in rural sections of the south or remote locations in the North-West who are the only ones who promote hate. This is also not true!!

I am here to tell you TODAY that there are Semi-college educated WHITE WIMMIN who hold HIGH POSITIONS within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice who harbor and embrace these ideologies of bigotry and hatred.

These employees of the State of Texas continue to allow their hatred of Black and Latinx people to manifest in their arbitrary, capricious, and bias application of prison policies and Texas Government Codes. These Wimmin who HATE have Names and TODAY I WILL NAME THEM!!!
#1.) Lorie Davis, TDCJ-CID Director
#2.) Tracy Bailey, Deputy Director of TDCJ
#3.) Jennifer Smith, Supervisor of Director’s Review Committee
#4.) Janet Salles, Mail Room Supervisor–McConnell Unit and her assistant
#5.) Cherrell Merrell, Mail Room Employee, McConnell Unit
Don’t be shocked, and don’t be surprised!! For Donald J. Trump to become the President of the United States, you had to know that there were some racist White Wimmin in Amerikkka who quietly and secretly condone of the racial hatred and divisive messaging of Trump and his cronies. These Wimmin want to see the clock turned back!! And here in Texas they have an Attorney General named Ken Paxton who has clothed them with quasi respectability by giving them high positions in Amerika’s largest prison system. So here inside TDCJ we have clandestine supporters and member of the Ku Klux Klan!! ONCE AGAIN, I SAID THAT AND I MEANT THAT!!

Sisters and Brothers, a little over 4 years ago a white man entered a Histornic Black Church in Charleston, South Carolina an he murdered in cold blood NINE of our sisters and brothers who were there to promote Peace and not Hate, they invited Dylan Roof to join them and in the year 2019 . . .

WE STILL AIN’T FREE

When we incarcerate more Black Men in the U.S. Prisons and Jails than we graduate from College…

WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

As long as DeKalib County Jail is OPEN and our Loved Ones are being Caged, Abused, and Subjected to Cruel and Unusual Punishments…

WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

When my mail is tampered with Censored because I dare to mention the Black August Memorial or promote our Afrikan Amerikan Abolitionist Holiday that takes place ever year in JUNE!!

WE STILL AIN’T FREE!

When the Front Running Democrat for the 2020 Presidential Election praises his relationship with the Racist Congressmen known as Segregationists!! WE STILL AIN’T FREE! This Revolution won;t be Televised! It starts in your Heart and Mind!! Dare to

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

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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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