I Need To Be Around Bees – by Eric King

New poem by political prisoner Eric King I need to be around bees

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I need to be around bees

catching shade underneath tall trees.

I need to feel their fuzzy feet

walking all over my hands and knees

I need to melt in the Sun

feel it’s rays all day or even just once

I need to make spider friends

listen real close as it’s web spins

I need some woods to get lost in

have thorns and beetles all over my skin

I need a fresh inhale of life

to bask in the full moon’s light

I need some roadside poke or some fresh cantaloupe

I need to just be let be,

nothing is good that isn’t wild and Free

On Crime – by Steve McCain

Though crime is a problem in American society, it is not the problem. Crime, to a very large extent, is a problem that the U.S. Government has created from whole cloth.

The government, by injecting itself into every facet of domestic life, has made even the prospect of being a spouse or a parent a dangerous and potentially criminal proposition. For example:

If a couple becomes involved in an argument and the police are called, one or the other (usually the male) will be arrested, and will acquire a criminal record as a result, even if no violence or harm occurred.

The government has made it a crime to discipline your children. To spank a child in American society is to abuse that child. It can result in criminal charges being files against the parent, the incarceration of the parent, and the removal of the child from the home.

Those accused of terrorism are without defense, because evidence is not required for conviction.

And then there are drug laws. I would challenge anybody to name even one way that any drug law makes society safer. Nonviolent drug laws (i.e. possession, sale, transportation, etc.) account for 15-20% of all criminal justice activities, but this figure is misleading. Drug offenses are only one small piece of the drug laws puzzle. These laws, more than making the manufacture, sale, transportation and possession of said drugs illegal, gives license to organized crime and invited into our midst a smorgasbord of collatoral crime (i.e. gang activity, weapons crimes, violence and murder, prostitution, sexual slavery and the exploitation of children, and more). These crimes are seldom associated with drug laws, but they are associated with, and, in many cases, a direct product of them.

Is the deception accidental? You can bet it is not. Take this as an example of purposeful deception: Prison population statistics show that only a very small percentage of the prison population is imprisoned for minor or nonviolent drug offenses. What these statistics do not show is that repeated minor offenses (through enhancement provisions) become classified as something other than minor offenses. A person, then, can end up with a fifty year prison sentence because, on three different occasions, he was arrested with an insignificant amount of cocaine in a baggie. The nature of the crime is minor, but its classification is not. The moral of this story: Official categories of crimes cannot be trusted.

Social Distance – by Steve McCain

Urgent… Breaking News

Coronavirus inhibitor found in Texas prison

Circa July 2020

An analysis of the TDCJ-CID social distance policy, as implemented at the Eastham State Plantation, suggests that the coronavirus pathogen is not attracted to human subjects that are standing upright. This appears to be so because the only time the policy is enforced or even seriously suggested, is in those situations where the slaves are seated (i.e. in the chapel and other meeting facilities, or while seated in the dining hall). The social distance policy is by no means enforced in the passageways (except sporadically), in the showers – especially not in the showers, or while standing in the serving or exit lines of the dining hall. This leads us to conclude that the Eastham Chattel will remain perfectly safe and protected from coronavirus so long as they remain in a standing position. Should this conclusion prove false, however, this reporter will die knowing that he has left behind a humorous missive to entertain those who come after.

This was orginally written in March 2020, and then rewritten in July with the following note:

It is now July and we are well into our second coronavirus lockdown. Social distancing, because we are locked down, is not an issue at present, but the prison staff’s lackadaisical adherence to other Covid-19 protective protocols remains a serious concern.

Prisoner Staff Behavior – by Steve McCain

Circa July 2020

We had a visit from Lorie Davis (TDCJ-CID Director) today. From a time shortly before she and her entourage arrived, we must assume the guard at the main gate radioed a warning of her. The guard staff was frantic, at least in our dorm, and they remained so until she had departed.

The guard assigned to our dorm began screaming at the prisoners to put on their (cotton fabric) masks if they were outside their assigned kennel space, and to put on their masks if they went into the dayroom. One must understand that for her to scream, she had to remove her own (N-95) mask.

One June 18, the Plantation began serving hot lunches. This after two solid months (April 19-June 17) of cold, sometimes frozen, sandwiches three times per day. Today, the dorm went to lunch at about 1:00 PM; it was the first time in the last week that I observed most, but not all, of the guards wearing protective face masks.

Our second-shift guard was apparently displeased with the situation (of being required to wear his mask), so he stalked the dorm residents seeking any reason at all to write disciplinary cases on the slaves. He passed me in the asisle, between rows of bunks, as I was returning from the restroom. I heard him mumbling to himself, “Is he out of place?”. At this point, he had already threatened two other prisoners with disciplinary cases for being in the isle without their shirts on; nevermind that he himself, not having his nametag on, was also out of uniform.

There are two things worth noting here:

  1. In the dorm environment, prisoner unifrom policy is called into enforcement only when an officer wishes to act spitefully toward a prisoner, or otherwise as a weapon to extract vengeance. The policy is not commonly enforced.
  2. Officers frequently refuse to wear (or remove) their nametags to inhibit the prisoners’ ability to personally identify them in making complaints. If asked for their name, most will refuse to provide it.

There is, within the context of coronavirus, one other point worth noting here:

Clothe facemasks, with regards to controlling the spread of airborne pathogens are of questionable valuel. Some say they are of no value at all. They are being used by the prison, not as a means to control the spread of a deadly virus, but as yet another means to exert domineering control over powerless subjects. To exemplify this point: We were going to breakfast one morning a few days ago. As we were going out the door, the guard in the passageway said, “Make sure you are wearing your masks, even though I am not wearing mine.” I could provide a dozen or more similar examples of this behavio, but to do so would only be tedious.

How do we battle this? We battle it by having it drip from the lips of:

everybody who is currently in prison,

everybody who has ever been in prison,

everybody who is likely to go to prison,

everybody who knows anyone in any of these groups,

everybody who has ever worked or volunteered at a prison, and

everybody who is concerned about people being abused and exploited

I am not a big fan of prisons, and not only because I am being held hostage in one of them. I am not a fan of prisons because their promoted need is a fantasy, and because, as they are presently utilized, they acquiesce to neglect and abuse. I object to prisons because, in reality, they are little more than torture chambers.

Rosicrucian Manifesto – by Br@n Sc@m

Many believe that freemasonry sprouted out of the earlier mystical traditions of the rosicrucians, a secret society with secret knowledge, said to play major roles in revolutions throughout America, France and much of Europe, known to be heavily involved in the occult, alchemy and mysticism. Also, the reformation of society and self-improvement, ‘rosicrucian’, comes from the Latin meaning “rose” and “cross”. The significance of the cross is the crucifix, a symbol of divine love and illumination, but is also an ancient solar symbol with numeral and geometric significance. It can also represent the four directions and four elements, the intersection between heaven and earth, god and man, male and female, and is known to many Native American tribes as a medicine wheel, which could be the four sacred directions and the four worlds. The rose represents love, purity and beauty, and also the passing of time. It also can represent secrecy. The Latin phrase sub rosa means “in secret”. The color red in the rose represents blood.

It is said that rosicrucian societies have existed from 1614 to this present day. It’s also said the rosicrucian fraternity was founded in the early 15th century by a German nobleman who had the allegorical name Christian Rosenkreutz. Said to have traveled and gained secret knowledge as a youth, he soon gathered eight disciples to teach. Rosenkreutz died in 1484 at the age of 104. The disciples of Rosenkreutz branched off and began training they’re own successors. Rosenkreutz had taught his disciples how to study the hidden forces of nature, the art of alchemy and medicine and how to harness the power of magic, all to be used to cause change and to transform society for the good of all. The end result would be a utopian vision. This meant overturning the established order. According to the manifestos, the eight original disciples were known as “the invisibles” or “the invisible college”.

In 1874, an anti-slavery campaigner by the name of Paschal Beverly Randolph founded the rosicrucian orders in Nashville and San Francisco. He committed suicide a year later. His legacy was soon inherited by R. Swinburne Clymer, who brought together a number of small societies under the banner of the Fraternitas Rosae Crucis (Fellowship of the Rosy Cross), or FRC. The FRC still exists today and is known as the Beverly Hall Corporation. Many believe that rosicrucism and freemasonry were of separate philosophies which mixed together in the 18th century. As with the Illuminati influence, the cross used by rosicrucian societies is also a chemical symbol for “light”. The illuminati can be traced back as far as 1776, when they were publicly identified. Noone is sure about when it was founded. Some say it was founded by a reptillian race from another planet to rule over humans and create a slave race. A sort of game or mining operation, the Illuminati is just one of many secret societies with Muslim ideals and their sights set on a world government, controlling all authority, using mind control and nano-technology, causing a worldwide pandemic for population control and for an excuse to put microchips beneath our skin using a vaccine, technology so microscopic that it’s in the vaccine. Modern day medicine handed out by the Red Cross, a symbol of two serpents intertwined looking like DNA molecules, the Red Cross may be an organization founded by the rosicrucians (the rosy cross) with a mix of the two serpents. Maybe a reptilian organization? Could this be a space race trying to gain total control, or just a human made fraternity using television and meth to control your minds?

Not many people know, but the two founders of the Mormon church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) were freemasons. In the 1800s-1900s the Mormon church had spread from Utah to the lands of the Navajo and Hopi. This spread secrets among many Navajo men, and also a small following that man do not know about. Already infested with withcraft, the Navajo lands were also home to many medicine men and women who were healers and crystal gazers. It was an area of good and evil, the good being the medicine men and women, and the evil being the shapeshifters and Navajo witches that take the shapes of wolves, owls, cougers and horses. From this, many secret societies were formed within the witches, clans of shapeshifters who practiced actual magic.

The House of Old being one of the clans, pretty much the most talked about around Tuba City, Arizona, this clan dates back to when the Mormon settlers came to the area. It’s said that they mixed some freemason ideals with their practices, which were adopted by the shapeshifter clan. It’s said that the House of Old are people who lived through the 1800s and are still living to this day. I have no doubt that this clan is still out on that reservation. I’m a resident of the Navajo nation and I see a lot of witchcraft and hear a lot of people talk. I’ve seen men turn into dogs. I’ve watched a man run through the desert at night and crawul up on a big rock only to turn into some kind of dog on two legs and hop off fifteen feet into the air. I’ve seen a woman’s face turn into ten other faces. I’ve seen a man with horse legs and an antelope head. I’ve had corpse powder blown into my face and I blacked out. So, I have no doubt that the House of Old exists. On the reservation, it’s very isolated and a lot of stories are told. Alot of things are seen and a lot of things remain mysterious.

Are you in control of your life? Ask yourself that question. Listen very carefully to the next song you hear. That’s my song to you. Stay in control of your life. Don’t be swayed into a corner. Fuck those feelings of fear ’cause it ma just be a frequency emitted by satlellite by DARPA or some other technology. Don’t think that God is evil because of religious wars. Secret societies wage war, not God. People ask me why I believe in God. They say, “I thought you were an anarchist?” Being an anarchist doesn’t mean I’m against God. Anarchos is a Greek word that means “without government”. I believe in God ’cause my Navajo tradition also has stories of the creator – “God”, and Jesus Christ went against the Roman government. That makes Jesus an anarchist. So, open up your eyes and live your lives.

Stay in control,

Br@n Sc@m

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Above the Law – by Steve McCain

One must acknowledge having done wrong before repentance can be made, before one can muster the resolve necessary to commit to doing right. This is true for addicts of all assortments; and it is as applicable to a nation’s rulers as it is for the nation’s ruled. So before the United States can progress toward the end of racism, bigotry, and a plethora of other prejudicial and discriminatory behaviors, the federal, state and municipal governments must acknowledge that is they, through policies and practice who have continually sown the seeds of these poisonous plants. These seeds took root long ago, before this nation was a nation of its own. Well watered, they have continued to grow, and have produced an environment that is miasmic to harmony.

Here, we discuss police misconduct, because it has come to be identified as a major issue in the United States. It is important that we understand, however, that misconduct is not a problem exclusive to the police. The public hears about police misconduct because incidents involving the police are easy for the Press to see and report on; others, that will be identified later, act in either virtual or utter opacity, and are beyond the power of the Press. These actors, because they are invisible to the Press, are both more dangerous and harmful. For now, we will limit the discussion to police officers, and, specifically those who tend to be:

hostile,

aggressive,

violent,

racist,

generally hateful, or worse – indifferent;

and so the list goes on.

It would be both unfair and untruthful to apply this discription to all police officers, and perhaps applying it to most, or even many, would be as unjust, but it does apply to enough of them to attract serious public attention. Not all dogs are vicious, but enough are to make the prudent person weary of approaching a stray. But is a dog to be blamed for acting according to its nature, or for its poor training? This is the perfect analogical template from which to consider law enforcement profressionals: For who is it that is attracted to a acareer in law enforcement but the one who is naturally propensed toward hostility, aggression and violence? What have we, then, if this same individual was raised in an environment characterized by racism, bigotry and other hateful or indifferent behaviors? Such environments are bountiful in the U.S. As with all vicious dogs, prudence demands they be maintained on short leashes.

This is where our governments are failing in their responsibility to protect the people. In a vicious dog attack both the dog and owner alike are held responsible. Not so in vicious police attacks; in these, seldom is it that anyone at all is held accountable. Not only are these individuals (violent criminals in their own right) protected by their departments and their unions, but also by the courts, through a construct of the courts known as ‘qualified immunity’. This is a glaring example of the government protecting its own. Never do we hear about the enablers (i.e. the police chiefs, union presidents, or the judges who are granting immunity) being held accountable for creating the policies that enable such rogue behavior. Never do we hear of these individuals being taken to task for their contributory and enabling roles.

Police aggression and violence, along with other forms of official misconduct, and the tolerance and fostering of such behavior is paid for with the pain, suffering and lives of its victims. This costs American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars annually; perhaps more. The sun of accountability may be rising, however. There are positive signs appearing on the horizon. No longer can we allow public servants to be shielded from accountability, nor can we afford that benefit to their protectors (who are indirectly responsible). To shield government actors from the legal consequences of their misbehaviors is to pave the road to despotism. If these individuals are acting within the confines of the law, they have no need of a shield; they have no need of any protection beyond the protection of the law; the same protection that every other citizen enjoys, if these government actors are obeying the laws which they have been charged to enforce, they have nothing to fear.

If, on the other hand, these individuals are using their public positions to terrorize or harm the citizenry whom they have been charged to protect, they should be made to suffer double consequences for their willful abuse of public position. If those exercising authority over the citizenry are allowed to escape the consequences of their misbehaviors – this includes the policymakers, lawmakers, and judges, among others – in so allowing, we have given license to tyranny and surrendered our freedom to it. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis declared:

Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”

Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928)

As mentioned earlier, the police are not alone on this road. Also traveling this path are jail and prison employees, but these groups do not share the police’s position under the spotlight of the Press. This is a fact that makes them more dangerous, not less. Prosecutors and trial judges are also here, and, like jail and prison employees, they occupy a position out of the limelight. The misconduct of this group is likely the most harmful of all, because it affects the greatest number of people, and because the effects of their misconduct can be felt by the victims of it for years, decades, or… lifetimes.

Henry Wade, Dallas County, Texas’ former District Attorney for 28 years is quoted as saying:

“Guilty ones are easy to convict. It takes real effort to convict the innocent.”

Criminal Legal News, Vol. 1 No. 13, Dec. 2018, p. 38

In a free and just society, no one can be “above the law”.

No Matter How Difficult – by Comrade Z

Direct action means industrial action directly by, for, and of the workers themselves, without the treacherous aid of labor misleaders or scheming politicians; a strike that is initiated, controlled and settled by the workers directly affected is direct action. Direct action is combined action, directly on the job to secure better job conditions. Direct action is industrial democracy.

If the workers of the world want to win all they have to do is recognize their own solidarity. They have nothing to do but fold their arms in their pockets then all the property of the capitalists. As long as the workers keep their hands in their pockets the capitalists cannot put theirs in there. With passive resistance, with the workers absolutely refusing to move, lying absolutely silent, they are more powerful than all the weapons and instruments that the other side has for attack.

We believe the most violent thing the workers can do is when they quit work.”

-Adolf Lessig (1913), IWW

Fellow workers, this is the moment to put all your differences aside, in the name of humanity, in the name of fraternity, equality, and liberty. I took it upon myself to speak out against injustices against prisoners. It is why I sit in this single-man cell without any justice for stat repression, showing the men that “no matter what”, “no matter how difficult” the journey. Solidarity will triumph over anything the state can throw at me. Here I stand with Texas Local Charter wobblies on Darrington Slave Camp, and beaming with joy, that not only our charter formed, but another on a different unit. There are no words, men and women in TDCJ, to express how fuckin’ proud you make me. Courage, strength and lots of humor has pulled me through. There is “a time for everything”, and for us, the time has arrived to destroy this slavecatcher cult that is TDCJ.

Those days are long gone, and while everyone ele is moving with the time, Governor Greg “Neanderthal” Abott and his Trumpian sidekick Lt. Governor Dan “Caveman” Patrick are still taking advantage of the people and leaving them in the dark, literally, about their own capitalist agendas. Dark money is the reason why millions went cold, dark money used to grease neanderthals’ bank accounts, whether foreign or domestic. Still, our fight is with the draconian criminal justice system that is plagued with the same corruption. I’ve made some really disgusting discoveries about the system, fighting Dirty Darrington’s administration. But, one badass discovery was – TDCJ is full of shit. It’s not equipped to stop a mass movement from outside-in. I’ve called their bluffs and faded their tortures, and in the end, I’m still here, and those who dared to attack me while in a cage are no longer employed here. Wining and liberating myself is wonderful and I want that for all.

On March 16, 2021 TDCJ shake-down team in riot gear kill another black man on Darrington on the unit that is now officially an IWOC unit. Our people need to pay close attention to the slavecatcher tactics the state of Texas allows peon officers to use on the inmate. I am under state repression for report 15+ suicides under this same warden. Now, he’s gone the extra mile to try to scare the prison population with his coward-ass attack on us slaves. For this reason, I unite with you to abolish this shit, for this very reason. Now, you can try to lie and say it’s accidental, but reality shows it’s not. I’ve taken on physical attacks, threats of attack, torture, segregation, and faux-disciplinary cases just for reporting suicides, and since I do not scare easy or fear my oppressor, he has to prove to his peers that he’s a true thug.

Don’t let Darrington go down without taking a piece of it with you. We hold more power united as one than this coward-ass agency. Slave tactics are useless against solidarity. Please tell our families the slave plantation is killing slaves. It started with just assaulting slaves. Now, Warden Bruce Armstrong is a bonified killer of slaves. Law of parties states if you are aware or in the vicinity of a murder, you too can be charged with murder. Not on Darrington, they just sweep it under the rug by lying to the victim’s family. The same tactic was used when 95 slave bodies were found in Sugarland, Texas at the hands of the same agency – TDCJ.

To the F-Line murder victim – REST IN POWER

Solidarity,

Z

TLC-IWOC, IU613

FDC Englewood – by Eric King

from supportericking.org

When someone is indicted federally, they are sent to either a private facility, or a Federal detention center (or held in county jail through US Marshal contracts). People indicted in Florence get sent to the Englewood FDC. Right now there are abortion bombers, people called killers, people called gang leaders, but not me. For the last 19 months, the admin or US Marshals (or both) have kept me in SHU (segregated housing unit) with no reason given.

At the FDC pretrial folks get to prepare for trial. They can call their lawyers daily and have in-person visits to review all evidence against them. At the fdc, prisoners have daily access to the law library and can print anything off pertinent to their case. In the SHU I am allowed 1 15 minute phone call per week with my attorney, we’ve never had an in-person visit, over a year and a half after being indicted, still haven’t been able to review our full discovery of evidence. There is a law library here and if you don’t mind filling a written request the guards will get you in there…. HOWEVER printing out documents can take weeks to retrieve, if ever. You will be charged for the paper and then told you never printed anything, maybe try again next week?

Being in the FDC is having a normalized pre-trial experience. You were able to make friends and enemies, use select fitness equipment and shower daily. You get to feel fresh air outside playing basketball or just walking the track. You can call or email your family as much as you like, you have a cell door so you can take a s*** without a guard monitoring your status. Real canteen is available to make your meals or buy songs for your mp3. You get to build bonds with the people around you, hear their stories and share yours. If you get a disciplinary write up you go to SHU you do your time (sanctions, it designated amount of time you will spend in segregation) then you come back, business as usual.

Since I’ve been back here I’ve seen the entire SHU get turned over except my neighbor Smiles and I, who has 8 months clear conduct and is spun constantly over his eligibility…. Days ago someone who had masturbated in front of multiple staff members was allowed back for the second time, Smiles and I still wait…

The admin lies over and over, it’s a mind game “if you do this, we will reward you” then some other excuse arises. The main excuse is I am a “threat to security” no one cannot explain what this means, this is not a designation. There is no manual I can read to further understand as a threat to security what I’m entitled. Meanwhile we’ll continue to wait, fighting a serious legal case while trying to maintain our sanity. The judges and prosecutors will say everything’s fine, but I haven’t seen the stars in two and a half years.

The system is rigged

This is why we fight