Prisoner Writings

Left To Die: Indiana Prison Officials Enable The Spread Of Coronavirus (2020)

By Kevin Rashid Johnson, Minister of Defense, New Afrikan Black Panther Party

May 15, 2020 http://rashidmod.com/?p=2812

STRIKING FOR OUR PROTECTION

On April 30, 2020 at least half of the nearly 300 prisoners in my assigned cellblock (J-housing unit) here at Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility refused to accept meals in protest of our treatment, or lack thereof, related to the Coronvirus pandemic, and it’s spreading within PCF. Our food strike was accompanied by several demands.

First we wanted everyone to receive medical monitoring for Coronvirus symptoms, regular temperature checks in particular. Also that testing be provided throughout the prison.

Second that we receive hot and nutritionally adequate meals. As I pointed out in a previous article, (1) since April 15, 2020 we have been receiving cold sack meals that don’t provide us even basic daily nutrition, whereas health experts recognize the need for heightened nutritional intake to strengthen the immune system as a protection against contracting and spreading Coronavirus.

Third that we be provided regular hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies to sanitize our hands and cells.

Instead of responding to our concerns, that same day Pendleton officials put our cellblock on quarantine. Which could only be seen as a punitive measure.

DEBATING OUR HUMAN RIGHTS

Later that afternoon, the deputy warden D. Reagle made rounds in the cellblock, something that otherwise never happens.

Several prisoners, including me, stopped him to seek resolution of our concerns related to the Coronvirus situation at the prison.

Reagle’s only interest was to try and deflect our concerns, and when I pressed him further he engaged me like a college student trying to win a debating contest.

He admitted to another prisoner, Demetrius “Ra Hodari-El” Burks, that just over 100 prisoners at Pendleton had been tested for the virus and 50 tested positive. A shocking admission that statistically, some one-half of us were infected at the prison. He also admitted to Demetrius that the day before a prisoner from our cellblock had died from the virus.

When Reagle got to my cell, I questioned him concerning, 1. the lack of basically nutritious meals at the very time that we needed added nutrition to strengthen our immune systems; 2. the need to test the entire prisoner body for the virus; and 3. our need of sanitizers for our hands and cells. As said, Reagle’s response was not to offer and reaolutioms, but instead to debate the issues.

First he contended that officials have no duty to provide prisoners adequate nutrition, but instead must provide us only a 2500 calorie-per-day diet. I responded that this was obviously absurd, since if calories alone was all we were entitled to, a lump of animal fat would be all officials would need give us. He actually said it was [!!?], and proceeded to contend that the law supported this. I contested this. He doubled down on his position and maintained we would continue to receive the sack meals, which by now are making people sick, because of the constant daily intake of so much bread, peanut butter and processed meat, with next to no fruits and vegetables.

He dismissed the possibility of widespread testing, stating officials lacked unspecified resources, and that they’d only test prisoners who showed symptoms. I pointed out that many Coronvirus carriers are asymptomatic, so such a policy was irresponsible. He went back to arguing lack of resources and dismissing me with assurances that there would be no widespread testing.

He responded much the same to my questions about providing hand sanitizer. He did say that cell cleaning supplies would be made available, however. As recently reported in the media, Pendleton has undergone an exponential rise in the spread of the virus. While nutritionally our immune systems are being deliberately made as weak and vulnerable as possible; and officials are refusing to map the spread of it.

We need maximum public support, not only for our protection, but also in relation to those who work here and will carry the virus back out with them. And I should inform you that many staff here DO NOT keep masks on nor sanitize their hands.

The most effective and appropriate response is, as comrades and activists across Indiana have been calling for at protest rallies at prisons across the state—“Free ’em all!”

Dare to Struggle Dare to Win!

All Power to the People!

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Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, “Failed Response to Coronvirus in Indiana Prisons (Pendleton Correctional Facility),” San Francisco Bay View, https://sfbayview.com/2020/04/failed-response-to-coronavirus-in-indianas-pendleton-correctional-facility/

AUGUST 21 – SEPTEMBER 9th NATIONAL SOLIDARITY EVENTS TO AMPLIFY PRISONERS HUMAN RIGHTS

IWOC (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee) Media Committee <[email protected]>

To all in solidarity with the Prisoners Human Rights Movement:

We are reaching out to those that have been amplifying our voices in these state, federal, or immigration jails and prisons, and to allies that uplifted the national prison strike demands in 2018. We call on you again to organize the communities from August 21st – September 9th, 2020, by hosting actions, events, and demonstrations that call for prisoner human rights and the end to prison slavery.

We must remind the people and legal powers in this nation that prisoners’ human rights are a priority. If we aren’t moving forward, we’re moving backward. For those of us in chains, backward is not an option. We have nothing to lose but our chains.

Some people claim that prisoners’ human rights have advanced since the last national prison strike in 2018. We strongly disagree. But due to prisoners organizing inside and allies organizing beyond the walls, solidarity with our movement has increased. The only reason we hear conversations referencing prison reforms in every political campaign today is because of the work of prison organizers and our allies! But as organizers in prisons, we understand this is not enough. Just as quickly as we’ve gained ground, others are already funding projects and talking points to set back those advances. Our only way to hold our ground while moving forward is to remind people where we are and where we are headed.

 

On August 21 – September 9, we call on everyone in solidarity with us to organize an action, a panel discussion, a rally, an art event, a film screening, or another kind of demonstration to promote prisoners’ human rights. Whatever is within your ability, we ask that you shake the nation out of any fog they may be in about prisoners’ human rights and the criminal legal system (legalized enslavement).

During these solidarity events, we request that organizers amplify immediate issues prisoners in your state face, the demands from the National Prison Strike of 2018, and uplift Jailhouse Lawyers Speak new International Law Project.

We’ve started the International Law Project to engage the international community with a formal complaint about human rights abuses in U.S. prisons. This project will seek prisoners’ testimonials from across the country to establish a case against the United States Prison Industrial Slave Complex on international human rights grounds.

Presently working on this legally is the National Lawyers Guild’s Prisoners Rights Committee, and another attorney, Anne Labarbera. Members of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP), and I am We Prisoners Advocacy Network/Millions For Prisoners are also working to support these efforts. The National Lawyers Guild Prisoners’ Rights Committee (Jenipher R. Jones, Esq. and Audrey Bomse) will be taking the lead on this project.

The National Prison Strike Demands of 2018 have not changed. As reflected publicly by the recent deaths of Mississippi prisoners, the crisis in this nation’s prisons persist. Mississippi prisons are on national display at the moment of this writing, and we know shortly afterward there will be another Parchman in another state with the same issues. The U.S. has demonstrated a reckless disregard for human lives in cages.

The prison strike demands were drafted as a path to alleviate the dehumanizing process and conditions people are subjected to while going through this nation’s judicial system. Following up on these demands communicates to the world that prisoners are heard and that prisoners’ human rights are a priority.

 

In the spirit of Attica, will you be in the fight to dismantle the prison industrial slave complex by pushing agendas that will shut down jails and prisons like Rikers Island or Attica? Read the Attica Rebellion demands and read the National Prison Strike 2018 demands. Ask yourself what can you do to see the 2018 National Prison Strike demands through.

SHARE THIS RELEASE FAR AND WIDE WITH ALL YOUR CONTACTS!

We rage with George Jackson’s “Blood in my eyes” and move in the spirit of the Attica Rebellion!

August 21st – September 9th, 2020

AGITATE, EDUCATE, ORGANIZE

Dare to struggle, Dare to win!

We are–

“Jailhouse Lawyers Speak”

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More information: https://incarceratedworkers.org/news/national-solidarity-events-amplify-prisoners-human-rights

NLG EMAIL CONTACT FOR LAWYERS AND LAW STUDENTS INTERESTED IN JOINING THE INTERNATIONAL LAW PROJECT: [email protected]

PRISON STRIKE DEMANDS:  https://jailhouselawyerspeak.wordpress.com/2020/02/11/prisoners-national-demands-for-human-rights/

Covid-19 Update—(FREE OUR ELDERS NOW!)

USP Pollock—by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

Revolutionary Greetings Comrades!  Today is Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.  This morning the entire prison population here at USP Pollock was screened for Covid-19 and issued protective Masks!  The Registered Nurse who was part of the screening team was named Pennison.  I asked Mr. Pennison Two Important questions:

#1.) Are there any Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 on the entire Federal Correctional Complex here at Pollock?

He answered:  “No”

 

#2.)  Have there been any Suspected Cases of Covid-19 on the Complex??

His answer was:  “Yes, but they have been ruled out.”  end of quote

Be advised that this morning a prisoner on my Housing Unit claimed to have Covid-19 symptoms!  He has been placed in quarantine.   Please Pray for the Best!

The Fcc-complex at Pollock includes a Satelite Camp, a Medium Facility and a U.S. Penitentiary where I am currently Housed.

Thus far I attribute USP Pollock’s Corona Virus Free status to the thorough Screening and Agressive Protective Measures implemented by the Complex Warden here at Pollock, his name is Chris McConnell.

I spoke with Warden McConnell on April 2nd, 2020 and was able to conduct an informal interview here on my housing unit B-2 here at USP Pollock.

The informal interview was directly related to the Bureau of Prisons response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  I will share the questions and Warden McConnell’s responses to my questions.

Question:  I asked Warden McConnell would he have his Medical Staff conduct screening of prisoners at USP Pollock Again for Covid-19??

Answer:  Warden McConnell said that screening was being planned for all prisoners at USP Pollock.

Note: As I reported at the beginning of this report–on April 7th. 2020 All Prisoners here at USP Pollock have been screened for Covid-19 and issued a Protective Mask to wear.

All B.O.P. employees are screened for Covid-19 symptomes everyday before entering the FCC-Complex at Pollock.  These measures along with increased cleaning and sanitizing by the prison population have proven to be effective–thus far.

It is my suggestion that the Protocols initiated by Warden McConnell be followed and exercised throughout the B.O.P.

Question:  I asked Warden McConnell would he consider having B.O.P. Correctional Officers stay on Prison Complex Property rather than leaving daily to return to their homes during Louisiana’s Statewide Lockdown??

Answer:  Warden McConnell said that the B.O.P. has made provisions for this very real possibility–should the conditions deteriorate and those actions be necessary for the safety and health of all B.O.P. employees and prisoners.

Question: Lastly, I asked Warden McConnell that since I am a older prisoner who is nearing release, would the B.O.P. consider me for early release to Home Confinement in San Francisco.

Answer: Warden Mcconnell stated that the B.O.P. is not looking to release any High Security prisoners in the United States.  He further explained that the B.O.P. is only considering prisoners who are Low Security and Low risk.

I found Warden McConnell to be straight forward and candid during this informal interview.  He said he was familiar with the Journalism and Activism of the infamous “Comrade Malik”.

Sisters and brothers, in lightof the information provided to us by complex warden Chris McConnell I Must take this opportunity to issue a National Call for Action!!!  Now!!!

I want all of you to consider the lives of our long suffering elderly and infirm Freeom Fighters and Servants of the People who have languished in these Federal and State Prisons for Decades!!

Many of our respected elders are still housed at High Security Facilities despite excellent behavior and clear disciplinary records.  They are extremely vulnerable to contracting the Coronal virus!!

WE MUST DEMAND —the U.S. Congress as well as the U.S. Attorney General William Barr create some Flexibility and include Language in the Law (The CARES ACT) that will allow the immediate release of our elder and infirm comrades!!!

These elderly and vulnerable prisoners don’t have to die from Covid -19 while in Federal or State custody!

THEY MUST BE FREED NOW!!!    Help me do this!!

Allow me to take this time to name just a few of our respected elders.  WITH YOUR COLLECTIVE SOLIDARITY, MUTUAL AID, AND DIRECT ACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND OTHER MEANS WE CAN FREE OUR IMPRISONED COMRADES NOW!!

Remember!  May 7th is Approaching Fast!!

FREE OUR ELDERS!!!

Sundiata Acoli,  Leonard Peltier, Imam Jamil Al-Amin,  Dr. Mutulu Shakur,  Veronzo Bowers,  Larry Hoover, and Jeffrey Fort aka King Malik!

These are just a few of the Elders in Federal Prison whom I am requesting your help with Freeing.  There are numerous prisoners trapped in State Prisons across the Nation who deserve our support!!

Jalil Muntaqim,  and David Gilbert both in New York!

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, Ruchell ‘Cinque’ Magee, Bobby Dixon, Chip Fitzgerald, Michael Zaharibu Dorrough, and James Baridi Williamson—-ALL OF THEM IN CALIFORNIA!!

Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore in Louisiana!!

and last but certainly not least our shining Princes—MUMIA ABU JAMAL AND RUSSELL “MAROON’ SHOATZ BOTH IN PENNSYLVANIA!!

SISTERS AND BROTHERS!!  We Must fight hard for the Freedom, Health, and the Lives of our Incarcerated Elders Now!!  On May 7th we must Add this Demand to our North Carolina Grievance Campaign BUT WE CAN’T WAIT TO ACT!!!  THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW NOT TOMORROW!!!

As the Future Editor of the San Francisco Bay View–National Black Newspaper, this is the type of Advocacy you can expect from our News Paper and Me!!  I am only following the instructions of Dr. Willie Ratcliff our Publisher who has told me to do the following and I quote him:  “FREE THE PRISONERS, HOUSE THE HOMELESS!!  STOP THE WARS! SAVE THE PLANET!  and LOVE THE CHILDREN!!”   I can’t do this by myself!!  ANARCHISTS OF THE WORLD THIS IS OUR TIME TO RISE!!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to win, All Power to the People!!!!!!!   I LOVE Y’ALL!!

 

URGENT UPDATE: #COVID-19 Test Kits Needed for Federal Bureau of Prisons–NOW! – Screening is Not Actual Testing!

USA. March 25, 2020. Recently I have reported on the desperate need for Covid-19 Test Kits to be provided for employees and prisoners who Work and whom are housed in Facilities operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Since that report, I have engaged in some Investigative Journalism and discovered that Prison Administrators at the Federal Correctional Complex at Pollock, Louisiana have ordered SCREENING for ALL Federal Employees entering the Federal Prison Complex at Pollock daily but because of a Shortage of Covid–19 Test Kits, the B.O.P. employees ARE NOT being Tested!Submitted to Enough 14. Written by Keith “Malik” Washington.

Keith “Malik” Washington is Assistant Editor of the San Francisco Bay View–National Black Newspaper. Malik is studying and preparing to serve as editor after his release which may come sooner than we Thought! Malik is co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a Proud Member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee(IWOC) and an Activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons Campaign. Visit Malik’s Website at comradeMalik.com.
Send Malik some much needed Love and Light: Keith “Malik” Washington #34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock, LA 71467

Screening consists of Medical Personnel seeking to discover whether B.O.P. employees entering the Prison Complex are exhibiting the symptoms connected with Corona-virus Infection. Symptoms such as High Fever or Dry Cough. However, there is a growing body of evidence which clearly shows that many Transmitters of Covid-19 are ASYMPTOMATIC and the only way to determine whether or not a human being has been infected is through ACTUAL COVID–19 TESTING.

However, I repeat–there are No Covid–19 Test Kits Here at USP Pollock and this comes from employees who work in the Medical Department Here at USP Pollock.

Thus far, most of my fellow prisoners here at USP Pollock are Healthy. Our greatest concern is whether or not the Federal Correctional Officers who work here and come and go daily, will also stay healthy.

A FORMULA FOR DISASTER

The construction of most Modern Federal United States Penitentiaries resembles a Sealed Concrete Cell Block Building. We have a Central HVAC System which connects to All Individual Cells in the Building. IF JUST ONE PRISONER OR GUARD BECOMES INFECTED WITH THE CORONA VIRUS IT CAN CREATE A DIRE SITUATION.
The Covid–19 Virus by its nature is an Airborne Pathogen that can be easily transmitted by the HVAC System here at USP Pollock and many similarly constructed Federal Facilities across the United States.

WE CAN-NOT OPEN OUR WINDOWS FOR FRESH AIR! We are virtually trapped in a potential DEATH TRAP and that is exactly why I have raised the Alarm and pleaded with the General Public to Demand the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice provide the following:

#1.) Covid–19 Test Kits for B.O.P. employees and the prisoners housed in B.O.P. facilities
#2.) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)-which includes: Masks, Gloves, and possibly even Ventilators when needed!
#3.) The Federal B.O.P. and the Department of Justice must start to Consider Releasing Prisoners who are within a Year of finishing their sentences and who have significant support in Free Society.

I happen to be one of those prisoners who have very little time left on their sentence and I also have a Large Community of Supporters who are willing to aid me in my SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION BACK INTO FREE SOCIETY.
Lastly, I leave you with these thoughts to ponder and reflect upon. As Assistant Editor of the San Francisco Bay View-National Black Newspaper, I seek to amplify the voices of all Black and Oppressed human beings. I strive to provide context and texture to the Black Experience and as a Journalist I continue to achieve Black Excellence.
Our current Editor–Mary Ratcliff is 81 years old and her loving husband our Publisher Dr. Willie Ratcliff is 85 years old.

Both Mary and Willie represent one of the most vulnerable categories of people who could become infected with the deadly Corona Virus.

Good intentions will not help save the San Francisco Bay View. Right now we are in dire need of Financial Donations so that we can pay the Printer of our Newspaper as well as keep the lights on and pay the rent for Mary and Willie who are on a fixed income.

I AM PLEADING WITH ALL OF YOU WHO FOLLOW MY WORK AND WHO LOVE AND RESPECT THE LEGACY OF THIS ONE OF A KIND NATIONAL BLACK NEWSPAPER TO DONTATE GENEROUSLY!!!

Please take a moment to contact our dedicated Editor Mary Ratcliff directly at (415) 671-0789, e-mail her at: [email protected] or you can send us a Donation directly via U.S. Mail:

San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper

Attn: Mary Ratcliff—Editor

4917 Third St. San Francisco. CA 94124

I thank you in advance for your generous donations.

PLEASE HELP US SAVE THE BAY VIEW!!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!!

Why Isn’t Donald Trump Headed to Jail?

By Kevin “Rashid” Johnson

On January 3, 2020 Donald Trump had Qasem Soleimni, an Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, murdered.  He ordered a drone strike against this man and several others that saw him and his car blown apart and incinerated.  So why isn’t Trump headed to jail?  Why is no one else asking these questions?

 

All sorts of people called for the prosecution of the Saudi Arabian crown prince on suspicion that he ordered the October 2, 2018 hit on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  In that case, a hit squad of Saudi Security officials killed and dismembered Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.  Khashoggi died no less gruesomely than did Soleimani.

The Saudi prince denies ordering Khashoggi’s death, but Trump admits to ordering the attack on Soleimani.  Yet, no one is calling for Trump’s prosecution.

U.S. officials admit that killing a high ranking foreign official like Soleimani was an act of war.  Under article 1, section 8 of the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Act of 1973, only Congress has the power to declare war.  Congress has never declared war with Iran.  Trump, therefore, had no legal authority to kill Soleimani.  So, again, why isn’t he on his way to jail?

This is the same “law and order” president that denigrated Central American migrants fleeing violence and broken societies as “criminals and rapists”, and made “Lock her up!” a rallying cry among his supporters during his presidential campaign against his opponent, Hillary Clinton. And this is a country that locks up millions of poor people and people of color under the guise of holding them accountable for breaking the law.  Even though 95% of them were not convicted by juries of their peers, as the Constitution promises, but were instead pressured into pleading guilty, whether innocent or not, under Amerika’s corrupt plea bargaining system (1).

But of course, the principles of accountability have never applied when an extrajudicial lynching is going down.  The federal government has always played a vacillating role in organizing and defending lynchings versus opposing them.  Burning and dismembering dark flesh is nothing new in Amerikan culture.  Nor rationalizing and whipping up broad support for extrajudicial lynchings with sensational claims for the victim having committed some unproven crime.  Remember Muammar Gaddafi, the late president of Libya?  How after Amerika joined in a bombing campaign against his country in 2011, he was literally lynched by a street mob in broad daylight-having been shot point-blank in the head while a dagger was shoved into his rectum.  Remember then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s glib remarks after his murder, that sounded like a spectator after a southern mob lynching?  “We came, we saw, he died!”

As an imprisoned black man in Amerika, I know imperialist Amerika’s triple standards all too well.  I know why no one’s even suggesting that Trump belongs in jail.  Why, you ask?  Because from yesterday’s nooses and bonfires to today’s high tech drones, and from the U.S. South to the Global South, lynching is still as Amerikan as apple pie!

Dare to Struggle!  Dare to Win!

All Power to the People!

 

*Notes: 1. The Joint Legislative Committee on Crime in New York described the pleas bargain process in a report as follows: “The final climactic act in the plea bargaining procedure is a charade which in itself has aspects of dishonesty which rival the original crime in many instances.  The accused is made to assert publically that his guilt on a specific crime which in many cases he has not committed; in some cases, he pleads guilty to a non-existent crime.  He must further indicate that he is entering his plea freely…and that he is not doing so because of any promises made to him.  “In plea bargaining, the accused pleads guilty, whether he is or not, and saves the state the trouble of trial in return for the promise of a less severe punishment.” Quoted in, Howard Zinn, A PEOPLE”S HIStORY OF THE UNITED STATES (Harper Perennial: NY, 2002),

 

ON CHASING PAPER

by Sean Swain

Still we lampin’ still clockin’ dirt for our sweat

A ballot’s dead so a bullet’s what I get

A thousand years you had the tools, we should be takin’ ’em

Fuck the G-ride, I want the machines that are makin’ ’em…

 

–from “Down Rodeo,”

on the CD ‘Evil Empire’

Rage Against the Machine

 

Chasing paper. Many of us who are locked up were chasing paper, and we chased it right through the prison gates and into the cells we now occupy.

We use our time in lock up to scheme and dream and come up with new strategies for chasing paper. We get money tattooed all over us. We listen to songs that will motivate us. We develop our visions. We identify our competition. We build our networks, our empires.

Maybe we don’t think about how we are plotting and sweating and bleeding to get portraits of faces of former slave-owners, plantation masters who got rich by taking hostages and exploiting them for their sweat and blood. We don’t stop to think that those dead slave-owners continue to take us hostage– in a new way –and trick us into chasing them, collecting them, worshiping them.

If we stopped to think about it, to really think about it, we’d ask ourselves why we value the money that someone else prints. We’d wonder why we let them print it and distribute it and decide who gets more and who gets less. Why aren’t we printing the money? Instead, we get tricked. We spend our lives and blood and sweat chasing paper and serving the system, the scheme of those who put the paper out.

How many of us catch it? And for how long?

If we stopped to think about it, we’d see that we really don’t want their paper. What we want is the happiness and freedom that we see others have, others who have paper. We want nice things. A good house, a new car, the best clothes, great food, comfort. We want friends and loved ones who love and respect us. We want lives of purpose and meaning and importance.

What if I told you that we could all have that, if only we were the ones with power to print the paper… and to get that power, we must take it from the ones who currently have it?

The ones who turn some of us against the rest, so we kill each other and save them time and bullets…

The ones who decide where the factories and jobs go…

The ones with the planes bringing the drugs into the country…

The ones who hand out the sentences…

The ones who count the votes.

They run things. They run us. They are our enemies, with happiness and freedom at our expense… living off of our sweat and blood. They’re not special or smart or more deserving than we are, and we can be just as happy and just as free as they are, if only we spend our sweat and blood chasing revolution like we’ve spent it chasing paper.

There’s only one thing that they have that you don’t: They know a powerful secret.

And now you know it too.

 

–Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain.

 

Change Maker, AMANI SAWARI taking Amend the 13th Petition to the UNITED NATIONS! (WE MUST SUPPORT OUR SISTER!!!)

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

Chief Spokespersyn  End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

 

“We cannot afford to waver in our political participation, because we have the most to lose.” -Symone D. Sanders (Political Strategist & CNN Commentator)

 

Peace & Blessings Sisters and Brothers!

 

As “Independence Day” approaches, we the New Afrikan & Latinx people in Amerika must do a thorough inventory of our status and treatment within the confines of the United States of Amerika.

 

While many Free-World folks eat Bar—BQ and sip on something cold, a broad swath of the New Afrikan and Latinx population will be locked inside cages throughout Amerika!

 

This is a harsh and bitter reality that illuminates the fact that Freedom, Justice, and Equality still have not been achieved for many who have become victimized by Amerika’s ‘Manifest Destiny’.

 

Many of us claim to be leaders in the New Abolition Movement.  This is a Movement which seeks to End Prison Slavery and Amend the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in order to strike the EXCEPTION CLAUSE.

 

If you claim to be a LEADER, INFLUENCER, or CHANGE MAKER then you must take on the work. TODAY I am here to proclaim that 2019 Rodenberry Fellow–Amani Sawari has risen to the challenge!  For years I have toiled incessantly in regard to addressing and shedding light on specific injustices and abuse I’ve witnessed and been subjected to here in the SLAVE STATE OF TEXAS.

 

While I’ve been doing my “Thang”, Sister Amani has been doing hers, and in a magnificent manner I must add! Do you want to know why 2020 Presidential Candidates in Amerika have been talking about granting prisoners the Right-2-Vote?? It is because Amani Sawari and her Roddenberry Fellowship Recipients have spear-headed a National Campaign to Re-Enfranchise thousands of prisoners housed in Amerikan jails and prisons.

 

RE—ENFRANCHISEMENT is a crucial part of this protracted Abolition Movement. Re-empowering the disenfranchised with their Right2Vote provides us with a ‘Voice’ and an opportunity to take part in a Democracy which has failed us for decades!

 

In the 21st Century, Malcolm X’s teaching in the ‘Ballot or the Bullet’ seems prophetic, especially right now. We can’t continue to ignore the multitudes of humyn beings trapped inside these cages who have been systematically disenfranchised. This problem most assuredly will come back to haunt us, one way or the other.

 

One of our Main Points of focus in this Abolition Movement is to actively and assertively seek to Strike the EXCEPTION CLAUSE which is contained within the body of the 13th Amendment and which has promoted, condoned, and sanctioned “Legalized Slavery” for over a Century and a half.

 

Pennsylvania prisoner and Freedom Fighter Richard A. Smith has crafted a letter directed to members of the UNITED NATIONS. This letter requests that the UNITED NATIONS call for the “Slavery Clause” of the 13th Amendment to be amended in order to finally ABOLISH SLAVERY and INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE in Amerika once and for all!!!

 

We the LEADERS, INFLUENCERS, AND CHANGE MAKERS of this Abolition Movement are requesting that our Sisters and Brothers in the Rap Music Industry as well as conscious Professional Athletes and Entertainers in Amerika with Free—Wor1d Citizens who are STAYING WOKE, sign on to this letter that we intend to deliver to the UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY Antonio Guterres.

 

The General Assembly Session opens in September 2019 so please do not procrastinate, ACT TODAY!

 

In order to check out the letter that we intend to send and to sign on your support and endorsement, please visit the link:

 

http://sawarimi.org/appeal-to-the-united-nations

 

If you would like to learn more, please by all means necessary contact our Sister in Struggle Amani Sawari via e-mail: [email protected] or hit her up on twitter at: @sawarimi.

 

In closing, I send out a Call for Action and Support to Jay-Z and Meek Mill of REFORM ALLIANCE. I call upon the BIG HOMEY, H-Town’s Finest, Rap Mogul J. Prince as well as the entire #MobTies Movement. I am sending out a Special Request for Support to J. Cole, Colin Kaepernick, Cardi-B; Solange Knowles and BEYONCE!! WE NEED Y’ALL SUPPORT! Do your research, this Movement and this Struggle is REAL! I leave as I came in the spirit of PEACE! HELP US TO END PRISON SLAVERY IN AMERIKA!!!

 

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

 

Short Bio:

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, he is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and the deputy chairman of the New African Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter).

Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons Campaign. You can View his work at oomrademalik.com or you can also read his articles at: http://sfbayview.com/?s=keith+malik+washington which he regularly writes for the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. Send him an e-mail at: [email protected] or write him directly at:

Keith H. Washington

TDC# 1487958

McConnell Unit

3001 S. Emily Dr.

Beeville, Texas 78102

 

AMANI SAWARI

 

After graduating from the University of Washington with a double major in media & communications and law, economics & public policy, Amani navigated into the world of  journalism and research writing. Her time at UW allowed Amani to develop her writing skills, and her passion for social equity and human rights led her to pursue photography and journalism. In college she assisted new students from around the world with their transition into the university. She also mentored and arranged programs for students living in on-campus housing. These experiences allowed Amani to develop an appreciation for working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Today, she is a newsletter writer and editor for two publications. She writes an internal newsletter for a real-estate agency in Seattle, and the other is a community  publication called “No Shackles” for a prison advocacy organization. In addition to newsletter writing, she also manages her own website, sawarimi.org, where she publishes articles and essays to inspire the black community, particularly in the United States.

 

A fun fact about Amani: She started her own business when she was 18 years old. To this day she manages a hair studio in the Seattle area. As a result of this work, she’s been able to connect with hundreds of women from around the country, sharing her expertise and love for natural hair.

 

See more at: https://wearenotnumbers.org/home/Mentor/Amani_Sawari

 

 

Writing Through the Walls!

 

REPORTING FOR THE W.L. NOLEN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

By CHAIRMAN KIJANA TASHIRI ASKARI

MURDER IS THE CASE:

THE CALIFORNIA MEDICAL FACILITY ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF HAS BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS!

 

By definition of the law, prisoners have a clearly established constitutional right to medical care, and this is per Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97 (1976).

But apparently, this law is not applicable to New Afrikan Black People, based upon an 1857 United $tates Supreme Court decision, where the justices ruled:

“The Negro lies so far below Whites on the scale of created beings that they have no rights that Whites are bound to respect.”

–1857 U. $. Supreme Court Decision in Dred Scott Case

Article II of the United Nations “Geneva Conventions on Genocide” defines the crimes of genocide as meaning any of the following acts:

“committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

  1. Killing members of the group;
  2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
  3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
  4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
  5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

There is no other way to describe what‘s going on at the California Medical Facility (C.M.F.) (aka “Vacaville”), in Vacaville, California, than what the concrete facts inform us of. And the facts are:  “The prisoner class is being subjugated under a sophisticated form of genocide! (i.e., “Our standard of care is being met”).

Hospitals, by design, are infrastructures that have been constructed to treat, care for, protect life, prevent significant illness/disability, or alleviate severe pain. [1.]

However, since my arrival to the California Medical Facility (C.M.F.) on September 5, 2017, I have witnessed everything but the protection of life, as it relates to the prisoner class. In addition to those prisoners sent to “X Corridor,” (i.e., “Hospice”) from every slave kamp in C.D.C.R., to suffer in extreme pain & misery via over-medicating medical prescriptions, while they await their inevitable demise…prisoners are also being maliciously &  intentionally deprived of adequate health care via the crucible of “misdiagnosing” prisoners and outright refusing prisoners medical treatment.

I will simply point to two cases, to substantiate my point:

1.) On November 5, 2017, a New Afrikan brutha named Theaudra C. Williams (CDCR #C-47938, (V-Wing, Cel1 #101) also known as “Big Gangsta” from the Los Angeles area, went into a Diabetic Coma for 48 hours and died! Somehow, this New Afrikan brutha survived this ordeal, by being brought back to life by San Joaquin General Hospital Medical Staff. Brutha “Gangsta” attributes his survival to correctional officer S. Wang who found him lying slumped over in his cell, during the 1st Watch (1W) Count, wherein he called out to brutha Theaudra C. Williams numerous times, to which brutha Theaudra was non-responsive. Officer S. Wang then activated his Emergency Alarm, wherein an Emergency Team responded to perform CPR, but to no avail, efforts by CMF’s Medical Staff to resuscitate were unsuccessful.

At no point, prior to this contradiction, did Theaudra C. William’s Medical Physician Dr. Petras, perform any tests on this brutha, or recommend that he be examined by a specialist, with regards to  numerous complaints of chest pain, frequent urination, light headedness and so forth.

2.) On 10/22/2018, a second New Afrikan brutha named “Rasheed” (s/n Raymond Jackson) CDCR # C-21148, (V-Wing, Cell #243) from the Los Angeles area, was murdered by (C.M.F.) Administrative staff and their malicious and deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs.

Brutha “Rasheed” had been a kidney transplant survivor for over 25 years, thanks to the compassion of his brutha. “Rasheed” had been incarcerated since 1981, and never had a history of heart problems. But on 10/19/2018, brutha “Rasheed“ had begun complaining of chest pains & shortness of breath, and went “Man-Down” twice on 10/20/2018, and again, on 10/21/2018. Each time he went “Man-Down, ” and requested medical treatment, our designated Housing Unit Medical Nurse [2], blatantly ridiculed “Rasheed” openly laughing at him for all to see.

Sunday morning 10/21/2018, “Rasheed” was given an “EKG,” and was told:

“Since there was no pain in his le[t arm and/or the left side of his neck, there was nothing wrong with his heart.”

On 10/22/2018, at 2 A.M. in the morning, brutha “Rasheed” was found dead in his cell slumped over his typewriter, working on a legal petition for the courts.

Bruthas “Gangsta” and “Rasheed” are well known “jailhouse Lawyers,” who were a constant ‘thorn’ in the backside of C.D.C.R.! And there is no doubt, that this dynamic was a major factor that contributed towards C.M.F.’s Administrative murdering these bruthas!!! As brutha “Rasheed” was in the process of negotiating a $l-Million-Dollar settlement with C.D.C.R., at the time of his death!

If anybody knows these New Afrikan brutha’s families, please inform them of the truth, in particular, how C.M.F. Administrative has murdered their loved ones!

In addition, the W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program (W.L.N.M.P.) is asking the people, to voice their outrage to C.D.C.R. headquarters [3.] in Sacramento, California, and demand justice for these bruthas! How many more prisoners must die, before C.M.F. Administration is held accountable?!?!

ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE

WHO DO NOT FEAR FREEDOM!!

*For more information, Contact me at:

ATTN: W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program,

C/O Chairman KTA,

P.O. Box 7907,

Austin, Texas 78713

 

http://wwwkijanatashiriaskari.wordpress.com

E-mail: [email protected]

* REFERENCE NOTES:

[l.] The California Code of Regulations, Title 15, Section 3350,  (1.); provides the definition for the standard of care entitled to prisoners.

[2 ] We have put out an all-points bulletin (APB) to locate and discover the name of this nurse. As she was immediately relocated and/or reassigned from V-Wing, Unit 4, after she murdered “Rasheed.” She has a heavy African accent, dark complexion, & is about 5’9” in height.

[3.] All letters are to be mailed to:

Attn: C.D.C.R. Secretary,

C/o Scott Kernan,

Sacramento, CA. 95814

 

Attn: Carole, Socialist Viewpoint, and Mary, SF Bay View

From: Ruchell Cinque Magee

Date: January 1, 2019

 

Wishing New year’s progress to all the community people pushing for change!

 

In regards to application for the Governor’s pardon, it is my wish that you kindly mail the original form enclosed to California’s newly-elected Governor G. Newsom by certified mail (and please return a copy to me).

 

Recently, I petitioned the Justices of the US Supreme Court in DC, requesting that they act as the “13th juror” by acknowledging the 12 jurors’ documented acquittal of me; thereby they would run those corrupted and lying judges such as William H. Orrick, D. Lowell Jensen and other criminals alike out of the picture. (They are playing with people’s lives; it has become a game to them.)

 

If the new governor is who he claims to be, for prison reform, he could use cases such as mine to send a clear message to the corrupted Parole Board: its days of making its own laws, in frame-ups, will not be tolerated.

 

My case is evidence: I’ve been in prison over half a century because the Board does not release victims of racist frame-ups, hate crimes, unless they have been driven crazy or peoples opposed to racism publicly campaign against the scum’s cover-up.

 

The jurors in my case ruled me ‘not guilty,’ and documents by jurors B. J. Suares and David F. Smith tell some of what the jurors found illegal in how my case was handled, and required that high authority correct such illegalities, that go all the way back to the 1963 frame-up leading to my original imprisonment, and continuing through the way the judge railroaded me in the 1970 Marin courthouse case despite the jury’s ruling for my factual innocence of the charges.

 

Since the out-going Gov. Brown did not act, the new governor’s task regarding my acquittal in the latter case is simple: “Review the record!”

 

The jurors in my case, little though many community members may know, gave videotaped testimony regarding their vote to acquit me. Yet for years, the corrupted judges have failed or refused to address the acquittal issue all of these since a judge deemed me convicted and sentenced me; instead the appellate judges keep mouthing off about Magee, Magee, Magee again, filing too many legal documents.

 

Either the US Supreme Court of the new Governor of California are in a position to recognize the judges’ abuse of power, and to put an end of the injustice of my continued incarceration. I will never accept slavery! No matter how many criminals in high places seek to justify it.

I remain,

Ruchell Cinque, Moving Forward!

Comrade Malik on Trump’s Lies

DONALD TRUMP’S ALTERNATIVE FACTS ARE ACTUALLY LIES!!!

by Keith Malik Washington

Donald Trump has fabricated a web of lies for the Amerikan people in order to justify this FAKE NATIONAL EMERGENCY ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER. Without FACTS to back up my allegations, I am just doing the same thing that the LIAR IN-CHIEF is doing, so I will present some evidence to back

up my allegations.

Approximately a month ago Trump gave his State of the Union address, around the same time Texas Governor Gregg Abbott gave his State of the State address for the citizens of Texas. I listened to them both and I suggest you google them and do the same.

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott spent his time focusing on Public Education. I mean this was one of his main topics. Abbott promised to work on improving Public Education for all children in Texas and

he put an emphasis on providing a safe and secure environment for all children attending classes in Texas Public Schools. Abbott most certainly was not agitated nor did I sense any alarm in his voice. Wouldn’t you think that if there was this dire National Emergency on the Southern border that the Texas Governor would be on National TV talking about it?? Why hasn’t anyone talked about this??

Did you know that George P. Bush and Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner have been pleading that they need to receive the relief money promised to victims of HURRICANE HARVEY!!?? Why isn’t anyone in the media talking about the bi-partisan co-operation by Bush and Turner to help the victims of a real NATIONAL EMERGENCY??

Do you know that McAllen, Texas is one of those ‘Dangerous’ cities on the border of Texas that Trump has been attempting to use to brainwash us into embracing his narrative. Do you know how many murders they had in McAllen, Texas in 2018?? ZERO! $8 BILLION DOLLARS FOR A BORDER WALL??? WAKE UP AMERIKA!

The Opioid Crisis in Amerika is a National Emergency!

Gun Violence in Amerika is a National Emergency!

But I’m sorry, folks, I live down here in South Texas and although I am trapped inside one of Texas‘s many Prisons I can say with confidence that there is not a National Emergency down here! TRUMP IS A LIAR!!

Trump, Sara Sanders, and Mitch McConnell continue to spout these Alternative Facts which are sounding more and more like LIESI!

What Trump is engaged in is an elaborate misinformation and disinformation campaign. PSY-OPS and PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY!!

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