I Choose Anarchism: Comrade Keith Malik Washington

Published August 7, 2019 http://revolutionaryabolition.org/

I Choose Anarchism - Comrade Keith Malik Washington

I’m not going to wait for the Apocalypse to come before I fully embrace Anarchism. I don’t need to see anymore young children forced to sleep on dirty concrete floors in South-West Texas in squalid conditions, eating bologna sandwiches and separated from their parents! No! I’m not going to wait.

I don’t need to wait for the next wild fire, earthquake, hurricane, flood or cyclone to come. I’m not going to wait until I have a stroke or a heart attack and then while I lay on my death bed I’m wishing that I would have chose anarchy when I was a healthy persyn at my full strength. I’m choosing anarchism today when I am at my best!

I’m not going to wait and see if the US Supreme Court votes on another issue like Citizens United or gerrymandering and then tell us that they are fair and unbiased. They are full of shit!

The authority that I have been respecting and following for five decades, following blindly at times, is illegitimate. These people in charge do not give a damn about humyn lives or our planet or morales or even values. I am not going to wait for our planet to be destroyed before my eyes or for the police and the military to lock up our leaders and freedom fighters or kill our young wimmin and young men– choking them to death or shooting them to death on national tv.

It is time for some action! Down with fascism and down with imperialism! Fellow workers unite! Today as I begin to turn 51 years old I choose anarchism! I choose horizontal organizing as opposed to top down leadership. I choose collective direct action, mutual aid, and solidarity. I choose phone zaps! Protests! Monkey wrenching and tree sitting! I choose freedom! Freedom to say what I want to say and how I want to say it!

 

I am still going to work closely with socialists and Marxists when I am able. I most certainly will continue to support the LGBTQ community and all oppressed people which includes people like me – New Afrikan/Black People. I most certainly am Black and proud of that! I am a Muslim! Now that is a personal thing but that won’t stop me from speaking loudly against Saudi Arabia as they kill my Yemeni sisters and brothers. And I sure as hell won’t ever stop supporting Palestinian people!

I will continue to love and respect Jewish people but I will continue to shun and criticize Zionists. And if you don’t know the difference? Well you’ll figure it out one day!

I will continue to struggle along side Amani Sawari and many others in order to end prison slavery and I won’t ever stop fighting against toxic prisons!

Today I choose Anarchism!

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!

Submitted by Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement

 

Comrade Malik Has Been Granted Parole

Published August 11, 2019

by Keith ‘Comrade Malik’ Washington

Revolutionary greetings, Comrades!

It is with great joy that I announce my parole from Texas state prisons (TDCJ)!

This is the result of a great show of mutual aid and solidarity from numerous anarchist collectives. Numerous individuals and groups who strive for abolition of prisons lobbied for my release! I am so grateful to the comrades at Blue Ridge ABC, The Final Straw radio show, Austin ABC, Central Texas ABC, Fight Toxic Prisons, IWOC, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, the entire North American ABC as well as the entire ABC Federation.

I want to thank some of my dearest comrades who have become not just my supporters but true friends! Much love going out to Annabelle Parker of the Netherlands, Sam Rosen in the UK, Alina Dollat in Italy, Professor Victor Wallis, Michael Novick of Turning the Tide, Carole Seligman and Bonnie Weinstein, Comrades Julie Schneyer and Kirk Daniels, Harry Volker, Lee O’Dowd and Katie Lawrie of the Colorado College Prison Project, Nube Brown, Kim Pollak, Amani Sawari, Anarchist Bad Asss Sloan Rucker, Justin Adkins and Panagioti Tsolkas.

I want to send out real Panther love to Rashid Johnson and Karl Kersplebedep as well as huge hugs to my praying Grandma and Grandpa sister Mary Ratcliff and Dr. Willie Ratcliff of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper.

 

Finally, I send a special shout out to Azzurra Crispino and Leah Buris of P.A.P.S., Keri Blakinger of the Houston Chronicle, Kamala Kelkar of PBS Newshour, Paul Holdorf, Esq., and Rachel Y. of the New Jersey chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Xy of Austin ABC and Twitch of Central Texas ABC, y’all have always kept it real! Thank you! Dr. Heinz Leitner, you are loved! I apologize if I forgot anyone. I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Paul Mattick and Phong Bui of the Brooklyn Rail for amplifying my voice!

I’ll holler at y’all later!

Solidarity forever,

Malik

Note from the Comrade Malik Support Network: Malik still has about 20 months to serve in federal prison, so he won’t be “out” imminently. However, being paroled from TDCJ will greatly improve his situation, as he’ll have access to phone calls and won’t be in solitary. He also may be eligible for a reduction of his federal time due to the First Step Act, which applies to the fed system.

UPDATES TO COME ON MALIK’S NEW ADDRESS! He is still in transfer limbo, so anything you send him at the Estelle Unit where he is currently, could get lost, as he could be transferred any day and we won’t know until it happens. Watch https://comrademalik.com/ for his new address. Then flood him with mail so the prisoncrats will know to handle him with kid gloves.

The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is a political movement dedicated to freeing people from bondage and building resistance in the United States. We situate our political movement in the context of the abolitionist struggle against slavery and continue in the tradition, from Nat Turner to the Black Liberation Movement. We believe the Civil War was never resolved and the system of slavery transitioned into the prison industrial complex. Our struggle today must begin from this starting point. Lastly, as revolutionary anarchists, the abolitionist struggle must be extended to the state and capitalism, the perpetrators of oppression. The revolutionary movement in the US today is at a cross roads, as fascist movements are expanding, and the state becomes increasingly authoritarian. The Rojava Revolution, in northern Syria, provides us with a model for revolution today with its foundation in communal and council based political organization and militant defense.

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