by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington

“The white cop in the ghetto is as ignorant as he is frightened, and his entire concept of police work is to cow the natives. He is not compelled to answer to these natives for anything he does; he knows that he will be protected by his brothers, who will allow nothing to stain the honor of the force. When his working day is over, he goes home and sleeps soundly in a bed miles away – miles away from the niggers, for that is the way he really thinks of black people.” – James Baldwin, “No Name in the Street,” 1972

Peace and blessings, sisters and brothers!

When Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Executive Director Bryan Collier, Correctional Institutions Division Director Lorie Davis and Office of the Inspector General Joint Terrorism Task Force member Nick Vaughn contrived the plot to kidnap me from Ramsey 1 Unit on June 22, 2018, at 4:30 a.m., they figured that no one would notice, no one would care and, if questioned about the strange occurrence, they would claim plausible deniability.

The Twin Towers and the Pentagon explode before our eyes on 9/11. Thousands of innocent human beings die. Osama bin Laden is blamed, Saddam Hussein is captured and killed, and Iraq is raped and pillaged before our eyes. No weapons of mass destruction found and former FBI Agent Colleen Rowley sheds light on the fact that the Bureau knew and could have stopped 9/11, but allowed it to happen. Am I lying?

Stephen Paddock executes well over 50 in Las Vegas. Now we have evidence that a female FBI or CIA agent was with Paddock. Something is festering and rotten here! I am no conspiracy theorist. I subscribe to historical dialectical materialism. I don’t drink the kool-aid – do you? Wake up Amerika!

When my supporters and friends questioned the TDCJ Ombudsman about my dismissal from the Ad-seg Transition Program for no apparent reason, the Ombudsman began speaking about a mental health program. We made it clear that we were not referencing any question on my mental health, but such bait and switch tactics were a part of the plan.

To Collier, Davis and Vaughn, I have become a thorn in their side and with this being an election year, crooked ass Attorney General Ken Paxton threw his support behind the “clandestine” op. “Silence that nigger!”

Now, since I’ve arrived at McConnell Unit, I’ve been classified as a high profile inmate. I am subjected to a horribly degrading regimen of strip searches every time I leave my cell.

The officers here have been instructed to degrade and dehumanize me. When I go to the shower I’m stripped before leaving my cell. All this is on digital video camera!

To Collier, Davis and Vaughn, I have become a thorn in their side and with this being an election year, crooked ass Attorney General Ken Paxton threw his support behind the “clandestine” op. “Silence that nigger!”

What is remarkable is that when I get into the one-man shower and locked inside with only my boxers, shower shoes, soap, washcloth and towel, I’m made to strip naked again! I’ve observed many officers smiling and giggling at me! This hurts!

In over 10 years inside Texas prisons, I have ​never​ assaulted an officer, ​never​ have I escaped, ​never​ have I held hostages, ​never​ have I disrespected women – so why are these white supremacist bigots doing this to me? Can you answer that?

So Nick Vaughn and his buddies at DHS, FBI and OIG are suffering from what is termed as implicit bias.

I’m Black, a Muslim and intelligent. I am a socialist, a comrade and friend to anarchists, I fight alongside LGBTQ people. I struggle hard against this “orange menace” in the White House and I’m not going to shut up until they kill me or I die. End prison slavery now!!

In over 10 years inside Texas prisons, I have ​never​ assaulted an officer, ​never​ have I escaped, ​never​ have I held hostages, ​never​ have I disrespected women – so why are these white supremacist bigots doing this to me? Can you answer that?

I’ve been pleading for legal representation because what is happening to me is more than just wrong; it is absolutely illegal! There was no due process when I was kidnapped at Ramsey 1 Unit! I have yet to attend a State Classification hearing to be told why this is happening.

The last contact I had with TDCJ State Classification was when SCC Chairperson Kelly Enloe smiled in my face on May 17, 2018, and told me that her recommendation was to let me go! Release me from Ad-seg!

On June 8, 2018, I received the final disposition from State Classification. I sent this confirmation to my close friend and comrade Julie Schneyer from Blue Ridge ABC. The disposition read: “Release from Ad-seg and transfer to Ad-seg Transition Program.”

Sisters and brothers, I can tell you this: The prison officials here at McConnell Unit have been given the green light to do whatever they can to break my will to resist. This cell and cell block I’m currently housed in is a sweltering hot box!

The HVAC system has been in disrepair for years and when Prisoner Advocate Joan Kain questioned Gov. Gregg Abbott about these conditions, Executive Director Bryan Collier lied and told Joan I am housed in a comfortable environment with tempered air!

This dirty ass liar needs to be fired immediately!

Sisters and brothers, I can tell you this: The prison officials here at McConnell Unit have been given the green light to do whatever they can to break my will to resist. This cell and cell block I’m currently housed in is a sweltering hot box!

Sisters and brothers, do you realize that I have filed a lawsuit in federal court because this inoperable and malfunctioning HVAC system at McConnell Unit has created conditions which constitute cruel and unusual punishment?

I’m not going to drag on and on. I am going to stop right here and request that you help me secure an attorney and ​protest​ these unconstitutional acts. The phone number here at McConnell Unit is 361-362-2300 and the email for Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott is ​agency_constituent_responses@gov.texas.gov.

I’m not going to drag on and on. I am going to stop right here and request that you help me secure an attorney and ​protest​ these unconstitutional acts.

Sisters and brothers, don’t settle for the “brush off” tactics. Let’s press for meaningful answers and accountability of prison officials who have been allowed to trample all over my constitutional rights and subject me to treatment and conditions which rival those at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay!

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

Keith “Malik” Washington is co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign and deputy chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com and a story about him on PAPS Blog. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 1487958, McConnell Unit, 3100 S. Emily Dr., Beeville TX 78103.

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