Wobblies File Class-Action Lawsuit Against the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 2022 – by Comrade Z

The prison system does not like being reported on and you have to know that going in. You’re going to get backlash. There’s going to be retaliation. It’s part of the deal. I think for a lot of people, they will make a few forays into it and they’ll get stung a couple of times, then they give up. The reality is that it’s hard and you have to be prepared that they may come after you when you say things that they don’t really like. However, when you are in prison, you do not surrender your First Amendment rights to free speech, to comment on reality and be published. Contrary to what a lot of people assert, you have the right to write about whatever the hell you want to write about.”

-K.E. Hartman

3/17/22

Here are some cold hard facts: I am not a writer. I am not a smart man. I am not completely mentally sound, due to various forms of torture I have been through in my life. Today, TDCJ continues to play these childish, slave-breaker games to make me believe that one cell is different from another, when in reality this psychological warfare is all a farce. A cage is a cage is a cage.

Nobody said it better than Sean Swain in Last Act of the Circus Animals. There are more facts to share with you. I am a member/delegate with the Industrial Workers of the World-Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, and as a Texas prisoner, the whole idea of solidarity really appealed to me. The fact is, the union for us Texas prisoners is ideal, but we lack the support both from the IWOC-HQ and our own communities. Sad, but true. No matter what, I haven’t given up.

Today, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice is on a civil rights lawsuit by IWOC members in Texas. Texas TEAMONE has requested and extended solidarity to unite the fight. United States District Court-Galveston Division Civil Action 3:22-CV-00052 has close to 20 IWOC members on it. As we keep moving forward and allow our comrades at the IWW-IWOC to catch up with us, I have to suggest as a militant anarchist, for the brothers and sisters listening to us, the real problem is the policy makers. All comrades and jailhouse lawyers need to file U.S. §1983 on every single TBCJ member, as I have already begun to do. Bobby Lumpkin, Bryan Collier, Guistina Persich, Tammy Shelby are on my lawsuit, including the chairman of TBCJ Patrick O’Daniel. I am filing a motion for leave to supplement defendants and add the remaining eight members of the TBCJ into our class action suit. If you are with IWOC-Texas, file your lawsuit in the same fashion. We have been distracted by their psychological games far too long, and the culprits have been sitting pretty playing God for far too long. The Wizard of Oz has been discovered in Texas. Corruption is being exposed by me, X386969, and it is going to take the solidarity of all of your resources in the free world to help us bring the changes we all need, by any means necessary.

The more lawsuits filed on the policy makers will not only bring us into the political arena as activists for an overdue overhaul of the Texas government and it’s institutions. I do not believe in authority, nor do I believe in prisons. However, this cannot be said about everyone I come in contact with, therefore I am rolling with what I have, because progress is made by stepping forward, not back. Believe me, I was just retaliated on by: Sgt. Bey, Officer Dorber, Capt. Charlotte McKnight, Disciplinary Substitute Counsels Polk and Shannon, Officer Baugh, Officer Hafford, and Sgt. Timothy Williams. IWOC has been attacked by these same individuals since we filed on Chairman Patrick O’Daniels.

Thanks to texasprisonreform.com, mongoosedistro.com, Noname Books, Texas Civil Rights Project, the Marshall Project, certaindays.org, thefinalstrawradio@riseup.net, Haymarket Books, Pluto Press, AK Press, IWOC-NM, TEAMONE. To all of you, please send me some solid contacts to assist us Wobblies at Memorial Plantation.

Does anyone know a good civil rights attorney?!

Solidarity and Sabotage,

Comrade Z

Julio A. Zuniga 1961551

Memorial Unit

59 Darrington Road

Rosharon, Texas 77583

Guards Let Patrick Rogers Die Here – by Dan Baker

Dear friends,

Last month on February 4th guards at FCI Memphis allowed our friend Patrick Rogers to die. Sources in here tell me that he had regularly medical emergencies, falling down unconscious frequently. The staff became agitated with having to respond to these emergencies and the new Captain here accused him of faking and spread the rumor that he was faking medical emergencies and gave instructions to not respond to these incidents. As a result his medical ailments went untreated for a long period of time. I have been told that he was hit by a truck before coming to this prison and had multiple medical conditions as a result. After falling down yet again he was taken to the Special Housing unit. Guards said this was because he “mouthed off to a guard” while witnesses claim he was taken away because he could not walk. 

Shortly after being taken to the SHU the entire prison went on lockdown. On Friday the 4th of February, he died. His neighbors in Tennessee Unit A say that he was allowed to die by staff because they were concerned that he had a legitimate case for a lawsuit and they were legally vulnerable to legal action. Lt. King came into the unit after he died and callously remarked, “Well, I guess he wasn’t faking!” He was asked if he thought this was funny and unconvincingly replied no, that it was a potential lawsuit. Legal vulnerability and a fear of taking responsibility trumped this Lieutenant’s sense of what a human life is worth. I won’t speak of his sense of humor. Understandably this upset Big Pat’s friends, not to mention his family. I heard about this exchange from one of his friends in the chow hall today as the lockdown was lifted and lost my appetite. As fellow captives of the prison industrial complex we are all outraged within these walls.

Efforts to spread the word about this deadly medical negligence, deliberate indiference and fatal targeted harrassment have been hampered by staff refusing to sell us paper, stationary and stamps during this lockdown. Thanks to sympathetic guards and our constitutional right to contact family the word has already gotten out. My defense committee has been notified and asked to contact Mr. Rogers’ family while raising awareness on various social medias, spreading pamhplets, articles and writting essays. That ball is already rolling. The cops reading this message may try to censor it, but that would be a useless gesture as the cat is already out of the bag. Any attempt to censor journalism and destroy evidence leaves government employees vulnerable to civil action. As a community we have the resources, the solidarity and the ability to take legal action and win. We will. I request everyone reading this to look into the situation and #RememberPat. Contact the American Civil Liberties Union, Prison Legal News and any other groups who you think can be helpful. We need to spread the word about the conditions here before anyone else dies. This can happen to any of us at any time. The current political climate is such that the prison industrial complex wants to incarcerate everyone in the U.$. To be clear their goal is that all Amerikkkans go to jail or prison at some point in their lives. As more laws are invented more and more people’s existances are criminalized and subject to abduction and extortion at the hands of authoritatrian forces. On a long enough time frame more people will have been oppressed by unjust laws and dirty cops than people who have no criminal record. In this was the death of Patrick Rogers and people like him affect all of us. The political is personal. Don’t let them tell you that “that’s just how it is, that life is tough, that it’s just buisiness”.

Take it personally whenever any authority figure makes policies that harm you, your loved ones, your neighbors and your friends. Because it is personal. The gears of justice grind slowly and the creatures of power who have money and power are not ground under these machines, they slide out of under them with a laugh, waving to us as we are destroyed. This machine does not serve us, it serves them.

They say we are faking it when we tell them that they are killing us. They say we are faking it when we tell them to get off our necks. They say we are faking it when we tell them that climate change is genocide for those too poor to migrate. They say we are faking it when we tell them an old prisoner is dying of preventable conditions as prisons are converted into eugenic hospice centers for the elderly poor. Fuck that, fuck them. Please help us raise awareness about these conditions.

Thank you.
Dan Baker
aka Alishare
P.S. The following additional note was written by a friend of Patrick’s:

“Pat Injured himself around Oct-Nov 2021- was unsure what- lower spine (disc) or right hip. Asked to be taken out to see Hospital Doctors- *pain became unbearable over a few days period.
-He could no longer walk to the chow hall due to pain.
-He continued to ask health service for help and all they did was order him an x-ray sometime in the months ahead. As time went on he was in more and more pain. The C.O.’s on the unit would no longer call the food service and order him meals for one of us inmates to bring back for him.
Health service began to tell all the officers that Pat was “faking” and that he had been “seen” and was to await his x-ray appointment. I brought him food back from chow as there was no way Pat could go due to pain.
-Pat requested the use of a wheelchair just to go to get meals and was denied every time by the people at health service from the order of M. Law. He said Pat was “faking” and just being lazy. Pat filed a BP-8 and BP-9 and was working on the BP-10 just to get the use of a wheelchair.
He became very depressed and his health deteriorated quickly.
– A group of Lt.’s and Dr.’s came to the unit one day to tell him he was “faking” and if he called them again they would put him in the S.H.U.. This was spearheaded by M. Law and the Captain.
He eventually became incontinent and was placed in the S.H.U. where he died from an embolism. The FCI was grossly negligent and could have easily prevented Pat’s death.”

Write Daniel Baker:
Daniel Baker, 25765-509
FCI MEMPHIS
P.O, BOX 34550
MEMPHIS, TN 38184

The War of the Flea, Part 3: A Narrative Infestation – by Greyscale the Mosquito

We have seen the smash-and-grab “robberies” that are now a daily part of the news cycle, adding the recent train “robberies” on the west coast, a clear example of people no longer accepting the cronie-capitalism that has dominated western civilization since forever, for all to see. We have also seen the recent uptick in “ambushing police” with 13 foot soldiers shot in one day. This is what is happening, according to the news media which, left or right biased, is still nothing more than an apparatus of the state. So, the narrative being put forward is of paramount importance and so, along with the numerous other soft areas I’ve suggested as places for fleas to bite, the narrative being told must be addressed and rewritten to portray a more accurate truth.

The smash-and-grab “robberies” would be a good place to start. After all, the state loves a “law & order” narrative to cover up its perpetual siphoning away of citizens’ resources, and therefore ability, to challenge its dominion. To anyone who is paying any attention, the state has become the obvious problem. Certainly, within its own structure there is the internal conflict between the Nazi-right and Marxist-left, with the smattering of “moderates” who only want the machine to keep running. But, that is a non-issue and no more than a distraction from the real problem. The state, and the law & order paradigm (which is the tool of the state), is used solely for the purposes of perpetuating the state and to oppress any attempts to usurp or interrupt that power-hold. In fact, it is a clearly understood fact that, contrary to the party-line, the more laws we have the more problems are created, the more the state clamps down. Wash, rinse, repeat.

The proportionality has been exposed, so the nobility and aristocrats can no longer pretend that there isn’t a massive riff between us (the citizens) and them, our Lords and Ladies. As the nobility becomes increasingly engorged on the fruits of our labor, we gain that old fashioned Robin Hood mentally, a natural instinct and the greatest response of any human to unchecked greed and avarice. This has been articulated a hundred different ways over the millennia, but so-called theft and black market operations are assuredly among the oldest and universal options. Interestingly enough, the government (the state), knows this as a means. It is how it came to be in the first place, in which it criminalizes all forms of theft that is not its own. This is why the state went so hard after, first, the Italian mafia, and then all “organized crime” as a whole. There will be no competition. The state will be the ONLY gang in their territory. Now, smash-and-grab train robberies, etc. don’t seem so new, extreme, or out of place. In fact, they are expected and should be encouraged.

Everyone seems to be targeting the economy’s soft-spot, as seen by the growing protests by truckers worldwide. Covid mandates provide an easy cover-story, but I sense a manipulation of information on social media fueling a pissed-off citizenry during the opening stages of a major civil conflict. Yes, the civil war has already begun ten years ago. These truckers took protesting to a level of economic warfare, and hats off to them. They have blocked not just one, but three ports of entry, disrupting already damaged supply chains and showing a larger unity across international borders. Even their own unions, crying to stop such attacks, were ignored. Not only does it unify, but it serves clearly to expose the false narratives of the state. If you do not comply, the state will use force to subdue you, and it will do so while talking about your “rights” and how they, the nobility, represent the citizen’s rights. Hypocrisy at its best. The narratives of the state hold no water. To quote Bob Marley, “Every day the bucket go to the well, I say one day the bottom must drop out… I shot the sheriff.”

This brings me to the rising number of assaults on law enforcement officers. Let me be the first to say – GOOD! This gang of bastard foot soldiers for the nobility have been murdering, racketeering, extorting and robbing citizens for far too long, while paying no price. The Sheriff of Nottingham is corrupt and must be dealt with. Everything you are told about this gang of blue miscreants is a flat out lie. They are not your friends. They are not here to help you. They are not good members of your community. They are not heroes of any kind. They are a militant gang of enforcers, beholden to nobody but themselves, and occasionally the nobles whose dirty work they do.

That being understood, the proper narrative should read as, “13 More Enemies of the Citizens Have Been Shot”, or maybe “Oppressors Take Hit As Resistance Bares It’s Teeth After Centuries Under the Boots and Clubs of Blue Bastards”, or even “State Sponsored Terrorist Troops Dealt With by Freedom Fighters”. The reason there is a rise in resistance is because once the veil has been lifted you cannot un-see the truth. The truth is that police are nothing more than a gang of terrorists who do the bidding of the state. They will take what they want from you, including your life, and they must be dealt because there is no time left. This is not “lawfulness” as the nobility would have you think, but the natural, well considered act of those who will no longer willfully consent to being oppressed. Praise goes to the resistance fighters. Condemnation goes to the blue soldiers of oppression. Police must always be referred to as state sponsored terrorists.

There are still those who tow the party-line for the state and would attempt to bait you in to some empty philosophical/political debate about such a stance. Be not drawn in to such a foolish, age old play. It will be used as means to push the state’s false narrative. There will be no real debate, that is to say an honest exchange of ideas for the purpose of arriving at some truth. Instead, the state-actor will engage in a set of traps, hidden in their cyclical arguments, designed to befuddle and silence any dissenting opinions, while bolstering their false narratives.

There is more to be done. Time is short.

I am Greyscale the Mosquito

& this is The War of the Flea

in bite-sized pieces

50 Immoral Anarchist Aphorisms – by Comrade Candle

  1. One knows what one wants to.
  2. Knowing oneself is a journey – presently.
  3. Purposelessness grants many creative liberties; values and morals are nothing.
  4. Prescribing oneself a pill to swallow – whose truth?
  5. What can we accept as true, when even our language?
  6. To speak and write fill the same void in our present; our existence always constructs a past; what do we record?
  7. Pain has no value to it, for what purpose would arise the preference for pleasure?
  8. Crime is not often enough recognized as the individual’s defiance to the State’s will.
  9. The State controls, demanding subservience for the meager table scraps.
  10. I am my own.
  11. God has, for far too long, constrained the Ego.
  12. The individual is forever at war with the State.
  13. Cold and cruel detachment – A gleeful State; authority over the individual.
  14. The cold can burn with the ferocity of a flame; And the heat?
  15. You rid yourself of God – and his morals?
  16. None is equal to another, for nature sorely lacks equals, yet none are free until no one is above another – hierarchy is not natural.
  17. Society is nothing; And without the individual?
  18. Crime and Law are a dichotomy.
  19. Traditions forever damn the advent of a new.
  20. A NEW DAWN – I am continuously becoming, much as I was.
  21. Freedom & the State are opposites; Who is free when one must do as they are commanded?; A land of the Free would, truly, have far fewer borders.
  22. The absence of authority grants the individual the most potential liberty.
  23. What makes the criminal so deserving of your disdain – and your pity?
  24. The exaltation of Good comes at the cost of all deemed naught.
  25. Who knows better what masculinity expects than those so desperately trying to escape it?
  26. Gender entails another to interpret it, no?
  27. My femininity and yours may be distinct, yet who should decide yours, or mine, is unfeminine?
  28. My self and the gender I weld remain two sides of the same coin.
  29. The negation of everything is nothing; nothing lacks everything.
  30. My existence, and through it my philosophy, are the supplement to my bodily senses. Also an interpretation. I am the only one to, physically, feel the pain if I were stabbed; It may very well be that I am the only one who cares, too! In what way other than our own experience is the basis for our thought born?
  31. Morals limit the creativity of one’s actions and thoughts – “How else to not become some monster?” – And I suppose morals demand you respect your fellow individual? Respect of their autonomy? The arbiters of good and just may conclude your control as so. My thoughts are more readily concerned with my own experience than your morals. A more affirmative and creative existence – to thee who destroy, I also say yay!
  32. God is a delusion of man to expound upon the the unexplainable, to lead those who hold true the belief, and to judge others that defy the authority. As a concept, it has far outlived any use.
  33. We are all nothing; there is nothing substantive or of value to our wake. Every aspect of our world, of our person, is meaningless.
  34. The criminal performs tirelessly what the State demands not be. An existence of crime will have the State desiring your end.
  35. Am I to care what the State wants; needs?
  36. Individual liberty comes at the cost of an exertion of one’s power.
  37. The individual is both nothing & everything; My entire existence, all of my power; My power compared to the State’s?
  38. My womanhood is precisely mine, and mine alone.
  39. The way Kodak hits ’em with that drum; He’s not making beats, the drum isn’t making music – I can’t wait to let him spray!
  40. FritoLay was far more oppressive before it became a Broward County thing. Now – it is very cool.
  41. A large propensity of the State’s power lies in its admiration & respect, as undue as they may. The insurrection could start with you, merely, defying the State by recognizing yourself. When the coldest of all monsters erases your Ego, and would command, you follow, what could be more radical than this refusal? You are an individual.
  42. Time is a measurement, one we can only ever measure finitely on our own; Our lives have a finite amount of time. There existed time before my existence, and there will probably be a time after my death. Yet my time before my death is scarce. The time the State chooses to rid me of, justified by its Law.
  43. The State removes individuals of their liberty every moment.
  44. I would rather affirm what I would like to be than grant control of my own existence to traditions & customs.
  45. Control elicits submission; subjugation.
  46. What is there that is voluntary of capitalism, when all alternatives provoke the State’s icy wrath? Is it a choice, when the options presented amount to submit or survive violence? I am happy, I was able to lead my life. You, too.
  47. Spice and flavor form the palette of a taste.
  48. Crime is cool, too.
  49. Women make me feel a special way – very gayly.
  50. I am noble and virtuous, an immoralist. You shan’t possess my Ego with your specters – I alone create my will. Nothing matters to me; I see purposelessness as my liberator. Who am I? If perhaps anyone ever truly knows, it’ll be myself; maybe.

You can write Sofia, aka “Comrade Candle” at:

Sofia Johnson 23976151

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

24499 SW Grahams Ferry Road

Wilsonville, OR 97070

Interview Between Cody Carmichael and Comrade Z – February 2022, TDCJ Memorial Unit, Rosharon, Texas

Comrade Z: Can you please introduce yourself and give some background on your time at the newly minted “Memorial Unit”, formerly known as Dirty Darrington?

Cody: My name is Cody Carmichael. I am a capitalist, conservative and American. I committed a criminal offense, which I will not explain away or cheapen with some excuse. I was responsible. I may not agree with everything everyone says, but as an American we all have the right to our own opinions, because we “We the People”. That being said, I love what y’all are doing and hope that you find many supporters and can help those with small voices or who think they cannot be heard. I have been incarcerated for eleven years in March. Of that eleven, I’ve spent about seven on Darrington and about a year and a half on Memorial. All of it has sucked!

Z: What are the conditions like in the prison? (AC/heating, clothing, use of force, suicide, disciplinary, rec., medical, mental health)

Cody: In a word, they – suck! For convenience sake I will try to keep this short, because there is a lot of suckiness here. Just remember all the little things make the big things. There is no A/C here in this south Texas prison. We get a fan. Maybe two years ago we were allowed to buy two fans! It was very exciting until you get to the cell, which only has two plugs. No joke! I would rather wash my clothes in the toilet in my cell than get clothes from laundry. Enough said. I have never had a use of force called on me, so I have no ground to stand on, but five on one never seemed like fair odds. Sadly, suicides are common. Being treated as sub-human will ware down a soul. Tragic. Disciplinary is a joke. If an office writes a case, you get that case. I stopped going to minor case hearings, and only go to major case hearings so I will know my line class.

Z: What are the accommodations for people with dietary restrictions?

Cody: Peanut butter sandwiches. That’s it. I was a vegetarian for two and a half years here. No beef, no pork, chicken or fish. If it wasn’t for the inmate line servers I would have starved to death. A standard meat free is two scoops of beans and one serving of everything else, and a peanut butter sandwich. By the way, this peanut butter sandwich isn’t a glorious serving with jelly. It’s a stingy scoop of peanut butter on two flaky pieces of white bread. No jelly! I asked the kitchen caption one day if he could give anything else besides peanut butter or if he could church up the peanut butter. He said eat a regular tray. When I told him I was a vegetarian he said, “We serve cheese sandwiches”, which they do, one out of one hundred meals.

Z: How can people on the outside try to support you in trying to make conditions better inside? Is there someone to call? What would you like people to say?

Cody: If people started to call the district representatives in Texas and make formal complains, it forces TDCJ to crack down on Darrington (Memorial). Don’t just complain to the department (i.e. commissary), get officer names. The more detail you give, the more you force an issue.

Z: Why are prisoners mail getting blocked, withheld, harassed, discriminated on, or thrown away by prison staff? Does it have to do with the content or is it a straight up power trip?

Cody: Because they answer to nobody. Anytime someone controls what another person is allowed to do it is about power. The moment they chose to squeeze their fist on some but not others, that’s power trippin’. So who knows, because the mailroom can deny anything from anyone and who can stop them? You might think, “why don’t they use grievances?” Because they do not work. I have written close to six, all of them were rubber stamped.

Z: There is a tendencies in prison abolitionist and anarchist projects to focus on political prisoners, often neglecting other prisoners in the process. Do you appreciate Mongoose for assisting you without pulling the ideology card?

Cody: Good question. Like I said from the start – I’m American. To me that means I should appreciate other people’s opinions. I may not agree or I might be pissed that someone’s idea was better than mine. Hell, in a few years I may be ashamed of a view I currently have. But, I will never be ungrateful to any organization that wants to fight for someone else. Hell, that’s the whole reason the Boston Tea Party happened. True, both abolitionists and anarchist projects focus on those they are closest to their community, but they are not exclusive tight-asses trying to censor other people’s views. Hello… I am not an anarchist, but I’m being interviewed. I mean Z never made me drink the kool-aid. So, I guess what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Z: Would you appreciate more assistance from organizations and supporters in solidarity with IWW-IWOC Texas? How can they help?

Cody: There is no person alive who does not need solidarity. I mean, I am pretty awesome, but it would be nice to communicate with others, be a part of something, or have friends drop a line every once in awhile.

Z: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Cody: Yeah, this might get deep, but I want to say it anyways. Life is about finding your identity, becoming the person you not only want to be, but should be. This, from personal experience, is not easy and sometimes makes people crazy. Keep going, if you stop, give up, quit, become overwhelmed, then you give up on everyone you’re supposed to help. I was a junior in the Bible College program when I failed a class and got kicked out. I failed because I discovered I didn’t love myself, but I love my daughter, sister, mom, and friends. All of these great people love me. My friends are the reason I am the man I am. I went to Bible College to challenge Christ and myself. I am now on Asatru (Pagan) who no longer suffers from chronic depression and can never be a Field Minister. I have also never been happier. I am in prison and found who I am. I see real goals that I can achieve. More important, I realize that after one finds themselves, you should then turn around and help others get where you are. This is the Law of Reciprocation, help others to help yourself. A fifteen minute conversation that may mean little to you could mean everything to someone else. Well, I’m Carmichael, just Carmichael. Have a good one!

Cody Carmichael 1709126

Memorial Unit

59 Darrington Road

Rosharon, Texas 77583

Solidarity – by Mr. King Gilliand

Solidarity

Solidarity is like a constant river of knowledge,

people give it out like a determined stream of poetic rhapsody!

Solidarity flows through our veins and into our hearts and

reminds our comrades that they are significant,

Solidarity flows from one prison to another

and from my mind to all of yours,

It will always flow in and out of our lungs,

especially on a bright new year’s day!

Solidarity is in the minds of those who hold so dear

as to not allow themselves to disintegrate into the dust of nothingness

Some people do oppose spoken spoken so emphatically

like poetry and prose,

Solidarity to me is like a beautiful yellow rose that

blossoms and grows into something courageous and wise,

Solidarity don’t tell lies!

Mongoose’s solidarity flows like tap water,

and it’s love courses its way through cracks in the walls

and enters every prison in America,

Mongoose’s love and solidarity flows through the unrestrained brains

out in the community as well,

all the while enlightening souls,

Solidarity finds its way around all perimeters and parameters of

confining blindness to those who will never really know what solidarity is,

Solidarity is something beautiful,

as it prevails over all adversity!

Mr. King Gilliand F60435

480 Alta Road

San Diego, CA 92179