Prison conditions

Suicide Epidemic & Deadly Extreme Heat Continues to be Downplayed and Ignored inside Texas Prisons! 

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, 

 

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We will not be Quiet!!

A call from Comrade Malik to address sexual harassment and assault in Texas legislature and prisons.

Sex and the Senate: By Mary Tuma: https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-01-25/sex-and-the-senate-what-will-it-take-to-curb-sexual-harassment-at-the-texas-state-capitol/

#MeToo Stories from inside Texas Prisons! Part II: https://wp.me/p6pUAu-6c

Update on actions from Dan Patrick: https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/dan-patrick-strips-kel-seliger-agriculture-committee-chairmanship/

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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

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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!

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“Toochie” Killing Prisoners on Coffield Unit in Texas!

by: Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Toochie Fact Sheet K-2Peace and blessings. Today is January 26, 2016 – Tuesday. This past weekend here on the Coffield Unit located in Tennessee Colony, TX, two prisoners died, one murdered!!

The common factor in both deaths was “Toochie” or K-2!!

The smoking of “toochie” is reaching epidemic status in this region. As I strive to organize prisoners to Help End Slavery, the “Toochie” is taking lives. Psychotic episodes are very common among “Toochie” smokers.

I believe all humyn lives are precious.

If you have a friend or loved one in Texas prison please advise them to avoid the “Toochie” and send them a copy of this info sheet on synthetic marijuana. The prophet Hosea said, “My people perish for lack of knowledge!!” for all of you in the “free-world” – please don’t smoke “Toochie” it kills!!

Dare to struggle – Dare to Win – All power to the people!

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‘TDCJ placed me in harm’s way because I spoke out in reference to the extreme heat’

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

From the report: “The TDCJ also fails to provide effective medical care for its inmates. … The TDCJ neither monitors these inmates nor provides them with adequate living conditions to prevent suffering and death during the summer months. Indeed, all 14 inmates who have died since 2007 under the care of the TDCJ suffered from pre-existing medical conditions exacerbated by the heat … Five of the deceased spent less than a single week in custody before succumbing to the dangerously high temperatures in Texas facilities. … Even where the TDCJ has issued specific standards to protect heat-sensitive inmates, such as in work or recreation areas, the TDCJ fails to actually implement these standards.” – Photo: Lauren Schneider

From the report: “The TDCJ also fails to provide effective medical care for its inmates. … The TDCJ neither monitors these inmates nor provides them with adequate living conditions to prevent suffering and death during the summer months. Indeed, all 14 inmates who have died since 2007 under the care of the TDCJ suffered from pre-existing medical conditions exacerbated by the heat … Five of the deceased spent less than a single week in custody before succumbing to the dangerously high temperatures in Texas facilities. … Even where the TDCJ has issued specific standards to protect heat-sensitive inmates, such as in work or recreation areas, the TDCJ fails to actually implement these standards.” – Photo: Lauren Schneider

Greetings Brothers and Sisters! This year in Texas we have seen a marked increase in the exposure of heinous acts of abuse and mistreatment perpetrated by state employees who work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Behind the scenes, the prisoners responsible for this massive movement to combat injustice have become victims of retaliation and harassment at the hands of prison officials and elected state government officials!

You must understand that a sinister relationship has developed between the Texas Attorney General’s office and the agency which operates Texas Prisons (TDCJ).

When a prisoner, or prisoners, file a Federal Civil Complaint against the prison agency, the Texas State Attorney General Office sends a State Attorney to defend the prison agency and their employees.

What we are seeing is a coordinated  effort between the state and the prison agency to harm prison litigators! This practice must be stopped.

The retaliation and abuse has been manifesting itself in numerous ways; from cell assignments with violent prisoners, transfers to units in far flung isolated rural areas known for racism and abuse, to collusive efforts to sabotage a prisoner’s access to courts and due process.

The case of Keith Cole

Keith Cole is a black male prisoner in his sixties. In June 2014 Mr. Cole and three other prisoners filed suit in Federal Court alleging that the extreme heat conditions on the Wallace Pack Unit located in Navasota, Texas violates the 8th Amendment of the US Constitution.

These four prisoners emphatically emphasized, that their federal lawsuit was not about seeking some minimal level of comfort. Each one of these prisoners, including Mr. Cole, have been diagnosed with serious, life threatening, chronic, and heat sensitive medical issues.

According to the TDCJ’s own internal documents, due to the medical conditions of these four prisoners and the medications prescribed to treat them, exposure to extreme heat conditions could in fact cause irreparable injury or even death.

Despite these undisputed facts, TDCJ prison officials have refused, or failed to, reduce the extreme temperatures that currently exist on the Wallace Pack Unit.

In response to the extreme heat conditions the TDCJ crafted a “new” Administrative Directive – 10.64, which sets forth policies, procedures, and guidelines to help alleviate the consequences of being exposed to extreme heat conditions.

Officials in the Wallace Pack Unit have made superficial changes to give the “appearance” that they are complying with the directive. For example, according to the AD 10.64, during extreme heat conditions prisoners should be provided ice and cold water. To comply with this, Wallace Pack officials installed 10 gallon plastic coolers in all living areas.

However, during the hottest parts of the day, at the pinnacle of the summer heat, these coolers on the Wallace Pack Unit are full of ice with no water or water with no ice at all! In fact, some prisoners have reported that they have been ordered to fill up the coolers full of ice for the Navasota Fire Department. I believe the Pack Unit should support the local fire department, but this practice depletes the ice meant for prisoners housed at Pack Unit. And please understand, that most prisoners at Pack Unit are elderly, disabled, and in poor physical health.

Another Issue of contention has to do with the placement of barrel fans in each dayroom area of the prison. These fans are situated on the floor about 3 feet from the front of the dayroom seating area and do not meet the intent of AD 10.64. Due to the improper positioning of these fans they only benefit prisoners who sit on the front bench in the dayroom. In addition, these fans are powered by high velocity motors that emit noise which is so loud it can damage a prisoner’s ability to hear! These types of fans which are positioned less than 3 feet from prisoners are a clear violation of OSHA standards.

According to AD 10.64 these fans should be mounted up high and angled in such a way as to circulate air in the living areas where prisoners sleep in cubicles.

As a result of his peaceful and legal activities, Mr. Cole was transferred away from Pack One Unit to the notoriously understaffed and dilapidated McConnell unit located in Beeville, Texas. This transfer was orchestrated by the administration on the Pack Unit on or around October 2014.

The Chief Executive Officer and Senior Warden on the Wallace Pack Unit is Mr. Robert Herrera. It is hard to believe that he lacked any knowledge of this transfer because of the high profile nature of this particular lawsuit. Extreme heat in Texas prisons has drawn the attention of University of Texas, School of Law Human Rights Clinic, headed by Director Ariel Dulitzky, and has also drawn the attention of the United Nations.

I spoke personally to Mr. Keith Cole about his experience on the McConnell Unit. He said, “The living conditions on McConnell Unit are horrible. They are grossly understaffed, we are forced to eat bag lunches 50% of the time. Outdoor recreation is extremely rare, and the place is falling apart!” He continued, “It is obvious this transfer was retaliation for me ligating, but it is much deeper than that. In one instance they housed me with a mentally ill prisoner known as “Machete”! I had to convince him I was as “crazy” as he was. TDCJ placed me in harms way because I spoke out in reference to the extreme heat. The public should know how dirty and unethical these people are. They must be held accountable.” End of quote.

Our Pleas for Help!

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Texas Attorney General have established a clear pattern of conduct in which they retaliate, abuse, and mistreat prisoners who have engaged in peaceful, legal activities:

  1. On May 6th 2015, at the Terrell Unit located at Rosharon, Texas. TDCJ prison officials thwarted a disabled incarcerated US Army veteran from being able to attend court in Brazuria County on time; the prisoners name is Richard A. Dunsmore TDC#1826868. He needs our help!
  2. For 3 years on the Estelle Unit located at Huntsville, Texas, prisoner Oliver Eshman Lister TDC#1279183 fought to expose the abuse of elderly and disabled prisoners. Lister has been the victim of racist and bigoted retaliation tactics – he needs our help!
  3. Keith Cole TDC#728749 continues to be harassed and retaliated against on the Wallace Pack Unit! What will it take to get the Department of Justice down here in the racist stronghold of Texas?

Please come interview these men! Interview me and I will shed light on the deceptions and lies being fed to the public at large. This is no fantasy! This is our reality! Come see for yourself!!

Keith Cole filed legal claims of retaliation against TDCJ for transferring him to the McConnell Unit in Beeville, Texas. On June 1st 2015 I met Keith Cole at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Cole and I were handcuffed together and placed on a bus headed to the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas.

TDCJ actually has strict policies which forbid retaliating against prisoners for engaging in legal activities or participating in formal investigations or inquiries. All smoke and mirrors deceptions and lies for a blind public.

It is our hope that the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Section will finally come down here to Texas and at the very least interview us! Many of us are black and hispanic men and women who are trying to better the conditions for all human beings trapped in Texas prisons.

By the way, Texas prison guards suffer from the heat also. They are people too!

Please help me in my quest for justice and humane conditions in Texas prisons. Tell Texas to stop retaliating against us!

We would appreciate any comments you may have pertaining to this issue. Please feel free to contact me.


[First posted on:
 San Francisco Bay View]
links added: 8/20/15

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Serving the people despite the retaliation of the oppressors

by Keith “Comrade Malik” Washington, Captain of Information, New Afrikan Black Panther Party, Texas Prison Chapter

Revolutionary greetings!

Comrades, today is the 8th of November 2013, and I must tell you that no sooner had the ink dried on the October San Francisco Bay View newspaper and the October-December issue of Turning the Tide than the Texas Department of Criminal Injustice waged an all-out attack on Comrade Kevin “Rashid” Johnson and myself.

As many of you already know, Comrade Rashid, the Minister of Defense for the NABPP (PC) has been transferred to the super-seg unit at Bill Clements Unit, which is located in Amarillo, Texas. This week I have received word that a heightened security alert has been placed on all communications coming in and going out from our steadfast, strong and persistent Minister of Defense.

Read the rest on SF Bay View

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