Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fight to Stop Slave Trade in Libya NOW!!! (We Must Not Be Silent)- Written by: Malik Washington

Fight to Stop Slave Trade in Libya NOW!!! (We Must Not Be Silent)
By Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington

Revolutionary Greetings Sisters & brothers! It is I your comrade in struggle brother Malik reporting in from the Texas Gulag. In 2018 the campaign to End Prison Slavery will be thrust onto the national stage.
I have been contemplating heavily in respect to the significance of our movement and comparing what we prisoners in Amerika are going through in comparison with human beings in Libya who are actually being auctioned off as Real Life Slaves!!
The question presents itself:
How can we—people who claim to be dedicated Human and Civil Rights Activists—ignore the tragedy of a modern day slave trade happening right before our eyes?
We Can’t Ignore It!!
We can’t be silent and we are going to have to take steps to stop it. NOW!! Not tomorrow.
I’ve been asking myself, how did this happen?
Why are we so apprehensive and hesitant to call-out Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton? Imperialism and the greed for fossil fuels and world domination led to the murder of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi. Hillary Clinton laughed on National TV and made a joke about Gaddafi being hacked to death by American backed murderers!!
Do any of you remember Hillary’s insensitive remarks?? I do! She said: “We came, we saw, he died.”
Muamar Gaddafi was a friend to Black People. To Hillary black people especially young black males are nothing more than ‘Super Predators.’
But neither ‘good brother’ Barack or “sister” Hillary are in the White House any more.
No! We have a white supremacist Con-Man in the White House and Donald Trump is not going to do a damn thing about our beautiful African sisters and brothers being sold as slaves in Libya!
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley isn’t going to say or do nothing! Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not going to intervene. And don’t think for one minute that the ‘Closet Racist’ Mike Pompeo the Director of the CIA is going to lose any sleep over the open air slave markets in Tripoli.
It is my contention that Imperialism has allowed ‘legalized’ prison slavery to spread throughout Amerika and it has ushered in a Modern Day Slave Trade in Libya. I say we must combat this with Socialism/Communism and come to grips with these dialectical FACTS:
1) The sole purpose of slavery and slavery and fascism is to create wealth for the middle and upper class slave traders!
2) If the economic incentive associated with slavery and/or racism were to be eliminated by abolishing the exploitative class structure, slavery and/or racism would disappear!!
In other words, when we smash capitalism/imperialism, we open the door to creating a true egalitarian environment for all humanity!
Lastly, 3) Progressive persyns and revolutionaries throughout the world should unite in order to overthrow Imperialism.
When we hear the slogan:
Workers of the World Unite, it should serve as a battle cry for all likeminded comrades and allies in struggle.
The Democratic and Republican Political Parties in Amerika have continued to ignore the crimes against humanity which are taking place right now in Libya!
We have the Neo-Liberals Obama and Clinton who created this mess.
Then, we have the neo-conservatives and alt-right fascists who support Trump and they certainly are not going to fix the problem.
So what good are these corrupt money hangry political parties??
That’s the key—they aren’t any good for any of us.
In 2018 it’s time for change! Socialists and Anarchists who are committed Abolitionists must take an Active Role in calling out the US Government!!
These Hypocrites, and I’m talking about Trump & Obama, encouraged Nigerian President Mohammadu Bahari to destroy Boko Haram but now that innocent Nigerians are being forced into slavery in Libya, the state department sits on their damn hands!!
You don’t like what I’m saying President Trump??!
Well, shut me up!
Get up off your Ass and do something meaningful to stop the sale of our African sisters and brothers!
Stop ignoring the Humyn Rights disaster in Libya!
Abolish Slavery NOW!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power  to the People.





Keith 'Malik' Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan 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 comrademalik.com or you can write him directly at:

Keith 'Comrade Malik' Washington
TDC #1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Rd. #1
Lovelady, Texas 75851

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

END PRISON SLAVERY IN TEXAS NOW!- Written by: Malik Washington

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party, Prison Chapter, Texas Region.

“For years we were called Niggers to indicate we had no value or worth and that anything could be done to us. Then the word ‘nigger’ became politically incorrect. So, they began calling us criminals.  When you say a person is a criminal it means that what happens to them does not matter.  It means he or she is a nigger. It means that he or she is a nigger. It means they deserve what they get.”
Melvin Ray ‘Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun’ Spokesperson / Free Alabama Movement

Revolutionary greetings!

In Texas we know that we are being exploited, mistreated, degraded and abused. Many prisoners in Texas are content with the modern day slave plantation system, which is managed and operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. However, many prisoners are not content; in fact, they are frustrated and angry. The strategies utilized by prisoners in other states that have similar conditions to Texas don’t necessarily apply here. More accurately stated, we cannot do what others have done because we have not reached the level of solidarity and political development prisoners in other states such as California have reached.

This is not to belittle or degrade my fellow prisoners in Texas; I’m just stating facts. The hunger strike and work stoppage in California forced prison officials to re-assess the oppressive policies which have led to the inhumane treatment. Many human beings are trapped in Pelican Bay and numerous other solitary confinement units in California. Solitary confinement is torture, whether it is utilized by CDCR or TDCJ. Abolition of this form of punishment is the only correct solution. The question which has plagued prisoner rights activists such as myself is: “What is the best strategy for Texas?” How do we initiate a movement that will be embraced by Texas prisoners and their families alike? Texas is a family oriented state. You cannot proceed with a serious initiative without including family members who will lobby the state legislature and speak to the media on behalf of their loved ones. I was very impressed with the support that California prisoner and Pelican Bay Freedom Fighter Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa received from his sister. Every time I opened the Bay View, there she was – at protests, speaking to the media, legislators, truly awesome!
Rally by Hunger Strike Solidarity at Oscar Grant Plaza, downtown Oakland
The Slave State
I strongly support abolition of the prison industrial complex; I would like to see an end to mass incarceration. I am a multi-racial New Afrikan Black mixed with Arab and Latino. It is our populations that have been hurt the most by the so-called “war on drugs.” Texas is the most racist and oppressive state in Amerika.

Texas did not want to recognize the emancipation of Black slaves in Amerika; that is why Juneteenth was created, to celebrate Texas’ two-year-late recognition of federal law. You see, Texas has a history of ignoring the human and civil rights of disadvantaged minorities.

If Texas can usurp or circumvent federal law or the U.S. Constitution in order to oppress Blacks, Latino/as or even poor whites, it will. The uniforms that Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees wear are patterned after Confederate soldier uniforms! This is the truth.
Texas wants to remind you constantly that it supported and still supports the subjugation of New Afrikans. When prisoners are taken to the fields to pick cotton, green beans and corn, among other crops, TDCJ officers sit on horses with cowboy hats on and hold shotguns, screaming at you, “You better get your cut, Washington, or I’m writing you a case!” I am not lying. This is the reality here in Texas.

The current conditions in Texas dictate that we must address our treatment as slaves and the inability of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to recognize our good time and work credits. We want these credits directly applied to our sentences, so we can return to our families and communities. What Texas has engaged in is a form of sophisticated deception.

The main individuals being deceived are our family members. Most of us prisoners are well aware of the deceptive practices perpetrated by the Parole Board. Their actions are promoted, sanctioned and condoned by the Legislature and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice.

The slave model in Texas is perpetrated by what TDCJ calls TCI or Texas Correctional Industries. On paper, TCI is set up as a non-profit that provides job skills and on-the-job training for prisoners who work in various factory and light industrial jobs throughout Texas. The model is deceptive and TDCJ spends a lot of time and resources giving the general public the impression that rehabilitation is its focus.

However, once a person starts digging and researching the financial records and transactions being made, you will uncover something else. You see, I spent time as an accountant working in the office of the now defunct Stiles Unit Metal Fabrication Plant located in Beaumont, Texas.

What I discovered is that TDCJ and Texas is making a huge profit on the backs of prisoners who provide free labor. Palms are constantly greased; back-door deals are being made in order to keep investors, corporate representatives, and independent contractors happy. It is all a very elaborate system.

The senior wardens of these prisons in Texas act as CEOs ensuring a constant flow of slave laborers to run “the factory.” It may be a tire plant, meatpacking plant, furniture factory, textile factory, computer recovery plant, mattress factory, or metal fabrication plant. Profits certainly are being generated, but prisoners in Texas don’t get paid! Why is that?

Prison officials and legislators say TCI is providing valuable job skills and training for free. All right then, if that is the case, why won’t the Parole Board recognize the good time and work time credits of all Texas prisoners?

Anyone who has worked in one of these factories knows you can’t be a “bad actor” to work in the factory. If I’m being forced to work for free, I want to get back to my family as soon as possible so my family can benefit from my new job skills. But that is not how the slave model is set up. No! It is not working like that.

I have met numerous men who have toiled in these various factories for years, some even decades, yet here they remain, still working for free and the work conditions continue to get worse. Some prisoners work 8- to 12-hour shifts at various factories throughout Texas; many like to drink coffee or work out during breaks in order to relieve stress.

TDCJ officers who are assigned to “the factory” make it a point to be extra harsh in their management style because they know these factory jobs are preferred by prisoners. I mean you’re stuck here! Texas doesn’t give a damn about you and they certainly aren’t interested in paroling you, so if you had a choice between working like Kunta Kinte in the field or in a factory job, which would you choose? Prisoners in Texas are caught between a rock and a hard place.


The Texas philosophy
For those who are well versed in Texas history, you will know that Texas was founded on the precept of white supremacy.

The current governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, subscribes to a eugenic type of thinking in which Black and Brown people are inferior to whites, and this thinking justifies our current enslavement and inhumane treatment. Alexander Stephens, the vice president of the Confederate States during the U.S. Civil War, best described the philosophy of Texans like Gov. Abbott and Brian Collier, the executive director of TDCJ, when he said in an 1861 speech:

“The Confederacy cornerstone rests upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition.” 1
This is what we are up against in Texas.


Our philosophy and strategy
In Texas as throughout Amerika the so-called low class “Negro” comes in various colors, shapes, sizes and genders. There are white, Black, Latino, Asian and Arab “Negros” trapped inside Texas prisons. Original Black Panther Comrade Fred Hampton best illustrated this point when he entered a white bar in the late ‘60s to recruit white people to take part in socialist change.
I want you to understand exactly where I am coming from so there won’t be any confusion. So, I ask you to read and analyze this quote from Comrade Fred Hampton; it comes from a speech he made in 1969:
We got to face some facts. That the masses are poor, that the masses belong to what you call the lower class, and when I talk about the masses, I’m talking about the white masses, I’m talking about the Black masses, and the Brown masses and the yellow masses too. We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism; we’re gonna fight racism with solidarity. We say you don’t fight capitalism with no Black capitalism; you fight capitalism with socialism. 2

This quote embodies the theory, philosophy and revolutionary practice of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party, Prison Chapter. Of course, we love and respect New Afrikan Black people, but we shun this uber Black nationalism which is embraced by other groups passing themselves off as Panthers. You can’t brutally attack an elder in this movement and say you are representing the best interests of the people. No! That’s not Pantherism – but I digress. Let’s stay on point.

As prisoners in Texas, we have to grab the bull by the horns and take control of our own destiny. Free world supporters can’t do this for us. They can help, but ultimately the grassroots organizing, and effort must be done by us.

First, we must educate our family and friends in reference to the nature of the problem. We must show them the deception and illusion of this imaginary pay and fraudulent good time and work time credit system.

Truthfully, all Texas prisoners have to do is send their family and friends a print-out of their time slip. There are thousands of men and women trapped inside Texas prisons. They possess time slips which clearly show accrued flat time, good time and work time credit percentages which equal 100 percent of their current sentence or more!

Texas has built a system which has systematically weakened and destroyed inner city and urban communities. These communities have been targeted by the state and corporate entities for gentrification. The inhabitants of these communities are predominantly Black and Brown.

In Houston, Texas, we have even seen a school superintendent get in on “the action.” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier did all he could to weaken the schools in Houston that service Black and Brown inner city youth.

And when you deny people adequate access to quality education opportunities, you create conditions which push them into the waiting arms of the criminal justice system. Mr. Grier has announced his resignation. Let’s hope Houston chooses an HISD superintendent who will have a vested interested in our success.

So in a nutshell, TDCJ and the Board of Pardons and Paroles work in concert with capitalists in order to sabotage the self-determination of certain communities of color. What this amounts to is a not so subtle program of Social Control.

We want freedom!
What we are asking is that Texas prisoners have their families visit our Facebook pages and websites in order to see the information we have posted there which explains the issue in easy to understand terms and language. We have phone numbers of key Texas legislators available. What we are proposing is that prisoners encourage their family and friends to contact these legislators and urge them to craft legislation which will fix this fraudulent slave system.
The bottom line is this:
  • We want our good time and work time credits counted! Stop telling us you are counting them when you are not.
  • We want to be paid for our labor!
  • We want our right to vote restored.
  • Stop fudging the census numbers of the rural communities in which these prisons are located making it “look like” we are citizens when in reality we are slaves! Texas is “gaming the system,” making areas look like they have more constituents than they really have.
What benefits do we get? We’ve seen these games before. Texas loves to play with re-districting maps and the votes of disadvantaged minorities. Many people don’t see the connection between the Texas slave plantation system and the manipulation of the vote – I see it.

Solidarity is needed now!

There are approximately 150,000 prisoners housed in Texas prisons. If half of us can convince our loved ones to contact Texas representatives and senators in relation to this issue, we can make a significant impact. We need to start discussing this in the day rooms, on the rec yard, or while we are slaving in the fields or in these factories.

It is going to take all of us women and men. I’m not going to talk this issue to death; I’ve never been much of a “rapper.” I’m about that action! Are you about that action?

If you are serious about change, have your family visit http://www.facebook.com/comrademalikwashington or http://comrademalik.com/. Look for Campaign to End Prison Slavery in Texas.

You see, comrades, I am not operating under any illusions. As I said at the beginning of this essay, some will be content with this slave-like existence; some won’t be content. Some may go tell the “boss man,” “That guy Malik is stirrin’ up trouble again, Boss” and, as always, the oppressors will do what they’ve always done – lock me up in solitary, transfer me, write bogus disciplinary reports, deny my parole or try to get some misguided street tribe members to assault me. I’ve been through all that and more. I am determined to improve our condition even if it kills me. For those of you who are sick and tired of being slaves, I ask that you help me End Prison Slavery in Texas Now!

I leave you with another quote from Comrade Fred Hampton:
“First of all, we say primarily that the priority of this struggle is class. That Marx and Lenin and Che Guevara and Mao Tse-Tung and anybody else that ever said or knew or practiced anything about revolution always said that a revolution is a class struggle. It was one class – the oppressed – against the other class, the oppressor. And it’s got to be a universal fact. Those that don’t admit to that are those that don’t want to get involved in revolution because they know as long as they’re dealing with a race thing, they’ll never be involved in a revolution. They can talk about numbers, they can hang you up in many, many ways.”[3]

So what will it be, a life of involuntary servitude, helping to sustain this slave system, or freedom building up your communities and supporting your families?

We have nothing to lose but our chains! Dare to struggle, dare to win, All power to the people!

What’s Next in 2018!?
In 2018. Heshima Denham of Amend the 13th- Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika- Movement and myself want to broaden and expand our support base. We would like to enter into a pact of mutual aid and solidarity with Nube Brown and the growing new abolitionist movement. We would like to invite interested members of Red Neck Revolt to join us in our struggle to abolish and end prison slavery in Amerika,

We want to continue working with the Free Alabama Movement, fight toxic prisons, and the entire ABC network. I would like to see more support from our LGBTQ sisters and brothers.
Personally, I have a vision for class solidarity which transcends Race, Creed, and Gender.
Lastly, I am suggesting that the IWOC and IWW aid us in organizing a rally and protest on June 19th 2018 (Juneteenth). We would like to do banner droppings, public service announcements, and webinars. Our focus will be to raise the public’s awareness concerning our abolition movements. Texas, California, Florida, Alabama, New York, Georgia, New Jersey, Colorado, and Virginia are some of the states we want to see get involved.

It is my sincere hope that in 2018 we can form relationships that are inclusive as opposed to exclusive. And the next time we call for a march on Washington we would like to attract tens of thousands as opposed to only 300 humyn beings!!

Multi-racial unity is certainly needed. As the crystal-methamphetamine and opioid addiction crisis ravage Amerika, we must realize our white sisters and brothers are hurting too! And I am seeing more white faces in these slave kamps and gulags every day!

So, what will it be, a life of involuntary servitude, helping to sustain this slave system, or freedom building up our communities and supporting our families?? We have nothing to lose by our chains!!

Dare to struggle, Dare to win,

All power to the people

Short biography about the author:
Keith ‘Malik” Washington is a cofounder 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 comrademalik.com or you can also read articles and essays that he regularly writes for the San Francisco Bay View-National Black newspaper.  You can visit directly at
http://sfbayview.com/?s=keith+malik+washington or you can write to Malik directly at:
Keith “Malik” Washington
TDC# 1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Rd. #1
Lovelady, Texas 75851
1 Quoted in an April 8, 2014 Houston Chronicle story on a visit by racist eugenicist Charles         Murray to Rice University.   
  2 Quoted in Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson, “On the Question of Race and Racism,’ at rashidmod.com.

TDCJ WON'T TREAT INMATE HERNIA- CALL TO ACTION FOR JEFFREY THOMAS!

You already know me from doing work for 'Malik' and others. You may also probably know I write to many prisoners for their support system and to offer friendship and comfort among whatever I can do to help them in their inhumane condition. One particular prisoner I have written to now for several years who was just previously on the Eastham Unit in Texas - has pretty much been in severe pain of form one thing mainly - a hernia - that has tormented him night and day for years now. Although I have emailed and written and even called whatever prison he had been in all this time it was to no avail and I was openly lied to that the matter was taken care of and so on and so forth. I finally told Jeffrey Thomas - the prisoner of whom I am speaking of - I would sacrifice what I had to pay for the operation myself. I received the following letter from him yesterday: I consider you my dearest, most delightful friend, and I'm very fond of you and your 2 cats. I will write you with more energy than I ever have before displayed. I wish I could walk in the footprints of a famous woman - You. Please let me know what impression I made on you in 2017 for there was usually a difference between what I think and what I say. But I always try to be clever enough to openly show my true feelings. In fact I hope this letter removes any danger which might be threatening my safety. *** I was told on December 19, 2017 I was on the chain. So I packed only 1 bag of property and gave 2 bags of legal work, grievances, and your letters, pictures, books to guards and kept 1 bag of property. The next day December 20, 2017 Lt. Thorp Co-itidlegaugh, 2 more officers I didn't get their names - handcuffed me and escorted me to the chain bus. I was slammed to the ground, kicked in my right side where my hernia is at, hit in my face, picked up and placed on the chain bus and was shipped to the Walls Unit. I urinated blood, and my hernia was in deep pain. I tried to go to the infirmary. They told me I had to place in a sick call. I remain in pain. The next day December 21, 2017 I was shipped to another unit - Darrington Unit - and I requested to go to medical. I was denied, placed in a cell, no lights, no mattress, and only a blanket. Later that night I stopped urinating blood and not in deep pain. The next day on December 22, 2017 I was again placed on the chain bus and shipped to the McConnell Unit  phone # (361)363-2300. I asked to go to the infirmary but was told "All medical staff have went home for the holidays." I don't feel safe. How can I think anything else now that it's so firmly established? They out to hurt me - kill me and refusing me medical care when guards attacking my hernia. I obey prison rules and still being mistreated. But with pangs of conscience and the tormented disgrace. But if prison guards were kept from wrong doing by penalties of beating me, attacking my hernia, all I face is anxiety, trouble of wickedness - and all prison guards is protected of their open acts for no fear of punishment - do what they want to an offender. *** What can I ask - when all you show me is generosity - which was a free gift and don't show no reward - which is kindness with no thoughts of nothing in return - a free gift.  *** I don't know will I live or walk fee again.... *** What will become of scared friendship if we are not to love our friend with all our heart - and I love you Joan - Joan - Joan for many reasons. *** I will remain in my proper frame of mind...*** I'm not suicidal - so if your letters return to you - only mean I'm dead. You is the mother of all goo wisdom. God have given me nothing finer, sweeter, more glorious, more beautiful than you my Joan - Joan - Joan - for it is wisdom that teaches us - besides other lessons - the most difficult one - to know ourselves. *** Tonight is December 24, 2017 - soon will be Christmas Day. I don't want to be here - and you already know that nothing is certain. But my love for you is not rumors, public talk - our secrets are to small talk. But deep within my heart - I put my fingers to my lips - let the tears flow. *** You is my largest gift I ever receive in life. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! It's painful to stop this letter, as I face sorrow and waiting to see you because you increased my pleasure and I feel safe.
Then he sent me a notice to send to various prison personal-
Plotting Offender Jeffrey Thomas Assassination by PREA Ombudsman Staff - December 25, 2017.
To: Erica Gammitt (CASSA) Prison Advocate
To: PREA Ombudsman Ms. Lynn L. Sharp
To: Many Others
           "I WAS PROMISED A OPERATION."
PREA Ombudsman Ms. Lynn L. Sharp will be responsible for Offender Jeffrey Thomas #1392641 DEATH!
YES - he afraid of the corruption and DANGER which in FACT only adds to PREA Ombudsman Ms. Sharp reputation.
Offender Thomas enter this McConnell Unit on December 22, 2017 - feeling NO safety.
Ms. Sharp is out for murder and she expected Offender J. Thomas to be the victim. After she and her friend came to interview me on Eastham Unit 10-26-17 and PREA Staff still refuse to protect me... WHY?
Ms. L. Sharp had Offender Thomas transfer to McConnell Unit only to be housed around Offender Destry Thomas #1257786 so now we on the same unit to be mistreated again.....
Offender J. Thomas #1392641 ...Not STUPID.
When Offender J. Thomas was housed on Eastham Unit on A-Line 118 cell Warden Gregory Vaugh and Major Blake Norman came to his cell and stated:
"We already know Offender Destry Thomas # 1257786 - teach you how to file all those PREA Ombudsman Allegations."
Offender D. Thomas not my mentor - friend - family member - but close to being my ENEMY.
Everything was being properly arrange to ay the $100 medical co-pay - so I can receive the operation for my deadly painful hernia.
Now Offender J. Thomas have to convince other doctor to schedule him for a hernia operation only because PREA Ms. Sharp, Ms. T. Hosea and staff want to see Offender Jeffrey T. Thomas #1392641 - in a Body Bag - DEAD.
1.)I want a operation for this deadly, painful hernia Ombudsman.
2.) Place to day on 12-c-71 cell McConnell Unit As Seg.
3.) And Ms. Lynne Sharp to be professional and protect me from all future retaliation
4.) To be separated from all my enemies
5.) And requesting to be moved to another unit - Smith - Gib Lewis - or remain on McConnell with NO RETALIATION.
Please sign._________________________
And mail copies to: Erica Gammill - TAASA
Prison Advocate
______________ 


PLEASE HELP BY CONTACTING THE OMBUDSMAN TO FILE A COMPLAINT ON JEFFREY'S BEHALF!!!!


Ombudsman

The Ombudsman shall respond to complaints from the public concerning Board policies, procedures, rules and other matters within the jurisdiction of the Board. The Ombudsman shall not respond to complaints concerning individual parole determinations or clemency recommendations.
The Ombudsman shall respond to inquiries for general information regarding the parole decision-making process; however, the Ombudsman does not have the authority to respond to legal inquires.
Questions about an offender’s parole review status may be directed to our Offender Status Line: 844-512-0461 or visit the BPP Offender Search Website at http://offender.tdcj.state.tx.us/OffenderSearch/index.jsp.
Complaints and inquiries may be submitted in writing to:
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
Attn: Ombudsman
8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78757
E-mail: bpp_pio@tdcj.texas.gov
Phone: (512) 406-5864
Fax: (512) 406-5434

Monday, December 11, 2017

Contact TDCJ Ombudsman on behalf of Philippe Rivera!!!

We have received this report from Philippe Rivera from the Allred Unit and he has asked us to pass on his message below and requested that we ask people to contact the TDCJ Ombudsman on his behalf. 
 

I wrote up a complaint concerning either stolen or missing personal property of mines that got tooken away from me because I weren't allowed to have at time in possession due to level status.  It were suppose to be stored in Barry Telford Unit's Ad-Seg Property Room Department at time it got confiscated on Thursday October 20, 2016.  Yet, After being reassigned to another prison, all my personal property got transferred except for confiscated items that were suppose to be stored, items were: Radio-Clock with Headphones Clear Tech, Commissary Headphones and Coax Cable.  Thats it.  The security officer who took it and issue me confiscated notification paper is Mr. Baldelamar, C.

I've written several I-60 forms to all Property Room Departments from both prisons at James Allred Unit and Barry Telford Unit in an attempt to get this problem formally resolve but the officials all keep telling me "I'll check on it" or just give me excuses or run-arounds.  I've even filed a Step 1 and 2 grievance complaint in reference to this matter and both grievance responses were, in quote, stated:

Grievance #2017046542
"The investigation to this grievance is complete.  Your property came to the Allred Unit, and it was delivered to you on 12/7/16.  There is not any other property for you at the Allred Unit or at the Telford Unit.  No further action will be taken."

Grievance #2017046542
"Your Step 1 grievance investigation and response has been reviewed by this office and found to be appropriate and correct.  An investigation was conducted and found no evidence to substantiate your claims that you are missing property that was confiscated from you at the Telford Unit due to being an Ad-Seg level offender as you allege.  Be advised that having previously owned any item(s) of personal property is not evidence that you were in possession of that item(s) at the time your property was collected by staff.  No evidence is found that TDCJ is responsible for your alleged missing property.  No further action warranted."

Grievance #2017054557
"Information received from Property Officer J. Hughes reveals your property was shipped to your new unit of assignment on MST#1427312.  No further action warranted."

Grievance #2017054557
"A review of your Step 2 grievance was conducted and there is no evidence that shows TDCJ staff responsible for any alleged missing property.  No further action warranted."

Now I have the only copy of the confiscated notification sheet that were given to me by that security officer.  I showed it to the property room officers here in Allred Unit and they done nothing but told me that they check on it and have no control over replacements in case of stolen or loss of personal property of mines is they can not recover or locate it.  Even the high ranking security supervisors won't do nothing.  The Assistant Warden of this facility advised me that theres nothing they can do about it unless I have outside support to file complaints to the ombudsman department at Huntsville, Texas to report in behalf of me concerning thief of property.

Please contact the TDCJ Ombudsman by sending a letter requesting Philippe get his property returned!!!

TDCJ Ombudsman
P.O. Box 99
Hunstville, TX 77342-0099

You can also show support and solidarity by sending Philippe a letter or Holiday Card!

 

PLEASE WRITE! NEW PENPALS NEED MAIL!

PAPS would like to introduce some inmates who have just joined our penpal program!

Joe Joe Bowen





Nicole Childress




Derrick Washington


Philippe Rivera

 

Friday, December 8, 2017