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 ManagerFax: 409-626-3700BOP Director, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer- 202-307-3250BOP South Central Regional Office, Grand Prairie- 972-730-8600
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
P.O. Box 26030
BEAUMONT, TX 77720
By: Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Peace and Blessings sisters and brothers! Botham Jean represented all the best qualities you could ever want or find in a young black man. He was intelligent, handsome, hardworking, compassionate, and kind. Former Police Officer Amber Guyger Killed Him in His own Apartment. He was not the intruder. SHE WAS! So how can the Judge, in that Case, give such Ambiguous instructions to the Jury in that Case??? I see it. And I know that most of you reading this have to see it!!
So this is how we are going to allow things to proceed??? Our lives mean nothing??? I am a Prison Abolitionist and truthfully I am not cheering for Amber Guyger to be thrown in prison for the rest of her life. I’d like us to explore the concept of Restorative Justice!! I’m scratching my head and thinking. How can we justify locking Amber Guyger up forever yet we still have ignored the wimmin who were sexually assaulted and in some cases raped by Fraternity Presidents and football players at Baylor University??? Once again Patriarchy, and Misogynistic treatment of wimmin in the Criminal Justice system has reared its ugly head!!! I LOVED EVERYTHING THAT BOTHAM JEAN REPRESENTED. HIS LIFE MATTERED!! But lets really think about what Justice Looks like today in Amerika!! When that piece of Slime who claimed to be a Police Officer choked Eric Garner to death in New York City was the Public Ready to Hang him High??? There seems to be a disparity in the way that Justice is being meted out doesn’t it.
Dare to Struggle Dare to win All Power to the People!!
by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee
Revolutionary greetings Comrades and All Fellow Workers throughout the WORLD!!
It seemed like only yesterday when we all heard about the bloody riot that occurred at Lee County Correctional facility in South Carolina. Too many of our incarcerated comrades died.
I remember the Call that was made for a National Prison Work Stoppage in 2018. I didn’t hesitate to answer the call. Our Comrades at the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee did not hesitate to answer the Call or lend their support!! Amani Sawari and her Comrades from Jail House Lawyers Speak were on the Front Lines of the Struggle for Humyn Rights!
I knew the REAL REASON FOR THE WORK STOPPAGE!!
I knew about the inhumane prison conditions in South Carolina. I knew that the State Prison Officials were attempting to control the Narrative that was fed to the Public At Large. They claimed the violence at Lee was all about Drugs, Cellphones, and Turf Wars. THE WARRIORS AND FREEDOM FIGHTERS AT THE FREE SOUTH CAROLINA MOVEMENT REMINDED ALL OF US WHAT THE OPPRESSORS WERE ATTEMPTING TO SUPPRESS!!
The oppressors forgot to mention the lack of Rehabilitative Programming in South Carolina Prisons!!
They forgot to say anything about the Squalid Living Conditions and the Deadly Extreme Heat which is killing prisoners right now!! They forgot to talk about the antiquated and bigoted Criminal Justice System which continues to manifest and perpetuate a Program of Modern-Day Slavery!!! THE SPIRIT OF DENMARK VESSEY LIVES!!! GEORGE JACKSON LIVES!!!
THE OPPRESSORS WHO OPERATE THESE SLAVE KAMPS IN SOUTH CAROLINA NEED TO KNOW THAT THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AND EQUALITY FOR ALL IS ALIVE!!!
We Demand Dignity, Respect, and Humane Treatment for our Comrades in South Carolina Now!!
Locking Humyn beings in Cages for Months at a time is not Rehabilitation it is Torture!!!
Congressman James Clyburn MUST BE Encouraged strongly to get involved here!!! We don’t need any Jeffin House Negroes or Step-N-fetch its!!! We need Servants of the People!!! Presidential Candidates Bernie Sanders, Corey Booker, and Elizabeth Warren, as well as Kamala Harris, had some Strong Words in regard to Criminal Justice Reform at the most recent Presidential Debate that was held in Houston, Texas. Well, now they all have an opportunity to put some ‘Muscle with they Hustle’ and show us what they talkin about!!! Speak out right now about what is happening to the incarcerated humyn beings trapped in these Slave Kamps in South Carolina!!! Or were they just ‘Rappin’??? Comrades the struggle for Humyn Rights and Prison Abolition is a Protracted Struggle. There will be ups and downs. Make this message go Viral y’all!!!! Let’s see what these Politicians are really about!!!!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to win, All Power to the People!!!!
What Ya Life Like
The Truth and nothing Else!) By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Fight Toxic Prisons—-Correspondent
As a Nationally known Prison Abolitionist and humyn rights activist, I am very passionate and dedicated to the causes and the people my comrades and I support.
However, as a journalist, I am duty-bound to put aside my subjective feelings and report the objective facts about the things I personally experience and witness.
On September 19th, 2019 Tropical Storm Imelda bombarded the city of Beaumont, Texas and the surrounding areas with a deluge of torrential rain.
Here at USP Beaumont, the Federal Prison where I am currently housed at, we had no electricity what-so-ever. That meant—NO LIGHTS, NO AIR-CONDITIONING. Our toilets could not be flushed. It was really bad.
At the time that the storm reached its height, we had been locked in our cells since the evening of September 18th. The Federal Correctional Officer working our housing unit (BA-1 Bldg) was a bald-headed white man with a thick goatee who we call “BIG HEATH”. Mr. Heath is a big guy and kind of looks like a Biker dude.
Like many officers working that night shift Mr. Heath was trapped like all of us. The non-stop rain had flooded all the high-ways and local roads leading too and away from USP Beaumont. The Federal Prison is built on a natural Flood Plane and not only was the compound flooded but our emergency generator of Bldg #1 was submerged in water.
‘Big Heath’ may not win any congeniality contests but he didn’t abandon us!! He stayed the course of the Storm. Mr. Heath worked about 30 hours straight and made sure we had food as well as bottled drinking water. Other than that, we were on our own.
The concrete cells at USP Beaumont were not made to sustain humyn life without the aid of the HVAC System. As the sun-set on September 19th, 2019 we lacked adequate oxygen and fresh air in our cell. My cellmate who we call ‘D’ has Asthma and the lack of proper ventilation in our cell brought on a vicious Asthma Attack!
‘D’ first started coughing profusely. His breaths became labored. As he wheezed and gasped for breath, he staggered to his locker and grabbed his inhalers. It was very dark by then–no lights, no air, and the Asthma Attack persisted. I began to worry and think of how to help my cell-mate.
As if on cue and just in the nick of time we heard voices and saw flash-light beams. It was two Lieutenants from the day-shift, a Lieutenant Franks and Lieutenant Feazicus. They were yelling loudly to all of us who were trapped in these cells saying: “Hey Fellas! We are going to pop open your food tray slots so you can get some fresh air!” end of quote
Both ‘D’ and I smiled and let out a sigh of relief. Regardless of any of the situations that I have found myself in I always acknowledge that GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL!
Lt. Feazicus, Lt. Franks as well as Mr. Heath and other Federal Officers provided us with Red Plastic Haz-Mat bags to defecate in!!! Yes, you heard me correctly—this was our reality here. Believe it!!!
These officers also brought large barrels of water so we could manually flush our toilets by pouring water on top of the large amounts of humyn waste which had accumulated in our toilets.
This is a short essay which tells a story of people helping people during a natural disaster. Many people in Amerikan Society are brainwashed in such a manner that many despise incarcerated humyn beings.
Please remember that Eighty-Five Percent of all current prisoners in the United States will eventually be released. Are not all humyn beings deserving to be treated with dignity, respected, and housed in humane settings??
One Observation that I must highlight is this: Two years after Hurricane Harvey and the Federal Bureau of Prisons still has not crafted a realistic Emergency Evacuation Plan for USP Beaumont.
Locking humyn beings down in concrete cages and then sitting on your hands until the Natural Disaster takes its course, is not an effective Plan! As I said before, USP Beaumont is built on top of a Flood Plane!! Tropical Storms and Hurricanes in this Geographical Location are only going to get more severe and intense.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL!!!!
PRISONERS LIVES MATTER!!!!
WE MUST CONTINUE ABOLISH ALL PRISONS
ESPECIALLY THE TOXIC ONES!!!!!
Sisters and Brothers and Comrades from all corners of the Globe if you support the work that my comrades and I do then please by all means necessary—-Share this piece and all information on Social Media. Demand today that the New Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons—-Mrs. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer take a long hard look at the conditions here at USP Beaumont. Ask her to visit us down here and when she does, ask her to interview me!! Your Soldier for Change Comrade Malik!!!! As I always say: ” The best Anti-Septic for Injustice is Sunlight!!” Let’s Shine a Bright Light on USP Beaumont.
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!!!!!
by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Chief Spokespersyn End Prison Slavery in Texas -Movement-
“We have a responsibility to do what’s right so no one else has to suffer and die in our custody. That’s our responsibility…. We should look at this as a ministry — that they (Texas prisoners) are rehabilitated, not annihilated.” -Texas Representative Carl Sherman Jr. (D) Desoto
The death toll inside Texas State Prisons continues to rise with no relief in sight. There is such a thing as Perception Management and “controlling the narrative”. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice employs a Public Information Officer named Jeremy Desel. Mr. Desel’s job is to misinform and mislead the public in regard to the conditions inside Texas Prisons. Managing the public’s perception of this unscrupulous State Agency is a very important job.
For literally decades journalist Mike Ward co-operated with the State of Texas. Mike Ward used his platform to keep our loved ones blind, deaf, and dumb to the truth. The arrival of journalist Keri Blakinger balanced things out slightly but even Ms. Blakinger has her limitations.
A close friend of mine who is currently housed at the H.H. Coffield Unit which is located in Tennessee Colony, Texas informed me that in the past two months there have been over 6 successful suicide deaths.
These deaths prompted a visit to Coffield unit from TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier and other so called high ranking officials. It was only a couple months ago that Keri Blakinger of the Houston Chronicle reported that TDCJ was experiencing a 20 year high in respect to prisoner suicides.
My friend who has been incarcerated for over 30 years blames the recent spike in deaths on a combination of deadly extreme heat and an uncontrollable K-2 epidemic. Synthetic marijuana is routinely brought into Texas Prisons by TDCJ employees looking to benefit from the illegal sale of the item among prisoners.
I have no influence or status among prison guards nor do I ever wish to have any among this portion of the Texas workforce which co-operates enthusiastically and willingly with those who enslave us.
However, I do have some influence among our fellow prisoners. So I have a question I’d like to pose to Texas prisoners as well as their loved ones in the free world:
“Would you choose the profits from your K-2 sales over the lives of your homeboys? Will you provide their families with comfort and financial stability now that they have died?”
For some it is easy to remain silent on this topic- I will not be silent! Synthetic marijuana use affects the body’s thermo-regulation mechanism. Can you imagine a 120℉ cell temp feeling like 150℉?!
Senator John Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston, Texas is the chairman of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Senator Whitmire refused to support or acknowledge pieces of legislation filed this past session that would have mandated state jails and prisons be kept between 65 and 85 degrees.
This Bill that would have alleviated the inhumanely hot conditions inside Texas prisons was authored by Texas Senator Carol Alvarado (D) Houston and Texas Representative Terry Canales (D) – Edinburgh. I actually sent Representative Canales a thank you card for his part in filing this Bill. You should know that Terry Canales also tried to deliver hygiene items, food, and water to children trapped in facilities operated by Customs & Border Patrol.
For years Senator John Whitmire has ignored his colleague’s attempts to address injustice, abuse, and inhumane conditions inside Texas prisons. If Senator Whitmire won’t listen to his own fellow legislators, why should anyone expect him or his staff to listen to an imprisoned activist like me? I think it is time the public at large send Senator Whitmire a clear message during the next election cycle!
There is a very good reason why I support the people’s Right to Vote. Your Vote is your Voice! In 2020 oppressed people in Amerika must literally and figuratively SCREAM!
There is some “House Cleaning” and “Senate Cleaning” that must be done in Texas – I’m Ready – Are you? End Prison Slavery! Prison Lives Matter! No pay – No work! Freedom over Everything! Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win! All Power to the People – Free Jason Renard Walker!
Keith “Malik” Washington is co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037,