Free Houston rapper Romello to be home with his little daughter Hazel
by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington, chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement
Peace and blessings, sisters and brothers!
It’s me! Comrade Malik, your soldier for change reporting in from behind enemy lines. I am currently at the Joe Corley Detention Facility in Conroe, Texas.
The countdown to my final release has begun. I still have a short stretch to do but this is nothing compared to the 12 long and hard years I did inside the Texas state gulag and slave kamp. My support team and I have a saying which is common among abolitionists throughout the world: The struggle continues!
Today, I want to introduce to you an extremely gifted poetic activist named Romello Lee from the incredible and awesome metropolis known as Houston, Texas. Actually, there are many talented and aspiring musicians, artists and community activists on lock. However, Romello’s mature personality and strong character got my attention.
Romello’s story needs to be told and actually heard by the public at large. He has been falsely accused and charged with human trafficking. I know that this may sound controversial to many, but this INNOCENT, young, Islamic man deserves an opportunity to be heard.
If you won’t listen for my sake, then I ask that you listen for the sake of HAZEL, who is Romello’s beautiful and intelligent baby girl. You see, sisters and brothers, I have always been pragmatic and calculating when I ask y’all to help me MOVE on something. When I take a chance on advocating for any cause or any individual, I diligently do my homework and research.
I need y’all to know that Romello went to trial in the state of Texas on these charges and was exonerated! Romello beat not one, but TWO life sentences and six additional charges! I want all of you to think about that for a moment.
Now ask yourself: “If Romello beat these charges in the state by trial, why did the FEDS select him for this modern day lynching and slavery!” You see, sisters and brothers, this modern day lynching of young BLACK males is not something isolated to the state of Texas. On the contrary, this is a pervasive and systemic problem which exists throughout the criminal justice system in Amerika!
Now ask yourself: “If Romello beat these charges in the state by trial, why did the FEDS select him for this modern day lynching and slavery!”
We saw this clearly in the case of Meek Mill and it has continued for decades in the case of our shining prince and imprisoned servant of the people Mumia Abu Jamal! And now we are witnessing this travesty of justice with our brother Romello Lee, aka 4EVA (FOREVER).
Sisters and brothers and comrades in struggle, this freedom campaign is not just about Romello, it is about those who will come after him also. I am talking about the falsely accused women and men who become victims of overzealous prosecutors or ill-intentioned FBI agents seeking promotion and advancement no matter the cost or consequences.
With that said, I want to introduce y’all to my brother in Islam and our comrade in struggle – Hazel’s DAD, Mr. Romello Lee!
Romello speaks: ‘I miss my child; my daughter needs me’
Romello is a rap artist who speaks in the language of rap lyrics. For those of us who may not be familiar with that language, read this like poetry. – ed.
Hello from the other side (Ameen)! This [is a] life of trials and tribulations, not a dollar sign to sin but [when you] sacrifice with an open heart, [it hurts] to be cheated on both sides by selfishness and misunderstandings! What rules the world when you can’t put a price on peace of mind?
Damn, I never envisioned myself incarcerated again, seeking [freedom from] a wrongful conviction, behind bars, through a glass, in a dorm, looking down, dejected and depressed! Sometimes the right thing is the wrong thing, as what’s “wrong” could be righteous. Have you ever been passionate about someone you didn’t know, for no reason? Have you ever owed somebody your life, when they never gave you anything?
My brother Kedrick Johnson mentioned, some people only love you for what you can do for them [– as a] savior. Imagine that they’re talking about the objects you love the most in the whole wide world. I understand it’s your heart by choice, your decision.
Will you always be here, regardless, right or wrong? You wouldn’t want to be here either if you were innocent, would you? I don’t think so, when you’re subjected to viewing killings your first night federally imprisoned.
Shanks, and people being thrown from a second floor balcony! Same blood on these jackie chans (original lowtop vans) may have come from the snake bites, cuts or wounds left open, that they tell “U.S.” (us) to breathe with! But I was hurting too, remember?
Damn, I never envisioned myself incarcerated again, seeking [freedom from] a wrongful conviction, behind bars, through a glass, in a dorm, looking down, dejected and depressed!
Then God shouted, “Forgive” and he’ll see it through, not to lean on my own understanding; my spirit then quivered! (Al-fatihah) I’m doing months/calendars on top of my time, uncharged! But it’s righteous?
For a hired agent to take a stand and lie under oath, not even know the accused victims or suspects’ government info, ages or etc. in a case investigated and on-going for over three years. And so much more against defendant, a man memorable, studied and covered in tattoos that could not be identified!
I know they hate fire vs. fire power. I’m fighting the oppressors! I need y’all help!
I miss my child! My daughter needs me. Not just a voice to put her sound asleep, but to shape, mold and nurture her to prepare her for this world, that is moving way too fast! You have to reverence the womb that bore you!
Now, you’re a long way from a rap battle with the state of Texas! This is not Harris County? You’re detained by U.S. Marshals 25 years to life in the third round? What do you say to the mic? Now do they love you?
Let my sisters and brothers speak for me! (Chant) END PRISON SLAVERY IN TEXAS! forever, foreva. Ex-alias Moreno @rgcmoreno2x www.chestrecords.bandcamp.com/win Song: Eminem – Mockingbird.
Amber Alert! Comrade Malik requests social media support
There are too many children in Amerika who have been left behind FATHERLESS. Too many families destroyed!
Sisters and brothers, we are requesting that you heavily use all social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – to alert the people to contact the federal prosecutors in Houston, Texas (Southern District of Texas) by phone at 713-567-9000, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail at U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, 1000 Louisiana, Ste. 2300, Houston, TX 77002.
Tell them to reduce the charges against Romello Lee or, better yet, drop the charges altogether! Our main goal is to Free Romello Lee and reunite him with his daughter Hazel. We need the media and investigative reporters on this – but most of all, WE NEED YOU!
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 and an activist in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign. Read Malik’s work at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, Joe Corley Detention Facility, 500 Hilbig Rd., Conroe TX 77301.