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)

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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.

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

Social death in Texas

Revolutionary greetings comrades and fellow workers!

When we discuss the term “social death”, especially in the context of the Prison Abolition Movement, we are talking about the severance and cutting off of a human being from all ties to (free) society as we know it. I would like to share my experiences.

I was first incarcerated in Texas in October 2007, so I am now approaching 12 years of incarceration. As soon as I arrived at the Harris County Jail, I fell off into a deep depression. I know that my depression had a lot to do with my drug addiction. Right from the beginning, everyone I knew began severing ties and literally “throwing me away”!

I was being held on a charge of bank robbery (with a note). The first person I reached out to was my former Public Defender Peter J. Bray. Peter worked for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Houston, TX, which was headed by Marjorie Meyers. Peter was not nasty, but he did tell me: “Mr. Washington, there is nothing I can do to help you. The U.S. Attorney said that they have no interest in picking up your case and that you will do your time in the custody of the State of Texas. Good luck, Mr. Washington.” And then he hung up!

My first court appearance, I was informed that I was looking at 25 to LIFE! I was shocked and began experiencing hallucinations and hearing voices. I had no free-world support at the time. My former fiancée and I had separated. She had become an employee with the federal government. In fact, she was at the Pentagon with the Defense Intelligence Security Agency (DISA). I had actually encouraged her to accept a scholarship from the Department of Defense, and while she was in graduate school, I supported her financially and morally. I was actually financially stable at one point in my life! My former drug habit ruined my life!

So, I am in the county jail for approximately 7 months before I sign a plea deal for a non-aggravated sentence of 20 years, I’d be eligible for parole in 2 years so I took the deal! There was a problem. I had an outstanding charge in Galveston, Texas, and I kept telling my court-appointed attorney, who was named Brett Podolosky, about it. Brett turned out to be my enemy and not a friend. He told me not to worry about it! I knew better, but there was nothing I could do. When you are an indigent prisoner in the state of Texas, you have to take what you get, and the system is not set up for you to retain quality legal representation. I’ll never forget “good ol’” Brett Podolosky!

I don’t like to admit this, but I sought psychological counselling and help while I was housed at the Harris County Jail. At the time, a new Sheriff named Adrian Garcia was in charge at the jail, and he had instituted a new mental health program which gave Sheriffs training and education in regard to mental health issues and how they impact the prison population. The Harris County Jail had also opened a new housing wing for prisoners at the jail should they experience a crisis. I actually believe that this new program instituted by Sheriff Adrian Garcia saved my life! I am not embarrassed to say that! I am now a serious and dedicated advocate for the mentally ill and physically disabled, and if anyone studies my work, they will clearly see I spend a lot of my time focusing on these issues.

As I began to seek treatment for mental illness, I began to embrace my Islamic Faith more seriously. I grew my beard out. In fact, I wore a huge beard while living in the city of Houston, Texas, and I attended a Mosque regularly in the 3rd Ward called al-Muhayman Masjid on Cleburn Street right around the corner from the SHAPE Center. This is significant, because here we are 12 years later and my comrade and friend L. just met death penalty abolitionist Gloria Rubac, of the SHAPE Center, and Comrade Gloria said that her daughter is a parole attorney who can help me! That is pretty amazing for a guy who was thrown away and forgotten about 12 years ago! But I digress.

The dedicated and compassionate employees with the Harris County Psychiatric Center helped me snap out of my depression, and I continued to embrace my Islamic Faith, and held on to that.

In March 2008, I was transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and arrived at Garza West, which is located in the Kennedy and Beeville area. As soon as I got off the bus, a TDCJ employee said in a loud voice: “Does anyone have a problem with shaving their beard or cutting their hair?” I raised my hand. I was the only one to do so. The officer approached me, and mind you I’m not a little guy, I was about 6’4” and 260lb at the time, with a huge-ass beard! The officer asked “What’s your story?” I said, “I am a Muslim, we are instructed by our Prophet to grow our beards and trim our moustaches.” The TDCJ employee said “Well, I will tell you that if you don’t shave that beard, we are going to put you in a cell and about 4 or 5 of my buddies are going to beat your ass and force you to shave, so what do you want to do?” At the time I chose to shave!

It is important that I tell you this part of my story, because not only was my incarceration taking me literally out of society, it was attempting to destroy my identity! Destroying my Muslim identity! At that reception center at Garza West in South Texas, hundreds of us were stripped naked, showered, fingerprinted, photographed and shaved bald. Then we were given identical prison uniforms and a number! From that point up to right now, I have been treated like an animal and not a human being! Texas reminds you everyday that you are a subhuman. “Your lives mean nothing to us, we don’t care if you live or die, you are a slave and are treated as such!”

So here I was, 12 years ago. No family or community support. No clergy. No money. And very little hope.

Twenty years is not a life sentence, and I have always been an extremely optimistic person – I am not a quitter! So I began to fight in my own way! At first, I assimilated. I was a “happy slave” and a person who hustled to stay alive. I got a job in the kitchen and sold sandwiches. I was good at hustlin’. But, I was also a Muslim, and as I got more and more involved, some of my brothers told me that, during the Holy Month of Ramadan, they wanted me to suspend my thievery from the kitchen. I complied, because I love being a Muslim and I love Allah!

I began to become very interested in the law, because I received a letter from the City of Galveston, Texas. The letter was from the District Attorney, and it said that I had an outstanding charge for aggravated robbery! Remember Attorney Brett Podolosky? He said don’t worry! Brett Podolosky still practices law in Houston, and he gave me very bad advice! Boycott him!

The good news is that I went to the Unit Law Library, and filed a motion for a speedy trial. In 2010 I finally adjudicated those charges, and I did not receive a charge for aggravated robbery! I received the exact same sentence I received in Harris County, and the Prosecutor counted most of my back time and she ran my time concurrent and not consecutive. That means they did not stack the sentence! Judge David Garner in Galveston gave me a second chance. If it wasn’t for Judge Garner I’d be doing 40 years instead of 20! So I do have many things to be thankful for.

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

There are many people who know me now because of my activism and my journalism inside Texas prisons. You will notice that I wear a large beard now. I fought for this beard! I fought to regain my identity!

The State of Texas promotes social death no matter what they may lie about and say. In reality, the prison agency TDCJ does not want our families and friends looking too closely at what is happening inside these slave kamps and gulags, because the agency can’t really stand intense scrutiny. There are psychologists employed by the state that come up with strategies and plans to break down the resistance of their charges. That is what ad-seg is all about! That is why you hear many of us use the term Control Units. This is part of the program of mass incarceration! Anarchy and anarchists are completely and wholeheartedly opposed to this authoritarian strategy used to break humans! Prisons are not making big money on a grand scale! No, this is something else, this is about social control!

After I regained my Muslim identity, I had to fight to regain my social identity and my rightful place in society! Anyone can go back to society and fall back into the same old pattern of drug use and crime, but how many go back to their communities as human and civil rights activists, organizers, freedom fighters and, most importantly, servants of the people?

Some of you may have heard about Kevin “Rashid” Johnson’s book, entitled Defying the Tomb. Defying the tomb isn’t just about surviving prison and solitary confinement, it is about thriving in this atmosphere, and completely changing the conditions inside and outside these prisons, with our final goal being abolition!

You see, I began talking about social death, but the end-game is social life! I am becoming successful because I chose social life over social death! Even though the deck continues to be stacked against me, it is my determination and the compassion and dedication of a growing number of free-world folks who are collectively saying with their actions: No! No, State of Texas, we will not let you take Malik! We are re-claiming him as one of our own!

You have to understand that once society wants you back, no-one and no entity can hold you! The people will eventually free you! And once you are free, you have responsibilities to fulfil. Your freedom comes with a price. Don’t betray the movement! Choose social life over death! Abolish prisons now!

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 endprisonslaveryintexas.wordpress.com.
Send our brother some love and light:
Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958,
McConnell Unit,
3100 S. Emily Dr.,
Beeville TX 78103

Texas State Republicans Promote and Support Voter Suppression

#STOPDAVIDWHITLEY

By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Received: March 14, 2019
See the latest on this story, published in the New York Times on May 29th, announcing Whitley’s resignation!)

Peace and blessings Sisters and Brothers!

Without a doubt, the Right to Freedom of Speech and the Right to Vote, in my opinion, are the two most important Constitutional Rights that minorities and oppressed people of every Race, Nation, and Creed MUST ZEALOUSLY FIGHT AND STRUGGLE TO PROTECT!

Mr. David Whitley is the Acting Secretary of State in Texas. Whitley was appointed and is currently supported by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Whitley, a Republican, has created a list of approximately 90.000 names of Texas residents which he has classified as non-citizens who should be unceremoniously purged from Voting Rolls.

After a thorough and fact-finding investigation as well as a couple Lawsuits, it was discovered that THOUSANDS of these so called NON CITIZENS are actually predominantly legal naturalized citizens who absolutely should not be purged from Voting Rolls!

The State of Texas has a sordid history of Voter Suppression as well as Voter Intimidation and historically, it has been REPUBLICANS attempting to sabotage and obstruct the RIGHT 2 VOTE of minorities that many times vote DEMOCRAT!

SCARE TACTICS AT THE POLLS, REDISTRICTING MAPS, AND BLATANT PRE-ORCHESTRATED ACTS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION HAVE BECOME THE NORM IN THE STATE OF TEXAS. It would seem that Texas is in the same league as North Carolina when it comes to cheating the most vulnerable communities out of their opportunity to Vote.

In late February 2019 a Federal Judge in Texas ruled that the Voter Roll Purge attempted by Whitley and friends would be put on hold. Not long after that, at the Texas State Capitol, a small committee of Texas State Senators voted to advance David Whitley as the nominee for the Secretary of State Position. The Vote was 4 Senators in FAVOR and 3 Senators AGAINST. REPUBLICANS voting along party lines were in FAVOR of Whitley, while the 3 DEMOCRATS voted AGAINST Whitley. I don’t believe I need to say anything else — but I will.

Sisters and Brothers, I am requesting that you help us create a TWITTER STORM. In fact, we need a TWITTER TSUNAMI in order to HALT the confirmation of David Whitley to the position of Secretary of the State in Texas. (#STOPDAVIDWHITLEY!)

A fellow Activist and Changemaker by the name of Amani Sawari and her organization Jailhouse Lawyers Speak received a 2019 Roddenberry Fellowship in order to promote their GAME CHANGING campaign known as Right-2-Vote! I firmly believe that blocking Whitley from becoming the new Secretary of State in Texas and defending the Voting Rights of our Latinx sisters and brothers as well as other oppressed people is in-keeping with the work that Amani and I am committed to doing this year. Furthermore, there are 19 other Activists and Changemakers across the United States who I know will be very interested in aiding us in this endeavor. 19 Activists who also received Roddenberry Fellowships.

You see Sisters and Brothers, I am in Texas which has the largest prison system in the United States. Texas uses its so called criminal justice system to cage and enslave a disproportionate number of people of color. One of the purposes is to disenfranchise a broad swath of minority voters — voters who do not vote REPUBLICAN!

However, the ‘GAME’ gets a lot uglier and more complicated when we observe our Governor Greg Abbott attempting to strategically place one of his CRONIES who is known to suppress the votes of Latinx and minorities in a position that would place him in charge of the voting process in Texas!! We must fight against this.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has the largest Political War Chest of any Governor in the United States and Abbott is absolutely willing to use that money and his influence to crush and silence the voices of Texas’ most vulnerable communities. It is not enough for Abbott to create an unequal playing field, he wants to ensure that we are under-represented so that Laws and Policies which would help pull us up out of poverty and free us from prison never see the light of day!!!

Abbott and his Attorney General, Ken Paxton, are masters at gaming the System. Did anyone notice that Paxton’s wife Angela has filed a piece of Legislation that would expand the powers of the Attorney General which in effect would absolve Ken Paxton of his pending CRIMINAL CHARGES??? Thought we missed that, Ken and Angela? We Didn’t!

It is going to take a massive collective effort to push back against these attempts to infringe upon our voting rights. Please, do your own research on the topic and then — HELP US FIGHT!!

I WILL NOT REMAIN SILENT!! Will You?

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

Prisoner found half-dead in bloodbath: back to TDCJ’s houses of horror and staged gladiator fights

Jason Renard Walker
Jason Renard Walker

By Jason Renard Walker, Deputy Minister of Labor – NABPP

As prison guards had the door of D-Pod Cell 203 opened, the body of a prisoner, who appeared to be Hispanic or white, fell over by the entrance; a large pool of blood ran out of the door, dripping down to the first tier.

It was like a scene directly out of a scary movie. Lying in his own blood bath while his cellmate slept, this prisoner, bound to the confines of isolation, tried to remove himself from this reality because of its overbearing torturous conditions and degeneration of the mind. He’d never openly contemplated committing suicide, even his own cellmate didn’t have a clue.

On the night of Feb 17, 2019, around 9:10 pm, this unknown prisoner waited for his cellmate to fall asleep before cutting the main vein in his arm, putting his green jacket on, then sitting by the door so he could bleed out uninterrupted. I actually saw him put his jacket on and sit down. I assumed the substance by the door was shower water. There was too much to suspect blood, plus the cell was pitch black. He seemed to be cleaning.

Prison guards can’t be credited for having the half-dead man removed from the cell. Rather the credit should be given to his cellie, who happened to wake up to use the restroom. Instead of calling for medical assistance, the two pod guards waited for another guard to bring a wheelchair. It never arrived so the other occupant in the cell grabbed a sock and tied it around the bleeding arm. This was nearly twenty minutes after I saw him sit down, and five minutes after the call was made.

He was eventually pulled from the cell and made to wobble to the infirmary, beyond medical staff’s knowledge.

During my previous seven years living in environments such as the Clements Unit, it felt like I had seen more suicide attempts (several successful) and prisoner death cover-ups than I’d seen my own reflection. This by far is the most bloody and gruesome, surpassing Clements Unit prisoner Todd Hines (who tried to cut his face off)1 by a long shot. And it is probably the most emotionally impacting, as I was reminded that I was sent here for a bogus staff assault case, and that this, and a lot more, is what awaits me.

During my first two weeks in two-man cell solitary (close custody) here at the Allred Unit, I was awoken to see an unconscious black prisoner, who’d tried hanging himself, being pushed on a gurney past my cell. The condition of these two prisoners is unknown.

The cause and effect of inaction

In environments where evil is being practiced, there are the evildoers, the victims, the survivors, and those witnessing everything. Very rarely are prison staff the victims, and in situations where they do obtain this role, it was because the entire event and written reports were fabricated by them, their subordinates, and high-ranking staff, like a major or warden. And you also have those prisoners and staff who pretend not to have seen or heard anything out of fear or reprisals or just to so-called “keep it real”, or because they dislike the abused.

It is not the evildoers in prison settings that make the environment a hazardous place to live, but those who are aware that these acts are taking place, but do nothing to stop them.

During the 1990s, the Corcoran prison in California became infamous for its “gladiator fights” that took place in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) section of the prison. There, guards would set up fights between prisoners, bet on the outcome, and in some cases gun down the fighters as if they were restoring order from a riot, much like how the losing dog or cock in a fight is killed after its owner loses the bet.

Corcoran isn’t the only prison where such events have taken place; here in Texas at the Allred Unit, gladiator fights are the norm and ironically no bets are being made, the only requirement is that the duelers be non-white prisoners and blood is shed. Other than that, the fighters are forced to stay in the cell and fight until the observing guard is satisified. In the three gladiator fights I’ve seen in this SHU-equivalent environment, the victims were instigated and forced to fight, even when they didn’t want to.

On Feb 24 2019, around 11:15am, prisoners David Morales #1588442 [see affidavit below] and Brandon Miner #1749081 had an altercation and decided it would be best if one or the other moved to another cell. Miner contacted the D-Pod officer and explained that if he or Morales wasn’t moved he’d “beat his ass”. Sgt Bright, a fat racist slob, came to their cell and said he wanted to see them fight. If a move was to be made, he wouldn’t do it until he saw lots of blood.

Miner stated that he wanted to fight but Morales was unwilling. Bright instructed Morales to get off his bunk and fight. When Morales refused, Bright told Miner to attack Morales, and that he would then take care of their problem.

Miner refused to attack Morales, so Bright stood by their door, coaxing Miner into fighting. “I was on my bunk, the Sgt made me come down to fight or he wasn’t going to do anything about our situation. I had one foot on the stool and one on the toilet when my cellie took off on me [attacked]” Morales explained in a note he sent me.

I watched Bright and a slim white guard who came with him, look in the cell staring as bangs and rumbles slammed against my wall. No effort was made to stop the fight, Bright even had a big smile on his face that vanished when the fight stopped. Bright became irritated that they wouldn’t continue, and even commented so.

He turned to the other guard, then imitated what he saw, mockingly. He declared both to be “pussies” for not mauling or stabbing each other, and patiently waited for an encore. Miner was removed from the cell and taken to another pod. Neither were evaluated by a medical staff member.

Morales did mention that Miner had just come out of a coma after an incident where he had been stabbed by a Hispanic prisoner at the Ferguson Unit, and the Miner was having nightmares and flashbacks, and wasn’t supposed to be housed with Hispanic cellmates.

More gladiator fight attempts

On Feb 14, 2019, several white guards made an effort to get me in the gladiator octagon, but I didn’t bite. An extremely mentally ill prisoner named Raheem Drummond was abruptly moved from D-202 cell to my cell, D-208. He was half my size, I was almost twice his age of 22 years. We weren’t supposed to be together.

He immediately began hearing voices and chattering violent slogans of wanting to kill women and children and commit rape. Guards kept walking by, looking in, and telling others that no conflict seemed to be brewing. He even mentioned having a lust to sexually assault me.

Despite his condition, we posed no threat to one another, and after an hour or so he relaxed and settled down. I heard one guard tell another that we were getting along, and to move Raheem back to D-202 but put “the Hispanic” in the cell with me.

Raheem was given another cellmate, and less than 24 hours later guards were able to stage the fight. They pranced around D-202 cell, falsely stating that Raheem had been parading naked in the cell with an erect penis while his cellie slept. Witnesses say this wasn’t true.

Raheem’s cellie eventually had heard enough, then a fight broke out. It was during dinner time, so the pod guards stopped feeding to watch the fight. Several other guards came to watch. No effort was made to break it up. Once both were too tired to go on, they were removed from the cell and separated.

This evil is just a drop in the bucket of things going on at the Allred Unit. It has an anonymous way it operates, and isn’t bound to the same rules of conduct like the other TDCJ prisons. The wardens are aware these things are going on, and are complicit with its many secrets.

Prisoners such as me pose a threat to their torture program, so I’m asking that readers keep an eye on the day-to-day practices of this prison, and demand that an oversight committee investigate the suicide attempts and gladiator fights teeming in the high-security buildings.

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

Jason Renard Walker #1532092
Allred Unit
2101 FM 369 N.
Iowa Park, TX 76367

Notes:

1) See Kevin “Rashid” Johnson’s “Prison assisted suicide – the Texas way” and “What Would Compel a Man to Try to Cut His Own Face Off?” at Rashidmod.com

David Morales’ Affidavit:

David Morales affidavit 24 Feb 2019


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