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”
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