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End Prison Retaliations

Texas prison officials retaliate against me for protesting prison slavery

By Keith “Malik” Washington

On October 5, 2016, I was transferred to the Telford Unit from the Coffield Unit. At Coffield, I had become the target of a coordinated effort by the State of Texas to retaliate against me for organizing a campaign that seeks to end prison slavery.

There are elements and individuals within the Texas Criminal Justice System that don’t want to acknowledge the humanity of prisoners. The Slave Plantation mentality is deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of the oppressor and the oppressed.

Telford, where I am now housed, is the home of a horrible Solitary Confinement control unit. I was sent to this control unit in order to be neutralized.

Prison officials are also using their new Social Media Ban to punish me when my friends or supporters post any kind of information about me. It is crucially important that you continue to share with the world what is happening to me and to so many other imprisoned Freedom Fighters who are trapped inside Amerikan prisons. This attempt to silence prisoner voices and the voices of our free-world supporters is a gross violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Journalist Raven Rakia, who resides in New York City, actually traveled to Texas to interview me for an upcoming exposť she is working on. Texas prison officials denied her access to me. I just cannot describe to you how dangerous this situation is becoming.

I attempted to place Raven Rakia and other media correspondents and friends on my visiting list. Prison officials denied receiving any updated visitation forms from me.

Sisters and brothers, I cannot fight these people without your help. I am asking you to call the Telford Unit in New Boston, Texas—(903) 628-3171—and demand that I be granted visits from media correspondents, friends, and lawyers. I am requesting that media correspondents and lawyers attempt to visit me and make contact with me so that I can relay to the public how Texas has framed me and isolated me.

Our struggle begins with amending the 13th amendment: we must abolish Prison Slavery in Amerika!

Furthermore, we must confront and question law enforcement agencies who attempt to demonize and criminalize #Black Lives Matter! The murdering of Black people by the police must be addressed.

Prisoner Rights activist Laura Whitehorn said, “Rather than slaughtering Black people outright, the prison system carries out genocide through political repression.”

Sisters and brothers, I am taking a risk by communicating these words to you. I am asking you to do something to help me shed light on the nature of the Texas Criminal Justice System.

Dare to struggle, dare to win! All power to the people!

Write to:

Keith H. Washington #1487958

Telford Unit

3899 State Hwy 98

New Boston, TX 75570