by Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington
Please and blessings, Sisters and Brothers!
I cannot lie: These last few months I’ve felt like Schleprock, the character on “The Flintstones” with the dark cloud following him around!
This morning, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, I was awakened by federal correctional officers here at USP Beaumont. I was given a pair of khaki pants, a brown shirt, and placed in handcuffs, leg irons and a “special” black box, which restricts my hand movements.
I am placed on a bus with approximately 30 other prisoners and we begin the long off-and-on drive to Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, in order to catch the Con-Air flight to Oklahoma City (OKC). [He was placed temporarily in Oklahoma until his transfer to his new assigned prison. – ed.]
The drive to Houston was cold, rainy and very windy – the conditions in OK City were much, much worse – so bad that in a very unusual and unprecedented move, the flights were canceled and all three or four buses were ordered to return to their original place or starting point.
The one piece of information that I discovered which I’d like everyone to know is that our “good friends” at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) have chosen to transfer me to USP Pollock, which is located in Louisiana [whereas he had requested transfer to California, where a home and job await him. – ed.]
Of course, I’m disappointed but my revolutionary spirit is far from broken!
USP Pollock is a very violent place, even more dangerous than USP Beaumont, and the facility stays on lockdown nine months out of the year! Wowzie, wowzie, woo woo! Nevertheless, I plan on doing the following when I arrive:
1) Participate in as many programs as I can order to earn as many “good time days” as possible, so I can get out of federal custody ASAP.
2) Stay positive! Stop focusing so much on the negative and focus on coming home to y’all in one piece!
3) Promote the Bay View and continue to serve the people!
Comrades, USP Beaumont is on lockdown until next year! Seriously, no joke. Because Pollock stays on lockdown so much, I’m probably going to be requesting y’all order me some self-help books and other materials to enlighten my celly and me. Please keep a close eye on me and my situation. WE SHALL OVERCOME!
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. Visit his website at ComradeMalik.com. Send our brother some love and light: Keith “Malik” Washington, 34481-037, USP Pollock, P.O. Box 2099, Pollock LA 71467.