I call upon all those who identify themselves as progressive to recognize the U.S. prison system is an institution generally operated by white supremacists. This has been my experience in both California and New York State prison systems. In fact, on Dec. 4 and 5, 2016, the New York Times published a two-day expose informing the public that the NYS prison system is run by white racists. However, among the many prison systems that function as a bastion of white supremacy, Lucasville, Ohio, is one of the worst in the country.
It is under these conditions that Kevin Rashid Johnson, a staunch advocate for the abolition of prisons, is presently being threatened with the loss of his life. Being held in 23-hour lockdown, Rashid is now in the worst condition of his life, locked away in a system of rabid racists who hate him for being a New Afrikan, a brilliant artist and a revolutionary – anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist. Since being transferred to Lucasville, Rashid has been threatened, his personal property damaged and/or not given to him, and he must constantly be vigilant to avoid being assaulted or murdered either by prison guards or their flunkies who mindlessly function as tools of white supremacy.
I am petitioning the entire progressive community to unite, to band together and say to the world: We will not permit Lucasville to murder Kevin Rashid Johnson.
I am asking every single one of you to call Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and demand Rashid be immediately transferred out of the notorious Lucasville prison. I ask that all of you contact the major Ohio newspapers and news outlets and urge them to find out why Kevin Rashid Johnson’s life is being threatened.
We, collectively, need to shine a spotlight on Kevin Rashid Johnson, and let all know Rashid belongs to the people, that progressive people around the world support him and refuse to sit idle and let Rashid be murdered in Lucasville, Ohio!
Remember: We Are Our Own Liberators!
To contact Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine: Call the governor’s office at 614-466-3555. You will be prompted to go to his website to write out your message, at https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/contact/contact-us. Do that, but ALSO LEAVE A PHONE MESSAGE: Tell the governor to transfer Kevin Johnson, A787991, out of Lucasville Prison immediately before he is murdered!
Jalil A. Muntaqim, legendary analyst, theorist and stategist, author of “We Are Our Own Liberators,” veteran of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, co-founder of the Jericho Movement, born in Oakland, raised in San Francisco, survived 46 years in prison, from 1974 to Oct. 7, 2020. Learn about his current campaign at SpiritofMandela.org and join in preparations for the International Tribunal on Oct. 22-25, when “We Charge Genocide” again.