A Brief Message for Abolitionists – by Eric King

January 7, 2021

Action must be taken, risk must be taken, creativity must be invoked. Right now, people are pushing the “Revolutionary” tag, but our words have never moved walls. We need creative attention-grabbing protests against the Bureau’s benefactors, companies like Keefe, Bob Barker Co., etc. Shame them into divesting, shame companies from making money off our slave labour. We need coordinated big protests at regional and national headquarters along with massive strikes and occupations inside. We need to set up blockades to prison entrances, we need to occupy headquarters with sit-ins or get armed and fucking take them (like we saw yesterday). On a county jail level, 20 people will take the jail and open every door. On a BOP level, if coordinated right, it could happen. Maybe this is my “Harper’s Ferry” and my own doom, but these are not pipe dreams, these are not fantasy ideas. Coordination, direct action, mass protest, media attention – they dont like these suggestions ’cause they require action. It also requires hard work and having solutions. We need to have solutions for how to implicate other forms of justice. There are savage monsters inside who will kill/rape someone for a stamp. How do we handle that? We need ideas and action. I’m telling you though, I’ve been in prisons that could be taken easily, and that’s a step, one of many that are needed. We can’t abolish prisons without abolishing courts and prosecutors. We have many enemies in this fight.

Eric is given yet another 6 month correspondence restriction

from supportericking.org

On January 5th, 2021, Eric was once again placed on a 6- month communication restriction in response to a New Year’s Eve noise demo that was held outside of FCI Englewood by various groups in Denver, a demo that happens every single year at prisons worldwide. After being accused of organizing the demo, the BOP finally admitted that they are aware  that Eric had nothing to do with the noise demo. Despite this fact, the BOP North Central Regional office instructed  Englewood to restrict Eric’s communication.   

Apparently, in the BOP prisoners will be held responsible for anything anyone may do. It is interesting though that in 2017 when the right-wing Bundy family attempted to force their way into the prison to visit a prisoner they stood in solidarity with, driving around the parking lot, evading guards, blasting music… there were no disciplinary actions or restrictions enforced on the prisoner. This must be another special BOP rule that only applies to anti-fascists. 

Eric can no longer correspond with anyone outside his family and lawyer. He is again cut off from communication from anyone that might offer him support and strength and solidarity during a global pandemic. He is again isolated from all contact with friends that matter deeply to him.

If folks want to help, he can receive books. These can be a great distraction for him and all of the prisoners he passes them onto, especially during this next level federal lock-down.  Eric’s Booklist

Donations to the bad ass lawfirm who has stepped up for him in a real way can be made, to help ensure they have the resources to continue to stand behind folks who are fighting oppression in real ways.  Donate to the Civil Liberties Defense Center

Texas, Pay American Inmates Their Due! – by Comrade GW

To my fellow inmates, brothers and sisters, and to whom it all may concern:

With the upmost respect, thank you all for your time and consideration. For is it not your own freewill who considers your own time? No one else? All the more reason to make this time we have the best imaginable. #TxPaid (Pay American Inmates Their Due) is a movement in progress on Dirty Darrington Unit. The goal is to bring about a positive change, not only for our families wellbeing but for our own well being. A man’s ego will quickly take the shirt off his back for another. His pride on the other hand will stop a man short of asking for a shirt. Ancient teachings suggest that in order to take care of another we must learn to care for ourselves first and foremost. Pay wages for all incarcerated workers, time cuts, time credits and countless amount of demands that you the prisoners want, to live a better life and to ensure we all have a way out. Our only shortcomings are not acting directly upon realistic possibilities. Change is within reach. We can seize the opportunity as a whole! Abolish slave labor in Texas. Get #TxPaid !

Anyone is welcome to write to the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) IWOC (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee) to support you workers in bringing the laws into effect:

IWW GHQ IWW-KC

PO Box 180195 PO Box 414304

Chicago, IL 60618 Kansas City, MO 64191

As the IWW are famous for doing, they are here for Texas to help and guide us through a statewide Unconditional Work Stoppage until Texas government pays every worker and brings tangible parole guidelines back into effect. We are not alone in here. Believe it or not, there are people out there who are more than willing to fight for prisoners’ human rights who want to go against the prison system. We need to demonstrate to our outside free-world support that we want change for ourselves as much as they want change for us.

If there was ever a time for direct action its right now! The United States of America is at its most vulnerable due to the economic distress the pandemic recently disrupted. Notice how the USA is bending to the will of the people who are organized in unison and solidarity? Look at all the amazing progress various movements are accomplishing in the free world. We inmates inside the penitentiary can accomplish great feats in here as well. Need an example? Take a look at the stimulus check we were recently granted. Want to know how that came to be? Inmates inside the California prison system fought for our rights to claim that check. And won. Did anyone celebrate the victory of convicted felons winning one over on the government? No. Everyone remained blind to the fact that all it takes on our part is a little disruption to lift the fog on what’s really going on. Can you imagine what we inmates in Texas will accomplish if we simply come together as fellow men and women in prisons? I’m talking about getting #TxPaid.

Our enemies (the government) have long since figured out that there is strength in numbers. But our selfishness and apparent difference has kept us from reaching the same conclusion. If we formed an alliance, a union, amongst each other with a mutual respect for obtaining our end goal we will all surely go down in history as one of those moments that changed everything. Laws are passed every odd year. Train oneself to spot opportunities. As they may appear in many forms and fashions. With that being said, this may be the last opportunity of its caliber to present itself.

Think about it. The whole world is changing due to unforeseen circumstances. Why not add another variable to the governments over-all equation? (I bet they’ll never see this #TxPaid movement either!) President Joe Biden has a hell of lot on his plate. Do us all a favor in the penitentiary and don’t hake the spoon on this mofo. Our only chance is to force change. If we all play our cards right, we can force the capitalist hand to work in our favor, the oppressed prison population.

I’m not just talking out the side of my neck (is that even physically possible?), I’m speaking on real life. This very moment is happening right now! Real topics about the Texas penitentiary (National penitentiary as well) are being discussed by real people in and out of Texas prisons. Take into consideration an article from the Houston Chronicle from Tuesday, November 24, 2020 about the Darrington Unit: “TDCJ Loses City Contract Over Unpaid Prison Labor” is the heading. TDCJ was to win the contract with $4.2 million to tread tires in the unit’s tire plant. However, the city redirected the contract to Southern Tire Mart, who TDCJ bidded $750,000 less than. The only other bidder. This was accomplished by requesting new bids using language that required compensation for workers. TDCJ pulled their bid. $4.6 million went to STM. The city stated it doesn’t want to funnel money into an immoral and unjust system, relating the prison labor to slavery. Facts! Did you know that Texas was “convict leasing” convicts to local plantation owners? It was abolished over 100 years ago. Now is the time to abolish slave labor. Facts! Dylan McGuiness wrote a follow up article on December 3, 2020. Please email Dylan for more info.

Texas remains one of the most notoriously stubborn states of them all because the extremely wealthy hasn’t experienced the complete disruption unionism and solidarity of the oppressed prison population can cause in the State of Texas. The old saying “strike at the heart” remains true even till this day. Luckily for us prisoners, the capitalists heart is located inside their pockets! What better way to “hit em where it hurts” than to initiate a statewide Unconditional Work Stoppage. Just stop working. All of us. Until they abolish slave labor in Texas. Until we get #TxPaid. It’s literally that easy! The mind and the ego desire complexity in everything which is why there is surely more to it than that, right? Wrong! Becoming organized is the challenge.

From those who shovel crap out of barns to those who wipe crap out of the warden’s ass. When the timing is called upon, just stop working until we get #TxPaid. Can you fathom the disruption our movement will cause? Are you willing to stand up for your rights? We won’t be alone. Word will spread of our trend. All units all over Texas needs to organize as we are on Dirty Darrington to abolish slave labor. To claim our rights.

People on the outside are working endlessly to demonstrate their solidarity for us prisoners. We only need to meet them halfway! The outcome will be revolutionary! Time and again we inmates allow these oppressors to win their petty battles while it is us who are fully capable of winning the war! In our fight to abolish slave labor there are many more demands that we may voice in our pursuit of happiness. Assuming, that is, you are unhappy about our overall incarceration living conditions. Because I am. I’m not at home with my family. I’m not out playing pool at a bar somewhere. At this very moment I’m right here with you all. Right here, for you all.

Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone. Facts. This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. What you choose to do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. If tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever. In its place is something you have left behind. Let it be something good. Let it be one for the books. For all of us who are tired of being tired of being tired! I’ve always seemed to come up short from the glory in my own personal life. In its place is something I left behind. A memory. A lesson. Something I can look back on and smile. Knowing in my heart that I tried. Using my failures for the fruition of success. What else is there to be afraid of? The prison system will do what they want regardless. Their retaliation will only be temporary, but our impact will be forever. The only wrong action is inaction. Remember, people over profit! Let’s all get #TxPaid together. There’s money out there for everyone to eat. We’re no different. Everybody is adding their puzzle piece to the world’s bigger picture. I believe it’s time to give the world a piece of us. Let’s unionize. Let’s organize. Let’s demonstrate together in solidarity. For all my fellow inmates who have time to do. There may never be a time such as this. Let’s all be a part of today. Fuck you, Pay us! #TxPaid

-Comrade GW

The Proper Form of Politeness is Attack – by Comrade Z

“Wherever you find injustice, the proper form of politeness is attack”

T-Bone Slim, IWW

There is no doubt that I have disrespected my slavecatchers. Why not? If you were raised in South Texas, the best way to deal with your bully is to fight …lose, win or draw. My bullies are many, so they have every advantage, and take punches at me, like the cowards that they are. Yes, I’m talking about my Warden and is slavecatching dogs. Intimidation, retaliation, discrimination, demoralization, whatever torture is used in TDCJ, it’s ongoing now.

This year, I am ten times stronger than ever. My predictions of attack by administration were timed and studied closely; trapdoor spider patience, and I got my enemy back in the spotlight. Through all of my campaigning I’ve continually wrote grievances on Wardens, two of which are o longer employed on Dirty Konsentrationslager Darrington. As of December 2020 I am again under attack by Wardens anad again I filed yet another grievance for First Amendment Right’s Violations, only this time brought on by Intelligence Officer Garcia and Mailroom Clerk Ms. Ford.

“Leave my mail alone” is what I asked multiple times. My media mail was intercepted and destroyed illegally by mailroom and intelligence officers for attempting to “incite a riot. First and foremost, it’s “unconditional work stoppage”, statewide organizing that I am working on and have been for 9 months strong. Wardens know then and still know everything I do because I do not hide what I do or who I am. Anticipating this attack, I do admit to attacking the enemy by exposing an entrapment scheme that has been in progress since Warden Powers was lead corruption warden. This is involving the mailroom clerks, disciplinary officers, classification supervisors, majors, captains, lieutenants and sergeants. The spiderweb of deceit and corruption is woven from the exploitative capitalists’ slaveholding mentality and greed ad now I am going to attack with the solidarity of the black and brown and poor communities of every nationality in the US.

During these new, progressive changes in society, oversight committees are for the communities to take charge of how the new criminal justice system should operate, with justice at the hands of society’s finest, the people. While your sons and daughters have no idea that they are being set up by officers and wardens, to take their bait and lose, people, Dirty Darrington is called Dirty because of the corrupt officers in charge of introducing contraband into this facility for the purpose of entrapment. I, a victim of this scheme, stand indicted for a cellphone I used once or twice to reach out to family, to ease my desperation, and somehow a picture of me ends up on Major Pharr’s cellphone.

This was an eye opener because Sergeant Estrada was in the same room when he said it! And he gave him a look, like he said too much. After watching and watching, Sgt. Estrada, Sgt. Williams, Intelligence officers, Captain Cooper, Lt. Lott, Sgt. Akinsonu, Sgt. Baker, Lt. Dumbya, Lt. Wilcox, Major Penkowsky, Field Squad officers – all are tied in with this lucrative scheme. Mailroom supervisor Ms. Ford is working with intelligence officers, allowing contraband to flow at the order of Estrada, Warden Armstrong and others. They are illegally introducing their contraband to feed Cynthia Bridges, special prosecutor at Brazoria County, her convictions and to keep TDCJ segregation areas full. Majority black and brown people fill this shithole because desperation is capitalized on by TDCJ. I’ve been trying to tell the Mothers of Texas that something is really wrong here. So help me. Help your sons and daughters.

Tell them to stop working for free and fearing slavecatchers. They are no better than you. They just haven’t been caught. Yet. Unite with me. Come see for yourself. Bring in a practical investigation on Warden Armstrong’s corruption team. Hold them responsible for forcing suicides by allowing these mind altering narcotics into the facility just to keep state funding coming. It’s going straight into their bank accounts. My oppressor is attacking me, an indigent segregated political prisoner, a freedom fighter. I want pay wages and parole reform for these men, and I want justice for the mothers grieving for the murdered men that these individuals murdered by torture, by forcing suicide. No, I won’t be silenced. They’ve taken everything from me, so I have no attachment to property. I cannot own anything TDCJ can take away. Parole wants to attempt to hurt me by saying we deny your parole for agitating on Darrington. Listen to me, you can’t take something I never had and isn’t guaranteed. Parole should be ashamed for the moral values they stand by. Wardens are no better. Come find out for yourself.

Go to #PrisonsKill, contact Fight Toxic Prisons or Central Texas ABC. Ask any abolitionist standing with me in solidarity against the peace and dignity of the state. I understand this is a black holocaust that has never ended. Black people – if you disagree, I will end my fight for freedom. If I am wrong for standing up against my oppressor who hate’s the chicano movement, if I am wrong, I cannot remove my brown skin or Mexican-American heritage. My life’s blood will spill at the hands of my oppressor before I will cease to speak. The fascists bleed just like me Come and serve your community justice and bring these criminals to justice. I’ve paid my dues. Black and brown communities all across Texas are dealing with the same social injustices in all 100 units across Texas.

I guarantee you this, and if I am lying, you have every right to ask me, to leave the oppressor alone, to continue their criminal acts, and cruel and unusual punishment. The Final Straw Radio, April 23, 2020 episode proves to everyone that I’ve timelined all of my agitation with abolitionists posting it on Instagram, itsgoingdown.org being the first in August of 2019. With the knowledge of all wardens, the only thing is they refused to acknowledge my I-60s. They wrote me off as a nobody. Here I am in 2021, and now if you ask Warden Armstrong or any officer at Dirty Darrington if they know who I am, they should, because my flyers are circulating in Texas prisons, occupied police stations, occupied city halls, book stores, media outlets, radio stations, and I’ve even sent copies to Huntsville, the Brazoria Sheriff’s Department, OIGs, STGs, inmates, IWW-IWOCs across America, the entire Eastern seaboard.

I love all of you for passing my message onto people of all walks of life, for those who are dropping sponsorship for my Texas Prison Podcast equipment, anarchist media. I love all of you. It’s been a rough ride, but I’m gonna expose one more fact. The entire time we built this network, Warden Armstrong tried very hard to pretend I did not exist. We made two wardens disappear through our campaigns. Now we need to remove the rest of the criminal administrators and let them sit in jails and prisons for their crimes against humanity.

This is my call to arms, all from a simple, bullshit disciplinary case brought to my door on E-Line 3 row 12 cell by intelligence officer Reyes, written by officer Garcia, by order of Bruce “KKKontraband KKKing” Armstrong. Stay tuned, for every case written in anger, I will not write grievances. I will write the black mommas and brown mommas who are dying to see their sons so they can serve their brand of justice.

People out there understand, I am human, first and foremost. TDCJ is now being addressed as the terrorist agency that it’s always been. Blinders have fallen off the Texans eyes. People deserve a chance. I’m not going to get that chance because I chose to sacrifice myself to end TDCJ, for raising the anarchist abolitionist flag. I’m okay with that. This isn’t about me. It’s about catching up with demonstrators, protests and positive changes being forced upon TDCJ and in classic TDCJ style, they want to teach the runaway slave a lesson and teach the other slaves a lesson by sicking the slavecatcher’s dogs on me, to de-flesh my bones. The dogs are these intelligence officers.

In the past, Texas slaves were tied to cotton gins, left out four days and five nights, and then the warder would send the slaves to retrieve their comrade, who had been gnawed on by rats and vermon. TDCJ is no different today. Today’s version of that tactic is called “Death Watch”. If I speak out, I’m “inciting a riot”for telling all the other slaves about an article that reads “TDCJ Loses City Contract to Unpaid Labor” (May 12, 2020) from HoustonChronicle.com by Dylan McGuiness. I am denounced for celebrating the $4.2 million Dirty Darrington lost, with Bruce Armstrong at the wheel. The walk of shame of the century belongs to him. That’s for all the forced suicies and torture of mentally ill in solitary confinement. Payback’s a bitch and I’m loving every fucking moment of it. TDCJ is on life support. Our parole reform, our pay wages, our choice to end Texecution, all of that belongs to Texas incarcerated workers, now and for the foreseeable future. We need to align ourselves with the Houston City Council members and State Representatives standing behind the changes that are a damn good start to abolition. I’ll give credit where it’s due. I can’t stand politics, but this is the chance of a lifetime. If the Texas Mothers do not begin sending the message to their sons to take power back into their lives, for the definite changes necessary, to end prison slavery and the prison industrial complex.

TDCJ has won far too long, shamelessly. TCI (Texas Correctional Industries) says online it is a for-profit company, but who profits? Not our families, not our children, not our loved ones, but they work your loved ones 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, no days off, until health is no longer repairable or parole available. Fuck that. The time is here. Please, I’m talking to all Texas families to end TDCJ’s life. Sentence TDCJ to death.

Hear me out Texas, it’s 2021 – We have no more time to waste. Organize your local prison units. Support them by keeping slavecatchers off their whips. TDCJ is a thing of the ancient racist past. There is a confederate museum dedicated to slavery in Huntsville. Vote for Comrade Z as Texas Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee – IU 613 Delegate. Let’s keep IWW-IWOC in charge of workers in Texas. I am begging South Texas mothers to contact me. I am willing to answer to all of you. Send media, newspaper reporters. Let me share with the communities a solution to social injustice in Texas. All voices count. In this struggle, I’ve learned a lot.

Please contact me. Let me share some facts with you. If you call my warden, expect lies and manipulation. If you want facts calls Brianna Peril at 510-368-3426. I am willing to lay my life down for these changes to this terrorist agency called Texas Department of Minimal Justice.

Thank you for reading this lecture.

#PrisonsKill

Solidarity and Sabotage,

Comrade Z

Texas Correctional Industries and Commissary Gouging – by Curtis Stephens

I’m not exactly sure how this goes or where to start or even what to say, so I suppose I’ll begin with a brief introduction. My name is Curtis Stephens. I am 41 years old, from a tiny spot in East Texas, not far from Houston. At the age of 17 I was arrested, charged and eventually convicted of Capital Murder. Upon conviction I was given a mandatory minimum life sentence. (I must do 40-flat calendar years before becoming eligible for parole) This sentence was handed down without the benefit of a punishment phase. I’ve been locked up since 1997 so I’ve seen my fair share of things down here, so much that I honestly don’t even know where to begin! However, I do feel like enough is enough.

It is my desire to reach out! To dialogue with people on the outside about the various issues we deal with on a daily basis. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice would have the voters and taxpayers believe that their practices are all righteous and just, that their draconian rules and policies exist for the purposes of “the rehabilitation of the offender”. Or is the prison industrial complex in the State of Texas designed to enrich the fat cats in Huntsville and Austin as it has done for well over a century? I just want to put some things out there and let you decide. Believe me, these people are not going to tell you what’s really going on “beyond the walls”! But, before continuing, I do want to say that I write thee words with great trepidation.

These people don’t play fair! By putting this in the mail I am opening myself up to reprisal from the administration in a variety of ways. Let me tell you, they have been known to get very creative with their retaliatory practices. They’ll make it look like I’m the one in violation, not them! After all, they’re the ones with all the power, often making up new “rules” on the fly to try to shut down any and all forms of what they define as dissent. There is no independent oversight and the disciplinary process and grievance procedures are a fucking joke. So, if they say I did it – that’s it, that’s all, end of story.

As I stated before, there is so much I could speak on. The amount of bullshit going on would be overwhelming if it were all laid out at one time, but that would take a long time. As this is my first foray into this sort of thing, I’ll limit this to one particular area of concern – the commissary department. According to the 2020 World Almanac, the State of Texas (as of 2019) has 162,523 men and women locked up. That astounding figure eclipses that of entire nations, such as Columbia (119,491), Pakistan (83,718), United Kingdom (83,226), France (68,974) and Saudi Arabia (68,056), among others.

Those of us who find ourselves in Administrative Segregation or simply decline to use the offender telephone system must rely on the unit commissary to purchase correspondence material in order to communicate with the outside world. That’s a lot of people buying pens, stamps, envelopes and writing paper. There was a time that they allowed us to purchase envelopes and paper from outside vendors and have those items sent in. Alas – they brought that to a screeching halt some time ago. Why? I cannot speculate. It really wasn’t too bad. At the time I was still able to buy notebook paper from the commissary. If memory serves me correctly, I could get a pack of paper (100 sheets) for $1.15. That is, until the Texas Correctional Industry decided to get in the game. (TCI is the widespread, diverse conglomerate that produces goods through slave labor to be sold in unit commissaries) Now if I want to buy notebook paper with lines on it, the only option I have is a TCI product. I get 50 sheets of paper for $2.50! And I have no choice! You do the math. Is this not price gouging? They lock people up for that shit in the world, but to do it to inmates is alright. But that’s just one thing.

Anyone who has ever been locked up will tell you that wearing protection on your feet in the shower is absolutely essential. That is, unless you want your feet to rot off! Well, thankfully TCI provides this item. You can get a pair of TCI shower shoes from your local unit commissary for the handsome price of $7.00. Go down to Dollar General and get basically the same damn shoe for, you guessed it, One American Dollar. So why am I forced to pay seven times that amount for something every inmate has to have?!

There is plenty more I could get into. I just want to communicate with people on the outside who are interested in helping us blow the lid off of all the bullshit going on down in Texas. Please feel free to contact me. I’ll be here. I’d like to know there are people who are concerned about our daily struggle. I’m looking forward to hearing from you all! Until then – STAND FAST.

Curtis Stephens 871512

Darrington Unit

59 Darrington Road

Rosharon, TX 77583

Dear Anarchist Abolitionists – by Comrade Z

Dear Anarchist-Abolitionist,

As the music of Les Brown plays in my ear my soul is transported to the Ben Fletcher days. The world’s greatest black organizer of his era, and his Wobbly band, how awesome it must of felt to have your down-ass homeboys/comrades to ride with you, sink or swim. (Sigh!) In this day and age, the TDCJ policy has been effective, no doubt, but no longer the whip we fear. On this side you’ve got slaves holding the TDCJ. Slaveholders arm, as they try to inflict the same old tactics, only this time, we are being watched by city council members and state representatives.

Today, slave catcher Warden Armstrong is using his intimidation and retaliative tactics to silence one fellow worker inside. Why? You ask. Well, it doesn’t take much to ask about m agitation of the past 9 months, through multiple abolitionist and IWW organizational campaigns. I’ve really got under this entire unit’s skirt. Please, call here. Ask for yourself. He’ll love it!

Some men are wondering, “Hey Z, why after 9 months of agitation are they just now writing you up for inciting a riot.” * shoulder shrug * I dunno! I’m not with “rioting”. There are too many older men on Darrington who’s safety and freedom is my primary concern. I am guilty of “creating” the Texas Unconditional Work Stoppage, a peaceful demonstration. Something my slave catchers have been knowing about. Only their egos have blinded them so badly I bet they thought, “That spic couldn’t possibly do the impossible”. Well this “spic” has done it and I’ve done it with every other degenerate, a derogatory term Armstrong uses with his KKKind heart.

Black and brown and poor white communities are now under no one’s spell, especially TDCJ, so I say to all: empower yourselves, for the cause that will finally end prison slavery. Not only that, make your demands. Get your parole reform set in stone. It’s that simple y’all. Unite now and get back at your oppressors for fucking up our mailrooms, for not giving us A/C, for not updating our phone systems, for not giving us cable, for charging us for everything and paying us shit, not even an extra portion of food.

Fuck your extra portion. Fuck all of you corrupt motherfuckers setting up inmates to keep them away from their families. Warden Armstrong asked an inmate, “Do you wish prison was like back in the day or present time?” Here’s my answer: I wish for the abolition of all prisons and their systems in place that mass incarcerate brown and brown people for frivolous shit, as they did back in AmeriKKKan days of racist discrimination. Nothing has changed today. Warden Armstrong is guilty of torturing mentally ill, mentally disabled, handicapped people, forcing people to suicide by refusing access to families, oppressing the mailroom, but not for his own benefit. If the drugs are coming in, he’s conspiring with intelligence officers to entrap inmates and has been for over 4 years now. Ask Angela Chevalier and Warden Powers.

How about this? Brazoria County “Special Prosecutor” has been convicting all the victims of this scheme. It’s simple to get a federal investigation going by asking for the data of convictions coming out of this unit and every other TDCJ unit in Texas. I guarantee you, your minds will be blown by the amount of contraband found in TDCJ. Do not fail to ask: How did that get in there? Easy. There are Warden Armstrong’s corrupt intelligence officers controlling it. Today, since I am receiving bogus disciplinary cases for asking Warden Armstrong for access to family and media, with them on a conference call, to address these issues on The Farm. Mostly I wanted to talk about the solidarity coming out of Houston, Texas city council and state representatives to share ideas of how we as prisoners can help in the transition of new bills being set before Texas congress to make sure we get what the communities are fighting for us to get. But in classic KKKulture of the slave catcher, they sent Officer Reyes to intimidate me with an “Inciting to Riot” case.

Officer Garcia sent him, during a Covid-19 medical lockdown, in an ad seg cell, which keeps me locked in 24/7. I am accused of “inciting a riot”. All of my I-60s will prove to all that. I asked nicely and they attacked me for it. Now I am attacking back by exposing his criminal scheme on Dirty Darrington.

I want the people to come look for themselves, to see the truth. I want the truth to be known and since slave catcher is revered as a God Fearing Man, lets see how true this is. Comrades, I am calling for all of you to make this place the focal point of repressive tactics that are threatening to halt progress in the State of Texas. I stand for parole reform and pay wages, oversight committee, ending Texecution, ending TDCJ and bringing in a new form of criminal justice system from the core to the crust of this sphere. I am requesting that all comrades on social media, instead of losing focus on our main objective, that a choice few lay the groundwork to bring an investigation on these administrators and ensure that a conviction is brought forth for the injustice they continue to impose on the poor black and brown communities through entrapment.

I fear no one, not even death, and I take responsibility for my past actions that were birthed by TDCJ designed and orchestrated desperation. I’m only human. I missed my family. I had no money for soap, toothpaste, deodorant. I was being denied adequate amounts of food. No phone access. My humanity was dying and I know what happens to inmates in Texas that are thrown away. They are forced to perform sexual favors or take cellphone cases or drug cases for others, or live in constant poverty and rely on the human decency of some like myself who chose to keep our humanity intact and survive on a shot of coffee donated by someone who knows how embarrassing it is to walk to commissary and come back empty handed time and time again.

You know what administration tells the guy who gets caught with cell phones and drugs brought in by TDCJ? “Listen man, we know what goes on in here. We know why you chose to pick up that phone. Help us and we can possibly help you.” Now, where in TDCJ policy does it say that only when you’re caught can officers dangle a Desperation Card for you. It’s unheard of.

Computer is an algorithm of indigent data that lets them know who to throw under the bus, because no one in Texas is going to miss him or her. Cha-ching! More profit for administration and TDCJ, because the state pays for convictions. Special prosecutor Cynthia Bridges has no clue that is what happened to the vast majority of her convictions. Lets not give them names. It’s too humane. But her convictions are all brought by the same people for the past 5 years and no one has ever had the guts to say it’s wrong! You have committed federal crimes by doing this and are abusing your position in life to make these humans miserable vessels who have now lost hope because of the message you have taught them.

Furthermore, you send real Christian Brothers to come feed them the Word of God after you have used the Spirit of Deception to enslave and punish these unsuspecting victims you hand picked off your personal computer file. That classification Mayra Montez has chosen for you and your corruption crew. Algorithms can be used to change the face of the satanic cult that is the Texas Department of Minimal Justice. Here is the real question.

Here is a very unique opportunity given to every prisoner in Texas put exclusively to Darrington Unit prisoners because of the bible college seminary, tire plant and trustee plant. Democrats said, “No more unpaid labor” to the satanists in TDCJ-Huntsville and they meant it. They said they “stand with the communities most affected by it” so, in not so man word, that doesn’t take a genius to figure out they are saying to stop feeding your slave catchers. Those days are over. If you stop now it will set the laws into stone guaranteed in months, days… it won’t be long. It took the underground railroad longer to build than it would take to get your peaceful demands met.

Today TDCJ has taken everything from me through their concentration camp of torture through physical and psychological fashion. When Malcolm X says “by any means necessary” I intend to keep fighting with the demonstrations on the outside, until every unit in Texas hears my voice. Dirty Darrington fears the unknown. They fear the capabilities of one man in white, an indigent, a slave, not a good slave. I bite the hand that feeds me because it only feeds me what I won’t eat. Whoops! Did I say that?

I love triple meat burgers from Burger King! I used to at least. Now, I want to try all the new vegan treats and binge watch the new TV shows and movies. But, when I forgave myself for my past and did the best with what the slavemasters offer to rehabilitate myself with vocational training, programs for behavior problems, I get sent to KKKonsentrationslager Darrington to be sent into a downward spiral of desperation.

I don’t do drugs and I have not touched a cellphone in years. Why am I in ad seg? Because I was entrapped with a faux disciplinary case by Assistant Warden Angela Chevalier, who I exposed for having 2 too many suicides under her belt in such a short amount of time. 4 years, 13 dead Two of them in September 2020, when laws passed to keep us down. But now the rabbit has a sickle in his hands and he wants his carrots to work on your slave plantations. If Warden Armstrong would have not allowed his Assistant Warden to “ad seg” me, I would of never been this strong in my agitation today, so I’m proud to be this well informed by officers and inmates across Texas and by officials who are standing with me in solidarity. It is all appreciated.

My oppressors are Dirty Darrington Unit administrators and I fear not one. I do ask comrades in high places to advocated for this administration to stop imposing punishment by starving me with restriction and every man in ad seg during these stressful Covid-19 outbreaks.

Captain Cooper told me “everybody is guilty”, so anyone that comes before him will be punished, even if it’s a fake disciplinary case. Now you tell me, did you have a loved one get screwed out of parole because of Captain Cooper? What if I told you I know a whole bunch of them. Nothing has changed. Here’s the list of primary corruption officers keeping us from going home. Some are intentionally setting up your loved ones right now. I know who they are too. I’m telling you, if you do not get politicians in here to ask the prisoners the facts, the corruption is on their hands too.

Please contact:

Sergeant Estrada, Sergeant Williams aka Cameraman/Green Eyes. Ask why he is named Cameraman. Is it so he can keep track of his contraband? Yes!, Sergeant Akinsonu, Lieutenant Lott, Captain Cooper, Sergeant Baker, Lieutenant Wilcox, Lieutenant Dumbya, Officer Reyes, Officer Garcia, Lieutenant Brooks, Major Penkowsky and the Farm Crooks, Warden Powers, Warden Chevalier, Warden Armstrong and many more, but I’ll hold on to release those for last, for the best is always saved for last.

I am experiencing retaliation, but take note. Not a single person I’ve been exposing has denied and allegations nor has come speak to me about their corruption. I wonder why that is? #PrisonsKill has been exceptional in supporting me. I ask that Texans speak up, speak out, let your anarchist seeds sprout. #FreeThemAll, The Final Straw Radio, Central Texas ABC, Austin ABC, Empty Cages Collective, WPO and everyone at IWW-NARA, IWOC-NARA – 2021 is our year!

Comrade Z

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Eric G. King vegan anarchist political prisoner, he was arrested and charged with an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, MO in September 2014. Eric was being charged with throwing a hammer through a window of the building, followed by two lit Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint states that both incendiary devices failed to ignite.Eric was identified as a suspect by local police because he had previously come under suspicion for anti-government and anti-police graffiti.

On March 3, 2016, he accepted a non-cooperating plea agreement to one count of using “explosive materials to commit arson of property used in or affecting interstate commerce.”Then almost three months later on June 28th, at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri. Eric King was sentenced to ten years, the statutory minimum and maximum for the charge he plead guilty to. His release date is June 2nd, 2023.

Since his arrest and subsequent incarceration, he has been extremely isolated from his loved ones and has repeatedly been targeted by the guards, who have regularly put his safety in jeopardy. At CCA Leavenworth where Eric was held in pretrial detention, he was kept in segregation for 6 months at one point and was often subjected to stints in “the hole” after the guards targeted him. Despite these struggles, he continues to maintain his good spirits and resolve to see this situation through to the end. He is also maintaining his dedication to struggling for a world free of domination and oppression.

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Warden Armstrong and Corruption Team Attempt to Use Age Old Slaveholder Tactics to Suppress Comrade Z’s Free Speech and Expression

12/21/20 – Monday – 3:45-4:15PM,

Medical Lockdown/Covid Outbreak on Dirty Darrington

“Are you Zuniga?”, Officer Reyes asks. “Who are you?”, I ask. “You got a case for Inciting a Riot”. I’ve got the case in my pocket. “A peaceful demonstration” isn’t riotous at all, and this demonstration started in May.”, I responded. “Furthermore, I began mine in April”, after it aired on The Final Straw Radio. This was more offensive than anything because I’ve worked real hard to raise awareness of corruption and violence by administration.

This was in progress prior to City of Houston council members and state representatives shutting down all slave contracts with the Dirty Darrington tire plant that occurred May 12th, 2020. My interview was proudly aired by a feminist radio station in San Antonio, Texas, my hometown.

Everyone knows exactly why Warden Armstrong is all of a sudden trying to write bogus cases on the only Industrial Workers of the World organizer member X 386969. For almost a full year I have been steady in agitating, campaigning, phone zapping and assisting in creating safer work conditions for the men on Major Pendejo’s (Pendowsky) Farm, while field squad and intelligence officers work in the background to install illegal contraband to entrap these workers knowingly and intentionally. It’s a known fact, as it is aired on The Prison Show @ KPFT.org, where they tell “TDCJ to address the real problem, the officers’ criminal activities”.

This unit is not designed to house people humanely. It’s outdated and with no tools available to offenders for creative learning and art, outdated phones, outdated parole eligibility, outdated policy. The creation of desperation by administration is all you see. In Texas we call that “shooting fish in a barrel”. Take a man, oppress him, deprive him of all humanity, punish him for being a free thinker, go a step further and stop feeding him, torture the humanity out of him. That leaves an empty, desperate shell of his former self. Criminology departments across Texas will tell you that psychology is widely used by TDCJ, but it’s exactly how they get these men to act out and fall for traps set by wardens and intelligence officers, getting more time put on this man and punishment by TDCJ and forcing men to snitch on each other so that TDCJ can sharpen their tools of oppression.

Nothing is going on in here. I am well informed by comrades across the unit and by officers who are against these tactics that the only reason these tools are on this unit is because Warden Armstrong allows it. How else do you get a reputation for a “Clean-up Warden” without ever getting your hands dirty. Criminals who are backed by criminals seldom get busted, especially at Dirty Darrington. You can see through the eyes of the panopticon, on his cell phone, just like they watched the suicide on camera on E-Line back in September, so if you can see inside of cells with your brand new cameras and software, record my movements, record my phone calls, why did you not allow me my request to preserve video of Officer Chukwu trying to hit me with his pepper spray can?

When you are up against Wardens, take note: When they have all tools of oppression at their fingertips and losing sleep over you, they’ll watch you to see what time you go eat, go to shower, go to rec. They’ll wait for an oportune time so their loyal little servant wage slaves can spring a trap, as Assistant Angela Chevalier did to me, followed by Captain Cooper, Lieutenant Dumbya, Chukwu again and the Corruption Team. The pressure got a little too hot for Angela Chevalier and Warden Powers, with 13+ suicides under their belts. All they cared about was getting me locked up in Ad. Seg.

Warden Armstrong believes in kicking people when they’re down. I kick back, even though I do not condone violence, I’ve never struck or attempted anything remotely violent on any officer. By him sending people to try to get me to “act out” is only further proving that the Dirty Darrington Unit Administration and Corruption Crew are losing a lot of sleep.

To all my supporters and fans of my art: I do not fear Death. Why would I fear a sad little man like Warden Armstrong? I am a rehabilitated prisoner. His torture tactics, psychological tactics, cruel and unusual tactics, slave driving tactics and oppression have cause me to change and become who I am today. It’s his own words that inspired me, when he said, “I am for rehabilitation, sure”. So one rehabilitated man that is now speaking against state sanctioned murder, slavery, entrapment, cruel and unusual punishment, speaking out and spreading the good word to all black and brown, and every nationality, that the people have spoken, TDCJ will not receive any city contracts because of their slaveholding name and tactics and practices.

The demonstrations are coming to prisons all over Texas, just like on Allred Unit. It is necessary action to end slave tradition in Texas and I encourage peaceful demonstrations. Nobody wants more dead black men killed by the hands of TDCJ or knee on the neck by Warden Armstrong. My rehabilitation is because of the injustice I’ve fallen victim to by the same people doing the entrapment scheme: Sergeant Estrada, Sergeant Williams, Corrupt Field Squad and Farm Managers, Mailroom Supervisors Betancourt and Ford, who willingly conspire with this corruption.

It is my duty to report that injustice that has been occurring. Federal investigators need to address this issue now, especially while all their investments are riding on it. Embezzlement is clearly an issue on the Fam, for campaign I brought on the Farm got some serious attention. Within 3 days, the entire Farm took on a makeover. Crop duster flying around, all of that.

I’ve bee campaigning for 0 months for our day rooms to be fitted with air conditioners, painted and to finally add some movie channels, add more creative tools on commissary, spray for roaches on ad. Seg, feed them equal portions, pass out safety equipment to workers no matter the job, pass out clean clothes and whole towels. I’ve campaigned for Covid-19 prevention and none of it got as much attention as the Farm did.

Again, a rehabilitation mind sees that as a red flag. What does the Farm have that it got such royal treatment? Where are they trying to cover up the fact that money wasn’t being used for what it was intended? Instead, profits were being split, pilfered, and pocketed by a team of corrupt operatives who are now attacking me for speaking out. Let this prove to the state that people change, especially state wage slaves, greedy and sick with capitalist disease. Stop pretending it’s not happening. Go to KPFT.org/theprisonshow. Ask the professionals.

I dare you. As I sit here waiting for mailroom to come visit me with denials of letters, literature, media mail, legal mail, this administration has gone that extra mile to suppress the voice of one rehabilitated organizer, created by this very administration. Maybe federal investigators will prove me wrong. Who know. Until then, I continue my rehabilitation process under administrative oppression, attacks, suppression, but as one who understand what it’s like to be found guilty by a jury of my peers, I wish that upon each and every member of the Dirty Darrington Corruption Team.]

Furthermore, I ask comrades to send copies and emails of these writings directly to City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration and State representatives Alma Allen and Ron Reynolds. Let’s show them that TDCJ isn’t just earning profits from slave labor, but from their contraband too. In order to move forward with change we have to burn the leeches off TDCJ’s ass. That’s a lot of leeches y’all.

Solidarity and Sabotage,

Z

TDCJ’s Budget – by Mark Johnson

Today’s topic is TDCJ’s “budget”. If TDCJ’s budget is too high, which in fact I know that it is, I would like to know why it is so, what is being done about it, and if steps they are taking are affective, because I feel that when it comes to almost any topic of discourse, it most likely ends with “the budget is too high” or “we can’t afford it”. We get this answer and have to shake our heads because we know that is the best excuse to run this ongoing Mass Incarceration Slave System and that they are constantly playing the “Death Game”, as I like to call it, when your financial quotes are never met and the only reason you’re operation runs is because you have free laborers or a constant “I owe you” that is so high that it can’t be shut down. When is the last time TDCJ paid their bills on time? It doesn’t help that each unit has it’s own debt to deal with, which is crazy because we pay tax dollars to this madness that does not give back but only takes and takes with nothing to show but pain and empty pockets. TDCJ must be put to a stop for the good of mankind.

Mark Johnson 2213610

Darrington Unit

59 Darrington Road

Rosharon, Texas 77583

Interview Between Comrade Z and Comrade GW at Dirty Darrington

(TDCJ Darrington Unit, Rosharon, Texas Dec. 23, 2020)

Z: Can you introduce yourself and give some background on you and your time at Dirty Darrington Concentration Camp of Texas Department of Minimal Justice? What is the atmosphere there?

GW: First and foremost, long live solidarity! And a special shoutout to all the brave men and women who unite for the greater good. OK, my name is Antonio Castro. “GW” is short for the town I fell out of near Corpus Christi. My friends jokingly call me “GQ”, you know, like the magazine with all those handsome men? But fuck all that. What’s important is what’s going on in the penitentiary right now, whether here in Texas or in the US of A in general. And what’s going on in here on Dirty Darrington is pretty fucked up.

From correctional officers murdering inmates by slamming them on their heads while in hand restraints to using food and commissary as a psychological tool to control the entire populace. Suicide rates are at an all time high while prison rehabilitation and prison reform are are at an all time low. Retaliation from correctional officers is the norm and extreme prison slave labor is considered part of doing time. As for me? Anarchy has always been at the forefront since my childhood, once I accepted that my thought process and critical thinking skills were deemed abnormal. I learned at an early age how to look outside the box of what children were taught and lectured. Many simply accepted what they saw and heard as truth. I, on the other hand, wasn’t trying to see or hear shit. I wanted to find out these truths for myself. I dare to say history will show that any system is easily threatened by originality.

I understood from my father and mother that if you want something you have to work for it. So coming from a working class Hispanic family, manual labor came pretty natural for me. That goes without saying that the extreme prison slave labor Dirty Darrington offers is right up my alley. Within the years of field squad I quickly rose through the ranks of individuals who were actually hard workers. It got to the point where I was always constantly being singled out to the “striker” position for the more advanced extracurricular activities. My dumbass thought I was being slick, manipulating the system to be in better position, never realizing the whole time the system was manipulating me!

Indeed, I was being placed in position, but it wasn’t for my benefit. No matter how my ego looked at it, I was working my dick off for a lost cause, lost in my thoughts, which is the exact mentality the capitalists want you to have in order to fill their pockets. However, working for free didn’t bother me like it did others. Because as I mentioned, I had an agenda. I was completely content with eating all of the free chemically-sprayed insect-shit dirt-covered vegetables I wanted! Can anybody say “donkey of the day”?

The high energy work ethic in which I operate was eventually recognized enough to grasp the attention of high ranking officials. My job was changed to Building Crew 1st Shift, which is directly under the Building Major’s supervision – Major Gooden, Mr. Sexual Harassment himself. This crew consisted of elite workers who are the best of the best. So it is safe to say I had fit the bill. I soon found that the workload was fucking brutal, working 12 hour shifts of straight up labor – the same hours I worked in the oil field in the free world.

A great example, and these are known facts, that the chapel had hosted for several years a ballot for the whole unit to vote on the work forces who worked the hardest that year. The Building Crew 1st Shift (there is no 2nd or 3rd shift crews, we were literally THE crew) has an undisputed record streak. I cannot stress enough how brutal the workload is that Major Gooden stacked on us, from every crack to every crevice, from up in the spline attics to the bottom basements, from every single line to all the outside buildings and inside tanks. This was a never ending rotation, and as elite workers we did our jobs, and we did it great. Every. Single. Fucking. Day. What did we get, you might ask? Nothing.

Since that answer sucks, allow me to elaborate. We had to wrestle for our food, our showers, our clothes. Constantly being stuck in count. When we finally made it to the line where we lived, we had to wrestle with the line officer to put us in our cell, and if the line officer was willing to comply, we had to wrestle with the damn picket officer who gets upset whenever you disturb their session of sitting on the stairs. We usually end up falling asleep in the dayroom because they simply don’t want to go out of their way to put us up in our 6×9 cells after another day of straight up slave labor.

We are forced to wait for the next “in an out” which, 9 times out of 10, they just did one right before we got on the line! No extra food, no special treatment, just a sarcastic “Keep up the good work fellas” (wink, wink). When the Governor or someone “special” visits the unit the Building Crew worked inhumane hours. From 6am-6pm to 10pm-3am to 6am-6pm to 10pm-3am. Back to fucking back. All for what? Someone who doesn’t even walk 20 yards inside the unit and back treads outside again? “Keep up the good work” (wink, wink).

The same goes for free-world volunteer events and all that extra bullshit they try to sell to the public’s eye. The Building Crew is the driving force behind the units over-all cleaning and appearance. Sadly, Major Gooden realized the threat my presence strongly vibrates outwards and successfully set me up with constant harassment tactics, which ultimately led to my G-5 closed custody status. But God Bless all those men’s hearts who still are on the crew, for I personally know their struggle. I am fortunate enough to have gained the experience of being in such a powerful position.

The movement, the possibilities, it was intoxicating. I’m one of a handful who actually know the entire layout of the whole unit, inside and out. I’ve climbed the ladder and have seen the top. As glorious as it all may seem, the simple truth is that it’s all an illusion. You’re not working the system. The system is working you, free of charge. Then Covid-19 came and changed the whole fucking world.

Z: What are the conditions like in the prison as a whole? What is it like in Ad. Seg. (administrative segregation) areas?

GW: To be honest with you, and despite what people might think, the conditions here on Dirty Darrington is pretty pathetic. As I have previously mentioned earlier, the workers on Darrington are being taken advantage of through slave labor, and not only in one department but in all departments, lacking the proper materials and equipment in this era. Especially now with the post-Covid 19 safety guidelines.

I was in the oil field, working through 5 years of experience. Needless to say I’m OSHA Standard Operations & Safety Guidelines Certified from the free world. So it was through my urging that Darrington’s work forces employ the use of lanyards and harnesses for anything over 6 feet being used. Ladder safety training, the proper use of tools. Simple procedures are being ignored. Sure, they have an OSHA safety video, but no one in any department handling tools and power drills seen this video. Only people who have signed up for a class have seen this video. I should know, as my department is directly linked with all the others who work with tools. Nobody really knew besides a handful of people how to operate heavy machinery such as the scissor lift. I had to train individuals on the proper use of such equipment when it’s the units responsibility, not mine.

Officials drew the line on me when I urged the use of hard hats, stating I was “doing too much”. Can they not see the importance of these safety measures? Darrington owns all this equipment but simply refuses to let workers use them, such as the use of these weak plastic gloves for jobs that require the proper hand protection. The tools are not being sanitized or wiped down clean. Neither are the equipment and machinery. Sanitation is being neglected in all work departments.

While living conditions for the general population is being overlooked, I thought they shook the spoon in the kitchen. But these weak-ass excuses for bleach cups is not enough to clean one bunk, let alone a whole cell. The heaters don’t work so they try to pass out these extra blankets that are torn up with holes in them. The windows are broken out, allowing cold air to flow through and for rain to pour in on different lines, ultimately flooding out those who live on 1 Row, while outside buildings such as the dorms and trustee camps don’t have the proper insulation installed for the inmates to stay warm during these cold nights, or vice versa where the extreme Texas heat is literally cooking the inmates to death who live inside those buildings.

As for the inside tanks? It’s impossible for those men to social distance, as well as clean the whole area with the little cleaning supplies issued to every inmate. The pests are a primary concern for the men who live in the outside buildings, where fire ants build their nests inside the aluminum walls, infesting and intruding their commissary inside the floor lockers, all in vain attempts to protect their property. For the trustees who work the chicken coops and pig pens, I feel truly sorry for these men. There is no real attempt to protect them. It’s as if there is no such thing as Covid-19 out in the world as well as in here. It’s terrible.

The chicken coops are so disgusting the men on this unit have either decided to stop eating chicken entirely and/or stop eating eggs entirely, not implying that we eat these chickens, but it is enough to lose ones appetite for chicken completely. While the dog kennels, horse trainers, tractor drivers are all not being property taken care of, who are forced to carry out their workload despite Covid-19 safety regulations. The total amount of property in acres is fucking huge on Darrington. Can anybody say “Plantation”?, leaving significant exposure to Covid-19 and the potential spread of the virus.

Speaking of such topics, Darrington is currently housing inmates from other units inside the building gymnasium for quarantine purposes. While the chapel is being used to test as minimum inmates as possible for Covid-19, which seems productive you might say. But what about the inmates who are housed here? Is the administration agreeing with outside agencies to place its own population at risk? All of the lines are going on quarantine lockdowns on separate occasions. Due to the fact that these transit inmates are the cause of this shit spreading. Where’s the logic in all this? Darrington is counter-productive, which is doing a poor job on containing the virus, clawing at every vain attempt to save face.

The kitchen also is a factor in spreading Covid-19. Supervisors are not employing proper guidelines in the preparation of the food in Ad. Seg areas or in general population. With the constant movement of kitchen workers to Ad. Seg lines, hands should be washed and sanitized on the regular, which they are not. The sink in the seg dayroom where the food is prepared is never used. Maybe it’s because that shit doesn’t even work? Afterwords the food just sits in the tray carrier where the roaches love to roam. The infestation is beyond out of control. The roaches are bold and fearless, truly a different breed. You can say, like us inmates, they are a product of their environment.

Don’t get me started on the showers. In population the social distancing rule is ignored while the overcrowded shower area is a show of wet dick racing to surround a basketball-like pole with five shower heads before all the available spots are taken up. Everyone is so close together surrounding this pole that the men could literally link each others arms around their neighbors shoulders in a football huddle-like fashion, with 12 poles and 5 heads on each. Plus, the extra men waiting on the side for their turn, a complete violation against this era of social distancing. Ad seg showers are no better, super filthy and unsanitary, with no lights on the inside. Have you ever showered in pitch black? It’s crazy. Science will prove that mold and mildew grow in dark, humid environments, which is probably why the showers smell like shit.

The random power outages are of no help either. It always seems to happen every time it’s Ad seg’s turn to go to commissary. Coincidence? Maybe, but unlikely. Our commissary day is postponed on a constant basis, often being screwed over when we randomly go on a bullshit lockdown? Maybe, but very unlikely.

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

GW: I don’t know too much about dietary and all that. I have a fast metabolism and love to eat as much as possible, so I try to stay far away from those types of trays. I do need to do more research into this matter, but from what I’ve seen they practically starve these dudes. Is that part of the diet plan? To starve? That’s a sure way to lose weight. The serving sizes are so small that I wouldn’t dare feed a child that tray, let alone a grown ass man. I see they serve pork sometimes to dietary inmates. Is pork even considered diet? If inmates are pork-free the kitchen just serves the dietary inmate up a mountain of these nasty ass sour carrots they’ve been feeding us lately. Which company is contracting TDCJ these sour ass carrots by the way? TDCJ needs to fire and sue those bastards. It’s no wonder TDCJ serves these sour ass carrots to prisoners, because nobody in the whole world is eating this shit. Pickled carrots? Worst. Idea. Ever. As for the dietary inmates, I feel sorry for those dudes. It’s a daily struggle for dietaries in Ad seg areas. Inmates have to flood, burn fires, tie the run down, all types of ideas to simply get their food. The general population is usually fed by 5 or so, while the dietary inmates have to wait well into the night to be served their food. I guess starvation is proving to be an effective weight-loss/medical strategy.

Z: How can people on the outside try to support you all in trying to make conditions better on the inside?

GW: Well, a great place to start is by pushing for the installations of virtual visitations on the unit as well as the installations of phones on the seg lines and closed custody dayrooms so that inmates all have access to family members on their approved visitation lists. This is not working in the new era of Covid-19. We need access to our families and friends just like population does, as well as access to our attorneys too. Continual contact with loved ones is vital to the mental and physical health of the general population on seg lines. Stress levels are at extreme heights, which leads to anger, frustration, anxiety and ultimately suicide. Inmates are literally killing themselves over the negligence of love from our families and friends.

We get one free phone call for 5 minutes every once in a blue moon, weeks or months apart, while population is struggling with the outdated phone systems in the dayroom. The speaker that receives the voice never works, resulting in inmates beating the phone handset against the wall repeatedly or by them blowing air into the receiver with their mouths, which is highly unsanitary and a huge risk in spreading Covid-19. A unit-wide Covid-19 testing should also help on containing and recognizing infected individuals as it did before on recent tests. It is also the time to help end prison slave labor by uniting now!

Individuals are constantly taking penitentiary chances by the participation of contraband and hustles that are described as such, all because of the need for survival, all because the capitalist doesn’t care about our struggle. We are all human beings at the end of the day and we need financial help and love from families as much as the next person. Those of us who have no one to write or no one to call grind to get everything out of the mud while others are dependent on an administration who doesn’t give two fucks about whose indigent.

We need financial relief from the state. We need an outlet such as virtual visitations and phone systems and Covid-19 relief through another round of a unit wide testing. People must understand that a 2 year sentence is the same as a death sentence in prison, because nobody is promised to leave out of here alive. This prison shit isn’t just on TV shows and movies. This shit is real life. We are all human beings at the end of the day, no matter what cards we were dealt or how we decided to lay them out. We’ve made some mistakes, but just give us a break to see the changes that we’ve made also. The last thing we need is for anyone to gather up our past just to throw it back in our face. United we stand and divided we fall. Raising awareness about prison slave labor and the need for love from family and friends is as important as the overall safety to everyone. Parole guidelines and prison reform is a must!

Z: Why are prisoners mail getting withheld by Ms. Ford and by Administration? Is there someone to call? What would you like people to say? Send mail?

GW: This issue has been a constant problem for inmates pre and post Covid-19. While Ms. Ford and the administration loves to cite strategic procedures such as gang files, contraband or the new “BPO3.91” measures for greeting cards, what’s really going on is much more than that. It has to do with personal retaliation tactics that attacks certain individuals whose character is simply disliked. This process is followed through a chain of command like structure. From Warden to G.I.s, from ranking officials to regular ass C.O.s, whatever it is you have going on they’ll be sure to sabotage all efforts.

Whether its medical, educational or simply personal mail you are subject to sabotage. You causing trouble or simply outspoken? Yeah, they’re gonna hold your mail if they know you receive it on a regular to purposely have you trip out and get your ass thrown in the hole. This goes well beyond the mail department into simple daily actions, such as lay ins, rec, chow, showers. All this is subject to sabotage. But to remain relevant I’ll stick to the question at hand.

As for Ms. Ford, I’ve seen her hand out greeting cards to certain individuals while others are denied. The same for magazines, books, all types of shit. All this picking and choosing who gets what and who doesn’t is bullshit. If you don’t like someone I’d respect you more if you just said, “Hey, I don’t fucking like you”, instead of acting out in this childlike behavior. I would say to call 911, which is something I’ve never said before, but their ass is involved in this shit too (aka the OIGs and Gis). A great place to call is someone outside the TDCJ agencies such as city council members and Texas senators to let them know the corruption going on within the mail departments. If you’re going to try to send mail to test the waters, go ahead and send it to me and I’ll let you know if I get it or not, because at this point I’m subject to sabotage and retaliation. (Laughs)

Z: There is a tendency in prison abolition and anarchist projects to focus on political prisoners, often neglecting other prisoners in the process. Would you appreciate support from these groups? What could they do to help?

GW: If there is such a tendency in these organizations, it is completely understandable for them to aim at individuals whose efforts will maximize the impact on the body as a hole. As the old saying goes, “It is better to shoot for the stars and hit a stump than to shoot at a stump and miss”. So with that being said, I’m sure the other prisoners are not truly being neglected. As it’s a universities job to hire the professors, in turn it’s the professors job to teach the students or pupil. Now, if there is no professor to be found, the next best thing is to plant seeds through direct action, such as target a specific region and select multiple inmates through the TDCJ website to flood them with useful information that will eventually grasp the attention of a potential pupil for mentorship.

That pupil will eventually become a self made professor in the art of abolition and anarchy, who will groom their own pupils for the overall body of solidarity. One must completely be dedicated to the greater good at all costs because it’s not truly what the union can do for you, but what you can do for the union. One must be selfless, encouraging and above all ambitious. Be a trend setter. Teach yourself to spot overlooked opportunities.

These support groups can lead you to water all day long, but it is your hands that form the cup to drink from the fountain of knowledge. So the real question is: Just how thirsty are you? I’m fucking parched. Straight cotton mouth. Anything from information packets, zines, literature that will help me help others on this journey to liberation, to freedom. We are all not alone. A recent epiphany helped me open my eyes to this truth. As the famous lyrics from Rage Against The Machine says, “Some of those who work forces are the same that burn crosses”. Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!

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

GW: I want to thank you for allowing me to shine a light on how fucked up the system is through my own personal experiences. I’m only one out of the millions who are incarcerated who know these truths as well. My heart goes out to all of you men and women in prison, for this shit is truly hell on earth. A special shoutout to all the freedom fighters. You are all amazing. I need not mention all your names. You know who you are. And who can forget all of the free world people who take time out of their day to care for someone who is deemed worthless. You are all fucking awesome. And to Bunnie. I love you girl. I haven’t forgot about you. Tell Cal I said hello. As always, stay safe and stay beautiful. Be sure to leave encouraging messages on Facebook for punk_slipknot_fan_07@yahoo.com to Tony Castro. I’m here to stand in solidarity, to raise awareness, to stick it to the fucking man however I can, whenever I can. United we stand, divided we fall. Long live liberation.

Peace

Comrade GW can be reached at:

Antonio Castro 1972980

Darrington Unit

59 Darrington Road

Rosharon, Texas 77583