In order to abolish slavery in Amerika we must acknowledge that it still exists!

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

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

We cannot continue to make conscious decisions that ignore our past because those thoughts make us feel uncomfortable. Slavery happened here in Amerika and it is still happening, especially in Amerika’s numerous slave kamps and gulags which most call prisons.

I studied the Presidency of Barack Obama very closely and I noticed he constantly embraced an elitist or exceptionalist narrative when speaking of the United States. Former President Obama would give “the world” the impression that the US was a bastion of humyn and civil rights protections. When in reality the opposite is true – Amerika is just better than most at covering up the abuse and mistreatment of its citizens.

In an interview conducted by journalist Kamala Kelkar of the PBS Newshour Weekend, my friend and humyn rights attorney Ollie Jefferson said: “We have human rights violations here as much as in other countries.” Attorney Jefferson has spent most of her legal career working with immigrants so it goes without saying that she is very familiar with the criminal justice system in Amerika.

When we speak of prison slavery in Amerika, we think of forced labor and involuntary servitude and no-one says that this is not happening. However, there are other elements of slavery – the unsavory and despicable elements present in and out of Amerika’s prisons.

The torture, the sex slaves, the indentured servants, the political prisoners, the so-called eco-terrorists and the framed-up Muslims right here in Amerika.
The state of Texas hates it when I get to beating my ‘drum’ because the oppressors know there is nothing they can do to silence me. The tactic they have embraced is censorship claiming my words represent security threat information. I expose human and civil rights abuses, I engage in political and legal discourse in hopes of raising the public’s awareness.

The State sees nothing wrong with the current system, in their eyes all is well – but is it?

Let’s take a look behind the iron curtain and allow me to introduce to you Texas prisoner Omar Valdez. Omar has served approximately 24 years and 6 months on a 25 year sentence! Omar has spent approximately 22 years in solitary confinement right here on the Eastham Unit in Lovelady, Texas. Omar has been denied parole over 11 times! Omar has spent years not incurring disciplinary infractions with the hope that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles would give him a chance to rebuild his life. They didn’t!

The Prison Legal News had a front page article in February 2017 entitled “TRAPPED: California wastes tens of millions of dollars a year keeping people in prison long after they’ve been rehabilitated – denying parole for arbitrary reasons and destroying lives in the process” by Sam Levin of the East Bay Express.

Now I want you to replace California with Texas and I want you to listen to Omar’s words and ask yourself “can’t we do better”? Without further ado I present to you Omar Valdez!

“Mr Malik, greetings, it is a pleasure to meet you. I appreciate you and folks like you who get out there on the ‘front lines’ fighting the good fight.
My name is Omar B. Valdez, TDC# 726686. I reside on the Eastham Unit located in Lovelady, Texas. I’ve resided here for the past 2 ½ decades! I’m serving a 25 year aggravated sentence for the charge of murder. I’ve been locked up since October 3rd, 1992. I arrived here on Eastham Unit on March 4th, 1996, and I’ve been here ever since! I have never left this unit.

I am in Administrative Segregation due to my previous gang affiliation. I have been a non-active ex-gang member since 2002. I made this choice in order to better my life and increase my chances of making parole. This did not help. TDCJ ignored my communications, my pleas fell on deaf ears!

I came to the realization long ago that no matter how good I did, it would have absolutely no bearing on my freedom. Nevertheless, I’ve continued to keep a very low profile and follow the rules. I’ve gone years at a time without incurring any disciplinary infractions. Sometimes 5, 6, even 10 years with not one infraction, to no avail. I received denial after denial after denial.

On January 30th 2017, I came up for parole for the 12th and final time. On March 10th 2017, I received my answer – parole denied – serve all! Well, now it’s June 2017 and I discharge my 25 year sentence on October 7th 2017, just a few months away.

TDCJ has given me no education, no job skills, nothing except solitary confinement and torture for over 22 years here on Eastham Unit.
There are limited resources we have back here in Ad-Seg. Unless you have money to pay for outside college courses, you are out of there. I would have thought that by now, after all these years, TDCJ and the State of Texas would have come up with some really incredible in-cell programming for us – they haven’t!

Many in free-world society are not aware of what we endure in these places. Brother Malik has only been here a few months, but I’ve been here for over 20 years to please allow me to enlighten you.
I understand this is prison and I’ve paid my dues for my crime, but does that justify me being subjected to live in unsanitary conditions? Rats and roaches all over the place, having to drink this contaminated water. At one point a couple of years back we were told TDCJ didn’t monitor or test the water properly for over a year.

Eastham Administrators put together an Inter-Office Communication which said “if you are experiencing a negative reaction of some type, put in a sick call, etc etc” Imagine that I said – they wait a whole year before informing us? Then they frequently post “boil notices” – how do we do that? We have no means to do that. So what are we to do? Go without drinking water? Thus far God has blessed me not to have had any serious problems, but I’ve experienced problems in my throat, like I lose my voice from time to time or I can’t talk too loud or I start choking and coughing. I don’t know if it is from the contaminated water or these chemical gas agents they keep using on us!
I do all I can to avoid the infirmary because they’ve shown me nothing but carelessness and negligence time and time again. UTMB don’t care about us – period. (UTMB is the University of Texas Medical Branch.)

I’ve seen a lot here at Easham. I’ve seen inmates get infected with TB, and I’ve seen folks get prescribed the wrong medication and it turn fatal. One time I saw a female sergeant coax a guy into committing suicide. Sad to say, but he was successful! Now that same sergeant is a Lieutenant right here at Eastham. Boy, if these walls could talk…

It has been hard to maintain my sanity all these years. Truth is one has to have a strong mind and strong will, otherwise it easy to be consumed by these walls. I’ve lost so many loved ones during this stretch. I lost both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, I lost my son and my sister! It hurts, you know? I’m paying for my crimes dearly.

So very soon I’ll be spit out into society at the age of 50. I have minimal job skills and education. I must ask all of you “what does this say about the Texas system? About their administrative segregation units? About the parole system? Thank you for your time and concern.
Respectfully, Omar Valdez TDC #726686”

Well, sisters and brothers, I really don’t have a lot to add to Omar’s story. It took some courage for him to come forward and speak out. I think a lot of us are tired of hearing people like Jason Clark and Robert Hurst, the spokespersyns for TDCJ, feed the public a bunch of deceptions and lies. As another session of the Texas Legislature comes to an end, the slavery continues inside Texas prisons.

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

P.S. Breaking News! – Update
On May 18th 2017, 3 hours after Malik put the finishing touches on this essay, Omar B Valdez was notified by TDCJ staff that he is going to a pre-release program at the Estelle High Security unit in Huntsville, Texas! Omar vows to never return to prison. Let’s hope he can honor his words. After 24 years and 8 months in a Texas prison, the deck is unfairly stacked against him! Although he is elated to be leaving a couple of months early, he says the system is still very dysfunctional and broken.

In solidarity, Comrade Malik

Bio
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 he 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 Road 1 Lovelady, Texas 75851 (936) 636-7321 ext. (**009)

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Horrific Conditions for Live-Stock Animals in Texas Prisons Exposed

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

“Instead of supporting the hidden cruelties of factory farms and slaughterhouses, each of us can choose to act with compassion by boycotting animal agriculture.”

–Vegan Outreach

[The film, Cowspiracy, documents the enormous impact the meat and dairy industry has on the environment and climate change. One really should eat vegan to really be an environmentalist. –Mark M Giese, typist]

My name is Keith ‘Malik’ Washington. I am an investigative journalist, an environmentalist, and human and civil rights activist. I am one of the most outspoken critics of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. What sets me apart from many criminal justice reporters is my status.

I have been incarcerated in Texas for 10 years. I have been housed on 18 prison units operated by the State of Texas and TDCJ.

I am intimately familiar with the day-to-day operations at the agency.

For years I have written essay after essay which exposes the inhumane conditions forced upon prisoners who find themselves trapped in a Texas prison. However, as an activist, my perspective has expanded significantly.

In 2017, I now see the detrimental impact the sprawling prison system in Texas has on the immediate environment. There is an ecological dynamic here which has been ignored.

Texas prisons (TDCJ) operate an extremely lucrative agriculture business which includes vegetable crops, cattle, hogs, and chickens. I have written extensively about Texas Correctional Industries and the exploitation of free prison labor in Texas. I have drawn the connection between profits and the corrupt parole system in Texas.

We all know good time and work time credits mean nothing to Texas prisoners–we are slaves and forced into a life of perpetual involuntary servitude.

But what if I told you the state of Texas and TDCJ have established a multi-million dollar agribusiness which subjects animals to horrific and cruel conditions which would shock the world? Would you remain silent? Allow me to give you a glimpse of hell.

Welcome to Wynne Farm!

In February 2014, I was released from long-term solitary confinement (ad-seg). I did 22 months in a very small cage. I was released to the general population on the Wynne Unit, aka the Wynne Farm which is located in Huntsville, Texas.

Wynne Unit is the headquarters of numerous TCI light industrial factories and it has a large agriculture element which is maintained by prisoners.

The crops, which include corn, peas, watermelon, squash, and green beans, to name a few, are cultivated by prisoners on medium custody.

I was assigned to medium custody for 6 months at the Wynne Farm in 2014. I went into those fields to work outside the gate 3-5 days a week.

In close proximity to the fields at Wynne Farm is a large egg-laying operation. And this is where I caught my first glimpse of modern-day animal cruelty in Texas prisons.

I smelled the large hen (chicken) warehouse before we actually got right up on it.

It was May 2014, a beautiful day outside. The building was made of grey metal and aluminum. It was an old building. As I looked inside, I saw numerous cages. Hens were packed like sardines. Underneath the cages were virtual mountains of bird feces.
The egg-laying hens were packed in these feces-filled cages. I saw dead birds in the cages–some were green–obviously very sick and shaking badly.

The cages are so small, hens cannot turn around or spread their wings. Our job was to remove the fecal matter. The smell of ammonia was very strong. Some birds I noticed had burns on their feet and legs, this from being housed in filth.

TDCJ benefits greatly from being immune to any oversight of any regulatory agency.

This lack of oversight is not just relegated to TDCJ’s agriculture business. Prisoner rights activists have cried out for years for an independent oversight committee which has the authority to enter these prison plantations. Transparency and accountability have not been a part of the TDCJ business or management model. Hopefully, this essay will provoke a much-needed conversation.

After doing a vast amount of research, I learned that the cages TDCJ uses on Wynne Farm are called “battery” cages. They are typically less than half a square foot of floor space per bird but TDCJ goes far beyond any industry standard and stuffs in 2 or 3.

Many birds at Wynne die of asphyxiation and dehydration. Decomposing corpses are found in cages with live birds every day at Wynne.

One hideous presence I saw at Wynne Farm were large well-fed vultures. These carrion-eater sit in large groups on top of the hen building at Wynne. It’s hard to miss them and it is a telltale sign that something is very wrong there.

Recently, I learned Eastham Unit has a similar egg-laying operation and I received details. The operation produces approximately 80 000 eggs per week. It is a 24-hour-a-day operation, the lights never go out.

TDCJ makes approximately $100 000 a week just from the eggs here at Eastham.

Eastham also has 3000 hogs, 600 sows, and it ships for sale 21 piglets a week. I have a word about accuracy in reporting. I cannot tell you what the conditions are like for the birds at Eastham Unit nor can I tell you how the hogs are treated. I do recommend that we demand to be allowed on the Wynn Farm immediately.

I spent some time on Coffield Unit last year which is located in Tennessee Colony, Texas. There are 3 large units in the area which raise hogs. I can tell you that the pigs on Coffield, Michaels, and Beto Unit are subjected to abuse.

I have gathered firsthand reports of pigs being kept on concrete slabs which create deformities of pigs’ legs. Pigs like to root and dig in the dirt and mud and this staging on concrete obviously prevents that.

But I discovered something quite shocking about TDCJ’s various hog and cattle operations.

While housed at Coffield Unit, I discovered large quantities of coliform bacteria were regularly found to be present in the water system. I’ve discovered raising animals for food causes more water pollution in the US than any other industry because animals raised for food produce 130 times the excrement of the entire human population. 87 000  pounds of fecal matter per second.

Much of the waste from factory farms like those TDCJ operates as well as pig slaughterhouses like the one on Michaels Unit produces toxic runoff which contaminates streams, rivers and ground water.

Toxic water is a pervasive and systemic problem in the entire state of Texas. So not only is TDCJ abusing animals, it continues to be a major polluter of our environment. The time to act is now.

No matter how much evidence we produce or how many thought-provoking questions we ask, the Agency of TDCJ will continue to misinform the public and violate the public’s trust.

We must seek out the companies doing business with TDCJ’s agribusiness and then expose them and boycott them.

First, we contact the Freedom of Information Foundation for Texas and request their help in finding out who us buying eggs and hogs from TDCJ. Then we respectfully ask these companies to stop doing business with TDCJ until the agency cleans up their act.

Texas will not listen until we start affecting their bottom-line profits; that’s the language the system understands.

Our cries for humane conditions for humans have been routinely ignored–here is and example:

Prisoners housed in Ad-Seg don’t work and it costs a lot to house us in solitary. Many prisoners have died on account of the deadly extreme heat in Texas prisons.

Young pigs are vulnerable to extreme heat. Young piglets generate profits for TDCJ.

A couple years ago, TDCJ invested $175 000 for a cooling system for the pigs. The pigs are being preserved for slaughter so TDCJ can benefit. TDCJ does not have any concern for animal rights or human rights. Its main focus is profits by any means.

It is time we take a closer look at what is really going on inside Texas prisons. As activists who are on the “front lines,” we have a duty to confront those entities who abuse and mistreat animals as well as pollute our precious water supplies.

I can only ask that you amplify my voice so that it is heard beyond these walls. I will continue to struggle.

P.S. Visit www.10billionlives.com

Toxic Water + Deadly Heat = Prisoner Deaths! inside Texas Prisons.

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Deputy Chairman – N.A.B.P.P. (P.C.) & Chief Spokespersyn for End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

Peace & blessings sisters and brothers!
President Donald Trump has proposed a budget in which the Environmental Protection Agency will undergo a 31.4% budget cut.

Now I have a friend and mentor named Robert S. Muhammad PhD and Bro. Robert is an urban planner who lives in Houston, Texas and he has a saying: “The people are smarter than you think!”. And I believe that. So if Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, and their corporate cronies have decided to totally defund the EPA, who or what agency will ensure the citizens of the United States have access to clean water supplies and fresh air or healthy soil to plant fruits & vegetables? Intelligent folks like you and I ask these types of questions!

Now I am a humyn rights activist and when I am stripped down to my core beliefs I believe a humyn life is the most precious gift in the universe and all life must be preserved and protected. White lives, Black lives, Latina & Latino lives. Asian, Arab, and all Indigenous lives! Precious! Are we clear on that?

In the years that I have been incarcerated in Texas (approximately 10 years), I have been to 18 different prison units. Of those units, 3 had serious problems with their water supplies. Coffield unit, the largest state prison in Texas, has had chronic high levels of coliform bacteria (fecal matter) in their water. The co-founder of the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, Mr. Norris ‘Fajr’ Hicks, is fond of informing Coffield prisoners, “there is ‘doo-doo’ in our drinking water!” Eastham unit where I am currently housed has high levels of LEAD, copper, and nitrates in its water supply. The STATE is certainly downplaying the problems at Eastham. And lastly the Wallace Pack unit, located in Navasota, Texas, has notoriously high levels of arsenic in their water supply. Those are just the problems I am intimately familiar with, trust me there is a much larger list of Texas prisons with toxic and contaminated water supplies.

We have seen retaliation and obstruction of justice tactics by employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Prisoners such as myself and Keith M. Cole have filed lawsuits and wrote detailed exposés describing the detrimental effects that toxic water and deadly heat can have on humyn beings. But we must understand that the Texas Attorney General’s Office headed by Ken Paxton has directed T.D.C.J. prison officials to TARGET jailhouse lawyers and activists. Silencing our voices, sabotaging our civil lawsuits, and stifling our political dissent is the sole purpose of this ongoing campaign of harassment, retaliation, and in some cases even torture!!

These are serious allegations and that is why investigative journalists from the online site TRUTHOUT have taken on the task of exposing toxic water, deadly heat, and aiding the public at large in _Connecting the Dots_ because too many prisoners in Texas who have engaged in peaceful litigation efforts or activism have found themselves victim of harsh retaliation tactics at the hands of the STATE.

The University of Texas Medical Branch based in Galveston, Texas has the contract to provide medical care for approximately 80% of T.D.C.J.’s 150,000 prisoners give or take a thousand. Now, UTMB is a world-renowned teaching hospital and somehow their physicians, nurses, and physician assistants have FAILED to draw the connection between deadly heat, toxic water, and inmate deaths!!? The Hippocratic Oath expressly dictates that caregivers _”DO NO HARM”_, so will some of our free-world friends & activists please start pressing UTMB-president Dr. David L. Callender on this blatant violation of THE PUBLIC’S TRUST!???

The University of Texas–School of Law Human Rights Clinic, headed by clinical professor Ariel Dulitzky, has done an absolutely phenomenal job researching the effects of extreme heat in Texas prisons. Instead of applauding the efforts of Dulitzky and his students, the Texas Governor’s office and Texas Attorney General chastised, ridiculed, and threatened the UT-chancellor in the summer of 2015. The governor’s stance was and still is: “How dare you help Texas prisoners prosecute a lawsuit against the STATE!”. However, in my dealings with the Human Rights Clinic they never offered me legal help, only research, and data. But aren’t prisoners in Texas state prisons and jails humyn beings?? Don’t our families pay taxes to the STATE of Texas?? Should not we too benefit from the expertise of University of Texas professors and Lawyers when the Prison Agency _creates_ conditions which snuff out our lives prematurely? Inquiring minds demand to know!!

Sisters and brothers, at the end of the day when all of the dust clears and the lawsuits have been settled, we have to come to the realization that STATE and federal governments are being set up to protect corporations, not people.

It will be up to us to create innovative means to protect the rights of our most vulnerable members.

Billionaire George Soros donated $50 million dollars to the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU does excellent work and we need them to continue for years to come. However, there are organizations such as the National Lawyers Guild and the Human Rights Defense Center that need an infusion of cash from Mr. Soros. There are publications like the San Francisco Bay View newspaper and Turning The Tide that are dedicated to protecting the rights and lives of those seldom seen or heard of in the mainstream media. Help them!! Remember ALL LIVES ARE PRECIOUS to me!!

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

FAKE LOVE in Texas and Beyond!

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Chief Spokesperson for End Prison Slavery in Texas

Revolutionary greetings, sisters and brothers!

Racism and bigotry are hard-wired into the main-frame of the criminal justice system in Amerika. I base this statement on the factual analysis of the conditions “on the ground.”

Yet, some government officials are fighting back. Texas Representative Garnet Coleman has introduced the Sandra Bland Act; among other things, it addresses the pervasive amount of racial profiling embraced by police and law enforcement agencies in Texas.

Coleman represents the portion of Houston, TX that I now call home, the Third Ward—affectionately known as “The Trey.” Like many of us, Representative Coleman took issue with the manner in which Sandra Bland was handled by a DPS officer in 2015. After her interaction with and detention by law enforcement following a simple traffic stop, Bland was found hanging in her cell at Waller County Jail. The final determination was suicide—but was it? We still don’t know!!

As an outspoken politicized prisoner trapped inside a Texas $lave Kamp, I’ve seen this “video” numerous times. Like me, Sandra was outspoken and down here in Texas if law enforcement can successfully “hide you,” they will try to kill you!! Just ask my Comrade and friend Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson; he can tell you a thing or two about prison officials conspiring to murder prisoners at the Bill Clements Unit located in Amarillo, Texas.

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of Texas Death Row prisoner Duane Buck. A defense witness said Mr. Buck would be more dangerous because he was BLACK. Chief U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts said, “Our law punishes people for what they do—not who they are.”

This sounds good, but it’s FAKE LOVE! That is not an accurate description of what we are seeing in Real Life. Case in point: Mumia Abu Jamal!! All of the evidence points to an elaborate conspiracy by Philadelphia cops and the Pennsylvania Appellate Court to punish Mumia because of who he is and what he represents.

Do any of us really believe that Mumia would have been taken off of Death Row unless there was an outrageous flaw in his case?? As my dad used to say, “sumthin’ definitely ain’t white in the milk!” Yes, there is certainly something dark and sinister going on in Pennsylvania. And as the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections attempts to withhold life saving Hepatitis-C treatment from Mumia, we must put a strobe light of media attention on Pennsylvania because to me it looks like pre-meditated murder.But let’s take a closer look at the racism and bigotry which has now penetrated the ranks of the death penalty abolition movement here in Amerikkka!! The proof:

On March 4, 2017, the 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty was held in Geneva, Switzerland. During the meeting a telephone call came in from Mumia Abu Jamal, and he addressed the audience—at which point several members of the U.S. delegation got up and walked out in protest!

Now, in Amerika, the death penalty has been disproportionately forced upon communities of color which includes Black people. So after these decades of struggle, you mean to tell me Mumia has not earned the right to speak or be heard? Maybe the personality and white supremacist attitude and behavior of Donald J. Trump is affecting people within our RANKS??

In all fairness, if someone has a logical explanation for this FAKE LOVE, by all means, write me at my address below, because I’d like to know what it is about Mumia which offends certain death penalty abolitionists. Enlighten me!

Nevertheless, in Texas I’ve experienced the same type of hatred and hypocrisy coming from mainstream so-called prisoner rights activists and advocates. As I have recently said, in Texas there are two camps: one being predominantly White and Christian; they are exceptionally chummy and close to the prison officials who oppress and harm us. Then there is the other one—the one I belong to!—which is the Black, Mexican, Muslim, Gay, Lesbian, Socialist, Communist, Anarchist, Radical camp!

There certainly are white folks in our camp, but they don’t “skin and grin” when they are around the people who degrade, dehumanize, mistreat or abuse prisoners. No!! The White folks in our camp have a back bone!

Hello? Can you hear me now?!

And let me say this: there are Christian folks in our camp too!! But let’s get down and dirty here! Let me say this:

The best way for us to fight back against those who seek to abuse, mistreat, and exploit us is to embrace evidence-based thinking. In 2015, some dedicated comrades teamed up with me and we assembled a packet of information entitled, “Please Stop the Killing.” The info-pack detailed and described the mistreatment and abuse of prisoners housed at the Bill Clements Unit located in Amarillo, Texas. Senators John Whitmire and John Huffman, both ranking members of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee, as well as numerous media correspondents, were notified but nothing significant was done to stop the abuse.

District 15 in the city of Houston needs new representation in the Texas Senate. Ignoring and abandoning the ones who need him the most has become and established pattern of Senator John Whitmire. Leonardo da Vinci has a quote that describes Whitmire’s behavior: “He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.”

I repeat: He who does not punish evil command it to be done. Is anyone listening???

Bruce Toney, Bryan Collier, Lori Davis, Ken Paxton, and Greg Abbott: culpable!!

Female prisoners at the Lane Murray Unit, especially those in solitary confinement, better known as Administrative Segregation, are being mistreated and abused. Lane Murray Unit is located in Gatesville, TX. These violators of the public’s trust get in front of the bright lights of the TV cameras and lie to the public about what is really happening inside of facilities operated by T.C.D.J.

What we are seeing is FAKE LOVE and feigned ignorance!

I won’t remain silent. I will not go away. I’m here. You will hear me and you will provide humane conditions for our incarcerated sisters and brothers. I will not “skin and grin,” bow my head and shuffle my feet—will you help us??

Dare to struggle. Dare to win.
All power to the people!

Comrade Malik breaks his Silence on Taboo issues effecting the Ultra Corrupt Texas Criminal Justice System!

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

“The problems of Black Life Mattering are hence fundamentally problems of Structural Power. In other words, _structural racism_ encompasses the entire system of white supremacy, diffused and infused in all aspects of society, including our history, culture, politics, economics, and our entire social fabric. Structural racism is the most profound and pervasive form of racism – all other forms of racism (e.g. institutional, interpersonal, internalized, etc..) emerges from structural racism.”
– California Prisoner Troy T. Thomas
Sling Shot (Anarchist news paper)
summer 2016 pg. 7.

Peace & blessings sisters and brothers!

It’s March  2017 and all of a sudden people want to know: “Who is Comrade Malik?” – Where did I come from? Have I always been here? Yes, I’ve been here all along but until now Texas Prison and State Government officials had done a masterful job of silencing or drowning out my voice. Now that I have acquired a small amount of notoriety it is time for me to fully expose this ultra corrupt agency known as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Racism in Prisoner Rights Advocacy!

So we started off with discussing structural racism. And this permeates every facet of society in Amerika. It is not just relegated to Texas but in Texas it has a significant amount of prominence especially where prisoners are concerned. I’ve been advocating for prisoners for approximately 15 years I started in Florida at a Federal Prison – F.C.I. Coleman. There I met an extremely intelligent brother by the name of RuFus Rochelle. Rufus was the victim of the Federal Governments racially bias Crack Law. But Fufus was a fighter a freedom fighter that is and he encouraged me to write articles for a black-owned newspaper called the Mahogany Revue.

In Texas, there is a growing Prisoner Rights Advocacy Movement but it is broken up into two separate sects. Only the active and involved are aware of this esoteric fact.

In Texas, there is a growing Prisoner Rights Advocacy Movement but it is broken up into two separate sects. Only the active and involved are aware of this esoteric fact.

One “camp” is made up of predominantly of white-christian-mainstream activists. Their names are recognizable and popular. They seek prison reform through co-operating with the same individuals who are guilty of the oppressive policies. They even will outright tell you “we are not set-up to fight the system we want to work with T.D.C.J. in order to bring about change.” My response to that is “Good luck with that!”.

Through the years I have become friends with Michael Jewell the executive director of Texas-CURE in Dallas. Michael and his partner Joan Covici actually saved my life when prison employees at the Estelle High-Security Unit unplugged my fan in my cell during a deadly heat wave in Texas – 2012.

Michael certainly paid his dues – as he spent 40 years trapped in T.D.C.J. – 23 of those years spent in Ad-Seg. However, Michael and I have totally different perspectives when it comes to our strategies and tactics. I am in the “_other_” camp.

Remember, we are speaking in the realm of Prisoner Rights Advocacy and I belong to the “Other” Camp. Our camp is made up of Black, Mexican, White, Socialists, Anarchists, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and the LGBTQ community. We are “the Radicals” or that is now the “Establishment” would like you to perceive us as. _We_ are the Gloria Rubac’s., the Pat Hartwells, the Robert S. Muhammads, our names might not be that familiar to you because the mainstream corporate owned media does not give us the same amount of exposure as the first “camp”.

See you can’t tell Gloria Rubac that the Death Penalty in Texas is racially blind. Gloria knows better. Gloria is a white womyn – extremely intelligent and she has done a concrete analysis of the Racist Death Penalty in Texas and she knows like I know that black and brown humyn beings are forced on that Gurney at the Walls unit at a much higher percentage than white folks! – FACT

How many of you remember the movie LIFE with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy? Do you remember the part when the Warden’s wife baked a pie and put it on the window sill to cool? Martin Lawrence’s character said something to the effect: “How can we make one of those Boss Man pies into a negro pie?” You see, the “pie” was _off limits_ to prisoners – especially black prisoners! And that is how the Prisoner Rights Advocacy movement in Texas is set up. No-one in Austin, Texas at the capitol really wants to see Comrade Malik, Azzura Crispino, or any “radical” voice at the committee hearing or negotiation table. But we are the ones who are intimately familiar with the corrupt nature of the Agency. Not every guest on the popular Prison Show on KPFT 90.1 FM is going to have a “feel good” family friendly story about their experience with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Some of us are going to talk about the beatings, the numerous parole set-offs, the inhumane living conditions, deadly extreme heat, Toxic water, Rapes & Murder!!
_Whitmire Knew!_

You read the title of this essay didn’t you? So you had to know this was coming. With the help of Mary Ratcliff – the editor of the San Francisco Bay View as well as Carole Seligman and Bonnie Weinstein of Socialist Viewpoint Magazine people are talking about the murder of T.D.C.J. prisoner Alton Rodgers at the Bill Clements Unit located in Amarillo, Texas.

Sisters and brothers, Senator John Whitmire is culpable in the death of Alton Rodgers and I will tell you why. In January 2015 Professor Victor Wallis Ph.D. of Berklee College, John S. Dolley of Central Texas ABC & ABC Para-legal Services and myself compiled an information packet entitled: Please Stop the Killing. It included essays which highlighted prisoner deaths and civilian deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers in Texas. We had a special focus on the Bill Clements Unit. We sent the packet to members of the media and specific Texas Legislators. Senator John Whitmire could have called in the F.B.I. and D.O.J. long ago – called them in to stop prisoner abuse and murder but he didn’t.

I provided journalist Kamala Kelkar of the PBS Newshour Weekend with a copy of the Please Stop the Killing packet I wanted her to see with her own eyes how we have virtually begged the Texas Legislature to take action in order to clean-up the corruption at Bill Clements Unit. – NOTHING!
Ever since 2008 when a disgruntled prisoner phoned Senator Whitmire from his cell on Texas’ Death Row – Senator Whitmire has secretly harbored animosity toward Texas prisoners, – FACT!

Senator Whitmire has continued to turn a blind eye to Institutionalized Violence and Institutionalized Retaliation against prisoners who advocate on behalf of other prisoners. And now with the recent release of a report along with _Notice of Claims_ by the National Lawyers Guild we clearly see that Texas and its prison agency T.D.C.J. has established a custom, policy, and un-official Government practice of targeting and also retaliating harshly against prisoners who are recognized as Activists and Jail House Lawers. – FACT!
_What actually happened in Texas Prisons on September 9th – 2016?_
Nobody is more in tune with Prison Laborers in Texas than I am. So now that I’m isolated and have a ton of time on my hands allow me to explain briefly what _really took place_ prior to and on the day of September 9th!

I assume many of you are familiar with the Slave Trade in Amerika? Many of us who are conscious don’t like to use the term _Slave Trade_ because it gives a person the impression as if there was a fair exchange between Africans and European Slave traders. The dynamics of _coercion_ and _violence_ are not reflected in the term that is why we use the term _Maafa_. Because it was a Black Holocaust that we experienced here in Amerika.
My point is this; T.D.C.J., Texas Corrections Industries and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles uses coercion, violence, and sometimes torture to force Texas prisoners into Slavery and Involuntary Servitude.
_Case in Point_

Wynne Unit is a prison in Texas located in Huntsville. It is the home to at least 6 different Texas Correctional Industry-Factories. Prior to September 9th I received a report from one of my sources there and here is what he said: 3 weeks before September 9th the Senior Warden at Wynne Mrs. Kelly Strong partnered with the Chief T.C.I. Plant Manager and together they held “Town Hall meetings” with prison laborers. There is a Mattress Factory, Computer Recovery Plant, Sing Shop, Tag plant and a couple others.

The prisoners were threatened! The threat was that if anyone attempted to organize a work strike or participate in the September 9th Work Stoppage they would receive:
#1.) A Major Disciplinary Case
#2.) Demotion to G-5 (Close Custody)
#3.) A Transfer to a Far Flung Rural Area!
G-5 Custody is a very restrictive and punitive security status in which two prisoners are trapped in a cell 22 to 24 hours a day!! – FACT!
And by the way when a prisoner in Texas receives a Major Disciplinary Case his or her Parole eligibility is affected in a very negative manner. So how many prisoners do you think were “Down for the Struggle” on September 9th in Texas Prisons??

The Industrial Workers of the World and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee made the call to organize and educate. I gave and continue to give every bit of myself to this Struggle and Movement. I don’t have any regrets other than I wish we had more people seriously committed to Abolishing Prison Slavery in Texas.

As I close I remind you that there are many wimmin in Texas Prisons who are down for the struggle but their voices are being ignored, ridiculed, and silenced by Texas Prison officials. Don’t Forget about the Sisters! They need our support!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win
All Power to The People.

Comrade Malik Sounds Off on Trump Immigration Policy: Don’t be foolish run for safety NOW!

Revolutionary greetings sisters and brothers!

Donald J Trump has given his marching orders to the paramilitary troops who represent the Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency commonly known as ICE.

The agents are in maximum slave-catching mode and the quarry is undocumented workers and immigrants. The first sign that something very horrible is coming was the passing of a Sanctuary City bill in the Texas state legislature or more properly said;  the anti-Sanctuary City Bill (SB 4)  which not only de-funds a city which provides a safe haven for undocumented humyn beings, it punishes any law enforcement officer or state official who fails to get in line with the new policy. Just this weekend (Feb 11-12, 2017) ICE conducted raids in Austin, Texas one of the most immigrant-friendly the cities in the Lone Star State.

The reason I say RUN is this:  not only does Texas maintain the largest prison system in the United States, last year Texas became the poster child for inhumane and torturous conditions inside facilities used to house immigrant detainees!  There was a full-fledged rebellion at Willacy County Correctional Facility because the conditions were atrocious!! The Department of Justice stated it would discontinue the use of private prison corporations like GEO, CCA or Wackenhut because these private prisons have established a pattern of abuse and corruption – hello Sean Spicer!

https://youtu.be/S1g55pZyVWo

So here comes the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and he is going to lie!

“Oh gosh no! We aren’t hunting humyn beings down like dogs and throwing them in cages we only want the criminals.”  Deceptions and lies!

Farhan Ahmed and Mohamed Mualim trekked through barren and frigid snow-swept fields dividing North Dakota for five hours to reach Canada [Geraldine Malone/Al Jazeera]
Farhan Ahmed and Mohamed Mualim trekked through barren and frigid snow-swept fields dividing North Dakota for five hours to reach Canada [Geraldine Malone/Al Jazeera]
The reality is Somali refugees are braving sub-zero temperatures to cross into Canada because they are AFRAID.

And rightfully so! Donald Trump is surrounded by white nationalists and they have made up their minds that the best way to ‘make America great again’  is to initiate and implement a covert ethnic cleansing campaign and the first sacrificial lambs on the list are: a) undocumented workers and b) Muslims.

The state of Texas is the ‘ tip of the spear’ in this ultra-racist and bigoted domestic policy. Take off the Rose Colored Glasses folks;  all the ‘soft talking’ and made up facts cannot counter the truth. The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any country in the world. Fact! Private prison corporations like GEO,  CCA,  and Wackenhut are doing the “happy dance” because Trump has revitalized the art of torture.

Once again I say that if you are truly committed to the struggle against imperialism then you will silently and covertly provide safety, shelter, food, water, and clothing for our undocumented sisters and brothers.

I was not alive during the time of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany but more and more Trump’s America is feeling strange to me. I don’t want to be here. I will gladly give up my citizenship in order to flee a nation which has branded me an enemy of the state. Unwanted and unloved.

But I can’t flee I am trapped!!

So, therefore I will fight! I will fight this oppressive regime with every ounce of my being. What will you do?

Will you sit by quietly while the paramilitary shock troops visit a city near you and hunt your friends down like dogs?? The revolution won’t be televised.

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

Comrade Malik Comments on Trump’s Ban on Muslims

By Keith Malik Washington and concerned allies

Revolutionary greetings sisters and brothers!

trump1-4-2016-2016010404190696Here we are February 2017 – Black History Month and the hot topic is the recent ban on Muslim immigrants.

We are not surprised many of my mentors and friends have been closely observing the rise of Trump. We have analyzed the trajectory of his political agenda.

Let’s look at a quote from Heather Digby Parton which appeared in the Progressive Populist newspaper in April 2016

“He built a coalition of bullies, xenophobes, and bigots. Some people are aghast of the suggestion of racism fueling Trump support. Now it’s as clear as day and cannot be denied.

It is heartening to see federal judges, lawyers, and even some attorneys generals from various States criticizing Trump’s executive order. However, at the end of the day when all the smoke clears and the initial shock subsides- Trump, Steve Bannon, and Jeff Sessions will enforce this overtly bigoted and islamophobic policy.

There are some who say President Trump’s policies are not a true reflection of the thoughts and feelings of Amerikans. I beg to differ! On the contrary, this is Amerika in all its Imperialist Glory! Japanese internment camps! -Amerika!! The Red Scare of the McCarthy era -Amerika! The genocide of First Nations people -Amerika!! J. Edgar Hoover’s murderous cointelpro campaign against the Black Panther Party -Amerika!!

Stop saying Trump’s Islamophobia is not Amerikan when we all know it is. What we are seeing is a natural progression of an ideology which is secretly embraced by every Trump appointee! All of them. And now in 2017, the hatred has reached its Coming of Age!

And this is just the beginning.

Bloody Violence among Prisoners Results in Security Lockdown at the Eastham-Administrative-Segregation Unit, Texas — Update

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Deputy Chairman, New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter)
Peace and blessings Sisters and Brothers!
This cover of Newsweek for Oct. 6, 1986, features a story, “Inside America’s Toughest Prison,” about Eastham Unit, where Malik is now housed.
This cover of Newsweek for Oct. 6, 1986, features a story, “Inside America’s Toughest Prison,” about Eastham Unit, where Malik is now housed.

Today is Wednesday, January 25, 2017. A white male prisoner housed in Administrative Segregation was the victim of a bloody “harpoon” spear attack! The victim was Life Flighted off the unit.

This is the second such attack at Eastham this month. The first attack took place on January 9, 2017, approximately 25 feet from my cell on E-Line here on the Eastham-Ad-Seg Section. Needless to say, I witnessed the first incident in which two white males were ‘shot’ with sharp spears while they were being escorted to Outside Recreation. The attacker was another white male, a former member of a large white supremacist gang here in Texas.
There is a portable-sliding shield which, when used properly by Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison guards, decreases the risk of prisoners falling victim to such attacks.
On January 9th officers chose not to use the shield and as a result, one prisoner was ‘shot’ in the stomach. He was Life-Flighted by helicopter to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. The second prisoner was ‘shot’ in the butt check and taken to Huntsville Hospital.  Both prisoners survived.
Today, January 25th, there has been no word on the status of the latest victim, but the rumor mill is saying he is in bad shape. We were notified at 2 p.m. that we were on lockdown.
I would like to briefly speak about the state’s duty to protect and how TDCJ ignores that duty.
Sisters and Brothers—Whether it is forcing prisoners to drink toxic water, the abuse of the elderly or infirm prisoners or the failure to protect Ad-Seg prisoners from violent attacks—gross negligence and deliberate indifference are the operative words which apply.
The Texas prison system has sabotaged a prisoner’s ability to be compensated when they are hurt on account of employee negligence.
For instance, the prisoners who were attacked on January 9th both utilized the offender grievance program in order to address their issues. In both cases, their grievances were returned stating: “Non-grievable issue”! How can this be? A hymyn being is attacked when he is handcuffed; the officer fails horribly in protecting him, and the prisoner is told the issue is non-grievable?
Sister and brothers: I tell you today that the state of Texas has ‘gamed’ the system in such a way that prisoners are treated as slaves and sub-humans! TDCJ prisonadministratorss have purposely housed me around white males who identify as white supremacists. TDCJ’s logic is this: “Let’s mix this Black Nationalist with these white dudes and see what happens.”
But nothing happens! I am not a Black Nationalist. I am a Revolutionary Socialist who fights for all oppressed humyn beings.
TDCJ has a duty to protect prisoners and they should compensate prisoners when they’ve been hurt on account of gross negligence and employee error.
Help us to ungame the corrupt system in Texas prisons.
Dare to struggle, Dare to win, All power to the People!

Comrade Malik speaks out about: Abuse of special needs humyn being in Chicago, false labeling of #blacklivesmatter and who or what really stole the election from Hillary

 

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

blacklivesmatterAs we all reflect and contemplate on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I think of the lessons he taught: the way of Peace, the way of love, and the philosophy of nonviolence.

And that brings me to a question I have for all: if we call ourselves humyn rights activist and servants of the people do we remain silent when people who don’t look or act like us get mistreated and abused?

What I’m getting at is this does the life of an innocent special needs white male teenager matter to you?

His life, safety, and health certainly matters to me and I was moved to tears when I heard about his ordeal. Bound, gagged, and tortured!!? If his life is not valuable in your eyes maybe you should click off this page.

Contrary to what the prison authorities in Texas may say about me, I am not the “Hate Whitey” guy there are plenty of those kind of people on the internet pretending to be black panthers.

I represent the real legacy of the original Black Panther Party.

These four young black people in Chicago made a huge mistake. And one must wonder what has created such hatred inside our young people?

Was it the drugs they were using?

Is it the new racially-charged geopolitical environment in Amerika?

There certainly was no shortage of young black lives being snuffed out by white folks in 2016 – does that have any bearing on their actions?

We are going to really have to look at this we cannot afford another incident like this! I am certainly not a fan of President Donald J. Trump but we must listen to the words of former First Lady Michelle Obama: “when they go low we go high!” I love Michelle Obama always have!

However, now is the perfect time to bring the spirit of occupy in the 99% back into the picture as a positive response to this divide and conquer racism. I mean you do realize that is the game being played on us don’t you

And now I must set the record straight on something, I hope you take the time to listen

These four young people who perpetrated this horrible act in Chicago do not and did not represent the #blacklivesmatter movement!!

I am not suggesting we throw these young people away nor do I suggest we throw them under the proverbial bus so they can become victims of the “lynch mob”. They actually have created enough problems for themselves and they really are in need of our prayers and support.

But the core issue I want to address is a false labeling and misrepresentation in the press and media that #blacklivesmatter had a connection to any of this!

That is a bold face lie!

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi are not animals or monsters they are thoughtful and caring humyn beings.

The #blacklivesmatter  movement was founded in the wake of several unpunished (or lightly punished) incidents of police killing unarmed black people.

We must denounce these media, and social media, fabrications in the strongest terms and we must call out these bigoted opportunist who would love to destroy and discredit the reputation of #blacklivesmatter.

I want you to think about something; if Russian intelligence operatives (FSB) or (GRU) can place false news on our cyber networks and actually hack the DNC (Hillary and friends) you don’t think there are people who can create false propaganda concerning #blacklivesmatter?

But who really stole the US presidential election? Was it really the Russians who did it? My close friend and Mentor Professor Victor Wallace PhD says this:

“The election was stolen by the Republicans in the most liberal sense by suppressing the vote in communities of color in the swing states. 75,000 voters in Detroit never had their presidential vote counted, 300,000 Wisconsin voters were disenfranchised by governor Scott Walker’s ID law and in North Carolina tens of thousands were unable to vote because of drastic restrictions in the number of polling stations.

The Democratic party doesn’t want to highlight any of this because the DMC did similar things to Bernie Sanders win the primary race.”

It is so convenient to blame everything on the Russians. The Russians have been waging hostile cyber intelligent ops against the United States for years. Espionage is real; a two-way street and the CIA and NSA will lie!

Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people who can THINK!

Comrade Malik Breaks his Silence on the Abuse, Murder, Executions, and Discrimination of his Muslim Sisters and Brothers!

 

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and concerned friends and allies

screen-shot-2017-02-04-at-2-24-58-pmIn the name of Allah most gracious most merciful peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

I’d like to greet all of you with the universal greeting of the Muslims the salutations of peace Assalamu alaikum السّلامُ عليكُمْ

It is reported that one of the companions of our Holy Prophet (saw) asked him: “How do we know if an action or inaction is wrong?” Our Holy Prophet (saw) said some more some less that: “if something you do, or don’t do, pricks your conscience then it is wrong.”

For the past year I’ve become overwhelmed with the burden of remaining silent when I became aware of the abuse, murder, execution of Muslims.

Darren Rainey was a black, mentally ill Muslim convert who was scalded to death in a Florida prison in 2012 while the Obama Administration looked the other way!

However, America is not the only place where Muslim lives don’t matter. In Israel human rights Defenders Farid al-Atrash and Issa Amro fight for their freedom.

Issa Amro is a Palestinian and founder of the Hebron-based group Youth Against Settlements and Hebron area lawyer Farid al-Atrash were both arrested for participating in a peaceful protest in February 2016. The March commemorated 22 years since extremist American-born Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Muslim Palestinian worshippers killing 29 and injuring more than 120 in Hebron’s Ibrahimi mosque in 1994.

Earlier in September 2016, I wrote a piece entitled: “What Method of Protest is Acceptable for Black People in Amerika?” And now I must ask the world what method of protest is acceptable for Palestinian people in Israel?! Suicide bombings and stabbings of innocent people is Haram, or forbidden, in Islam so please explain the crime of participating in a march? Please answer this Mr. Netanyahu!

And now we travel to Mauritania where we find Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould M’khaitir who faces possible execution for an article he wrote entitled “Religion, Religiosity and Blacksmiths” which described the ongoing racial discrimination and slavery visited upon black people living in Mauritania. Slavery was abolished in 1981. However, it was not illegal to own slaves until  2007.

That’s ironic here it is 2017 and slavery in Texas is Alive and Well!

Mohamed Cheikh Ould M’khaitir has repented several times prior to his conviction for apostasy.  Legal code in Mauritania says that should a convicted apostate repent at any point before the death sentence is carried out the Supreme Court in Mauritania may commute the punishment to a prison sentence of up to two years.

For those who are True Believers in Allah (swt) and His Holy Prophet (saw) we know that Allah’s mercy always supersedes his wrath! If the Supreme Court in Mauritania follows Quran and Sunnah Mohamed Cheikh Ould M’khaitir’s life will be saved Insha-Allah.

And finally Saudi Arabia, in 2015 the US State Department report noted that 35 gay men, and people assigned male at birth who were wearing women’s clothing, were arrested at a party in Jeddah in 2014. A judge in Medina in the same year sentenced a man to three years in prison and 450 lashes for “soliciting sex with other men” on Twitter. LGBTQ people are our brothers and sisters, we need to treat everyone as such. Everett K. Rowson, a professor at New York University who researches homosexuality in medieval Islamic society says “The only passages that deal with the subject unambiguously appear in the passages dealing with Lot.” The Atlantic reports that “To be gay in Saudi Arabia is to live a contradiction—to have license without rights, and to enjoy broad tolerance without the most minimal acceptance. The closet is not a choice; it is a rule of survival.” But why live in the shadows, it is time that we supported our gay and trans brothers and sisters.

At this time I request Dua’s (supplications) be offered requesting freedom and protection for Jamil-Al-Amin, Rasmea Odeh, Jalil Muntaqim, Mutulu Shakur, Patrice Lumumba Ford, Mumia Abu Jamal, and a special dua for the Duka brothers: Dritan Duka, Shain Duka, and Eljvir Duka! The entrapment of the Duka brothers destroyed their families.The US attorney who prosecuted the Duka brothers was Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey.

I end this piece by alerting all of you that the State of Texas prison system has waged a silent war on Muslim prisoners making it a hardship for many of us to grow our beards, wear our kufis, or even learn Arabic or attend Quranic studies!

The past five years we have patiently awaited a legal decision. Right now I am in federal court fighting for my rights with no legal representation or attorney. Allah (swt) has been my key legal adviser! Remember! Oppression is worse than slaughter! Ameen.