FUCK YOUR SYSTEMS – by Comrade K@do

Do you take sunshine for granted? I don’t In the 6+ years of solitary confinement now coined “Restrictive Housing” due to “legal push back”, I’ve had zero sunlight. The 4+ years prior to that in General Population was much the same. “Short staffed” is often the excuse, but the staffing explanation isn’t even necessary as, much to my disdain, people simply lay down and accept this! It’s a push, a nudge, a testing of the fortifications. The elitists for time immemorial have patiently tested methods of control and subjugation. Like a slow boil to a toad in the pot these methods have reached the boiling point and the people simply take what’s crammed down their throats. Those who don’t take it laying down think they’re in the action but fail to realize they’ve swallowed whole an indoctrination of propaganda and lies thus too becoming a tool for the very machine that oppresses and manipulates us all to its agenda. Systems which are created by the minds of elitist pigs can not be “reformed”. They simply must cease to exist. Pursuit of “legal” actions is pro-system and anti-freedom. The legal action to end inhumane solitary in Texas was successful in changing the name of solitary to “Restrictive Housing”. I see no change. I’m still here.

Noah Coffin #1795167

Eastham Unit

2665 Prison Road 1

Lovelady, Texas 75851

IG: @comradekado

Fight The New Normal – by Noah Coffin

Covid-19, whether real, imagined or blown outta proportion, there lies behind this scene a very real threat to us all non-elite. Check out Senate Bill HR 6666 116 Congress. If that doesn’t give you cause for pause, then this chip patent Code 060606 should. The well-known elitist Bill Gates is funding Powerhouse behind its production. Further, this guy is the man behind the curtain for the Imperial College London, which is where all statistics aired on mainstream media outlets (all of which in the past have been far below actual numbers), are modeled. Over in China Covid-19 immediately ended all protests in Hong Kong, Wuhan and another major city close by. Convenient.

Following the “pandemic” one could easily see that people are being especially agreeable with anything governments implement, while too accepting “stimulus bills” without question or protest. Trillions of tax dollars have been now used by government without so much as question from the frightened sheep in the United States. For your thoughts, 330 million residents reside here in the USA, give or take. A mere $1,200 was given to each pending approval. The 2.2 trillion dollar bill could have allowed a million each without touching the change on that bill!! Corporate America is booming while little guys like Mom-and-Pop stores go under.

Bill Gates has recently invested in medical supplies, along with many elite entities, but did so a month or more before this “pandemic” struck. Wake up out there!!! People have died, sure. Yet each year there’s between 40-100 thousand flu deaths in America alone. Sucks, but don’t let government use fear to tighten the leash on you. “Never allow a good crisis to go to waste” – a very familiar statement. Socialism = Communism & Communism = Totalitarianism. Resist government control or be forever held prisoner by those freedoms you’ve relinquished to them. People seem to forget that governments only are as powerful as you let them be. All this Dog & Pony Show politics have created complacent and ignorant fools ready to believe any load of crap their favorite candidate puts out. Bill Gates openly speaks for population control. Do you trust guy making some vaccine for you? Check out those before mentioned bills, folks. It’s about to get real. Don’t be beaten by fear. It’s the type of weapon which time and time again elitists have used to win wars they couldn’t otherwise overcome. Don’t give up without a fight. Follow the money and you’ll see what’s really going on.

If you have family or friends locked up in prison or jail wherever – contact them. These are conditions where any kind of flu can be serious. Congested environments are breeding grounds for disease and prison is an ugly place to die. It’s oppressive, it’s lonely, hostile.

In closing, how about Gregg Abbott? Whether parole eligible or not, Mr. Abbott states, “We’re not letting anybody go”. I feel for anyone who came here with 2-years and dies of Covid-19. Parole is a joke when it’s “discretionary”.

Noah Coffin #1795167

Eastham Unit

2665 Prison Road #1

Lovelady, Texas 75851

END UNPAID LABOR: Stop Working for Free in TDC!!

Houston was right to reject a contract with a state program that exploits inmate workers. American businesses often bemoan the struggle to compete with companies making products in foreign countries where weak worker rights drive down the cost of labor.

Profiting off the exploitation of workers is as unfair as it is immoral. So why do we still allow it in Texas? It’s a question getting renewed attention after the Chronicle reported last week about two Houston city council members who took a quiet stand against the practice and won! As the Chronicle’s Dylan McGuiness reported, a low bid by the Texas Dept. of Minimal Justice on a deal to replace tire treading on city vehicles raised red flags for council members, especially Abbie Kamin.

As Kamin soon learned, the state agency was able to outbid the competition because it doesn’t just underpay its workers. With few exceptions, it doesn’t pay workers at all. In Texas, it seems, taking a person’s liberty isn’t punishment enough. We force them into servitude too.

Kamin and fellow council member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz quietly sent the contract back to Mayor Sylvester Turner and asked him to put out a new request for bids with language requiring compensation for workers. At the end of October, the city selected a private vendor, whose $4.6 million bid came in at about $422,000 more than TDCJ’s. We commend the city officials who chose the right thing, but that’s not where this should end.

The move should send a message to Texas officials and to anyone who profits off the work of unpaid incarcerated workers. It’s time to end this practice that carries the shameful tinge of slavery and the remnants of our state’s ugly history of convict leasing.

Texas is one of only five states, all in the south, where workers in correctional facilities are not paid. In 45 other states, the average minimum wage for the inmates is about 85 cents a day and the average maximum is $3.45, Wander Bertram, a spokesperson for the Prison Policy Initiative told the editorial board.

In Texas, which has one of the nation’s largest prison populations, any TDCJ inmate who is physically able to work is required to, but all are unpaid except inmates participating in the Prison Industries Enhancement certification program. They receive between $8.42 and $10.82 per hour, with the bulk of that going to pay for room and board, crime victim compensation and taxes. Currently 66 inmates are in that program. The 122,000-odd other offenders in TDCJ custody get NO PAY for jobs that include picking crops, making soap, building furniture and working in a tire retreading factory.

Their labor helps make the TCI one of the most profitable in the country. In the 2019 fiscal year, TCI reaped $73.8 million from sales from items such as mattresses, shoes, garments, brooms, license plates, soaps, furniture, and services including the installation of furniture and metal fencing and refurbishing school buses. The money goes to providing cost savings to the TDCJ and other eligible entities while providing incarcerated offenders with post-release employment readiness to increase their reentry success, according to the TDCJ website. The state is profiting from forced, free labor, just as it did during the racist Jim Crow-era system of convict leasing, in which black people were imprisoned often for violating unjust laws, leased by the state to companies and made to work without pay in sugar cane fields and railroads. It was wrong then, and it is wrong NOW.

Loss of freedom is already punishment for crime. We should not strip human beings of the dignity that comes from being compensated for work. There is value in vocational training and certification programs for incarcerated people and in the simple task of working, which can provide those in prison with a sense of purpose and structure. But denying incarcerated workers pay does nothing to aid rehabilitation or reentry into society.

More than 260,000 people have signed a petition calling for the end of prison labor, which was also a key demand during the 2018 Nationwide Prison Strike. This week, federal lawmakers were expected to introduce a joint resolution that would begin the process of amending the Constitution to update that language in the 13th Amendment that allows involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime. “We must take an overdue step towards those principles by ending the loophole in our ban on slavery”, Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat and one of the Resolutions sponsors, tweeted on Wednesday.

“No slavery, No exceptions”. That’s what my #abolitionamendment will do. If the proposal fails in committee during the current congress, Merkley told the Associated Press he plants to revive it next year. We urge congress to pass the resolution. In Texas, state representative Alma Allen plans to file a bill that would set pay standards for prisoners. A similar bill, which would have set a minimum pay of $1 per day, never made it out of committee last session.

When lawmakers convene in January, they’ll have another chance to do the right thing, both morally and economically in a state that loudly espouses the virtues of economic competition. Exploiting workers is wrong the world over – in China, in Bangladesh, and yes, in the Great State of Texas.

So lay it down Darrington. All eyes are on you. Make history now. Lay it down. You don’t have to work any more until you get your demands met.


Dear Anarchists – by Comrade Z

Dear Anarchists,

I come to speak about the personal stand that I am making against this slave camp. It is a known fact: Julio A. Zuniga, a.k.a. Comrade Z, is a certified member of IWW-IWOC. Said wobbly, is in fact a known activist to raise awareness about dangerous and illegal working conditions for any human being or animal. For the past months of the Coronavirus outbreak “Z” has been very effective in raising awareness and bringing in outside organizers to test, feed, clean, spray for insects, get phone calls, expose cruel and unusal treatment of offenders, reporting suicides and anything that is oppressive to the populace and reporting it to organizers and activists. We need organizers to register on TexasPrisonPhone.com and for media outlets to register to assist in organizing a strike at Dirty Darrington Farm. We need people to come and express solidarity on these grounds. We want the community to work to abolish solitary confinement, abolish disgusting work conditions and disgusting administrators who are abusing their positions and mistreating the workers at the Trustee Camp, like Lt. Wilcox and Major Penkowsky, who is the farm administrator. We need Sgt. Estrada and Sgt. Williams investigated for sanctioning the use of body-slamming offenders in hand restraints. Just this past weekend (October 15-20) it occurred. Its shakedown team officers Sandoval, Obaseki and others that are finding it real easy to assault inmates for no reason. We need these tactics that killed George Floyd to end here in this slave camp. Workers who do not have energy after slaving on the camp do not pose a threat in hand restraints. This needs to be taken directly to the regional director and the state capital. Their design has failed society and only serves their personal interests. I find myself with minimal means in combating the entire population. I need everyone to rise up and bring the heaviest, hardest campaign of love and solidarity. We need people out there to insist and encourage all members of the prison population in Texas to stop working for the state of Texas for free. They are abusing their power and using violence to keep slaves scared of them so they don’t try to say or do anything to expose them. You know what I say? Fuck Warden Armstrong, fuck Asst. Warden Chevalier and Warden Powers. Fuck Major Pharr and Major Gooden, the walking sexual harrassment himself. Fuck Captain Cooper, Lt. Brooks, Lt. Wilcox, Lt. “Dumbo”ya. Fuck classification for abusing the mentally ill. Fuck all of these motherfuckers. Let me show you all what “workers power” can do. This is a call to arms. Without you, I’m standing against all of these people alone. Register your #s. Help me organize this all out strike. We are not being treated the way a worker should be. People are being forced to work under threat of violence, under threat of solitary confinement and starvation. If this is policy, then all of their PREA posters and logos need to be removed, because administration is raping everyone. We need outside families to acknowledge that this is not justice. It’s racist, it’s slavery, it’s also a death camp. I will do everything to expose each member of TDCJ-Darrington in all their Confederate ideology. We live in 2020, not 1933. With all the suicides occurring, why nobody is asking for these warden’s resignations is beyond me. I need some serious communication with hardcore abolitionists who have time to agitate with me steadily. The more the merrier. We’ve got a lot of work to cover and without communication this is just getting worse by the minute. Last but not least, I am wondering how my ideology get’s retaliated against. For trying to do good for the workers, my tattoo magazines get denied. I noticed that while they say it is “sexually explicit” material, even though it’s not. Ms. Ford denies my 1040 forms and the guy behind me, I watched her give him books on “pimpology”, Penthouse and little naked women photos. I had just had a conversation with her about them retaliating on me for being an IWW-IWOC member. She denies it, yet the “sexually explicit” material is only being held from me. Solidarity in the form of a 1040 is sexually explicit? This is retaliation and I need it addressed by fellow workers. In the meantime, I need to begin organizing a strike for Squad 4/5 on H-Line, for abusive treatment of workers and foul working conditions with no safety equipment and a lack of medical treatment for the sick. We need help and I’m waiting for someone to help me steadily push this issue. All available hands on deck. To all fellow workers that have catapulted me this far, thank you. I appreciate y’all for the love and solidarity. These are the names of the entire operation’s slave drivers who do not advocate for better portions of food, safety equipment or medical: Lt. Sylvester, Sgt. Gilbert, Sgt. Irvan, Officer Eleoba, Officer Ellis and Officer Gipson. Field squad and Major Penkowsky need to get to know us pretty well, starting now. Please do not take this lightly and do not hesitate to attack the farm on your own terms. I can use all the help I can get.



Julio A. Zuniga #1961551

Darrington Unit

59 Darrington Road

Rosharon, Texas 77583

IG: @julioazunigaart


Darrington State Farm, est. 1933: a call for Texas prisoners and anarchists – by Julio. A. Zuniga

This is for all the suffering in TDCJ torture chambers across the state.

In this struggle, you can’t stay quiet. Speak up, reach out,

let your anarchist seeds sprout.

Welcome to Rosharon, Texas, a scar on the landscape of Texas’ nature, a place where human slavery continues and of which the thousands of acres of land were acquired by the infamous slave labor contracting of the late 1890s and early 1900s. Late in 2019 Darrington’s sister units in Sugarland, Texas unveiled its racist face when the remains of 95 contract slave labor inmates were stumbled upon behind an elementary school, a cold reminder and slap in the face to the African-American communities of the present time and human race in general. Prisons are monuments dedicated to slavery, oppression, and repression, the list is much too long, but the prie of the Texas Department of Minimal Justice marches on as it has back then. Only politicians, wardens, and administration profits from its slave labor.

If you are a simple minded man as I, you’ll know that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is anything but justifiable for slavery, torture, murder, abuse, etc. Therefore I say: “Abandon all hope all ye who enter here” is the motto I coined for this system born in Texas, in honor of the Sugarland 95 who’s voice is now the voice I will rely upon to shut this unit down. The death of 95 units in Texas wouldn’t begin a grain of salt’s worth of healing, but would be a start to repaying for their deaths. Contract slave labor accumulated roughly 70,000 acres of land for Texas Department of Corrections. It’s time to honor the slaves by changing this ancient racist regime of oppression. Starting today, in the midst of a recession and pandemic of Covid-19 ravaging the world and its inhabitants, the impact of these thoughts are my reality and my only hope, in achieving these tasks.

Anarchist Mongoose Matt, a solid and dear friend of mine, asked me a question that spawned at the most critical moment, “What would TDCJ gain from paying slaves wages for their various jobs that really belong to the corrections officers?”. I’m no inventor or academic. I’m uneducated, so please forgive me if I don’t know how to perform proper writing etiquette or composition, but I do have an idea, an idea I actually shared with Dirty Darrington population members of SWBSC, which I’m sure got laughed at. Not all were laughing though. Some came back and shared with me their personal thoughts and opinions. I was relieved and grateful for their courage to speak up on it.

Solitary Confinement, B Line, 3 Row, 8 Cell at Dirty Darrington – I was going fucking nuts, battling roaches, killer dust, crazy Cos, starvation, noise, fires, flooding, lockdowns, torture, torture, torture, day in day out. Only time I had my welcomed conversations came from some of the toughest men I’ve ever met. Respect is unlimited but mostly love is unlimited. Now, before I continue, it is possible their kindness was motivated by their faith but it was enough to drive my brain into iconoclastic individualism and anarchism, and that’s not something you see everyday, or year. It’s a shame.

If our safety was in their best interest, you’d be paid to work your asses off for the state, so you wouldn’t have to hustle for hygiene, or a soup. Contraband is a form of currency. They know this. It’s another control tool for them to keep you here. I’m for the hustle, but when it’s used as an entrapment tool and you don’t realize you’re the victim of it, who wins?

Too many good men are missing out on real incentives Texas government is stripping you of every year. While you slave their farms, their pockets grow huge, while you starve and wither, your broken heart’s swallowing pride, when you can be receiving what is rightfully yours. Freedom. I’m calling on organizers today to spread the good word across Texas prisons, to stop slaving for TDCJ. Anarchism will lay it down. Anarchism will defy your slave driver, stop and demand your good time/work time credits, demand better food, demand fairness in UCC committees, demand better health care, demand wages for slave labor to increase the livelihood of indigent offenders, demand better clothing, radios, shoes. Demand it for the future of Texas Department of Minimal Justice. The state has bled you of all humanity.

How much longer will you love your slave masters for denying you your family? It’s cruel and unusual punishment. Your faith allows you certain foods that comply with religion. Demand it. Do it now. Lay it down and demand the capital give back and don’t slack. We are so far behind in the criminal justice system. All 49 states behind us are laughing while they freely buy chips and dip with cash from their commissaries. You must see the vision and end Texas criminal justice. Now!

No matter how, or when, strike. Strike now. No mercy. Do not let these political pigs keep us down. Your good time/work time is a control tool that criminologists created to keep you docile, mind fucking us all while you suffer. They create new ways to break your spirit, beginning with the TDCJ director on down: wardens, majors, captains, lieutenants. Doesn’t matter the title, all are here to make you lash out, fuck up, so they can smile at you and send you to an endless downward spiral of solitary confinement to break you, keep your mind off of the most important things in life: family, solidarity, equality, rehabilitation. Nothing is sacred in their eyes. All you are is an algorithm, a statistic, a number, a slave. How much longer?

These “cease to speak or cease to breath” tactics are no longer something I fear. I’m moving forward as a single voice against the peace and dignity of the state, to take back what was taken from us all. Freedom.

Rise to the top. Hunger strike, work stoppage, you have more to gain than you have to lose, and in my eyes we’ve lost way too much for far too long. Lay it down, Texas. Regain privileges. Regain peace of mind. Regain freedom.

Julio A. Zuniga #1961551

Darrington Unit

59 Darrington Road

Rosharon, Texas 77583

Conquering Without War: World Rulers’ Tactics of Control – by Noah “Comrade K@do” Coffin

One of the oldest writings on how to apply force, oppression, and dominance over others would be Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Though written many thousands of years ago the rulers of today’s world continue to utilize the cold, cruel and efficient logic to their approach in subduing an opposing force or an unruly mass of citizens under their “governance”.

To win a conflict without going to battle was considered by Sun Tzu to be the greatest victory. Some examples of this logic applied in grizzly detail would be the intentional spread of disease. One of the oldest recorded instances of a disease being weaponized was 1343 AD when East Central Asian tartars invading Crimea catapulted their own infected and dying of “The Black Death” or Bubonic Plague into strongholds of besieged Crimeans. The result was simply a waiting game. Skip a hundred years or so into the future and see smallpox do its dirty work throughout the Americas.

While biological warfare certainly still exist today, there are more stable, efficient means of winning without war and as little collateral damage possible. After all, governments are made rich and powerful on the backs of their citizens and by the spilt blood of their military men, women, etc. Make no mistake, every government rules its own people, be it by force or coercion. Whether or not the government is powerful enough to rule others through its politics, coercion, or tariffs, embargos, etc. it rules its own. The purpose of this article is to get you to question whether or not you yourself or others around you are in fact for “Freedom and Autonomy”, or are you promoting totalitarianism and the control of the masses?

Often I receive material that baffles me from folks claiming to be a voice for freedom from oppression or governmental rule. Why the confusion? In the same blurb I see cries for liberation and then support of Communism or Marxist (which is but red fascism) policies or rule. Please feel free to search history or find any modern Marxist, Communist ruled country in which you would like to be. China? Russia? Cuba or Venezuela? (Make the point that the latter is a collapsing “socialist” nation and I will educate you on Karl Marx’s own admittance in his and Friedrich Engels’ manifesto that socialism is the transition state between capitalism and communism, which is why following Venezuela’s collapse; Russia, Cuba and China have military boots on the ground there supporting Nicolas Maduro) Better yet, find any instance in history long past where governments with such absolute power over every aspect of peoples lives have not tyrannical. Don’t worry – I’ll wait.

I cannot fully blame those who’ve swallowed that pill whole because the new, improved method (although not brand new) of winning a fight without war is manipulation. There are a few fool-proof avenues for manipulation. That would be pulling heart strings and of course through an age old method of using organized religion. (While people have their beliefs, I’m in no way trampling on that, as I have my own, however I vehemently stand against organized religion, which has subjugated peoples, misled and coerced an infinite number of people into countless wars and oppression, as well as caused more turmoil than any standing government today, for organized religion is the ultimate example of rulership) Then of course there’s fear, which caps off my point here.

This Coronavirus nonsense has stricken fear into the hearts of the public around the world. Hong Kong’s protests against communist China were crushed without a thrown punch. Hysteria has people not only buying up masks (which openly stated upon the packaging does not stop Covid-19), sanitizer, and other nonsensical items, which people like Bill Gates and his elitist ilk have recently invested billions of stocks of, but also violently doing “police work” for the government, forcefully removing non-mask wearers or violators of this police state policy from public places. Sadly enough there are “snitch lines” ringing off the hook city-by-city across the USA of “friendly neighbors” reporting violators of the police state policy. All of this is conditioning people!

Yes, people have died having Covid-19. People die while having seasonal flu every single season! On average 100,000 for the past 10 years in the USA alone have died having flu viruses. However, Covid-19 is just that – a flu. The fact that the governments are utilizing that fear so effectively as to weaponize and even deputize people has sent me at a loss. A simple fact is this – there are millions of viruses in every breath of air you breathe, somewhere between 1.6 million and 40 million viruses in every cubic meter of air you walk through. Unless you live in an air locked, sanitized environment that would rival the space station, I am here to tell you – you’re breathing in and your body is beating millions of flu viruses constantly. You know how many dust particles are in the air of your car? Know how far some of them have traveled to get there? Guess how many viruses reside on one single particle? We’re being played and playing along. I’ve read “anarchist” papers calling for lock downs. I’ve read papers of “people’s liberation” subject matter promoting and calling for their own control. Wake up people – you’re losing a fight while fighting for the system.

I know a thing or two about absolute rule, also about “social distancing” or the “effectiveness” of it against Covid-19. I reside in solitary confinement, now coined Restrictive Housing, following he outcry of the inhumane practice of the former, but everything but the terminology remains as it has been. I can touch the peeling paint on both walls without extending my arms all the way and its two short steps from rusted iron bars to sink/toilet combo. I eat, sleep, dream and “live” here alone 24/7. I have for over 6 years. Many others have contracted that Covid-19 flu here despite the mask and gloves or fogger contraption spraying “vitaloxcide”, whatever the hell that is. None of that will stop a flu virus. So plenty here on my fell block have contracted and overcome Covid-19. It’s much the same as every flu season I’ve seen for the past 10 years on the inside. Some get flu and no big deal. Some get the flu (a very low percentage) and it’s not so good. The difference between my own social distances and the way mask wearer, glove and gown sporting people of the public go about it is the contrast between a democratic nation and a communist nations’ way of rule. See – in places with “democracy” coercion is applied. Utilizing media or even religion as an organized push, or fear, the government can obtain the desired control. Communist countries use brute force and Hong Kong citizens (however heartfelt and tragically brief their resistance was) know now how stark those contrasts can be.

So in the close of this little rant, take it from someone that knows what being controlled utterly is like. Don’t welcome it from any form of government. Don’t send me anything promoting communism because I’m a freedom fighter and government to include communism, socialism or by any name is the antithesis of freedom.

In Love and Rage

Solidarity Forever,

Comrade Kado

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Eastham Unit

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Community, Not Communism – by K@DO

Regardless of what the system may have people believe, kindness and sharing are naturally present aspects of humanity. While there is surely rogue personalities, even at young ages, a very real truth is until those traits are replaced by “society”, even children share and care naturally. (Ever seen a kid skin their knee and sit down to cry only to be joined by another out of guileless empathy?) It benefits ruling elites to make you feel that without their governance, those acts of community, sharing and kindness are unattainable. Their system of class, wages, and “society” condition us to believe it is true. Don’t fall for propaganda. Share and be kind because you want to, but never allow that to be “regulated”. That’s anti-freedom.

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Interview with Julio A. Zuniga aka Comrade Z, as heard on The Final Straw Radio episode “Anarchist Resistance In Prison”, April 23 2020

  1. Would you please introduce yourself for the audience? Who you are, where you are, how you got there?

Hello Everyone, Thank you for having me on The Final Straw. It’s an honor. My name is Julio A. Zuniga. Alex is what everyone calls me, or Comrade Z for those who are standing with me 10 toes down in solidarity.

I am a survivor of B-Line solitary confinement at Dirty Darrington Unit and currently trying to reach out to activists and anarchists in the area who can help me organize a statewide work stoppage. Enemy of the State and of the Dirty Darrington administration, my whole heart and soul is hellbent on bringing the attention of the entire nation to the administration and it’s human rights violations, cruel and unusual punishment, physical assaults by staff, mailroom policy changes, inadequate law library, commissary price gouging, infestation of roaches, mice and spiders, sewage leaks in the cells, constant power outages, the list goes on and on. The torture tactics are of primary concern because it’s driving people to die by suicide. So far it’s been 1 suicide per year since I’ve been here. How I got here was because abolitionists in East Texas rose up against Telford Unit, for Housing Administrative Segregation inmates at that facility without telling the surrounding community about it. They were against it. People of New Boston, TX and Texarkana found out about TDCJ housing G4 and G5 offenders because an Officer Davison was murdered by a solitary confinement offender who was being tortured by Telford Unit by withholding his mail and refusing him basics he needed, like food. This caused the entire town to begin the takedown of wardens and the torture of all inmates by using lockdowns for 90 days or more, then by stopping all hot meals for an entire year in 2017. So, since that officer died in 2015, it was the people who brought forth change to that unit. It is now a pre-release unit, no administrative segregation offenders and no solitary confinement. I was not blessed with any kind of support, so I intentionally got into trouble just so they could ship me off. Best move I ever made, so I thought. However, that is how I ended up here.

  1. What can you tell the listeners about Darrington Unit and your experience being held by the TDCJ?

The Dirty Darrington Unit is a hub unit. Thousands of inmates pass through here weekly, transferring to other units, coming off of UTMB Medical Branch at Galveston, or Psyche Unit Jester 4. Some of them are bleeding, soiled in feces and urine. All mentally ill persons coming off Jester 4 have had no kind of hygiene for over 3 days. All these lay over cells are so unsanitary it takes a healthy person 24 hours to get sick by sleeping in one of these cells. There is nothing humane about that. They usually house people with wrong custody levels, endangering lives at will, resulting in physical and sexual assaults. It’s Dirty Darrington’s specialty.

I encourage you to ask administration how many lives Dirty Darrington has claimed because they refused to help suicidal inmates. Also, how administration uses offenders to snitch on others with a false hope of beating a disciplinary case, then throw them back into population, leaving them to kill themselves behind the dishonor. On the 2nd week of November 2019, a guy killed himself after spilling the beans on others. When he asked them to help him because he felt suicidal, they ignored him. This is the suicide I witnessed that really proved verbatim the words Sean Swain voices in Last Act of the Circus Animals. When Rico killed himself, the show was like Cirque de Soleil. You had every basic need availed to you – blankets, mattresses, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cleaning materials, officers serving trays like they do in population with full portions. They even gave us light bulbs. It was disgusting to see it. You saw paint crews, utility crews, the works. For a week the unit experienced humanity, but once the coast was clear and the administration got away with murder, it was back to torture tactics, a pattern I have seen one too many times on Dirty Darrington.

Overall my experience has been depressing, lonely, stressful, painful. I’ve seen this administration use psychological torture for 23 months straight, for this is how long I’ve been held in solitary confinement. Only recently was I magically released and placed in E-Line (G5) administrative segregation – the filthy administrative segregation area that is notorious for roach infestations, no lighting in showers, no restrooms on the rec yard so if you have to urinate or have a bowel movement you are going to on the same area men play basketball. Fecal matter is all over the floor and people wonder how they got sick. Easy – as soon as you come in from outside rec, they serve chow. If you have been playing basketball then munch on your baked chicken, then suck the grease off your fingers. You just sucked on chicken flavored fecal matter and urine. Dirty Darrington knows exactly what it’s doing. Environmental disaster, B-Line, E-Line, G-Line, A-Line, C-Line, D-Line are all torture areas. In the winter it’s cold showers. In the summer they heat your water for you. No coincidence. There is so much more. There are over 200 men in administrative segregation and solitary confinement on Dirty Darrington. Some men are going through it worse because they believe this is normal prison policy. It’s not. I’m here to expose this unit and it’s human rights violations. I appreciate you hearing me out.

  1. It’s hard to imagine that the staff and administration aren’t aware of the conditions there. Are they showing any signs of working to fix the situation?

I knew something was terribly wrong with this unit when it runs through 4 wardens in less than 2 years. They are aware of every single atrocity. They personally handle all grievances and it’s rare an inmate ever wins on Step 1. They have to go all the way to Huntsville with their grievance to get fair treatment. By that time it’s been 60 days solid since the claim was made.

It’s designed this way to ensure we never win any kind of grievance claim. Another way, as it is now, that they refuse us grievances all together on Dirty Darrington because they also are aware that if they hand them out they will be reading grievances for years. They know this place is crumbling to pieces. If it rains outside it rains inside too. The guards look like underwater welders when it rains. They wear rain coats indoors to stay dry. Nothing is being done except punishment and enslavement. I am on a mission to learn from outside sources how to organize, to create a psychological warfare on this administration in the name of all the dead that could not deal with their torture chambers and for the mentally ill who cannot speak out against them who are, as we speak, living in horrible conditions on Major Pharr’s solitary confinement. It’s only a matter of time before another death by suicide. We can thank Dirty Darrington’s Administrative Segregation ringmasters for imposing torture on the already weak men by starving them, by withholding their mail, by refusing mailroom to give them pictures of loved ones or birthday cards, or by sending their shakedown team to physically abuse them and confiscate their property. It’s all designed to break you. It’s happening every day.

  1. How do the conditions you’ve described above affect the health of prisoners? What’s the condition of physical and mental healthcare available at Darrington Unit?

Personally I don’t get sick easy, but since being on Dirty Darrington I’ve had a serious sinus infection, primarily from the mold in the showers and the dust that carries all kinds of germs. As far as psyche at Dirty Darrington goes, it’s got potential. As far as physical, you’ve got the infamous Nazi doctor Speer, extorting everyone, but not giving adequate care to anyone. If you get sick they still allow this idiot to practice. Nothing gets done about his childish outbursts. He once tried to do a rectal exam on me, He said it was my yearly check-up. This was the first time I met him. As he stood up and slapped on a latex glove my spidey-sense told me to ask a simple question, “What’s the name on the computer, sir?” He said “You’re Contreras #… blah blah blah” I was like “I’m out!” I’ve had problems with this doctor ever since, namely because retaliation is a trend on Dirty Darrington when you file a grievance. I tried to explain to everyone what this man tried to do. No one tried to help. He’s still here. All my medical treatment was taken away by this man for no reason other than I am or was chronic care hypoglycemic. If you have heat restrictions, work restrictions, anything that will make your ailment easier to handle Dr. Speer will terminate it and then send you into a Twilight Zone of sick calls, just so he can charge the co-pay. Others – he refuses to treat simply because it’s not life or death.

  1. Can you talk about the suicides that you’ve been aware of during your time and are there any in particular you’d like to reflect on? Are there any strings that tie the circumstances together?

Well, I’ve been on Dirty Darrington for two years, going on three. I got screwed out of my legal work, got all my medical restrictions taken away, basically because I am indigent and I have no one on the outside to call here and raise a fuss, which is the only time you see inmates get what they need.

So, B-Line 3rd row, 15th cell, 2018 – A young man hung himself. The image of a nurse chest compressing this man never left me. It really caused me a lot of anger. It was senseless. It taught me just how they break men’s minds. It would disgust you. I remember this older man who would wake up screaming and just slowly, losing all reality, these torturers left him in that cell with a stack of trays, full of food with dead mice and roaches that he would just stack up toward the end of his sanity. Inmates could smell death. They tried to talk to him but couldn’t stand the stench of death. So, they brought Captain Lance the kitchen boss to remove the trays, stacked 20 high. But, you cannot talk to a broken man. He was a vessel, nothing more. After 2 canisters of pepper spray, still nothing until finally Captain Lance had the courage to tell administrators that he was no longer right. It was his voice that forced them to send him off that night, never to be seen again. For months they left that man in this condition. It’s happening now. This is normal? I’m not trying to hear that.

For these men, I ask to be armed with support, to feed the torturers a taste of their own medicine. I opened my eyes all the way at this past suicide in November 2019. I’m done talking. We need a bombardment of activism, protest, support. We need an uprising so this administration will be forced to take responsibility for all their fuckery.

One thing I know is we have nothing to gain for staying in good standing. “Good time credit” is not counting toward parole. “Work time credit” is another tool they have to control prisoners. Only the prisoners that still believe in the tooth fairy are too scared to accept this fact. People have tried for years to have these laws passed. Republicans are not interested in helping us. With a statewide work stoppage we will bring all these men’s dreams to fruition. We need to spread these facts to the entire state and shut it down. Stop slaving for your ringmasters. You want a real change, stop doing your slave jobs. Stop putting money in politicians pockets and ask them to put it your account to pay for the work you do. Slave days ended over 150 years ago – Why do you volunteer to work for the oppressor? Those of you who have no one, wouldn’t you like to support yourself in prison instead of risking solitary confinement for stealing food to sell in your living areas for hygiene. I can go on and on.

  1. What are working conditions like the prisoners incarcerated by the TDCJ as you’ve experienced? What sort of privileges come along with work, what sort of pay (if any), and sort of work is it?

They work these guys to exhaustion. They do not pay. The work is back breaking. No one will receive as much as an extra portion of food. These units are still slave plantations, only the name has changed. Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Research “The Sugarland 95” – You’ll see what I’m talking about. It’s time to bring this slavery to a screeching halt.

  1. How have you experienced support while you’ve been on the inside? What would you like from folks on the outside?

I had to go to extremes again to have the support I have today. I never conformed to prison culture. I love tattoos, motorcycles, art, hunting, fishing, boats and the only way I was ever going to see or hear about that is by reaching out. As a result of picking up a contraband cell phone I met “Mongoose Matt” by calling a random tattoo shop. Haha! It was awesome. Fineline Tattoo NYC is Matt’s workplace and it took all but 60 seconds to make one of the best friends I’ve ever had. It makes me so proud to say that. Shortly after getting pinched for contraband Matt has been there through all my solitary confinement, sending in anarchist literature, commissary bread for hygiene and art supplies, and in 7 years now on a 15 year sentence for a so called “murder” it’s his solidarity and support that saved my life and sanity.

Dirty Darrington had officers from the McConnell unit come hit us for shakedown and those creeps took all my property and left me with nothing. This was my breaking point. I just felt like giving up, but Mongoose comes flying in with letters and powerful words of encouragement and because of him I am fighting today. They tried to break me intentionally. I know this for a fact. Only problem is I survived. TDCJs “Cease to speak or cease to breathe” motto doesn’t scare me. I have nothing to lose. Now, I’m asking for you to stand with me until we punch a hole in this darkness and make it bleed light. Sean Swain is the other reason I fight. How you doin Sean?

Here’s the deal – folks out there, my only weapon at the moment is this here pen. I want surrounding activists to contact me so we can get started. This is still far from over and I believe that it’s only through the voice of the people that we can bring this down on a statewide level. I could use all the support available in my fight against the state. Things are slowly changing for me, so I will be allowed more visitors on Dirty Darrington Unit. Soon I will be allowed to call out. In the meantime, anyone can write me. There is so much to learn and prepare. No doubt that without your direct support places like Dirty Darrington and surrounding plantations will continue to thrive, rubbing it in the community’s face.

The Texecution state is also a slavery state. Shut em down. Nobody is gaining a thing. It’s a slap in the face when the officials of the state come here to lie to everyone that they are doing everything they can to change these laws so that we actually become productive. The only laws passed are laws to make it harder on us to get home to our families. For the oppressed indigent offenders who cannot afford hygiene products, organizing a hygiene run to bring forth relief, peace of mind, and a sense of compassionate care. I’ve seen exactly how good this place could be, but as long as we have ringmasters like these hypocrite wardens, coward-ass majors and captains, vindictive supervisors who love to use cowardly acts and body slam people while in restraints such as Sergeant Akinsonu, Sergeant Williams, Sergeant Estrada, Sergeant Baker, who writes her own rules when it comes to keeping people down. All these cowards and a few more on my shit list need to be burned at the stake for their inhumane treatment of human beings. We need to give them a little perspective. We need to all come at them via phone calls, media, advocacy centers, anyone that can hit them where it hurts, to show them that we are not alone. We are not going to accept this kind of abuse and pretend it’s normal. It’s policy. Policy is made up as they walk to the pisser. It’s a shame the population is in love with their ringmaster.

As a survivor of these gulags, food is still the #1 tool used to break solitary confinement offenders. Many months I went hungry and many months I eat the unwanted veggies inmates discarded just to survive. Sometimes portions were almost a smear of meat on tray. We need to end this today.

  1. What inspires you these days? What brings you joy?

Oh that’s easy – Defiance from Detritus Books is my inspiration. I’ve gotten very close to Comrade Mongoose and against the peace and dignity of the Texecution State I’m in constant contact with Comrade King and Comrade Swain. I wish them the best in the struggle and hope to see them soon, for I am coming up for parole soon. It’s a crap shoot, but optimism is helpful in situations such as this. I get my jollies by sending Matt handcrafted portraits of all kinds of cool, weird characters. Y’all are actually owners of one of my pieces. Thank you.

  1. Is there anything I failed to ask you about that you want to talk about?

You all can check out my Instagram @julioazunigaart or contact Matt to place an order for a handmade portrait. I only have No.2 pencils to work with because this unit will not allow my supporters to send me art supplies. Anything that makes people happy like greeting cards and pictures are slowly being taken from us as well. Go figure. This is Bible seminary college too. This is the unit that pumps out “field ministers”. Unbelievable, huh? Bass-akwards, I tell ya! I gotta let ya go for now. It’s been an amazing and liberating experience. You all are amazing. Please allow me to send hugs to Sean Swain, Eric King and to all the comrades who are in the trenches fighting their ringmaster. Thank you for setting the example. I hope to be in that position soon. Thanks y’all. Hope to hear from you soon. I would like to close with a quote from Benjamin Tucker:

“Power feeds on its spoils and dies when its victims refuse to be despoiled. They can’t persuade it to death; they can’t vote it to death; they can’t shoot it to death; but they can always starve it to death.”

If you would like to contact Alex, please send a letter to:

Julio A. Zuniga #1961551

Darrington Unit

59 Darrington Road

Rosharon, Texas 77583

Interview With Texas Prisoner On Conditions In Solitary Confinement – from It’s Going Down (February 28, 2020)

The Following Features And Interview With A Prisoner In Texas On The Conditions They Face On The Inside Along With The Ways That Prisoners Are Attempting To Organize.

Matt Brodnax: Can you please introduce yourself and give some background on your time at the Darrington Unit of Texas Department of Criminal Justice?

Hello comrades, this is Julio A. Zuniga “Alex”/Comrade Z inmate #1961551 at Administrative Segregation – G5 – Solitary Confinement.  There are over 200 Administrative Segregation inmates.  All are underfed, suffering from some form of psychological warfare introduced by administration in more than one way.  I have been in G5 for two years for cell phones.  However, this isn’t about me.  It’s about the broken brothers who could not maintain their sanity after years of no outside relief from an ancient penitentiary that uses food as a tool to break the indigent offender to the point of suicide.  Physical assaults by staff are frequent.  Everything I speak of is going on as you read.

MB: What are the conditions like in the prison?

You ask what the environment is like?  It depends on which torture chamber you’re housed in.  B-Line or F-Line or A-Line or C-Line… each one has it’s own track record.  E-Line G5 at Darrington is by far the worst, environmentally speaking.  The entire unit is infested with roaches of all shapes and sizes, especially in the chow hall, where the average size for a cockroach is three inches long.  They litter the floors of the hallway before entering the chow hall and cover the cafeteria floor all the way to the serving areas.  This unit is 80 years old, and so are these creatures. In the cells of solitary confinement they occupy every crevasse imaginable.  If the tray slot slams hard enough roach eggs fall from the cracks into your already small, and do I mean small, drink, prison clothes, anything coming in gets sprinkled with roach parts.

Darrington Unit requires G5 offenders to be in hand restraints to go to shower, which is just one way to psychologically mess with men’s already tattered sanity.  Once in this so-called shower, the floors are a waxy black color because of mold.  It smells of every kind of human bodily fluid imaginable.  I’ve never seen a unit so rusted out.  When you exit you feel like a therapeutic tetanus shot just to be on the safe side.  Normally the floors are supposed to be finished with a sand colored, sand textured cement finish so inmates don’t slip.  That is absolutely nonexistent.

Lighting is not up to code. Supervisors refuse to ask for light bulbs for indigent offenders and leave us to find lighting o our own.  If you write grievances on these supervisors you find yourself the victim of a faux-disciplinary case.  All of these supervisors are still ruining the track record of offenders who have been working the system to get out of G5.  We’ve got a “Major” by the name of “Major Pharr” who I consider very biased, discriminant and unfair to say the least.  Back to him last… I want to save the best for last.  Major Pharr earned it.

Now I am sitting on a 15 year sentence for murder.  I’ve got six years flat as of November.  When I pulled up on this unit I already had four years worth of appellate work accumulated.  Here you need what you call an “I-60” to receive anything from different departments.  Law Library on Darrington Unit would not respond to my I-60s in 2018, at a time so important, to submit to the federal courts within the time you have to submit on time.  It was on a timeline.  Because of Darrington Unit’s inadequate Law Library staff, I lost a good possibility of getting my case brought back for an “insufficient evidence claim.”  We can thank the grievance process for forcing Mrs. Wagner to supply the indigent packet I needed a whole two weeks prior, resulting in a denial for not submitting in the alotted time, taking with it all the hope I had.

So slowly, I learned the State’s vicious clandestine tactics to make people act out aggressively, sometimes violently.  Telford Unit is a prime example.  In 2015, where an Administration Segregation offender snapped.  When it was all over he had bashed an officer’s skull with a tray slot bar until it was liquified.  That officer just happened to be my vocational teacher’s brother.  In 2016-2017, Telford Unit starved all offenders for one year, feeding only “Johnny sacks”, driving me to do something extreme to survive.  I ended up here at Darrington Unit.  Let me try to stay on track here:  When you’re done with G5 your custody level goes to G4, which is six months of medium-custody.  When you go to chow hall, you’re fed like a fat rat, which is almost shameful when you start to realize just how bad G5 offenders are getting screwed.

This is why I make this stand, as one voice against the peace and dignity of the State, to show the entire nation how people are being treated all over Texas.  Darrington Unit is now run by inmates who speak limited English, so if you have any issue it often goes unheard and ignored.  If you have a dietary restriction, you have to set fires and flood the runs with toilet water just to get them to call a supervisor on the scene to address the issue.  It’s like Sean Swain describes in his badass book.  I’ve personally witnessed two suicides, two attempted suicides, officers abusing inmates then quickly shipping them off to another unit so their grievances don’t impact administration.  This is going on now.  On both occasions that these men died by suicide the staff and work crews are summoned to candy coat the rotten apple that is Darrington Unit.  For a few days, the lucky residents of where the deceased took his life enjoy new mattresses, blankets, light bulbs, fresh coats of paint.  Food is plentiful.  Diet trays and snacks are on point, toilet paper too.  Nobody gets written up, which is good.  Most people who are about to get parole are usually thrown in a cell with a psyche patient to ensure an altercation and keep you in TDCJ longer.

All these tactics I’m exposing now are so that any victims of this behavior can be directed to the offending officer in charge.  Major Pharr is someone I know is in on this three-ring circus.  It’s so obvious and they don’t hide the fact that they have a team of snitch-mates who are his snitch crew.  It’s known that inmates can personally screenshot Facebook pages directly to his phone to take other offenders out and get them locked up, a trap designed by administration directly.  Officers have personally told me the grand structure of Major Pharr’s “tactics.”

Next on the list of cruel and unusual punishment is Sergeant Akinson, Sergeant Williams, Sergeant Estrada, Sergeant Cabriales, Sergeant Baker.  With a crew like this for segregation area this crazy treatment of human beings should not be ongoing.  Instead, Major Pharr has made it a point to fill beyond capacity his segregated areas, even on fluke cases that do not require such punishment.  But mark my words, it’s more than just confining.  It’s starving, and rattling cages, using psy-ops to further punish the offender.  This has gone on too long and anyone who speaks up on the ill treatment… he will do anything to get rid of his evidence.

Once a month we get one grievance, one I-60.  I am allowed to fill out a grievance every seven days if I want.  Any one offender needs at least three a week and in order for any positive reaction from administration you have to have over twenty inmates file a formal grievance.  They get around it by not issuing the Step 1 forms or Step 2s to further investigate.  These are stressful tactics that cause a lot of issues for regular corrections officers.  Because of the actions of one offender lashing out on an officer the entire wing will get punished, which is unfair, because they are forcing the hand of offenders just to get the basics, then punishing him for it.  It’s so repetitive.  The pattern has been exposed.  During the times of a suicide, I’ve heard that the offender had previously verbally voiced distress to the officer and was ignored.  By the time they decide to do a security check or decide to believe the inmate population’s commotions, it’s too late.  When I opened my eyes to what this unit is operating on, it’s bigger than me.  But as Sean Swain has taught me, the tools the administration has are the direct result of what is Darrington now – twisted culture, twisted administration, crumbling structure.  Not only is the unit falling apart, the whole state is aware of it.  The state capital has some of the highest members of the capital come through here once a year, but they will not eat here or go anywhere past the chapel where they meet first hand some of the toughest men I’ve ever met.  The men who changed their lives and deserve a chance of some kind of relief from the draconian laws that hold them down.

MB: What is organizing like in the Darrington Unit?

It’s done clandestinely, because once they smell it coming they set up the ACA-AUDIT and they know how to cover up shit good.  It’s a smaller unit, but they are getting away with some real fuck shit.  If I could get really organized it would only be through comrades teaching me how to attack the entire region.  There are five regions in Texas – 110 units divided between those regions.  Pacifica Radio for Peace (KPFT.org 90.1 Houston) is reaching at least two regions and advocates from Austin State Capital.  These people are on every Friday at 9pm CST so when the organizing begins I will be sure to involve the masses as well.  You see… we have to take into consideration this attempted once and only eleven units complied in layin-it-down.  I want the comrades to know, when they last organized they passed out flyers.  Everyone knew.  This is a hub unit, meaning people have to pass through here to continue on north or south or the other units in the surrounding area.  Talk among the men is – they didn’t want to miss a commissary day! Pfft!  Sean Swain talks about this shit.  Indoctrinated, institutionalized muthas who’s opinion have no clout are the one’s who fuck shit up for the others.  If it’s a statewide shutdown of normal activities it will bring the machine to a screeching halt.  This takes a lot of outside support to prep each region on the strike.  You see, in my experience, from being on various units across Texas – it’s the people who volunteer and have compassion for the men in white. Mainly all chaplains do not agree with the “State of Fuckery.”  You and I are confirmed anarchists, against the peace and dignity of the state.  My entire idea is for it to hit the capital.

Most investments for TDCJ on the Stock Exchange are owned by the people making laws and the wardens running the shit.  You see where I’m going?  Prison Legal News, NPR News, KPFT.org 90.1 Houston are all going to need to interview for a large scale strike of this magnitude.  The order of operation is strictly based on how TDCJ operates (lock-downs, etc.)  The point of it is to overwhelm the system.  Nobody can staff 110 units overnight.  Within three days food rots, no maintenance crews, no laundry, no field squads, no officer dining halls.  Shut all operations down simultaneously.  All men in white must sacrifice for the cause to make history and set an example to anarchists across the nation – that even governments can be broken and bent, shock and awe.  You see the vision?  This is how Bursts at The Final Straw has portrayed it for us… rapid eye movement! Right?  The dream can be realized, but I have to win small battles and air them so the men can gain morale.  One thing these maggots do is break the morale, leaving empty vessels walking around.  The food is not that fuckin’ great to miss out on an opportunity like this.  This is only the beginning.  Remember how that quote states it, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!”  We are on our way.

MB: How can people on the outside try to support y’all in trying to make the conditions better inside?

Personally, I am on a quest.  For now I’m outnumbered.  I need all the supporters to make sure as an ambassador for the anarchist mind in TDCJ that the administration knows that any retaliation is under the magnifying glass.  As they are reading my mail, I want them to know that in an institution such as this, and all the cruel and unusual punishment that is occurring, and excessive use of administrative force to keep these cages packed, I want to receive phone call interviews through Darrington Law library.  I want podcasts to call and ask Warden Armstrong for permission to speak to me so they can understand exactly what I am fighting for.  Yes, it’s beyond these walls.  It goes right up the ladder.  How do you fix a broken system?  In my opinion, from the inside out!  This type of neglect has gone on for way too long.  There is no excuse for it. Do I want readers to write me?  Yes, that is very much welcome.

My whole purpose for exposing these conditions are because I personally have been affected in many ways.  My final straw was this past lockdown where all my property was confiscated, for no reason, leaving me in a cell with no light and no toilet for days.  Even after begging for a light bulb from a supervisor I was left without light.  Then, after confronting said supervisor he still further retaliated by saying he wasn’t going to do “shit.” Right on, here we go…  After all the pain and suffering on administrative segregation in G5, solitary, I feel it’s time  we have the spotlight on how we treat offenders in ad-seg!  Starting with the deaths of inmates in the past two years, why Major Pharr or Major Gooden were not held accountable is beyond me.  They are supposed to set the example to all officers that suicide is very much likely since they impose such strict and draconian tactics on offenders who misbehave.  Starve them to the point of suicide?  How about not supplying mentally ill or mentally disabled offenders with the basics, like a jacket, toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper.  If they are not able to understand why do they not send them to psychiatric unit Jester 4?

You see, if I had a camera to show the nation how we herd men like cattle day in day out, I would.  There is plenty of ways to make this place productive, but first we have to address the immediate problems, to see who is on board with change.  Personally, I’m one of the lucky few who found outside support, someone who genuinely cared for me, and after six years of being alone I found a comrade who shared the same mindset as I.

These opportunities to expose first hand, how the prison industrial complex, capitalist mindset affects us inside.  Let me introduce you to Darrington Branch of UTMB Medical Division, where everyone who comes in contact with Dr. Speer gets charged with a medical visit, but does not receive adequate care, nor does he refer to someone who can provide it.  A doctor that throws tantrums like a four year old in scrubs.  Indigent offenders can’t afford the co-pay, nor do we get paid for hard labor in TDCJ to afford medical or correspondence.  My whole heart goes out to my anarchist friend in solidarity from NYC who saved me from insanity, gave me the tools I need to begin my crusade for the cause.  “Prisons are for burnin’, not for learnin!’”

MB: Why are prisoners getting mail withheld from them or thrown away by prison staff?  Does it have to do with the nature of the content?

Here, mailroom is completely infiltrated by administration.  I’ve never seen a unit commit more federal crimes than this one.  It’s unheard of.  They have stripped the offender of every single simple comfort of receiving stationary from home or art supplies.  This is something easily checked by security.  It has no negative effect on an inmate, but it would actually cause the inmate to behave better because  they received love from home.  That’s insane.  Who would want that?  Contraband is anything that makes the inmate do better for himself.  It’s out of control.  For administration to try to control a mailroom is easy.  To stop housing inmates with incompatible inmates is the real challenge, in which they still can’t get right.  Just past November they housed a G5 offender with a G2 offender and he was assaulted physically.  Sexually is still to be determined.  Also, mailroom is trying to stop greeting cards from family from coming in.

If you would like to write Alex, please do not hesitate to do so.  Alex loves receiving mail.  If you would like to send Alex a book, zine, article, etc. that is great too.

Julio A. Zuniga #1961551

Darrington Unit

59 Darrington Road

Rosharon, Texas 77583

Also, Alex makes beautiful portraits that can be viewed via Instagram.  Just search @julioazunigaart

2020 Vision – by Comrade Kado

As I sit here on the Eastham Unit and another day of solitude comes to a close, I’m awestruck at how blind people are, listening to prisoners here in solitary spew animosity, threats, and arguments at one another in defense of their “political views” or favorite candidate for CEO of the Tyrannical Organization, coined “Government”, which ironically is responsible for the very rusted cages which they are confined to. Crazier still, less than 1 in 10 have ever voted and, realistically, none of them ever will do so in the future. Wow, really?

People out on the streets clash and go so far as to hurt people they love, emotionally, physically or psychologically because of their opposing “political views”. It’s sad when this nonsense invades peoples lives so absolutely as to seed itself into their very hearts. Masses of people work themselves up into a fever pitch of wild emotions and hold to their politics, like a favorite candidate becomes this incorruptible saint and damn you to hell if you don’t agree.

Ill tell you – I have nothing for government laws or rule. Shoutout to my anarchists in the struggle for freedom. It seems to me people are so indoctrinated with rulership, or slavery for lack of a better word, that when each form of government, every system or set of policies prove corrupt, they automatically seek another. I cannot seem to understand such logic! Why are people so ready for rule?

The hard truth is that it’s all they know. Few, if not most, people could never reach the conclusion without help, that we don’t need government to live! Wow, what a concept! To be governed is to be ruled. I’ve heard arguments about the need for laws for a safe world. First – the world’s not safe anywhere. Next – all laws are merely a source of revenue for an elitist and oppressive entity which seeks to gain by any means all the wealth that they desire. Oh, and those same laws don’t apply to them: “qualified immunity”, “diplomatic immunity” and a million bilaws and loopholes for their lawyers to smile and cite from. Believe me, it’s the laws which enable many asshole types and tie the hands of the oppressed.

In a social order based on the free grouping of individuals nobody needs to stand over you to tell you what’s wrong or right to do. It’s wrong to think that’s necessary. If you have a single argument for why laws of any kind are needed to function as we, the mass of humanity, move about our lives, then feel free to debate it with me.

People are afraid of the unknown. Most couldn’t fathom a life without a system. Cash currency, 9 to 5, taxes… Politicians dangle false “freedoms” and promises of posh living to people who know deep down that their slavery to rule is eating them slowly like a cancer. They know that they rage inside to break free of that oppression and the silver tongued politician offers a slavery with more wiggle room while saving them from the unknown of the freedom they could choose. So people vent that fear and anger upon one another while the elites fist bump in the background. Stop enslaving yourself to promises of freedom from a ruler. Be free.