Prison conditions

The reality of federal prison, Part 1

Prisoners vs. guards
by Dave Gilson

by Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington, member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC)

(originally published by San Francisco Bay View)

Part 1: Truth hurts

Comrades, I don’t have to be long-winded in order to describe what is happening here.

In federal prison here in Amerika, approximately 80 percent of prisoners regardless of race are abusing illicit drugs. Suboxone, Meth and K-2 are the drugs of choice for federal male prisoners. I cannot and should not speak about what the conditions are like for our sisters because I feel a woman should tell that story. Right now, I’m relaying my first-hand experience in an all-male high security federal prison.

I have been clean and sober for a little over 12 years – my perspective is clear and my analysis of the situation is concise.

The presence of drugs brings violence. Debts are accrued and they must be paid – or else! Vicious acts of violence materialize daily – FACT.

Federal prison officials in Washington, D.C., have factored in the violence and current drug epidemic as they put together long term plans for the operation of high security facilities. The first attack made by prisoncrats is on our First Amendment rights.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons makes the erroneous claim that the drugs which are present here come in via U.S. Mail. This lie is being fed to the public in order to justify draconian suppression policies which obstruct and restrict incoming and outgoing mail. This destroys family ties!

What you know is that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) relies on secrecy in order to keep the public at large ignorant and blind to the abuse and injustices federal prisoners are routinely subjected to. Cut all lines of communication!

First they cut the mail. The next move is to discontinue contact visits! This is the plan. Most are oblivious to the subtle changes because the drugs have everyone in a state of unconsciousness. I am wide awake.

Are you?

There is a financial dynamic at play here. The drugs produce violence and with that comes medical costs as well as logistical problems. If a prisoner gets beat down because he owes a $500 drug debt, he obviously cannot be placed back on the prison compound.

Now multiply this incident by 1,000 per week! That is 1,000 violent assaults resulting in injuries and sometimes death – and then transfers.

The next step they take is the mass lockdown of most U.S. penitentiaries in the United States! Instead of a programming schedule which allows prisoners out of their cells from 6:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., we will be locked down in our cells for 22 hours a day and given only an hour and a half to two hours of out-of-cell time.

The justification will be security.

Most are sleepwalking in here, but I am wide awake.

These drastic changes like video visits and lockdowns are being gradually introduced and are creating a more inhumane environment. Will this stop the drugs and violence? I think not. I know a secret that you don’t know. More later, comrades. Stay woke!

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 and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Visit his website at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith Washington, 34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock LA 71467.

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Lost in time: Lift up our brother Sitawa and strike down indefinite incarceration

by Mutope Duguma Published earlier on the SF Bayview and on Sitawa.org.

It’s always hard to stomach news that is disheartening. To hear that a brother and comrade has suffered a stroke after spending countless years in solitary confinement, as well as being held on an indefinite sentence for an alleged crime he did not commit, is even more disheartening.

I need not stress the sorrow that is felt amongst the whole prison.

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa with arms crossed, in 2017

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa in July of 2018 population for our brother Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, who, along with countless fearless prisoners, pioneered our Prison Human Rights Movement (PHRM) to the world’s stage. We continue to see men and women incarcerated far too long – beyond anyone’s imagination – and continue to be held indefinitely.

Our beloved brother Sitawa is amongst this class of men and women. The inhumane treatment of prisoners must end.

Our brother Sitawa and many others have suffered enough and should not continue to do so based on being given a life sentence that equals a civil death. Prior to 1968, under original Penal Code Section 2600, California prisoners suffered complete civil death, which means prisoners were stripped of all civil rights.

The prison system is actually covertly executing all of its lifers. The United States is the only country in the whole world that incarcerates people indefinitely – forcing them to spend the rest of their lives in prison. Men and women have been incarcerated for 35 years or more.

Many of these people are lost in time. They came to prison as youth in their teens and early 20s in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Yes, many of them were immature, many had no real direction, but they all became adults in the Amerikan prison system.

At present these prisoners, Baby Boomers, most of whom have survived decades of incarceration, are now between the ages of 60 and 80. Many of these senior citizens are wheelchair-bound or use assistive devices such as walking canes.

Like most seniors, many are on special medications, require special medical therapy for seniors, and suffer from aging illnesses of various sorts. I hear some say that a few manage to get around good at 70 years young.

Many say, yes, they should be in prison, and that may be true in some cases. Given the things they did in society, the way they carried themselves in the youth of their lives was utterly wrong and disrespectful, but that was decades ago when they were young! Decades!

They are now older, mature, grown, senior adults, who have fulfilled all requirements from various parole boards around the U.S. Multiple prisoners have complied with all laws, rules and regulations of the prison and carried themselves as role model human beings and in many cases have done so for decades.

Still, many of them are forced to remain in prison when the maximum amount of time on their sentence has long since expired. This is terrible and extremely cruel to force rehabilitated human beings to remain in bondage and especially when statistics clearly show that 90 percent of them are not returning to prison once released.

Sadly, 89 percent of prisoners across the US are Black and Mexican. From 1619 through the 1800s, the chattel slavery plantation concept lurks in the shadows like the Wizard of Oz.

This “behind the scenes” type strategy involves money laundering exclusively into white rural areas under the Prison Industrial Slave Complex (PISC). (That’s where prisons were built during the height of mass incarceration, in small rural communities that had lost their economic base, where people were so desperate for jobs, they were willing to work in a prison. These were white communities with deep prejudice toward Blacks. – ed.)

Many of us may very well die in these man-made tombs. It should be stipulated that these deaths are in clear violation of the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.

The suffering is indefinite where there exists no end to the punishment. Many have died, and many will continue to die where there is no remedy to resolve the cruel and unusual treatment of prisoners.

We must resist to end this cruel and unusual treatment of human beings and encourage our brother Sitawa, who is fighting for his life. We will fight for his freedom and the freedom of the thousands of men and women lost in time.

One Love, One Struggle,

Mutope Duguma

Sitawa is recovering from a major stroke. Send him some love and light (Sitawa is currently housed near San Diego, mail will be forwarded):

Freedom Outreach
Attn: Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa
Fruitvale Station
P.O. Box 7359
Oakland CA 94601

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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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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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Don’t Allow the Feds to Assassinate Me!

From Malik: November 12, 2019
Revolutionary Greetings Comrades!
 
There is no such thing as coincidences when you are an outspoken servant of the people.
 
Everything happens for a reason.
 
When I embraced this Life as a Freedom Fighter and Whistle Blower I knew there would come a time when the oppressors would place me in harm’s way and then feign ignorance. I think it’s time we all got more serious about protecting our most advanced political elements. Whether it be Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson or Sean Swain we must protect our comrades who are trapped inside these Razor-Wire Plantations!
 
Dare to struggle, Dare to win.
 
All Power to the People!
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Lock-Downs and Violence persist at USP Beaumont!!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington – End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

On Friday, October 4th, 2019 at approximately 9:45a.m. there was a bloody fight between two Asian Prisoners at USP Beaumont.  The fight took place on 1 Building Unit AB which was the location of a bloody and vicious Race Fight which sent 5 prisoners to the hospital on August 15th, 2019.  That incident resulted in a Month-Long Lockdown!!  The Fight on Friday caused the Warden of the FCC Complex to place the USP on a weekend Lockdown!!  That meant–No showers, No Visits!!  No Programming, and Peanut Butter and Jelly and Cheese Sandwiches!!  This has become a regular occurrence here at USP Beaumont.

The Management Model being employed here is not sustainable.   Not only are we on a perpetual state of LOCK DOWN Status now the Administration has initiated a $25.00 spending limit on Commissary in response to a fight between two prisoners from the same ‘Car’.  A ‘Car’ is kind of like a ‘Clique’ or Geographical Location.  For Instance, you have men from Texas here thus a Texas ‘Car’.  The two prisoners who fought on Friday (Oct 4th) were Asian thus the Asian ‘Car’.  But that does not justify this Group Punishment being implemented by the Administration.  Everybody Suffers!!!

Prior to my arrival here there had been Two Suicides at USP Beaumont.  These Suicides prompted the Removal of the previous Warden here at USP Beaumont.  The Warden was replaced by our Current Warden Mr. Larry Shults.  What is remarkable is that one of the prisoners who committed Suicide was an Asian Man who had written a detailed letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons—Regional Office in Grand Prairie, Texas.  This letter explained that the conditions at USP Beaumont were having a detrimental effect on his Mental Health.   NO ONE LISTENED!!!   Conditions such as:

A.) Numerous Lockdowns (Excessively Long!)
B.) Lack of Employment opportunities
C.) Lack of Programming
D.) Substandard Food (Cheese and PB& J Sandwiches daily!!)
E.) Apathy among Staff
F.) Showers every 3 days(maybe!!!)

Today is October 7th, 2019 and I am here to tell all of you—Absolutely nothing has Changed!!!  Apparently replacing the Warden was a knee jerk reaction but things have only gotten worse—not better.   The administration does not care to listen to our grievances.   I LOVE LIFE!!  I have so much to look forward to but I can tell you that there are no realistic opportunities for success here at USP Beaumont and even someone like me who has every chance for success once I am released can easily be brought down by the depressing and stressful environment cultivated and maintained here at USP Beaumont!!!

As I said before, the reasoning for the Lockdown on Friday–October 4th, 2019 was because Two Asian prisoners got into a fight on their Housing Unit (AB  Bldg #1).  What is happening here at USP Beaumont is a Psy-Op program where Prison Administrators are attempting to get a CONDITIONED RESPONSE FROM PRISONERS!!!

The Administration knows there are going to be Fights that is common at a USP but they want to ‘TRAIN’ US TO FIGHT ON THE YARD.  On the Yard the Prison Guards can utilize their Shock Grenades, Rubber Bullets, Shots Fired Recordings and all the Digital Surveillance Cameras!!!  The Administration wants a VIDEO SHOW THAT THEY CAN PRESENT TO THE PUBLIC AND LEGISLATORS IN ORDER TO JUSTIFY THE FUNDING FOR THESE SLAVE KAMPS AND GULAGS.

The B.O.P. continues to lie to the Public at Large claiming that REHABILITATION IS PROVIDED BUT THE REALITY IS OUR LIVES ARE BEING RUINED AND DESTROYED.  Our Communities continue to suffer!!!  We are being Warehoused and treated inhumanely!!!  THIS IS MY REALITY.   THIS IS OUR REALITY.   Something must change!!!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!!!

Comrade Malik is a reporter and an abolitionist. Write him at:

Keith H. Washington #34481037
USP Beaumont

U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 26030
BEAUMONT, TX  77720
U.S.A.

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Tropical Storm Imelda Hits USP Beaumont!

The Truth and nothing Else!) By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Fight Toxic Prisons—-Correspondent

As a Nationally known Prison Abolitionist and humyn rights activist, I am very passionate and dedicated to the causes and the people my comrades and I support.

However, as a journalist, I am duty-bound to put aside my subjective feelings and report the objective facts about the things I personally experience and witness.

On September 19th, 2019 Tropical Storm Imelda bombarded the city of Beaumont, Texas and the surrounding areas with a deluge of torrential rain.
Here at USP Beaumont, the Federal Prison where I am currently housed at, we had no electricity what-so-ever. That meant—NO LIGHTS, NO AIR-CONDITIONING. Our toilets could not be flushed. It was really bad.
At the time that the storm reached its height, we had been locked in our cells since the evening of September 18th. The Federal Correctional Officer working our housing unit (BA-1 Bldg) was a bald-headed white man with a thick goatee who we call “BIG HEATH”. Mr. Heath is a big guy and kind of looks like a Biker dude.
Like many officers working that night shift Mr. Heath was trapped like all of us. The non-stop rain had flooded all the high-ways and local roads leading too and away from USP Beaumont. The Federal Prison is built on a natural Flood Plane and not only was the compound flooded but our emergency generator of Bldg #1 was submerged in water.
‘Big Heath’ may not win any congeniality contests but he didn’t abandon us!! He stayed the course of the Storm. Mr. Heath worked about 30 hours straight and made sure we had food as well as bottled drinking water. Other than that, we were on our own.
The concrete cells at USP Beaumont were not made to sustain humyn life without the aid of the HVAC System. As the sun-set on September 19th, 2019 we lacked adequate oxygen and fresh air in our cell. My cellmate who we call ‘D’ has Asthma and the lack of proper ventilation in our cell brought on a vicious Asthma Attack!
‘D’ first started coughing profusely. His breaths became labored. As he wheezed and gasped for breath, he staggered to his locker and grabbed his inhalers. It was very dark by then–no lights, no air, and the Asthma Attack persisted. I began to worry and think of how to help my cell-mate.
As if on cue and just in the nick of time we heard voices and saw flash-light beams. It was two Lieutenants from the day-shift, a Lieutenant Franks and Lieutenant Feazicus. They were yelling loudly to all of us who were trapped in these cells saying: “Hey Fellas! We are going to pop open your food tray slots so you can get some fresh air!” end of quote
Both ‘D’ and I smiled and let out a sigh of relief. Regardless of any of the situations that I have found myself in I always acknowledge that GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL!
Lt. Feazicus, Lt. Franks as well as Mr. Heath and other Federal Officers provided us with Red Plastic Haz-Mat bags to defecate in!!! Yes, you heard me correctly—this was our reality here. Believe it!!!
These officers also brought large barrels of water so we could manually flush our toilets by pouring water on top of the large amounts of humyn waste which had accumulated in our toilets.
This is a short essay which tells a story of people helping people during a natural disaster. Many people in Amerikan Society are brainwashed in such a manner that many despise incarcerated humyn beings.
Please remember that Eighty-Five Percent of all current prisoners in the United States will eventually be released. Are not all humyn beings deserving to be treated with dignity, respected, and housed in humane settings??
One Observation that I must highlight is this: Two years after Hurricane Harvey and the Federal Bureau of Prisons still has not crafted a realistic Emergency Evacuation Plan for USP Beaumont.
Locking humyn beings down in concrete cages and then sitting on your hands until the Natural Disaster takes its course, is not an effective Plan! As I said before, USP Beaumont is built on top of a Flood Plane!! Tropical Storms and Hurricanes in this Geographical Location are only going to get more severe and intense.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL!!!!
PRISONERS LIVES MATTER!!!!
WE MUST CONTINUE ABOLISH ALL PRISONS
ESPECIALLY THE TOXIC ONES!!!!!

Sisters and Brothers and Comrades from all corners of the Globe if you support the work that my comrades and I do then please by all means necessary—-Share this piece and all information on Social Media. Demand today that the New Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons—-Mrs. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer take a long hard look at the conditions here at USP Beaumont. Ask her to visit us down here and when she does, ask her to interview me!! Your Soldier for Change Comrade Malik!!!! As I always say: ” The best Anti-Septic for Injustice is Sunlight!!” Let’s Shine a Bright Light on USP Beaumont.
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!!!!!

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Suicide Epidemic & Deadly Extreme Heat Continues to be Downplayed and Ignored inside Texas Prisons! 

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

“We have a responsibility to do what’s right so no one else has to suffer and die in our custody. That’s our responsibility…. We should look at this as a ministry — that they (Texas prisoners) are rehabilitated, not annihilated.” -Texas Representative Carl Sherman Jr. (D) Desoto 

The death toll inside Texas State Prisons continues to rise with no relief in sight. There is such a thing as Perception Management and “controlling the narrative”. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice employs a Public Information Officer named Jeremy Desel. Mr. Desel’s job is to misinform and mislead the public in regard to the conditions inside Texas Prisons. Managing the public’s perception of this unscrupulous State Agency is a very important job. 

For literally decades journalist Mike Ward co-operated with the State of Texas. Mike Ward used his platform to keep our loved ones blind, deaf, and dumb to the truth. The arrival of journalist Keri Blakinger balanced things out slightly but even Ms. Blakinger has her limitations. 

A close friend of mine who is currently housed at the H.H. Coffield Unit which is located in Tennessee Colony, Texas informed me that in the past two months there have been over 6 successful suicide deaths. 

These deaths prompted a visit to Coffield unit from TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier and other so called high ranking officials. It was only a couple months ago that Keri Blakinger of the Houston Chronicle reported that TDCJ was experiencing a 20 year high in respect to prisoner suicides. 

My friend who has been incarcerated for over 30 years blames the recent spike in deaths on a combination of deadly extreme heat and an uncontrollable K-2 epidemic. Synthetic marijuana is routinely brought into Texas Prisons by TDCJ employees looking to benefit from the illegal sale of the item among prisoners. 

I have no influence or status among prison guards nor do I ever wish to have any among this portion of the Texas workforce which co-operates enthusiastically and willingly with those who enslave us. 

However, I do have some influence among our fellow prisoners. So I have a question I’d like to pose to Texas prisoners as well as their loved ones in the free world:

“Would you choose the profits from your K-2 sales over the lives of your homeboys? Will you provide their families with comfort and financial stability now that they have died?”

For some it is easy to remain silent on this topic- I will not be silent! Synthetic marijuana use affects the body’s thermo-regulation mechanism. Can you imagine a 120℉ cell temp feeling like 150℉?!

Senator John Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston, Texas is the chairman of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Senator Whitmire refused to support or acknowledge pieces of legislation filed this past session that would have mandated state jails and prisons be kept between 65 and 85 degrees.

This Bill that would have alleviated the inhumanely hot conditions inside Texas prisons was authored by Texas Senator Carol Alvarado (D) Houston and Texas Representative Terry Canales (D) – Edinburgh. I actually sent Representative Canales a thank you card for his part in filing this Bill. You should know that Terry Canales also tried to deliver hygiene items, food, and water to children trapped in facilities operated by Customs & Border Patrol.

For years Senator John Whitmire has ignored his colleague’s attempts to address injustice, abuse, and inhumane conditions inside Texas prisons. If Senator Whitmire won’t listen to his own fellow legislators, why should anyone expect him or his staff to listen to an imprisoned activist like me? I think it is time the public at large send Senator Whitmire a clear message during the next election cycle!

There is a very good reason why I support the people’s Right to Vote. Your Vote is your Voice! In 2020 oppressed people in Amerika must literally and figuratively SCREAM!

There is some “House Cleaning” and “Senate Cleaning” that must be done in Texas – I’m Ready – Are you? End Prison Slavery! Prison Lives Matter! No pay – No work! Freedom over Everything! Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win! All Power to the People – Free Jason Renard Walker!

 

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, 

 

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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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