Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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Behind Enemy Lines

Stories from the prison industrial complex.

Urgent call to action: Rashid says, ‘They are trying to kill me’

From Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana, Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson is pleading for help after being attacked by another prisoner, his personal property being confiscated by prison staff and finally receiving disciplinary charges against him.

The Black Guerrilla Family is not a prison gang but an educational organization

BGF (Black Guerrilla Family) is not a prison gang, as some would have us believe. We dishonor ourselves and our society to forgo discernment and believe blindly what we are told. People are harmed by our complicit agreement with false narratives.

If words are as dangerous as bullets

Eric G. King, a 33-year-old vegan anarchist political prisoner and poet, was arrested and charged with an attempted firebombing of a congressperson’s office in Kansas City, Missouri, in September 2014. As part of his plea and sentencing, Eric publicly and proudly acknowledged that his intent was to take direct political action in solidarity with the community of Ferguson, Missouri, following the August 2014 police killing of Michael Brown Jr.

Jalil Muntaqim: Future focused in Black August 2020

By 2023, the U.S. will be 40 percent “minority,” and 50 percent of the entire population will be under 40 years old. These are the demographics that cannot be ignored as progressives move forward building opposition to institutional racism and plutocratic governing.

Free our sisters now!

From the Buried Alive Project, Dallas Attorney Brittany K. Barnett reflects, “I feel that we’ve spent a lot of time trying to reform things that should be completely reimagined, completely transformed. I’m almost getting allergic to the word ‘reform’ because we’re just tinkering with a broken system.”

Soledad prisoners describe violent raids by 100 guards in full riot gear

CDCR prison officials reign down relentless terror on disenfranchised prisoners, many of them disabled, who suffered extreme brutality, systematic racism and retaliatory practices at the Correctional Training Facility-Central (CTF-C), at Soledad on March 5, 2020, May 19, 2020, and July 20, 2020. Without warning or lawful orders, dozens of prisoners were injured severely, aggravating old injuries and causing new injuries to their bodies.

Federal Bureau of Prisons guilty of deliberate indifference in failing to protect healthy prisoners...

Mandatory quarantine is a requirement for all the prisoners who arrive here at USP Pollock and all prisoners who are preparing to leave – and that means me. I am soon to be released and on my way to San Francisco and transition into accepting the baton of editor of the San Francisco Bay View newspaper.

Soledad covers up its attempted murders of 200 peaceful Black prisoners

Before Warden Craig Koenig ordered a 3 a.m. raid on peaceful Black prisoners at Soledad State Prison, there were no active cases of COVID-19 in the entire facility. Koenig has bragged about his prison being coronavirus-free, which is probably part of the reason that he allowed a transfer of new prisoners into the facility on Aug. 6.

Living for the oppressed

Although KB’s housed in the cell next to me, we hadn’t talked for about a week. He expressed frustration with me. Feeling years in segregation has affected my mind – negatively – in that I don’t seem interested to use my “wits” to get out: of segregation and ultimately prison. He goes for the “be a good boy and they’ll let you out” line. Had to correct him.

Comrade Malik’s Black August message

“Black Men born in the U.S. and fortunate enough to live past the age of 18 are conditioned to accept the inevitability of prison. For most of us, it simply is the next phase in a sequence of humiliations. Being born a slave in a captive society and never experiencing any objective basis for expectation had the effect of preparing me for the progressively traumatic misfortune that lead so many black men to the prison gate. I was prepared for prison. It required only minor psychic adjustments.” – Comrade George L. Jackson

Delbert Africa revolutionary!

He was born under the name Delbert Orr but is known in the world as Delbert Africa, a prominent member of the MOVE Organization. In the ‘70s in Philadelphia, he was perhaps its best known and most frequently cited member.

Soledad: ‘What’s happening in society with Black Lives Matter ain’t gonna happen here’

Their dirty laundry has been aired. The story on sfbayview.com has been viewed by over 50,000 people across the country. Now Warden Craig Koenig of Soledad State Prison and other officials have decided that they’d better come up with a good reason for the brutal 3 a.m. assault on 100-200 Black inmates. The guards made it clear the raid intentionally exposed the men to COVID-19. Emerge the scapegoat: validate prisoners known not to be active in prison culture, including prison gangs.

Second annual People’s Assembly: Revolution vs. reactionary reformism

I open this piece reflecting on the lessons from Chairman Mao because as revolutionary nationalists in the anti-racist-capitalist-imperialist movement, we have failed in recent years. And it is Mao who reminded us that failure is never the fault of the masses but of the cadre.

Black August 2020: All eyes on us to save our youth

From behind the enemy lines, within the “Belly of the Beast” that is the Amerikan injustice system, I invite my fellow prisoners and their families throughout Amerika to celebrate the annual commemoration of Black August. Join together in honoring our beloved martyrs with fasting, studying and sharing Panther Love and knowledge, in the spirit of our fallen comrades.

Soledad’s Black prisoners brutalized in 3 a.m. raid report guards warned, ‘You Niggers will...

A group of Black Soledad prisoners document and denounce the violent and racist attacks by white guards against them and issue various calls to action!

Soledad warden ‘sympathizes’ with furious loved ones of 200+ Black prisoners brutalized in 3...

200+ exclusively Black prisoners were brutally assaulted under Soledad State Prison Warden Craig Koenig’s command at 3 a.m. Monday – Tuesday Koenig reacted with a massive excuse binge after receiving numerous emails from the angry wives about their brutalized loved ones.

Soledad 3 a.m. raid on 200+ Black prisoners

In the pre-dawn hours, white and Hispanic guards at Soledad State Prison in California violently ripped hundreds of Black prisoners from their bunks. The men were slammed around by wannabe commandos in full riot gear, zip-tied and led to the chow hall, without masks, barefoot, wearing only what they’d fallen asleep in.

Twelve years a slave in Texas

Twelve years a slave in Texas. / A living testimony, here I STAND. / Here to show the world that even the people society / throws away have the power and strength to HEAL OUR LAND! ... Happy Birthday, Comrade Malik!

Stop the retaliatory abuse against Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson now!

Demand justice! Demand respect! Demand humanity! Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, made a target of abusive and retaliatory practices back in May for publicizing the dangerous, inhumane and unsanitary conditions perpetrated upon himself and fellow prisoners at Pendleton Correctional Facility, continues to suffer retaliation for speaking truth!

Will Texas Gov. Greg Abbott choose to save lives or save face?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, like many Republican governors across the United States, followed the lead of President Donald J. Trump and pushed to re-open states before the science confirmed that it was time to do so.