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Shout-out from Malik in Texas to Kwame in Indiana: Support Prison Lives Matter rally July 18

July 8, 2018

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, Chief Spokesperson for End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement

“Those who sell out their people to the highest bidder do not have the same relationship with the power-broker that the 99 percent have. Our response is not patient or conciliatory – it is about chopping off heads and taking no prisoners. I am speaking philosophically here, as warfare is more spiritual than physical. We are so powerful, we can think the enemy into his grave.” – Wanda Sabir, in “’Black Panther’: Reflection on cultural solidarity and historic debt,” San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, March 2018

Comrades across the miles and the misery, dungeon to dungeon, they share their stories and their strength: Kwame Shakur in Indiana and Keith “Malik” Washington in Texas. Let us celebrate and support their efforts and turn out a big crowd for “Prison Lives Matter: In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela” in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 18.

Peace and Blessings, Sisters and Brothers!

All of my life, I have wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. We have been taught to want for my brother what I want for myself. In this moment in history, I want freedom for ALL political and politicized prisoners. Power to the people!

Kwame Shakur is the co-founder and chairman of the New Afrikan Liberation Collective, and he has begun a Prison Lives Matter movement which is holding a remarkable event in Indiana on July 18, 2018. The theme will be “Prison Lives Matter: In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela.”

The intention of holding this event is to draw international attention to the freedom struggles of our long-held political prisoners here in the United Snakes of Amerika. The U.S. continues to strut across the world stage falsely portraying itself as a bastion for human and civil rights.

We all are clearly seeing that these are lies being fed to a blind public. Well, the time has arrived to remove the blinders, remove the rose-colored glasses and open people’s eyes.

Kwame Shakur is the co-founder and chairman of the New Afrikan Liberation Collective, and he has begun a Prison Lives Matter movement which is holding a remarkable event in Indiana on July 18, 2018. The theme will be “Prison Lives Matter: In the Spirit of Nelson Mandela.”

Wake up, Amerikkka! The time for talk about New Afrikan unity is over! Like the great rapper Keith Murray would say: “It’s time for some action!”

Imprisoned comrades such as Jalil Muntaqim, Mutulu Shakur and the venerable Sundiata Acoli have been locked up in Amerikan prisons for far too long. We must not remain silent.

There has been an epidemic of prisoner murders by employees of the Florida Department of Corrections – and legalized slavery is promoted, sanctioned and condoned by the buffoon in the White House.

Meanwhile, here in Texas, we are suffering from deadly heat on a daily basis, with summer temperatures inside these un-air-conditioned units sometimes reaching into the triple digits!

I will give you just one of many, many examples of what I’ve seen here at Eastham Unit: It was just last week that my neighbor practically begged the sergeant on duty for cold water before passing out. We yelled and screamed for AN HOUR before anyone came to investigate the urgent medical situation. When someone finally arrived, the temperature inside the cell was 98 degrees.

Imprisoned comrades such as Jalil Muntaqim, Mutulu Shakur and the venerable Sundiata Acoli have been locked up in Amerikan prisons for far too long. We must not remain silent.

So you can see why it is, in fact, necessary to affirm loudly and publicly that PRISON LIVES MATTER! I am requesting that anti-racists, anti-fascists, anti-imperialists and freedom fighters of every stripe come to Indiana to support us on July 18!

On a personal note, I’d like to inform all of you that July 19, 2018, is my 50th birthday! It would be a wonderful gift to me if you would consider traveling to Indiana to support Kwame Shakur and his comrades!

So you can see why it is, in fact, necessary to affirm loudly and publicly that PRISON LIVES MATTER! I am requesting that anti-racists, anti-fascists, anti-imperialists and freedom fighters of every stripe come to Indiana to support us on July 18!

I leave you as I came: in the spirit of peace. And remember, prison lives matter!

Dare to struggle, dare to WIN. All power to the people.

Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a human rights activist currently incarcerated in Texas. He is a co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement. Malik is a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and he is the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter. Malik is part of the movement to abolish legalized slavery in Amerika and is active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Send our brother some love and light: Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, 1487958, McConnell Unit, 3100 S. Emily Dr., Beeville TX 78103.

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