Friday, July 21, 2017

Reject Suicide -- Choose Life! And Change the World!


Reject Suicide -- Choose Life! And Change the World!
(We Must Not Be Silent - Series)
By Keith Malik Washington

Peace and blessings sisters and brothers!

A couple of months ago, Net-Flix had a series which shed light on the topic of teenage suicide -- “13 Reasons” or something to that effect.  I read about teenagers in Florida being influenced in a negative manner after watching this Net-Flix series.  Around the same time I was working on the content of Justin and my You-Tube video concerning the genocide in Chicago.  The word that popped into my head was nihilism.

It really hurts me to see young people choose death over life.  I just can’t explain to you the feeling of euphoria I feel when I fight for humyn or civil rights--and win!!  It’s awesome when you sacrifice your time, energy and resources for a cause you believe in and you become the change!!

If anyone should be contemplating suicide it should be me!  I’m in a maximum security prison in one of the most abusive and unjust prison systems in the United States.  Texas prison is horrible!  I’m not just in prison. I’m in solitary confinement for a trumped up and fabricated riot charge.  My cell is infested with roaches, and the heat index regularly reaches 105 degrees fahrenheit plus!  There is no airconditioning!  The water is contaminated and toxic!  I have been the constant target of religious discrimination.  I have been denied parole 5 times in a row--and the prison administration hates my guts!!

Wouldn’t suicide be the easy way out of this screwed-up existence?  But I choose life!  Not only do I choose life, I choose to fight!  And I fight hard as hell!!  Want to know why?

Britney Gulley is a female prisoner in Texas.  She is housed in Ad-Seg, which is solitary confinement in Texas prisons.  A few months ago when Britney was housed at the Lane Murray Unit in Gatesville, TX, she wrote a passionate piece which appeared in the San Francisco Bay View, a National Black Newspaper.  The article she wrote was about the horrible living conditions and treatment of wimmin at the Lane Murray Unit, especially those held in Administrative Segregation.

Britney sent out a plea for a help.  I heard her cry for help and I immediately took action.  There are many strong, intelligent, and influential wimmin who aid me in fighting the ultra-corrupt Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  I know a few successful media correspondents and I even contacted my friend Ollie Jefferson, a humyn rights lawyer who has volunteered to help Texas prisoners like Britney who have become victims of this cruel and inhumane solitary confinement environment Texas maintains.  

I asked my friends and comrades to reach out and help Britney!!  But somehow Britney was forgotten about--there just is not enough help for wimmin in Texas prisons!!  Their voices are ignored and sometimes silenced!!

A few weeks ago, Britney attempted suicide!! She was not successful and she has been sent to a mental health treatment facility called Sky View Unit, located in Rusk, TX.  From Sky View Unit Britney wrote another impassioned article that was published in the July 2017 edition of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper.  The article is entitled “Why So Many Suicides at Lane Murray Unit, A Texas Women’s Prison?”

Sisters and brothers, something is very wrong at the Lane Murray Unit located in Gatesville, Texas.  I don’t know about you, but those wimmin’s lives matter to Comrade Malik!!

Sisters and brothers, the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March, which is scheduled for August 19th, 2017 in Washington D.C., provides an excellent opportunity for us to shed a national spotlight on Texas and Lane Murray Unit.  I highly recommend you consider attending this historic event.

In the meantime, I am sending out a call to action for all female media correspondents, activists, and female legislators to contact Lori Davis, the TDCJ-CID Director and demand that Director Davis launch a thorough and fact-finding investigation at the Lane Murray Unit.  I am sending out a plea for help from the United States Department of Justice - Civil Rights Division.  Something is very wrong down here in Texas prisons!!

I am sending out a personal plea to the National Lawyers Guild, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and every feminist in Amerika with a conscience!!  Help me contact Texas legislators!!  We have a special session scheduled for the 85th Texas Legislature to begin July 18th, 2017.

Sisters and brothers, this is an exciting time to live and fight for humyn rights.  Without young people and young voices along with your passion and energy and gifts, the revolution dies!!  Please choose life!!  And as Jesse Jackson would say:  “Keep hope alive!”  

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

What You Can Do
Sisters and brothers, if you want to help solve this ongoing problem, please call the following Texas legislators and voice your concerns.  Thank you!!
Senator Royce West - (512) 463 0123
Senator John Whitmere - (512) 463 0115
Rep Dr. Alma Allen - (512) 463 0744
Rep Garnet Coleman - (512) 463 0524
Rep Rafael Anchia - (512) 463 0746
Rep Marisa Marquez - (512) 463 0638
Rep Trey Martinez Fischer - (512) 463 0616
Rep Harold Dutton Jr. - (512) 463 0510

Bio
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 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 and write to him directly at:

Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington
TDC#: 1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Road #1
Lovelady, TX 75851

Addition from PAPS to Malik's original statement: 

You can write Britney, too: 

Britney Gulley 
TDC #1601283
Skyview Unit 
379 FM 2972
Rusk, TX 75785

Thursday, June 22, 2017

RASHID JOHNSON - URGENT UPDATE!

We have just received word that Kevin "Rashid" Johnson was picked up by Virginia officials and removed from Clements Unit. He is no longer being held by Texas Department of Criminal Justice. WE DO NOT KNOW WHERE HE IS OR WHERE HE IS BEING TAKEN.

Mr. Terry Glenn, Interstate Compact Supervisor
Virginia Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 26963
Richmond, VA 23261-6963
Phone: (804) 887-7866
Fax: (804) 674-3595

Office of the Virginia Attorney General
900 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 786-2071

Call Script

I am calling on behalf of Kevin "Rashid" Johnson, Texas inmate number 1859887 Virginia inmate number 1007485. I am a friend of Mr. Johnson's, and am highly concerned for his well-being and safety. I understand that he was recently taken by Virginia Department of Corrections from Clements Unit in Amarillo, TX.

Where is he being taken? Is he being returned to Virginia where his family would be able to visit him?

I demand that Mr. Johnson be moved to Virginia, that ALL of his property, including ALL his legal materials and his typewriter, be given to him upon his new location, and that his transport be safe and humane.

For more information about Rashid, please go to rashidmod.com 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

"A Marxist Theory From A Prisoners View"- Written by: Spencer Butler



“A Marxist Theory From A Prisoners View”
Written by: Spencer Butler

On page 399 of Marx’s Capital III he states “the justice of the transactions between the agents of productions rests on the fact that the transactions arise as natural consequences from the conditions of production… slavery on the basis of capitalist production is unjust.”
On pages 189 & 470 of Marx’s Capital I and pages 44 & 444 of Capital II he states “free wage labor is the “basis”, the “starting point”, the “fundamental constitution”, the “specific character” of the capitalist mode of production.
On page 217 of Marx’s Interpretation of History by M.M. Baber he states “eager for employment, the idle are in competition with those in the active wage army; and the longer the reserve, the greater the competition, consequently, those employed are compelled to over work and to submit to any terms dictated by the capitalist.  The over work deprives others of employment and swells the ranks of the reserve.  The bargaining power of labor has much to do with wages, but the reserve army has much to do with breaking this power!”
On pages 264 &265 of Marx’s Wealth of Nations II he states “the proletariat (worker, laborer) is plagued by the industrial reserve army by increasing misery and by ravages of ever deepening depression.  It is difficult to see how the masses so circumstanced can form a militant, intelligent unit.  In the eyes of an environmentalist, especially a race of degraded wage slaves is not a race of world builders.”
The capitalist slave drivers here use the free labor and reserve workforce that Marx mentions to cause strife and violence between the inmates in the prison system and therefor causes a wage war that is fought over an invisible dream of privileges and approvals.
Inmates in the Texas Prison System Wage War are divided between aggravatedly sentenced inmates and non-aggravatedly sentenced inmates.  Aggravatedly sentenced inmates qualify for parole after 25% of their sentences are completed while working for the Prison Industrial Complex
The prison system has enough of both inmates that they pit the non-aggravatedly sentenced inmates against the aggravatedly sentenced inmates with parole there for causing a wage war between inmates.  The wage being parole.
If an aggravatedly sentenced inmate refuses to work they are placed in administrative confinement/segregation for no less than six months and a non-aggravatedly sentenced inmate is then placed in the job position previously held by the aggravatedly sentenced inmate, It seems the non-aggravatedly sentenced inmates are the reserve of the wage army Marx mentioned.
As long as the non-aggravatedly sentenced inmates continue to fill the void of the reserve wage army and continue to fill the void of the reserve wage army and continue to make millions to support, uphold, and build the capitalist prison system, the wage wars between inmates will continue.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

HELP RASHID JOHNSON


URGENT CALL TO ACTION

RASHID JOHNSON NEEDS OUR HELP!      

Our friend Rashid is being retaliated against for his prison organizing. He had a shank planted on him (see here or a shorter synopsis for background) which was used as an excuse to take away his legal materials and typewriter. 

Please call the following numbers. You may use the script below.

William Clements Unit
(806) 381-7080 – ask to speak to the warden’s office or if unavailable to property
open 24/7

Region V Director
Phone: 806-296-4500 or FAX 806-296-4521
Ask for Captain Ramirez
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Ombudman’s office
Phone: (936) 437-4927
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Follow up by emailing: ombudsman@tdcj.texas.gov


Hi, my name is _____. I am calling to make a formal complaint on behalf of Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, inmate number 1859887. I am a friend of Mr. Johnson's. I am calling to request that his property, including his legal materials, books, and typewriter, be returned. I believe that being denied access to his legal materials impedes his ability to access legal redress.

I believe that planting a weapon on him and taking his materials is retaliatory for his work exposing wrongful prison deaths.  Regardless, legal materials do not pose a security threat to other inmates or correctional officers, and there is no legitimate security reason to keep him from having access to his books, writings, or typewriter.

I will be following up to make sure that his materials have been returned.

Thank you,

Your name


Follow up by writing. You can use the following letter as a template. Please mail to these addresses:

Mr. Harold Clarke
Virginia Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 26963
Richmond, VA 23261-6963

Mr. Terry Glenn, Interstate Compact Supervisor
Virginia Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 26963
Richmond, VA 23261-6963

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Ombudsman
P.O. Box 99
Huntsville, Texas 77342-0099

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Region V Director's Office
304 W 6th St
Plainview TX 79072

Kevin Scott
Director of Administrative Review and Risk Management Division
PO Box 99
Huntsville, Texas 77342-0099

Warden Kevin Foley
Clements Unit
9601 Spur 591
Amarillo, TX 79107

Offender Access to Courts, Counsel, and Public Officials Department
Vickie Barrow, Program Manager
1060 Hwy 190 E.
Huntsville, TX 77340


Formal Complaint Re: Mr. Kevin Johnson, TDCJ #1859887

I write to make a formal complaint regarding the taking of the property of Mr. Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, TDCJ #1859887.  I am a friend of Mr. Johnson's, and I demand Mr. Johnson’s property, including his legal materials and typewriter be immediately returned to him.
There seem to be two misconceptions regarding Mr. Johnson’s denial of his property: his presence while the property was removed, and whether he was showing “active progression” regarding these causes, a requirement of him being able to keep this property as legal materials.
While in the holding cell and on audio/video recording, Mr. Johnson told prison staff that legal cases that TDCJ staff said were closed had actually been re-filed and that new cases he filed were related to those cases. He provided prison staff with a list of these legal cases/documents on two occasions—March 17 and March 28, 2017, listed here:
1.Johnson v Barrow, et al., cause # CL17001408-00 Richmond, Virginia Circuit Court;
2.Johnson v Virginian, et al., cause # CL17001407 Richmond, VA Circuit Court;
3.Johnson v Flowers, et al., cause # 2:17-cv-054-J U.S. District Court in Amarillo;
4.Johnson v. C. Peters, et al., cause #3:17-cv-00460-AA U.S. District Court of Oregon.
Mr. Johnson also reported to staff that he was researching in order to file a motion under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 60 (b) (4) in an inactive Oregon case, which has no time limit. The confiscation of Mr. Johnson’s legal materials on this research forced him to file his motion on April 14 (after his research materials were confiscated) without the benefit of any of his needed property.
On April 6th, 2017, Mr. Johnson’s property was removed from his cell, while he was held in a different cell. This is a violation of ATC-040 (Rev. 3), page 6 requiring “the offender’s participation” as “essential”, and “mandatory”: “The offender must articulate, justify and verify any questionable property being considered for subsequent storage and fully participate in the review process.”  Mr. Johnson was locked in a different holding cell as prison staff removed what they chose from his cell.
On April 7th, 2017, a disciplinary hearing was held on the (planted) weapons infraction. The hearing was presided over by captain Patricia Flowers, against whom Mr. Johnson has lawsuit #3 listed above, and Mr. Johnson still has grievances pending against her. His “guilt” – even though he has provided an affidavit from another prisoner who attests the ‘shank’ was his and planted in Mr. Johnson’s cell – was established without Mr. Johnson being able to call any witnesses forward or be present at the disciplinary “hearing”.  
Without his presence in the cell, how could the staff make the determination which causes were closed or “inactive”? They cannot say they read the many inches of legal documents because to do so they would have had to have written authorization from the warden stating they were searching for “written contraband,” which was not the basis of their confiscation and which has not been provided.
It is clear to me that the confiscation of Mr. Johnson’s personal property, including his legal materials, is a retaliatory action by prison staff due to the devastating exposure he has, through his research, writings, and lawsuits provided to the public of the illegal and torturous, cruel behavior of TDCJ staff and management.
What will you do to make this happen?
Sincerely,

Monday, May 1, 2017

"To Cause A Disruption"- Written by: Spencer Butler



“To Cause A Disruption”
By: Spencer Butler

During the month of September after waiting for a copy of the September 2016 Issue of Prison Legal News, I finally decided to write the mailroom here at the French Robertson Unit and inquire if the publication was being held and if so for what reason(s).
                Within a few days I received a response stating it was on hold with no other reason, so I then wrote the mailroom back asking wy it was on hold and the response was “due to questionable content” and would be held until the review is completed by the MSCP. (mail system coordinators panel)
                Then on 10-11-16 I received a correspondence denial form for the Summer 2016 Issue of the Inside Books Project Newsletter stating it was being denied because it “would advocate prison disruption”.  On 10-25-16 I received a publication denial notification concerning the Inside Books Project Newsletter being denied specifically because “page 10 contains information on a work stoppage which could cause prison disruption.”
                The rule that is being used to deny these publications is on page 120 of the Offender Orientation Handbook which states © “It contains material that a reasonable person would construe as written solely for the purpose of communicating information designed to achieve the breakdown of prisons through offender disruption such as strikes, riots, or security threat group activity.”
                The Prison Legal News has been in circulation within the Prison System for many years and the editor, columnists and many of the contributing writers are currently or have been incarcerated, so I’m sure they know what is and is not allowed,  (correspondence related) in the prison system.  Prison Legal News as you can tell is a LEGAL publication, so once again I’m sure they know what we as prisoners can legally receive in the mail.
                In regards to the rule I previously mentioned I would like to concentrate on a word and that word is solely.  According the Merriam- Websters Collegiate Dictionary 11th ed the word solely is defined as 1.  Without another 2. To the exclusion of all else.
                The denial form for the Summer 2016 Inside Books Project states the denied issue is on page 10 therefor showing it is NOT written for the sole purpose of anything because with there being 10+ pages the word solely does NOT apply.
                The Prison Legal News publication usually has around 70+ pages and the articles are on several different issues therefor showing once again the word solely does not apply.
                When it states it could cause disruption what could cause a disruption is frivolous rules that are made up, don’t apply and are not used to restrict what little freedom we have as prisoners.
                The issue the denials were based on is a September 9, 2016 peaceful workstoppage that was nationally planned throughout the prison system and the reason this, amongst several other work stoppages have been done in the past and will continue to be done in the future is because of the slavery we as prisoners are forced to do or we are punished.  We receive no pay or good time for our work or any type of earnings, therefor the peaceful work stoppages are done for the purpose of obtaining better treatment, medical, good time, etc.
                If we were treated better and shown some form of appreciation maybe the workstoppages would not happen, so to get to the root of the problem what “could cause prison disruption”; it’s the treatment that inspires us as prisoners to commit to executing and planning the work stoppages that “could cause prison disruption”.
                But plain and simple: the capitalist, imperialist, slave masters that call theirselves the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are where the possibilities of prison disruption originated from.  Not inmates peacefully protesting this by refusing to be slaves.