Independent oversight of Texas prisons: Fantasy or reality?

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, Chief Spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement
Published first in the SF Bayview, May 8 ,2019

In 2013, imprisoned journalist, activist and Freedom Fighter Kevin “Rashid” Johnson arrived in Texas after being transferred from the Oregon Department of Corrections. Johnson, who is the Minister of Defense for the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter, immediately became the target of a coordinated campaign by the state of Texas to silence his voice and to harm him both physically and mentally.

It wasn’t long after Rashid’s arrival that he was transferred to the infamous Bill Clements High Security Unit, located in Amarillo, Texas. While housed there, Rashid witnessed the murders, suicides and mysterious deaths of numerous prisoners housed at the facility.

Rashid wrote essay after essay detailing the grisly abuse of the mentally ill and other vulnerable prisoners housed at the unit. In 2014, I had heard enough. With the help of Professor Victor Wallis, Ph.D., I submitted a packet of information and letter to then First Lady Michelle Obama. In them, I described the mistreatment of incarcerated U.S. military veterans and the “mysterious deaths” of prisoners housed at the Bill Clements Unit.

I was surprised when I received a letter in April 2015 from U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney Brian Buehler informing me that the packet of information and letter, which I had sent to the White House, was actually read by Michelle Obama and she had forwarded the letter and other information to Buehler at the Justice Department!

This is the background story to what has now become a campaign in Texas to establish an Independent Ombudsman Office that will monitor the actions of this extremely unethical, unjust and corrupt prison agency known as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

A Black legislator in Texas named Jarvis Johnson, a Houston Democrat, has filed House Bill 363, calling for the creation of an Independent Ombudsman Office. What actually is being proposed is that the current TDCJ Ombudsman Office be moved and placed under the purview of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

There are some serious problems which exist within the current Ombudsman Office. Not only have we seen on-going acts of cronyism, nepotism and obstruction of justice tactics when family members and friends of prisoners submit complaints, there are also noticeable structural, systemic and institutionalized racism and bigotry hardwired into the mainframe of this prison agency.

Lorie Davis is the director of the TDCJ Correctional Institution Division. Davis has actually promoted, sanctioned and condoned retaliation and intimidation of prisoners whose family members and friends utilize the Ombudsman Program. But it is much deeper than just that.

Lorie Davis has created a culture within TDCJ by which jailhouse lawyers, also known as “writ-writers,” are subjected to manifold reprisals for their peaceful and legal activities. Activities which are supposed to be protected under the U.S. Constitution’s First and 14th Amendments!

The state of Texas is down here attempting to purge minorities from voting rolls – so please, miss me with all that talk of our vote meaning nothing!

Davis has also created a toxic work and living environment for both prisoners and employees. Patriarchy and the misogynistic behavior of high-ranking male officers in the employ of the state of Texas have become the status quo inside Texas prisons. Davis can feign neither innocence nor ignorance, because too many human and civil rights violations have happened on her watch!

I actually have been working closely with one of Rep. Johnson’s staff members in order to provide historical evidence to clearly show that the current TDCJ Ombudsman Office has not only violated the public’s trust but has completely ignored serious complaints by those who have incarcerated loved ones inside facilities operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

One key point we have been trying to make is this: Many of the complaints have led to multi-million dollar civil lawsuits filed against this unscrupulous prison agency, and Texas taxpayers continue to foot the bill when these multi-million dollar settlements are handed down – by federal judges!

At the end of the day, our goal is to create an office that will provide transparency, accountability and meaningful investigations, as well as oversight of a prison agency that has lost the confidence of citizens and taxpayers. Texas has the largest state prison system in the country and establishing an Independent Ombudsman Office has the potential to promote an environment where prisoners may be treated with dignity, respect and humane living conditions.

Rep. Johnson has told me in a letter that he believes that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is one of the key foundations which make the United States unique from other countries.

Prisoners should never be afraid to exercise their right to free speech. If there’s one message I’d like to give to college students all across the United States it is this: You cannot say that you belong to or represent a political party if you don’t get involved in the process!

Be you a Democrat, Republican, Green, Socialist or Democratic Socialist – don’t ever let anyone tell you that your vote or your voice is insignificant or that it doesn’t count! That is a lie! The state of Texas is down here attempting to purge minorities from voting rolls – so please, miss me with all that talk of our vote meaning nothing!

If it meant nothing, these sneaky politicians and powerbrokers wouldn’t be trying to defraud and sabotage our rights! Please stay tuned, sisters and brothers. There will be much more for me to report from the Lone Star State!

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

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, an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign and deputy chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com and on the site of the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement.
Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, McConnell Unit, 3100 S. Emily Dr., Beeville TX 78103 (or via Jpay.com).

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Where do you stand?

Comrade Kado
Comrade Kado

by Noah “Kado” Coffin (contact: see below)

A hungry child’s waiting cry pierces the heavy dark reverberating off the crumbling brick and broken glass … This punctuated by the yelps of feral dog that’s been ghosting me in the shallows … All mainly skin, ragged bones and yellow teeth – no doubt once an adored pet, though tonight it merely is a reflection of the surrounding decay. Much like the tormented elderly vagrant seen huddling to their 40-oz like lovers embraced … who wear their years in the lines upon their faces like sagging, grotesque tree rings … one look into those haunted, hollow eyes is enough to age your own soul …

The scuffling of shoes followed by the clank and clatter of spent beer bottles sets me on edge just as a menacing voice challenges me from a darkened gloom in a dilapidated breeze way. “Help! You lost white boy?!” shadowy figures emerge and advance upon me as I respond in what I hope sounds like a confidant voice, “Man, I know where I’m at.” Heart doing acrobatics as my suddenly clammy hand closes tightly around the short length of pipe I have hidden in the front pocket of my hoodie…

Like ravening wolves the neighborhood cliques and gangs prowl in search of prey. In their very own streets – unaware that consequently their actions make them equal to, or – worse than those elitist assholes who ensure that these ghettos exist …

Comrades, I’ve been stabbed, jumped, beaten and worse by none other than those who share an oppression my own … These experiences play across my mind’s eye through the lengthy nights in this tiny cell like some kind of confusing and nefarious film that I’m unable to forget … A sickening display of grabs in a bucket – each scrambling over the other and pulling the next one to drown at their feet …

I’ve seen people who’d sell the innocence of their own child for a fleeting high. Worse- I’ve known of the ones who’d take the offer and without losing sleep over it … seen people kick it for years together and turn tail or kick rocks whenever it got real or a “come up” was presented.

How can we ever succeed unless we become a collective tide? We cannot. Not as we clash and bawl, colliding with one another – creating nothing more than a chaotic whirlpool where we’re dashed helplessly against each other losing any strength or momentum. How can we break down walls if we’re stacking the stones ourselves? Oh I don’t say that lightly in any way!! If you divide yourself or oppress the oppressed, you are a master mason! You feel like you’re barely getting by?? “We’ve all gotta eat”?! Well if you in any way take what little another has in your same situation then you are worse than the power hungry elite whom rule the slums man!! Yeah I’ve got a “clique,” it a big one called “the people” but I’m real choosy. If you’re not with the tide, you’re against it. Get a surf board or get outta the way so we can make a difference.

From my early teens I was thrown into the backstreets of the South Texas slums. A walk through those neighborhood apartments simply trying to reach a destination can and does leave anybody beat down with their pockets turned out …

Hit those open streets and you’re then a target for a cop’s quota. This is and has been such an effective system of oppression which I see no end of until we start toward a solution.

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First – we’ve gotta address the problem of a moneyless class of people if we are to end the “dog eat dog” ideal which only weakens us. A few things to consider: a small business like: painting, fencing, or landscaping etc. is about $15 to open a (DBA) license on for 10 years. If you can cut grass, you can run a business. Hire a local crew and if you are anyone who pays to have your grass cut – hire locally operated business. The same concept can be applied to these large business who thrive on the little bit of money these poverty ridden neighborhoods do have. If you have a local supermarket where you buy food, get together with everyone they know, then fill out a petition with the supermarket. If they won’t hire locally, if your neighborhood faces aren’t employed there then boycott the supermarket! Convenience stores, laundry centres, barber shops etc. Those places need the money that your homes provide to survive. Take away that and they won’t make enough money from the passers-by to stay afloat. If you rent your place then do the same with management or owners. Make it clear that if they hire a landscaper then you want them to be local.

Police quotas – if we want to stop these folks from preying on every opportunity to snatch us off the street or from jailing us under sketchy circumstances we have to get involved. Everyone just about has some kind of phone with video technology. If you see the cops prowling through your apartments, neighborhood or any such things, don’t go inside & shut the door! Pull out your cell phone and if they’re harassing someone make your presence known while you’re recording the whole play. If we all did this it would become a “police watch” so to speak. The reason neighborhood watches work isn’t because thieves are afraid of old folks who have a lot of time on their hands – it’s because they believe they’re being watched. For so long these cops have operated with the powerful effect of fear! When a cop pulls up, everyone is quick to bail inside and whoever is left behind can be handled in any way without a second thought – but if when they pull up everyone’s cell phones come out?? That’s gonna change some stuff, believe me.

Brothers and sisters, comrade Kado here – another summer behind the wall ahead and this reach out is only made possible because of the support and solidarity of my amazing contacts. We have to become a solution to our oppression and that means first – we’ve gotta work together and stop helping the oppressors! We all need to make due and snatching a few crumbs out of the pockets of our neighbors won’t ever fill our plate so get real and get on board. As a divided, scrabbling mass we are weak, but together we are a force of nature.

Love & solidarity

All letters, support & feedback to:

“Noah would like to get some feedback from you and your friends. I enclose his mailing address.”

Noah Coffin, #1795167
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Road #1
Lovelady, TX 75851
U.S.A.

You can also contact him via Jpay.com: Noah Coffin, 01795167

(typed by: Heinz, Vienna, Austria, 22 April, 2019)

Why does Texas governor Gregg Abbott and the GOP in Texas want to suppress the minority vote?

By Keith “Malik” Washington

Received: April 14, 2019

The host of Connect the Dots, a radio program which airs on KPFT 90.1 FM Houston, Texas, has a saying that I absolutely love! He says that “the people are smarter than you think!” That host being Abdul Hamid Mohammad, a long-time servant of the people who lives in Houston, Texas.

Recently, I commented on the scandal in which acting Texas Secretary of State Mr. David Whitely had conspired to purge the names of literally tens of thousands of potential voters from voting rolls in the State of Texas. Whitely claimed the voters were non-citizens. Well, we found that that isn’t exactly true.

The U.S. House of Representatives has been discussing legislation that would offer more protections to our voting rights. It seems that the Republican Party all over the United States is engaged in an ongoing conspiracy to sabotage and obstruct the voting rights of the poor and minorities as a whole.

For the past month, I have been studying an incredible book by Greg Palast entitled The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits. I believe I have found the reason why Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and other members of the GOP are so passionate about placing David Whitely in charge over the voting process in Texas, but Mr. Palast did such a wonderful job illuminating the facts, I’ll just allow him to inform you as I quote a passage from the book. Mr. Palast says:

“In just twenty years, the number of non-white voters has nearly doubled to a fourth of the electorate. And in the last election, the number of white voters actually fell by two million.”

  • Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, p. 24

However, that really does not answer the question as to why Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and the GOP in Texas want to suppress the minority vote – does it? No! It does not! So please allow me to show you a little more. Mr. Palast discusses in further detail the results from the last Presidential election (from Interstate Crosscheck: The Ballot Box Death Star):

“Why would Republicans do this? Why would the political party founded by Abraham Lincoln attack racial minorities? It’s simple arithmetic. Here’s the color of American voting:

71% of Hispanic Americans voted Democrat

73% of Asian Americans voted Democrat

84% of Native Americans voted Democrat

93% of African Americans voted Democrat

But only 39% of White people voted Democrat.”

Well, Governor Abbott, you have some explaining to do my friend! And what about those sneaky little Judge appointments? Remember Governor Abbott, the people are smarter than you think!

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, an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign and deputy chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com and endprisonslaveryintexas.wordpress.com.
Send our brother some love and light:
Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958,
McConnell Unit,
3100 S. Emily Dr.,
Beeville TX 78103

International call to action: 2nd annual day of action and solidarity with those who are fighting to end prison slavery in Amerika and throughout the world on June 19

Malik with raised fist and beard, in february of 2019
Malik with raised fist and beard, in february of 2019

by Comrade Malik, Chief Spokesperson, End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement
From: SF Bayview

Revolutionary Greetings, Sisters and Brothers!

It’s that time again and I am sending out this call to action in order to encourage everyone who is passionate about abolishing all forms of slavery and involuntary servitude to come together in one united action of revolutionary solidarity on June 19, 2019, and protest against the enslavement, degradation and dehumanization of Amerikan prisoners and all human beings throughout the world who are subjected to any form of slavery or oppression!

As many of you know, June 19 is the day when Black people in Texas celebrate the freedom of their Ancestors, our Ancestors, who were held in SLAVERY for approximately two years after the entire nation acknowledged the Emancipation Proclamation. But the slave owners in Texas ignored this federal law.

This year’s call to action has special significance as the world’s eyes are trained on South Texas, where tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central Amerika come to the United States seeking a safe haven but instead have found mistreatment, abuse, racism, and slavery. The legislative and criminal justice system in Texas continues to create the foundations for institutionalized racism and bigotry.

Do you realize that the U.S. Army had to ride into Galveston, Texas, in 1867 and announce that slavery had been abolished.

The state of Texas was so hell-bent on maintaining their slaves and profiting from slave labor that the U.S. Army had to show force to make Texas eliminate the practice of slavery. But it is still alive! Prison slavery is something that is being practiced and perpetuated in every state in the union and it has been codified by the most powerful legal document in the United States, the U.S. Constitution.

We must continue to call for the exception clause – or slavery – clause in the 13th Amendment to be struck down! We must finish the abolitionist work! Remember, sisters and brothers, that this is an international campaign which seeks to address the misogynistic practices of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as the genocide waged against Palestinian people.

The bigots who operate Texas prisons wish to silence my voice. I refuse to remain silent! On June 19, 2019, stand with us!

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

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, an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign and deputy chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com. Or on this site: Endprisonlaveryintexas.wordpress.com!
Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, McConnell Unit, 3100 S. Emily Dr., Beeville TX 78103.

Color Coded

by Noah „Kado“ Coffin

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Image by Alexandr Ivanov from Pixabay

Sent via Heinz (Vienna, Austria, Europe), 3-28-2019

It starts early on … Perhaps it’s fostered in the home. I’m no psychiatrist. What’s plain to see though is at an early age evidence of grouping big melanin content shows. As kids become just old enough to venture off to the pools o[r] parks, basketball courts etc. … it’s easy to see; black, brown, white … Often enough there will be some variations though not by much.

People could argue that this is dependent on location. Well I’m from the minority neighborhoods, Backstreets -“hoods.” And though I spent my whole life being one of the variations or another, that did not change – black, brown, white.

Then the factions start, which become division within seperation on top of segregation…. Why we as human tend to proceed through life as a competing athletic team does some tournament I’m not certain. What I’m sure of, however, is that as those habits form and solidify over time, breaking them will not be simple. How much could be achieved by a people undivided by race? What would society look like if classes didn’t keep it in their “economic equals”?

It starts at the root – color. Then there’s more division. As a youngster I witnessed it in many forms: people “representing” their apartment complexes, their street, their hood, or their side of town. Racial groups don colored clothes or bandanas representing some gang or another. And it goes on … When you pay attention, it’s systematic. Look at Hollywood. If you’re not on camera in some fashion it’s unlikely you’ll even at all exist to anyone in that scene.

Why is it such a big deal? Well aside from the fact that it builds implicit and also outright bias, many times going much further (Hitler wanted to wipe out Jewish people, Andile Mngxitama calls for killing in South Africa…). But most importantly divided people are never going to reach beyond the plateaus on which we’re stranded in our societies unless we break the color code. I cannot begin to tell you what potentially awaits a world where everyone stops creating individually and starts building collectively.

I’m not sure about other states, but here in Texas the prison system has it bad. In an already sad circumstance the prisoners break off into the “black, brown, white” like I’ve never seen before. Walk into a “chow hall,” day room, hallway – anywhere and each race claims their space. Seating benches and eating tables are claimed and fought over brutally. Color first, then faction. I’ve seen riots over someone breaking the “color code” by sitting on the wrong bench. It’s even here in solitary. People socializing via conversation largely by racial grouping and I’m struck dumb with the thought of it.

I mean, here we are subjected to removal from society, families and even general population but still there’s segregation? Wow … Are we not thoroughly oppressed people?!! It’s incomprehensible and I’m saddened at the realization that unless we become color blind then we will never shatter the caste, we will not do away with class and we cannot hope to end this cycle of segregation, subjugation & sabotage of our human potential… It’s a sadness which weighs heavily upon my head. This because though the answer is so simple. The roots run deep…

Take the initiative comrades – reach out deliberately & wherever a color code shows itself, step up & let’s start breaking it. Together we stand – divided we fail.

Show Comrade Kado some love and support:

Noah Coffin, #1795167
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Road #1
Lovelady, TX 75851,
U.S.A.

You can also contact him via JPay.com: Noah Coffin, 01795167

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Being Conscious Is Key to Advancing the End Prison Slavery Movement

By Jason Renard Walker, Deputy Minister of Labor – NABPP

The legislative record on the 13th Amendment excludes any interpretative argument on the language concerning forced prison labor. Therefore it is illogical to run to the federal courts and legislators seeking recognition for fair wages.

The origins of the 13th Amendment can be dated back to Thomas Jefferson, who was the chief author of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. This document was put into effect eleven days before the start of the Constitutional Convention on July 24th, 1787, for the purpose of establishing and governing the newly-created territory north of the Ohio river, in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio.

The sixth and final article of the Charter states: “There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the said territory, otherwise than in the punishment of crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” Right from the start, Jefferson was a lobbyist for forced labor as a government-imposed form of legal slavery, to provide an alternative to capital punishment. Even he saw that one day, mass incarceration would affect the state’s economic progress, and that merely spending capital to capture and kill slaves, without generating any profits, made no sense. So within the U.S. Constitution he made sure a clause existed that would allow slavery to have a continuing effect on any slave who one day won some rights and freedom.

The shameless language of the 13th Amendment has created a virtually insurmountable legal battle. That is because neither the Federal government, or any individual state, can contravene the U.S. Constitution. In order to begin the legal battle, the 13th Amendment has to be amended. Article V allows the Constitution to be amended by the exact same text of a proposed change passing both the House and Senate with a two-thirds vote, and then adoption is contingent on ratification by three-fourths of all the states.

An example of this can be seen in the Equal Rights Act, which was written by the revolutionary feminist Alice Paul, and bars the prevention of civil rights based on one’s sex. The ERA passed both chambers with the requisite supermajority on March 22, 1972. But as far as the amendment is concerned, only thirty-five of the required thirty-eight states have allowed it to pass. Sadly, a constitutional amendment is the only way of attacking the legitimacy of the use of prison labor.

Being that we cannot dissolve any of the states, a tactical approach to extending the movement against prison slavery would be to conduct an analysis on those states that haven’t passed, initiate a game plan for those states, then apply maximum pressure on their economic interests. Thus forcing those states to join in and meet the thirty-eight state threshold. It still wouldn’t require them to end prison slavery, but it would give us our class action day in court. This is only one step of the many we have to take in order to end the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) and abolish slave labor once and for all.

Being Conscious Is The Key To Liberation

Public support for the end prison slavery movement hasn’t always been as great as it is now. There was one point in time when exposed abuse in prisons created little more than a benign “shock and awe” buzz that was only picked up and circulated by off-beat media.

I can remember seeing a seven or eight second segment on an Oakland-based news channel back in the early 1990s. It spoke about a prison-initiated hunger strike for whatever reason. I sat there eating candy thinking: who’s stupid enough to starve themselves? I was only a child, I had no idea how inhumanely prisoners are treated and how such torture can instigate rebellions. Many people are still unaware, which makes their assistance non-existent. Let’s raise their consciousness.

After being incarcerated in the Texas prison system for over ten years, I have witnessed events that not only coax men and women into starving themselves, but to cut, hang, mutilate and kill themselves. Just so they could escape the madness of the inhumanity and torture of prison life in general and solitary confinement in particular.

As irrational as it sounds to refuse to eat and work at the hand of reprisals, it has given prisoners, both American and foreign, currency in manufacturing public opinion to assist us in having our problems exposed and addressed. In regards to this, we need to stick to the script, seize the time and avoid falling victim to government-sponsored reform trends, falsely held under the banner of movements and revolutions.

The hooded sweater wearing in the wake of Trayvon Martin was a trend; hands up don’t shoot posing to commemorate Michael Brown’s death was a trend; Kaepernicking, or kneeling during the national anthem was a trend; the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s was somewhat of a trend; hashtag whatever lives matter is a trend; Bernie Sanders as President is far from socialism.

But what sparked these trends? What caused them to spread like wildfire? What caused them to wither away? Was a goal reached that made the trend moot? Why do people jump from one trend to the next?

Police killing kids is still going-on unchecked. Kaepernick and Reed privately settling their lawsuit out of court didn’t resolve the NFL blackballing him, or future prospects, and the civil rights of colored folk are still being violated and covered up.

From a realistic viewpoint, should we believe that without some united mass-based practical resistance, just trending, condemning, and a funky-ass progressive legislative bill every twenty years is giving us maximum progress, growth, and development as fledgling underdogs?

As prisoners, isn’t it wise for us to lay out and set out our own wants and needs rather than leaving it to snake-oil salesmen and their pop-go-the-weasel limelight shucks, who show up, attempt to derail our movement, then vanish? The only voting right I’m interested in is the right to amend the U.S. Constitution, which furthers the exclusive interest of prisoners and the end prison slavery movement. Voting has done nothing and will do nothing.

Governmental prison profiteers and other opponents of prison abolition are well aware of our progressive activities, they will never sit back and let us do our thing without a little razzle-dazzle shenanigan of their own. I’m beginning to see a connection between our progress as activists and the sly reprisals being handed out. I’m speaking of those whose artwork, writings, poems, organizing and work put in are key factors in this thing. Those who aren’t deterred by prison-sanctioned setbacks. Those who aren’t motivated by commissary or pig friendship. Those who ain’t scared to check themselves and stay on course.

These are who the administration fears the most, because they don’t see the prison as their home, they see it as an animal’s cage they will spend their life (if they have to) clawing to get out of, destroying everything in their path that tries to keep them held hostage. They can’t be bought, they can’t be tamed, they can only be expected to do what they are doing, which is to help their body follow their mind to freedom.

Just because a brotha or sista is the most intelligent or knowledgeable of history among their peer group doesn’t make them conscious. Reading a book on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, the Black Panther Party and agreeing with them doesn’t make you conscious. Educating others about the history of their race’s past and present oppression doesn’t make you conscious – it makes you a teacher. It might make you wanna do something, it might make them wanna do something.

But what?

Picking up a gun and shooting “the white man” because of racism won’t solve the problem. Wilding out and shooting the pigs won’t do nothing either, that’ll give them legal ground to further the killer cop epidemic.

But what we can do is figure out who’s the mastermind behind these ills, who’s allowing the protectors of the ruling class to do as they please without being punished and then come up with a strategy. A failure to grasp the contradictions between an organic grassroots movement, and government reform bills, and the politics of oppression, leaves one doomed, and easy pickings to further their own oppression.

The road to liberation ain’t a walk down the yellow brick road, there’s more than one person behind that curtain pulling strings and levers that twist, manipulate and shape the reality we live in. When you see for yourself, you’ll see men and women of all races, creeds, religions. There’s gays, lesbians, racists, reverse racists, evangelists and the like. There’s some who grew up impoverished and some who’ve never experienced a lack of any want or need.

Despite their personal disagreements, they have an unbreakable bond. It’s not driven by the will to survive or to make the world a better place. This bond stems from greed and their desire to build on the billions and millions they already have.

What prevents them from launching an economic attack on each other relates to the billions of citizens all over the world who provide them with the wealth they want through the exploitation of workers’ labor. As soon as the source depletes, they’ll feed on each other, ultimately destroying the earth or causing a third world war in their race to consolidate the wealth of one country, and then the next, into their coffers.

Jails, prisons, the police state and the military play as a buffer between the string pullers and those trying to remove them. The top-down authority is manipulated into manipulating each other into serving the interests of the ruling class. So each branch is acting for a different specific reason, with the result being a disguised form of max protection for the rulers.

The military is acting under patriotism; the police state is acting as protectors of the law and its citizens; the prisons act as a reformatory for the law-breakers and the jails being holding institutions until all due process of law rights have been satisfied. This is merely a front, even those exploited by and operating these institutions are mainly unaware of this.

When was the last time an active politician or presidential candidate was attacked or killed? When was the last time one has been a victim of violence? Why are those supposedly protected by the police and military state victims of society?

Actually these institutions aren’t protecting those they claim to protect, because the so-called protected are really the oppressed. You, me, and everyone else that are economic bottom feeders, dregs of society and so on are who I’m speaking of.

Making this small qualitative leap in thought allows us to come up with meaningful ideas, put our theories into practice and learn from any mistakes or errors made. This is when we begin to wake up our consciousness.

If it’s not on your mind and in your theories and practice that liberating an oppressed people will only come by overthrowing the ruling class through an armed revolution, you are merely a fraction of the way there, still half-asleep. But still a key component of support.

When you have come to the conclusion that you are ready to die for the people, die with the people or spend your life in the struggle, doing what you can to assist those that will, knowing no progress will be made if you let up. Not only are you a comrade of mine, you are a reason why the oppressed nation will prevail.

Prisoners being bound by any form of slavery serves no penological objective. It’s an obvious tactic drawn up by the oppressor, designed to villainize, ostracize and profit off of those who refuse to conform to its deeply ingrained developmental pattern upon their release into a manipulated society. These individuals are grouped with the standard criminals.

Every person has a different level of reach and assistance. Some can go no further than writing or doing lectures, while others can’t do the former or latter, but can organize the masses. To be conscious is to learn your reach, understand what you are fighting for, and who you are fighting, then meet or surpass the standard. There is always someone waiting for you to pass the baton so they can take it further. This is a step towards advancing the end of prison slavery!

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

Send our brother some love and light: Jason Renard Walker, 1532092, Allred Unit, 2101 FM 369 N, Iowa Park, TX 76367.

How we can help

Jason Renard Walker has become a first rate investigative journalist as he courageously documents and reports one atrocity after another. Of course, guards and prison administrators constantly retaliate. So supporters have set up the “Civil Rights Defense Fund for Jason Walker” at https://www.gofundme.com/f/civil-rights-defense-fund-for-jason-walker. Please donate as generously as you can. Learn more at https://instagram.com/p/Bu0Ajwch77F/.

Received March 24, 2019

Mail Tampering as Retaliation – Court dismisses Writ of Mandamus because it sent mail to the wrong Unit

Jason Renard Walker
Jason Renard Walker

On 2/28/19, I attempted to buy blank envelopes from the commissary but they were out. I did manage to get pens, paper, stamps and hygiene items. Since I’m on commissary restriction until 3/28/2019, I can only purchase the above items once every thirty days. Consequently, even if they have envelopes when we go again, I’m not eligible to purchase any.

The commissary staff told me there is nothing they can do about it. This means I can’t send out any mail until some time next month. This obstructs my access to the courts and my ability to respond to incoming mail. Since I’m not indigent, I can’t request supplies from the law library. Staff provided no remedy.

In mid-January 2019, I received a letter from the court of appeals (enclosed as Doc #1, see below). It advised me that if I didn’t respond to its Dec 18, 2018 letter about a payment fee, it would dismiss my writ of mandamus, which I filed to have the district court compelled to process my pending social media etc suit.

The letter was initially sent to Clements in Amarillo, either by error or intention. At the time, I was at Ellis, and the courts knew. So when I did finally receive their notice, it had travelled to Clements, Robertson, Ellis, then here. The time to respond had long expired. I sent the courts a letter telling them a mistake had been made. And that I needed leave to file in forma pauperis to the court of appeals since I didn’t have the $500.00.

At the end of Feb 2019, I received another letter from the court of appeals (enclosed as Doc #2, see below), telling me they dismissed my writ (and the pending suit) because I didn’t comply with the Dec 18 letter. The second letter had been sent to Ellis Unit.

The courts are well aware that I’m at Allred. On Jan 15, 2019, I sent them a change of address notice. On Jan 18, 2019 I sent in an unanswered motion to file class action.

The court’s own failure to send my notice to the correct address clearly denied my access to courts. I believe the letter I sent to the courts from here was thrown away. I never got a response.

Most importantly, my mail here is being held up for a week before I receive it. I just received a very important letter from someone concerning me connecting with Yale law students (enclosed as Doc #3, see below). It’s dated Feb 22, 2019, but I didn’t received it until March 1, 2019. This particular kind of mail is supposed to be given to me within 24 hours of it being written by the sender. I missed the deadline.

On this same day, I also received mail from you and many others. The postal stamps said Feb 20, 2019. The pattern I noticed is that I get mail from overseas faster than I do from Austin, Houston, or anywhere in the US. And the letters pertain to the same subject or sending similar updates.

Today I just received your Dec 17 letter with the chron.com piece KB wrote attached. Strangely speaking, several other letters (including a Dec 5 letter) arrived too. They all spoke about the Nov 23 assault etc. I didn’t leave Ellis until Jan 8, 2019, so I should have received the letters there.

I received all my forwarded mail in January, so it’s strange those letters were sent so late. Also I still want an out-of-state transfer, which the Dec 17 letter asked. This is my only shot of being allowed to make parole and start my federal prison sentence.

The only thing they are doing here is moving me from one unit of punishment to the next. The courts are playing games too, since I’m not able to get paperwork filed, or have filed paperwork answered.

This is a reaction to my claims being extremely merciful, and their complicity to not let me expose TDCJ without obstruction.

Can you please have someone file a complaint with Ombudsman about me being denied envelopes to reply to mail and seek legal help?

In solidarity,

Jason

Send our brother some love and light: Jason Renard Walker, 1532092, Allred Unit, 2101 FM 369 N, Iowa Park, TX 76367 (or via Jpay.com)

How we can help

Jason Renard Walker has become a first rate investigative journalist as he courageously documents and reports one atrocity after another. Of course, guards and prison administrators constantly retaliate. So supporters have set up the “Civil Rights Defense Fund for Jason Walker” at https://www.gofundme.com/f/civil-rights-defense-fund-for-jason-walker. Please donate as generously as you can. Learn more at https://instagram.com/p/Bu0Ajwch77F/.

Write to the Ombudsman:
Phone: (936) 437-4927
Email: ombudsman@tdcj.state.tx.us


 

Doc 1: mail from the U.S. Court in re Case 18-11616, which Jason received too late due to the Court sending it to the wrong address, and TDCJ not forwarding it to his most current address
Mail from the U.S. Court in re Case 18-11616, which Jason received too late due to the Court sending it to the wrong address, and TDCJ not forwarding it to his most current address
Document 2
Document 2
Document 2, continued
Document 2, continued
Document 3
Document 3