All Hands on Deck: Get Malik Washington out of Ad-Seg!

Several weeks ago, friends and supporters of incarcerated freedom fighter Comrade Malik Washington were overjoyed to hear that he was getting released, finally, from Administrative Segregation (solitary confinement) at Eastham Unit in Texas–until TDCJ pulled a fast one, falsely claiming that he refused to participate in the Ad-Seg Transition Program to get him released back to general population.

This is a complete lie:  Malik has been fighting to get out of Ad-Seg from the moment he was thrown in there two years ago on a bogus riot charge (which was, itself, retaliation for prison strike organizing and agitating against inhumane, discriminatory conditions).

Here’s what actually happened:  when Malik arrived at Ramsey Unit on June 21, he was assigned to a top bunk, which is prohibited by his medical restrictions as a seizure patient.  TDCJ had failed to transfer his medical restrictions records, or had erased them, and are now claiming no record of these restrictions, which have been on file and in place for the past ten years.  Malik wrote a detailed statement requesting to be placed on a lower bunk in order to avoid injury; later that night, he was abruptly transferred back to Ad-Seg at a new Unit (McConnell).

Malik was told that Ramsey staff claimed he refused to participate in the Ad-Seg Transition program–this is NOT true, and he needs to be re-instated to the program immediately!  He also urgently needs his medical restrictions put back into his records!


We are extremely concerned for Malik’s safety, and urgently need the help of everyone reading this. Please take one or more of the following actions, and get a couple friends to do the same!

  1. Call Senior Warden Phillip Sifuentes at Malik’s current facility (McConnell) and tell them Keith Washington (#1487958) must be transferred out of McConnell and re-admitted to the Ad-Seg Transition Program!

Phone #: (361) 362-2300 (**048) 00 —  ask to be connected to the senior warden’s office/receptionist–try to talk to someone, but also can leave a message.

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m calling because I’m concerned about Keith H. Washington (#1487958) who was recently transferred to your facility.  I understand he was transferred there from Ramsey Unit, because he supposedly refused to participate in the Ad-Seg transition program there, but this is not true; Malik never refused to participate, and he needs to be re-admitted to the transition program immediately!  I am also concerned that his heat restrictions seem to have been removed from his records.  He is a seizure patient and has been on heat and work restriction for years, and these restrictions must be reinstated immediately.”

Please let us know how your call goes at blueridgeABC@riseup.net

  1. Flood TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier with calls/emails!You can use the above phone script as a guide for emails.
    exec.director@tdcj.texas.gov

(936) 437-2101 / (936) 437-2123

  1. Flood TDCJ with emails demanding that Malik’s health restrictions and work restrictions be restored: Health.services@tdcj.texas.gov

You can use the call script above as a guide; you don’t need to mention the Ad-Seg situation, but just focus on the need to restore his heat and work restrictions!

  1. File a complaint with the Ombudsman’s Office (the office in charge of investigating departmental misconduct); you can use the above phone script as a guide for emails.

Ombudsman@tdcj.texas.gov

  1. Write to Malik! Every letter he receives lifts his spirit and PROTECTS him, because prison officials know he has people around him, watching for what happens to him.

Keith H. Washington

#1487958
McConnell Unit
3100 South Emily Drive
Beeville, TX 78103

Or via Jpay.com!

For more information about Malik:

https://comrademalik.com/ and this site: Endprisonslaveryintexas.wordpress.com

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Please Support Prison Lives Matter Event on July 18, 2018!

By Keith Malik Washington

Chief Spokesperson for End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

“Those who sell out their people to the highest bidder do not have the same relationship with the power-broker that the 99% have.  Our response is not patient or conciliatory–it is about chopping off heads and taking no prisoners. I am speaking philosophically here, as warfare is more spiritual than physical.  We are so powerful, we can think the enemy into his grave.” — Wanda Sabir, “Black Panther:  Reflection on cultural solidarity and historic debt”

Peace and Blessings, Sisters and Brothers!

All of my life, I have wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself.  We have been taught to want for your brother what you want for yourself. In this moment in history, I want freedom for ALL political and politicized prisoners.  Power to the people!!

Kwame Shakur is the co-founder and chairman of the New Afrikan Liberation Collective, and he has begun a Prison Lives Matter movement which is holding a remarkable event in Indiana on July 18, 2018.  The theme will be “Prison Lives Matter: In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela.”

The intention of holding this event is to draw international attention to the freedom struggles of our long-held political prisoners here in the United Snakes of Amerika!!  The U.S. continues to strut across the world stage falsely portraying itself as a bastion for human and civil rights. We all are clearly seeing that these are lies being fed to a blind public. Well, the time has arrived to remove the blinders, remove the rose-colored glasses, and open people’s eyes.

Wake up Amerikkka!  The time for talk about New Afrikan unity is over!  Like the great rapper Keith Murray would say: “It’s time for some action!”

Imprisoned Comrades such as Jalil Muntaqim, Mutulu Shakur, and the venerable Sundiata Acoli have been locked up in Amerikan prisons for far too long.  We must not remain silent.

There has been an epidemic of prisoners murders by employees of the Florida Department of Corrections and legalized slavery is promoted, sanctioned, and condoned by the buffoon in the White House.  

Meanwhile, here in Texas, we are suffering from deadly heat on a daily basis, with summer temperatures inside these un-air-conditioned units sometimes reaching into the triple digits!

So you can see why it is necessary to say loudly and publicly that PRISON LIVES MATTER!  I am requesting that anti-racists, anti-fascists, anti-imperialists and freedom fighters of every stripe come to Indiana to support us on July 18!

On a personal note, I’d like to inform all of you that July 19, 2018 is my 50th birthday!  It would be a wonderful gift to me if you would consider traveling to Indiana to support Kwame Shakur and his comrades!  

I leave you as I came:  in the spirit of peace. And remember, prison lives matter!

Dare to struggle, dare to WIN.  All power to the people.

Keith Malik Washington

Comrade Malik in Texas stands in Solidarity with Prisoners in South Carolina!

Revolutionary greetings Comrades!

June is here!! I’m excited as hell!! I should be getting out of Ad-Seg any day now and T.D.C.J. has been placed under scrutiny because of a fabricated disciplinary write-up scandal at Ramsey Unit (Rosharon, Texas)! All I can say is: I told y’all so! This is a pervasive and systematic problem inside Texas prisons!

It’s hard enough to make parole down here – but now we have to contend with prison guards writing bogus cases and sabotaging our freedom! I am a witness. Now let’s get down to business, shall we?

Let us talk about South Carolina. I almost fell for the bogus media propaganda delivered to the public by the corporate-owned media in South Caroline when they reported about the prisoner deaths at Lee Correctional. It has been my experience that most, not all – but most mainstream media outlets are in lockstep with the bigots and racists who operate these slave kamps and gulags in the South!

Yeah! Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi modern day bigots!

So the state throws out these false narratives that all this bloodshed in South Carolina was over cell phone, drugs, territory, gang violence, etc. No-one is talking about the gross lack of Education and Rehabilitation programs in South Carolina. Why is that??

No one is talking about the overcrowding and inhumane living conditions in South Carolina. Legislators there have virtually ignored the humyn beings in these prisons. They created the crisis with their inattentiveness and then when tragedy hits they blame the people with the least amount of power to change their condition. Now stop right there!

Who says we have no power? Oh, we have power, should we choose to use it collectively. August 21st through September 9th you can help us exercise our rights by supporting all of us as we withdraw our Free prison labor!!

Now I am going to leave y’all right now and ask that you ponder on the words of the late, great founder of Black Liberation Theology – the iconic reverend Dr James Cone. He said:

“There can be no reconciliation with masters as long as they are masters, no reconciliation as long as men [and wimmin] are in prison. There can be no communication between the masters and the slave, until masters no longer exist as masters, are no longer present as masters.

The Christian task is to rebel against all masters, destroying their pretensions to authority and ridiculing the symbols of power. However, it must be remembered that oppressors never take kindly to those who question their authority. They do not like thugs and bums, people who disregard their power. And they will try to silence them any way they can. But if we believe that our humanity transcends them, and is not dependent upon their goodwill, then we can fight against them, even though it may mean death.” (end of quote).

Swift Justice of the Free Alabama Movement has said he has heard of prisoners saying: “I will die for mines.” And you know what? Me, Kinetic Justice, Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, we been thinking a little and we want to know what is “mines?” Define that! Is it a cellphone you’d die for? Perhaps you’d die fo a K-2 square? Well what about your freedom? What about your dignity as a humyn being? Y’all better wake the hell up because this is not a game. Seems like we have misplaced our priorities! I’ll holler! P.E.A.C.E.

Dare to struggle, dare to win.

All power to the people!

Keith Malik Washington, June 2018

Staff and Inmates Both Endangered by Extreme Heat in Texas Prisons

From: Incarcerated Worker
June 4, 2018

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers! It is late May as I write this, and already the heat is reaching unbearable limits inside Texas prisons.

I personally am in the midst of my annual Ramadan fast, and the extreme heat places an extra bit of intensity to our obligatory fast.

A federal judge in Houston, Texas, has ruled in favor of prisoners housed at the Pack Unit, located in Navasota, Texas, on the issue of toxic water. However, the question that is being asked by prisoners and their families is “what is the State of Texas going to do with the rest of their facilities which place our loved ones at risk?”

And a lot of the folks in the media and the activist community forget that it is not just the prisoners who are suffering in this super heated environment. State employees who work as Correctional Officers are catching hell down here too! But unlike me, these prison guards can’t speak publicly about the deadly extreme heat, or they will be sacking up groceries at the local Piggly Wiggly Supermarket, or working as a greeter at Wal-Mart! I’ve been asked by many prison guards if I would please tell the world about the cruel and unusual working conditions that they are forced to work under.

Not every prison guard down here in Texas is an abuser or a bigot. I don’t particularly agree with their career choice, but at the end of the day, these are human beings, and the State of Texas has placed a gag order on them so they can’t talk to the media about the real conditions inside these brick ovens that Texas passes off as modern day rehabilition facilities.

So, today it is approximately 91° F outside, here in Lovelady, Texas. I’m currently housed on 3-row, it is 2p.m., and I only have on my boxers – nothing else! The officer working the wing has on a long-sleeve shirt buttoned all the way up, trousers, equipment belt, and a nylon protective vest with inserts. She is sweating profusely! And it isn’t even hot yet, folks! TDCJ has said that they intend on doing “new things” this year in order to mitigate the extreme heat. But I can tell you that anything short of lowering the inside temperatures to 88° F or below is really a waste of time, and they know that!

Officers are being promised new coolers which store ice! Here at Eastham there isn’t even enough ice for prisoners. So I am trying to figure out where all this “magic ice” is going to come from?

Sisters and brothers, it has not just been prisoners who have died in respect to this deadly extreme heat, prison guards have died also, and TDCJ’s spokesperson Jeremy Desel is not eager to discuss the officer death toll numbers. I am currently awaiting the statistics.

Hopefully, Keri Blakinger or Gabrielle Banks of the Houston Chronicle will aid me in this endeavour, as this is certainly in the public’s interest. However, the State of Texas does not want to acknowledge the evidence. The State employs their officers at an “at will” basis, and that means the State can fire them just about whenever they feel like.

Lance Lowry was the former president of the Correctional Officers Union, whose headquarters is located in Huntsville, Texas. Lowry continuously put TDCJ on “Front Street” in respect to the inhumane conditions his fellow union members were and still are forced to work in!

You see, Senator John Whitmire and Representative James White both know the conditions inside these prisons during the summer are torturous, but they work in air-conditioned offices. The same goes for high-ranking TDCJ employees like Bryan Collier. I’d love to see Collier write an op-ed for the New York Times, like Lance Lowry did, begging for funds so officers and prisoners alike can live and work in a humane and safe environment. Time and time again, we are seeing that the State of Texas fails to keep up with the evolving standards of decency a modern civilised society should be held to.

Even the folks at the University of Texas Medical Branch are culpable! Dr. David Callender could surely use some of his influence in regards to this topic, but just like the toxic water problem, Hepatitis-C issue, and numerous other relevant topics, Callender stays as quiet as a Church House Mouse!

Sisters and brothers, I suffer from seizures, I am a chronic seizure patient, and right at the point when the heat is coming, the UTMB Medical Staff have been surreptitiously attempting to discontinue my seizure medication! I’ll be 50 years old in July 2018. I’m not a young puppy anymore, but TDCJ and UTMB would love to shut this old dog up! I’m asking everyone to come together on this issue! Support your incarcerated loved ones who are filing law suits, support freedom fighters such as myself, and remember prison guards are people too!

Let’s get the Texas legislature to allocate more funds in order to create re-entry programs, so we can close these prisons, and we can work jobs to pay for air conditioning in our houses and apartments!

Abolish all prisons today!


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 End Prison Slavery in Texas. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, Eastham Unit, 2665 Prison Rd 1, Lovelady TX 75851.

Call for a Juneteenth 2018 Mobilization Against Prison Slavery

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons

Call for a #Juneteenth2018 Mobilization Against Prison Slavery

from SPARC

This year we, supporters of #OperationPUSH, are calling on all opponents of mass incarceration and modern-day slavery internationally to honor the Juneteenth holiday (Tuesday, June 19, 2018) with community organizing and direct action.

This call to action is inspired by prisoners in Texas and Florida, two of the largest and most repressive prison systems in the U.S., who remain active in freedom struggle against all odds.

Background

Juneteenth is an abolitionist holiday originating in Texas, where many Confederate slave-holders fled to during the U.S. Civil War.

But that war was not merely a domestic civil conflict. It was a flare-up of the global movement to end slavery. It is a movement that continues to challenge the slave relations of today which occur under several names (examples include debt bondage, sex trafficking, prison labor) and generally impact the most…

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Texas Prisons’ Corrupt & Unethical Practices Sabotage our Freedom!

May 14th, 2018

Peace & blessings, Sisters and Brothers!

As many of you are aware I was placed in Longterm Solitary Confinement over 20 months ago. I was given a fabricated riot-charge by employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) who work at the Coffield Unit, located in Tennessee Colony, Texas.

You know, at first no-one would listen to me except for my close friends and comrades in struggle who knew the charges were false, but now things are changing!

It was recently reported in the media here in Texas, that a TDCJ employee with the rank of Captain at the Ramsey Unit, which is located in Rosharon, Texas, had instructed his subordinates to meet a quota for disciplinary write-ups against inmates, or else…!!

As a result of this order, prison guards at the Ramsey Unit wrote numerous bogus cases. So you have prisoners doing all they can to meet the stringent requirements to make Parole so that they can go home to their families – only to have their dreams of Freedom crushed by corrupt & unethical prison employees!

A lot of people in the free world do not realize how serious this actually is. The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole looks hard at the disciplinary record of all parole candidates. One bogus write-up can ruin everything! I know! Lieutenant Gerald Richards did it to me!

There was no riot at the Coffield Unit on September 8th 2016 or September 9th 2016 – they lied! I never-ever threatened violence, there were no co-conspirators: the only persyn who was charged and who went to Ad-Seg was me! By TDCJ Policy 1 persyn does not constitute a riot! Do y’all realize I was in my cell reading a book when Captain John Vickery and C.O. V David Lee came and got me on September 8th, 2016?

The Parole Board said:

“Unsatisfactory Institutional Adjustment,” when they gave me a two-year set-off, my 6th Parole-denial in a row. Now I wait patiently for my day in Federal court! I wait patiently for my next Parole Review in July 2019 and I keep thinking: “Justice deferred is Justice denied!” And the sad thing is that this is the custom, policy, and pattern of practice inside Texas prisons!!

Sisters and Brothers, the State of Texas has been hurting a lot of people for a long time. Texas prisons are packed full with blacks, Mexicans, and poor white folks. Corporations get the gold star treatment in Texas while the poor get the boot! We get a cowboy-boot with spurs placed right on our necks!

On June 19th, 2018, I am asking that y’all help me push that ‘boot’ from up off our necks! Remember there is no Movement to Abolish Legalized Slavery in Amerika without you!

I want y’all to know that I have been contacted by an independent journalist who writes for Shadowproof and other media outlets. It’s time for Comrade Malik to emerge from the murky shadows. It’s time for us to expose the injustices and abuse that reglarly occur inside facilities operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice!

They tried to bury me! They didn’t know that I was a seed!

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 Endprisonslaveryintexas.wordpress.com.

Send our brother some love and light:
Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958,
Eastham Unit,
2665 Prison Rd 1,
Lovelady TX 75851

Save the SF Bayview!

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Peace & blessings, sisters and brothers!

It is me, Comrade Malik, your brother in struggle, pleading with you all to support the San Francisco Bay View – National Black Newspaper in its hour of need! I encourage you to contribute to their gofundme, send a check or money order to the Bay View directly, or if the spirit moves you please send an email or make a phone call to Sister Mary or Dr Willie and find out exactly how you can help keep the presses rolling!

I remember the day the prison guards came and got me in order to place me in long-term solitary confinement.

It was September 8th, 2016, one day before the historic National Prison Work Strike. I was one of the most vocal supporters of the work stoppage in Texas.

The prison guards tried to degrade me by stripping me down to just my boxers and shower shoes and then marching me hand-cuffed from one end of the prison to the other at 2pm in the afternoon.

All this took place at the Coffield Unit, located in Tennessee Colony, Texas. Coffield is the largest state prison in Texas.

As I was led through the prison, I squared my shoulders and held my head up high. I had nothing to be ashamed of.

Later that afternoon, I was taken to a roomful of racist TDCJ prison employees. There was not one black or brown face in the room – just me standing half-naked. This clique of Klansmen and bigots still work at Coffield Unit and now it’s 2018. Prison slavery is still alive in Amerika – but not for long!

The San Francisco Bay View – National Black Newspaper was the only publication which would allow me to tell my story. If it wasn’t for Mary Ratcliff and Dr Willie Ratcliff, the editor & publisher of the Bay View, no-one in the Free World would ever have heard my voice or my pleas for help!

Well, since that day in September 2016, a lot has changed and now my voice is one of the loudest voices in this movement. For 42 years, the San Francisco Bay View – National Black Newspaper has been actively engaged in Revolutionary Journalism.

Right now the Bay View is suffering financially. Sister Mary and Dr Willie have dedicated their lives to amplifying the voices of those seldom seen or heard in Amerikan media outlets.

If we don’t get serious about making some sacrifices and donating to the Bay View, the newspaper presses may come to a grinding halt.

At this historic time within the United States, we can’t afford to lose the Bay View! The capitalist oppressors who run this country, as well as the FBI, and Department of Injustice would love to see the Bay View shut down for good. We must not allow that to happen.

As Kelly Price sang boldly: “I can’t do this by myself. Lord I need help!”

50 years ago, Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. Dr King was the voice of Black Amerika, he fought passionately for our civil and human rights. Dr King loved us, in fact, he loved all of humanity.

His voice was so powerful that the white supremacists in Amerika conspired to silence his voice for good.

Those same alt-right forces are alive and well today. They see the Bay View as a threat to the growing fascist movement.

I can’t speak for everybody, but to me, Sister Mary and Dr Willie are family! Where I come from, you don’t abandon family members when they are in dire straits – you help them!

What about you? Will you choose to help me support the Bay View?

Sister Mary and Dr Willie have given all they can give. They need some dedicated people who are interested in learning the journalism business. The baton must be passed – will you be willing to carry it?

Sister and brothers, it is me, Comrade Malik, your brother in struggle, pleading with you all to support the San Francisco Bay View – National Black Newspaper in its hour of need! I encourage you to contribute to their gofundme, send a check or money order to the Bay View directly, or if the spirit moves you please send an email or make a phone call to Sister Mary or Dr Willie and find out exactly how you can help keep the presses rolling!

If Black Lives Matter to you – then please by all means necessary help us support and sustain the San Francisco Bay View!  These respected elders are committed to ensuring that the entire world understands and realizes that Black Lives Matter! I leave you as I came, in the spirit of peace.

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

Donate at https://www.gofundme.com/keep-the-bayview-newspaper-in-print/ or send your donations to:

San Francisco Bay View

National Black Newspaper

4917 Third St.

San Francisco, CA 94124

Email: editor@sfbayview.com

Phone (415) 671-0789

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 Endprisonslaveryintexas.wordpress.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, Eastham Unit, 2665 Prison Rd 1, Lovelady TX 75851.