End Prison Slavery, In solidarity, Prison conditions

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

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

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

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

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa with arms crossed, in 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One Love, One Struggle,

Mutope Duguma

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

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

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THE FIRST STEP ACT IS A SHAM!!

By: Comrade Malik
(IWOC)

Donald J. Trump and Jared Kushner teamed up to create an illusion that Trump and his “Psychophants” in the ‘Oval Office’ gave a Damn about Prisoners or Criminal Justice Reform.

I’m personally Living the Nightmare which is life in a Maximum Security Federal Prison.

I was blessed to have hundreds of people to contact the Federal Bureau of Prisons in order to request that I be transferred to a Federal Prison within 500 miles of my primary Release Address.

I have been offered a job and a place to live in San Francisco, California. Federal employees with the B.O.P. are determined to sabotage my success.

However, Kushner & Trump told everyone who would listen that the First Step Act would provide opportunities for Rehabilitation and successful Re-entry. I didn’t make it to California.

TRUMP LIED AGAIN!

I’m sorry folks, but when you house a Humyn-Being in a prison that is on ‘Lock-Down’ (9) months out of the Year, that is not Rehabilitation that is Warehousing Humyn Beings! First Step Obstructed!

In November 2020, let us collectively tell Donald Trump “YOU’RE Fired!”

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win – ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Please Write our Brother in the Struggle Comrade Malik, recently assigned to the U.S.P.-Pollock in Louisiana, reputedly the worst in terms of prison violence in the B.O.P.

Send him Support Letters of Love & Encouragement as he finishes Federal time, up to release May 30th, 2021, so his remaining time of obligation quickly passes, having the buffered-effect from our interventions that can flood him with communication.

The USDOJ/BOP has ignored our wishes to re-assign him within (500) miles of his preferred release address; now, more like 2,000 miles! He is tentatively in limbo at the Oklahoma City Transfer Facility, pending going to Pollock, Louisiana. Check B.O.P. web-page at: https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/ to follow his process that could take days or weeks.

Keith H. Washington
#34481-037
U.S.P.-Pollock
P.O. Box 2099,
Pollock, LA 71467

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I will not be silenced!

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Originally posted in San Francisco Bay View

“Protect Our Leaders” – Art: Joseph Stewart, 0802041, 4285 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699

There is a problem in Amerika when a close confidant and advisor to the president embraces white supremacist and white nationalist ideologies. I’m speaking about Steven Miller. How is this possible?

More and more we have been observing the normalization of hate speech. At the highest levels in the United States government and some state governments, bigotry and hate are becoming the status quo and are being reflected in newly accepted policy and practice.

There are no laws on the books in the state of Texas which protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace! I find this unacceptable. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have embraced a hostile position against Texans who identify as LGBTQ. How can we convince Paxton and Abbott to acknowledge the humanity of LGBTQ people?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has recently sent word to Iranian citizens requesting that they provide officials in the United States with video evidence of violent acts of suppression aimed at protesters who strongly disagreed with the recent 50 percent increase in the price of gas.

Since when has Mike Pompeo been interested in the safety or welfare of any Muslims in any country? Could it be that Pompeo is more interested in destabilizing the Iranian government in order to foment regime change?

Has Mike Pompeo been vocal about our Muslim sisters and brothers in Yemen who have been victims of an ongoing genocidal campaign by Saudi Arabia? No! Mike Pompeo doesn’t give a damn about the Muslims in Yemen. What about the 1 million Uighur Muslims who languish in Chinese re-education concentration camps! Is Mike Pompeo willing to advocate for their immediate release? I think not!

There are human rights violations which are taking place right now in prisons here in the United States. Violations, abuses and injustices which are routinely ignored. Every day employees with the Federal Bureau of Prisons orchestrate the murder, abuse and outright execution of numerous targeted prisoners.

The Department of Justice sees the patterns and trends yet will not launch a broad fact-finding investigation because at the end of the day, prisoners’ lives don’t matter and the BOP considers federal prisoners to be sub-humans not deserving of respect or dignity.

Jeffrey Epstein’s death was not a suicide nor was it an accident! What happened to Epstein was pre-meditated and planned, carried out by the BOP. However, the only reason that Epstein’s case has garnered so much scrutiny and public attention is that Jeffrey Epstein was a billionaire who had evidence which implicated the likes of Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew in acts of sexual abuse as well as the gross degradation of young girls. Our young sisters deserve justice and not cover-ups!

It is important for all of you to know that it is not just the Egyptian government that seeks to silence the voices of dissent. The Trump administration also has an overt and covert campaign of suppression aimed at journalists, activists and servants of the people.

I will not be silenced! Will you?

Keith “Malik” Washington is co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, USP Beaumont, P.O. Box 26030, Beaumont TX 77720.

Protect our leaders!

Malik is in grave danger and must be moved out of USP Beaumont. Please call the warden’s office, 409-727-8188, and politely ask that Keith Washington, 34481-037, be transferred to a FCI-level prison in California.

Also, please call the offices of friendly Congress members Rep. Al Green, 713-383-9234, and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, 713-655-0050. Ask them to urge the Bureau of Prisons to transfer him to California right away.

Write Malik a note of encouragement as well. The more calls and letters he receives, the safer he’ll be because the authorities will know that we, his many friends, supporters and defenders, are watching.

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Food For Thought

By Comrade Malik
Peace and blessings sisters and brothers1 As we head into 2020 and prepare for another national response to Prison Slavery — I’d like to share some words of wisdom from Dr. Naim Akbar:
“One of the things that was systematically done during slavery was the elimination or control of any emerging “head” or LEADER. Slave narratives and historical accounts are full descriptions of atrocities brought against anyone who exemplified REAL Leadship Capability. The Slave Holders realized their power and control over the slaves was dependent upon the absence of any indigenous leadership among slaves.” end of quote
Sisters and brothers — I AM that indigenous leadership the prisoncrats would love to eliminate or control. I will not be silenced! Dare to struggle, dare to win, all power to the people!
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Don’t Allow the Feds to Assassinate Me!

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

Phone Zap To Support Anarchist, IWOC Member, And Black Liberation Prisoner Comrade Keith “Malik” Washington.
Comrade Malik is currently being held in solitary confinement after being attacked at USP Beaumont. Other prisoners had previously warned that he was in danger at Beaumont and it is clear that he is being targeted because of his activism.
 
Malik urgently needs to get out of this dangerous environment, and to get moved to an institution in California so it will be be easier for him to start work at the Bay View right away when he gets released. There is no reason for him to be at Beaumont, given his security status and his upcoming parole status in California. A show of public solidarity and support is crucial in letting the prison officials know that we are watching out for him and they can’t get away with any more dirty tricks.
 
Please take a few minutes to help make sure our comrade gets transferred safely:
 
Who To Call:
USP Beaumont- 409-727-8188
(if you only have time to make 1 call, call USP Beaumont!)
 
When calling Beaumont, ask to speak with:
– Larry Schultz- Warden
– Mr. Tenner- Unit Manager ext.4551
– Mr. Odstrcil- Case Manager
Fax: 409-626-3700
BOP Director, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer- 202-307-3250
BOP South Central Regional Office, Grand Prairie- 972-730-8600
 
Suggested Call Script:
“Hello, I am contacting you on behalf of Keith Washington (#34481037), a prisoner who was recently assaulted while being held at USP Beaumont. It is my understanding that Mr. Washington is hurt and being held in the SHU with restricted access to the outside world and that an investigation is currently underway. I demand that you expedite this investigation as swiftly as possible, that Keith Washington be transferred to a lower security facility in California (where he will be living and working upon release) and that no further disciplinary measures are taken against Mr. Washington, a man who has no history of violence other than what he has been exposed to in your institution.
 
Can you confirm who the specific Designator currently working on Mr. Washington’s case is? Please be advised that we are currently seeking to pursue legal action to redress the harm that Mr. Washington has suffered as a result of your negligence, and will continue to contact you until he is transferred.”
 
Tips For Making Calls:
Be firm but polite, insist on speaking to the person you are calling
Leave a message if no one answers
Refuse to give any information that you may be uncomfortable sharing with the state (e.g. full legal name, organizational affiliation, etc.)
Record phonecalls whenever psosible and send recordings to fighttoxicprisons@gmail.com
Send any new information gathered from calls to fighttoxicprisons@gmail.com or Tweet @FightXPrisons
(Originally posted in Its Going Down)
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Lock-Downs and Violence persist at USP Beaumont!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keith H. Washington #34481037
USP Beaumont

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

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