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Please Help End Prison Slavery in Texas Now!

A Message from End Prison Slavery in Texas Spokesperson: Keith ‘Malik’ Washington and Aaron Dyson

My name is Aaron Dyson I am a White Male Prisoner housed in the same prison as Keith ‘malik’ Washington. I stand in Solidarity with Malik as he confronts the Slave Plantation System operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Please help us end Prison Slavery in Texas and BEYOND!!

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle
ought not to deter us from the support of a cause
we believe to be just.” -Abraham Lincoln

A famous quote from a man most known in our history for his incumbency during the Civil War to end slavery. Although President Lincoln’s union came out victorious in 1865, the United States still suffers from pockets of resistance one-hundred and fifty years later. Texas, one of the eleven Confederate states during that era, still practices slavery on U.S.citizens confined in its state prisons. As one of only two states to still practice this large scale of servitude, Texas finds itself out of step with the rest of the country on the appropriate treatment of its people.

Inmates confined in the Texas prison system are provided with a “Time Sheet” showing all of the relevant information concerning their sentence, time completed, and parole date. On this sheet, inmates can also observe the “Good Time” and “Work Time” they have accumulated over the course of their incarceration. This “Good Time” and “Work Time” are TDCJ’s way Io compensate inmates for their good behavior and more importantly, their labor. To one observing this paperwork, this would appear to be a fair system; Stay out of trouble and work for the prison system and accumulate the time from these two categories with your completed flat time and make it home early. This certainly sounds good, but unfortunately this “Good Time”-“Work Time” system TDCJ has in place is nothing more than a paper trail. I read once where someone had said this system is equivalent to giving a starving child an empty bowl. The question should arise: Why does TDCJ give its prisoners time sheets reflecting “Good Time” and “Work Time” if it is not a tool to be used towards their early release? This system certainly had to originate for a far higher purpose than the nothingness it is being used for. The proof in this is demonstrated with each inmate’s release as they are forced to sign away their accumulated “Good Time” and “Work Time” before they are released. Allow me to repeat that. Inmates are forced to sign away the time they have earned before the Texas prison system will release them.

Without legitimate compensation for labor, it can only be deemed as slavery. There are only two ways to rectify this grave injustice our citizens confined in the Texas prison system are being forced to endure. Pay them for their labor, or compensate them with “Work Time” that is just as meaningful as their flat time.

  1. Paying prisoners for their labor enables them to not only better provide for themself in prison, but enables them to pay on outstanding bills such as child support and court fees by garnishing part of their wages. In turn, this will give relief to the constant incurring cost in tax dollars.
  2. Compensating prisoners for their labor through a legitimate “Work Time” system grants them the opportunity to be reviewed early by parole and released back into society. This system also relieves state tax payers through the simple fact that an earned early release is one less prisoner they have to pay for.
    Slavery is very real here in the state of Texas and is a practice that will remain until it is put to a stop. Strength in numbers can achieve anything and it is for that that we ask for your support in standing against Texas’ slave labor. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Sisters and Brothers most of the words that you have read here are Aaron’s not mine. And here is a photo of Aaron and his Dad.
I want you to know that there are many families who suffer and that are destroyed on account of T.D.C.J.’s oppressive policies. At this moment I am being targeted by T.D.C.J., the Texas Attorney General Office and numerous other St&te Agencies- Never have I advocated violence or Gang Activity NEVER!!! But what I do advocate for is the Humane treatment of Prisoners Across America!! I boldly speak Truth to Power and I will continue to do so until death overtakes me. Texas is pulling out every stop in order to Silence my Voice.

Petitions are great!! And, we need E-mails, Protests, Radio Announcements, and MEDIA EXPOSURE. I desperately need Legal Help. If you are a person who is passionate about protecting the Human and Civil Rights of ALL Human Beings then this is for you!! This is your Fight!! Please send me any words of encouragement or a letter of support.

You can write me or Aaron at the following address or you can J-Pay us just visit J-Pay-com. The Movement to End Prison Slavery is so much bigger than just Texas but since Texas has the largest State Prison system in the United States, it sure seems like a good place to start!!

Think about Aaron’s words and let them resonate in your heart, mind, and Soul. Is this the America we want our children to inherit or can we make it better–together?

Contact Malik and Aaron!

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
TDC# 1487958 Coffield Unit 2661 FM 2054 Tennessee Colony, Texas 75884 Aaron Dyson TDC# 815938 Coffield Unit 2661 FM 2054 Tennessee Colony, Texas 75884

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End Prison Slavery in Texas UPDATE!!

On Monday – January 25, 2016 – I attended the 1st annual Parole Forum held at the Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony, Texas. The organizations represented were the: Texas Inmate Families Association (TIFA), the Region II Parole Board office, which is located in Palestine Texas, and a member from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Reentry Department gave a brief presentation.

Parole board member Michelle Skyrme actually did an excellent job fielding questions from prisoners. She was straight forward and didn’t give any false representations. WE HAVE MUCH WORK TO DO! The most significant comment  Ms. Skyrme made was when a prisoner asked her, “what bearing do parole credits (“good time” and “work time”) have on your decision to grant a prisoner parole?” Her answer was that credits don’t factor into her decision at all!! This is the exact reason why we decided to start this campaign in the first place.

In Texas prisons, we have been told that in lieu of actual pay for our labor in factories and prison jobs, we would be given “good time” and “work time” credits. But, because of flawed and misleading/deceptive language in the law the Parole Board is not compelled to recognize these credits. So in essence, we have been relegated to the status of slaves!! Not only do we continue to work for free, we work to maintain a system that mistreats and oppresses us. TDCJ does not have a vested interest in aiding us in returning to our families. Remember how hard the confederate states fought to protect their slave empire? Don’t think for one minute that Texas won’t fight hard to ensure we do not tamper with the Texas Government Code 498.003 which lays out this fraudulent “good time” system. This fight is a fight worth waging as it effects ALL TEXAS PRISONERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

Jennifer Erschabek is the director of the Texas Inmate Families Association (TIFA). She gave an excellent presentation at the forum. One key thing I learned is that Jennifer has the ear of many influential legislators in Austin, home of the capitol of Texas. It would behoove us to research whether we can join forces with Jennifer in a pact of mutual solidarity in order to present our case to legislators.

However, more importantly, we would like to have a representative or two on our TEAM who will be willing to go into the chambers of the State capitol and articulate our wants and needs to state legislators as well as suggest prospective law changes. As prisoners our voices are totally ignored by the legislature. No matter how intelligent I may be, I am still viewed as a filthy no good criminal in Texas. So, we desperately need free world folks to champion our cause and amplify our voices.

We have been focusing on attracting the attention of a dynamic Baptist Pastor named Freddie Haynes. Pastor Haynes presides over the congregation of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas.

ACTION:

Comedian Steve Harvey has a very popular radio morning show which airs on a local radio station 107.3 FM in Tyler, TX. Please ask your family and friends to contact Steve Harvey via email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the following message:

“Steve Harvey, would you please help the prisoners here in Texas get paid for their labor or have “good time and “work time” actually count toward the reduction on their sentences? We need the support of the Steve Harvey Nation!!”

Please contact Pastor  Freddie Haynes of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas. We need prayers and support!

 

All Power to the People!

Comrade Malik

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