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Teaching Love Not Hate

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

As-salamu-alaykum and peace and blessings to ALL!

A couple weeks ago I released a message criticizing the United States and Israeli governments ‘calculated genocide’ which they have begun to force upon Palestinian People in Gaza and beyond.

There were statements that I made which could be construed as hate speech. These points were brought to my attention by a Marxist Scholar who happens to be my mentor and friend.

In keeping with the practice of self-criticism/criticism I will address my wrong statements. I take ownership of my mistake and ask that all of you forgive me for sowing seeds of hate and allow me to rectify this. Although I am angry and frustrated over the situation I must hold myself strictly accountable for my words and my actions. I am a humyn rights activist and not a ‘War Monger’ or promoter of violence. There is a huge difference between advocating ‘Self-defense’ and engaging in acts of indiscriminate violence.

One specific point which needs addressing is my suggestion that the post World War II issue of Jewish refugees might have been solved by actually annexing “a portion of German” rather than occupying Palestine. On multiple levels this statement that I made is flawed and I officially retract it!!!

First, condemning colonization in one place does not justify it in another place.

Secondly, I placed a ‘collective guilt’ on ALL German people. This is historically incorrect and perpetuates hate. I WAS WRONG!!

From my studies I learned of numerous German people who risked their lives to save Jewish humyn beings from Nazis! In my own work as a humyn rights activist and abolitionist some of my most ardent and dedicated supporters are German and Austrian comrades.

These are Objective Facts! I allowed my Subjective Feelings to cloud my judgement. Now that we have that taken care of, allow me to tell all of you a little about myself because more and more people have been asking: “Who is this guy Comrade Malik?”

I am the product of a union between a beautiful and intelligent Jordanian womyn with Palestinian roots (my ummi) and a wonderful and hard working New Afrikan/Latino man (my baba.) Both my parents are deceased. Like many Islamic households throughout the world “LOVE” for our fellow humyn beings was taught in our home.

As a teenager, I worked for Palestinian Immigrants who owned a pizza shop and a “Greek” restaurant located in a predominantly Jewish part of town in Pittsburgh, PA< USA, My employer, Imad, was well respected and like by all. Even though we were Muslims serving mostly Jewish people in a Jewish part of town, we never had feelings of hatred. We often laughed how people ran to eat our “Greek” cuisine which consisted of: baba ghanoush, humas with pita break, tabuli salad, falafel balls with tahini sauce, baklava, and lamb meat gyros!!! Of course I had a dream job for those who enjoy Middle Eastern delicacies which our many patrons perceived to be “Greek.”

So like many of you reading this message my heart breaks to see my Palestinian Sisters and brother being executed by the IDF. I am also troubled by the violence perpetrated by my own Palestinian sisters and brothers. Our Holy Prophet(SAW) did not teach us to act like this. However, Palestinian blood runs through my veins. My mother’s parents were from Ramallah!! So of course I have an issue with Zionists!! The Amerikan Media and Press Corps plays down the atrocities perpetrated by the Israeli Army (IDF) against innocent unarmed Palestinian People. I LOVE PLESTINIAN PEOPLE Let’s make that perfectly clear. I must instruct and advise my sisters and brothers in a manner that preserves their lives and promotes our struggle in a positive manner. The world is watching! Senseless acts of violence against Israeli citizens is not going to help garner world support for our cause and whoever is promoting this mode of thinking is not thinking or acting rationally. If we are serious about developing a state of our own which provides economic stability and freedom as well as justice and equality for all, we must get serious about teaching the Palestinian Youth the precepts of Socialism and Marxist Theory!

However, the conditions on the ground are such that many young Palestinians are being slaughtered like sheep by the Israeli army and ‘Secret’ Israeli Intelligence Units from the MOSSAD. The wholesale murder of humyn beings must be stopped on both sides now if we are to make any progress. Then and only then can we try to develop the financial resources to fund the education of our leaders of tomorrow and encourage our youth to return to our Palestinian homeland and help build a state we can all be proud of.

I envision a sovereign Palestinian enclave which has businesses of export and import, quality schools, Mosques, Churches, and Synagogues, and a Palestinian Police Force and Palestinian Army that is fully equipped to protect the sovereignty of our citizens.

But the key to our future success in Palestine is the YOUTH!! Nevertheless, we face some harsh realities. I recently was studying information posted on the website electronicintifada.net here is what I found:
“Some 1,300 Palestinian prisoners participated in a hunger strike starting in April 2017, they demanded basic improvements to their prison conditions, including access to public phones, air conditioning and heating. They also protested systematic medical negligence, solitary confinement, reduction in family visits, and the common use of administrative detention which is the draconian policy by which Palestinians are routinely held without charge or trial by indefinitely renewable military orders.”

Sisters and brothers it is 2018 and not much has changed. As I sit crafting this message in an Amerikan Prison in Texas, so many of these demands I can personally relate to!! I am half a world away and yet these conditions I face in the so called “Land of the Free” resonates with me!

I want so much for my Palestinian Sisters and Brothers. I want them to have access to a quality education, clean and safe drinking water, I want them to be able to interact with their Loved Ones outside of an Israeli Prison, I’ve come to the realization that in all of our interactions whether in the World or even in cyberspace we must proceed with hikmat (wisdom), sabr (patience), and LOVE. I’d like to remind all of you what our Holy Prophet (SAW) taught us in terms of preserving humyn life!! And remember Allah’s promise to the believers in Quran Surah 23 Ayats 1 and 2!! IQROH!!!

I would really enjoy hearing from many of you, please write me at the address posted. I leave you all in peace!

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

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a humyn rights activist currently incarcerated in Texas. He is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement. Malik is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter). Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. You can view his work at comrademalik.com or write him directly at:

Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington

TDC #1487958

Eastham Unit

2665 Prison Rd. #1

Lovelady, Texas 75851

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#MeToo Stories from Inside Texas Prisons

By Comrade Keith Malik Washington

Peace and Blessings, Sisters and Brothers!

The state of Texas and prison officials who work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) do not want you to read this essay. They want you to continues to accept the deceptions and lies they feed you about their so called criminal justice system.

A #MeToo project in Texas prisons is taking off; wimmin who are housed inside facilities operated by TDCJ are ready to begin telling their stories, and these will be coming out in the following weeks and months.  You may be surprised to know the pervasive and systemic problem of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and abuse of wimmin inside TDCJ prisons. Allow me to explain.

In early 2014 I was housed at Wynn Farm’s medium custody unit, after spending the prior year at the same facility but in the Ad-Seg unit. The warden there, Kevin Mayfield, was known to hate prisoners and created an atmosphere in which TDCJ officers felt comfortable mistreating and abusing them.  He also demonstrated erratic behavior, and there were whispers of alcohol addiction circulating widely (though these could be unconfirmed rumors).

But Mayfield’s abuse wasn’t restricted to prisoners; he also made inappropriate sexual overtures and advances to a commissary employee named Ms. Duke.  This was only the beginning, and he was about to get a dose of karma. The state of Texas ordered an audit of state-issued Blackberry phones. Warden Mayfield was one of the employees chosen to have his Blackberry searched, and was found to have sexually explicit images on his state-issued device.

Some say he had photos of his secretary on the phone.  Some say he had photos of children on his phone. But apparently, he had something inappropriate because Mayfield was fired in 2014!  Not long after this, he attempted to take his own life.

For those of you who doubt the validity of or the veracity of my allegations, I encourage you to question Senator John Whitmire.  Better yet, ask TDCJ”s new public information officer Jeremy Desel! Or better yet, do your own online research concerning the corrupt and unscrupulous agency.

But the problem goes way beyond Mayfield.  TDCJ has a serious problem with ignoring sexual harassment in the workplace. It is time to expose these issues and rectify the problem now.  Wimmin are not sex objects; they are human beings deserving of dignity and respect!

In 2015, Sergeant Eddie Collins was working as a shift supervisor at the Pack Unit located in Navosta.  I was only there for approximately 120 days in 2015 but in that short time I observed Collins be charged with sexual harassment and sexual misconduct and not a damn thing happened!  How do you think his victims felt? I remember the female TDCJ employees who were victims to Collins’ unwanted advances but I will preserve their anonymity out of respect.

Here at Eastham Unit, there have been numerous allegations of gender-based discrimination and misconduct, and one Lieutenant was recently fired for sexual harassment.  But how many more have not been held accountable and gotten away with their bad behavior?

And if this is how female staff are treated, how do you think our incarcerated sisters are treated??  You see sisters and brothers there is an uneven power dynamic which exits within these prison walls. Ranking officers are given a lot of responsibility and authority.  Many abuse that authority and enforce their will upon subordinate employees and prisoners alike. The office of the Inspector General is supposed to thoroughly investigate claims of sexual abuse or harassment in the workplace and of the prisoners housed in TDCJ facilities.  However, I have observed that the IG performs half-hearted and lackluster investigations and many times the sexual predators in GREY continue on when there is more than enough evidence to have them convicted in a court of law!

There are many different shades and colors to changing the culture inside TDCJ.  However, let it be known to all that the ultimate culture change for me and other abolitionists in Texas and beyond is to CLOSE ALL PRISONS!!!

But until then, we will fight for the humyn and civil rights of all prisoners.  This is why I will be helping to amplify the voices of the wimmin in Texas prisons.  With free world #MeToo exposures many times the victims were harassed, threatened, ostracized or punished!  Look at what is happening with President Trump and Stormy Daniels! If that’s what happens out in the free world, just imagine the retaliation our incarcerated sisters are risking by speaking up.  So it is our responsibility to support them and have their backs when they do!!

If the stories I just told got your attention, just wait until our incarcerated sisters in Texas start to tell you their stories!  Y’all gon learn today!

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

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Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a humyn rights activist currently incarcerated in Texas. He is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement. Malik is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter). Malik is part of the movement to abolish legalized slavery in Amerika and is active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. You can view his work at comrademalik.com or write him directly at:

Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington

TDC #1487958

Eastham Unit

2665 Prison Rd. #1

Lovelady, Texas 75851

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TDCJ Field Ministers help to usher in Dramatic “Culture Change” at the Eastham Unit! Written by: Keith “Malik” Washington

TDCJ Field Ministers help to usher in Dramatic “Culture Change” at the Eastham Unit!  Written by: Keith “Malik” Washington

 

Peace and Blessings Sisters and Brothers!  It is your brother in Struggle, your solider for Change, Comrade Malik reporting in from the Texas Gulag.  April is here and with the new month we have Easter, Spring time, Reflections on the Past, and New Beginnings!  Last year around this time, prisoners at Eastham were falling out in droves suffering from “Toochie Attacks”.  Toochie or Tune is the street name or rather prison name for K-@ also known as synthetic marijuana.  Last year, this Unit was flooded with the drug and it created a horrible atmosphere of chaos and violence.  Prisoners were assaulting each other and Staff.  This created a hostile work environment and some officers lost their cool also.  Eastham was in need of a spiritual revival.

In Ad-Seg last year I was fighting for more humane conditions of confinement.  We had a Roach and Rodent infestation problem and our opportunities for outside recreation were limited to 2 or maybe 3 times a week.  I am glad to report that a lot has changed for the better here at Eastham Uni and I attribute it to a few things.  First, in Ad-Seg we have a new Warden.  Kenneth Hutto has a much different “management style” than the previous warden.  He is strict but fair and he does not tolerate an un-sanitary or un-healthy environment.  He seems to realize that human beings who live in small cells 23 to 2 hours a day, 365 days out of a year need adequate opportunities for outside recreation.  We’ve been getting 5 days a week!  The weather is starting to get nice so I will be going out regularly in order to shed these extra pounds I’ve picked up during winter.

One of the most welcome additions to Eastham are prisoners who attended and graduated from TDCJ’s Theological Seminary School which is at the Darrington Unit located in Rosharon, Texas.  The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary School (SWBTS) at Darrington is privately funded.  After completing 125 accredited hours in approximately four and a half years students received a Bachelor or Science Degree in Biological Studies and officially become “Field Ministers”.  Senator John Whitmire has been one of the biggest supporters and advocates for these “Field Ministers”.  In Theory they are supposed to go out into the General Population and Ad-Seg Units and act as an Extension of the TDCJ Chaplaincy Department.  I actually had the pleasure of meeting and becoming close friends with a couple of these college trained “Field Ministers” and I can tell you that these men are incredible Ambassadors for Positive Change!  Stanley Rucker and Melvin Aviva are just two of the “Field Ministers” I’ve grown to know and work with here at Eastham.

When brother Stanley discovered that a lot of prisoners in Ad-Seg were without Whirl-wind fans, he took the initiative to create a list and gave it to the Senior Warden here Billy Lewis.  Warden Lewis contacted the Property Officer here and on June 21, 2017 Ad-Seg prisoners got fans!!  Brother Melvin and Brother Stanley also helped me address some sanitation issues we were having here in Ad-Seg.  In General Population Melvin, Stanley and the other “Field Ministers” began to work on the HEARTS and MINDS of prisoners who were in the midst of addiction to K-2!!  Medium Custody prisoners were some of the most frequent victims of the so called “Toochie Attacks” so that is where Brother Stanley and Brother Melvin went to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the prisoners who needed it the most!!  And I am a MUSLIM and I LOVE AND RESPECT THESE SOLIDERS FOR CHRIST BECAUSE THEY HAVE INTEGRITY AND HONOR!!  And I was not the only one who noticed!  During Hurricane Harvey last September Eastham hosted hundreds of prisoners from the C.T. Terrell Unit.  They were housed in the Gym and in the Chapel area.  It was our “Field Ministers” who acted as servants and helpers to these prisoners/evacuees many who were elderly, disabled, and infirm.  In essence, our “Field Ministers” acted as Home Health Aids providing care and support for our guests!  So in theory, Senator Whitmire hoped that the “Field Ministers” could help deliver the Message of Christ but in PRACTICE these “Field Ministers” have done that and so much more!!

A “spirit” of peace and tranquility has descended upon the Eastham Unit.  There is co-operation between high ranking staff and the “Field Ministers”.  What I mean is that these “Field Ministers” have earned the respect of the Administration and thus they have been granted a lot of latitude to move about and interact with all security levels.  The “Field Ministers” are PROBLEM SOLVERS ACTUALLY ACTING AS A LIASON BETWEEN PRISONERS AND THE ADMINISTRATION.  I am so supportive of these men because they are a manifestation of qualitative and quantitative change in a system which has been stagnated in the “OLD WAYS” for years!  On top of that, I can teach more people how to fight for their rights when they aren’t angry and “high” on K-2!!  More later Comrades!! This is Comrade Malik signing off until next time!! All Power to the People!!!

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter). Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. You can view his work at comrademalik.com or you can write him directly at:
Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington
TDC #1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Rd. #1
Lovelady, Texas 75851
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Comrade Malik Speaks: Come Out to Support California Prison Focus at their Community Block Party in Oakland, CA on MARCH 23rd, 2018!!!

Comrade Malik Speaks:  Come Out to Support California Prison Focus at their Community Block Party in Oakland, CA on MARCH 23rd, 2018!!!

Peace and Blessings Sisters and Brothers!!! I have some wonderful news to share with you and I hope you are listening.  The Movement which seeks to End Prison Slavery and Amend the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is growing exponentially.  One of the reasons for that growth is the work and dedication of a “New Generation” of Activists calling themselves the New Abolition Movement.  Nube Brown is one of those “New Abolitionists” and for the past year she has been volunteering with California Prison Focus.  California Prison Focus is a grass-roots organizations working to END SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND OTHER FORMS OF TORTURE AND ABUSE IN CALIFORNIA PRISONS.

On MARCH 23, 2018 California Prison Focus will hold a BLOCK PARTY in front of their office in Oakland, CA.  This event is co-organized and sponsored AMEND THE 13th which is a dynamic and innovative organization led by a California Prisoner named Heshima Denham. As a Prison Abolitionist I can’t tell you how very important it is to come out and support CPF and to learn more about the work of Amend the 13th.  Without a doubt, it is: communities of color which only sense that we begging to actively support the individuals and groups who continue to fight on behalf of our Loved Ones trapped inside these modern day Slave Kamps and Gulags operated by the Californial Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).  There is definitely a sharp increase in the participation of women of color in this Abolitionist Movement.  Nube Brown is one of the “rising starts’ Of this Movement as well as Krystal Roundtree of IAMWE and Kilaika Shakur of George Jackson University.

I recently heard from our sister in struggle Nube Brown and here is what she had to say about the up-coming Block Party in Oakland: “We are organizing a Community Summit/Street Fair in Oakland on the 23 of March.  We are trying to form a United Front of organizations and community members who are committed to ALL aspects of self determination, self rule, and advocacy and most importantly community cooperation.”  Sisters and Brothers I strongly encourage you to come on imperative the WE as a People support those who support us and tell them Comrade Malik sent you!! ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

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HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST IN TEXAS PRISON FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT CITING RETALIATION AND RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION!

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a Human Rights Activist, Environmentalist, Jailhouse Lawyer, and Freedom Fighter currently incarcerated in Texas. (Eastham Unit Ad-Seg located in Lovelady, Texas)
In 2015, Malik was housed at the Pack I Unit, a prison located in Navasota, Texas and the center of a current legal battle which seeks to force the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to install air conditioning at the facility.

While housed at Pack I in June thru September 2015, Mr. Washington (known to his friends as ‘Malik’) discovered the presence of high levels of ARSENIC in the water supply. Malik, who has become an accomplished journalist, began to expose the toxic water.

Malik also witnessed the mistreatment and abuse of elderly and infirm prisoners who were housed at Pack I. The abusers being TDCJ employees. Malik who is also an orthodox sunni muslim witnessed and was personally subjected to horrible acts of religious discrimination.

With the help of a dedicated network of Free-World Activists, Scholars, and Media Correspondents Malik was able to File Grievances while his supporters filed Formal Public Complaints with the TDCJ Ombudsman Office. (All of these actions are well documented.)
In a blatant act of retaliation for engaging in what the US Supreme Court has described as ‘Protected Conduct’, Malik was Transferred to a Maximum Security Prison with a Gang Problem. The Unit also has the distinction of being the largest prison in the Texas System. It is the HH Coffield Unit located in Tennessee Colony, Texas.

Upon his arrival on the unit in September 2015 Malik was informed by leading members of the Prison Muslim Community at Coffield that TDCJ Employee Chaplain Akbar Shabazz had phone the unit and ORDERED THEM not to allow Malik to speak at any Muslim Services and that Malik was not to be allowed to hold any position in the Muslim Community. It is noteworthy to mention that Malik has been the Muezzin on many Units. The Muezzin is the person who makes the Call to Prayer or Adhan before Salat (prayer). Not only did this TDCJ employee infringe upon Malik’s Religious Practice, he went further by telling the Muslim Inmate Leaders that Malik was an Islamic Extremist and a ‘Troublemaker’ who should be watched very closely. In essence this slanderous activity placed Malik in harm’s way.

This was only the beginning of a long history of reprisals against Malik for exercising his Free Speech Rights or attempting to Access the Courts or teach others to do so.

Many Prison Abolitionists know that on September 8th 2016, one day before the largest Prison Work Strike in history, Malik was placed in solitary confinement and charged with a Riot that never materialized. Malik still languises in Ad-Seg locked in a small cage 23 to 24 hours a day!

Recently in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division: Malik has filed a Civil complaint (Lawsuit) against TDCJ – CID Director Lorie Davis as well as a long list of TDCJ employees which includes Chaplain Akbar Shabazz. In the Lawsuit Malik alleges that TDCJ employees engaged in an elaborate conspiracy to violate his Civil Rights, infringe upon his Religious Practice and Retaliate against him for filing grievances and Federal Lawsuits. The lawsuit also addresses the Toxic Water issues at Eastham:

(https://nationinside.org/campaign/prison-ecology/posts/complaints-launched-over-toxic-conditions-at-texas-eastham-unit-prison-2/)

The Cause# 6:17-cv-00401-RC-KNM. (Eastern District of Texas)

The Case is being supervised by Chief US District Judge Ron Clark and has been assigned to US Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell. Judge Mitchell will be handling all hearings of Pre-Trial matters and she will be submitting all recommendations for the disposition of Malik’s petition to US District Judge Clark.

At this time, Malik and his Support Network is sending out a plea for Legal Representation. We would like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Center for Constitutional Rights, as well as the Texas Civil Rights Project to review Malik’s allegations against TDCJ as we have seen a pattern of practice in which TDCJ conspires to retaliate against all prisoners who engage in ‘protected conduct’ and attempt to Access the Courts.

Malik is a Jailhouse Lawyer who is well versed in Constitutional Law, but he is no match for the State of Texas Attorney General Office which has employed unscrupulous tactics in the past in order to sabotage Malik’s litigation efforts.

We are reaching out to Civil Rights Lawyers everywhere who will be willing to come to Texas and aid our brother in Struggle.

 

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a humyn rights activist currently incarcerated in Texas. He is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement. Malik is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter). Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. You can view his work at comrademalik.com or write him directly at:

 

Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington

TDC #1487958

Eastham Unit

2665 Prison Rd. #1

Lovelady, Texas 75851

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Muslims & Jews in Texas Prisons need Legal Aid!

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

I want to take this time to clarify some important issues regarding the recent dismissal of my lawsuit which relates to the growing of our Beards and the wearing of Kufis and Yarmulke prayer caps inside facilities operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) (reference: Keith Washington v. Bryan Collier, et al. Civil Action No: 6:16-cv-1139-RC-JDL)

First, I want to state for the record that the Albritton Law Firm located in Longview, Texas has exceeded all of my expectations in regards to this lawsuit. We won on many issues and forced policy change which promotes a more inclusive, diverse, and tolerant environment inside Texas prisons.

Allow me to describe this in more detail in order to provide a clearer picture:
#1 With regard to the beard issue, TDCJ now has a policy which permits all prisoners to grow a fist length religious beard upon request. This includes Muslims and Jewish prisoners.
#2 TDCJ no longer requires prisoners to shave our beards on an annual basis! (This policy change was a direct result of this litigation.)
#3 In reference to the Kufi and Yarmulke issue; TDCJ now has a policy which permits all Muslims and Jews to wear religious headgear throughout all TDCJ facilities. However, the Attorney General of Texas and TDCJ interjected some deceptive language!! The only Kufi and Yarmulke we can wear must be purchased from the prison commissary!! I have a serious problem with this new policy and so should you. Here’s why: 70% of the prisoners housed in facilities operated by TDCJ are indigent – they have no money and TDCJ refuses to pay or compensate
prisoners for the labor they perform.

So the question presents itself: “If we have no money, how can we purchase a Kufi or Yarmulke and enjoy the Tenets of our faith?”
Sisters and brothers, TDCJ and the state of Texas cannot craft a policy which discriminates against prisoners who are indigent or have no money!! Moreover, there are hundreds if not thousands of Muslim and Jewish prisoners in Texas who have received approved Kufis and Yarmulkes for free (no charge) from non-profit religious organizations. We have these items in our possession but Texas in trying to monetize our right to practice our faith and extorting our family members!
The new policy on religious headgear is blatantly discriminatory and violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. We also may have a 1st Amendment – Free Exercise Clause Violation here. This specific issue was outside the scope of Albritton’s representation of me in this particular civil lawsuit. With that said, other prisoners are stepping up to the plate and challenging this policy as we speak! TDCJ and the Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton continue to craft policies which smack of antisemitism, islamophobia, and xenophobic tendencies.

Albritton Law Firm can’t do all the fighting alone. We desperately need help from Muslim and Jewish lawyers from organizations such as CAIR, the ACLU, the ADL. I am requesting that there be interfaith cooperation on this subject. We need your help.

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

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Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison
Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing
Committee and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party
(Prison Chapter). Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized
slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. You can view
his work at comrademalik.com or you can write him directly at:
Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington
TDC #1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Rd. #1
Lovelady, Texas 75851

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Juneteenth Call to Action

Juneteenth Call to Action- Written by: Keith “Malik” Washington

Juneteenth Call to Action
ATTENTION! Black Activists, Freedom Fighters, and Concerned Citizens.
Subject: Request for Mutual Aid in Raising the Public’s AWARENESS in regard to the MOVEMENT which seeks to ABOLISH PRISON SLAVERY and Amend the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution
From: Keith ‘Malik’ Washington


Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers in the struggle!


My name is Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and I am a human rights and civil rights activist who is currently incarcerated in the state of TEXAS. Juneteenth is an abolitionist Holiday in which WE celebrate and reflect about the moment in history when Slaves in Texas finally got word that the Civil War had ended.
For two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, ROGUE slave owners continued to exploit Black People by forcing slavery upon our Ancestors. This year during your regular Juneeenth celebrations and fellowship with loved ones and members of your Community–OUR COMMUNITY–I am requesting you consider doing something that will help raise the Public’s Awareness in regards to The Struggle.
Sisters and Brothers, there is a Movement which seeks to Abolish ‘legalized’ Slavery in Amerika. A Movement which is fighting hard to Amend the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution which has allowed ‘slave like’ conditions to continue under the guise of Mass Incarceration and forced Involuntary Servitude.
We would like your help in raising the public’s awareness as it relates to Ending Prison Slavery inside the State of Texas and Beyond!
I’d like to encourage all of you to arrange viewings of Director Ava Duvernay’s trailblazing film “13th” on JUNETEENTH!!
Texas has the largest state prison system in the United States. There are disproportionate amounts of Black and Brown Human Beings who are trapped inside these modern day Slave Kamps and Gulags. We are being degraded, dehumanized, mistreated, and abused and what is shocking is your Tax Dollars are Funding these institution!!!
Sisters and Brothers, there can be No Meaningful Change Without YOU!
Let’s create positive conversations and dialogues about this topic. I and hundreds of like minded activists across the Nation would certainly appreciate your help. God Bless you All!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter). Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Malik has begun to work closely with Heshima Denham who is the Chief Spokespersyn and Chairman of Amend the 13th and is also partnering with Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun (Formerly known as Melvin Ray) a founding member of the Free Alabama Movement. You can view Malik’s work at comrademalik.com or you are encouraged to write him directly at:
Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
TDC#1487958
Eastham Unit
Lovelady, Texas 75851
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