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Hunger strike logo artist transferred again – to Texas – for vicious beatings and abuse

June 26, 2013

by Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson

This is a bit more dire than the February ordeal, so it calls for at least as much sustained and broad help. (Rashid was abruptly transferred from Virginia, where he’d been held, mostly in solitary confinement, since 1990, to Oregon in February 2012, where he was placed in Oregon’s Orwellian Snake River Correctional Unit, an unvarnished behavior modification program.)

'Schools of Liberation' by Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson, web
Note the prominence of Texas in this drawing, “Schools of Liberation,” by Rashid. Did he have a premonition that he would be going to Texas to found another school of liberation? Click to enlarge.
I was flown here to Texas on June 14, the day after I’d talked to Ben, and wasn’t set for another call for several weeks. It was all timed and premeditated to carry out foul designs.

First I was sent to a prison called Byrd Unit, where, as soon as I showed up, they put me in shackles and cuffed me at the waist so my arms were immobile. Then a goon squad in waiting (hiding) forcibly cut all my hair off. Then they use the fact that I quite predictably resisted to speciously justify sending me to their long term solitary confinement prison called the Estelle Unit, where I remain.

Soon as I got here, I’m met by another goon squad, then cuffed behind and led shackled after a strip search. They then took me into an office where Assistant Warden Wayne Brewer, Major David Forrest and Capt. Jones A. McKee were.

When I promptly asked Brewer who he was, he barked, “Shut up, motherfucker. I’m doing the talking!” I was then immediately attacked by Forrest and McKee who repeatedly choked and hit me in the face and head, while Brewer went into a tirade of curses and threats to “break” me, “kill” me etc.

When I could breathe, I just talked shit back. When they got tired, I was kicked out of the office and taken to a cell by the goon squad, with an injured throat and swollen left jaw. All requests for medical care have been ignored.

California prisoner hunger strike solidarity drawing by Rashid Johnson, Red Onion Prison, Va
This is the famous hunger strike logo Rashid drew for the 2011 mass California hunger strikes when he was held in Virginia’s Red Onion Prison. As the logo is appearing once again for the upcoming July 8 California hunger strike, abuse of prisoners connected with the hunger strike is escalating. While California hunger strike leaders are being fed half portions and awakened every half hour to weaken them physically and their mail censored and property taken to keep them uninformed and disconnected from the outside world, Rashid is transferred to Texas, where he is beaten, his head is shaved and he’s confined alone to a filthy cell.
I have since been subjected to cell and strip searches at least every 30 minutes to two hours around the clock, every day. When I questioned this on June 14, I was promptly met by another goon squad. I came out for the search without issue. Then I was “escorted” back into the cell, laid on the floor in back of the cell out of view of a present portable audio-video camera and punched and kicked several times in the head and face.

The cells are full of mildew and black mold and are roach infested. Prisoners are routinely beaten and abused back here. In fact, the one housed in the cell directly in front of me, Edward Long, 579657, was beaten while handcuffed behind. His right face is bruised and he has a laceration on the left side held shut with suture tape. His left eye is surrounded by a black ring and his back badly bruised.

They stole and trashed my address book with all my contacts’ addresses and numbers.

I protested the haircut on spiritual grounds and was told Texas allows no exceptions. Virginia and Oregon blatantly violated my rights by sending me to a system where they knew I’d be shaved by force when they could have compacted me to a system that has no such requirement. See Gartrell v. Ashcroft, 191 F.Supp.2d 23, 38-40 (2002). Also, frequent searches – even once a day – are illegal. Blonks v. Smith, 790 F.Supp. 192, 194 (1992).

Also, they gave me several bogus charges from Byrd Unit, which McKee, who assaulted me, presided over as hearings officer, refused to let me appear and found me guilty.

Rashid is a co-founder of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party – Prison Chapter (NABPP-PC). Learn more about him, read his essays and see his nationally acclaimed artwork at Send our brother some love and light: Kevin Johnson, 01859887, 264 FM Road 3478, Huntsville, TX 77320.


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