National Lawyers Guild stands by their Commitment to Protect the Rights of IWOC Imprisoned Freedom Fighters!

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and justin adkins

Peace and blessings!

We have hopeful news to report. On December 29, 2016, Comrade Malik received a letter from attorney  Ollie R. Jefferson.  Attorney Jefferson is based in Arlington, Texas it is one of the many dedicated servants of the people who serve on the National Lawyers Guild’s –  Prisoner Legal Advocacy Network or PLAN for short.

These are Guild attorney members across the United States who have been volunteering their services to protect prisoners from rights violations associated with the fallout from the national prison work stoppages which began September 9, 2016

PBS journalist Kamala Kelkar did an excellent web-story highlighting some of the problems Comrade Malik has faced.

inofficeComrade Malik was targeted by Texas prison officials. He was placed in long-term solitary confinement after being found guilty of a fabricated riot case during Kangaroo Court proceedings at the Coffield Unit located in Tennessee Colony, Texas.

Comrade Malik has suffered numerous injustices such as religious discrimination, which he rarely speaks about. For the past year-and-a-half, Texas prison officials have denied Malik’s religious practice of growing a fist length beard and wearing a kufi per the precepts of his Islamic faith! The Texas prison system has trampled all over Malik’s constitutional rights and we are encouraged by the professionalism and commitment of the National Lawyers Guild.

At this time we ask that all of you rally behind Comrade Malik and attorney Ollie R. Jefferson as they prepare to confront this oppressive and corrupt prison agency.

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

Comrade Malik and justin adkins

Tupac Shakur is one of my Panther Heroes

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Deputy chairman New Afrikan Black Panther Party – prison Chapter

As a member of Generation X, as I reflect back on my youth, only one person comes to mind when it comes to laying it all on the line and that’s Tupac Shakur! When it comes to using celebrity as a vehicle for change that no one did it with as much passion and fury as to park!

-Tim Young
Prisoner – San Quentin California

843622352-tupac-shakur-quotes-sayings-life-famousRevolutionary greetings comrades!

Well here we are 2017! Tupac has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. in my opinion Tupac embodied many qualities of a modern-day Black Panther. Of course he got it honestly Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur was an incredible black panther who overcame adversity such as personal demons and she uplifted her son’s Legacy!!

And what exactly is Tupac’s Legacy?

I believe if Tupac was here today he would don a bulletproof vest and travel to the city of Chicago and he would ask the Vice Lords and Gangster Disciples as well as all gangs in chi-town to stop the killing and refocus their efforts in a way that serves their communities rather destroy them!!

I think Tupac will call out President Barack Obama and ask him how in the hell can you sit on your ass and not go to your hometown in order to combat these senseless murders of our people!? Coward ass! Yeah I said that!

Dare to struggle dare to win all power to the people!

-Comrade Malik

Comrade Malik comments on the passing of singer/activist and philanthropist George Michael

by Keith “Malik” Washington, Chief Spokespersyn for End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

Peace & blessings sisters and brothers!
Over the holidays, we folks in Amerika were informed of the passing of singer George Michael, apparently, he died of a heart attack at the age of 53.
For those who follow my work and who really know me – they will tell you that I am an ardent supporter of the LGBTQ community and I stand up for Humyn Rights Activists everywhere.

Unknown to many – mainly because he kept it a secret – was George Michael’s unselfish and generous donations to numerous humanitarian causes; HIV & AIDS research being just one. George loved people.

I am a passionate lover of music. I truly believe in the healing power of music and the message of self-determination, revolution, and calls for action which can be found in certain artists’ work.

So today I ask my comrades, not to celebrate George’s death but celebrate his life! George Michael was a strong, proud, passionate, gifted and generous humyn being – and at the end of the day that is all any of us really are! We all are humyn! So love one another! OK?
Dare to struggle, dare to win. All power to the people!
Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington

TDC# 1487958, Eastham Unit: 2665 Prison
Road 1, Lovelady, Texas 75851

Update: End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

Comrade Malik reports from Behind Enemy Lines!

Revolutionary greetings comrades and Free World allies. Well, it’s 2017 it has been almost one year since Norris Hicks and I wrote the Bamboozled piece.

We never gave him his props but it was Comrade Anthony Robinson Jr. who inspired us to write this piece. As many of you may remember there was a parole forum held on Coffield Unit last year around this time. It was sponsored by the Texas Inmate Families Association or TIFA.  Executive Director of TIFA, Ms Jennifer Erschabek,  worked extremely hard to Lobby Texas legislators to do something about this fraudulent and corrupt good time/work time credit system utilized for the Texas prison system. Jennifer and some legislators came up with something called due diligence credits.

Aggravated and non-aggravated prisoners will be eligible for these credits which can be earned by working, taking a vocational trade, attending college, or attending some type of rehabilitation class or program. Sounds good! Only one major problem, and I’ve tried to contact Jennifer about this one sticking point – there is still no policy, regulation, or law in Texas which compels the parole board to recognize these credits!!

So in reality, nothing has changed but the name! Welcome to Texas folks!

This is not to take away from or belittle Jennifer’s efforts – she works her butt off for us!

For those who are familiar with politics and legislators, nothing happens in one session it takes years sometimes a decade to affect change. So this is a start.

For the incarcerated workers organizing committee, we have work to do this shit ain’t over!

Texas has resorted to a very volatile and impressive program of repression and censorship to Comrades such as myself, Comrade Rashid, and Comrade Jason Renard Walker.  We have been tagged as security threats, our outgoing and incoming mail is heavily scrutinized, I have even had mail thrown away by TDCJ employees.

The strategy has been to isolate us and place as much pressure on us so we will do one of two things: 1. throw our hands up and quit (NEVER!)  or 2. Act out violently so that will justify all of TDCJ is over-the-top repression tactics.

You see comrades, in Texas we don’t have papers such as the San Francisco Bay View,  California Prison Focus, or Turning the Tide for the most part politically advanced prisoners are on their own!

Twitch, from Central Texas ABC, has single-handedly support of the entire state of Texas for years!

Just recently we are seeing quality high-level support coming from IWOC comrades in Austin,  Houston, and Kansas City, Missouri.

I believe the most disheartening thing that has happened is the FBI’s attack on #BlackLivesMatter, the San Francisco Bay View, and comrades like me, Rashid, Kinetic Justice from the free Alabama movement, and Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan from the Free Ohio Movement.

It is hurtful, yet insightful at the same time.

We are heading into a new era in Amerika. An era where we will see heightened instances of totalitarianism, fascism, and surveillance state tactics. It is a time when our friends will become informants for fear of the imperialist regime may target them!

I’ve already witnessed this first-hand on Coffield Unit although I played the “stupid role.”

So let’s take a look at the work we are doing: 1: attempting to amend the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution 2: abolish prison slavery and in my case 3: exposing the pervasive problem of toxic Water Supplies in Texas and Pennsylvania! Yes I did say Pennsylvania!

Comrades, as I close this report I am requesting some of you to take the time to write, or type, brief letters to the legislature in Texas and explain to them the desperate need for an independent oversight committee. Those 13 or so suicides I witnessed last year on Coffield Unit left me emotionally scarred!! That, coupled with the toxic water we are forced to drink at Eastham unit is enough to motivate me! What about you? What about our free world friends?

Remember what rapper Lupe Fiasco said in his song “Words I Never Said,” “In order to become a doctor you have to become an actor! don’t be silent!”

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

-Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Empire Cast, will you stand with us?

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers. My name is Keith ‘Malik’ Washington the chief spokespersyn for the end prison slavery in Texas movement I’m also a proud member of the incarcerated workers organizing committee

The violent abuse of male and female prisoners, rapidly increasing suicides, environmental Injustice, and the exploitation of prison laborers are the hallmarks of the prison industrial complex in Amerika.

It is a fact that those most affected by mass incarceration in the United States are people of color. With this in mind I would like to ask the producers and writers of the hit series Empire:

Does Empire intend on taking a more direct approach at addressing the stark realities of mass incarceration?
Abolishing Prison Slavery in America would love to have the support of the cast of Empire!


To find out more:

Watch: 13th by: Ava Duvernay on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

Wear: One of our shirts to show your support to amending the 13th amendment: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/113670/ (ALL proceeds go to Comrade Malik)

Read: More by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington on SF Bay View

Mental Health Crisis in Coffield Unit

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

Approximately 13 men killed themselves on Coffield Unit located in Tennessee Colony, Texas in 2016. The Senior Warden Jeffrey Cotoe always reminds people he is a Christian. But that doesn’t help us this year! All that death and abuse I witness has taken a toll on me! Here’s something I’d like for you to read:

Approximately 13 suicides this year – mental illness is real

What would happen if we reframed the way we understand black male life in a way that took mental health seriously?… If instead of chastising young men for fighting over sneakers we asked why they feel worthless and unseen with-out them.

What if we didn’t label them junkies but rather recognize their need for affirmation.

What if we held our boys clothes when they cried instead of turning them away to face the frustration, pain, and sadness “ like a man.”  what if we believed that boys were worthy of second chances that didn’t involve prison cells. What if?

We might start to worry. Then we might start to heal.

Excerpt from Invisible Man, got the whole world watching: a young black man’s education ( Nation Books)  by: Mychal Denzel Smith

 

A Holiday Message

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

Today is December 9th, 2016. I’m still in ad-seg and the water here on Eastham unit located in Lovelady, Texas is contaminated.

Nevertheless, I still would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and jubilant Kwanzaa! Personally, I love Kwanzaa because it reminds me to focus on key African Concepts. Maybe justin will post some info about Kwanzaa and the key elements.

You know a humyn life is the most precious thing in the universe and I can’t help but feel sadness for the recent loss of life. The members of the Brazilian soccer team that died in a plane crash in Colombia, the 36 young people who died in a warehouse fire in Oakland, California. Beautiful young Spirits had so much to live for – so much potential. These things hurt me deeply. Contrary what Texas authorities say about me, I truly am humyn. In Texas – prison officials here labeled me as a black militant – Troublemaker.

Too many times I’ve been referred to as, “that smartass do-gooder n*****!”

Sisters and brothers, we are headed into some troublesome times. The deck is being truly stacked against us.

Umoja! Yes, Unity will be necessary to weather the storm. We have to be courageous and serious about our lives. We must live as if tomorrow may never come. On so many different levels we must get organized and not be afraid to act!

This is not a call to violence this is a call to voluntary mutual co-operation.

When protests are called for – protest.

When tweeting is called 4 – tweet.

When donations are needed – donate.

When it is time to March – March!

When self-defense is needed – defend!

When a comrade cries out for love and understanding – come out of your comfort zone to love one another!

Dare to struggle, Dare to win, all power to the people!

-Malik


note from justin:

Sorry for the delay in posting this holiday message. 

Kwanzaa information:

The Nguzo Saba  
(The Seven Principles)
Dr. Maulana Karenga

Nguzo Saba symbol for the seven principles of KwanzaaKwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community. These values are called the Nguzo Saba which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. Developed by Dr. Karenga, the Nguzo Saba stand at the heart of the origin and meaning of Kwanzaa, for it is these values which are not only the building blocks for community but also serve to reinforce and enhance them.

http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history

http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/connect/talk-back/what-is-kwanzaa/

Reflections on the Life and Death of Legendary Black Panther Fred Hampton

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Deputy chairman – New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison chapter)

Revolutionary greetings comrades and free world allies and friends. You know I’m going through a rough time right now but it’s worth it! All of us who have devoted our lives to improving or protecting the lives of others always encounter adversity; there is no struggle without sacrifice – remember that.

On December 4th, 1969 Comrade Fred Hampton and Mark Clark paid the ultimate price. They were assassinated by the Chicago Police Department and FBI while they slept!

Many of us know the story of betrayal that led to the death of these incredible servants of the people. Fred Hampton was the founder of the Rainbow Coalition. He organized Puerto Rican and white comrades around a revolutionary socialist agenda. My comrade justin adkins and I seek to carry on the legacy of Comrade Fred by creating a new version of the Rainbow Coalition encompassing comrades from every corner of society. If you’ve come to the realization that imperialism is exploiting the people and destroying the planet – then join us! You may be surprised what we have to offer.

Today let’s celebrate Comrade Fred’s life!

Comrade Malik Remembers the Historic Prison Activist David Ruiz

By Keith Malik Washington
(Excerpts of eulogy given by Gloria Rubac)

Revolutionary greetings comrades!

All of us who aspire to be great at something attempt to emulate those who have personified greatness in the Endeavor we are pursuing.

TDCJ inmate and prison reform activist David Ruiz leaving court in 1978 (with briefcase) (Photo By Alan Pogue)
TDCJ inmate and prison reform activist David Ruiz leaving court in 1978 (with briefcase) (Photo By Alan Pogue)

In Texas prisons, one of the most respected prison activists was David Ruiz. I think if Black Panther comrade Fred Hampton would have actually met David Ruiz the Rainbow Coalition would have benefitted greatly. I want to remind all of you that it is going to take multicultural and multi-racial Unity to finally abolish prison slavery in Amerika.

Gloria Rubac was a friend and fellow comrade of David Ruiz. Comrade Gloria eulogized David in 2005 at the request of his family. Here are some of the words she shared about her friend and this dedicated servant of the people.

David Ruiz, the jailhouse lawyer whose historic 1972 lawsuit forced the Texas prison system into the 20th century, died on Nov. 12 [2005]. He was 63 years old and had just been visited by his wife and three children at the prison hospital in Galveston, Texas. They were allowed to see him for only one hour. After they were forced to leave, Ruiz died. News of Ruiz’ death was reported in almost 100 newspapers around the country, all saying he had died of natural causes. That is a lie. He died of medical neglect.

Gloria Rubac continued to state that “The prison system discovered he had cancer in 2002 but did not tell him until 2005 and never treated the illness, he said. He had hepatitis C that he said he got from unsanitary prison conditions at the Coffield Unit. After filing writs, grievances and writing many letters, he received minimal and irregular treatment for six months only. He also was never treated for his gallstones, cataracts on both eyes, a hiatal hernia and injuries to both knees, both ankles and his back. […] No one in Texas prisons does easy time, but David’s was particularly cruel. The medical neglect killed him and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is responsible for his slow and painful death.”

More quotes from Gloria Rubac:

David and his wife, Marie, have three children that David dearly loved: Eva, David and Everett. All his children and grandchildren are proud of their father/grandfather and his contributions to bettering the lives of prisoners.”

A writing Professor named Dr. Katherine Kendall corresponded with David and she said he had three missions that kept him going the last year of his life:

  1. His campaign for adequate healthcare for Texas prisoners
  2. His campaign for programs for young people just getting into trouble with the law
  3. His desire to alert the public to the abuse, torture, and illegal Detention of immigrants in Texas prisons

Gloria Rubac continues:

David was a special person who will live forever in the hearts and in the history of so many: the Chicano community he loved, the prisoners he fought for, the activists he inspired, the organizers he worked with, and the legal writ writers he educated. David always had a quick smile for his friends and a sharp pen for his enemies. David will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

Gloria closes her piece with this:

davidruizDavid and his extraordinary courage will always be with us in spirit—on the picket line, in the law libraries, at the rallies, in the jail cell and wherever oppressed people are fighting for change, for revolution, to bring this racist system down.”

Sisters and brothers, David Ruiz was a phenomenal humyn being and he blazed the trail for prisoners like me. Comrade Gloria Rubac is still a leading voice in the campaign which seeks to finally abolish the death penalty in Texas.

A federal judge by the name of William Wayne Justice had to force Texas to make dramatic changes in its prison system – the ‘feds’ took over TDC and in 2002 the courts released the system back to State Control – I am here to tell the world it is time the feds came back to TDCJ the oppressors are back to their old tricks!

Medical neglect and deliberate indifference are rampant throughout the prison agency. The Prison Justice League, a prisoner rights and advocate organization based in Austin, Texas has sent a very detailed complaint to the Department of Justice describing the inadequate health care provided to Texas prisoners.

One of the most glaring problems, which has resulted in loss of life, is the blatant abuse and ill-treatment of mentally ill prisoners. I reported in September 2016 how the Coffield Unit has had approximately 13 suicides just this year!!

In December 2015 my legal advisor and friend Mr. John Dolley Jr. sent a formal complaint to the TDCJ Ombudsman office. In his complaint, Mr. Dolley alerted the TDCJ Health Services Division that “offenders at the Coffield Unit suffering from mental health issues have pleaded for attention from the mental health staff and they are being ignored.”  Ombudsman complaints can be viewed online the reference number for that particular complaint was:  11-5229-27.

The University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Health Care Program disregard “red flags” and cries for help. It’s time to expose these violators of the public trust and hold them accountable. I am determined to hold the legacy of David Ruiz will you help me do that?

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

UTMB phone 409-747-2715

Gregory Dingus – UTMB – mental health manager phone: 903-928-2211

TDCJ Has Transferred Me; the Struggle Must Continue

Keith “Malik” Washington Reports (Nov. 13, 2016):

Revolutionary greetings, sisters and brothers;

On Nov. 10, 2016 the State of Texas transferred me and 43 other men to the Administrative Segregation Unit at the East Ham Unit in Lovelady, Texas.

East Ham is one of the oldest units in the state. The conditions there are much worse than at the Telford Unit. The most glaring issue for prisoners and guards alike is contaminated drinking water!! High levels of copper and lead have been found in the water supply. The water has a horrible stench to it, like the sulfuric smell you get from roadside excavation projects. And the taste? – Absolutely repulsive!

I will need the help of our environmentalist comrades at the Human Rights Defense Center’s Prison Ecology Project as well as our comrades at Earth First! Journal. The situation here is similar to the one at Wallace Pack Unit, where there are high levels of arsenic in the water (See the exposés by Panagiotis Tsolas at https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/author/panagioti-tsolkas/).

The cells here are extremely small; outside recreation is limited to 2 or 3 times per week. A lieutenant who in 2012 unplugged the fans at the Estelle Unit during 100-degree weather is now a major here at East Ham. His job is to administer the Ad-Seg unit where I am housed. I described my experience with this officer (James Kent) in a 2014 article in SF Bay View (http://sfbayview.com/2014/03/panther-unleashed/).

Bright spots here are the food and the Muslim community. The food at East Ham is very good, as it was at the Pack Unit, but what is the sense in having good food if the pipes and plumbing have corroded to the point that the water supply is toxic?

The Muslim community here is full of conscious New Afrikan/Black men who stand firm on the square of righteousness. But I am isolated from the entire General Population, and it will only be through the pages of SF Bay View and Burning Spear that I will be able to communicate with the thousands of men and wimmin who have joined the movement to Abolish Prison Slavery and amend the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Sisters and brothers, I would like to thank all of you who have sent me postcards and letters of support. Please note my new address below.

No matter what dirty tricks the state plays, I will not abandon this fight. Socialists of all creeds, colors and economic backgrounds must unite and form a party that can gain the trust and loyalty of the workers and oppressed masses.

I will need help contacting the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the EPA as I attempt to expose and correct the water problem. I still need legal aid and media help as we push forward the agenda of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.

The election of Donald Trump should be used as a rallying point to all dedicated Servants of the People. During the Holiday Season please make a healthy financial donation to my favorite newspapers, San Francisco Bay View and Turning the Tide.

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

Keith H. Washington #1487958
East Ham Unit
2665 Prison Road #1
Lovelady, TX 75851